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If you want to think outside the big box store this holiday season, the Washington area is home to local, independent boutiques and toy shops that stock a variety of specialty gifts for little ones. From princess tiaras to Rubik's cubes, you're sure to find one treasured item at these 17 shops that just may just become a beloved-for-all-time toy. Chances are you'll end up as the cool uncle or aunt that always gives the best gifts. Now, who wouldn't want to be on that list? — Teresa Tobat


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Tipo's Toy Box

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Tipo’s “takes fun seriously” and it shows in its wide array of products. Enjoy art spinners for older kids and musical instruments for babies. This shop also specializes in toys for children with special needs. [Image]

The Toy Exchange

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For more than 20 years, The Toy Exchange has served as Montgomery County’s top shop for hard-to-find collectable toys and trains. Action figures, trains and diecast cars are highlights here. [Image]

Fair Day's Play

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Eco-conscience shoppers will love Fair Day’s Play. This Takoma Park spot only features fair trade and American-made toys and games. Expect Hoola hoops, games, juggling stix, and marbles. [Image]

Sullivan's Art Supplies

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Since 1954, this family-owned and -operated store has been providing D.C. with toys and art supplies. The goods here are dynamic. Crafty kids will appreciate make-your-own bracelet kits and most everyone will enjoy some fake “snow” balls to play with. [Image]

Full of Beans

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In addition to children's clothing, the 26-year-old shop Full of Beans specializes in toys for babies including dolls and kid-friendly board games like Humpty Dumpty. [Image]

Anglo Dutch Pools & Toys

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Although mostly known for its pool products and water gear, Anglo Dutch also maintains a toy selection. Goods ranging from gummy bear-shaped nightlights to classic items like plush toy bunnies and foxes line the shelves of this Bethesda store. [Image]

Tugooh Toys & Yiro

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This local chain (with locations in Bethesda and Georgetown) provides the Washington, D.C. area with toys that aim to stimulate, educate and entertain. Translation? You’ll find plastic guitars, building blocks and other items designed to feed the intellectual and playful sides of every kid. [Image]

Doodlehopper Toy Store

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From water dancing speakers to Bananagrams, Doodlehopper in Falls Church and Springfield stocks a plethora of unique toys. Kids can even create registries here so relatives won’t be stumped when it comes to finding a gift. [Image]

Barston's Child's Play

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The Virginia outpost of this local chain—with five spots throughout the region—is filled with toys, games, puzzles, trains, books, music, and arts and crafts for children of all ages. Find everything from books on duct-tape fashion to board games here. [Image]

Kinder Haus Toys

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Arlington residents can stock up on toys, crafts, sporting goods, books, and a selection of children’s clothes at Kinder Haus. The store is also having an “indoor” sidewalk sale this month with some items marked up to 40 percent off. [Image]

The Toy Soldier Shop of Washington, D.C.

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Shop owner Neil Rhodes crafts his own toy soldiers in addition to supplying Capitol Hill with representations of almost every toy soldier made over the last century. The shop is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. [Image]

Fairy Godmother

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Fairy Godmother is packed with a large selection of children’s books—from Goodnight Moon to Harry Potter—in addition to a collection of toys. [Image]

Why Not?

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This children’s clothing consignment shop also sells toys that kids will love. Customers can expect toy trucks and dinosaurs in addition to iconic gifts like Curious George dolls. [Image]

One, Two, Kangaroo! Toys

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This Shirlington shop is brimming with puzzles, toy cars, plush toys, and Frisbees. Classic toy lovers will appreciate items like Rubik’s cubes. [Image]

Purple Goose

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Del Ray’s The Purple Goose is decked out like the room of a girl who loves to dress up as a princess. Colorful Lilly Pulitzer ornaments, Christmas advent calendars, and naturally, tiaras are all for sale. [Image]

529 Kids Consign

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Although this Old Town Alexandria shop is best known as a high-end kids clothing consignment store, it also sells a variety of toys too.

Pink and Brown

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There's a small section of classic toys at Alexandria's adorable children clothing's boutique Pink and Brown like stacking rings, dolls, and blocks. [Image: Adele Chapin]

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Tipo's Toy Box

Tipo’s “takes fun seriously” and it shows in its wide array of products. Enjoy art spinners for older kids and musical instruments for babies. This shop also specializes in toys for children with special needs. [Image]

The Toy Exchange

For more than 20 years, The Toy Exchange has served as Montgomery County’s top shop for hard-to-find collectable toys and trains. Action figures, trains and diecast cars are highlights here. [Image]

Fair Day's Play

Eco-conscience shoppers will love Fair Day’s Play. This Takoma Park spot only features fair trade and American-made toys and games. Expect Hoola hoops, games, juggling stix, and marbles. [Image]

Sullivan's Art Supplies

Since 1954, this family-owned and -operated store has been providing D.C. with toys and art supplies. The goods here are dynamic. Crafty kids will appreciate make-your-own bracelet kits and most everyone will enjoy some fake “snow” balls to play with. [Image]

Full of Beans

In addition to children's clothing, the 26-year-old shop Full of Beans specializes in toys for babies including dolls and kid-friendly board games like Humpty Dumpty. [Image]

Anglo Dutch Pools & Toys

Although mostly known for its pool products and water gear, Anglo Dutch also maintains a toy selection. Goods ranging from gummy bear-shaped nightlights to classic items like plush toy bunnies and foxes line the shelves of this Bethesda store. [Image]

Tugooh Toys & Yiro

This local chain (with locations in Bethesda and Georgetown) provides the Washington, D.C. area with toys that aim to stimulate, educate and entertain. Translation? You’ll find plastic guitars, building blocks and other items designed to feed the intellectual and playful sides of every kid. [Image]

Doodlehopper Toy Store

From water dancing speakers to Bananagrams, Doodlehopper in Falls Church and Springfield stocks a plethora of unique toys. Kids can even create registries here so relatives won’t be stumped when it comes to finding a gift. [Image]

Barston's Child's Play

The Virginia outpost of this local chain—with five spots throughout the region—is filled with toys, games, puzzles, trains, books, music, and arts and crafts for children of all ages. Find everything from books on duct-tape fashion to board games here. [Image]

Kinder Haus Toys

Arlington residents can stock up on toys, crafts, sporting goods, books, and a selection of children’s clothes at Kinder Haus. The store is also having an “indoor” sidewalk sale this month with some items marked up to 40 percent off. [Image]

The Toy Soldier Shop of Washington, D.C.

Shop owner Neil Rhodes crafts his own toy soldiers in addition to supplying Capitol Hill with representations of almost every toy soldier made over the last century. The shop is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. [Image]

Fairy Godmother

Fairy Godmother is packed with a large selection of children’s books—from Goodnight Moon to Harry Potter—in addition to a collection of toys. [Image]

Why Not?

This children’s clothing consignment shop also sells toys that kids will love. Customers can expect toy trucks and dinosaurs in addition to iconic gifts like Curious George dolls. [Image]

One, Two, Kangaroo! Toys

This Shirlington shop is brimming with puzzles, toy cars, plush toys, and Frisbees. Classic toy lovers will appreciate items like Rubik’s cubes. [Image]

Purple Goose

Del Ray’s The Purple Goose is decked out like the room of a girl who loves to dress up as a princess. Colorful Lilly Pulitzer ornaments, Christmas advent calendars, and naturally, tiaras are all for sale. [Image]