Stumped on where to find the perfect gift for the pint-sized aficionado in your life? If you have a kiddo who’s gaga for a certain theme: trains, planes, dinosaurs, outer space, art, etc. then you’ll find presents galore in Balboa Park’s free-to-enter museum gift shops––where a treasure trove of offerings reflect the beloved museum exhibits. From astronaut ice cream to fossil exploration kits, Blue Angel toy aircraft to costume butterfly wings, each shop boasts one-of-a-kind holiday picks. Read on to see where to score some wow-worthy gifts.

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

Pick up a gift for the tiny conductor in your life. Personalize a name train for a special little one’s room. For those who love dress-up, there are conductor’s caps, onesies, full suits, even a conductor teddy bear. Choose a variety of train cookie cutters to make an awesome holiday cookie display. You’ll find a few trains, tracks, puzzles and games here too of course. After shopping, be sure to stop in and check out the museum’s whimsical, elaborate holiday displays.

Online: sdmrm.org

Where’s your favorite place to score unique gifts in Balboa Park? Share in the comments!

––Cherie Gough (photos too, except where noted; featured image courtesy of Balboa Park December Nights)