By Steve Woodfield
Sure, we all love Amazon, but it’s not the only online spot to find a huge selection of toys. We found five Internet shops that offer on-trend, creative, and kid-friendly playthings, all available to you at the click of a button. From indie shops from around the country with a web presence like Portland’s Grasshopper and New York City-based Babesta to major retailers not usually thought of for their toy selections, these must-see resources are full of toy inspiration!
Based in Portland, OR, Grasshopper is an independent kids’ and toy shop that carries a large, though carefully edited selection of cool playthings. In short: you can’t go wrong with anything it stocks! Some of our favorites (clockwise, from top left):Inou’s Pull-Along Toy ($20), the Equilibloc Color Game ($15), Modern Doll’s Queen of Hearts($44), and Janod’s Magnet Robots ($20).
The Land of Nod
You might best know The Land of Nod for the brand’s amazing baby and kid furniture, but its toy selection is also out of this world, including a large range of toys made exclusively for the company. Some favorites (clockwise, from top left): Spec-tacular Spectacles ($10) and Incog-Neato Moustaches ($7-$8), Wildlife of the Party Puzzle($20), Cotton Monster Raccoon ($39), and the Big Game Beanbag Toss ($35, originally $69).
New York City-based Babesta stocks only the hippest kid offerings, including some spectacular, trendsetting toys from brands like Kidrobot, Vilac, and Wild & Wolf. We also recommend checking out the shop’s cool kids’ clothing, gear, and more! Some of our favorite playthings (clockwise, from top left): Dwell Studio’s Woodland Creative Play Kit($32), Seedling’s Top Secret Spy Kit ($38),Estella’s Taxi Cab Rattle ($16), andPlayforever’s Midi 3 Race Car ($35).
Charming blocks and games and creative wooden toys — we’re loving the selection of kids’ items atAnthropologie! Whether you need playful picks for your little one or thoughtful, timeless classics for a friend’s child, the options at Anthro do not disappoint. Our current favorites (clockwise, from top left): Alphabet Wood Block Set ($70),iWoody iPhone ($18), Saturday’s Spare Bowling Game ($148), and The Little Yoga Mat($30).
An Amazon alternative, Yoyo is part of the Diapers.com group of sites and stocks an insanely huge selection of toys for kids of all ages (theMelissa & Doug selection alone makes it worth a stop). While you’ll find all your kids’ favorite characters and all the big brands, we especially like how Yoyo lets you search toys by age, gender, price range, and other filters like “green toys,” “boutique toys,” and the always on-target “Yoyo picks.” Some of our favorites from the site (clockwise, from top left): KidKraft Retro Vintage Kitchen ($180), Jellycat Road to Rio Anteater($20), PlanToys Mini Garbage Truck ($20), and Melissa & Doug Sushi Slicing Playset ($20)