When I buy a gift for someone I like to make it unique. For birthdays, Christmas, baby showers, bar mitzvahs, or for no reason at all, drop by one of these local toy stores for a one-of-a-kind gift.
If you’re a fan of the old-school wooden toys, this store has the biggest selection. This little shop in the Kids Market on Granville Island is the perfect place to buy early-learning vintage toys for baby’s first years or to relive your own childhood. Kids love the hands-on displays, and you’ll love the affordable prices.
1496 Cartwright St, Vancouver
You won’t find the typical big-box office toys in this shop. This well organized place is packed with fun items like cute stuffed animal heads for the nursery wall, sure to leave others asking where you bought such unique items. The staff here is knowledgeable and friendly, and your kids will have a blast hanging out at the colouring bar and play area.
1161 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Nothing screams unique like buying a kid their first grand piano or accordion toy. Furry finger puppets, Volkswagen bus tents and an abundance of bath toys, this store does not disappoint. Everything modern and organic for children 0 to 5, including a variety of cloth diaper options and the trendiest treads to ensure baby is styling at the next Mother Goose singalong.
2110 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
From timeless board games and classic toys like slinky, whoopee cushions, and Playdoh, to the newest and coolest toys to come on the market, Splash Toys in Steveston has have something for everyone. The best part? It’s located in historic Steveston Village so all kinds of local gift stores, cafes and eateries are just a stone’s throw away.
140 – 3580 Montcon Street, Richmond, 604-241-0234
With two locations packed to the rafters with every toy imaginable, these shops set the bar for gift giving. Prepare to spend some time taking it all in and controlling your inner child. This place has all the hard-to-finds including magic tricks, giant plush toys and rare collectibles. Just make sure you set aside an entire day to comb the aisles.
3298 Main St & 11-1496 Cartwright St, Vancouver