Since Toys “R” Us closed in 2018, you may have noticed that finding the perfect gift for the kid (or kid at heart) might be a little difficult. Sure, the big box stores like Target have a decent selection of toys with great prices, but sometimes they miss the mark a bit. There is nowhere to find a more unique gift than at an independently-owned toy store.
Check out these independently-owned toy stores in + around Detroit to find the perfect present this holiday season!
The Toy Box | Utica
Fidgets, poppers, stuffies, and Squishmallows–The Toy Box has it all. With items for a new baby all the way to adults, you will find something here. Treat yourself to your favorite candy treat in the Candy Corner and don’t forget to say “Hi” to Stanley, everyone’s favorite dinosaur who makes The Toy Box his home.
Whistle Stop Hobby & Toy | St. Clair Shores
If the Whistle Stop doesn’t have what you are looking for, it might not exist! Remote control cars, model airplanes, and tons of educational toys are plentiful at this eastside gem.
Diane’s Doll House | South Lyon
Don’t let the name fool you–Diane’s Doll House has so much more than just dolls. They also have tons of toys from some of our favorite brands like Melissa and Doug and Green Toys, a variety of games, and an array of collectible dolls.
Modern Natural Baby | Ferndale
This toy store has everything you’ll need for both baby and kids! Stuffed animals, puzzles, games, and STEAM toys . . . the possibilities are endless. Plus, their website has seasonal gift ideas, so it’s really perfect all year long!
Toyology Toys | Bloomfield Hills, Royal Oak, + West Bloomfield
With a variety of locations throughout Oakland County, Toyology has everything for that special kiddo on your list! They also offer gift wrapping, curbside pick-up, and fast local shipping. With a knowledgeable staff of “Toyologists,” you are guaranteed to find something great.
Village Toy Shoppe | Milford
Along with a wide variety of STEM toys, Village Toy Shoppe has a large selection of make-believe toys, arts and crafts kits, and puzzles. Village Toy Shoppe also has several great gifts and clothing for the newest members of your family with a large baby and infant section.
Mudpuddles | Ann Arbor
With a variety of toys for every budget, Mudpuddles has something for everyone. Lots of STEM toys, arts and crafts, and educational toys for every age and stage on your list!
The Rocket | Ypsilanti
The Rocket has a great variety of toys, fun and unique gifts, and unusual candy for everyone on your list, not just the kids! Check out their Ferndale location if you are on the other side of town. Also, if you aren’t local, visit their website and shop online because they offer free shipping on orders over $49!
Unicorn Feed & Supply | Ypsilanti
You’ll find gifts for everyone on your list, and a ton of options for those difficult preteens and tweens on your list to buy for. Visit Unicorn Feed and Supply for anything sparkly and unique for the perfect holiday gift. You might even find something cool for yourself!
Genuine Toy Company | Plymouth
Genuine Toy Company specializes in retro toys that will make any parent or grandparent feel nostalgic, as well as arts and crafts kits and plenty of STEM projects for your scientist in the making.
Muriel’s Doll House | Plymouth
Located in downtown Plymouth, this adorable gingerbread-style building is perfect for all things doll-related. From vintage, antique dolls, to large table-top doll houses with miniatures to go along with it, Muriel’s has it all. They also have a decent selection of toys for a variety of ages and stages.
If you can’t find the perfect gift at one of these independently-owned toy stores in + around Detroit, it probably doesn’t exist. While shopping locally is important all year round, the holidays are a great time to explore local businesses for everyone on your list.