Magical Displays and Christmas Cheer!

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Our front window was inspired by Christmas morning! Three little bears sneaking down before their parents wake to see what Santa has left under the tree! See if you can spot all 7 frogs in the window the next time you’re at the store!

The holidays are absolutely the most magical time of year here at 200 King Street. We have Santa’s visits, colorful lights and garlands, secret Elfing, and the delightful excitement of everyone- young and old. The joy you see in a gruff Grandfather’s eyes when he picks out just the perfect pink, glittery stuffed animal to bring giggles and smiles to his tiny Granddaughter on Christmas Day.  The relaxed smile you see on Mom’s face as she realizes she’s done with her shopping and though there is much left to do- crossing even one thing off the never-ending to-do list is a beautiful moment. Check out the pictures below of the delightful displays our team has set up around the store!

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Our dear, sweet Mr. Potato Head has lost his ear! Who could be responsible for this awful trick?!

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These characters in our display are getting into some shenanigans! Snowball fights and fun!

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Last week one of our sweetest customers, James, came in to visit with us at the store. He is finally four years old, truly a little gentleman, and grows about an inch taller every month. It’s frightening to see how quickly he’s going from being a toddler to a little boy! When he saw our big reindeer friend in the middle of the store he actually SQUEALED with delight and ran straight to it forgetting all about being a “big boy,” and growing up. The reindeer got a huge hug and he asked his babysitter to please take a picture of him with the reindeer to send to mommy. As he was posing with the giant stuffed animal, it looked like the ecstatic smile on his face was going to soon grow so big it wouldn’t be possible to contain it!  Of course his little face couldn’t contain all of the joy; first the smile spread to his babysitter, then to me, then to everyone else in the store- it really took over! I’d be willing to bet it spread to every single person who looked at that picture too. It was certainly one of my favorite moments of the holiday season thus far; remembering the exhilaration of a child’s excitement at Christmastime is enough to get anyone in the spirit!

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A beautiful window display celebrating winter!

Don’t forget to come in and join in our holiday promotions! Today is another trivia day- if we can’t stump you with some fun holiday trivia you’ll receive 15% off your purchase! Also bring a new toy (or purchase one here) for the toy drive and we will take $5 off your purchase of $25 or more! Have a great day!

Holiday Gift Guide #4: For Your Silly Uncle Who Drives a Cool Jeep Without Doors and Lets You Use Him as a Jungle Gym!

Barrel of Monkeys & Monkey Finger Puppet-$10.00 and $9.50Monkey

Since your Uncle is always monkeying around, why not give him a fun throwback with a Barrel of Monkeys and finger puppet!

Box of Jokes- $18.00

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Squirt ring, fake poop, a hand buzzer and more- make sure you’re on the scheming side for this gift! Play jokes on the whole family all day!

Classic Disguise and Stylish Mustaches- $4.00 and $7.50disguise

After playing all those jokes on the family (or maybe after riding in that cool Jeep with no doors without Mom’s permission) you and your Uncle will need some top-notch disguises! Mustaches, glasses, and fake noses will ensure a clean getaway!

Crazy Aaron’s Super Magnetic Putty- $16.00

This putty is out of this world amazing! Check out the video above from Crazy Aaron’s Official Youtube and see all the awesome things you can do! Regular putty until you hold the magnet to it which gives the putty its own magnetic charge!  There is a wide variety and we also carry heat-sensitive color changing, glow-in-the-dark, metallic putty and others!

Pop, Pop, Snappers!- $1.00/box

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A classic! Little twisted packets that make a big sound are enjoyed by all ages! These will go to use by his inner child within seconds of opening the package.

Sticker Dressing Rescue Missions- $8.99rescue

Another perfect gift for the inner child. Who says dress up sticker books are for babies? These action rescue hero’s need their awesome gear!

Site Striker and Rubber Band Shooter- $16.00 and $7.00

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A foam ball shooter that is safe for indoor or outdoor use (depending on the number of precariously balancing antiques indoors.) For a smaller option the Rubber Band Shooter Blaster SUPREME is sure to be appreciated…by the recipient at least!

The Second day of Christmas (12/14/14) Why Not? is offering 15% off to any customers who come in wearing a fun and festive hat! Mention this when you get to the register and show off your cool cap (boring old baseball caps need not apply)! Check with us on Facebook tomorrow to see what our offer is!

Holiday Gift Guide #3: For Your Little Artiste Who is Destined to be The Next Pablo Picasso!

Bitty Bobble Pet Shop- $26.00

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Creativity for Kids makes some great art sets for everyone on your list. This set lets you decorate little bobble-head animals! As well as making a fantastic Christmas gift, this would be a great set to get so your child can decorate each animal and give them as gifts to friends or relatives!

Shrinky Dinks- $6.00

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ShrinkyDinks are a timeless classic that will amaze all ages. Color them in while large and then stick them in the oven for about five minutes and they will shrink into awesome tiny art. Bonus if you have an oven door with a great view so you can all gather around and watch your masterpieces turn miniature!

Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered- $19.95

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This book is full of prompts to spark creativity in any kid! Plenty of space to doodle and sketch with great helpful tips and tricks to master the basics in drawing.

Who Was… Books- $4.99

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We carry a wide array of “Who Was…?” books which give a basic background and some fun facts about the subject of that particular book. Here is a selection of artists you can learn about, though the series encompasses sports stars, historical figures, and authors as well!

Tabletop Art Easel- $41.00

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All of the fun of an easel without taking up nearly the space! This easel easily folds up and stores flat when not in use. The dry erase board and chalkboard make it a great rainy day activity to pull out! (If you do want a full sized child’s art easel we do carry those too though!)

Solar Print Paper- $7.00

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When left in the sunlight, this paper will absorb any part that is exposed while leaving the rest blank. Cover with leaves, sticks, flowers or any other array of shapes and textures to see what kind of amazing art you can create!

Craft Apron- $17.00

      art6A couple of our all-star employees are modeling these cool craft aprons! While they would probably be more appropriately sized for a toddler, we think the patterns are super fun!

Santa’s Visit to Why Not?

 

 

Over the weekend we had the joy of hosting Santa here in the store! He came in around 11:00 and stayed until 3:00. This time of year we know how tough it must be to make time for visits while trying to finish everything up back at the workshop. He must have one all-star team of elves if he can get away for celebrity appearances! It was a rainy, cold day but that didn’t stop people from braving the weather for a visit with Santa. We snapped some pictures of everyone having a great time with Old Saint Nick!

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One of our FAVORITE Why Notters told Santa all her Christmas wishes! Looks like he knows how to stay hip with the kids these days- he may or may not be busting a rhyme! Of course maybe its just, “Jingle Bells,” he’s singing!

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Puppies love Santa too! This is Otto enjoying his day with Santa! All he wants for Christmas is a nice new bone, and maybe a pack of tennis balls! Perhaps a little stuffed German Shepard dog to keep him company would be a nice surprise!

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Santa got some very special visitors on Saturday too! Even grown-ups love the chance to visit with their old friend Santa! (We hope Mrs. Claus won’t be jealous!)

Of course we’re extra lucky because he’ll be back just next week for a slightly shorter visit, 12:00-3:00. If you have any last minute changes to your wishlist or just haven’t gotten a chance to share it with him, come by!

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Santa waving goodbye to some of his visitors, he said they were DEFINITELY on the nice list!

Thanks for checking out the Why Not Blog, let us know what you would ask Santa for in the comments below. I’m sure he’ll swing by to see his photos from the weekend, which reminds me- thanks again for coming to see us Santa! We can’t wait for you to stop by this Saturday at noon!

Holiday Gift Guide #2: For Your Sweet Toddler Who Wants To Grow Up To Be Just Like Daddy

 

Fishing in the Tub- $16.00

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Sometimes you just need to get away from it all and go fishing. Fishing in the Tub means a relaxing fishing trip anytime in the comfort of your very own bathtub!

Hape Barbecue Grill- $141.00

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If you want to grill like a pro, you’ve got to start young! Daddy will be so excited to taste test your first play-burgers!

Take-Apart Roadster- $29.00

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You need your own car to work on! With this set you can take it apart and put it back together. If your heart is set in the sky there is a Take-Apart Airplane option as well!

When Dads Don’t Grow Up- $16.99

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Uncovering the truth behind Dads- they’re just big grown-up looking kids!

Tool Belt- $18.00

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If help is needed around the house, this tool set will get you all set up to do all the handy work. Comes with a Hammer, Wrench, Pliers, Screwdriver and a Beeper all in a belt you can tie around your waist! Don’t forget a yellow construction helmet ($5.50, not pictured) for safety!

Djeco Wooden Sandwich Making Set- $36.00

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One of the coolest sandwich sets EVER! Lots of different meats, cheeses, and toppings for your delicious sandwich concoction- all topped off with an olive toothpick just like at a real deli!

E-Land Flannel Shirt and LeTop Denim Jeans- $36.00 and $32.00  G7

Comfortable, rugged, and cool just like Dad in this flannel and jeans combo!

Hope you enjoyed this guide! Santa is still here at the store so I’m going back to visit with him- look forward to an update about his visit this week. He’ll be back next Saturday for anyone that missed him 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

Holiday Gift Guide #1: For the Special Newborn Miracle Who Puts Stars in Your Eyes Even as He/She Spits Up On You

1-2-3 Just Play With Me Card Set- $42.00

H4This set of 75, 7.25″ x 7.25″, cards is perfect for new parents. The cards outline categories of development: fine and gross motor, speech and language, cognitive, and social/emotional, starting at birth through 36 months. The set was developed by Early Head Start teachers, developmental specialists, and pediatric therapists to show parents milestones expected at each age range as well as fun and creative play suggestions to coordinate with development. If you’re looking for something unique and incredibly helpful- this is the way to go!

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Example- 6-9 month- “Imitating actions and nonverbal gestures is important to the development of conversational turn-taking and social interaction skills. To encourage the development of these skills, try these strategies: playing peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake, blowing kisses, waving bye-bye, reciting nursery rhymes with motions.”

Jellycat Touch and Feel Books- $16.00

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These books come in a variety of styles and all include different textures and crinkle pages to entertain baby!

Silk Road Bazaar Zooties- $21.00

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Unique and fun little booties fitting children 0-12 months, Zooties are made of all natural fibers and make a fun and funky gift! Handcrafted in Kyrgastan.

Pebble Knit Rattles- Caterpillar- $14.00, Train- $21.00

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These knit rattles are unlike anything you’ve seen before! They are hand-knitted in Bangladesh by an organization called Hathay Bunano. “It’s mission is to create fairly paid, good quality, flexible and local employment for rural women who are poor and often disadvantaged.” It is a wonderful cause, not to mention the rattles are absolutely adorable!

Little Dane Blankets- Made in Austria- $37.00

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Our Little Dane blankets by David Fussenegger, made in Austria, are always a hit. They are incredibly warm, soft blankets that come in a variety of interesting patterns and styles. While the ones above are bright and festive, they also come in sweet pastels if that is more your style!

Teething Toys by Sassy and Tomy- Ring Rattle- $5.00, Hedgehog Bristle Teether- $4.00, Tomy First Keys- $3.50

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This is the kind of gift that every baby needs and certainly fits any budget. Cutting teeth is never fun but some of these toys can ease the pain!

Jojo Maman Bebe Penguin Footie- $36.00     

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Cute 100% cotton footie to make the holidays merry! Who could resist those funny little penguins?

Thanks for checking out our first gift guide! Hopefully it inspires some ideas for the upcoming season. Let us know what you would pick for a brand new baby in the comments below!

Happy Holidays!

December is upon us and it is time to start celebrating! Here at Why Not? we have worked hard to make this the best (and simplest) holiday season yet. We have great promotions, extended holiday hours, gift guides, and more to get you out of the cold and back to snuggling with your little loved ones in no time!


ANNOUNCEMENTS!

EXTENDED HOLIDAY HOURS!– This year all through December leading up to Christmas we will be open until 9:00PM on Fridays and Saturdays. Sneak off without the kids and enjoy a night out to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants such as The Warehouse or Chadwick’s and get your gift shopping done after! December 22 and 23, we will also be open until 9:00PM in case you need any last minute presents!

Penny for Your Thoughts Contest– Our piggy banks have lost their pennies all over the front display case! Come in and guess how many there are for the chance to win a $100 Gift Certificate. Drawing will be held on December 23rd!

Holiday Sharing Toy Drive– We are participating in the Volunteer Alexandria Holiday Toy Drive for the second year in a row! Donate a toy to the toy drive and get $5 off a purchase of $25 or more!

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12 Days of Promotions- This season we will be featuring a different fun promotion on each of the 12 days leading up to Christmas! We will post it in the morning on our social media pages (as well as here on the blog) and all you have to do is follow directions to get 15% off your purchases that day! Perhaps it will be wearing a Santa hat or singing us a carol– something for everyone!


EVENTS!

December 6th- Santa Claus is Coming to Town! He will be visiting with us between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM Santa2010 020

December 13th- Santa Claus is Coming BACK! In case you aren’t able to make it on the 6th, Santa has agreed to visit his favorite toy store twice! On the 13th he will be here between 12:00PM and 3:00PM, make sure to finalize those Christmas lists so you can tell him what you’d like to find under the tree!

December 20th- UP LATE AT WHY NOT! The Saturday before Christmas, some gifts left to be bought, and all of the parents flocked here- to Why Not! We will be staying open until 10:00PM just in case you have shopping left to be done! Free gift wrap from 9-10!

December 24th- Merry Christmas Eve and Final Night of Hannukah! We will be closing at 3:30PM so our staff can spend time with family. All of us here wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


Look out for some fun and helpful gift guides to be posted here in the coming weeks! We are so excited to celebrate the holidays with you this year!