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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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1. Tipo's Toy Box

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724 Center Point Way
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
(301) 527-1780
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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]

2. The Toy Exchange

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Triangle Lane
Silver Spring, MD
11265 Triangle Lane Wheaton, MD 20902
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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]

3. Fair Day's Play

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7050 Carroll Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912
(301) 270-4999
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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]

4. Sullivan's Art Supplies

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4200 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 362-1343
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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]

5. Full of Beans

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Connecticut Ave
washington, DC
(202) 362-8566
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]

6. Anglo Dutch Pools & Toys

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5460 Westbard Ave
Bethesda, MD 20816
(301) 951-0636
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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]

7. Tugooh Toys & Yiro

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1355 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 338-9476
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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]

8. Doodlehopper Toy Store

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228 W Broad St
Falls Church, VA 22046
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]

9. Barston's Child's Play

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4510 Lee Hwy
Arlington, VA 22207
(703) 522-1022
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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]

10. Kinder Haus Toys

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1220 N Fillmore St
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 527-5933
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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]

11. The Toy Soldier Shop of Washington, D.C.

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503 11th Street Southeast
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 546-2201
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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]

12. Fairy Godmother

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319 7th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 547-5474
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]

13. Why Not?

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200 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314-3287
(703) 548-4420
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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]

14. One, Two, Kangaroo! Toys

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4022 Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 845-9099
This Shirlington shop is brimming with puzzles, toy cars, plush toys, and Frisbees. Classic toy lovers will appreciate items like Rubik’s cubes. [Image]

15. Purple Goose

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2005 Mount Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301
(703) 683-2918
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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]

16. 529 Kids Consign

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122A S Royal St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 567-4518
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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.

17. Pink and Brown

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1212 King St
Alexandra, VA
(703) 684-1050
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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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1. Tipo's Toy Box

724 Center Point Way, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
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]
724 Center Point Way
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

2. The Toy Exchange

Triangle Lane, Silver Spring, MD
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]
Triangle Lane
Silver Spring, MD

3. Fair Day's Play

7050 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912
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]
7050 Carroll Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912

4. Sullivan's Art Supplies

4200 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016
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]
4200 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016

5. Full of Beans

Connecticut Ave, washington, DC
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]
Connecticut Ave
washington, DC

6. Anglo Dutch Pools & Toys

5460 Westbard Ave, Bethesda, MD 20816
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]
5460 Westbard Ave
Bethesda, MD 20816

7. Tugooh Toys & Yiro

1355 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20016
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]
1355 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20016

8. Doodlehopper Toy Store

228 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046
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]
228 W Broad St
Falls Church, VA 22046

9. Barston's Child's Play

4510 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22207
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]
4510 Lee Hwy
Arlington, VA 22207

10. Kinder Haus Toys

1220 N Fillmore St, Arlington, VA 22201
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]
1220 N Fillmore St
Arlington, VA 22201

11. The Toy Soldier Shop of Washington, D.C.

503 11th Street Southeast, Washington, DC 20003
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]
503 11th Street Southeast
Washington, DC 20003

12. Fairy Godmother

319 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
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]
319 7th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

13. Why Not?

200 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3287
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]
200 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314-3287

14. One, Two, Kangaroo! Toys

4022 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206
This Shirlington shop is brimming with puzzles, toy cars, plush toys, and Frisbees. Classic toy lovers will appreciate items like Rubik’s cubes. [Image]
4022 Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA 22206

15. Purple Goose

2005 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301
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]
2005 Mount Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301

16. 529 Kids Consign

122A S Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314
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.
122A S Royal St
Alexandria, VA 22314

17. Pink and Brown

1212 King St, Alexandra, VA
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]
1212 King St
Alexandra, VA