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16 Oct, 2015

Ottawa giveaway from everyone’s favourite family-owned toy store, Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s!

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Easy ways to make kids happy|Fishbowl patrons|Giveaways and product reviews|Ottawa

Thanks for your entries! We have a winner! The winner has been emailed and the name is listed in the last comment. 

One of my favourite things to do in the afternoons when I’m in need of a pick-me-up is walk down to Bridgehead, grab a coffee, and walk along Richmond Road. I always feel so energized doing this (and no, it’s not just the coffee either). I always run into familiar faces as I pop my head into a few shops along the way. One of the shops that is frequently on my rounds happens to be a Fishbowl patron, Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s. (And I have been poking my head in there long before they were a patron too! So.Much.Great.Stuff.)

(1) There’s always something new/cool in store… stuff for fun-loving people of all ages. (2) The service is exceptional. The staff is so friendly and knowledgable. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked in there, in a rush, and said something like I NEED A BIRTHDAY PRESENT FOR A CRAFTY TWEEN. (3) Tiggy’s is very engaged with the community. There’s always something going on in-store, whether it’s a game night or a contest. (Related: do you follow Tiggy’s on Facebook? If you do, you already know what I’m talking about. )

Part of this, I think, comes from the fact Tiggy’s has been around the block. Did you know that Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s is Ottawa’s oldest independent toy store (since 1977 in fact!)? And here’s something good to know, there is a huge sale coming up on October 22-25. HUGE.

Attention shoppers!

Let’s review:

  • 20% off  everything (fine print: that is, off in-stock regular priced items)
  • ALL locations and online
  • October 22-25
  • Christmas is coming

(Did I just say that last one out loud?)

Tiggy’s would like to give one lucky person a $50 gift card. Interested? Please read the following carefully:

  • This giveaway is for a $50 gift card that will be given to one individual. It can be used at the sale, or anytime afterwards!
  • In order for your entry to qualify, check out the website and let me know what you’d purchase with your winnings. OR if you have a special memory of Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s – whether it’s excellent service, handy gift-wrapping, or great gifts) you can share that too! Just use the comments below.
  • One entry per email address please!
  • This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
  • If you can’t post your comment for whatever reason you can email it to andrea at quietfish dot com. Please note, I cannot be responsible if your entry is misdirected or gets stuck in my Spam folder.
  • I will draw the winning name using Random.org at 9 a.m. EST on October 22, 2015. I’ll contact the winner via email at that time and post the name here as well.
  • The winner will need to pick up the gift card at a Tiggy’s location of their choice.

Good luck!

83 Responses to "Ottawa giveaway from everyone’s favourite family-owned toy store, Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s!"

1 | Mel

October 16th, 2015 at 3:25 pm


I’ve been thinking about getting a lego advent calendar for my kids for the last couple of years, a gift certificate would mean this is the year!

2 | Tiana

October 16th, 2015 at 3:45 pm


I would probably get Lego. My kids are finally old enough to do it without my help, but not so good at it that they do it quickly. HOURS of independent focus!

3 | Laura

October 16th, 2015 at 4:11 pm


I’d buy LEGO! :) Love Mrs. Tiggywinkles!

4 | CeeB

October 16th, 2015 at 5:19 pm


I would buy one of the Pandemic expansion sets… or Lego :)

5 | Brenda

October 16th, 2015 at 5:50 pm


I’m such a nerd: I would purchase more expansion packs for Settlers of Catan,,,or the Dominion game.

6 | Tobi

October 16th, 2015 at 6:56 pm


Lego Lego and more Lego! I always head there for birthday gifts too.

7 | Amy

October 16th, 2015 at 7:52 pm


Every Saturday growing up my mom took us to the Glebe and we got to get a magazine and visit Tiggy’s. It has a special place in my heart.

8 | Rosanna

October 16th, 2015 at 8:54 pm


So many great choices…lego, plasma car, toys, dolls, crafts!

9 | Isabelle

October 16th, 2015 at 9:46 pm


I would probably buy some socks, I just love their sock collection! Or Minecraft Lego.

10 | Jacquie

October 16th, 2015 at 11:26 pm


My son had saved up money (pennies and all) to buy a specific Lego set. This took a while and by the time he had enough, the item was no longer at the store. He was devastated. With encouragement, he asked the staff if they might have it at another store? The staff person called three other locations before finding it and told my son they would call when it arrived. He was so happy to get the call a week later! Tiggy’s staff is awesome and always goes above and beyond.

11 | Larissa Sansom

October 16th, 2015 at 11:54 pm


I’d buy my little guy the B Toys Pet Vet. Maybe this will make him stop stealing mommy’s keys!

12 | kimberly

October 16th, 2015 at 11:54 pm


Books!!! To build up my twin newborns’ library. ??

13 | Jason

October 16th, 2015 at 11:56 pm


I’d buy my newborn son some Manhattan toy rattles- my wife loves those things

14 | Krystyna

October 17th, 2015 at 6:45 am


My DD just started to use Lego. I’d love to get her a bigger set.

15 | Connie P

October 17th, 2015 at 7:42 am


I always feel like a kid in there…I’d definitely go for some of the science kits for my girls :-)

16 | Sarah

October 17th, 2015 at 7:43 am


I love Mrs Tiggy Winkles and have memories going back to my childhood (Glebe location). I would probably buy a few new trains for my son!

17 | C Chiu

October 17th, 2015 at 7:43 am


I traditionally spend a lot of time at the Hello Kitty section, reliving my childhood, but I would spend the $50 on a Munchkin expansion packs for the husband!! (Ok and maybe something Hello Kitty for me) :)

18 | Tracey Cantwell

October 17th, 2015 at 7:49 am


My son has been asking for one of the new Scooby doo Lego sets. He would go absolutely crazy! :)

19 | Lindsay

October 17th, 2015 at 8:01 am


I love the store in Westboro. The staff are always friendly even when I just come in for a quick look when I was on a walk with my dog. Now I come in with my baby when we are going for a walk up the street. I have no idea what I would buy.

20 | Amy

October 17th, 2015 at 8:03 am


Lego mindcraft snow hide out
We often stop in on our ice cream walks! Most birthday party gifts are bought there to

21 | EmmyB

October 17th, 2015 at 8:07 am


Lego advent calendars for sure. I always appreciate the gift wrapping as well – one less thing to do when I’ve realized at the last minute that there’s a party coming up.

22 | Catherine Hewlett

October 17th, 2015 at 8:08 am


I have four kids and I’d buy them Lego to share or perhaps a cool pirate costume for the dress-up box?

23 | Alix

October 17th, 2015 at 8:21 am


I went in looking for a “quiet time” toy to keep my son’s hands busy at school when he needed a break. A fantastic salesperson knew exactly what I needed and steered me towards some really cool elasticized robot fidget toys. I love shopping there.

24 | Heather

October 17th, 2015 at 8:26 am


I would definitely get some board books for my son :)

25 | Dawn

October 17th, 2015 at 8:30 am


The service is always great there. My eldest son (nearly 3) is getting really interested in board games and puzzles, so that’s what I’d get with the gift card. I really like the Djeko brand.

26 | Laurel McCloskey Kerr

October 17th, 2015 at 8:31 am


I would love to get the game Guess Who for my daughter.

27 | Fiona

October 17th, 2015 at 8:50 am


I would love to get a Flynn the firetruck for my son….or any Thomas engine

28 | Dian

October 17th, 2015 at 8:50 am


I love the Westboro store – the staff is friendly and always helpful. So many things to choose from, but I think I would either buy the wooden blocks or the Melissa and Doug Pound and Roll Tower!

29 | Lynn

October 17th, 2015 at 8:57 am


Best giveaway ever! I love Mrs. Tiggy Winkles – we’re actually headed there this weekend to pick up a Jellycat stuffie for an upcoming birthday party (I love the bunnies but I have a feeling my daughter will insist on the unicorn – I just saw it on their website). What we really love about them is their Lego Minifig trade-in program – we pop by the one in Bayshore probably every other month or so to trade in our minifigs for something new.

30 | Chris

October 17th, 2015 at 9:09 am


Great customer service and selection

31 | Tanya Nash

October 17th, 2015 at 9:22 am


Oh…. Playmobil Princess Castle? Princess with Pegasus? Princess Bath Chambers? Unicorn Fairyland? How to choose?

My daughter was gifted a Playmobil fairy in birthday party gift bag. Well, of course, the fairy needed a Mommy. Now my daughter says the fairy needs a best friend to play with…

32 | Natasha

October 17th, 2015 at 10:08 am


A train set with all the trappings – we visit almost weekly to play with the set that’s at the Westboro location and love it!

33 | Salim

October 17th, 2015 at 10:11 am


My son has lots of cars but always wants more – a few more cars for him is what I would purchase.

35 | Rebecca

October 17th, 2015 at 12:19 pm


I’d buy a puzzle for the daughter that still wants to hang out with us, and a lava lamp for the daughter that wants to spend all her time in her room ;)

36 | Stephanie

October 17th, 2015 at 12:50 pm


I would give it to Santa to help with his Christmas shopping :)

37 | Denise

October 17th, 2015 at 12:53 pm


I’d love to get a tool set as well as the 3D viewmaster for my son!

38 | AJ DeForest

October 17th, 2015 at 12:56 pm


The playmobil hockey set

39 | Brenda A

October 17th, 2015 at 1:40 pm


My girls are itching to get their hands on the new Schleich figures 2016 catalogue and the $50 would add to some new friends to their collection.

40 | Lindsay P

October 17th, 2015 at 1:45 pm


I would get the Charlie Brown Christmas set by Schleich. Or maybe some Calico Critters?

41 | Nicola

October 17th, 2015 at 1:49 pm


Lego is always the go-to gift in our house, but something magic-related would also be fun this year.

42 | JRJ

October 17th, 2015 at 2:10 pm


I love to shop at Miss Tiggy’s for a 1000 piece puzzle; we get a new one every Christmas. I also love the selection of adult colouring books they have on their website. Tiggy’s is a great neighbourhood store that is wonderful to shop at. Thanks.

43 | joy

October 17th, 2015 at 2:13 pm


i would stock up on some funky socks, funny mugs and Grumpy Cat!

44 | Jackie

October 17th, 2015 at 2:13 pm


I checked out their website; so much good stuff!!! I love shopping at Tiggy Winkles, I’d like to buy a Lego advent calendar.

45 | Trevor

October 17th, 2015 at 2:16 pm


I have so many good memories of shopping at Miss Tiggy Winkles when are kids were tots. Its still my go to store to get in- find something awesome- and get out!! I’d buy a new family board game, Dominion is getting great reviews so I’d probably buy that. Thanks for the giveaway, I hope I win!!!

46 | Christina

October 17th, 2015 at 2:37 pm


My 7-year-old friend Felix was checking out the Lego Minecraft Snow Hideout set today; he’d be totally psyched for $50 to buy that with!

47 | Kate

October 17th, 2015 at 4:05 pm


Doodling robot and some science-themed gifts. I have a budding scientist so the selection is great! Thanks for the opportunity.

48 | andrea tomkins

October 17th, 2015 at 5:07 pm


This entry is posted on behalf of Donna, who writes: “My 4-year-old has been eyeing on the Star War lego set for long. If I were to receive the giftcard, I will definitely fulfil his wishes this Christmas!

Thank you, Donna”

49 | Shannon

October 17th, 2015 at 5:56 pm


I would probably but something from Lego City. Or maybe a plush toy. I go there every year to by my son a snake for his stocking.

50 | maryatparenthood

October 17th, 2015 at 8:39 pm


My daughter made one of her first independent purchases there. A gift for her best friend, I believe. They also carry Piggy Paint!

51 | Colleen

October 17th, 2015 at 9:10 pm


I would probably save the gift card until the Dr Who LEGO was in stock. And I wouldn’t even share it with my kids, they have enough of their own LEGO :)

52 | Alison in Ottawa

October 17th, 2015 at 9:21 pm


I love the Djeco kits and Lego. Not sure what would be first on the list. Although I would like an expansion for Settlers of Catan….

53 | LauraD

October 17th, 2015 at 10:54 pm


I would buy a new board game.

54 | Sarah

October 18th, 2015 at 7:19 am


I would buy calico critters grandparents!

55 | HollyStar

October 18th, 2015 at 8:33 am


I love, love, LOVE the LEGO minifigure trading case at the front cash. It has saved the day so many times when those little foil bags have revealed duplicates! I also love the creative window displays & selection of board games.

I’d buy all the things!

56 | Carolyn

October 18th, 2015 at 9:08 am


It’s all about Star wars Lego for my 6 year old son but my favourite memory is walking around their “stocking stuffer” or “loot bag filler” bins where they always have something unique or whacky that I can stick in my husband’s stocking and that brings him right back to being a kid again – think whoopee cushions, something sciency or geeky. We always play around in there each Christmas!

57 | Erin Sweet

October 18th, 2015 at 9:41 pm


“Our Generation” accessories for our daughter’s well-loved doll.

58 | Life of K

October 18th, 2015 at 10:52 pm


I would definitely use this for Christmas presents for my kids and I’d get them a Lego set each.. maybe superheroes or Minecraft for my boy and I don’t know which for my girl!

59 | Cath

October 19th, 2015 at 9:53 am


We are an all-Lego, all-the-time kind of house at the moment so that is definitely what I would do. Great giveaway – thanks!

60 | Esi

October 19th, 2015 at 10:20 am


My children would love some more calico critters to add to our collections. Thank you for the giveaway!

61 | Marc Savoie

October 19th, 2015 at 10:57 am


I’d use it to buy board games – my friends and I are very much into boardgames, so I’d add something to my collection!

62 | Jennifer

October 19th, 2015 at 12:58 pm


Definitely a Lego ninjago set for my son, a new board game for my daughter and fun children’s chopsticks for the stockings! Thx for the opportunity. I love Tiggywinkles, their staff is always so helpful.

63 | Valerie

October 19th, 2015 at 2:36 pm


I have always loved the name, it’s so funny. We used to go to the one in the Glebe. I would be inclined to get myself one of those adult colouring books – a treat for me, for a change. :)

64 | Melissa

October 19th, 2015 at 3:47 pm


I love Mrs. Tiggy Winkles! I’ve been shopping there since I was a little kid. I would probably buy a new board game. Maybe one of the expansions for Ticket to Ride.

65 | Nicole B

October 20th, 2015 at 4:35 pm


I’d get the MELISSA- MAGNETIC CAR LOADER because both kids would love it. I love Tiggy Winkles. They always have a great selection of toys!

66 | Jen_nifer

October 20th, 2015 at 6:27 pm


Something Lego! It always tempts me.

67 | Valerie Mallette

October 20th, 2015 at 10:51 pm


I would use it to purchase the board game Smash Up :)

68 | Tracey

October 21st, 2015 at 6:49 am


lego lego lego!!!!

69 | Kelly c

October 21st, 2015 at 9:23 am


It’s going to be a Lego Christmas at our house so I would be putting it towards a Lego Friends hotel! Thanks for the chance to win!

70 | Darius Jdc

October 21st, 2015 at 9:42 am


It would be toss up between Star Wars Lego, Doctor Who item or a Catan or Carcassonne expansion! Decisions, decisions…

71 | Morgan Sheppard

October 21st, 2015 at 9:59 am


A new board game, I’ve been eyeing up Cosmic Encounters forever.

Or socks. I do love socks.

72 | Rachele

October 21st, 2015 at 10:16 am


I’ve been wanting to get my twins puppets for Christmas and you always have such unique ones! I’m buying them either way but having $50 to put towards them would be awesome! We love Mrs. Tiggy Winkles!

73 | Vicky

October 21st, 2015 at 10:16 am


I’m a fan of Tokidoki, so I will buy Tokidoki stuff. They are so cute!

74 | Jen Perrin

October 21st, 2015 at 10:51 am


Lego advent calendars!

75 | Sharon Wilson

October 21st, 2015 at 10:58 am


I will be buying Lego and PlayMobil advent calendars – it’s become a family tradition !

76 | karen

October 21st, 2015 at 12:21 pm


Love Tiggy Winkles, such a happy and fun place with great staff. I am looking to get a Goldie Blox kit or some lego for Christmas.

77 | Grace

October 21st, 2015 at 3:30 pm


My boys have already started their Christmas wish list for Santa so I’ll definitely be hitting up MTW for Lego sets and 4M kits.

78 | Tanya

October 21st, 2015 at 6:18 pm


I would definitely pick up the lego advent calendar! What a great idea.

79 | Natalie

October 22nd, 2015 at 12:48 am


I love the socks and the blind boxes! Got a cute Spider-Man zipper pull who needs a buddy.

80 | Stephane Desrosiers

October 22nd, 2015 at 8:18 am


I’d probably go an pick some more interesting board games. My wife loves Concept… So I’d try and find something of similar vein.

81 | Marielle

October 22nd, 2015 at 8:44 am


My second son’s second birthday is coming up so I might get him the You Turns driving wheel. He loves to pretend to drive. It maybe the Green Toys tractor. We have several Green Toys trucks and they hold up so well.

82 | andrea tomkins

October 22nd, 2015 at 9:10 am


Comments are now closed to new entries. Stay tuned for the winner!

83 | andrea tomkins

October 22nd, 2015 at 9:13 am


We have a winner! It’s commenter #9 – Isabelle – who wrote:

“I would probably buy some socks, I just love their sock collection! Or Minecraft Lego.”

Congratulations Isabelle! Check your email. :)

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