If you’re doing some last-minute shopping, that’s all the more reason to keep it local. Here are a few ideas (feel free to post others in the comments) for great children’s gifts that are either invented and/or made in Rhode Island.
Located on Westminster Street in Providence, this packed little shop sells jewelry, t-shirts, cards, puppet-making kits, toys, you name it. All the items are hand-crafted by regional artists.
Seven Acre Toys
Wood blocks, rattles, mobiles, teethers and more.
Pockets of Learning
This children’s toy company makes unique soft toys. We still have the three little pigs set that Madeline got as a gift years ago. I’m not sure they still make that, but they have a soft tea set that I’m sure Lucy would love.
Local searches in RI
On Etsy, you can find local artisans who make dolls, toys, clothes, etc. A quick search for “children” in Rhode Island brought me to this adorable mini baby set (pictured above), owl wall plaque, and toddler aviator hat. See the full list of children’s items in Rhode Island.
Mill Street Puzzle Company
Located in Newport’s Historic Hill, this company creates American-made jigsaw puzzles that celebrate American heritage.
Let’s not forget one of my personal favorites — a word game for the Scrabble-obsessed.
Of course, Hasbro, the maker of Mr. Potato Head, Play-Doh and a plethora of other toys and brands is also located in Rhode Island. In fact, it’s one of the big national public companies located in the state (CVS is another), and as such is a major employer here. Buying Play-Doh doesn’t have the same feel as buying a hand-crafted item. Still, a local job is nothing to scoff at when you’re unemployment rate still exceeds 10 percent…
Who out there has other suggestions?