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Are They Making Their Lists? Are You Checking Them Twice?

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Holiday catalogs started arriving at our house last week. My kids are pouring over them, and their little minds are clicking with ideas of what they want for Christmas. I, like most parents, want to shout, “Can’t we get through Halloween first?!” But no, kids and toy companies have their eye on the prize, which seems to be a big pile of wrapped gifts at the end of the year. 

I “help” my kids edit their lists. If they’re trying to put, say, an iPad Air on there, I jump in and say that Santa doesn’t build those. And I try to make sure that the toys they’re picking out aren’t total junk. We have SO many toys already, we don’t need anything if it won’t really get played with!

Fortunately I get a sneak peek at all new toys by running the Parents Best Toys program. Each summer Parents, American Baby and Family Fun test some hundreds of toys. So if you want to match up what your child is circling in those catalogs with what we found to be great, take a look! Parents Best Toys includes 50 ideas divided up by babies, toddlers, preschool kids, school-age kids, and big kids. Family Fun’s Toys of the Year names a top-ten list of 2013 toys, plus twenty other faves. American Baby’s Best Baby Toys list hones in on fifteen great gifts for babies, especially those 12 months and younger. There’s some crossover in our three lists (great minds think alike!) but all in all, a huge range of ideas. You’re bound to find things your kids want, you can afford, and that tested well with one of our mags.

Are your kids already talking about holiday gifts? Let us know what they’re asking for! And just for fun, here’s a short video about our toy-testing. It’s a lot of work, so we hope you find our guides helpful!


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Win Toys for the Holidays!

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

It’s that time of year again! You know, when Halloween hasn’t happened yet, but you’re already spotting Christmas stuff in stores. To help swing you into the holiday spirit a few months early, we’re giving away a plaything a day from our Best Toys of 2012 guide all month long! That’s right! You’ve got a chance to win a great gift every day to put under your tree! Click here to enter the sweepstakes and see what you can score today, tomorrow, or even next week. Goody luck!


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Holiday Shopping Made Easy with Parents and eBeanstalk

Friday, November 4th, 2011

It’s November, and you know what that means: The holiday season is officially here.

“But it’s not even Thanksgiving yet!”

We know it may seem early, but many stores have had Christmas decorations on display since before Halloween. And the endless Christmas music? It’s right around the corner.

To help you avoid the stress of holiday shopping, Parents has partnered with eBeanstalk to bring you the Parents Toy Store. You’ll be able to shop online for our favorite toys of 2011, as chosen by Parents editors, plus other playthings selected by child-development experts and organized by age and stage to make buying a breeze. And every Tuesday, right here on GoodyBlog, the experts at eBeanstalk will highlight some of their favorite toy selections. Check out their picks for this week.

Visit eBeanstalk today to get 15% off all puzzles! Sale runs until Sunday at midnight EST.

And don’t forget to enter our Best Toys of the Year Sweepstakes for a chance to win one of five toy packages from our 2011 Best Toys guide!

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Toy Tuesday: eBeanstalk’s Plaything Picks

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

For this week’s toy selection, eBeanstalk is taking us on a wild ride. Check out the car-themed playthings that will get your child’s motor running.


Cool Remote Control:

Two toys for the price of one,  Kid Galaxy’s Morphibians run on land and water for twice the play value. Plus, the remote-control vehicle will help your child work on his hand-eye coordination. (5 years+,  $32.50; click here to buy)


Awesome Activity Toy:

How do you say, “Burn rubber!” in Spanish? This bilingual teaching toy from Chicco introduces your tot to vocabulary in English and Español while also boosting his fine-motor skills. (1 year+, $51.50; click here to buy)


Puzzle Pick:

Sound the alarm! Your kid can piece together this firetruck puzzle and save the day with this play set from Shure. (3 years+, $20; click here to buy)


Book Best Bet:

Be a backseat driver during story time with Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site from Chronicle Books.  Your little one can wind Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator. (4 years+,  $17; click here to buy)


Don’t forget to come back next week for more plaything picks, and check out our new Parents Toy Store!

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Win the Best Toys of 2011!

Friday, October 14th, 2011

BestToysLOGOJust in time for the holidays, we’re giving away enough toys to make your kids very happy on Christmas morning. That’s right! You can take home the awesome playthings in one of five age groups (from baby to big kid) that’s in  our November toy guide. To enter to win a fab prize pack, click here to go to the contest page. And don’t forget to check back for more great giveaways. Goody luck!

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