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Our Favorite Toy Store

over the moon toys in Highland Park njMy daughter wanted a picture of her standing in front of our favorite toy store in Highland Park: Over the Moon Toys. She told me not to put up the one with her squinting (which may have been a better shot of the store).

Do you have an old-fashioned, mom-and-pop style toy store in your area? Or just chain stores? We like Over the Moon Toys because it’s friendly(the store is owned by two sisters, and varying family members are behind the register), they have a nice selection of toys, and they wrap presents beautifully–yellow and pink tissue paper, blue and green tissue paper, multi-colored ribbons, colorful dotted paper, your choice. If your child walks into the store when you need to buy a gift for a friend and says:”I want this and that and this and that”, they have a gift registry. So you then tell your child to put the items she wants on the registry, so when it’s time for her party, she can tell her friends to check the registry.

My daughter is standing in front of the store with her brand-new Webkinz that she bought with the money her saba (grandfather) gave her before Pesach. Webkinz are a big craze among kids in America; you buy the little stuffed animal, then you go online to take care of it. What’s really funny is when my daughter plays on the computer at our house with the little boy across the street who’s on his computer at his house, and they go into the same room in the Webkinz game and make their Webkinzes jump and down together on a trampoline.

Ilana-Davita says

This gift registry is such a good idea. It is not always easy to find THE suitable gift for a kid. I have a nephew (he is almost 10) and I am never sure I'm getting him something he likes. It is easier wth my niece, she is only one!

Leora says

It seems a bit strange, a gift registry for little kids, but since a lot of people in our town shop there, anyway, it seems to work.

They have wish lists on Amazon. Maybe you could get your nephew or sister(? brother?) to put up a little wish list there? You have to make the wish list public in order for others to see it. I used it to give my husband ideas for my birthday.

Raizy says

My girls have two Webkinz each, and they love playing on the website. It's a fun, harmless pastime. I hope your daughter enjoys hers!

Leora says

Raizy, this is her second one. The other one, Clydesdale, is also a horse. She clutches them the way she used to hold her baby dolls.

Jack says

A good toy store is worth a lot.


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