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Shopping for Children in La Jolla

Shopping for and with children can be a challenge, especially if it involves a time-consuming trip to a crowded mall. Why not save yourself some time and hassle and shop locally? A few shops in La Jolla offer clothing and other items for children, whether you're outfitting your own kids or grandkids or searching for a gift for a birthday party or a baby shower.

If you're looking for quality clothing and accessories for boys and girls of all ages, stop in at Brooks Brothers on Wall Street. Brooks Brothers has been offering classic clothes for almost 200 years, since the first store opened in New York City in 1818. Professional men and women rely on the timeless style and value they know they'll always find here, for both themselves and their children. Many of the clothing items for boys and girls (from ages 4 up to teen years) are suitable for private schools and prep schools. For boys, Brooks Brothers carries dress and sport shirts, sweaters and vests, dress trousers, outerwear, sport coats and blazers, suits and formalwear, polo and rugby shirts, casual pants, ties, shorts and swimwear, shoes, belts, and underwear. For girls, the store offers blouses, knits, sweaters, pants and shorts, dresses and jumpers (many suitable for school wear), skirts, jackets and outerwear, accessories, shoes and jewelry. Gift items for children include stuffed animals and books and for girls, a wide assortment of sterling silver and pearl jewelry, including charm bracelets, necklaces and stud earrings. Brooks Brothers believes in giving back to the community, especially where children are involved, and donates a portion of its profits to charities such as St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

For babies and younger children (and women), Elizabeth Allen Atelier on Girard Avenue offers a constantly changing and colorful array of merchandise. Gift and clothing items include Jellycat plush animals and other stuffed animals, Feather Baby organic baby clothes, including onesies, Kicky Pants baby clothes, blankets, mobiles, and jewelry and purses suitable for girls. Elizabeth Allen Atelier is known for her custom bedding, including sophisticated baby bedding. The baby bedding line is available in soft percale prints, velvet, and herringbone. You can mix and match prints for sheets, pillows and crib bumpers and add French cotton trim or herringbone piping for the baby with style.

Shannon & Co. also offers a variety of appealing, stylish and unique clothing items for babies and girls (up to size 14) and boys (up to size 7). Located on Wall Street, this children's boutique carries several upscale clothing brands and styles. These include Biscotti, Hartstrings, and Good Lad. In addition, Shannon & Co. offers Kid Kouture baby accessories, Ugg shoes for babies and children, handmade, one-of-a-kind blankets, and one or two featured books by local children's authors. The friendly boutique also offers free gift wrapping.

Finally, what is a shopping trip for children without a stop at a toy store? Geppetto's Toy Store has been helping children of all ages play all over San Diego since its first store opened more than 40 years ago in Old Town. Geppetto's now has seven branches across the county and we are lucky to have one here in downtown La Jolla, on Girard Avenue. Here you can come in for the perfect gift, and let you own inner child play too. Geppetto's carries almost 75 brand names from Alex and Blue Orange Games to Winning Moves and Yomega Yoyos. Categories include American made toys, arts and crafts, books, cars and trains, construction sets, dolls, dollhouses, educational toys, games, musical toys, outdoor toys, puppets, puzzles and science and nature projects. If you need gift ideas and recommendations, the staff is happy to help. You can also browse the Geppetto's website and shop for toys online in several ways – by age, staff favorites, award winners and what's new. Geppetto's also offers gift wrapping and shipping.


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