Independent Toy and Kid Gift Stores in Southeast Michigan

The holiday season is here! Get the kids something unique in 2015 by shopping at these special shops in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

Toy Stores Gift Shops in Southeast Michigan

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 your wee ones or even those who 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!

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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
  • 2015 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: University Square Shopping Center, 3074 Walton Blvd., 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
  • 2015 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. Sunday
  • 2015 holiday hours: Same

This store stocks kids clothing and popular toy brands including Lego, Mega Bloks, Marvel, Disney, Fisher Price, Tomy and Mattel. Also sells 18-inch doll clothing.

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
  • 2015 holiday hours: Call for holiday hours and sales

Doll lovers are in luck! This shop features dolls for all ages, including Madame Alexander, Corolle, Adora, Middleton and more. That selection pairs up with other great finds like Calico Critters, Melissa & Doug, Bruder trucks, Magformers, puzzles, games and more delightful toys.

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
  • 2015 holiday hours: Call for extended hours

Since 2012, this spot has offered lots of cool stuff for tween and 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
  • 2015 holiday hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday; begins after Thanksgiving-Christmas Eve

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
  • 2015 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, Legos 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
  • 2015 holiday hours: Call for extended hours

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
  • 2015 holiday hours: Call for extended 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-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday
  • 2015 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.

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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
  • 2015 holiday hours: Extended hours until 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and until 6 p.m. Sunday. Starts after Thanksgiving-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.

Michigan Toy Soldier Company

  • Address: 1400 E. 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-586-1022
  • Regular hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; closed on holidays

This store was founded in 1990 and offers everything for toy soldier collectors and enthusiasts. Collectible figures, figure kits and much more can be found here.

Mudpuddles Toy Store

  • Address: Kerrytown Shops, 407 N. Fifth Ave., 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
  • 2015 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 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
  • 2015 holiday hours: Call for extended hours

Ann Arbor

  • Address: 3010 Washtenaw Ave. Suite 107, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-585-0788
  • Regular hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • 2015 holiday hours: Call for extended 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: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday
  • 2015 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 Soldier 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
  • 2015 holiday hours: Call or check website for holiday hours

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. Customers can also check the selection and shop online at reallygreattoys.com.

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)

Downtown Rochester

  • Address: 210 W. University Drive, Rochester
  • Phone: 248-890-7277
  • Regular hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday
  • 2015 holiday hours: Call in advance

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
  • 2015 holiday hours: extended after Thanksgiving; call for details

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

The Robot Garage

Birmingham

  • Address: 637 S. Eton St., Birmingham
  • Phone: 248-723-9100
  • Regular hours: 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday
  • 2015 holiday hours: Same as regular hours

Rochester Hills

  • Address: Located in the Village of Rochester Hills, 172 N. Adams, Rochester Hills
  • Phone: 248-213-9960
  • Regular hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday
  • 2015 holiday hours: Same as mall (see mall hours here)

Grosse Pointe Park

  • Address: 15201 Kercheval Ave., Grosse Pointe Park
  • Phone: 313-924-3310
  • 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

This Lego wonderland has a gift shop filled with Legos, Hexbugs, LaQ and Plus-Plus, Advent calendars and much more for creative kids.

Toyology

Howell

  • Address: 109 W. Grand River Ave., Howell
  • Phone: 517-518-8152
  • Regular hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday
  • 2015 holiday hours: call for expanded hours

Royal Oak

  • Address: 119 S. Main St., Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-268-1412
  • Regular hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • 2015 holiday hours: call for expanded hours

West Bloomfield

  • Address: Orchard Mall, 6389 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield
  • Phone: 248-562-7524
  • Regular hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
  • 2015 holiday hours: call for expanded times

This store 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
  • 2015 holiday hours: Call for hours

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
  • 2015 holiday hours: after Thanksgiving, open 11 a.m. Sunday, closes 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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