Independent Local Toy Stores and Kid Gift Shops

Need to by a gift for the kiddo in your life? Swing by one of these local toy stores in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties for something really unique.

Is the kid in your life having a birthday or other celebration that’s a gift-giving must? Then visit your local mom-and-pop shops and pick out a one-of-a-kind present for kids of all ages. Here, we’ve listed some local toy stores that 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. And if you gotta gal that’s a bit too old for toys, check out our round-up of sweet 16 gift ideas.

Adventures in Toys

  • Address: 250 W. Maple Road, Birmingham
  • Phone: 248-646-5550

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.

Diane’s Doll House

  • Address: 102 N. Lafayette St., South Lyon
  • Phone: 248-486-0450

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

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

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

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, Lego 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

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: Multiple stores in southeast Michigan, find a location here
  • Phone: 586-630-5864 (The Mall at Partridge Creek location)

This shop stocks games, crafts, magic gadgets, Legos, plushies and more. There’s something for the entire family, including classic and 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

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

Just Imagine

  • Address: 115 W. Middle St., Chelsea
  • Phone: 734-562-2040

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

Part of a franchise family more than 125 strong, this is its sole southeast Michigan location, featuring a variety of toys in a friendly, hands-on atmosphere.

Lift 

  • Address: 228 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak
  • 248-545-5245

This spot has been open since 2006 and offers designer toys, lowbrow pop and surreal art, art books and anime toys for sale. They’ll even set up an appointment if you can’t make it to the shop during regular hours.

Michigan Toy Soldier Company

  • Address: 1400 E. 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-586-1022

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.

Mom and Pop’s Toy Shop 

  • Address: 9528 Joseph Campau St., Hamtramck
  • 313-888-9934

Swing by this not-so-traditional toy shop for gently-used vintage finds. Stock is always changing, so stop by frequently.

Mudpuddles Toy Store

  • Address: Kerrytown Market & Shops, 407 N. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-662-0022

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

  • Address: 3010 Washtenaw Ave. Suite 107, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-585-0788

From maternity clothes to kids apparel (now up to size 12 years), puzzles to dolls and books, this store tries to offer something for all the stages of your child’s development. Discover imagination-powered toys and plenty more.

Suhm Thing

  • Address: 138 W. Maple Road, Birmingham
  • Phone: 248-723-9832

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 Friendship Factory

Clinton Township

  • Address: The Mall at Partridge Creek, 17420 Hall Road, Space 151, Clinton Township
  • Phone: 586-530-9090

Rochester Hills

  • Address: 210 W. University Drive, Rochester
  • Phone: 248-890-7277

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 Rocket Candy and Novelties 

Ferndale 

  • Address: 23147 Woodward Ave., Ferndale
  • Phone: 248-556-5084

Ypsilanti 

  • Address: 122 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti
  • 734-483-2291

In addition to oodles of novelty, nostalgic and bulk candies for sale, this spot has traditional toys like kites and books; plus vintage t-shirts, magnets and other accessories.

The Robot Garage

Birmingham

  • Address: 637 S. Eton St., Birmingham
  • Phone: 248-723-9100

Rochester Hills

  • Address: Located in the Village of Rochester Hills, 172 N. Adams, Rochester Hills
  • Phone: 248-213-9960

Grosse Pointe Park

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

This Lego wonderland has a gift shop filled with Legos, rare Lego Minifigures, Hexbugs, maker toys and much more for creative kids.

Toyology

Howell

  • Address: 109 W. Grand River Ave., Howell
  • Phone: 517-518-8152

Rochester Hills

  • Address: 208 N. Adams Road, Rochester Hills
  • Phone: 248-266-6861

Royal Oak

  • Address: 119 S. Main St., Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-268-1412

West Bloomfield

  • Address: Orchard Mall, 6389 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield
  • Phone: 248-562-7524

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)

Relive your childhood as your take a walk through this local shop. Popular brands here include Lego, Playmobil, Melissa & Doug and Jellycat.

Whistle Stop Hobby & Toy

  • Address: 21714 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores
  • Phone: 586-771-6770

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, Lego, Playmobil, Lionel trains, large puzzle selection and much more.

This post was originally published in 2011 and is updated regularly.

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