Best Independent Toy Shops In And Around Los Angeles
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With the holidays quickly approaching, you’ve probably begun to think about present-shopping. Don’t forget about small businesses! Here in Los Angeles, we’re fortunate to have a number of charming, high-quality, independent toy shops where you’ll find the perfect gift(s) for all the kids in your life!
5464 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036
Miracle Mile Toys and Games has a loyal following among neighborhood families as well as those who travel to this special shop looking for just the right toy. They offer “a selection of classic toys and unique board games, card games, gifts, stuffed animals, books, and unique novelty items…” This store also does not have “boy” and “girl”aisles which are commonly found in larger toy stores. The owner is friendly and eager to help.
The Acorn Store
1220 5th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401
The Acorn Store is where you can find “natural toys and treasures.” This specialty store carries toys for early childhood years. You’ll find books, wooden figures, dolls, dress- up clothes, and arts and crafts supplies. You’ll find wooden toys here, nothing requiring batteries.
inside the Original Farmer’s Market
6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90036
Kip’s Toyland is a special store, for many reasons. It is family-owned and operated since 1945, making it the oldest toy store in Los Angeles. The store was founded by Irvin “Kip” Kipper after World War II. After seeing the atrocities of war, Mr. Kipper knew he wanted to bring some joy to people’s lives. You’ll find classic, retro toys here as well as new selections. However, you won’t find anything that plugs in.
140-142-144 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Landis’ Labyrinth actually includes three toy shops conveniently located right next door to each other in Larchmont Village. Landis’ Labyrinth Classic Toy Shop features “classic toys from your grandparents’ childhood right along side the modern classics your kids love today.” The items offered here are designed for children three and older. Landis’ Labyrinth Explorers is the spot for outdoor toys, sports equipment, science kits, and items for “active play and adventurous souls and minds.” Landis’ Early Years is where you’ll find items for children younger than three. Whether you’re looking for practical items or educational toys, you’ll find it here.
Shop Merci Milo
131 1/2 S. Avenue 60, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Shop Merci Milo is a family-owned business and was founded in 2015. This unique shop showcases “handmade unique toys and accessories for children from local artisans, traditional toy makers, creative mamas, and global brands.” You’ll find books, wooden toys, dolls, cars, and much more.
Brentwood Country Mart
225 26th St., Santa Monica, CA 90402 and
Malibu Country Mart
23410 Civic Center Way, Malibu, CA 90265
“Toy Crazy’s focus and goal is expanding your child’s imagination through games, puzzles, creative play, arts and crafts and outdoor activities and more.” You’ll find games you remember from your own childhood as well as great new discoveries. They offer free gift wrapping.
16101 Ventura Blvd., #135, Encino, CA 91436
Karen’s Toys is quite popular with families in the Valley. They offer a large selection here for infants and older children. You’ll find arts and crafts projects, puppets, games, construction toys, dolls, instruments, and much more. They also offer free gift wrapping.
2010 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
HUZZAH! Toys describes itself as having “neat toys for kids newborn to 90.” You’ll find a large selection of items including books, puzzles, as well as eclectic items you may not find anywhere else. Customers speak very highly of the friendly service here. They also offer free gift wrapping.
2281 Honolulu Ave., Montrose, CA 91020 and
437 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Tom’s Toys strives to be the neighborhood toy store we used to visit as kids. They’ve been in business for over 50 years and have three locations (San Luis Obispo, Beverly Hills, and Montrose). All locations are open seven days a week. They offer toys and games for all ages and are always happy to provide free gift-wrapping.