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Independent Toy and Kid Gift Stores in Southeast Michigan

The holiday season is here! Get the kids something unique in 2014 by shopping at these special shops in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

Give a gift to remember this year: Visit your local mom-and-pop stores and pick out one-of-a-kind presents for kids of all ages. These independent shops offer dolls, trains, puzzles, customizable gifts and plenty more. We're sure you will find the perfect surprise for you wee ones or even those that are kids at heart. Check out Metro Parent's guide to find an indie toy store right in your backyard – in metro Detroit, Ann Arbor and beyond. Many offer special holiday promotions and hours, too, so call ahead or check the websites before you head out. Happy shopping!

Adventures in Toys

  • Address: 250 W. Maple Road, Birmingham
  • Phone: 248-646-5550
  • Regular hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • 2014 holiday hours: call closer to Hanukkah and Christmas for extended times

With a wide assortment of toys, this Birmingham favorite stocks plenty of games, trains, puzzles, stuffed animals and more. It even offers "Toy Store Takeout" if you need a quick gift. Give them call; they'll get it ready and wrapped – all you have to do is pick it up.

Brilliant Sky Toys & Books

  • Address: 3074 Walton Blvd., University Square Shopping Center, Rochester Hills
  • Phone: 248-375-2400
  • Regular hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • 2014 holiday hours: call for extended times

There are tons of educational games, plus toys, crafts and train sets to be found at this shop.

Chelsea Kidz Stop

  • Address: 114 N. Main St., Chelsea
  • Phone: 734-497-9344
  • Regular hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, closed Wednesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Sundays
  • 2014 holiday hours: check the website or call for the latest

This store stocks kids clothing and popular toy brands including Lego, Mega Bloks, Marvel, Disney, Fisher Price, Tomy and Mattel. Boasts 20 toys that are under $1.50 a pop, too.

Diane's Doll House

  • Address: 102 N. Lafayette St., South Lyon
  • Phone: 248-486-0450
  • Regular hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday-Monday
  • 2014 holiday hours: Check on the website or Facebook page for updates on hours.

Doll lovers are in luck! This shop features figurines for all ages, including Madame Alexander Doll Co., Corolle, Lee Middleton and more. That selection pairs up with other great finds like Thomas the Tank, Bruder trucks and more delightful toys.

Elephant Ears

  • Address: 415 N. Fifth Ave., Kerrytown Shops, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-622-9580
  • Regular hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • 2014 holiday hours: extended hours on Fridays (10 a.m.-8 p.m.) Nov. 28-Dec. 26

Books, music, snow gear and strollers? Check! You'll find toys, clothes and furniture for babies through tweens at this store.

El's Boutique

  • Address: 17110 Kercheval Ave., Grosse Pointe
  • Phone: 313-571-3044
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sundays
  • 2014 holiday hours: open until 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays (Dec. 4-5, 11-12 and 18-19); open until 5 p.m. Sundays (Dec. 7, 14 and 21)

Since 2012, this spot's offered lots of cool stuff for tween/teen girls, from gifts and crafts to accessories, personalized items and room decor. There's a section of finds for younger girls and babies, too. About half the store is also dedicated to moms and the grown-up gals, including jewelry, scarves, purses, shawls and more.

Froggy's Toy Stop

  • Address: 114 E. Fourth St., Rochester
  • Phone: 248-651-1511
  • Regular hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, closed Sundays
  • 2014 holiday hours: begins after Thanksgiving-Christmas Eve, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday

Looking for Playmobil sets? Froggy's has plenty, along with Madame Alexander dolls, Calico Critters and nooks filled with traditional toys. Check out the Folkmanis puppets, too.

Funky Monkey Toys

  • Address: 5 N. Washington St., Oxford
  • Phone: 248-572-4828
  • Regular hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday
  • 2014 holiday hours: same as regular hours

Games, toys, magic tricks and more: This shop has something for every age and interest. Stop in and check out the board games, electronic robots and sock monkeys, too. Or start a family tradition and pick up an Elf on the Shelf.

Genuine Toy Co.

  • Address: 550 Forest Ave., Suite 8, Plymouth
  • Phone: 734-414-9500
  • Regular hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday
  • 2014 holiday hours: In addition to regular hours, open noon-5 p.m. Sunday during holiday season; call for details

If you're looking for engaging toys, this is the place. It has award-winning family games, science and craft kits, challenging puzzles and more. You'll find pretend play items for tots. Mom and dad will love this store too: It features toys you grew up with and haven't seen in ages!

Go! Calendars, Games & Toys

  • Address: The Mall at Partridge Creek, 17420 Hall Road, Clinton Township (between center court and Nordstrom)
  • Phone: 586-228-0814
  • Regular hours: same as mall hours (see here for holiday mall hours)

This shop stocks games, crafts, magic gadgets, Legos, plushies and more. There's something for the entire family, including classics like Monopoly (many versions in stock) and Uno, plus strategy games. Suitable for kids – and fun for adults too.

Great Lakes Hobby & Toy

  • Address: 43055 Van Dyke Ave., Sterling Heights
  • Phone: 586-254-1600
  • Regular hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
  • 2014 holiday hours: same as regular hours

Now in business for more than 30 years, this Macomb County shop carries children's play trains, slot cars, Melissa & Doug, dollhouses, model kits and various other toys.

Just Imagine

  • Address: 115 S. Main St., Chelsea
  • Phone: 734-562-2040
  • Regular hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday
  • 2014 holiday hours: call during season for extended hours

This locally owned shop sells a variety of goods for young and old. You'll find music supplies, books, toys and more.

Learning Express Toys

  • Address: Westgate Shopping Center, 2465 W. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-997-0707
  • Regular hours: 10 a.m.-6 pm. Monday-Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • 2014 holiday hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24-Dec. 24

Part of a franchise family about 130 strong, this is its sole southeast Michigan location, featuring a variety of toys in a friendly, hands-on atmosphere.

Lexi's Toy Box

  • Address: 328 S. Ashley St., Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-332-1101
  • Regular hours: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday
  • 2014 holiday hours: start Nov. 28: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday; open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Christmas Eve

A charming little shop, it features infant toys made with organic cotton, wooden toys for toddlers and Waldorf dolls, all meeting high toy safety standards.

Mudpuddles Toy Store

  • Address: 407 N. Fifth Ave., Kerrytown Shops, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-662-0022
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • 2014 holiday hours: call for the latest

The store features award-winning games, creative toys, Klutz activity books and Folkmanis puppets. Find gifts here to pique your child's imagination.

My Hobby Place & Toys

  • Address: 33201 Plymouth Road, Livonia
  • Phone: 734-812-2900
  • Regular hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • 2014 holiday hours: call for extended times

Looking for the perfect toy for your little one? My Hobby Place & Toys carries everything from Lego and Melissa & Doug to Playmobil. Find more than 100 brands, including European varieties, at the shop.

My Urban Toddler

Saline

  • Address: 7025 E. Michigan Ave., Saline
  • Phone: 734-944-3628
  • Regular hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, closed Sunday
  • 2014 holiday hours: same as regular hours

Ann Arbor

  • Address: 3010 Washtenaw Ave. Suite 107, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-585-0788
  • Regular hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • 2014 holiday hours: same as regular hours

From maternity clothes to kids apparel, puzzles to dolls and books to furniture, this store tries to offer something for the early stages of your child's development. Discover imagination-powered toys and plenty more.

Suhm Thing

  • Address: 122 W. Maple Road, Birmingham
  • Phone: 248-723-9832
  • Regular hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday
  • 2014 holiday hours: call for details

While this gift shop might be small, it holds fun finds in every nook and cranny. Suhm Thing offers unique home decor, jewelry, stationery – plus a lot of Michigan-themed items, from items made in Michigan to postcards and glassware.

The Doll Hospital & Toy Solider Shop

  • Address: 3947 W. 12 Mile Road, Berkley
  • Phone: 248-543-3115
  • Regular hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday
  • 2014 holiday hours: check on website around Thanksgiving

This specialty store has a great selection of quality toys for kids from birth on up, including Playmobil, Schleich action figures, Corolle dolls, Creativity for Kids kits, Melissa & Doug, Lego and more. Also restores antique dolls (check ahead; during the holidays especially, this service tends to book up many weeks in advance).

The Friendship Factory

Clinton Township

  • Address: The Mall at Partridge Creek, 17420 Hall Road, Space 151, Clinton Township
  • Phone: 586-530-9090
  • Regular hours: same as mall hours (see here for holiday mall hours)

Rochester Hills

  • Address: 210 W. University Drive, Rochester
  • Phone: call Clinton Township location (see above)
  • Regular hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday

Have a crafty kid at home? Pick up a friendship bracelet kit, lanyard loom, photo button kit and more creative sets from this company with southeast Michigan roots.

The Peaceable Kingdom

  • Address: 210 S. Main St., Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-668-7886
  • Regular hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • 2014 holiday hours: expanded after Thanksgiving

Bring your child to peek at the fairy door at this local shop. For an eclectic mix of toys – like Jellycat plush animals and Maileg brand toys  – stop by.

The Robot Garage

Main location

  • Address: 637 S. Eton St., Birmingham
  • Phone: 248-723-9100
  • Regular hours: 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday

2014 holiday pop-up shop

  • Address: The Village of Rochester Hills, 172 N. Adams Road, Rochester
  • Phone: 248-213-9960
  • 2014 holiday hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2-??? (NOTE: What’s the last date on this? Please include if possible.)

This Lego wonderland has a gift shop filled with Legos, Hexbugs, LaQ and Plus-Plus, Advent calendars and much more for creative kids. Bring 'em to the Birmingham location for drop-in playtime 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 1-6:30 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday ($8/child, up to two hours). Also, keep an eye out for holiday camps.

Toyology

Howell

  • Address: 109 W. Grand River Ave., Howell
  • Phone: 517-518-8152
  • Regular hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
  • 2014 holiday hours: call for expanded times

Royal Oak

  • Address: 119 S. Main St., Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-268-1412
  • Regular hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • 2014 holiday hours: call for expanded times

West Bloomfield

  • Address: Orchard Mall, 6389 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield
  • Phone: 248-562-7524
  • Regular hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday
  • 2014 holiday hours: call for expanded times

This store, which opened two new locations in 2014, has something for kids of all ages – from items for imaginative play to puzzles, board games, infant toys, plushies and more. It even stocks products for the special needs community. Stop in and see a "toyologist" for help on picking up the perfect gift.

Village Toy Shoppe

  • Address: 400 N. Main St., Milford
  • Phone: 248-684-TOYS (8697)
  • Regular hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday
  • 2014 holiday hours: after Thanksgiving: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday

Relive your childhood as your take a walk through this local shop.

Whistle Stop Hobby & Toy

  • Address: 21714 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores
  • Phone: 586-771-6770
  • Regular hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday
  • 2014 holiday hours: after Thanksgiving, open 11 a.m. Sundays, close 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday

A tradition since 1969, this store is filled with creative toys like Madame Alexander dolls, Breyer model horses, Brio train sets, Melissa & Doug toys, model kits and much more.

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