your new favorite toy store lives in portland, oregon! grasshopper is an independent shop that stocks clothing, toys, arts and crafts, books, and much more. their philosophy is it shouldn't be hard to find cute, imaginative toys that are safe and fun! (sounds like mine too!) highlights include: vilac musical instruments, which are nearly impossible to find this side of the pond; the most adorable sock dolls from no3no4 and an huge selection of books for all ages.
feeling bummed you don't live in portland? well, grasshopper has a wonderful selection on their online store. i recommend bookmarking it now for holiday shopping.