We know…Amazon makes everything so easy, but sometimes searching ‘toys’ can be a bit overwhelming. So as you approach birthdays, holidays and celebrations, we encourage you to shop local for the littles in your life. These stores and their employees have the best gift ideas, cutest Detroit gear and unique finds that you simply can’t get anywhere else. So whether you’re downtown or in the metro area (or online at their websites), here’s a list of our favorite local kids shops to browse and peruse!


Need gift ideas? Check out our GIFT GUIDE BY AGE article!




Little High Flyers // 4240 Cass Avenue, Suite 106

Situated in the heart of Midtown, Little High Flyers is a kids boutique with unique items from US and all over the world.


City Bird // 460 W Canfield St

It’s one of Midtown’s staple stores and carries everything you need for the perfect gift (for kids and adults). With Michigan and Detroit baby gear and bibs, to the cutest and most unique toys and stuffed animals.


Nora // 4240 Cass Avenue

Another Midtown favorite, Nora offers unique and modern kids toys, decor, crafts and books – perfect for the minimalists and design conscious families.


Pure Detroit // 3011 W Grand Blvd

It’s the original stop for local culture and authentic Detroit apparel, so if you’re looking for cool Detroit branded gear for the littles, this is the place!


DCreated // 19480 Livernois Avenue

Want something truly unique? Then visit DCreated Boutique! They handcraft organic boho baby and toddler clothing. Heirloom and custom outfits are their specialty. Everything you need for your little one is right here! Find one of a kind gifts, like bibs, rompers, bloomers and leotards.


Detroit vs. Everybody // 2501 Russell St

For the coolest kids around town, let them rep their city with one of the top brands in Detroit! Limited to just t-shirts and sweatshirts for kids, it’s enough to make a statement that Detroit is the coolest city in the nation!


Carhartt // 5800 Cass Ave

It’s not only a Detroit staple, but it’s the best winter gear you can find to keep your little warm and looking cool! From hats and accessories, to outerwear and hoodies, they have a wide variety of options for ages and for boys and girls!


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Toyology // West Bloomfield, Royal Oak & Rochester Hills

They are a fun education toy store that specializes in “Toys That Teach”. Their goal is to provide fun and games for kids of all ages that are designed to stimulate the mind and senses. Their selection of toys ranges from boys to girls, teens to toddlers, indoor to outdoor to solo vs group games.


Adventures in Toys // 250 W Maple Road, Birmingham

From books and crafts, to puzzles and dolls, this Birmingham staple has something to offer everyone at every price point.


Modern Natural Baby // 200 W 9 Mile Road, Ferndale

Ferndale’s own natural baby store has everything you need, from the top organic clothes and wooden toys, to a full lineup of registry needs (cribs, strollers, bouncers…you name it). As one of our favorite local stops, you can give the perfect gift for both mommy and kids!


Beautiful Beginnings Baby Boutique // 29875 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield

From cribs and books, to some of the cutest clothes and decor you can find in town, Beautiful Beginnings is the perfect stop for babies and early childhood.


Michigan Toy Soldier & Figure Company // 1400 E 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak

They are the Purveyors of fine historical miniatures and all related paraphernalia since 1996. Featuring the world’s most complete selection of plastic and metal toy soldiers, figure/model kits and hobby paints, tools and diorama supplies.


About Kerry Doman

Kerry Doman is the founder and CEO of LittleGuide Detroit and After 5 Detroit. She has lived downtown Detroit for 10+ years and still calls the city home with her husband and son. As a relatively new mom, she’s excited to explore downtown with her family and hopes you’ll enjoy doing the same!