Sure, doing all of your holiday shopping on Amazon is convenient. You don’t have to leave home and you can find almost anything. But NYC’s full of fabulous indie kid shops, where they know what is truly hot this year. We spoke with the top toy stores around town to find out what items are flying off the shelves. Some are obvious — Pokemon trading cards, anyone?— others might not be on your radar. But all of them are sure to bring some cheer. Flip through to discover what the cool kids are getting this season.

Piccolini: Lite-Brites

Searching for that extra special gift for baby’s first christmas? This charming boutique on Mott Street is your go-to store. It peddles a selection of New York City-themed onesies as well as unique rattles, plush toys and books. And for children ages two and up, there are arts and craft kits, cars and trains, as well as building and learning sets.

Holiday sales at Piccolini are revealing that Lite-Brites are back in vogue. The timeless classic includes a removable storage tray, six reusable templates and tons of different shaped pegs to keep little ones occupied. For the toothless set, the shop’s signature Hot Dog Pretzel NY onesie has been a huge hit and frequently sells out.

Piccolini
167 Mott St
Little Italy
212-775-1118
Online: piccolininyc.com

photo: Alexandra Z. via Yelp

  • Piccolini:  Lite-Brites
  • Toy Tokyo: Smiski Glow in the Dark Blind Box
  • Acorn: Block Sets
  • Dinosaur Hill: Traditional Marionettes
  • Kidding Around: Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty
  • Boomerang Toys: Pokemon Trading Cards
  • A Time For Children: 42nd Street Shuttle Loop and Terminal Set
  • The Children’s General Store: Puzzles of All Kinds

What toy is all the rage at your local store? Tell us in the comments below!

–Michelle McIvor Cohen