Shopping for kids during the holidays can be so much fun! It can also be super hectic when visiting big box retail stores. Maintain your sanity and check out all of the great children’s boutiques in Oakland. There are several amazing locally owned businesses that cater to a variety of needs. You are sure to find something unique and wonderful that is within your holiday budget!
Located in Oakland’s Temescal district, Ruby’s Garden offers a well-curated selection of high-quality baby and children’s clothing, shoes, and accessories. Here, you will find all of the hottest brands including Tea Collection, Morley, and Appaman. All garments are well-made, so you can rest easy knowing that your little one will look great in clothing that lasts.
Are you shopping for children’s gifts, but don’t want to purchase clothes? Ruby’s Garden has a fabulous selection of games and books that are fun and stimulating, for children of all ages. From puzzles to plush toys, you’ll make any kid’s day with a gift from Ruby’s garden. You can even purchase items online!
Of course, you are encouraged to stop by the cute shop Tuesday through Saturday to see all the wonderful things they have to offer. Parking can be found for free in the Walgreen’s parking lot or on a residential side street. Metered street parking is also available. Or, avoid circling around to find parking and take the bus. AC Transit line 6 stops a block away!
When it comes to community oriented shops, there are few places that compare to Child’s Play. This resale shop focuses on children’s clothing, toys, and other necessities like strollers, carriers, walkers, and so much more! With a little one of their own, the owners of Child’s Play recognizes how quickly kids grow in and out of items. They’ve created a space for parents to sell or trade their gently used items so that others might have the opportunity to enjoy them. But Child’s Play is so much more than a second-hand clothing store.
They have an amazing selection of toys and games that nurture the curiosity and creativity of children of all ages. From science experiments to plush toys, there is something that will spark any child’s imagination.
Stop in any day other than Monday to see what kinds of treasures are waiting on the racks. They have an adorable selection of clothing, coats, and shoes for babies and kids. They also have a play area where your child can entertain him-or herself while you peruse all the goodies.
Metered street parking can be found along College Avenue and free residential parking is usually easy to find. Take advantage of this extremely walkable neighborhood and take BART to the Rockridge station or catch the 51A/51B bus!
Kelly’s Corner is a wonderful place to get high quality secondhand clothes for women and children. The store is locally-owned by Jackie Hunter. The store’s name was inspired by Jackie’s daughter, Kelly, because of her unique sense of fashion.
Parents who have beautiful children’s and maternity garments that are still in excellent condition but are no longer in use can sell their outfits on consignment at Kelly’s Corner. It’s a wonderful way to free up some closet space and earn a little cash while helping fellow parents and minimizing waste.
Along with secondhand, clothes, shoes and accessories, Kelly’s Corner has an awesome collection of new toys and maternity and nursing accessories. Looking for the perfect children’s holiday gift? Come to Kelly’s Corner! They have great gifts including handcrafted goods made by local artisans, unique educational toys for under $40, and children’s books in multiple languages.
Whether you have an infant, a toddler, or a preteen, you will find something perfect for your little one (and for yourself) at this fantastic boutique. Stop by Tuesday through Saturday. Parking along MacArthur Blvd is metered street, but you can find free parking on one of the residential cross streets. The Laurel district is also extremely bike friendly and has ample bike parking.
Since 1996, Adventure Toys & Learning Center has been a purveyor of fun and well-made toys and books for children of all ages.
Their thoughtfully curated selection of toys encourage children’s curiosity and stimulate their brains. Encourage active learning in your child with a variety of puzzle and building games. Give your loved ones the gift of cultural awareness and stimulate their imagination through a variety of well-written and educational children’s books.
Along with an excellent selection of children’s toys and books, Adventure Toys Learning offers unbeatable customer service. Take advantage of their expertise to find the right gift for the children in your life. You can even have your purchase gift wrapped for free!
Stop by their Lakeshore store and find the perfect gift for any child!
If you’ve ever walked down Lakeshore Avenue, you certainly have gazed upon the gorgeous window display at Silver Moon Kids. What you may not know is that Silver Moon offers a really cute selection of new and gently used children’s clothing for ages 0-12 years old.
Whether you want to sell or trade your impeccably maintained children’s clothing and toys, or you are on the hunt for brand names at bargain prices, there is always a reason to pop into Silver Moon.
Along with clothes, Silver Moon has a sweet selection of fun toys! Does your child love fairy tales? Check out the wonderful selection of adorable princess and fairy costumes on display. Don’t forget to grab a pair of wings! Your little loved one will be thrilled!
Lakeshore is a bustling neighborhood with metered street parking that fills up quickly. You are welcome to park in the parking structure across the street or take public transit! The AC Transit 12 line has a stop a couple of blocks away.
Valentine’s is a new and second-hand children’s clothing store located in the Piedmont Avenue business district. The store has been open since 2014. They offer adorable and carefully selected clothes, shoes, toys, books, and accessories to parents who seek out fashionable and sustainable children’s attire. They carry clothing and accessories that are generally intended for newborns to children of age ten.
Many of the goods sold at Valentine’s are made locally with organic materials. At Valentine’s you will always find a beautifully curated selection of cute and functional clothing including coats, dresses, tops, pants, onesies, and pajamas. Don’t forget to accessorize with beautiful dress shoes, socks, hats, headbands, and bags.
Toys and educational games are also sold at Valentine’s. You’ll find a variety of puzzles and books that are designed to aid in child brain development. There are also dolls, stuffed animals, rattles, and other toys that are made from materials that are safe for your little one. Get a sneak peek of all that they have to offer on their Instagram.
Parking along Piedmont Avenue includes Kaiser’s hourly paid parking garage, metered street, and 2-hour residential parking. You can also catch the 57 bus that stops on the corner of Piedmont Ave and West MacArthur Blvd or ride the Kaiser shuttle from MacArthur BART.
Opening its doors in March of 2017, GoldenBug Children’s Shoes has been Oakland’s premier place to go for a quality assortment of shoes for boys and girls up to the age of 11 years old. They are the only dedicated children’s shoe store in the area. They provide “sit and fit” services, which means they measure your child’s feet to ensure that shoes are a perfect fit.
You can find shoes for all occasions including dress shoes, sneakers, booties, and more! They also carry socks and orthopedic inserts for children. They work closely with children who are undergoing podiatry care and physical therapy for foot issues. Keep up with their newest collections and latest sales on Instagram.
Their easily accessible store is in Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood, and is a short walk from the Rockridge BART station. Parking in the neighborhood is a mix of metered street and free residential.
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