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Ask a Shop Clerk: Holiday Edition

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Jerry Eaderesto
Geppetto’s Toy Box
10 Christopher St., nr. Greenwich Ave.; 212-620-7511

Who are you shopping for?
My grandnephew, who’s 5. I’m going to give him a miniature wooden fort by a German company, Haba [$69.95]. Or maybe a wooden race-car set [$44.95] by a 100-year-old French company that reproduces the company’s designs from the twenties and thirties.

Who else is on your list?
My grandniece loves stuffed animals. We have a high-end German line called Sigikid [from $34.95] that very few other people in the city carry.

Do you have a baby to buy for?
My cousin’s daughter. I found a lady, who’s part of a collective of artists in Chicago, who does beautiful offbeat blankets [$100].

Any teenagers?
I have a 13-year-old nephew. We have a company who makes state-of-the-art science kits. I’m going to get him the Physics Solar Workshop [$59.95], which gives him different experiments in solar-power technology. So maybe he’ll save the planet for us.

Does he have a sister?
Yes. She’s a tomboy. I’m considering a silver speedster racer [$79.95]. She lives in a pretty big house in Long Island, so there’s room.

Is there a new dollhouse?
The Chalet Dollhouse [$120] is modern in design, very open—it has a tower, a skylight, and a little outdoor staircase. It’s not like the Playmobile Victorian that we had. Parents would tell me that it had all these insanely little parts—that it took two bottles of Chardonnay to assemble it.


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