There are so many terrific independent stores in Toronto to find your kids the perfect gift without lining the pockets of a rich CEO (ahem). There are some stores who cross over from strictly toys and gifts into baby equipment, crafts, games and books. So here is our guide to independent toy and gift stores in Toronto…

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Downtown & West End

Blue Banana Market
This huge space in Kensington Market is filled with goodies for everyone on your list, from quirky puzzles to pop culture socks!
On my shopping list: Toronto Streets Mug
Address: 250 Augusta Avenue

Game & Hobby Zone
This hidden gem, tucked away in the Cumberland Terrace mall near Yonge & Bloor, has an incredible puzzle selection, as well as figurines, models and board games. 
On my shopping list: Disney Vault Pluto Puzzle
Address: 820 Yonge St., Unit L21

Hey Kiddo
Not only does this store have toys from upscale brands such as Moulin Roty and Vilac, but also clothes and accessories, plus household and lifestyle items.
On my shopping list: Fjällräven backpack
Address: 295 Roncesvalles Avenue

Just You – Sarah & Tom
A perfect spot to hit for fans of all things “kawaii” (cute in Japanese), with gifts based on pop-culture favourites like Hello Kitty, Pokémon, Studio Ghibli films and K-Pop bands.
On my shopping list: My Neighbour Totoro cat bus stuffie
Address: 624 Bloor St. West, 686 Yonge Street

Kol Kid
When your kids are aiming to be the hippest on the block, it’s best to go to the epicentre of cool on Queen West for upscale brands like Maileg, Janod and Minikane.
On my shopping list: Connetix Magnetic Tiles – Starter Pack
Address: 674 Queen Street West

ROM Boutique
There are lots of educational toys in the modern lobby of the Royal Ontario Museum, with themed gift areas alongside major exhibits (such as Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature).
On my shopping list: Fantastic Beasts – Niffler With Sound
Address: 100 Queen’s Park

Scooter Girl
Unsurprisingly, this family hub in the west end is well-stocked with scooters! But they also have pretty much anything else a kid could dream up too.
On my shopping list: Magic Answer Ball – Cheeseburger
Address: 187 Roncesvalles Avenue

With locations in both ends of the city, you’ll find kids toys, books and clothes at Scout, as well as plenty of fun and funky gift ideas for parents too.
On my shopping list: Scary Bingo Game
Address: 405 Roncesvalles Avenue, 1140 Queen Street East

Toy Terminal
This old-school toy store has recently moved from Bathurst to Queen West but is still well-stocked with puzzles, train sets and seasonal items.
On my shopping list: Story Cubes
Address: 710 Queen Street West

East End & Scarborough

La Di Da
There is an abundance of adorable gifts at this tiny but packed shop on the Danforth. After you’ve found something cute for the little ones in your family, there are numerous treat-yourself options here as well.
On my shopping list: Pokémon Funko Pop Advent Calendar
Address: 128 Danforth Avenue

Little Peeps
As well as clothing, footwear, books and baby gear, there is a thoughtfully curated assortment of toys for the littlest of peeps.
On my shopping list: Ink-A-Do Tattoo Pens Set
Address: 742 Queen Street East

My Gifted Child
As the name suggests, this shop near the Scarborough border focuses on educational toys, plus they have a wide variety of workbooks and teachers’ aids.
On my shopping list: Thinkfun Colour Cube Sudoku
Address: 2883 St. Clair Avenue East

Silly Goose
Focusing on the younger folk, this new shop in the East End has quality toys, books, household items and baby supplies.
On my shopping list: Think Fun Hypno Graph
Address: 2054 Danforth Avenue

Swag Sisters
This popular store in the Gerrard India Bazaar neighbourhood is small but stacked with well-curated picks, plus they do brisk business in loot bags and balloons, and have an ice cream stand in warm months.
On my shopping list: Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts Moment: Charms Class
Address: 1511 Gerrard Street East

Treasure Island Toys
A treasured part of the Danforth for over 30 years, Treasure Island has a wide selection of building sets, dolls and outdoor toys, plus books, crafts and baby supplies.
On my shopping list: Janod Art Whiteboard & Chalkboard Tablet
Address: 581 Danforth Avenue

Midtown & Uptown

Playful Minds
This busy midtown spot offers a well-edited selection of toys, crafts, games, puzzles and books.
On my shopping list: Karmagami Calming Sensory Toy
Address: 657 St. Clair Avenue West

An uptown retail institution, Toytown is Toronto’s longest-running independent toy store. Here you’ll find everything from building sets to housewares, puzzles to candy!
On my shopping list: Nee Doh Gummy Bear
Address: 1754 Avenue Road

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