Brookside Toy & Science restores our faith in play. The shop, which has been going strong since 1964, stays away from trends and sticks with classics, quirky items, toys that emphasize creativity, and collectibles. This means pogo sticks, a doll selection that includes a hedgehog family, a sock-monkey jack-in-the-box, a duct-tape jewelry-making kit and plenty of high-quality wooden toys. The fun isn't just for kids. Buy something humorous for a friend, like a slinky dog or a hand puppet of lifelike mice.