Toys R Us Is Gone, But Here's Where Else You Can Buy Toys In LA

A Hatchimals Egg Surprise toy. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

Holiday shoppers are facing their first season without Toys R Us. And many independent toy stores are reaping the benefits.

"Customers say they don't really know where else to go," said Lily Kipper, owner of Kip's Toyland in the Fairfax neighborhood. "People go on Yelp and look for a toy store, and there's not many left."

Of course, you could always turn to Amazon. And many people do. But Amazon doesn't let you touch before you buy.

"You can bring your kids in here and let them play with the toys and see what they're interested in," said Miracle Mile Toy Hall owner Carrie Harr, who has seen a 30 percent increase in sales so far this holiday season.

Shopper Christine Meyer said she likes walking around toy stores to get ideas. When we met her at Kip's Toyland earlier this week, she pulled out a small, plastic basketball hoop from her bag, before saying, "I hadn't planned on necessarily getting this, but when I saw it I thought, 'Oh, that's right!'"

Are you looking for inspiration on what to get the kids in your life this holiday season? Here are some toy stores to check out:

DOWNTOWN

Tom's Model

501 E. 4th St., Downtown

Mr G's Toys & Expressions

750 W. 7th St., Downtown

Lalaland

343-345 Wall St., Downtown

CENTRAL

Miracle Mile Toy Hall owner Carrie Harr supplements her toy sales with classes and events for local shoppers. (Caleigh Wells/LAist)

Miracle Mile Toy Hall

5464 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire

Landis' Labyrinth Toy Shop

140 & 144 N. Larchmont Blvd., Windsor Square

Kip's Toyland

6333 W. 3rd St., Suite 720, Fairfax

Mega City One

7301 Melrose Ave., Fairfax

WESTSIDE

Tom's Toys

437 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills

Star Toys

130 S. Barrington Pl., Brentwood

Huzzah!

2010 Lincoln Blvd., Venice

The Acorn Store

1220 5th St., Santa Monica

Puzzle Zoo

1413 3rd St. Promenade, Santa Monica

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

Karen's Toys

16101 Ventura Blvd. #135, Encino

We're positive we've missed some good ones. If you've got suggestions, leave them in the comments below or tweet at us.


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