The holidays are here, and whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or something else entirely, there’s one common denominator: ‘tis the season to shop till you drop!
There’s something especially magical about the winter holidays when you’re a kid. Perhaps it’s the ambiance of snow, music and magical elves, or maybe it’s just the sugar buzz from cookies and piles of gifts.
But, if you’re all grown up, the responsibility for bringing the aforementioned magical moments come to life now lies on your shoulders. Pay attention, parents, grandparents, godparents, aunts, uncles… Here, we’re going to share the best places for you to find holiday gifts for kids in the metro Detroit area.
Adventures in Toys
Location: 250 W Maple Rd Birmingham, MI 48009
Hours: Monday through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Known for its above and beyond customer service, Adventures in Toys has been a downtown Birmingham staple since 1989. The shop’s owners proudly assist customers in selecting age-appropriate gifts for kids, and the store offers free gift wrapping and back door pickup. You won’t find better service in the metro Detroit area.
Location: 3117 W 12 Mile, Berkley, MI 48072
Hours: Monday through Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday: noon to 5 p.m.
“A whimsical gift gallery,” Catching Fireflies offers gifts for babies, toddlers and children ages 5 and up. Stuffed toys, fashion accessories and books are great for the older kids on your list, while sippy cups, bibs and cute socks are a few gift options for the baby and toddler crowd.
Location: 23147 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI 48220
Hours: Monday through Friday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Your one-stop shop for all things kitschy, The Rocket is a great place to pop in for obscure stocking stuffers and silly odds-and-ends gifts for the kids on your holiday shopping list. Family games, magic books, plush toys, science kits and candy await, as well as Harry Potter, Marvel and DC Comics branded gift merchandise.
The Friendship Factory
Location: 210 W University Dr #1, Rochester, MI 48307
Hours: Tuesday through Friday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday and Monday: Closed
If the kid in your life enjoys craft time, kits from the Friendship Factory might be right up his or her alley. Gifts like The Friendship Bracelet Maker, Lanyard Maker or My Image Button Maker will surely win you brownie points when carefully wrapped and placed under the tree.
The Robot Garage
Location: 637 S Eton St, Birmingham, MI 48009
Hours: Tuesday through Friday: 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Sunday: noon to 5 p.m., Monday: closed
A family-run business that began in Birmingham in 2011, The Robot Garage fosters an environment for kids interested in robotics. Classes make a great gift and offer hands-on experience for kids interested in learning more about engineering and robotics. Alternatively, the Robot Garage Store offers a selection of curated, hands-on maker gifts that include toys, robots and LEGO.
Location: 228 W 4th St, Royal Oak, MI 48067
Hours: Monday through Wednesday: Closed, Thursday: noon to 6 p.m., Friday through Saturday: noon to 9 p.m., Sunday: noon to 7 p.m.
A designer toy store located in Royal Oak, LIFT is stocked with gifts for the pop culture, anime and art loving kid on your list (and even the big kid-at-heart in your life). Ju-Ju-Be bags, Hello Kitty merch and vinyl figurines will keep you searching the store for the perfect gift for hours.
Genuine Toy Co
Location: 550 Forest Ave Suite 8, Plymouth, MI 48170
Hours: Monday through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday: Closed
A family-owned toy store that aims to spark creativity and imagination in everyone who walks through its doors, Genuine Toy Co. offers some of the best kids’ gifts around. Take a trip down memory lane with Candy Land, Monopoly and Clue. You’ll also find great gift items like baby dolls, puzzles, Fischer Price toys and card games, suitable for kids of varying age levels.
Where are your favorite places to find gifts for the kids on your “nice” list? Let us know in the comments section below.