What to get for the little urbanist in your life? Image by the author.

It's that time again — for holiday shopping! Here's a roundup from our contributors of urbanist gift ideas for kids. In prior years, we looked at baby railfan-specific suggestions and more general classics. This year, we've got some ideas for how to shop local in our own great region.

The M Store

WMATA's store has a children's section. You can visit the store in the Metro Center station, or check it out online. The Metro trackworker and engineer Halloween costumes are definitely something to bookmark for future years, but in the meantime there are phenomenal toys and more practical items like the Silver Line Backpack.


The National Building Museum Shop

A well-curated collection of books, plushies, cards, building kits, and toys is waiting for you across the street from the Judiciary Square Metrorail station, or just a click away. You can unlock possibilities with generalist toys like the Bilibo or stoke a child's particular interests with activity books or real-world LEGO sets.

Some adults would be pretty into this too!

Princess Awesome

Princess Awesome is a girls' clothing company founded by two DC residents. This season, they have gender-neutral leggings with trains on them that will be irresistable to railfans. The “ENGINEuity” train theme is also available in a sleeveless or long-sleeve play dress, and an infant snapsuit dress. There's even a fancier party dress.

JUMP FOR TRAINS! Childrens’ leggings with trains on them by Princess Awesome used with permission.

As families and friends gather for Thanksgiving this week, it's a reminder that the most special gift for a kid is often attention from loved ones and time spent together in the city. We wish our readers safe, multimodal travel experiences and joy, whether it's looking out a bus window together or sharing a sidewalk ballet.

Tracy Hadden Loh loves cities, infrastructure, and long walks on the beach looking for shark teeth. She holds a Ph.D. in city and regional planning from UNC-Chapel Hill. By day, she is a data scientist at the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at George Washington University. By night, she is an activist, a law enforcement spouse, and the mother of a toddler. She served two years representing Ward 1 on the Mount Rainier City Council in Prince George's County, MD.