There are many aspects of the holiday season that I love, from the festive music and lights to the spirit of the season and family time. I also truly love giving gifts to people, which is made easy by shopping in Old Town and, in particular, at Red Barn Mercantile. Before being a part of the team at Red Barn, it was always my go-to for gifts. It is still my go-to store, only now I have the pleasure of selecting products for our growing kids’ section. Here are some of Red Barn’s unique, classic, and fun toys for kids of all ages.
Color Cube Sudoku From local company ThinkFun comes Rubix Cube meets Sudoku. It seems simple: flip the cubes, solve the puzzle. Only there are half-a-million solutions. Let the challenges begin! Ages 8+, $24
Make A Robotic Arm If you know a kid who is a curious engineer, this is the gift for them. All one needs to build a robotic arm is included, from pre-cut wood pieces and plastic hydraulics, to easy-to-follow instructions. Ages 12+, $34
Goodnight Stories For Rebel Girls Every child should have this book, but especially girls from ages 3 to 99. It includes 100 stories of 100 extraordinary women, and is illustrated by 60 female artists from all over the world. A second volume was just released, and we have both. $35 each
Planet Blocks Hand-crafted in Michigan with child-safe inks, Uncle Goose’s Planet Blocks are great for building now and learning later. Blocks include planet symbols, names and number of moons, as well as location and distance from the sun. Ages 2+, $22.50
Odell Octopus by JellyCat We love everything JellyCat makes, but this adorable 9-inch plush octopus with eight floppy tentacles is too cute for words. Odell has to be the friendliest cephalopod in the ocean, and a perfect playtime companion. $25.50
Loog Mini Guitar This ultimate beginner’s guitar is the size of a ukulele but features classical, nylon guitar strings with standard guitar tuning, so it plays and sounds just like a guitar. A learn-to-play app features music by the Beatles, Stones, Taylor Swift, and more, making it fun and easy for anyone to play. Ages 3+, $95
Floating Island We are so excited to sell Plan Toys at the shop, and while it is tough to choose from what we have (a Rocking Pegasus anyone?), this floating island is irresistible. Featuring the sea, sand, a coconut tree, a shell, a turtle, and a crab, it’s perfect for bath time or water play anytime. Ages 18mo+, $34
Milk Made Onesie The sweetest addition to a baby’s wardrobe, these organic cotton onesies are hand-embroidered and stitched for the softest feel against infant skin. Embroidered bear and kitty faces are available as well. Ages 6-12 months, $38
Veggie Rattles Adorable hand-crocheted vegetable rattles have inviting texture and bright colors, perfect for wee ones. Plus, older siblings may want to borrow them for their play kitchens. Set of four for ages newborn & up, $45
Juggling Balls Set Aside from impressing people, research shows juggling helps brains to grow. Winner! This set of three features non-slip velvet, an instructional poster, and non-toxic pellets inside. Ages 7+, $21
DIY Dog in Boat Stitched by your own hands, this trio of creations can be an addition to nautical decor, or just fun for kids to enjoy. Contains materials to make one dog, one bone, and one boat, and includes instruction book with tutorial of basic stitches. Ages 8+, $42
Avian Friends Puzzle Beautifully illustrated, this completed puzzle shows 20 colorful birds created out of 1,000 puzzle pieces. If you know someone who likes a challenging puzzle, this has been a best seller of ours for several years. $16.99
Red Barn Mercantile opened its doors in September 2007 with a single vision in mind: providing old and new to offer our customers signature whole-room designs at great prices.
We’re more than a furniture boutique and provide more personalized service than a big box retailer. We work hard to bring you the highest quality furniture and gifts, the most unique conversation starters, wall hangings and accent pieces, whether they come from off-the-beaten-track flea markets, or the latest designers.
1117 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314