We know how convenient it is to order all your gifts online from one or two mega-retailers. But this year, shopping small and supporting LA’s business community is more important than ever. And with curbside pickup and private shopping appointments, it’s actually pretty easy to do. Plus, these smaller boutiques have a curated selection of unique, timeless gifts that you won’t find elsewhere. Read on to discover all the handmade dolls, all-wood games, eco-friendly crafts and more from top brands (like Djeco, Janod and Plan Toys) at LA’s best children’s boutiques and gift shops.
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Sap + Honey - Sherman Oaks
Find trinkets and treasures at this small children's boutique, which carries popular European toy brands including Djeco, Janod, Maileg and more. Open for in-person shopping, pickup and delivery.
Our Gift Pick: Bonikka Baby Doll, $34.99
This organic baby-soft doll and is one one of the store's bestsellers.
Hours: Wed.-Sun, 10a.m.-3p.m.
4317 Woodman Ave.
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Moulin Roty Toolbox Set, $34
It's hammer time for little carpenters with this authentic 14-piece toolset for kids age 6 and up.
Janod Animal Shrink Plastic Jewelry, $18
Discover the magic of shrink plastic with this sweet jewelry-making kit.
Maileg Little Sister Mouse in a Box, $27
Enjoy whimsical nostalgia in a tiny package with this mouse that's part of Danish toymaker Maileg's collection of soft and cuddly creatures.
Sprout San Francisco - Santa Monica
The Santa Monica outpost of this San Francisco-born boutique offers a carefully curated selection of safe and healthy toys and gear.
Our Gift Pick: Animal Upon Animal, $25
This wobbly animal stacking game, made entirely of wood, delivers fun for the whole fam!
Hours: Open for curbside pickup and private shopping, Mon.-Sun. Call to schedule.
1015 Montana Ave.
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Grimm's Landscape Puzzle, $61
It's both a colorful puzzle and a set of building blocks for kids to construct their own creations.
Plan Toys Musical Band, $60
Kids can rock out on this wooden drum set, a safe (and easier-on-the-ears) precursor to the real thing.
Kinderfeets Organic Cotton Tent, $99
Crafted using sustainable New Zealand pine wood and natural cotton fabric, this sturdy tent makes for the perfect hideaway.
Little Play Society
Former indoor playground Little Play Society was forced to close its doors due to Covid. In addition to now offering outdoor weekend classes for little ones, they've also created an online shop with educational and pretend-play toys.
Our Gift Pick: Nordic Toolbox, $44.99
We love that this wooden playset (which even includes a real, working level!) has unisex appeal.
Hours: Online only
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All-Aboard Wooden Train Sorting Game, $29.99
Kids will sorting the blocks, pulling the train around and pushing on its smokestack to hear a choo-choo!
Shapes Vehicle Memory Game, $14.99
The 28-piece game is made or durable wooden pieces that can withstand hours of play.
Merci Milo - Highland Park
Founded in 2015 by a husband and wife team, this shop takes its inspiration from Paris's traditional toy shops, featuring whimsical vintage-inspired and heirloom-worthy handmade toys.
Our Gift Pick: Busy Activity Box, $27
Keep kiddos busy with this fun-filled box of arts & crafts supplies, which includes two packs of eco-dough, a candle kit, origami kit, and crayons.
Hours: Open for 30-minute in-store shopping experiences. Call to schedule.
6017 Echo St.
Butterfly Dress-Up Wings, $48
Because every little one needs their own pair of magical wings.
Mecaniwood Building Kit, $33
This 96-piece kit comes with nuts, bolts, screws and wheels that actually turn, perfect for aspiring engineers to build their own vehicles.
Aldea Home and Baby
Aldea offers a hand-picked selection of stylish, eco-friendly nursery items, plus fun toys for the whole family.
Our Gift Pick: Janod Hippo Rid On, $75.95
Hours: Mon.-Sun., 10:30a.m.-5p.m. Contact for gift concierge services.
3825 Main St.
Culver City, CA
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Brio Rail & Road Travel Kit, $74.95
The wooden tracks, trains and accessories are a perfect first-train kit for city kids.
Schylling Comic Book Kit, $13.99
Kids can write their own superhero adventure with this starter set for budding comic book creators.
From books to baubles, this gift shop has goods for everyone on your list. Added bonus: Curbside pickup and shipping are available.
Our Gift Pick: Djeco Zig & Go, $32
Kids can build their own Rube Goldberg-like machine with this 25-piece construction kit.
3153 Glendale Blvd.
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Tough Guys Have Feelings Too, $17.95
Read this book aloud and learn about how ninjas, wrestlers, knights, superheroes, everyone has feelings.
Vilac Evolitfs Puzzles (set of 4), $28
These wooden puzzles are their own mini works of art.