Whether you're looking for a holiday gift, birthday present or something just because, check out this local gift guide with ideas that will bring joy and delight to the little ones this season.

For The Wild Imaginations: Itty Bitty City & Where The Wild Things Play

Where The Wild Things PlayPhotography courtesy of Where The Wild Things Play

Not only is Itty Bitty City home to the coolest biggest miniature city, but they also have a carefully curated collection of toys and gifts you can purchase for the little ones in your life. If you want to play test before you buy, many of the toys in the shop are also available in the different play areas. Visit the toy shop in person, or online!

Let your kids run wild at Where The Wild Things Play. Your kid’s imagination will run free in five different decorated play areas such as a supermarket, hair salon, playhouse, cafe and barn. Check out their monthly or 6-month memberships for extended fun.

Staff Pick: Memberships to Itty Bitty City and/or Where The Wild Things Play

Itty Bitty City Address: 3640 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield

Where the Wild Things Play Address: 5557 N. 21st St. Suite 4, Ozark

For The Fashion Icon: Jellybeans

Jellybeans Springfield MissouriClothes for tinies, tots and tweens, find the cutest attire, toys, and nursery decor across from Battlefield Mall. If you visit their website, you can make a registry or wishlist for specific items. 

Staff Pick: Bake & Decorate Cupcake Set

Address: 2632 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield

For The Lego Lover: Bricks & Minifigs

Bricks & Minifigs® is your one-stop aftermarket LEGO® toy shop. They buy and trade all LEGO® products, from bulk tubs to storage unit-sized collections. If it’s the LEGO® brand, they’ve got it and will take it! Check out their selection of individual minifigs, bulk bricks, components and accessories.

Staff Pick: The Star Wars Razor Crest set

Address: 1570 E. Battlefield Road Suite E, Springfield

For The Game Enthusiast: Village Meeple Board Game Cafe 

Village Meeple Board Game Cafe is a haven for board game enthusiasts. The shop has a wide selection of board games, dice, and gaming apparel for the gamer in your family. 

Staff Gift Pick: Dinosaurs Mythic Islands Puzzle

Address: 1570 E. Battlefield Road Ste F, Springfield

For The Candy Addict: Bon Bon’s Candy House

Bon BonsDelicious sweet and chocolatey treats live at Bon Bon’s Candy House. Whether you want a bag of colorful jelly beans for a stocking stuffer or a box of decadent salted caramel truffles, it’ll surely please the candy lover in your life. Visit their shop in Brentwood Center or place an online order

Staff Pick: Snowman Marshmallow Pop

Address: 2720 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield

For The Animal Fanatic: Dickerson Park Zoo

Feeding Giraffes at Dickerson Park ZooFor all things animal-related, books, plushies and apparel, check out Dickerson Park Zoo’s gift shop. If you want your gift to last an entire year, consider purchasing a zoo membership.

Staff Pick: Peacock Plushie with a zoo membership

Address: 1401 W. Norton Road, Springfield

For The Home Runner: Springfield Cardinals

The Hammons Field Team Store is filled with apparel, caps, baseball cards and novelties for your little Springfield Cardinals fan. Don’t forget, game day tickets are the perfect pairing to some Cardinals gear! 

Staff Pick: Springfield Cardinals Cashew Chicken T-Shirt and a Red Access Membership

Address: 955 E. Trafficway St., Springfield

For The Underwater Explorer: Wonders of Wildlife

Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & AquariumPhotography courtesy of Wonders of Widlife

Not only do Wonders of Wildlife memberships make the perfect gift, but you can peruse their aquatic-themed gift shop for sea creature plushies, apparel and artwork. 

Staff Pick: 2 for $40 Plushies

Address: 500 W. Sunshine St., Springfield

For The Spelunker: Crystal Cave, Fantastic Caverns, Smallin’ Civil War Cave, Talking Rocks

Fantastic CavernsCave adventurers and geologists will love the gift shops of these incredible caves. You’ll find everything from shiny geodes to cave books, t-shirts, toys and other gifts. Several of the caves even offer season passes.

Staff Pick: A sparkly geode.

Crystal Cave Address: 7126 N. Crystal Cave Lane, Springfield

Fantastic Caverns Address: 4872 N. Farm Road 125, Springfield

Smallin’ Civil War Cave Address:  3575 N. Smallin Road, Ozark

Talking Rocks Cavern Address:  423 Fairy Cave Lane, Branson West

For The Inspiring Performer: Springfield Little Theatre, Springfield Ballet and Plotline Film and Media Classes

Did you know there are all kinds of classes and camps your kids can attend to further their passions? Whether their passion includes acting, film, or ballet, check out the different classes offered by Springfield Little Theatre’s Education Department, the Springfield Ballet or Plotline Film.

Staff Pick: A workshop class at the Springfield Ballet

Address: 311 E. Walnut St., Springfield

For The Painter: Artistree Pottery

Watch your artist create a masterpiece they can take home at Artistree Pottery. Have your child pick a piece to paint, select their colors and get busy! Their piece will be ready to pick up about a week after painting.

Staff Pick: Painting one of their many Christmas ornaments

Address: 1423 E. Cherry St. Suite 103, Springfield

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