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01 May, 2017

Ottawa giveaway alert: Celebrating 40 years of play with Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Fishbowl patrons|Giveaways and product reviews

Happy Monday Fishies!
I am very happy to be sharing this fantastic giveaway from my friends at Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s. As many of you know, Tiggy’s has been a Fishbowl patron for many moons. I’m VERY excited to let you know that THIS YEAR marks their 40th (!) as an independent toy store in Ottawa.

Mrs. Tiggy Winkle's Ottawa's neighbourhood toy store!

To celebrate, Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s has a lot of great stuff planned:

  • There will be a 40th Anniversary storewide sale between May 12-14.
  • Each store is having a HUGE Birthday Party on Saturday May 13th. Drop by for giveaways, surprise visits from special guests, cupcakes, prizes, and more!
  • If you don’t already follow Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram you will DEFINITELY want to follow them now because there will be exclusive giveaways leading up the big day.

I popped by the Westboro location last week to chat with the GM, Eira MacDonell, to see what’s new and cool in the store. First up, the Fidget Spinners. Fidget toys are a really hot item right now, they come in all shapes and sizes but little cubes seem to be more common. They’re designed to relieve stress and help people channel overflow energy.

Sidebar: While I was at the store I spoke to a mom whose son bites his nails in school. She bought him this spinner to help keep his hands busy doing something less destructive. Isn’t that a great idea?

I played with a bit and found it oddly satisfying. It’s well weighted, for starters, and it spins really well. (I hesitate posting this because they’re so popular that Eira wasn’t even sure if they’d have any left this week, so consider yourself warned!)

One thing I have always loved about Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s is their dedication to classic toys that get kids playing outside: bubbles, air rockets, flying disks, balls, and of course, sand toys! So cheery and sweet:

Classic toys at Mrs. Tiggy Winkle's that get kids outside

And speaking of classic toys, the BRIO section of the store has been updated and the play table is as fun as ever. I think my kids spent many hours here while we shopped:

BRIO! Always a popular item at Mrs. Tiggy Winkle's

And HOO HOO do you think has some pretty cute plush in store too?

HOO HOO is your favourite?

Of course, if you’re a Tiggy’s regular you already know that there is something here for folks of all ages. Why should kids get all the fun? If you like adult colouring books you will enjoy the adult connect-the-dot books they have in stock right now. Oh, and the Moleskin notebooks! I was eyeballing this bike phone holder because I’m planning a big bike ride this summer and I would love to keep a map in front of me while I go:

Me: I was eyeballing this bike phone holder because I’m planning a big bike ride this summer and I would love to keep a map in front of me while I go:

Bike phone holder, available at Mrs. Tiggy Winkle's

I haven’t even scratched the surface of what’s in the store: games, puzzles, LEGO, Playmobil, dolls! I will say this, if you haven’t been, YOU need to see it for yourself and Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s birthday weekend is a great time to do it.

Here’s Eira, NOT freaking out about preparing for the big day:

Eira is only pretending to panic

She is actually very composed and calm yet thrilled and excited. After all, she has seen kids who played at the store grow up and come to work at the store. She loves the feeling of community, creativity, and play that the store inspires in everyone. I do too! That’s why I am especially pleased to host this anniversary giveaway with Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s. They’re giving away one $100 gift card to one lucky person. Interested? Please read the following carefully:

  • This giveaway is for one $100 gift card that will be given to one individual. It can be used during the sale or anytime afterward.
  • In order for your entry to qualify, let me know how you would spend your winnings. I would also love to know if you have special memories of shopping at Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s. Maybe the staff helped you find that perfect gift when you needed help? Or you found your family’s favourite board game after trying it out at the store? Tell me!
  • One entry per email address, please!
  • A BONUS second entry goes to folks who leave a comment on this Facebook post as well. Just make sure you come back and let me know in a second, separate, comment that you did so.
  • 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 May 8, 2017. I’ll contact the winner via email at that time and post the name here as well. If I don’t hear back within 24 hours of emailing I will pick another name.
  • The winner will need to pick up the gift card at a Tiggy’s location of their choice in a timely manner.

Good luck!

152 Responses to "Ottawa giveaway alert: Celebrating 40 years of play with Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s"

1 | Danielle

May 1st, 2017 at 11:24 am


Lego. We would spend it on all the lego. :D

2 | Sarah De Diego

May 1st, 2017 at 11:52 am


I remember buying my girlfriend a sock monkey for her newborn son. She still has it.

Like Danielle, I will buy LEGO for my two 7-year-olds, it’s all they ask for!

Besos Sarah
Journeys of The Zoo

3 | Sonya

May 1st, 2017 at 11:57 am


My first memory of Mrs. Tiggywinkles is as a kid growing up in Regina. My mom used to make frequent business trips to Ottawa and would often bring us back something from the store! Now that I live here, I often shop there for my kids. If I win a gift card I’ll most likely be buying lego!

4 | Sonya

May 1st, 2017 at 11:59 am


I left a message on the Facebook post! :)

5 | Sarah De Diego

May 1st, 2017 at 12:01 pm


I commented on your Facebook post (Sarah De Diego).

Besos Sarah
Journeys of The Zoo

6 | Wendy

May 1st, 2017 at 12:25 pm


Wow!!! Great giveaway !
I would probably use the gift card to add on to the Calico critters collection I started for my little Grandaughter.?She looooves it.
The staff have helped me.over the years on MANY occasions. Holding a Melissa and Doug shopping cart for me til I could get there to helping me.find the perfect bath toy ( submarine with sprayer ) for my little Grandaughter. Helping me with gift ideas for my now 14 yr old Grandaughter. She was obsessed with Schleic characters ?And lets not.forget the adults ?Over the years they have helped me get the perfect gift for our Xmas exchange like the miniature drum desk set lol.
Love Tiggywinkles ?

7 | Meagan

May 1st, 2017 at 12:28 pm


We’ll be doing lots of traveling this summer, so I’d use the gift card to pick up lots of little things to surprise the kids with on those long flights/car trips/etc.

Thanks for the great giveaway! :D

8 | Meagan

May 1st, 2017 at 12:28 pm


P.S. I also commented on your FB post! :D

9 | Laura J

May 1st, 2017 at 12:37 pm


I’d spend it on Lego. Or, no … board games. Or, Lego *and* a new board game. And probably a little stuffie or two. And maybe a book. Sigh. Who can choose?! :)

10 | Joeli

May 1st, 2017 at 1:16 pm


My 9 year old and I love Mrs. Tiggywinkles. The staff are fabulous. We would spend it on lego and a star wars monopoly game. Lately, my son saves up for big lego sets and the staff let’s us know when it’s on sale. Thank you!

11 | Lisa Bolduc

May 1st, 2017 at 1:51 pm


I would let my son go on a shopping trip and pick what he wanted. he likes Playmobil so he may end up with a couple of pieces from them

12 | joy

May 1st, 2017 at 2:05 pm


it wouldn’t be difficult to spend $100 at Mrs Tiggy Winkles. My teen daughter would have fun spending it I know! There are so many interesting doo-dads and thing-a-ma-jigs in their store, that appeal to all ages !!

13 | joy

May 1st, 2017 at 2:07 pm


I commented and shared on Facebook – thank you!

14 | Brenda A

May 1st, 2017 at 2:51 pm


Happy 40th Tiggys! My kids love crazy print socks and Schleich anything. That is what we would buy with the generous gift card! And a puzzle. A big one!

15 | Brenda A

May 1st, 2017 at 2:52 pm


Commented on your FB post of this great giveaway!

16 | Angela M

May 1st, 2017 at 3:03 pm


I would definitely spend it on some summer fun outdoor toys and and gadgets you just can’t get anywhere else in Ottawa. That’s the great thing about Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s! My children however might take the card & spend on Lego Friends and Our Generation doll clothes!

17 | sabrina

May 1st, 2017 at 4:09 pm


Wonderful giveaway!

I too would purchase the phone holder for my bike. I have a really terrible sense of direction, and I’d love to plan a longer bike ride without the fear of getting very very lost!

My memories: Christmastime, shopping for the annual board game that must be under the tree. Great suggestions from the always amazing staff, and running into other mom friends in the store who were also in last-minute gift buying panic!

18 | tobi

May 1st, 2017 at 4:17 pm


I probably visit here on my own lunch break every couple of weeks. Board games, lego and dolls and their accessories are the faves with the kids right now.

19 | Christine

May 1st, 2017 at 7:07 pm


We would definitely add an amazing family game to our shopping bag, plus my little boy would likely pick out another brio set (he loves the fire truck) and my daughter will want a science set and probably one of the cool tokidoki stuffed dolls she saw last time. The staff are always amazing and I remember the joy on my daughter’s face as they helped her start her calico critters collection last year.

20 | EmmyB

May 1st, 2017 at 8:33 pm


Lego all the way!

21 | Dave

May 1st, 2017 at 8:41 pm


I’d ask you to give it to the 2017 Toy Mountain.

22 | C Chiu

May 1st, 2017 at 11:33 pm


I would spend it on board games! board games! board games! board games!!!!!!!

23 | M Christie

May 1st, 2017 at 11:46 pm


I’d spend it on Exploding Kittens, Kittens in a Blender, Tsuro, Love Letter, and Bananagrams!

24 | Melissa

May 2nd, 2017 at 6:57 am


I was sad to see the store in Place close, it was our go-to place for birthday presents!

25 | jason

May 2nd, 2017 at 10:00 am


I would check out the board game section – I’ve had helpful suggestions from the staff in that part of the store previously (e.g. Labyrinth).

26 | Caroline Robbins

May 2nd, 2017 at 12:15 pm


My goodness, I am the same age as Tiggy Winkle’s? HOW AWESOME!

I shopped there when I was a kid, the colourful toys on the shelves all but overwhelming me. I can remember the smell of the rubber toy animals, or the way the light would glint off the lollipops at the front of the store. To a small town girl, it was the best part of a trip to the city.

Now, it is a must stop for my kids (and me!) at the Bayshore Mall. My kids love that store, and beg to go every time. It is a great Christmas shopping stop for them to buy each other gifts too.

If we are drawn for the gift certificate, my goodness… my daughter would LOVE all kinds of art supplies, or Shopkins, and my son? LEGO, or maybe some of the experiment kits. They both love digging through the bins of rubber balls and other fun trinkets too!

I, of course, would buy that Tetris lamp I’ve been eyeing forever, and some new journals. My husband would pore over the games.

27 | Jen P.

May 2nd, 2017 at 12:15 pm


My kids loved playing with the train table while I shopped. The kids would love some new Lego sets if we were lucky enough to be selected.

28 | Jen P.

May 2nd, 2017 at 12:16 pm


Commented on your Facebook site :)

29 | Isabelle L.

May 2nd, 2017 at 12:17 pm


Every time I enter a Mrs. Tiggy Winkles I am amazed by the choices here is in the store. Last year, we went to our first tournament of Ticket to Ride during Table Top Day and we had a blast. Memories were made that day for our family of 6. I always check the board games section for sure!

30 | Caycee

May 2nd, 2017 at 12:30 pm


Hello! Thank you for this!

I would use the gift certificate on board games! There’s one I want right now that is $76.00with taxes and I’d have a little bit left and probably buy some Dr. Who stuff as our whole household are fans.

My favourite memory is the very first Munchkin tournament – I had so much fun and I try to go every year. It’s now a family tradition!

31 | Caycee

May 2nd, 2017 at 12:32 pm


I left a comment on your FaceBook post for a second chance – thanks again!

32 | Tiana

May 2nd, 2017 at 2:02 pm


I always buy easter toys at MTW. They last longer than chocolates! This year an employee helped me find tiny snakes to fill the plastic eggs. What a blast!

I’d use the winnings to buy travel board games for our longer car rides.

33 | Shawn

May 2nd, 2017 at 2:41 pm


I really enjoy visiting “The Tig,” as my daughter calls it.

If I had the means, I would get a bunch of those Schleich animal toys. They are a real hit in my family, though pricey.

34 | Shawn

May 2nd, 2017 at 2:45 pm


I wrote things on the facebook.

35 | lynnbeaniethethird@yahoo.ca

May 2nd, 2017 at 4:04 pm


my son fell in love with thomas the tank in tiggly winkles he was barley walking but loved that train table every time we would go for a walk in westbobro it was a must to go to that train table. the years have passed but we still love this store my son is now a huge lego fan and its mom can we go look at the lego. thank for the great memories

36 | Brenda Lacourciere

May 2nd, 2017 at 4:14 pm


I would bring my two grandkids and split it up between them for a shopping spree.

37 | Maggie

May 2nd, 2017 at 5:21 pm


We love Tiggy Winkle’s. Just recently my daughter was given a big turquoise and green cat beanie boo from her grandparents and within a few days it was ripping along the seam in the back. My in-laws didn’t have the receipt but Eira took it back no problem and attempted to find another in the city. With no luck we came back a few days later and the staff pulled every big beanie boo off their display shelves and set them out on a table for my daughter to deliberate. She spent about 10 min deciding which one she should get as a replacement. The staff was super accommodating! In the end she chose the white seal. :)

If we won the gift card my kids would buy some new Lego and likely a few beanie boos.

38 | Amy

May 2nd, 2017 at 7:24 pm


I have loved Tiggy’s since I was a wee thing and my mom took me every Saturday. I’m a big fan of their socks and puzzles too.

39 | stephanie@stephaniewhite.style

May 3rd, 2017 at 9:02 am


I’d love to win to use the gift card for some board games! :D

40 | TD

May 3rd, 2017 at 11:41 am


There is so much that I could spend it on – Lego, Thinking putty, add on packs for Catan or Ticket to Ride.

Maybe I would share with my kids too.

41 | Leah

May 5th, 2017 at 9:28 am


I’d love use the gift certificate on some wooden puzzles and building blocks for my little one. She loves to build and teardown. Building her Star Wars memorabilia would be a good idea too. Oh so many choices! :)

42 | Gabriella Gay

May 5th, 2017 at 9:31 am


Excited for this celebration! I’d love to win :)

43 | Stephanie

May 5th, 2017 at 9:35 am


My son would use it on a board game and some cool pencil toppers, maybe even an Invisible Ink book. Happy Anniversary!

44 | Alexa

May 5th, 2017 at 9:36 am


Happy birthday! I have fond memories of saving up my allowance to buy erasers at the store – I was building up my collection! And stickers!
I think I would take my 5 year old in and let her choose a special toy if we won the gift certificate!

45 | Stephanie

May 5th, 2017 at 9:36 am


I also left a fb post on the link :-D

46 | Natalie Hope

May 5th, 2017 at 9:39 am


We love Tiggy’s! We would expand our Thomas collection for the toddlers, and get something special and new (ie not a hand-me-down) for Baby brother.

47 | Debi

May 5th, 2017 at 9:51 am


I love that a Mom created this to keep her child entertained ???

48 | Debi

May 5th, 2017 at 9:53 am


Sorry…. part II of my previous comment because it won’t let me edit: we love Mrs Tiggy Winkles and have been shopping for our boyys there since before the were born. We discovered our favourite train tracks there.

49 | Tamara

May 5th, 2017 at 10:06 am


Star Wars Lego and some funky socks!

50 | Tamara

May 5th, 2017 at 10:06 am


Left a comment on Facebook.

51 | Lindsay Malleck

May 5th, 2017 at 10:15 am



52 | Stephanie

May 5th, 2017 at 10:21 am


I have stepped into this store a couple of times wanting to buy everything, but not having any kids yet. I am now expecting a baby boy in June and can’t wait to shop for legos and Thomas the train!

53 | Diana ramirez

May 5th, 2017 at 10:25 am


I love Mr. Right store, especially now that I am expecting my first baby girl for next week. For the last three weeks that I have been off of work I hAve been going to the store to get different toys for my baby. I am sure she will love all of them and her nursery room looks so cute. I can’t wait to see her here and going with her to the store to buy her??

54 | Annie Ide

May 5th, 2017 at 10:35 am


I grew up in the middle of nowhere Ontario. We had a 5&dime store in the closest town but on a rare trip to Ottawa to visit my grandmother she took us to Miss Tiggy Winkles. I was absolutely blown away because I had never experienced such a place before. As a child experiencing this place I felt as if I was in heaven. It felt like a place where all the craziness and creativity inside me made sense for the first time. I didn’t want to leave and for years would dream of the most beautiful store I had ever been in. I live within walking distance of the Richmond Rd location now and take every opportunity I have to shop there. Supporting local is important to me but I think my true reason is more selfish – I get that same feeling of belonging and excitement that I did as a kid. Thank you for the 40 years of magic you’ve provided for children and adults alike.

55 | Madeline

May 5th, 2017 at 10:38 am


I always know I will find the perfect gift for little ones at Mrs. Tiggy Winkles, even if I have left my shopping until the last minute. I would love to use the $100 to buy something special for my daughter- today is her 4th birthday!

56 | Chantal Forsyth

May 5th, 2017 at 10:42 am


Great prize! Would love to get some summer toys for outside! It will be daughter’s first summer being able to play outside!

57 | Daniel

May 5th, 2017 at 10:45 am


I remember shopping when I was younger for Thomas the Tank Engine additions and railroad tracks back when Tiggy’s was in Bells Corners!

I would definitely look to fill up my board game collection – maybe finally get Settlers of Catan.

58 | Dan

May 5th, 2017 at 10:47 am


Definitely some co-op board games or maybe some Star Wars or Harry Potter memorabilia! That’d probably be the way I’d go.

59 | Sam

May 5th, 2017 at 10:55 am


My kids love legos, I love games, and my husband loves puzzles so chances are I’d split it between the three and maybe some fun socks too!

60 | Heather

May 5th, 2017 at 11:08 am


Happy 40th Anniversary!
I have 2 girls…they would happily spend a $100! Shopkins, craft kits, Beanie Boo’s, Lego, or a cute new outfit for their 18″ dolls…there are so many options.

61 | Sonia Lara Torres

May 5th, 2017 at 11:15 am


Happy Anniversary! My family would celebrate getting Settlers of Catan, 2 bike phone holders and dinosaurs toys! We love the service and the classic toys remind me childhood.

62 | Shannon Williams

May 5th, 2017 at 11:18 am


We would love to win this! My boys love the science kits at Mrs. Tiggy Winkles (and so do I)! We are also in need of a new family game!! My little one has been spending a lot of time at CHEO lately and a trip to Tiggy Winkles after to play with the trains seems to get us through the long waits and sometimes challenging appointments!! Thanks!!

63 | Sharon

May 5th, 2017 at 11:23 am


I have shopped at MTW since I first moved to Ottawa nearly 30 years ago ! first I shopped for my nephews and then for my own children. Now I shop for my nephew’s daugther and with a second birthday coming up I would buy her some PlayMobil. It’s my favourite !
For my years, I would bring my son and daughter to MTW to buy PlayMobil advent calendars – santa, reindeer, a manger, wisemen, camels, trees, presents … We still have them and set them up during the holidays.
Happy Anniversary ! Long may you reign !

64 | Sharon

May 5th, 2017 at 11:26 am


oh … and I left a comment on the Facebook page for a second entry :)

65 | Jessica Bressan

May 5th, 2017 at 11:27 am


Tiggy’s had the BEST board games. Their knowledgeable staff are great at recommending games – we most recently purchased Outfoxed and we love it! We further expand our boardgame collection if we are the lucky winners!!

66 | Marc Allain

May 5th, 2017 at 11:31 am


As an adult, I always enjoyed going in Miss Tiggywinkles to browse their board games and other adulty type stuff. Now with a newborn, I will have more reasons to go in.

67 | Samantha caldareri

May 5th, 2017 at 11:42 am


Hello, I would let my little girl choose anything she wanted in the store if we won. We love going there to look at all the cool toys. I remember the first time I went into a Tiggy Winkles and saw all the old classic tin lunch boxes. From then on, I knew it was the coolest toy store.

68 | Samantha caldareri

May 5th, 2017 at 11:45 am


Commented on the facebook post as well! Thank you!

69 | Chelsea Ottaway

May 5th, 2017 at 11:46 am


Happy Anniversary ? such a great store!!

70 | Chelsea Ottaway

May 5th, 2017 at 11:47 am


My son (3.5yrs old and 14 month old daughter) love the trains in your store and would likely pick out a new train to bring home. We bought our Plasma car from you for my son but need to come back to get one for our littlest!

71 | Beth S

May 5th, 2017 at 11:48 am


We love Mrs. Tiggy Winkles! My son often reminisces about the day he went to his first LEGO “Minifigure trade-in day”. He couldn’t believe that other people (including the staff) loved minifigures as much as he does! :)

72 | Christina

May 5th, 2017 at 11:49 am


Happy Anniversary!! I would be using the winnings to buy more outdoor amd sand toys for my daycare kiddos!

73 | Natalie MacDonald

May 5th, 2017 at 11:56 am


I would buy something train related for my son and the same thing to send to my best friend’s son in Hamilton.

Congrats on 40 years!!

74 | Rebecca

May 5th, 2017 at 11:59 am


Tiggywinkles is our go-to store for birthday gifts! It’s just he right size so as not to overwhelm this non-shopping loving mama :). And the staff are very helpful. We went looking for cooperative board games one day and the staff recommended Out Foxed, which has been a big hit! I think board/card games is where we’d spend the winnings if we were so lucky – we’re a big board game family!

75 | Rebecca

May 5th, 2017 at 12:00 pm


Commented on the FB post as well (Rebecca Simpson). Thanks!

76 | Ariella Borsuk

May 5th, 2017 at 12:00 pm


Amazing. Tiggy’s is a store I grew up going to, and now love to see what’s new there with my girls. Congrats to them on 40 amazing years!

77 | HollyStar

May 5th, 2017 at 12:01 pm


So lovely to be sharing a 40th birthday year with Tiggy’s! We love the selection of board games so we would use the gift certificate to add to our collection.

Special shout-out to the Lego minifigure trading post that has saved us many, many tears over the years.

78 | HollyStar

May 5th, 2017 at 12:03 pm


FB comment left as well.

79 | Danielle M

May 5th, 2017 at 12:05 pm


Congratulations on 40 wonderful years! One of my favorite shopping destinations when I just don’t know what to get someone… My daughter loves it and the staff are super helpful and friendly! Happy BDay!

80 | Hasti

May 5th, 2017 at 12:06 pm


Love Miss Tiggy’s! It’s awesome that we have a neighbourhood place to shop at!

81 | Hasti

May 5th, 2017 at 12:07 pm


Also, I would spend the winnings on some new art supplies, dinosaur stuff for my little guy and stuffies for my little miss!

82 | Naomi

May 5th, 2017 at 12:11 pm


Mrs. Tiggywinkles is where my husband and I bought one of our first board games which really triggered an obsession that has now resulted in a collection of over 80 games! We would spend the winnings on games for our nearly 2 yr old. She loves First Orchard but for our sanity it would be nice to have others in the rotation! Ha!

83 | Andrea khalid

May 5th, 2017 at 12:18 pm


Happy anniversary !

84 | Chantal

May 5th, 2017 at 12:19 pm


Wow! 40 years! Congratulations!!! My boys love going to Tiggy’s to shop for Lego and it’s my go-to for birthday presents ?

85 | Amanda

May 5th, 2017 at 12:22 pm


Hi Andrea, I would spend my $100 gift card for my daughters upcoming third birthday in July. My last visit in to miss Tiggy Winkles – was to purchase a specific Sandra Boynton book. Lucky for me they had it!! It was a gift for my close friend at her baby shower. Thanks again, happy 40th Miss Tiggy Winkles.

86 | Siobhan Quinlan

May 5th, 2017 at 12:23 pm


Mrs.Tiggy Winkle’s is the best!!! We love your store! Happy 40yrs.

87 | Amanda

May 5th, 2017 at 12:23 pm


I also left a message on the FB POST.

88 | Kimberley Baldwin

May 5th, 2017 at 12:27 pm


I love the bright colours in Ms. Tiggy winkles! Walking into the store always makes me smile. If I win, I would spend the money on books and toys for my newborn!

89 | Sonja Milsom

May 5th, 2017 at 12:28 pm


I suppose to be fair, each child would get $33 to spend…. but guessing what they would choose is impossible…. all three can spend an hour in your store and still not pick a favourite item! We generally prefer WESTBORO….. but as the boys get older they’ve discovered the 2nd floor in the Glebe….. a whole exciting new world!

90 | Anne-Marie Burgon

May 5th, 2017 at 12:33 pm


With $100, I don’t know where I would start shopping at Mrs Tiggy Winkles! Lego? Shopkins? Dolls? Boardgames? Stuffies? There are so many wonderful toys to choose from, it would be exhilarating to shop with a gift card!!

91 | Jen B

May 5th, 2017 at 12:33 pm


We’d spend it on two spinners to start – lots of spinner envy in this house! And some outdoor craft activities. Happy Anniversary Tiggy Winkles!

92 | Mike

May 5th, 2017 at 12:34 pm


Happy Anniversary!! We are so lucky to have your store down the street from us. We would spend it on our first library and pack it with Little Golden Books (childhood favorites)!

93 | Joanne

May 5th, 2017 at 12:38 pm


I would spend the $100 on toys for my grandson. I remember when Maida opened the very first Tiggy Winkle’s in the Glebe, and I shopped there for all four of my kids. Great memories!

94 | Meghan

May 5th, 2017 at 12:38 pm


Love the store went there as a kid an now bring my twin boys there??

95 | Meghan

May 5th, 2017 at 12:39 pm


Love the store went there as a kid an now bring my twin boys there??

96 | Joanne

May 5th, 2017 at 12:41 pm


I left a comment on your Facebook page too!

97 | Jennifer O'Reilly

May 5th, 2017 at 12:52 pm


I am making my 9 month olds playroom as i type this..i would love to find some quality toys for us to play with.

98 | Onneka

May 5th, 2017 at 12:53 pm


Best stocking stuffers and old school toys ever!! Love it!

99 | Jennifer O'Reilly

May 5th, 2017 at 12:57 pm


I left a Facebook comment! :)

100 | Farrar

May 5th, 2017 at 1:02 pm


We’ve loved MTW for the 30 years we’ve been coming!!

101 | Veronica Jackson

May 5th, 2017 at 1:23 pm


Such a fun store! Love it!

102 | Kimberly Patriquin

May 5th, 2017 at 1:26 pm


I love the friendly staff at Miss Tiggy Winkles. I also love how they give 10% off to parents of twins. Having twins is very expensive so this is a wonderful little perk.

If I were to win I would love to buy my twins something special for their upcoming 2nd birthday. Perhaps some new summer toys for outside! I’d also love to buy Game of Thrones beer glasses for my hubby for Father’s Day on the Lost Pebbles side of the store. :)

103 | Nicola

May 5th, 2017 at 1:29 pm


How great! We’d look at Board games, LEGO, and one of the Moonjar piggybacks that’s been on the wish list.

104 | Nicola

May 5th, 2017 at 1:33 pm


Oops, that should have read piggybank… :-)

And I just left a Facebook message too — thanks for the contest!

105 | Nicole B

May 5th, 2017 at 1:38 pm


I would spend it on lego. I have been a customer of Miss Tiggy Winkles from before even I had kids! Now I love to bring my kids there to shop!

106 | Jacquie

May 5th, 2017 at 1:55 pm


It’s so hard to choose what we would get but probably a family board game. We have loved Ticket to Ride as well as numerous others recommended by the staff.

My best memory (and there are many!) is when the staff went above and beyond to save my son from disappointment. He had saved up for weeks to buy a special Lego set only to discover it was no longer available! Luckily a staff member (Simon, I think) called around and had it delivered to the Westboro store to my son’s delight.

107 | Jessica Dawson

May 5th, 2017 at 2:21 pm


Our family loves Miss Tiggy Winkles. There are so many unique toys and games. We have so much fun just browsing.

I’d buy a new swing for my twins 10th birthday on Sunday!

108 | Robynn Kearns

May 5th, 2017 at 3:06 pm


They have so many awesome products, but we LOVE Lego and anything Minecraft related, my twins current obsession. So, I bet they would choose a new Lego set to build together.
Bayshore is our favourite location. Stopping in to play after a hair cut was always the highlight of the day for my boys.

109 | Joanna Bostwick

May 5th, 2017 at 3:36 pm


I absolutely love Tiggy Winkles. Many fond memories of going there when I was little and am now so happy to be able to take my son!

Thank you!

110 | Lori Goodyear

May 5th, 2017 at 3:50 pm


Would love to win this gift card to help feed by children’s Lego craze! :)

111 | Stephanie Moores

May 5th, 2017 at 4:33 pm


MTW has been a staple in our family since nearly the very beginning. I remember going to the Byward Market shop as a kid and delighting in all the toys and games in store. My boys enjoy the same, whether it was endless hours at the Thomas table (I usually had to pry them away) or more recently ogling the new Lego. We love this neighbourdhood store and hope it stays for at least forty more years!

112 | Michael Friedman

May 5th, 2017 at 5:24 pm


I’d spend it on board games for my daughter and anything Simpsons related for Me!

113 | Denise H.

May 5th, 2017 at 6:09 pm


Our family is in the throes of a Pokemon obsession, so st least half if it would likely be spent on MORE POKEMON! The last half would be spent on DC Super Hero Girls Lego or posable figures! Great store with everything we need!

114 | Elicia Breslin

May 5th, 2017 at 6:30 pm


Thanks for the chance to win! I would spend it on some fun summer stuff for my two kids. We recently moved to Ottawa and I have heard about the store, but haven’t made it in yet! This would be exciting First time.

115 | Elicia Breslin

May 5th, 2017 at 6:33 pm


Comment left on the facebook post, thanks!

116 | Anika Clark

May 5th, 2017 at 7:04 pm


Congratulations and happy anniversary!
I would use this towards some sensory toys for my newborn!

117 | Stephanie Woodward

May 5th, 2017 at 7:12 pm


I would love to win the $100 gift card to take my girls shopping. I have fond memories of shopping at Mrs Tiggy Winkle’s. Congrats on the Anniversary :)

118 | Daniel Labossiere

May 5th, 2017 at 7:13 pm


Thanks for this Amazing oppurtunity. Would love to shop for my daughters. One whos turning 10 on may 10th and the other 2 on July 2nd. I love Mrs Tiggy Winkle’s used to shopt here when I was younger. Happy Anniversary

119 | Stephen Woodward

May 5th, 2017 at 7:15 pm


Happy Anniversary Mrs Tiggy Winkle’s. I would love to win this $100 giftcard to spend on my special grandkids all 6 of them. Fingers Crossed.

120 | Daphne Berube

May 5th, 2017 at 8:10 pm


Happy Anniversary!!! My kids would have a blast!

121 | Sunita

May 5th, 2017 at 8:12 pm


This our go-to birthday gift store! We always get the best advice for age appropriate games and toys. Great for big kid aka hubby gifts too:)

122 | Sorya Gopalan

May 5th, 2017 at 8:43 pm


Congratulations on 40 years. Your business model gives hope to small businesses. Westboro location is our favourite and is easily the most visited store for our family!
Here is to many more years of celebration! ? ?

123 | Ren

May 5th, 2017 at 8:51 pm


Ms. Tiggy Winkle’s is such a fantastic store and am glad to many people are celebrating its 40th anniversary. I was sad to see the Orleans location close, but hope people will continue shopping at the other locations to keep this Ottawa toy store open and thriving.

124 | Carla Pearson

May 5th, 2017 at 8:51 pm


The thing I remember most about shopping at the toy store is that feeling of magical anticipation. What might they have? What new delight will I come home with? Everyone loves a trip to the toy store. I would bring my daughter for her first birthday, show her all of the wonderful colours and toys, and see if hopefully she really gravitated towards something. :)

125 | Charles

May 5th, 2017 at 8:53 pm


I would introduce my daughter to your amazing store on her first birthday.

126 | Jennifer fenwick

May 5th, 2017 at 8:59 pm


I love this place!

127 | Cindy W

May 5th, 2017 at 10:27 pm


We love shopping at Mrs. Tiggy Winkles for birthday presents. It seems like we’re there regularly! Our kids would love a combination of Legos and Beanie Boos, board games, and maybe a gag gift for their dad! Happy Anniversary!

128 | Cindy W

May 5th, 2017 at 10:28 pm


I also left a message over on your FaceBook page :)

129 | Mabel

May 5th, 2017 at 10:33 pm


Happy 40th! I love your store! It’s always my go to for birthday presents. If I won the $100 gift card, I’d buy something special for my 3.5 and 1 year old. My 3.5 year old especially loves legos and my 1 year old loves cars. I’d also buy something that could be donated to a child in need.

130 | Mabel

May 5th, 2017 at 10:38 pm


Left a comment on your Facebook post as well :)

131 | Fiona Weir

May 5th, 2017 at 10:44 pm


My kids love Mrs. Tiggy Winkles. Every time they get money from the grandparents that is where they head to spend it. It is also the best place to find Thomas stuff…Cranky and Sodar Steamworks were great purchases from there.

132 | Fiona Weir

May 5th, 2017 at 10:48 pm


Left a second comment on the Facebook page?

133 | Seánine Linnenbruegger

May 6th, 2017 at 12:28 am


Growing up, Tiggy’s was the only place to spend our pocket money on amazing toys! I have so many incredible memories of times spent in your store, both for myself and for my little brother. I am now lucky enough to share that love with my two little ones (and even my husband!) and we spend more than a normal amount of time at Tiggy’s! Perhaps my favourite moment to date would be when we took our newly obsessed Thomas the Tank Engine fan to your store. Watching his face light up, and eyes grow wide was a breathtaking moment for all three of us! It was such a rare treat to find store that sold the ‘d’ pre-fisher price Thomas products! He has nOw grown into Lego but has passed along his love for all things Thomas to his little brother. so our visits to your store have changed tone but remain filled with love. If we were blessed enough to win this gift we would love to pay it forward. We would be thrilled to allow each of our littles an opportunity to chose a treat for themselves and one for another boy or girl that we can donate. Our children are truly blessed and we are we working hard to teach them the joy of giving. Thank you, Tiggy’s, for all of the love and joy that you spread! You fill up the hearts of children and adults alike! ??

134 | Seánine Linnenbruegger

May 6th, 2017 at 12:29 am


Second comment posted via Facebook ?

135 | Dominique Simoneau-Ritchie

May 6th, 2017 at 7:17 am


Miss twiggy winkles helped me find the perfect gift for my son’s first birthday. With a new baby coming along I’d love to buy him a baby doll of his own or just a sweet gift from the baby if I win!

136 | Flora

May 6th, 2017 at 9:33 am


We ? You Mrs. Tiggy Winkles! Congrats on the anniversary!

137 | Flora

May 6th, 2017 at 9:35 am


(That was a heart)

138 | Mel

May 6th, 2017 at 10:16 am


We would definitely be purchasing some Lego or some travel toys for our summer road trip.
Thanks for supporting such a great local business!

139 | Catherine

May 6th, 2017 at 12:13 pm


Thank you for this amazing give away. We are a huge supporter of local businesses, and teach are little guys the values of shopping in a place like this vs. places like Walmart. With the money, I would get the boys to each pick a toy and then they would pick one to donate for a less fortunate family. We do this at Christmas too. Thank you!

140 | Catherine

May 6th, 2017 at 12:15 pm


I also posted on the Facebook. Thanks!

141 | Cynthia Schoppmann

May 6th, 2017 at 1:15 pm


I would love to use this money for starting up a train table for my son!

142 | Tiff

May 6th, 2017 at 3:16 pm


Happy birthday!! We spent a lot of our childhood in Ms Tiggy Winkles and now I bring my daughter! We’d spend the money on her bday which is also May 13th!

143 | Jeremy Johnston

May 6th, 2017 at 4:20 pm


We’re really into our family board game nights, so we would use the money to buy more board games, though I’m sure there might be some Lego purchased as well.

144 | Jeremy Johnston

May 6th, 2017 at 4:22 pm


I also posted on FB.

145 | Elnaz S

May 6th, 2017 at 8:12 pm


I love Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s! So impressive that they’re celebrating their 40th anniversary! I would definitely splurge on board games :)

146 | Heather Thom

May 7th, 2017 at 2:52 pm


I love that Mrs. Tiggy Winkles has a grandparents day for discount off your purchase. My mom often takes advantage of this great day and buys great toys for her grandkids !

147 | Rosanna

May 7th, 2017 at 3:41 pm


When we were kids we always used end each trip to the mall with Mrs Tiggy Winkles! We love to try all new toys! Now with my kids…we look at Lego a lot ;)

148 | Rosanna

May 7th, 2017 at 3:41 pm


POsted on Facebook as well! Thanks!

149 | Christopher

May 7th, 2017 at 3:43 pm


I love to bring my two young daughters and have quality time playing in the store!

150 | A.K.

May 7th, 2017 at 8:30 pm


I would donate the entire balance of that gift-card to a less fortunate child or family who are truly in need.

151 | andrea tomkins

May 8th, 2017 at 9:06 am


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

152 | andrea tomkins

May 8th, 2017 at 9:09 am


We have a winnnnerrrrr! It’s Jen P, who wrote:

“My kids loved playing with the train table while I shopped. The kids would love some new Lego sets if we were lucky enough to be selected.”

Congratulations Jen! Please check your email. :)

Thanks for your entries everyone. I really enjoyed hearing your Tiggywinkle stories!

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