It can be difficult to figure out where to find those perfect presents for the children in your life, so Ladue-Frontenac Patch has found five area stores that are perfect places to stop to find great gifts.
Barnes & Noble
If the kids in your life are avid readers, in Ladue Crossing is your best bet. From the Berenstain Bears to the Harry Potter series, they have options for all ages. For younger readers, you also can't go wrong with Dr. Seuss books, which are in plentiful supply.
If your kids are more into nonfiction, it has a huge selection of DK books (starting with baby books) that cover a range of topics from science to history.
manager Lori Haberman recommended three items in the store. She said that the Funtime Tractor ($35) is a huge hit for babies and toddlers, while the Stomp Rocket ($15.99) is a best-seller for older kids. For older girls, she recommended Locker Looks, a line of magnetic locker products ($7-20) that include mirrors and pencil cups.
For younger girls, the store offers an adorable selection of princess costumes ($57-69) that are sure to make your little girl the star of her birthday party.
has a huge selection of items that would make great gifts, from babies to teens.
They have an adorable line of colorful Whoozit toys ($13.99-24.99) that are sure to keep most babies happy. For older kids, they also sell the popular Webkinz stuffed animals for $4.99 each.
For girls, they have a variety of patterned and painted jewelry boxes ($8.99-34.99) that are sure to keep their prized possessions safe.
Store employees indicated that the Japanese Iwako Erasers, which come in a variety of shapes, including animals, food, cars and teeth, are also popular items for kids at the store.
If you have a budding clothes horse or fashionista on your hands, is the place to go for clothing for boys and girls.
For girls, they are currently selling an adorable selection of dresses, starting at $16.94. You can add to the look with a cute pair of glittery or patterned tennis shoes ($16.94).
Boys don't always appreciate clothing as gifts, but getting them something that has their favorite character on it is a great idea. Old Navy has a great selection of character T-shirts ($9.94 and up) that include everyone from Batman to Optimus Prime of Transformers.
"I'd want the Batman shirt," said 8-year-old Max, who was shopping with his mom.
has great toys for kids, from classics to the latest toys to hit the market.
Sales associate Christa Covington first recommended the line of Angry Birds toys ($6.95-16.95), based on the popular video game.
Be sure to check out our photo gallery for photos of these toys and more, along with video from Imagination Toys and Spicer's.