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Local toy stores in the Hudson Valley



Ditch online shopping for a unique shopping experience


With the abundance of  department stores and online ordering easier than ever, shopping for the holidays has felt, at least to me, a little less magical. I miss the days when shopping was more tangible, more personal.

This year, I've found fabulous, local shops that offer exceptional toys from educational to super quirky. I even had the chance to speak with some of the owners to find out what makes their store special during the holidays.

Echo
EchoBeacon.com
470 Main St., Beacon

Wander down main street in Beacon for a toy store experience unlike any other.

Classic toys fill the shelves of this unique store. Jack-in-the-boxes, Spirograph, puzzles and crazy foam will make you remember the holidays of your own youth as beautiful baby dolls, ballerina jewelry boxes and a huge assortment of Bruder trucks are treasured and passed on to the next generation. 

Ditch the electronic gifts this year and give your child a toy they will cherish forever. Spark imaginative play with toys that will get played with all year long.

Tinker Toys
TinkerToysOfWoodstock.com
5 Mill Hill Rd., Woodstock

Woodstock is known for its wonderful artistic community and Tinker Toys is just bubbling over with inspiration. Every shelf is packed with treasures you won't find anywhere else. Owner Suki Beeh says, "The toys tend to be art, sculpture, playable and most importantly beautiful." From adorable plush animals and whimsical story books to intricate wooden sculptures and puzzles, you'll discover amazing gifts all through the store.


Madison Avenue Boutique
MadisonAveBoutique.com
246 Main Street, Cornwall

This beautiful boutique is brimming with toys, clothing and unique baby gifts.

Stop in this store for perfect stocking stuffers. There are trinkets and stuffed animals and tea sets for your little princess. Brightly colored baby toys and books are also all around the store.

Land of Oz

LandOfOzToys.com
41 East Market St., Rhinebeck

Head to Rhinebeck for an adventure through the wondrous aisles of Land of Oz. Shop owner, Elena personally researches how each item is made, where they come from, and even the brand itself before they land on her shelves. She says, "My main goal is to find the toys that are not only fun but can also teach children during play. This lays the foundation for a
lifetime of curiosity, open-mindedness and a love of learning." In this charming shop, you can find toys and games that spark imagination and interest in science, arts and crafts and pretend play.

Little Pickles
LittlePickles.shop
7505 N Broadway, Red Hook

In this boutique, you will find educational toys as well as fantastic footwear. Owner Rebecca Rothstein says, "I believe that every child
deserves a good book to read, an engaging toy to play with, a comfortable and durable pair of shoes and a little candy to suck on." Her store is filled with treasures that make all of that possible.

Play
ILovePlayToys.com
167 Main St., Beacon

People drive hundreds of miles just to visit Play in Beacon. Nestled between a glass gallery and a Doctor Who themed-restaurant, this shop is sure to amaze. Among the shelves of games and toys, you can find hilarious gag gifts, super realistic-looking desktop jellyfish, snarky oven mitts, books and even boomerangs. Shop owner Laeri says, "Play also offers the coolest and most unique greeting cards. From snarky to beautiful, but never mundane." This is the ultimate destination for one-of-a-kind stocking stuffers for every generation.

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Local bookstores
HVParent.com/Kid-Friendly-Bookstores

Got a bookworm on your hands or just want to encourage your kid to put down the tablet and pick up a book? The Hudson Valley has great, local bookstores that you should check out.

Hudson Valley Parent has a great list of bookstores online. These shops have children's nooks and some host kid-centered events.

Kid-friendly bookstores are a great place to spend a chilly afternoon even after the holidays have passed. Find a cozy corner to cuddle up with a graphic novel or some silly poems and pick out a favorite to take home.

Rielly is a part-time writer and full-time mama to an adorable toddler with autism.