Christmas Toy Shopping


I think toy shopping for my kids at Christmastime is one of my favorite parts of the holidays! And yet, one of the most frustrating parts of Christmastime for me is ...... yep, toy shopping for my kids! Crazy, uh?

I love to get the toys they most want, but the problem is that their lists change practically everyday. And don't we all know how stressful it is trying to find that one toy each year that has become "The Hottest Toy" every kid wants? Not to mention how annoying it is buy a toy, just to find out it really wasn't safe or doesn't even last for more than a day or two.

Thankfully, The Toy Industry Association (TIA) has launched two very helpful sites for confused frustrated moms, like me, to help parents and others pick the right toys for their children this holiday season.

There is ToyInfo.org, which provides toy safety facts, free downloadable play guides, important recall information, and even discussion boards for us stressed toy shoppers to help each other out! I especially liked the resources offered on the site for things like how to find the toys you want, how to find good deals, and more! It's like a one-stop site to get all the information you need to choose the right toys for your kids. And soon the site will be showcasing a sort of "The View" content, with a roundtable discussion by moms and a grandmother who are Toy Industry Safety Professionals. Sounds very cool and something I look forward to watching!

ToyAwards.org showcases the 81 top toys nominated for the 2010Toy of The Year Awards (TOTY)--which is like the "Oscars" of the toy industry! Experts share what they think are the best toys for giving......which is exactly the kind of help I could use! As a matter of fact, there are two toys listed as finalists for "Best Boy Toy Of The Year" which were on my five year old's list: a Nerf Toy and the EyeClops Night Vision toy. Made me feel better right away! There is also a free downloadable shopping list for gifts that parents can take with them when they go shopping! And visitors to the site can register to win their choice of one or more of 11 prize packages.

Check these sites out, believe me--I did, and they really helped --before you go toy shopping for your kiddos this Christmas!

Information on these toy information sites was provided to me by Team Mom. All opinions expressed are my own and based on my visiting the sites mentioned. Opinions may vary from other consumers experiences.

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