9 local Birmingham shops selling must-have toys this holiday season

Holiday shopping is underway. Photo via Swoop’s Facebook

Are toys on your holiday shopping list this year? You’re in luck because Birmingham is home to tons of great shops where you can score amazing gifts and support local businesses at the same time. Now don that Elf-ing hat (or fantastic Elf hat) and dive into this guide for all the top shops to find toys, gadgets and more.

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1. Cahaba Cycles

Cahaba Cycles
Photo via Cahaba Cycles’ Facebook

For me, the ultimate toy to find by the tree on Christmas morning was a bike. If your kiddo’s hoping for a bike this season, visit local shop, Cahaba Cycles. Their bicycle experts will ensure you find the perfect ride.

Find your nearest location, contact info + hours here.
Website | Facebook | Instagram

2. Homewood Toy & Hobby Shop

Homewood Toy & Hobby Shop
Nothing beats Beanie Boos. Photo via Homewood Toy & Hobby Shop

Homewood Toy & Hobby is one of the most beloved local toy and hobby shops in the Greater Birmingham Area—with good reason, too. Just look at some of the awesome categories you can shop:

  • Books, Movies + Videos
  • Cars, Trains + Vehicles
  • Dolls + Accessories
  • Educational Toys
  • Electronics
  • Games
  • Outdoor Toys
  • Science + Nature

The store also offers one of the largest selections of remote control toys in Birmingham, so if you are seeking motorized cars, trains or drones, this is your ultimate spot to shop.

Where: 2830 18th St S, Birmingham, AL 35209
Contact: 205.879.3986
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30AM-6:30PM | Saturday 9:30AM-5:30PM | Sunday Noon-5PM
Website | Facebook

3. Lambs Ear

Lambs Ears
Photo via Lambs Ears’ Facebook

Prepare to say awe! when you shop Lambs Ear in Mountain Brook. Here you’ll find lots of sweet gifts for little ones like soft plushes, books, bath bombs and more.

Where: 70 Church St, Birmingham, AL 35213
Monday-Friday 10AM-5PM | Saturday 10AM-4PM
Website | Facebook

4. M.P. Dawsons Mercantile

MP Dawsons Mercantile
Unique finds make gifting so much better. Photo via MP Dawsons Mercantile’s Facebook

M.P. Dawsons Mercantile in Trussville gets my vote as one of the most exciting shops around—especially during the holidays.

At this local store, you’ll find all sorts of unique liftable items including fun finds for kids. From books to stuffed animals, there’s never a dull moment at this mercantile.

Where: 183 B Main St, Trussville, AL 35173
Contact: 205.508.3729
Hours: Monday-Friday 10AM-5PM | Saturday 10AM-3PM | Sunday 12:30-4PM (until Christmas)
Facebook | Instagram

5. Smiths Variety

Smith's Variety
Photo via Smith’s Variety’s Facebook

If you’re like me, your favorite kind of shopping is the bing-bang-boom and you’re done kind. So where do you shop locally that provides this type of shopping atmosphere? The answer is Smiths Variety.

Not only will you find great giftables, but the store also offers free gift wrapping. Don’t mind if I do!

Where: 45 Church St, Mountain Brook, AL 35213
Contact: Monday-Friday 10AM-6PM | Saturday 9AM-5PM
Hours: 205.871.0841

6. Snap Girls

Snap Girls
Photo via Snap Girls’ Facebook

Having trouble shopping for the tween in your life? You’re sure to find the perfect gift at Snap Girls in Crestline Village.

While the boutique offers lots of trendy clothes, it also sells bonus goodies like colorful notebooks and pens, fizz-tactic bath bombs and more.

Where: 240 Country Club Park, Mountain Brook, AL 35213
Contact: 205.500.0302
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10AM-3PM
Facebook | Instagram

7. Snoozy’s Kids

Snoozy Kids
The options are endless. Photo via Snoozy’s Kids Facebook

For that true toy shop feel, visit Snoozy’s Kids in Mountain Brook.

Here you’ll find a huge variety of gift options for all ages like:

  • 3D Puzzles
  • Crafting Kits
  • Family-Friendly Games
  • Stuffed Animals
  • And more!

For social distance shopping, opt for Snoozy’s-to-go. Simply shop via phone then pick up your delivery curbside.

Where: 228 Country Club Park, Mountain Brook, AL 35213
Contact: 205.871.2662
Monday-Saturday 10AM-5PM | Sunday Noon-4PM
Website | Facebook | Instagram

8. Sojourns Fair Trade

Sojourns Fair-Trade
Your purchase makes a difference at Sojourns Fair Trade. Photo via Sojourns Fair-Trade’s Facebook

Filled with creations from artisans in 60 countries, Sojourns Fair Trade is a unique shop with inspiring finds. Discover everything from finger puppets and rattles to wooden games like tic tac toe and dominoes.

Your purchase makes an impact, too, because it supports Sojourns’ artisans, many of whom are women liberated or protected from sex trafficking.

Where: 5520 Crestwood Blvd Birmingham, AL 35212
Monday-Friday 10:30AM-6PM | Saturday 11AM-4PM | Sunday 11AM-3PM
Website | Facebook | Instagram

9. Swoop

Discover toys, gadgets and fun. Photo via Swoops’ Facebook

Warning: your inner child will escape when you visit this shop. I say, let it free because Swoop offers so many cool finds. Some include:

  • Sticker Activity Books
  • Board Games
  • Fruit-Scented Erasers
  • Squishables
  • Craft Kits

Pickup + Delivery Options:

  • Curbside pickup—available Monday-Friday from 11AM-2PM
  • Free local delivery
  • Free shipping for overs over $75

Where: 2721 Cahaba Rd Mountain Brook, AL 35223
Contact: 205.803.0886
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10AM-5PM
Website | Facebook | Instagram

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Patience Itson
Patience Itson
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