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European Expressions specializes in the marketing of high-quality, innovative and educational toy, gift and music items.

During the year, we travel the back roads of eastern and western Europe, searching for toys and gifts that are truly different. We try hard to stand out from the mass-market products found in the mega-malls and being touted on television. What you will find here are truly creative products: usually handmade, inevitably charming.

For us and for our customers, different truly is better.

That explains why so many of our products have been honored with toy design awards:

The top-selling European Expressions Music Maker has been awarded lofty (and extremely rare) "Platinum Toy" status by the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, and multiple other awards. Companies that recognize high quality musical instruments like the Musical Instrument Museum, the Museum of Making Music, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic offer the Music Maker to customers in their gift shops.



The super popular wooden Sword and Shield sets are once again available. Two styles: Richard the Lionheart and the Lion of Flanders.

(Custom designs are also possible, and easy to make)

Richard the Lionheart

Lion of Flanders