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Local toy stores in the Hudson Valley

Ditch online shopping for a unique shopping experience

Shop at these local toy stores for your kids

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

I've searched for and 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.

Tinker Toys
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
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

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
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.

167 Main St., Beacon

People drive hundreds of miles just to visit Play in Beacon. With some of the coolest games, gadgets and more, this shop is sure to amaze. Among the shelves you can find hilarious gag gifts, super realistic-looking desktop jellyfish, snarky oven mitts, books and even boomerangs. You can also find lots of cool vintage toys like a Light Bright or Spirograph just to name a couple. 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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Zakka Joy
177 Main St., Beacon

This shop really is about is that moment of joy you experience when you discover that one thing (or ten): a pencil that you cherish, a pair of socks with your favorite animal on them, a toy to keep you company, a hand-poured soy candle, or the perfect gift for someone. You will find all kinds of super unique gifts for everyone here.

The Imperial Castle Toy Shop
33 East Main St., Pawling

They carry one of the largest in-store vintage inventories around. Think Transformers, Thunder Cats and vintage Star Wars. They also carry modern toys like slime kits and Funko Pops. If you don't see what you want, they can custom order it for you. 

The Rare Bear
34 Tinker St., Woodstock

Find tons of cool gifts in this quaint little store. Stuffed animals, books, unique crafts and more. This store is worth stopping in.

67 Main St., Livingston Manor

This neat spot carries records, art supplies, games & toys. Find vintage puzzles, baby rattles, glow-in-the- dark finger puppets and other fun and funny toys.

Local 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.