Not Your Average Toy Store
When you don't have a neighborhood toy store but you want to get a unique gift, try Learning Express. They have many locations in MA and two locations in RI. They specialize in unique toys that have an educational benefit to boot.
Also, look for coupons in your local Value Pack. I always get coupons for 20% off at any Learning Express store.
I actually just went to the one in Acton, and not only did they have exactly what I was looking for, they were also having a storewide 20% off sale, AND they wrapped everything for me for free. I'll definitely be going back. Really helpful staff, too.