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13 Stores to Buy Clothes, Books, and Toys for Your Favorite Kids

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Expecting and experienced parents are all too familiar with the baby shopping routine, but what about those toddler-adverse friends and family who need to pick up a gift for their soon-to-be mini buddies? Wherever you lie on the spectrum of children's fluency, these thirteen shops will equip you with the necessary accoutrements for navigating the newborn to tween set. And most importantly, they serve up a shopping experience akin to that superb one you are accustomed to while browsing Boston's most stylish boutiques.

Any unique boutiques we missed for folks avoiding Babies R Us? Tell us in the comments (in adult speak though, no "goo-goos" or "ga-gas" even if that is your kid's recommendation).


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1. Magic Beans Cambridge

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361 Huron Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 300-0171
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Experts in strollers and learning toys, Magic Beans has multiple Boston-area locations and stocks over 200 brands. The award winning chain has a slew of themed gift baskets for on-the-go shoppers.

2. World's Only Curious George Store

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1 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 547-4500
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This renowned temple to everyone's favorite monkey Curious George has had a storied past in Harvard Square. Open for fifteen years at the request of Margret Rey, co-creator of the character, the store was closed in 2011 and resuscitated in 2012. We especially like their party decor and favors.

3. Stellabella Toys

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1360 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 491-6290
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This local chain is chock full of unusual toys for kids of all ages, including dollhouses, construction vehicles, and artistic sets for those future RISD and MassArt students. A variety of science kits are a welcome activity to pull 'em away from the TV.

4. Build-A-Bear Workshop

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6 South Market Street
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 227-2478
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This mall stalwart is so popular with the kiddie crew that it has to get a shoutout. The teddy bear sporting a Red Sox t-shirt is even great for any superfan man-children you may know. The shop also hosts parties for kids to design and stuff their dream bears.

5. The Red Wagon

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69 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 523-9402
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This two-story Beacon Hill boutique has been around for years, supplying the ritzy neighborhood with European and American clothing brands as well as Italian, French, and American shoes. Toys and books round off the shop making it an excellent destination for gifts.

6. Jacadi

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310 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 574-8833
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Nestled between Hermes and Sonia Rykiel, Jacadi lives one on of Boston's priciest blocks. Of course the sophisticated French brand plays the part with uber stylish clothing and a ladylike collection for tween girls (ages 10-14).

7. Lester Harry's

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115 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 927-5400
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Now this is a dainty shop. Founder Jane Selfert sought to show baby attire in a gallery setting, and this elegant boutique does the trick. Blankets, skincare, playtime toys, and dreamlike clothing sit aside Chronicle Books and quirky stuffed animals.

8. Mulberry Road

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128 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 859-5861
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Come here for a hodgepodge of stylish infant- and toddler-focused clothing. Peruvian-made letter sweaters are a sweet custom gift, and funky accessories like lunch boxes enhance the store's inventory.

9. Petit Bateau

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171 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 425-0042
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For over a century, this French outfitter has put out classic staples for kids and babies, including plenty of identifiable sailor stripes. Plus this is a shop where mom and dad can match the kids.

10. Mila Lilu

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100 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 965-6505
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Mila Lilu has luxury on lock. The owners take great care to curate their product mix ranging from bath products to rocking horses and everything in between—even Moncler outerwear.

11. Isis Parenting

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800 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02199
(781) 429-1500
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The ultimate destination for new and expecting parents, Isis is all about wee little babes and all the equipment you need to handle one—the glamorous and not-so glamorous. Education and a roster full of classes backs the retail operation, and this store has "stroller parking."

12. Tadpole

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58 Clarendon Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 778-1788
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Here's an adorable South End shop for toys and furniture, offering everything from sippy cups to bouncy chairs and finger puppets. Most buys veer toward the ten and under set, with plenty of infant and toddler specific merch. A registry offers an easy gift giving experience.

13. Coco Baby

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1636 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 247-2229
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Coco Baby swags out South End babies in the most precious toddler gear ever. Gym, language, and music classes also ensure they are the most well rounded kids in town.

1. Magic Beans Cambridge

361 Huron Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
Experts in strollers and learning toys, Magic Beans has multiple Boston-area locations and stocks over 200 brands. The award winning chain has a slew of themed gift baskets for on-the-go shoppers.
361 Huron Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

2. World's Only Curious George Store

1 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
This renowned temple to everyone's favorite monkey Curious George has had a storied past in Harvard Square. Open for fifteen years at the request of Margret Rey, co-creator of the character, the store was closed in 2011 and resuscitated in 2012. We especially like their party decor and favors.
1 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

3. Stellabella Toys

1360 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
This local chain is chock full of unusual toys for kids of all ages, including dollhouses, construction vehicles, and artistic sets for those future RISD and MassArt students. A variety of science kits are a welcome activity to pull 'em away from the TV.
1360 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

4. Build-A-Bear Workshop

6 South Market Street, Boston, MA 02109
This mall stalwart is so popular with the kiddie crew that it has to get a shoutout. The teddy bear sporting a Red Sox t-shirt is even great for any superfan man-children you may know. The shop also hosts parties for kids to design and stuff their dream bears.
6 South Market Street
Boston, MA 02109

5. The Red Wagon

69 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114
This two-story Beacon Hill boutique has been around for years, supplying the ritzy neighborhood with European and American clothing brands as well as Italian, French, and American shoes. Toys and books round off the shop making it an excellent destination for gifts.
69 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114

6. Jacadi

310 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
Nestled between Hermes and Sonia Rykiel, Jacadi lives one on of Boston's priciest blocks. Of course the sophisticated French brand plays the part with uber stylish clothing and a ladylike collection for tween girls (ages 10-14).
310 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

7. Lester Harry's

115 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
Now this is a dainty shop. Founder Jane Selfert sought to show baby attire in a gallery setting, and this elegant boutique does the trick. Blankets, skincare, playtime toys, and dreamlike clothing sit aside Chronicle Books and quirky stuffed animals.
115 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

8. Mulberry Road

128 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
Come here for a hodgepodge of stylish infant- and toddler-focused clothing. Peruvian-made letter sweaters are a sweet custom gift, and funky accessories like lunch boxes enhance the store's inventory.
128 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

9. Petit Bateau

171 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
For over a century, this French outfitter has put out classic staples for kids and babies, including plenty of identifiable sailor stripes. Plus this is a shop where mom and dad can match the kids.
171 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

10. Mila Lilu

100 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116
Mila Lilu has luxury on lock. The owners take great care to curate their product mix ranging from bath products to rocking horses and everything in between—even Moncler outerwear.
100 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

11. Isis Parenting

800 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199
The ultimate destination for new and expecting parents, Isis is all about wee little babes and all the equipment you need to handle one—the glamorous and not-so glamorous. Education and a roster full of classes backs the retail operation, and this store has "stroller parking."
800 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02199

12. Tadpole

58 Clarendon Street, Boston, MA 02116
Here's an adorable South End shop for toys and furniture, offering everything from sippy cups to bouncy chairs and finger puppets. Most buys veer toward the ten and under set, with plenty of infant and toddler specific merch. A registry offers an easy gift giving experience.
58 Clarendon Street
Boston, MA 02116

13. Coco Baby

1636 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118
Coco Baby swags out South End babies in the most precious toddler gear ever. Gym, language, and music classes also ensure they are the most well rounded kids in town.
1636 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02118