Let's just cut right to the chase here. Going to the mall during the holiday season is a nightmare. You gotta get a sitter for the kids, you gotta fight for a parking space, you gotta kick people in the shins just to get some breathing room ... you gotta stand in line after line after line, then you gotta weep silently in your car as you sit in mall traffic, just trying to leave the damn place in one piece. It's a disaster, and precisely why you should shop online for kids' toys.
Here are the 5 best sites for just that.
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Etsy -- Supporting artists, craftsmen, and treasure hunters has never been so easy. There are thousands of thoughtful kids' toys on this site from handmade trucks to vintage dolls ... all you have to do is decide what it is you're looking for!
Young Explorers -- Great site and very well-organized. They sell creative and educational toys and have categorized them by age-appropriateness. They also have a big sale section, which never hurts.
i play. -- This Asheville, North Carolina-based child product company is dedicated to providing children's toys, clothing, and supplies that are entirely non-toxic and environmentally-friendly. You can feel great about anything you buy from this site.
Uncommon Goods -- Need something quirky and original? Look no further. This site has a wide selection of toys you've never heard of, but totally want. (Plus, lots of great stuff for you on there, as well.)
Hearthsong -- This site is dedicated to selling wholesome, quality playthings. Search by your child's age or the price range you're looking in, and you're sure to find something delightful. Reasonable shipping costs, to boot.
Happy stress-free shopping!
What's your favorite site to shop for kids' toys?
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