Deck your kids out in California Cool, score hassle-free baby shower gifts and find one-of-a-kind souvenirs for small folks back home at these unique Santa Monica children’s stores. From new mom cuddle boxes and eco-friendly wooden toys; to play tutus and statement tees, nothing beats Southern California brands for hip kids clothing and seriously enviable accessories!
The Acorn Store
One of the most stand-out specialty shops in Downtown Santa Monica, The Acorn Store is a treasure trove of eco-friendly wooden toys, boy’s and girl’s dress-up, and “creative play” books and dolls. Whether you’re on the hunt for a doll house or a handcrafted figure, its toxin-free collection is great for early childhood — and the store itself is a pretty magical place to explore too!
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Organic and sustainable baby gifts fill the shelves at Caro Bambino — including handmade wooden animal toys that you simply can’t leave without! From swaddles, to strollers to layettes; all the gear, furniture and gift ideas you might need are under one huge roof here, making it easy for busy moms and dads to tick everything off their shopping list.
No shopping trip would be complete without a leisurely stroll down Santa Monica’s Montana Avenue; home to 10+ blocks of shops and cafes, including unique Southern California store — Limonaia. This curated gift store features beautiful handcrafted items from around the globe, including creative cupcake cases, wildlife-themed onesies and giant knitted dolls that babies and toddlers will adore.
Lost & Found
A Main Street staple for years, Lost & Found has two stores located along this popular stretch; one specializing in homeware, the other selling independently-designed clothing for men, women, and children. Head to the latter for llama change mats, play tutus, and bold print onesies; and have your kids rocking SoCal-style in no time!
For the ultimate kids’ fashion statement, shop for coordinated pairings at Pink Chicken, where cute “brothers and sisters”, and “mommies and me” collections — as well as beach-inspired tweens pieces — mean that everyone in the family will get noticed. Launched in New York in 2006, the Montana Avenue store is the only West Coast outlet of this renowned children’s label. Don’t miss it!
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Home furnishing boutique, The Quilted Monkey (also on Montana Avenue), is a treasure trove of bed throws, rugs, quilt covers, pillows and wall hangings; all brightly colored and ready to make a statement in your kid’s room back home. Browse its multi-hued selection of quality brands, and leave with a gift that they’re sure not to grow out of.
Quinnie & B
Quaint toy shop, Quinnie & B sits at the heart of Ocean Park Boulevard. Let your little ones amuse themselves at the well-stocked making table, while you browse the puppets, dress-up delights, jigsaws, books and more. Traveling over your kid’s birthday? Organize a magical themed family party with the help of co-owned Thyme Cafe & Market next door.