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Last Minute Gifts: Teach Me Store can help with stocking stuffers

Posted December 19, 2011

I checked in with Diane Weisbrodt, owner of The "teach me" Store in north Raleigh during a recent Christmas shopping trip there.

I featured Diane on the site a couple of months ago. The store features a large selection of fun and educational games, books, toys and more. I found a lot of great gifts for my kids. I also found some wonderful stocking stuffers too.

"I seriously put as much effort into picking out really great stocking stuffers, for all ages, as I do the present ideas," Weisbrodt tells me. "Adults need stuffers as much as the kids do, so we really try hard to find interesting suggestions."

Games can be great stocking filler. Weisbrodt has a few she really likes this season. Here's what she recommends:

  • IQ Mindbenders and BrainQuest Cards test your "useable" knowledge
  • Professor Noggins card games quiz you on subjects such as the human body, rainforest, ocean, U.S. geography and history, as well as ancient Greece, Rome and mythology. Subjects are fun and interesting.
  • Nine piece Squzzle puzzles will drive you nuts with ONLY nine pieces. There are a dozen different styles with three puzzles in a box for only $4.99. Squzzles are recommended for 6 years of age and up, but believe me they will challenge the "up age" in all of us.
  • The Tantrix Perpetual Puzzle and the Happy Cube puzzles come in four different skill levels.

"There are also games such as Spot It, Find It, Zip It, and many others that will challenge all who want to join in," she says. "Some are played with single players and others are fun as a group. We are all game players here at 'teach me' and have tried most everything we offer. We'd love to share our love of the play."

In addition to games, I also found some astronaut ice cream and fake snow for my older daughter and, for my younger daughter, a set of rolling pins with shapes in them for play dough and and a smock for painting.

The "teach me" Store is on Spring Forest Road right near its intersection with Capital Boulevard.

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