Shop Local! SKC’s Nearby Guide to Toy Stores, Book Shops & Children’s Boutiques too!

The shipping delays this year are real and they remind us we should be doing all our shopping locally anyway! We found all the local toys, books and children’s shops to support when holiday shopping for the kiddos in our lives. This year like no other it’s imperative that we help these small businesses right here in our communities. Let’s show them how much we love them and spread our continued support around to these seacoast treasures this season.

Most shops still offer curbside pick up, online ordering, local delivery, free shipping and wrapping! Be sure to check directly with each shop for the best options!

Exeter, NH

Have you met the new owners of this adorable children’s boutique and visited to see the new renovations? Puddle Jumpers specializes in unique, outstanding gift and clothing for newborns to big kids! They make it so easy for you to find something that you’ll love to give and they’ll love to get.
31 Water Street, Exeter

Water Street Bookstore
A friendly downtown neighborhood bookstore is a treasure and has a whole children’s section dedicated to all the classic favorites and the fun new releases. The staff here is very friendly and knowledgeable.
125 Water Street, Exeter

Whirlygigs Toy Shop
From the latest craze to the classic toys you grew up with, you’ll find what you’re looking for here. Whirlygigs is well known for the many unique quality toys that are made in the U.S.A. as well as other countries around the world. The best part is they include free festive gift-wrapping too!
107 Water Street, Exeter

Portsmouth, NH

G. Willikers! Books & Toys
This is one of our favorite local book & toy shops on the Seacoast! They help build curious young readers and healthy, playful children by offering books, toys, games, puzzles, crafts and fun creative activities that will keep the kids occupied with so much fun!
13 Market St, Portsmouth

Diversions Puzzles & Games
Providing both new and classic games and high quality puzzles that bring families and friends together to have fun without the use of technology. They have a huge selection and can even special order items for you if they don’t have them in stock.
123 Congress Street, Portsmouth

Inside Out
A unique boutique downtown with designer clothes for men, women and kiddos! Offering clothing and goodies for the kids and babies too! Pets are not forgotten here either, you’ll find treats and toys for the companions in our lives, and a variety of travel accessories for all of life’s family adventures!
46 Market St, Portsmouth

Macro Polo
Here you’ll be able to find unique gifts for loved ones of all ages! Products include cards, phone accessories, gag gifts, and toys for everyone!
89 Market St, Portsmouth

Papa Wheelie’s Bicycle Shop
Is a bike on your kiddos list this year? Papa Wheelie’s Bicycle Shop has a wonderful selection of new or used bikes and their customer service is top notch! They will lend you a helping hand with recommendations for the perfect bike wish!
653 Islington St, Portsmouth

Sweet Pea
There is no other consignment shop on the Seacoast where you can buy high quality, previously loved kids stuff! You can also find their items for sale on FB but they post a lot MORE on Instagram.
95 Brewery Lane, Portsmouth

Treehouse Toys
The Treehouse Toys mission is to offer the very best quality toys from around the world! Serving families in the Portsmouth area and they have a location in Portland, ME. They research the products they carry for safety, play value, and enjoyment for you. Offering gift registries and complimentary gift wrapping too!
143 Market St, Portsmouth

Dover, NH

Noggin Factory Toy Shop
This shop is stocked full with great quality toys from all of your favorite specialty toy companies. The toys they carry are thoughtfully selected to inspire creativity, imagination, and most of all fun!
53 Washington St, Dover

Kittery, ME

Kit Supply + Co.
Is a curated kids concept shop focused on empowering families to share adventures in nature. At Kit we carefully select each brand we carry to inspire outdoor play and gear-up families to get outside, whatever the weather. Whether you are looking for the perfect snowsuit, an inspired birthday gift, or just a little something to brighten your child’s day, you are sure to find it at Kit. Join us for story time at the shop every Sunday at 10am! Shop small this holiday season from our thoughtful selection of toys, books, activities, and outerwear!
9 Government Street
Kittery, Maine

Hampton Falls, NH

Baby Go Round
You’ll find the best selection of quality baby products, cribs, nursery furniture, and baby gear here. This shop is a perfect stop to find gifts for new moms and little ones! You’ll always get the best price at Baby Go Round because if you find it for less they’ll price match a confirmed end price by an authorized dealer. Complimentary gift wrapping win too!
105 Lafayette Rd., Hampton Falls

Amesbury, MA

They have a wide selection of toys for all your little ones! Dolls, books, blocks, outdoor fun, puzzles, games you name it! You’ll find the perfect gift to light up a big smile!
2 Water St., Amesbury

Newburyport, MA

Henry Bear’s Park
Located in the Tannery Marketplace this toy store has something for everyone babies – adults! Toys, games, puzzles, arts & crafts, books you name it. They will help you find the perfect gift based on age and interests!
50 Water St # 24, Newburyport

Lively Kids
A mom-owned stylish boutique for babies, kids and tweens. The shop is located in beautiful downtown Newburyport. If you don’t see what you are looking for, call the shop and they can help!
18 State St., Newburyport, MA

Jabberwocky Bookshop
Located in the Tannery Marketplace this wonderful book shop offers a special children’s section where you will find all the books for every age. They offer a 20% discount to teachers on books that will be used in their classroom too!
50 Water St. #22, Newburyport


Interested in locally handmade items? Visit one of the many craft fairs happening around the seacoast!

Where do you like to shop for children locally? Did we miss anyone? Include them in the comments below.

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