Last Minute Gift Guide 2018
Color Wheel Toys
3418 Central Ave. SE
Mon closed, Tue-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-4pm
Remember as a kid all of the cool, fascinating trinkets you didn't think you could live without? The kind of stuff you wanted so badly you were willing to cry over it? That's pretty much the type of magic Color Wheel Toys embodies. In an absolutely perfect location this season, the treasure trove of kiddo-centric curios is squarely on Central between Asian Street Food and Flying Star. This annual pop-up shop offers a beautiful, awe-inspiring array of children's toys arranged by category and guess what … there's not a digital toy in the bunch. With categories like “Travel and Shhh,” “Kinetic Toys,” “Pretend Play,” “Construction Toys,” “Animals,” “Optics” and more, there are toys both suitable and equally enthralling for infants to geriatrics. And this is no corporate store with corporate markups. Owner and curator Keri Piehl has a kid-topia full of gadgets and gizmos you could buy on a weekly allowance. Stocking stuffers are a must with items like Finger Lazers (25 cents each) or Mini-Expandable Telescopes ($2.75). Even the larger and more complex items are gently priced. If you're in the market to get the kids to use their minds, their hands and get their creativity on a healthy flow, this little gem in Nob Hill might be the best bet. Not only is Color Wheel Toys friendly and local, but it also verges on perfection. Keri's keepin' the shop open on Christmas Eve for a short day, as well as all the Deck the Hill events. This is the kind of place that makes childhood memories last a lifetime.