Best Toy Stores to Buy Last Minute Christmas Gifts

December 23, 2011 9:00 AM

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By Mary Fischer

If you’re anything like me and tend to leave Christmas shopping till the last minute, you’d better get a move on and start shopping! And if you’re looking for more unique toys to buy your kids this Christmas than what you will find at traditional chain stores, then check out our list for some of the best local toy stores around.
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Kiddy Korner

Kiddy Korner
West Meadow Plaza
100 West Rd. (Route 83)
Ellington, CT 06029
(860) 871-8198
Hours:Mon – Wed: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday9 a.m.  – 8 p.m.
Fri and Sat: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

The Kiddy Korner Toy Store in Ellington is one spot my son and I visit probably a bit too often! It’s on our way home from most places and there are many times when I just can’t resist his requests to stop in. With an incredibly friendly staff, and a diverse selection of both fun and educational toys, we always manage to find something special to bring home. With toy brands for sale such as Melissa and Doug, Mighty World, and Schleich, you are sure to find something wonderful to put under the tree for the special kids in your life.

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Over the Rainbow Toys
2872 Main Street
Glastonbury, CT 06033
(860) 633-9558
Hours:Mon – Thurs.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 7p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

At Over the Rainbow Toys, you are sure to find something very unique as far as Christmas gifts go. Featured brands for sale at Over The Rainbow include Playmobil, Melissa & Doug and Bruderto name a few. In addition to Glastonbury, Over The Rainbow also has locations in Tolland and East Hampton, making it an easy stop for pretty much anyone in Connecticut. If you sign up for their store member card, you are eligible for special discounts every month as an added bonus!

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Toy Chest
975 Farmington Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06107
(860) 233-5559
Hours:Mon – Wed: 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thurs and Fri: 9:30 a.m.  – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 4 p.m.

The Toy Chest has been a staple in West Hartford Center as long as I can remember. In addition to offering a vast selection of toys for children of all ages, the Toy Chest is also unique because the lower level is full of baby furniture and gear for sale, including strollers, cribs, bassinets, gliders, etc. The Toy Chest is your one-stop shop for every child on your Christmas list!

Mary Fischer lives in Ellington, CT with her 5-year old son and husband of almost 8 years. She is the owner and author of a popular parenting blog, called The Mommyologist, where she features articles all about the changes in life that go along with being a parent.

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