From fashion-focused boutiques to shops that feel like sleepaway camp, these local Dallas toy stores should be on your radar as you work through your holiday shopping list
If you’re about ready to click your way to a completed shopping list online, stop! Consider shopping small this holiday season. We’ve rounded up six independent toy stores in Dallas that have passionate employees ready to share their personal recommendations and tons of perks (think: local delivery or curbside pickup, free gift wrapping, and the opportunity to test-drive the merchandise). You can pick out the perfect gift for all the little elves on your list while supporting local businesses. What’s more in line with the holiday spirit than that?
1. The Toy Maven
You'll find loads of toy options and tons of helpful salespeople at The Toy Maven this holiday season. They now have three locations to choose from (a new Dallas location popped up this year), or you can shop via their new website. Not sure what to get? You can narrow your options by age.
6025 Royal Lane
5600 W Lovers Lane
1275 East Southlake Blvd.
2. Toys Unique!
You'll love this spot as it is a local, family-owned business in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex that has been bringing continuous joy into children's lives for 40 years. They offer complimentary gift wrapping, which definitely comes in handy this time of year. Shop by age or check out their handy holiday catalog.
5460 West Lovers Lane
3. The Little Things
This chic boutique has a mix of everything from books, toys, and art supplies to apparel—with options, including gender-neutral, for babies through tweens. In fact, the store was created from a love of fashion and seeing happy kids dressed in clothes that make them feel confident and excited to begin each day. The store's owners pride themselves on sourcing the best quality, natural fabrics and conscientious production from the brands they select.
6465 E. Mockingbird Lane
4. We Are the Misfits
You'll be totally impressed by the quality of toys offered at We Are the Missfits. That's intentional: the products are cultivated to stimulate the brain and encourage self-expression through fashion, art, science, and literature (Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty, anyone?). Sure, they also carry stuff that's just for fun, but prepare to feel inspired when in-store. If you can't pop inside, that's OK. They offer curbside pickup and free delivery within five miles of the store. Need something but not sure what? Try out their virtual shopping experience.
9660 Audelia Rd.
CAMP is a toy store and more—known for its totally unique shop-play hybrid experience in its locations across the country. Inside this CAMP store, visitors can take part in rotating themed experiences, kids are encouraged to try out loads of toys they have available, and there's even a cafe for parents. Every surface is a seamless blend of play and product. Check out our full review here.
9830 N. Central Expressway
6. The Toy Store
The very reasonably named Toy Store in Snider Plaza offers eco-friendly, STEM-certified, and sustainable play toys for people of all ages. From baby toys to adult puzzles, they have you covered. And if you are super busy (like we know you are), they even offer free delivery within 10 miles.
6723 Snider Plaza