Big box stores offer convenience and (usually) competitive prices. They’re great for economy sizes of paper towels and cheap diapers but the toy selection is sadly lacking. You’re basically limited to Legos and Thomas the Train for boys, Barbie and beading kits for girls, and an inordinate amount of puzzles and outdoor water toys.
Independently-owned, non-chain stores offer variety. One of the best around is KidStop, a specialty toy and bookstore located in Scottsdale. They’ve been in business for a decade and are the proud repeat winners of Best of Phoenix awards. KidStop is filled with thousands of fun and unique toys, games, and books. If you’re looking for a great birthday gift, you’ve come to the right place. They even gift wrap! One visit to KidStop and you may never shop the big box stores again.