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1. ABC BLOCKS BOO­GIE & BIRDIE

This set of let­ter blocks is ideal for teach­ing tykes to count, spell, and sort. There are 28 blocks giv­ing you 168 sides of dif­fer­ent al­pha­bets, an­i­mals, math sym­bols, and num­bers. $56. 256 El­gin St., boo­gie­and­birdie.ca

2. PEN­GUIN PLUSH THE MOD­ERN SHOP

Here’s a lit­tle pen­guin pal for any­one who needs a sleepy friend. This knit cot­ton plush by Dan­ish de­sign stu­dio OYOY is both a soft cush­ion and a cud­dly crea­ture. $63. 541 Sus­sex Dr., the­mod­ern­shop.com

3. TUR­TLE FRIEND MAS­TER­MIND TOYS

Not only does this cool Kick­starter toy from New Zea­land bend and float — for max­i­mum fun with your tur­tle friend — its build­ing bricks are also com­pat­i­ble with all ma­jor brick brands. $18.99. 1091 St. Lau­rent Blvd., mas­ter­mind­toys.com

4. ART PUZ­ZLE NA­TIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA

The NGC shop is filled with books, prints, posters, and games re­lated to cur­rent and past ex­hibits but sou­venirs based on the clas­sics are al­ways avail­able. The 2,000-piece jig­saw of Van Gogh’s The Starry Night is a post-im­pres­sion­ist puz­zle as chal­leng­ing as it is pretty. $30. 380 Sus­sex Dr., shop­ngc.ca

5. BRAINY GAME MRS. TIGGY WIN­kLE’S

Sushi Go! is an in­ven­tive and fast-paced strat­egy card game for play­ers as young as eight. The goal is to gain points by mak­ing the best com­bi­na­tion of sushi cards, all of which are adorable. Col­lect all the maki rolls or a full set of sashimi, and add wasabi to ni­giri to triple its value. $24.99. 313 Rich­mond Rd.,

809 Bank St., and 50 Rideau St., mrstig­gy­win­kles.ca

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