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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Address: 228 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak
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.
- 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.
- Address: 9528 Joseph Campau St., Hamtramck
Swing by this not-so-traditional toy shop for gently-used vintage finds. Stock is always changing, so stop by frequently.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Address: The Mall at Partridge Creek, 17420 Hall Road, Space 151, Clinton Township
- Phone: 586-530-9090
- 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.
- Address: 23147 Woodward Ave., Ferndale
- Phone: 248-556-5084
- Address: 122 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti
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.
- Address: 637 S. Eton St., Birmingham
- Phone: 248-723-9100
- 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.
- Address: 109 W. Grand River Ave., Howell
- Phone: 517-518-8152
- Address: 208 N. Adams Road, Rochester Hills
- Phone: 248-266-6861
- Address: 119 S. Main St., Royal Oak
- Phone: 248-268-1412
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.