MUM’S BLACK BOOK 9 great online toy stores to check out [Photo Gallery]
Need a new plaything for junior? Browse top online stores for the best toys in the market!
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When news first broke that Toys ‘R’ Us was filing for bankruptcy, parents wondered whether this meant that there would soon be one less toy store to shop at when junior’s birthday rolls around. Thankfully, the stores in Asia won’t be affected.
So, scroll through the photo gallery to find our handy list of online toy stores.
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My Little Shoppers
WHY WE LOVE ITMy Little Shoppers carries a huge range of toys, including pretend-play toys, ride-on toys and developmental toys. Suitable for newborns to 9 years of age, the toys are from well known, quality brands, like Alex Toys and VTech. Don’t forget to hit the Christmas sales button for some fantastic deals! Delivery is free when you spend over $60. LOOK OUT FOR… The huge range of BIG Bobby cars (from $138). If you’re looking for a gift for a toddler, these easy-to-manoeuvre ride-on vehicles are perfect. They come in several colours and designs, including a fire engine, police car, and a Porsche. It’s every little boy or girl’s dream come true!
WHY WE LOVE IT We see a fair number of Mothercare stores in our local malls, but did you know that this well-loved brand delivers, too? The online store stocks plenty of toys, from shape sorters and other baby toy, to action figures and role play toys for the older kids. Can’t decide what to get a child for a birthday gift? Search for age- and gender-appropriate toys, or look up the toy-buying guide for recommendations. Delivery is free for orders over $60, otherwise there’s a fee of $5.24. LOOK OUT FOR… The huge range of Melissa and Doug toys. If you love chunky puzzles and other wooden playthings for their timelessness and durability, you’ve come to the right place. Check out the Melissa & Doug Construction Set in a Box ($34.90), or the Melissa & Doug Wooden Flip n Serve Pancake Set ($35.90) for endless creative play. We also like the Melissa & Doug on-the-go Water Wow! Booklets ($9.90 each), where junior can use a refillable water pen to colour for no-mess fun.
WHY WE LOVE IT One of our favourite online baby stores, Pupsik Studio has a comprehensive selection of toys for younger ones. Brands like Munchkin, Fisher Price and VTech offer your young ‘uns all the entertainment they need! Free delivery for purchases over $60, otherwise, pay $4.90 for delivery. LOOK OUT FOR… Tactile and stimulating toys. Need a cute stroller toy for bubba on the go? Order a Lamaze toy (from $14.30) that is packed with developmental features like peekaboo mirrors, or crinkly tabs. For a toddler seeking sensory play, look for Kinetic sand ($24.90/1kg), which allows him to mould and shape sand without the mess!
WHY WE LOVE IT Playing offers many learning benefits ― Growing Fun stocks toys for ages 1 to 12 that have a fun, yet educational element to them. This includes lots of puzzles, science kits, and even teaching aids like counting charts. Enjoy free delivery with purchases over $200, otherwise, delivery is $10. LOOK OUT FOR… Maths and language puzzles and matching games. We like the ones from Orchard Toys as these contain sturdy and durable pieces, with bright illustrations and bold, clear text. Alphabet Match ($25.90) is great for toddlers learning the alphabet, and the Catch and Count game ($25.90) will teach junior about numbers, while incorporating lots of fun elements.
My Toy Shop
WHY WE LOVE IT Lego fans in the house, you’ll love My Toy Shop. Many of the Lego sets here are 10 per cent cheaper than retail prices ― which is awesome, since Lego hardly ever goes on sale. Besides Lego, you can find other building toys, board games and craft kits. LOOK OUT FOR… It also stocks exclusive and hard-to-find sets ― get your peewee a set of Magformers (from $39.90 for a 14-piece set). These geometric-shaped coloured pieces fit together with strong magnets to create 3D objects like buildings, vehicles, or pretty much anything your little one can imagine.
Mad Mooves Singapore
WHY WE LOVE IT Find lots of really fun stuff at Mad Mooves, an online store for both the young and the young-at-heart. This store stocks playthings for the older kids, so you’ll see things like remote-control cars and tracks, card and board games, and ScooterBikes. Shipping is free for orders over $100. LOOK OUT FOR… The 2-in-1 ScooterBikes (from $149) ― these unique ride-on toys can be converted from a kick scooter to a push bike. Three sizes are available, for ages 1 to 5, 3 to 8, and 5 to their teens.
WHY WE LOVE IT If you’ve got a sweetie who loves their plushies, you’ll want to have a look at Natures Collection. It stocks brands like Gund, Pusheen and Uglydoll. The site offers gift suggestions for special occasions, like baby showers, birthdays and anniversaries, which we find incredibly useful! Free local shipping for orders over $35, and worldwide shipping at a flat rate of $8. LOOK OUT FOR… You can’t go wrong with a plushie from Gund. The Gund Animal Chatters dogs ($10.90 each) are so wonderfully soft, you’ll want to get one for yourself, too! For babies, check out the Baby Gund collection ― the Baby Gund It’s A Boy Bear In Box ($19.90) features a soft little lovey that bubba won’t be able to resist. If you adore wooden toys, check out the Sevi Wooden Toy collection ― the little wooden castanets and toys are perfect to include in your packing list for short trips.
WHY WE LOVE ITLittle Llama stocks quality toys for kids from birth to age 7 that highlight open-ended play. Each book or toy is carefully selected as it has to help children to develop their logic and imagination. You’ll find brands like the Manhattan Toy Company and Jellycat here. LOOK OUT FOR… Quirky and intriguing little toys like the Winkel Rattle and Sensory Teether ($27.90) are a great sensory toy for bubba, and OOgi ($17.90 for a family box that includes two Oogis and two Oogi juniors), a little silicone stick figure that stretches your peewee’s imagination by bending, twisting and sticking to selected surfaces.
WHY WE LOVE IT Whether your cutie loves Paw Patrol or Transformers, or goes gaga over Disney Princesses, you’ll find such character toys at 4LittleBoyz. The store stocks many toys that aren’t available in brick-and-mortar stores here, so we’re sure you’ll find something to satisfy your little ones. 4LittleBoyz prides itself in offering “low price branded toys”. Delivery starts at $3.80. LOOK OUT FOR… Besides toys from their favourite TV shows and cartoons, your kiddos will also be thrilled to find accessories based on TV show themes. For instance, he’ll love sipping from a Blaze and the Monster Machines Thermos bottle ($34), and tell the time from his Lego Star Wars Storm Trooper Watch ($34). Also available are popular toys like Magna-Tiles (from $89) and K’Nex (from $36) building toys with lots of educational value.