Joyful, exuberant play...

The extraordinary gift of childhood.

Leading the way through play...

Our toys will amaze, engage, inspire and delight!

Well designed, safe toys…

Hand-selected from trusted sources with the highest standards.

Who We Are

As  a former  teacher, I carry well designed, safe toys, that I hand select from trusted sources with the highest standards. Classic to Trendy, for Babies to Tweens.

Unlike online warehouses or the big box stores, our seasoned Toy Experts have real hands-on experience and knowledge to share with you about our toys, games and books, arts & crafts and so much more!

Whether you need help finding the perfect gift, or just want us to gift-wrap and ship what  you have  chosen, we’re here to help. Call our Toy Experts at  847-441-5975 during our regular business hours or email us anytime.

“Play is Brain Food” and we work Extra Hard to find products that stimulate and encourage creative play and also have the appeal of something special. We carry the Classic Favorites and well as the New and Unusual, always looking for the best “PLAY VALUE” and “FUN FACTOR”.  Come on in and let us show you what a difference the right toy can make in your  child’s life!

We are a family-owned, community-friendly business and  put great value on the reputation we have earned as an honest, trustworthy and responsive company that cares about our customers.

You have many choices when shopping. Please give us the opportunity to be your one-stop toy store.

Markie Carlson, Senior Toyologist

Jobs at Children’s Gift Shop:

We are always looking for enthusiastic people in the North Shore area who want to join our team of toy and play experts.  We often have part-time/and  or seasonal openings.

If you are interested, stop by and introduce yourself  and fill out an application. and we can let you know what is currently available.

We carry a beautiful array of personalized gifts, all custom made to order. Our catalog is extensive! (Monogrammed blankets, etc. also available)

Where We Are

We are located  at 310 Happ Rd in Northfield Illinois, in the Northfield Village Center (behind the Subway).
If taking Edens Expressway (94W)-Exit Willow Road West, 1 block, turning left (South) on Happ.
If taking 294N-Exit Willow Rd going East 5 miles to Happ (just over the tracks after Mariano’s).

If you get lost, call us!
We can be reached:
847-441-5970 or 5975  (or

Hours: Monday-Saturday 9-5  Sunday 12-5

We do not offer online ordering, but call us and we will take your order over the phone and ship it  anywhere in the lower 48 states (USA).

Gift Wrapping is always FREE!

Our Catalogs

CLICK on our Summer Catalog!

Click above and peek inside…you will be amazed!
Call us to ship within USA. Gift Wrap is always Free!

Our Favorite Pics

Markie’s Blog

Board games boost brain power!

Games are great for kids for different reasons at different ages. For preschoolers, they’re a fun way to learn how to “follow rules, focus, take turns and defer gratification, which helps with self-regulation, the basis of problem-solving and thinking creatively,”...

ASTRA Best Toys for Kids: The Teeter Popper!

The 2014 Best Toys for Kids Winner for the Active Play category! Whether they rock it, roll it, sit in it or stand... kids want to move with Teeter Popper! “POP-POP-POP... POP-POP-POP!” Senses go for a ride every time they play. A cinch to maneuver - stand, sit, rock,...