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Out-of-the-Ordinary Toy Stores in North County

Toy Stores in North County San Diego

It’s not always easy to find the perfect thing to give during the holidays, but if you’re looking for unique kids’ gifts, there’s several toy stores in North County that fit the bill and offer a good selection of well made, quality toys.

While kids’ wish lists may be full of iPhones and XBoxes, it’s nice to return to the basics sometimes and throw in a good, old-fashioned toy.

Find them at the below:

Magical Child

Magical Child —

Located in Encinitas on the S. Coast Highway 101, Magical Child ells eco-friendly wooden toys, Waldorf toys, and children’s books. With its charming collection of quality play items and clothing too, the store is a nice place for uncommon gifts for kids. There’s also a play town in the center of the store to entertain (distract?) kids while you shop.



Geppetto’s —

These family owned and operated stores have been a local fixture for three decades. Each location (there are four North County locations) features a hefty selection of classic toys, educational games, and niche pieces for any budding artists, archaeologists, or scientists in your life that you’d be hard pressed to find elsewhere. Truly, something for every child has a shelf at Geppetto’s. Complimentary gift wrapping is standard, too.

  • Addresses:
    • Carlsbad – The Forum: 1935 Calle Barcelona
    • Del Mar – Flower Hill: 2670 Via de la Valle
    • Del Mar Highlands: 3435 Del Mar Heights
    • 4S Ranch:  10436 Craftsman Way
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Thinker Things

Thinker Things–

Like Geppetto’s, Thinker Things is a family-owned store with an over-thirty year history. Described as offering one of the largest selections of quality toys in the county, Thinker Things sells toys for all ages and inclinations. The store stocks puzzles, dolls, board games, outdoor games, and educational toys—and that’s just the beginning.


Totally Thomas

Totally Thomas Toy Depot–

Know someone who’s all over Thomas like a train on a track? Totally Thomas – newly located in the Westfield’s North County Mall – is like a dream come true. Boasting the biggest selection of Thomas the Tank Engine toys, trains, and accessories, your Thomas lover will get exactly what he or she wants (or didn’t know even existed). Everything Thomas includes wooden and motorized railways, die-cast trains, clothes, books, videos, puzzles, decor, and even bedding. Totally Thomas also carries other toys, too like art and craft supplies, dolls, and board games.

  • Address: Westfield North County Shopping Center – 200 E. Via Ranch Parkway #141, Escondido, CA 92025
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Your Turn…

What’s on your kids’ Christmas lists this year? Do you plan to mix it up a little with more “classic” toys?

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Debbie Anderson: Debbie is a freelance writer and editor who’s been blogging at San Diego Momma since 2007. Debbie's been featured in Writer's Digest, the San Diego Reader, and San Diego Magazine, and was named Top 25 blog by Red Tricycle, nominated for an InfluenceSD "Best in Lifestyle" blog award, and appeared on NBC, Fox, and The CW Network as a blogger spokesperson. You can connect with her on LinkedIn or at Google+.