The Best Local Toy Stores for Holiday Shopping

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For a truly unique toy for your loved one, you’ve gotta ditch online shopping and big-box stores and hit the streets.  Portland mom and pop shops are where the best gifts are at! Find that extra-special holiday gift for that extra-special someone in your life, at one of these Santa-approved shops. We’ve rounded up the best places to buy toys in town. Read on to find out more!

Finnegan's Toys & Gifts

A staple of a native Portlanders childhood, Finnegan's Toys & Gifts has kept families happily entertained with their wide array of toys since 1977. With COVID, the local shop has given up its iconic corner location, however, you can still order exciting toys, puzzles and more from their online store! Think of it like a local Amazon for all things childhood excitement. They offer shipping or pick-up for receiving your purchases, pick-up happening at "UnderU4men" during their business hours in downtown Portland. Support Finnegan's Toys & Gifts during this transitional period by finding your little one(s) the perfect holiday gift!

800 SW Washington St.
(503) 221-0306
Online at: finneganstoys.com

Oodles of Toys

Need "oodles" of inspiration for gifts for your tyke? Take a trip to the Sellwood neighborhood for a shopping experience sure to beat the offerings of your local Target or Fred Meyers! From stuffed animals and plushies to board games and playsets, Oodles of Toys has you covered. Schedule an appointment to shop in person, or stop by and they'll put you into the schedule! They even offer to do virtual shopping via Facetime or Google Duo chat, as well as online ordering with curbside pickup. They'll make it convenient for you and give you all the inspiration for the best gifts for your family. 

7727 SE 13th Ave
(503) 719-7670
Mon - Saty: 10 a.m.- 6p.m.
Sun: 11a.m. - 5 p.m.
Online: oodles-of-toys.business.site

Thinker Toys

Thinker Toys has been a figurehead of Multnomah Village since 1994 and there's one reason for it: their toy selection rocks! They are a destination for children and parents alike, offering adult board games like Catan, and child tinkerings like PlayMobile. Head to Thinker Toys to peruse all their entire selection in person, or head online for their options for shopping, curbside pickup and local delivery! Whichever way you decide to get your Thinker Toy gifts this holiday season, it is sure to a magical and exciting experience!

7784 SW Capitol Hwy
(503) 245-3936
Mon - Sat: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sun: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Online: thinkertoysoregon.com

Hammer + Jacks

Need a creative spin on movement-based toys? What about a cute, locally made "Slow Down" sign for your front yard when the teens in your neighborhood pass by? How about a toy set that is both thoughtful and stimulating? Wow, if only there was a Portland toy shop offering all these awesome gift ideas... oh wait! Have you heard of Hammer and Jacks? Located in southeast Portland, this cute boutique toy store will be sure to make you want to buy gifts for your loved ones AND yourself! Head online to book a private in-store appointment or order online, or drive over for walk-in shopping. 

6406 SE Foster Rd.
(503) 894-9150
Mon, Wed, Thur, Sun: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fri & Sat: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Online at: hammerandjacks.com

The Yo! Store

Wait, wait, wait. Is this store supposed to be for the kids or for the women that mother them? Visiting the Yo! Store in northwest Portland, you'll find stuffed animals and aesthetically-inclined children's books next to a garment rack of cool jean jackets or ceramic plant pots! It seems like this store really gets it, making the child shopping experience pleasurable for any parent. You'll be outfitted with the hippest bibs and bonnets, stylish nursery lights, sleek earrings, and toys from the brand Kid O. I didn't know I needed Yo! before I found it so go this holiday season and buy everything.

935 NW 19th Ave.
(503) 453-6488
Tue: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wed-Sat: 10a.m.-5p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Online at: yoportland.com

—Annette Benedetti

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