Best Local Toy Stores for Gifts
Busy parents often turn to the internet or big box stores to shop for gifts. Sure, Amazon makes it easy; Target has a pretty good selection and Walmart’s prices are hard to beat. But if you’re looking for unique, specialty or just super cool gifts, try one of Atlanta’s mom and pop shops. They offer a customer service experience you can’t get at a chain store or online. Tell them the age of the child and these toy shop owners can help locate the perfect gift. Kids enjoy going to the stores too, because they get to do something they can’t do at the other places—actually play. Here are a few of our favorites.
Check each store’s website for information on curbside pickup, ordering ahead and guidelines for safe in-store shopping.
Kids and parents alike go coo coo for Kazoo Toys, a truly full-service toy store in Buckhead. Owners Joe and Whitney Novak focus on a “trio of children’s fun: imagination, education and activity.” Parents can peruse their website before visiting the store to shop toy recommendations by age. They also offer call-ahead ordering and complimentary gift wrap.
Families shop for everything from unusual games to fidgets at the Ponce City Market location. Kids have the run of the store too, and can get hands on by trying out the toys. Their mission is to bring back family game night, so their selection of games is especially impressive.
Located in Decatur and Athens, browse Treehouse Kid and Craft’s carefully curated collection of toys, art and craft supplies, clothing and books. Kids will enjoy the play areas to try out the toys. The store also has art classes for kids 2-14, drop-in classes on Saturdays, and break camps –perfect for experience gifts this holiday season.
Prepare to find things you didn’t know you needed at Richard’s Variety Store in Midtown. After looking past the gag gifts and knick-knacks, customers will also find tons of toys for kids: puzzles galore, retro toys, costumes and even funky puppets.
Check out Seed Factory in the Westside Provisions District for the babies and children on your list. This store carries everything adorable from clothes (newborn to age 8) and books to classic wooden toys and arts and crafts.
This place is a gift gold mine for kids who are into magic, costumes and practical jokes. Taking up a full block on the square in Marietta, Eddie’s has hard-to-find items for those hard-to-buy-for kids.
Shoppers on the south side love to comb through this Peachtree City favorite with a huge selection of toys, games, books and stuffed animals. Kids love to come along when the store offers open play in a big area with outdoor-style play sets. (Open play is free with same day purchase of $10, or you can pay $5 per child.)
Learning Express provides both specialty learning and regular toys for children of all ages. Visit one of their metro Atlanta stores in Alpharetta, Buckhead, Marietta and Woodstock, or shop the huge selection of toys online.
Train aficionados flock to this hobby store in Lilburn for its huge selection of Lionel and MTH trains. But they also go beyond the tracks with rocket building sets, dollhouses, Breyer horses and creative science kits.
This eco-friendly store specializes in products for pregnancy and beyond, and offers a wide-range of kids’ toys. This includes eco-friendly finger paint, wooden toys and more.