I just became an aunt again for the 9th time. My sister gave birth to baby Caleb this week and I am looking forward to buying baby toys again. One place I am certain to shop for unique toys is eBeanstalk. They offer baby toys, toddler toys, and kids toys, something for every child from birth to age 12. You can even choose to view the toys by recommended age, divided by every 3 months of age from 1-3 years and by each year from 4-12. If you are not sure of what milestones a child reaches at certain ages, there is even a chart available to show you what is most common. That is helpful if you are buying ahead of time and/or you buy for a child who you may not see on a regular basis.
With so many nephews (and 1 niece), birthdays tend to have a way of sneaking up on me. eBeanstalk even has a way to help with that. You can enter the birthdays of the kids you buy gifts for into their birthday calendar and they will remind you in plenty of time to choose and receive a thoughtful gift. This will be great when I start shopping for toys for 1 year olds next May.
I am rather impressed with the eBeanstalk website. Many online stores limit how you can look at their products. It may be by age, or by category, or by brand. On eBeanstalk, you can search any of those ways. The only thing I wish they had was a way to then narrow the search by price. They also have a great variety of products, that are different from what you find other places, including learning toys, eco-friendly toys, and toys made in the USA. Their prices are also pretty fair and standard shipping is free with a $75 purchase. While I have yet to place an order with them, they appear to be pretty accessible and encourage customers to call with any questions, whether it be about an already placed order, or even if you just need some advice as to what to buy. I do know of others who have been please with both the products and the speed of shipping as well.
I was offered a $25 gift card to eBeanstalk in exchange for my honest review of their website.