Today’s post about shopping local is brought to you by Brilliant Sky Toy & Books. I was provided an item in exchange for sharing my thoughts with my readers.
Do you remember the first time you were a child and taken shopping for a special toy? I do! I had toys but my first memory of actually being taken into a toy store to select something myself was by my Mother. I was four years old, had broken my femur bone and had recently had my body cast removed. We were celebrating! I remember strolling the aisles of that local boutique toy store, carefully looking at all the unique toys, wanting to find something truly special. And find it I did!
Growing up, we visited family in Florida every year. Aside from seeing Grandma and all the family there were two things I always looked forward to, visiting Disney or Sea World and visiting my Uncle’s small toy store that was in the heart of the Mercado. It was packed full of unique toys that you would never find at big box stores. My Uncle was always so kind but we had so much fun just checking out the fun and unique toys that he had discovered.
Whether you are young or young at heart, there is just something special about walking into a local toy store. You can usually find treasures I love being able to make connections with the locals that work in the stores as well as knowing that we are helping to support the local economy. I highly recommend seeking out your local toy stores for fun and memorable shopping experiences for your loved ones.
Introducing Brilliant Sky Toys & Books
The first Brilliant Sky Toys & Books® was founded in 2002 in Lansing, Michigan with the singular goal of being the finest specialty toy store in America. Based on the belief that the right playthings give children a gateway to physical, emotional and cognitive development, Brilliant Sky Toys & Books provides the highest quality products in an atmosphere that is both active and interactive.
Their unique aesthetic approach is vibrant yet warm, exciting yet comforting and exploratory yet safe. From rich colors and woods to low sightlines and custom fixtures the Brilliant Sky sensory experience is unlike any other. Now based in Brentwood, TN and featuring more than 10,000 high-quality specialty products, Brilliant Sky Toys & Books is truly the place where everyone can find their way to play.
At its core, Brilliant Sky is providing happiness and memories to families across the country. Not only do they select the best quality and developmentally sound toys in the world, but they sell them at fair everyday prices. Each year a dozen perfect items are chosen by the toy store franchise chain to be given the Brilliance Awards. This year, the dozen toys chosen for the 4th annual Brilliance Awards were a great mix of items.
My favorites from the Brilliance Awards were:
- World Map Puzzle by Janod
- Snap Circuit Sound by Elenco Electronics
- Lego® City Brickmaster by Penguin
- Easel by Melissa & Doug
- Adventure Treehouse by International Playthings
From the list we selected the World Map Puzzle from Janod. With my kids loving geography and wanting to be mini world travelers it was just the perfect fit!
It is beautifully designed with the kids in mind but is very educational with all the added pictures. It truly is brilliant with the magnetic feature! It allows the pieces to stay in place while the kids work to find the other country pieces for that continent.
Since we are homeschooling, it was perfect and has been so much fun to use during our history lessons. When it is not in use, you can display it with the attached string. Austin proudly claimed it for his room.
As you consider the next gift you will give to your special little one, why not take the time to check out all the cool finds in your local toy store. You may just realize you have been missing out on a lot of fun by shopping at the big box stores. If you live in the central US, be sure to see if you live near one of the 15 Brilliant Sky Toy & Books.