8 Perfect Christmas Gifts for the Kids and Teenagers

Forget about the stress of shopping for kids’ toys and clothes at the big stores and make your experience more enjoyable while also keeping it local. Here are some fantastic ideas for toys and clothes for the little ones this Christmas, all found in Waterford’s great selection of independent shops and with some of the products created by super talented local crafts people.

1. MC’s Outdoor Store, 46 Merchants Quay

archery MC Outdoor

The Hunger Games franchise has been credited for making archery cool and this was confirmed by owner Ronan at MC’s Outdoor Store, who says that it has become a popular sport with kids in recent years. Check out his wide range of archery sets and let Ronan put you on the right track to choose the perfect one.

2. cc creatives, 87/88 Meagher’s Quay

cc creatives kids

cc creatives has some wonderful handmade toys and puzzles made by the local craftspeople who run the shop. Perfect as inspiration for the little creative in your family. The dinosaur-shaped puzzles are really good value and suitable for kids aged four and older.  You’ll find loads of treasures here for the little treasures in your life.

3. Spokes Cycles, 20 Patrick’s Street

spokes bikes for kids

Whether it’s their first bike or they’ve grown out of their current one, Liam and Kevin will set you on the right track to choose the perfect one from the large selection you’ll find in Spokes Cycles. For a small shop, it packs a lot in with top brands like Ridgeback and Orbea. Keep them safe with all the accessories too from helmet’s to lights and everything in between.

4. John Palmer Music Centre, 7 Great Georges Street

kids guitars John Palmer

Guitars, ukuleles, keyboards, drums…whatever musical noise your kid is in to, you’ll find it at John Palmer’s Music Centre. Not only that, but with John being in the business for 35 years, he’ll guide you in the right direction to choose the best instrument for your child. Pop into the best music store in town and get them up on the road to rockstardom and fame in no time.

5. Indi, 83 The Quay

indi tutu

Indi stock some very cute baby and toddler clothes. Get them suited and booted for Christmas Day in a gorgeous tutu or a cosy bear shearling swaddle wrap. Or chill out on Christmas Day with the Happy Waffle Lounge Jogging Set, which includes a sweater and bottoms. Add to it with a cosy hat and booties.  

6. Finders Keepers, 13 Michael Street

Kids books and toys Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers is a treasure trove for gifts and you’ll find an array of books and wooden toys to delight the children on Christmas morning. Or how about getting them their first watch or alarm clock or pick up a Do It Yourself Rocket Ships set. In it, you get three inflatable planes to colour and hours of fun afterwards as the kids fly them through the air!

7. Bebhinn, 129 The Quay

kids cardigans Bebhinn

Bebhinn has been super busy creating woolen attire for young and old and you can’t go wrong with one of her colourful and cosy cardigans to keep the little one warm during the winter months. Bebhinn also stocks baby gifts and nursery decor. She has a selection of wall art, baby mobiles, booties and blankets–all made in Ireland.

8. Luca Records & Decks, 23 Michael Street

Skateboards Luca Records

Cool kids love skateboards and the best place to buy them in town is at Luca Records & Decks. Owner Harry has a wide range of decks to choose from in various sizes and designs. Delight them on Christmas morning and have them zooming to the skate park in no time.

This Christmas you’ll find the ideal gift to wrap and put under the tree…and then delight in seeing the littles ones excited faces on Christmas morning (whatever time that may be!). Let’s shop local and support the unique and independent stores dotted all around the city. You’re sure to find the perfect Christmas gift for everyone on your list.

For Christmas gift inspiration for the man in your life, see here.

And for present ideas for the gals, see here.

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