‘Tis the season to shop local, so Team Angel City put together a list of our favorite L.A.-based toy stores to help you check off gifts for all the little angels on your list. From modern and educational toys, to vintage building blocks, to hand-stitched stuffed animals - the toy selection in Los Angeles has a little bit of everything! For those on your list that may not be near you in LA, you can shop for other gifts to send to loved ones with DoorDash. So make your list, check it twice, and let’s get to stuffing some stockings!
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Photo via @huzzahtoys on Instagram
HUZZAH! prides itself as the most vibrant, contemporary, and friendly store in Los Angeles. With a selection of carefully curated toys for kids of all ages – from newborn to ninety, specifically – you’re bound to find the perfect gift for the loved ones in your life. Bonus: they also offer free gift wrapping!
Address: 210 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
Photo via @shopmercimilo on Instagram
A trip through the traditional toy shops in Paris stocked with whimsical, old-school toys served as the inspiration for Merci Milo. With the owners’ daughter Milo as the store’s namesake, Merci Milo specializes in unique, vintage-inspired handmade toys that are high-quality and ethically made. The shop has also made it their mission to donate a percentage of proceeds to a different charity per month – so while you’re shopping for a quirky and fun holiday gift for the kiddo in your life, you can support a local business, local maker, and charity in need. Win, win!
Address: 6017 Echo Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Photo via @kipstoyland on Instagram
As the oldest toy store in all of Los Angeles, Kip’s Toyland has been family owned and operated since 1945 and was founded when Irvin “Kip” Kipper returned home from World War II. With a curated selection of toys ranging from classic and retro to modern and trendy, Kip’s Toyland has the perfect playthings for young kids and nostalgic adults alike. Even if you have no idea what kids are playing with these days, the team at Kip’s – namely Kip’s legacies, Don and Lily Kipper – pride themselves on their passion for toys and will gladly lend a helping hand.
Address: 6333 W 3rd Street Suite 720, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Photo via @thedinofarm on Instagram
If T-Rexes are all the rage for the tots in your life, Dinosaur Farm is your one-stop-shop. Established in 1994, Dinosaur Farm is a toy and book shop that labels itself “not your ordinary toy store.” While their online shop is dedicated solely to dinosaur-related merchandise, their retail store has a wider selection of toys and goodies – from plushies to puzzles, party supplies, costumes, and more – as well as murals on the walls that will transport you to a magical, dino-populated forest.
Address: 1510 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030
The Acorn Store
Photo via @theacornstore on Instagram
The Acorn Store makes eco-conscious holiday shopping easy. A whimsical, nostalgic shop for both young children and adults, The Acorn Store carries a wide selection of eco-friendly, handmade wooden toys to inspire a creative imagination. Each of this shop’s toys are carefully selected for how they are artfully produced, consciously created, and sustainably sourced, and will last for holiday seasons to come.
Address: 1220 5th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401