‘Twas the days before Christmas, the parents were stressed,
Moms and Dads come inside if you need some rest!
We’ve got personalized service, an online store too,
Your list will be done, leaving more time for you!

If you’re like me, you’ve got three wishes this season: healthy family and friends; relaxing with loved ones; and of course, someone to help get that Christmas list done!

I always find my holiday “to-do” list is longer than my timeline to get it all done. Yes, there are those who are organized and then there are those (like me) who are running around like mad trying to get everything holiday-related done at the last minute.

To me, the word “holiday” is supposed to exude the feeling of relaxation, calm and enjoyment but during the countdown to Christmas, it’s hard to get to that state until it’s too late. Even if we wanted to get more done, there’s no choice but to stop when Santa is about to come down the chimney!

So that got all of us thinking. As an independent family owned business, how can we at The Granville Island Toy Company make holiday shopping a little easier?

It’s called #ChristmasMadeEasy.

Toy Experts
Not sure what to buy? Whether you’re looking for a toy that encourages physical development, cognitive development or imagination and plain old fun, our in-store toy experts have amazing suggestions and ideas.

Operation “Covert” Shopping
Sometimes Mom and Dad have no alternative than to shop with the little ones in tow. We’re used to “covert operations” at the toy store including Mom and Dad passing gifts to our staff to hide behind the counter and distracting kids while parents pay. This year, when you come into one of our stores, we’ll have a handy form that you can use. Just fill out the list and hand it to one of our staff to avoid any secret hand-offs from inquisitive eyes.

Gift Wrapping
We can help save you the precious time of wrapping in the wee hours of the morning!

Online Wish Lists
Long gone are the days of the fat Christmas toy catalogue that most of us used to create our wish lists from. We have the next best thing: an online wish list! Once your wish list is created (at toycompany.com), you can email it to friends and family, print it off as a shopping list or simply add it to the on-line cart. Finish your shopping online and let us get it ready for you.

Online Delivery
Shipping is free when purchases are over $99 or you can pick up in-store at no charge.


Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season and a stress-free shopping experience!



Joanna Mileos and husband Craig Hartman are the owners of The Granville Island Toy Company in Vancouver, BC. Their moto: “We Don’t Cease to Play Because We Grow Old, We Grow Old Because We Cease to Play”.
~ GB Shaw