If trudging through big box retailers and looking for the elusive toy for your kid makes you want to take a long winter’s nap, read on. We found 13 independent toy stores that will get you excited about tackling that long list. All of these store’s owners are passionate about toys: the selections are impeccable, and the displays and presentations are artistically imaginative. After visiting these shops, you may just start to feel that this truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

Everything Emporiums

1. Mary Arnold Toys: Mary Arnold Toys is definitely doing something right. Since 1931, this Upper East Side shop has been the toy mecca for families. Behind its non-assuming store front, Mary Arnold is jammed full of choice toys, from a large selection of dolls to minifigures to board games and even outdoor toys. You can’t go wrong here; there’s not a dud in sight.

Mary Arnold Toys
1010 Lexington Ave.
New York, Ny
Phone: 212-744-8510  
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
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-Alice Perry
All photos courtesy of Alice Perry except Norman & Jules.