While it may be easier to shop those big box stores, there’s something great about supporting local businesses this holiday season, especially when so many of them are struggling. We gathered up a bunch of our favorite independent toy stores in Boston and many of them offer perks like free local delivery and free gift wrapping that you won’t get at those big stores. Let’s shop small this holiday season and support our local toy stores!

Magic Beans

You can get tons of toys plus all the essential baby gear you need all under one roof at Magic Beans. They've been around since 2004 so they're totally up on all the hot toys and new products that you need. Head to one of their two Boston-area stores or shop online with free shipping and gift wrap on orders over $49. 

361 Huron Avenue
Cambridge, MA

200 Linden Street
Wellesley, MA
Online: mbeans.com

 

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Henry Bear's Park

With eight Boston-area locations to choose from, you'll definitely find what you need at this super-cool toy store. Shop their online store where you can find gifts sorted by age and interest, as well as some super fun options like surprise packs. With free shipping on orders over $50 and free gift wrap, this is a great option for those who want to check gift buying off their list. 

Find your nearest location here

Online: henrybear.com

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Eureka! Puzzles and More

This toy store right in the heart of Coolidge Corner focuses on puzzles, board games, brain teasers, STEM gifts and more. Head to their Young Explorers section for gifts for the youngest ones on your list. Parents: you can even create a wish list for your child to help out the gift givers in their life. 

1349 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA
Online: eurekapuzzles.com

 

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Boing! Toy Shop

This Jamaica Plain toy shop is a community favorite as it is run by a local mom and offers tons of store events (during "normal" times) to welcome kids inside. They offer free local deliveries of orders over $25 and you can even sign up for a birthday wishlist here. Check out their Wacky & Wonderful section if you are stumped on the perfect thing to buy for your little elf. 

667 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, MA
Online: boingtoys.com

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Tadpole

Parents-to-be know that Tadpole is the place to go for baby registries and all the gear you'll need to bring the little one home. They also have a ton of unique gifts for kids like including STEM toys, LEGO sets, puzzles and more. 

58 Clarendon St.
Boston, MA
Online: shoptadpole.com

CouCou

CouCou (pronounced “koo-koo”) is the French word used for the globally popular children’s game of Peek-a-boo. The store, located in the South End neighborhood of Boston, Massachussets, offers a wide selection of uniquely curated products for ages 0-10, including clothes, toys, crafts, homewares and gifts, imported from around the globe.

24 Union Park Street
Boston, MA
Online: coucou-boston.com

—Kate Loweth

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