Skip Techie Stuff & Get REAL toys for your Kids

Picture this: No iPods, smartphones, or computers. No videos or digital games.

Instead, you get imagination, movement, and discovery.

Sounds almost too good to be true, but Christmas shopping for your kids in Shipshewana makes those kind of non-techie dreams come true!

Truth is, you’ll find kid-related gifts in just about any store, but below, we’ve compiled a few places where you can start.

Red Wagon: It’s A Real Toy Store chock full of creative energy! We grabbed a photo of this little girl preparing us something yummy in her “kitchen.”

Simple Sounds: Encourage your child to get in touch with his or her musical side here, as this store offers many different items, from harmonicas to lap harps, steel drums to guitars.

Lotions & Potions: This store might primarily be for the females, although some young guy items are offered. We love the sparkle lotions for the girls.

Yoder’s Hardware: This store is a personal favorite, as it offers sleds and skates, games and rubber band guns…and much more. Sign up for their newsletter to see their specials: www.YodersHardware.com.

The Hitching Post: Every inch of this store is filled with possibilities of gifts for your kids. This retailer shares creative, different, and sometimes outlandish toys!

Peter Stone Horses: Peter Stone is internationally acclaimed for his collectibles, and you’ll find him right here in Shipshewana. His items are a MUST for horse-lovers.

Head Over Heels: You’ll say “Life is Good” while your child stays busy with these fun, high-bouncing balls from Life Is Good.

Along the Pumpkinvine: This retailer sells sports games and paraphernalia. It also carries your favorite teams’ games, as does The Hitching Post.

The Craft Barn: If your Christmas traditions include a new ornament, you’ve come to the right place.

B & L Woodcrafts: They’re offering 20% off select swing sets!

J. Farvers II: Veggie-Tales. Books. They have a great selection of books for teens, and if you purchase two books, you get a third book for free.

Kids Kreations: This one-of-a-kind shop offers the opportunity for you to create your own doll. Select the face, hair, eyes, skin tone, and clothes.

Past Times Country Store, Aunt Millie’s Candies: If you’re looking for old-fashion candy, you’ll find it at these two places. Think “stocking stuffer.”

What types of gifts are you looking for? If it’s not listed above, we’ll help you find it!

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