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Originally published by Sarah Moran. Last updated by Jen Paolini.
With a new school year just kicking off, it’s time to get started with your list of gifts to treat your kids for their good grades. If you’re struggling for ideas, then you’ve come to the right place. From a book shop that stocks more than just paperback fictions to certified LEGO stores, here are just some of the best kids shops in Hong Kong where you can off-load your hard-earned cash on your little darlings.
As one of the most popular bookstores among the English-speaking community in Hong Kong, Bookazine prides itself on offering the best selection of English language books and magazines available in the city. Stocking over 900 different magazine titles and 20,000 books at its largest store in Landmark, Bookazine also hosts regular book launches and signings, readings, and fun activities in its Kids Corner, such as puppet shows and face paintings. It’s also decked out with an incredible range of fun and novelty gifts and cards, making it a great spot to shop with your kids.
Cotton On’s Typo brand is packed with affordable stationery and other homeware products that will have you and your kids going back and forth wondering which glittery notebook to buy, or which Star Wars pen holder to take home. Remember to make note that Typo products are not available at every Cotton On outlet and the most well-stocked selection can be found at their flagship stores in Tsim Sha Tsui and Causeway Bay.
Wise-Kids is a leading educational toy retailer in Hong Kong, selling high-quality toys that enhance children’s all-round development. The shop stocks well-loved big brands from around the world, such as Playmobil, Steiff, Geomag, Creativity for Kids, Galt, Smoby, and Ravensburger. With locations spread across Hong Kong Island, it should be no problem at all for the little ones to get lost in reverie while pondering the stacks upon stacks of toys on offer.
Take a trip back to your childhood with one of the world’s most well-known toy shop, Toys“R”Us. Despite massive store closures across the USA, Toys“R”Us remains a firm favourite among Hong Kong parents and children. Kids will love choosing from the seemingly limitless collections, scratching their heads on whether to spend their parents’ dollars on Nerf guns, Peppa Pig playsets, Barbie dolls, skateboards, puzzles and board games, play kitchens, Marvel action figures, or even an electronic learning toy.
Bold and funky, Smiggle will have you falling in love with their brightly coloured backpacks and quirky Smiggle cartoon characters in a second. With everything from a scented silicone pencil case, to plush hamburger notepads, your kids will never have a dull day at school!
While you can easily find LEGO bricks all over Hong Kong, for those looking for the real deal, head over to the LEGO Store outlets in Mong Kok, Causeway Bay, Sha Tin, Tuen Mun, or Tai Koo Shing. Hong Kong’s LEGO-certified stores offer a wide range of products, building block sets, and toys for both kids and grown-ups alike. Choose from themed LEGO collections such as the Disney princesses, Harry Potter castles, and Star Wars box sets, or let the store help you choose the perfect customised set for your child.