Want to buy a gift your little elf might not expect? We’ve scoured the DMV for the best boutiques that de-stress your holiday shopping. At these magical brick and mortars you can talk to toy experts, discover unique finds, and–in some cases–have gifts wrapped up on the spot. Click through the slide show for our favorite spots to shop.

Dawn Price Baby

For over 12 years and with four convenient locations in the DC Metro area (Capitol Hill, Georgetown, Reston Town Center, and the Mosaic District), Dawn Price Baby features a wide-ranging, well-edited selection of baby and toddler clothing, gear, toys, books, and gifts. Shop for the useful (they sell several styles of baby carriers and diaper bags), the completely superfluous (need a silverplated airplane coin bank?), and the full-on fun (snatch up a classic Slip ‘n Slide, Goldie Blox, Aquabeads, and more!).

Various locations
Online: dawnpricebaby.com


Fairy Godmother Children's Books Toys

This Capitol Hill mainstay boasts plenty of educational toys, oodles of Playmobil sets, and shelves of books for kids of all ages (from Goodnight Moon to Harry Potter and plenty of new finds!). YA fans rejoice: their collection is huge.

Location: 319 7th St., SE


Come (with the kids!) for the train table, stay for the shopping advice and incredible selection of treasures. Art materials, books, and puppets are mixed with every size and type of vehicular toy and doll accessory imaginable. Free gift wrapping means you’ll leave with your holiday shopping fully D-O-N-E, and weekly events (The Great Zucchini, wildlife meet-and-greets, pottery painting) mean your kids will be entertained while you shop.

Various locations
Online: doodlehopper.com

Sullivan's Toys and Art Supplies

This family-owned and operated store in Tenleytown has an extensive selection of art materials (for kids and adults), toys, games, cards, figurines, stuffed animals, and novelty collectibles. They’ll gift wrap for free—and often offer special sales. While your kid is absorbed with the train set at the back, you can get lost in the eye-poppingly impressive pen selection.

4200 Wisconsin Ave., NW

Tugooh Toys

Still searching for Hatchimals, L.O.L Dolls, and Fingerlings? Tugooh has ‘em! Located in the heart of Georgetown for over a decade, this eco-friendly toy shop is known for its educational toys and books. You can also find scooters, Corolle dolls, collectible wooden toys, and puzzles and games of every variety.

1355 Wisconsin Ave., NW
webmail: tugoohtoys.com


Barstons Child's Play

With locations in McLean, DC, Arlington, and Rockville, you can scoop up some unique gifts within arm’s reach at Barstons Child’s Play, where the employees are knowledgeable and the gift wrap is free! Not sure what to get a four-year-old boy who has trouble sharing? The staff will help you brainstorm. Want to let your kids loose for an hour while they explore some of the shop’s wares? This is the place to be. From Lite Brite to LEGOs to a talking parrot pen, you’ll find it here.

Various locations
Online: barstonschildsplay.com

Do you have a favorite neighborhood toy store? Tell us about it in the comments below. 

–Katie Brown