Where to get gifts for kids in Brisbane City
Gifts for the littlies need to have a big impact and you know they need to pass the all-important shake test. Find everything you need to make the kids’ jaws drop when the wrapping gets torn off and strewn across the floor on Christmas Day.
When it comes to giving with heart, Oxfam Brisbane City has a plethora of reasonable and fair-trade options for unique gift-giving this season. Its children’s range of soft toys, games and educational toys is ever-changing and the story behind who made the gift is one worth sharing with little ones - bonus points for the high you get for helping others!
Boasting one of the most extensive ranges of games, puzzles and jigsaws in all of Australia, Mind Games takes it back to basics (read: no computer necessary, though those games are available too!) with every classic title you can remember alongside all the excellent newbies. Ideal for stocking fillers and family-friendly fun, Mind Games is certainly worth a look.
For young people, there are few greater gifts than the wonder of books. Folio Books, a stalwart of the independent book store scene for more than 30 years, is an absolute treasure trove, boasting an extensive range of children’s picture books including rare, new and classic titles. With fine company like Roald Dahl, Dr Seuss, Dick Bruna and Michael Bond lining the walls, you’ll relish the walk down memory lane.
We’re all familiar with the natural simplicity of Country Road, but special mention is worthy of the Queen Street Mall dwelling; a towering two-storey heritage landmark that offers all the usual, and so much more. From tailored suits and the new summer women’s range downstairs to the homewares upstairs, this Country Road offers a bounty of ideal gifts for all ages. Check out the dedicated children’s section featuring divine micro-fashions, toys and bedroom pieces you’d be chuffed to gift to those special small humans in your life.
Give the gift of adventure and discovery with something special from Australian Geographic. For decades, Australian Geographic has been demonstrating that learning is cool. Whether you’ve got a mini mad scientist on your hands, an aspiring astronomer or a doting Dr Dolittle, Australian Geographic has a tremendous range of educational gifts and gadgets that will get your little ones lost in science this summer. We particularly love the entire selection dedicated to the humble telescope, guaranteed to have your kids seeing stars on Christmas morning!
For more than 25 years, Comics Etc has been Queensland’s leading comic book retailer, servicing the city with a constantly regenerating range of the newest comics, collectables, t-shirts, posters and other pop-culture related goodies. If the little ones (or big kids!) in your life love video games, check out Comic Etc’s unrivalled range of video game merchandise, from Mass Effect to Manga, Uncharted, and everything in between. On Christmas morning there’ll be a new superhero in town – you.
Australian-made and loved, Seed Heritage is renowned for its beautifully designed apparel, accessories and footwear for babies, children and teens. With new additions monthly, you are always guaranteed fresh threads in an inimitable style that is both classic and playful. There’s an impressive gift range too, for reasonably-priced stocking fillers, plus a gorgeous womenswear range for mums who like to treat themselves occasionally.
Australia’s largest art and craft specialist, Riot, has been feeding creative minds for more than 40 years, boasting an unrivalled range of craft supplies including a dedicated collection of children’s activity books, painting sets and drawing supplies. Plus, with countless options under $20, you can stockpile affordable school holiday activities for the inevitable January heatwave.
Rumour has it even Santa Claus himself is known to stop by Mr Toys Toyworld for last minute gifts. Home to all the big-name brands including Fisher-Price, Lego, Nerf and Disney, it’s no surprise this children’s wonderland is Australia’s top toy store and retailer. From this year’s must-haves to classic board games, model kits, costumes and more, Mr Toys is sure to deliver on every (nice) child’s Christmas wish-list.
A CBD Adventure, Brisbane City
Brisbane CBD is jam-packed with activity options for a great family day out, including ten-pin bowling and laser tag at Strike Wintergarden, summer’s biggest blockbusters at Event Cinemas (The Myer Centre), arcade and video games at iPlay Albert Street, plus countless family friendly dining options including Miss Kay’s for burgers, Corbett & Claude for pizza, and Harajuku Gyoza for Japanese. In the lead-up to Christmas, don’t miss The City’s massive program of free holiday events, including the Gold Lotto City Hall Lights in King George Square, The Lights of Christmas at St Stephen's Cathedral, and the iconic Christmas Parade presented by David Jones.
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Myer, David Jones, Big W – All these department stores stock a huge range of big name toy brands and are worth checking out.
Noosa Chocolate Factory – The pick ‘n’ mix of specialty chocolate is a fun activity to do together or add to a Santa stocking.
Brisbane Twilight Markets – On December 1 this artisan market pops up in King George Square with plenty of handmade goods including cute toys, clothes and other stuff perfect for children.