Another weekend, another birthday party and another we-gotta-find-a-good-gift shopping mission. If you’re tired of feeling uninspired in the big box stores and ready to up your gift giving ante, we’ve rounded up 16 shops where you can score the perfect (unique) gift for that special birthday boy or girl on your list. From 3-D puzzles and brain games, to pirate treasures and vintage toys, your gift is sure to be the hit of the party!

Top Ten Toys

There’s a lot that Greenwood’s Top Ten Toys doesn’t sell: Video games, Barbies, Bratz, toy swords and toy guns. If that sounds like music to your ears, this oversized kid store founded more than 20 years ago is your toy haven. Little ones will still experience sensory overload at Top Ten, but the buzz will come from the eco-friendly, educational and arts and crafts items. Puzzles, stuffed animals, juggling toys and baby goods round out the more than 25,000 items for sale at the Greenwood location. Top Ten Toys has a well curated selection of giftable toys that will sure to be a hit with the birthday boy or girl.

120 N. 85th St.
Seattle, Wa 98103

photo: Top Ten Toys Facebook page 

Still stymied? Other ideas include picking up an animal-themed gift at the zoo (Woodland Park Zoo, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium or Cougar Mountain Zoo) or the Aquarium gift store. Arty-themed gifts can be found at the Seattle Art Museum or MOPOP gift shops. And check Bellevue’s new KidsQuest Museum or the Pacific Science Center for STEM-themed gifts.

Where do you like to shop for cool and unique birthday gifts. Share your ideas with others in the Comments below.

— Jennifer B. Davis, Allison Rasmussen & Sara Billups