Holidays on a budget: Local toy stores offer gift ideas under $20, $100

Holiday shopping season is here, a time when you don’t want to waste money searching for toys. A few local toy stores and gift shops help eliminate the shopping stress with suggestions that won’t break the bank.

Little Bookworm Store

Little Bookworm Store specializes in puzzles, games and developmental toys for newborns to age 5.

Photo courtesy: Little Bookworm via Facebook

Best toy for under $20: Magnetic Chalk and Dry Erase Board

Best toy for under $100: Deluxe Road Rug Play Set

Shoppers’ secret: Little Bookworm Store provides a variety of toys that are durable, fun, and reasonably priced. They provide hands-on customer service to help find the perfect gift. Complimentary gift wrapping.

Holiday hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day


Le Jouet

Le Jouet carries everything from old school favorites to the latest trends in toys. You’ll find toys for newborns through teens.

Best toy for under $20: Depends on the age of the child and their interest. For an eight year old boy who loves science we would suggest a Sour Gummy Bug Kit $19.99 and for an eight year old girl who loves purses we would suggest the Caticorn Crossbody Purse for $16.99.

Best toy for under $100: For both boy and girl we suggest the Micro Scooter with LED wheels $99.99.

Shoppers’ secret: Le Jouet offers layaway with only 20% down and we store it until December 24! They gift wrap everything for free. They offer assembly and delivery in the area for a fee. Le Jouet celebrates its 50th Anniversary in business this year.

Hot gifts: L.O.L. Surprise is expected to hot again with Scruff-A-Luvs and of course, Legos.

Holiday hours: Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

More Fun Comics

This Oak Street staple specializes in new and vintage action figures, with toys for all ages.

Hot gifts: Vintage toys from the 1980’s.

Shoppers’ secret: More Fun Comics has a wide selection of genre related toys from vintage 70s to the modern age.

Holiday hours: Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

2nd & Charles

This North Shore retailer sells toys, books, music and movies for all ages. 2nd & Charles specializes in slightly used toys and gifts and features a buyback program offering cash or store credit for acceptable items.

Best toy for under $20: Make your own slime kit. $20.

Best toy for under $100: Nintendo DS. A variety of versions available and most under $100.

Shoppers’ secret: 2nd and Charles offers cash or store credit for the items they can accept. This helps customers by freeing up space for new items while also giving them more spending money.

Hot gift: Video games and consoles are always a great seller.Holiday hours: *Starting 12/7- 12/23 will be 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Christmas Eve hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Buyback Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily


Learning Express Toys

Learning Express Toys of Mandeville offers toys for all ages, newborns to 14 years old. Specializing in sports, games, educational toys and books.

Best toy for under $20: Boys – A Tangle NightBall bat & ball, Girls – Horizon Paint Your Own Unicorn.

Best toy for under $100: Boys – Magformers Sky Track Set, Girls – EzyRoller Classic Riding Machine.

Shoppers’ Secret: Learning Express Toys of Mandeville is locally owned. They offer complimentary gift wrap.

Hot gifts: L.O.L. products and Scruff A Luvs.

Holiday hours: Mon. – Sat. 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sun. Noon – 5:00 p.m.