You planned on completing your holiday shopping early in the season this year. Your sister has been done for months and your best friend did her shopping over the summer, right? We understand that sometimes life gets in the way and best-laid plans don’t pan out quite like we thought they would. Don’t panic! We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite local shops and their top recommendations for last-minute shopping for the littles in your life.

For the Budding Scientist

Yellow Scope: Science Kits for Girls
This Portland-based company (bonus points for local business!) is owned by two scientists who happen to be mothers of young girls. Their goal was to inspire a love of science in girls without giving it the dreaded pink makeover and dumbing-down that girls' toys are often subjected to. The Foundation Chemistry Kit, Beakers & Bubbles ($44.99), has been a runaway hit since its preview last summer, while the Acids, Bases & pH Chemistry Kit ($24.99) is brand new.

Available at:
Oodles 4 Kids
7727 SE 13th Ave.
Portland
503-810-1443
Online: oodles4kids.com

Holiday hours (Dec. 16-23)
Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Dec. 24: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

photo: Yellow Scope

Have any other last-minute gift suggestions that can be picked up locally? Let us know in the comments below.

– Marianne Walters