We always try to carve out a little time for shopping when on vacation. And around Lake Tahoe, the charming town of Truckee does not disappoint in its variety of boutique shop offerings. Whether you are exploring the Village at Northstar or strolling historic downtown Truckee, you'll find some fantastic shops. Below, I share some of our family's favorite stores to shop with kids in Truckee.
The Tree House Children’s Boutique
If you are looking for a one-stop shop for kids, this is your place. The Tree House Children’s Boutique has an extensive inventory of children’s clothing, shoes and toys. My kids loved the Melissa and Doug wooden toys and activity pads, while I was a huge fan of the activity books. I especially like to have children's activity books like these in my bag for when we are out to brunch or dinner, keeping my kids occupied until their meals arrive.
Truckee Variety Co.
Walking into the Truckee Variety Co. is like entering a nostalgic five-and-dime. The front of the store has bulk candy bins that are sure to entice any child (or parent with a sweet tooth), including my own kids, who were all about picking up some of the locally-made candy.
Additionally, the aisles are stocked with toys, games and crafts for children of all ages. You can also find our family's favorite craft, the mosaic jewels boxes at Truckee Variety Co. The boxes have intricate designs and numbers where you affix jeweled stickers, keeping your children busy for a long time. You can thank me later!
This is one of the few Lake Tahoe souvenir shops you'll find in Truckee. Tahoe-Truckee T-Shirtery has the basic Truckee souvenir t-shirts, including those staple souvenir tees that draw a chuckle from kids and adults alike.
Among my kid's vacation traditions is buying stickers from every city they visit, which this store was great for. My kids also both ended up leaving as proud owners of new bear paw slippers.
While Bespoke may not be a kid's store, it's a must-stop in downtown Truckee. Bespoke sells the prettiest collection of goods and gifts for the home, like the collection of tea towels I particularly loved, featuring California poppies that are handmade right in Truckee.
Additionally, you'll find quotes by John Muir, Dalai Lama, Hafiz, and Rumi on porcelain plaques, dinner napkins and more. Another personal favorite was Bespoke’s dreamy wool throw collection.
Although boutique shops with breakable items like Bespoke don't tend to mix well with my children, the store is very family-friendly. They even have toys in the dressing room to keep those little hands busy.
Village at Northstar
The Villager Candle Shop
My very first time shopping at the Village, I assumed The Villager just sold candles. Little did I know that this shop is an amazing craft experience for the entire family. You can paint pottery, create your own candle or make a mosaic! My kids had a really hard time deciding whether they were going to make a candle or paint pottery.
What's more, I love that the store also has a Bear Village so younger kids don’t feel left out of the fun and can create and personalize their own stuffed animal. When my son was two years old and was disappointed he wasn't old enough for ski lessons, we took him to Bear Village to stuff and dress a furry friend. He loved it!
Did you forget your snowball and snow-brick makers at home (like we do on every single trip)? Don't worry, since you can find them and a slew of other toys and crafts at Ambassador Toys. My kids are obsessed with this store, whether it's playing chess on the picnic table outside or checking out the glow-in-the-dark room. Ambassador Toys is a once-per-day visit for our family.
This store has everything you need for the mountain and more. Last year we purchased my son’s helmet (an absolute must on the slopes), goggles and gloves from here. Mine also carries the best tutu assortment ever. My daughter has been collecting tutus from this store for over three years now, and I think we may own almost every single color!