Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Shop Locally for Children's Gifts on Small Business Saturday

There's no need to battle through the hordes of shoppers at the big box stores when you're looking for presents for the children on your gift list. Check out the toys, games, and clothing offered at these locally-owned stores instead.

If you've got a little engineer on your holiday shopping list, the gift shop at the California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento has books, posters, tee shirts, and railroad-themed gifts, as well as a nice collection of Thomas the Tank Engine toys.

Support the Effie Yeaw Nature Center, a 77-acre preserve in Carmichael where generations of local children have experienced the wonders of nature, by shopping at the Discovery Shop. You'll find books, cards, games, and toys to help nurture an appreciation of nature for the children on your shopping list. And walking the Effie Yeaw nature trails while you're there will help neutralize some of the extra pounds you may have picked up on Thanksgiving!

A great place to shop for children's gifts is the locally-owned G. Willikers! Toy Emporium in Old Sacramento. They have a great selection of actual toys, as opposed to the computerized high-tech gadgets that pass for toys these days.

Dress your little ones in holiday finery from The Moppet Shoppe, a children's boutique located at 2524 J Street in Midtown. They even have complimentary gift wrapping!

Toys, stuffed animals, tee shirts, animal masks, and hats are just some of the things you'll find at the Sacramento Zoo's gift shop. There must be someone on your holiday shopping list who's hoping for a giant stuffed frog or a giraffe mask, isn't there?


Natalie Keeve said...
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Pam said...

Your point is well-taken, Natalie, and I would prefer to see wild animals left in the wild too. That being said, it's important that the wild animals currently in captivity be cared for properly. The Sacramento Zoo has been accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums since 1975, and they actively support and partner with a number of animal conservation programs around the world, which seem to be key components of the Humane Society's position on zoos: http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/zoos/facts/zoos.html. I know PETA holds a different view, which is basically that all zoos are bad. As a vegan, I probably need to educate myself further about zoos generally, and the Sacramento Zoo specifically. Thanks for raising the issue.