We’ve compiled our 2016 list of recommendations from some of our most beloved Brooklyn toy shops to bring you a fun gift guide. Use the comments section to recommend your own great finds for this year too!

Grumpy Bert

82 Bond Street between State St. & Atlantic Ave. Boerum Hill (347) 855-4849

Totoro Plush, All Ages

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Totoro plush. Super soft and cuddly…let Totoro be your buddy.
Pandacake Plush, All Ages

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Pandacake is an artist, and an expert one at that! Like most artists, Pandacake is often misunderstood. She tries to tell people what she is thinking, but somehow it never comes out right. Luckily, her paintings tell more than any words could. She is sweet and kind natured, and loves to explore things that nobody else notices.


Sweet William

324 Wythe Ave. Brooklyn (718) 218- 6946

Kidscase Winter Knee High Socks, Baby

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Happy socks, happy feet. Knee high socks feature combined multi-colored graphic prints and stripes inspired by Japanese patchwork.

H-Luv Star Tassle Mobile, for Babies and All Ages
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Magic and wishes. This handcrafted mobile with colorful pompoms, sparkly falling stars and festive fringe makes a beautiful decoration for any room. Made with love in California.

Atsuyo Et Akiko Gold Leopard Cushion

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A sight to behold: a blazing gold leopard! Finished with a tinsel pompom and secret pocket on back. Hand silk screened in Brooklyn. Linen pillow cover stuffed with polyester fill. Measures 14 x17 inches.

Hansa Lying Red Fox, All Ages

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Hansa is known and respected for their close-to-nature reproductions of the world’s best loved animals. Encourage love and respect of animal wildlife and conservation with Hansa’s unique and lovable friends. Designed and made in the Philippines. 18 inches long.


Acorn Toy Shop

323 Atlantic Ave. Between Hoyt and Smith Street in Boerum Hill

(718) 522-3760

Rock Maple Wood Ring Rattle, Baby

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Handcrafted from a single block of wood without adding the rings separately, this heirloom-quality rattle provides babies with a wonderfully tactile experience. Rock maple wood is both incredibly smooth and inherently antibacterial, making it an ideal teething toy for little ones.

Wooden Story 54 Piece Block Set, Ages 3+

 

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From the Beskidy Mountains of Poland, comes this gorgeous earth-toned block set nestled in a lovely wooden carrying tray. These blocks are soft to the touch, making them an ideal option for little hands and growing minds. Meticulously crafted using sustainably harvested wood, non-toxic paints and a combination of beeswax and botanical oils.

Toaster, Ages 3+

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Just like the real thing, you can pull the knob down on this toaster and watch the bread disappear. A play kitchen essential, made from sustainable wood and finished with non-toxic paints.

Small Log Drum, Ages 3+

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Pint-sized percussionists can connect to the rhythm of life and make their own beat with this handmade drum. Rendered from sustainably harvested wood and rawhide, using ancient drum-making methods, this meticulously crafted instrument is a wonderful way to connect to Native American history.

Summer Flower Fairies, Ages 4+

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Hand sewn in Europe, these lovely ladies like to spend their Sunday afternoons at high tea in their fancy fairy houses. This set includes Madame Violet, Miss Daffodil, Mrs. Camellia Japonica and Lady Strawberry. Wonderful for dollhouse play, these fairies also make beautiful decorative pieces.


Smoochie Baby

110 Berry Street, Williamsburg (718) 384-3340

Alimrose Charlie Musical, for Baby

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Beautiful, soft Charlie Musical Toy in Black & Ivory design. Perfect for keeping baby entertained. Cream fabric with black crosses on the front & black dots on the back. The reverse side fabric matches the star. Pull the cord to play the musical ‘Let it Be’ tune. Hanging loop with velcro fastening allows the star to be attached to prams and car headrests.

Playshapes, Ages 2-4

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PlayShapes is a set of 74 shapes crafted from environmentally-friendly, durable rubberwood.

The set of shapes come in a printed, unbleached cotton drawstring bag. Shapes are coloured on one side and natural on the other – you choose how much colour you incorporate into your creations. We enclose illustrations which may set you on the right path.

Facemaker Original, Ages 3+

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Explore your creativity and discover thousands of unique faces to be made with these 25 wooden blocks. Will you make the cowboy, the queen, or a character only you can image?

ShapeMaker Mini, Ages 3+ (A mini-sized, special version of the FaceMaker!)

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A special mini-sized version of the FaceMaker!

Explore your creativity and discover thousands of unique faces to be made with these 25 wooden blocks. Will you make the cowboy, the queen, or a character only you can image? Compatibility: Blocks are compatible with FaceMaker Mini and HeartShapes for even more creative fun.

Piperoid Paper Robots, Ages 10+

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Piperoids are desk-sized robotic characters made entirely from colorful paper pipes. Starting with a handful of tubes and only a pair of scissors, you can build a Piperoid Robot in roughly 30 minutes via a series of cuts and folds. Because all Piperoid characters are built using the same diameter of pipes, pieces can be interchanged to create awesome hybrids. Furthermore, the absence of glue and tape allows you to move all of their joints. Piperoid Paper Robots are a wonderful project for all scissor-wielding children and adults.


Flying Squirrel

87 Oak Street, Greenpoint. (718) 218-7775

Planet Patch, Ages 3+

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Do you want to explore outer galaxies? Can you name all of the planets? Do you like planets with rings the best? Then this patch is for you!! Snag this patch and show the world that you want to blast off to another planet asap! Iron-on backing. Measures 3″ circle.

D’Aulaire’s Greek Myths, Hardcover. Ages 8+

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For any child fortunate enough to have this generous book…the kings and heroes of ancient legend will remain forever matter-of-fact; the pictures interpret the text literally and are full of detail and witty observation.

Snowy Owl Puppet

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This puppet is a real head-turner! Besides being able to make his head turn 360 degrees, you can animate this Snowy Owl’s feather-soft wings to create a real flap in your neck of the woods!


Annie’s Blue Ribbon Toy Store

232 5th Ave. between President St & Carroll St. Park Slope (718) 522-9848

2017 Moon Calendar in Night Sky, Ages 8+

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Hand silkscreened print in vibrant water based color with a texture you can feel. The unique spiral design shows each phase of the moon daily. Full and new moon transitions are highlighted, and zodiac symbols listed. Let the moon guide you!

Simon, Ages 6+

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Simon, the classic electronic memory game and one of the bestselling games of the 1980’s, is back with a sleeker look and enhanced features. Now added to the original game play is a digital screen with counter to guide you through each game. Simon challenges one or more players to memorize the hypnotic lights and sound sequences. 3 ways to play, with both 1 & 2 player modes! Experience the fun light effects as you advance to higher levels!

Let’s Color America Giant Poster, Ages 3+

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We LOVE these GIANT posters! Pull out your colored pencils and let your creativity flow! These posters are perfect for the entire family, the office, or a party activity. Take a tour of the USA with this map depicting the 50 states with all their splendor and diversity. Illustrated with fun and quirky charm, you can color America while charting its great historical landmarks, its glorious monuments of nature, and the specific foods and people that make every corner of the country so unique. Illustrated by Allsion Kerek. Size: W 63″ x H 36″. Made in the USA.


Norman & Jules

158 7th Ave. between Garfield Place and 1st Street in Park Slope. (347) 987-3323

 

Pound-A-Peg, Ages 0-3

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Naturally saturated pigments are pleasing to the eye for both children and adults. Children will discover new ways to use this classic pounding toy as it becomes their favorite. Bench can turn over to either side, so when a child is done pounding each peg down, it can be flipped for another round! Hammer can be stored on the edge of the bench.

Les Papoum Pop-Up Wooden Toy, Ages 0-3
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Push down on any of the three characters to have them pop up again. Push harder to have them jump even higher! Handling the pop up characters helps with hand dexterity making it a great toy for little ones.

23 Piece Pirates Ship, Ages 3-5

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This 23 piece set includes a crew of seafaring sailors, a captain, 4 barrels of supplies, 2 cannons, a treasure map, treasure, and a pirate ship that really rocks. What’ll it be, matey? Are you ready to hoist the Jolly Roger or will you be walking the plank?

Bow and 2 Arrows, Ages 5+

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Made from unfinished ash, natural wool, suede and leather. Includes a robust suede grip, and comes with two straight arrows finished with felted wool fletchings and rounded, soft leather tips. Variations may occur due to the use of materials.

LittleBits Base Kit, Ages 5+

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The littleBits library is the easiest electronic construction kit around! Conceived of at the MIT Media Lab, littleBits makes electronic modules with specific functions such as lights, motion and sound. Simply snap them together with magnets to use them for prototyping, learning, and fun. littleBits has won over 20 toy awards on its path to demystify electronics and spark the world’s next generation of inventors!


Play Kids

668A Flatbush Ave. between Westbury Ct. & Hawthorne St. Prospect Lefferts Gardens (347) 715-9347

Tegu Wooden Blocks, All Ages 

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Wooden magnetic building blocks! For ages 3+. The 24-Piece Set is a medium building set that allows for big and tall creations.

Melissa & Doug Doorbell House, Ages 2-4
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Four doorbells to ring; four lock-and-key pairs. Includes four play people! Four doors open on durable hinges. Easy to transport with the attached carry-handles. Sturdy wooden construction.

Punching Bag and Glove Set, Ages 7+

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KaPow toy boxing gloves and bag set. Includes red vinyl padded gloves. Also comes with black and red foam filled punching bag. Bag measures 18″ tall and includes rope to hang.