How to Find & Buy the Perfect Gifts for Kids Online (with a giveaway yo!)


This, and every holiday season, parents are looking to find that perfect gift for their child, Aunts & Uncles want to spoil their nephews and nieces, friends want to be the one who gave your child the gift they just can’t put down. In other words, everyone wants to see a child’s face light up this Christmas.

Now, picture this:

Scenario A) You child asks Santa, or makes a list, of their must-have-or-I-won’t-be-able-to-show-my-face-at-school-after-Christmas-Break toys. You then look at the list and have no idea what half of the toys even are, let alone, where to buy them.

Scenario B) You are stretching your budget too thin already when your child asks for a hot and hard to find toy for the holidays. Doc McStuffins, Skylanders, WiiU, all are in high demand. It will take hours trying to find out which stores have what in stock.

Now picture if both of these scenarios could be solved with a single website. Hallelujah! *This is where you are now quoting Star Wars and saying, “Help me Emily-Wan! You’re my only hope!”* 

Well, today, that perfect site is launching their beta version of a tool that will be on all of their honest toy reviews. Price comparison of 5 national retailers, showing who has the lowest price AND??! Who has it in stock. *This is where you are now saying “SHUT THE FRONT DOOR?! What is this perfect site that you speak of?!”*

Well, it’s a site near and dear to me. Time to Play. I’m on their Parent Panel and their Special Needs Contributor (fancy titles for the win!) They play with the toys, build the legos, unlock hidden levels of video games and share their findings with all of you.

A lot of sites like Amazon and ToysRUs have customer reviews, which are great! But sometimes it’s hard to tell if a company employee wrote that review rating a toy that is too loud and breaks often with 5 stars. At Time to Play, they take everything out of the package, show you what it is, why it’s fun, who it’s for and (my favorite) what to be aware of. It’s like having close friends who already own the toy you want, dishing with you the pros and cons of the toy.

They have written reviews, videos, contests, weekly twitter parties and now?! The Price Comparison Tool.

Here is a blurb about the tool in “fancy PR gal language”. 😉


Time to Play is thrilled to introduce its new price comparison tool which provides users with live pricing details of the hottest toys and games. Featured directly alongside our comprehensive product reviews, this tool tracks product inventory and prices at five major retailers, updating information in real-time to keep you in the know about the best deals.

Need help choosing the must-have toy for your child? Not sure you’ll find it in store? With a quick click on, users can see in-depth reviews of thousands of toys and fun family products and now comparison shop on site, truly making your one-stop shop for researching toys this holiday season. You can check out how it looks alongside one of this year’s hottest holiday toys, the Monster High High School, here.

The price comparison tool is currently in beta on, and will fully launch across the site Nov. 20.


Here is how it looks. Pretty slick right?! Darn you Doc McStuffins for being sold out too quick! But now I see it’s in stock at Toys R Us! Christmas is SAVED y’all!

Time to Play Price Comparison Tool Doc McStuffins


No great launch can be without a giveaway right?!

In conjunction with the launch of this amazing new tool, we are giving away 2 of the hottest toys this season! A Leapster GS Explorer and FURBY! (Yup, Furby’s back!)

It’s wicked easy to enter. All you have to do is go to and play around on the site. Come back here and tell me your favorite feature or review! Easy Peasy. (Contest open from 11/20/2012 to 11/30/2012. Open to US residents only please. No purchase necessary to enter, contest subject to all applicable laws and what-not. Full legal jargon here.)

So what are you waiting for? Quit reading and get to entering! 😉

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disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I did not receive compensation for my opinions. I work for and love every minute of it so I wanted to share this with all of you. Giveaway is being hosted here on behalf of Time to Play.



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Emily is a mom to three very active boys. Her youngest is autistic so she is passionate about advocating for children and families on the spectrum. She attends more concerts than is humanly possible and takes some pretty amazingly blurry photos of said shows to prove she was there. Also, #hashtags are her favorite. #totes #noreally


194 thoughts on “How to Find & Buy the Perfect Gifts for Kids Online (with a giveaway yo!)”

  1. I love that they do honest reviews. I like that they keep you up to date on what’s ‘hot’ and ‘upcoming’. I also love their generosity! They love their followers and love to make them happy! I’ve been following them for a few years now. I just love them!

  2. Pam Schad says:

    Love all the info packed in one web site. My kids are grown and I have two young grandchildren, but I never know what to buy my nieces of all ages for Christmas. This web site had a lot of good ideas.

  3. Cheryl Reinhardt says:

    We love Books, so I loved the book reviews espcially the childrens, love the movies as well……….

  4. Jessica O says:

    I liked the Minecraft review! My son LOVES that game and it is good to see it so highly rated!

  5. danica says:

    i really enjoy the book and movie reviews. It is hard to find a site dedicated to reviewing family/kid related books or movies, that I can trust. I have bookmarked the site and look forward to using it in the future.

  6. Lacy says:

    Very interesting site, I like that it has toy reviews that will come in handy with my son. Thanks!

  7. Beckee says:

    wow!! This is an awesome site. I absolutely love how easy it is search for toys. And it is amazing did they are read it on so many different things that are important to parents. I will actually be checking this site out as I’m Christmas shopping more and more. Thanks for the chance to win and for letting me know about this awesome site.

  8. Beth Palacios says:

    Wow! This website is great! I always check review before purchasing toys, games, and books for my kids. I work full time and have two kids so I don’t have a lot of time to be browsing several websites. This has it all! I also enjoyed the Play Forum and appreciated that I can even join the conversation. That’s for bringing this site to my attention!

  9. Leslie S. says:

    I love the pop culture toy reviews.the The Big Bang Theory Pillows, Buttons & Blankets are my favorite.

  10. Nikki Lynn Hanna says:

    I just love the fact that they are toy reviews because those are good to have when I am thinking of buying my daughter a toy but not sure how it is reviewed, liked or disliked

  11. Laura Unger says:

    I really like the toy reviews. It’s so hard to know which toys are the best ones to get with so many choices out there. I really count on reviews to help guide my shopping.

  12. Vikki Billings says:

    I like the toy adviser and The movie reviews. I also like how the reviews are categorized, its a great site.

  13. Mary Williams says:

    I love that they have reviews on Children’s books and apps! That will come in handy!

  14. Fiona N says:

    I really love the Top Children’s Video Games Review. It gave me an awesome idea what I should buy for my nieces and nephews!
    Thank You for the giveaway

  15. Sue Hull says:

    Since I’m an avid reader and my 2 young neices love to read I love the book reviews. I’m going to have to show this to my neices so they can check out all the cool toys. Good ideas for Christmas next yr. I’ve won their Christmas gifts so I’m thankful that I’m saving alittle money this yr on gifts.Being on a fixed income is hard at the holidays so that’s why I enter lots of giveaways. Thank you for the awesome giveaway! 🙂

  16. Pamela Halligan says:

    I like the video game reviews. I don’t play video games, but my nephew is a gamer.

  17. Tracy Allen says:

    What a great resource – evaluations and deal alerts together. Love the children’s book reviews

  18. alicia zirjacks says:

    I love that the toy reviews are broken up into categories so you can easily find the types of toys you are interested in

  19. Jessamine Marie Ricafort Dungo says:

    I like the toy giveaway and the daily $20 gift card from Kmart giveaway 🙂

  20. amy williams says:

    I love the movie and game reviews I have two little ones and its nice to know about these things before buying them thanks for the giveaway

  21. Mary Somerville says:

    I like the video toy reviews. It is nice to see the toys in action. The Dino Train Interactive Figures video was very helpful.

  22. Erinn S says:

    I love thst assembly ratings are available. I hate complicated assembly erinnsluka@gmail

  23. Lisa Garner says:

    I love that they have video game reviews which are a huge help in figuring out the best games for my children.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  24. chelesa sims says:

    I like the hot toys section and how well organized the page is .It is very colorful and the reviews are wrote out well .But I like the
    M3: Master Moves Mickey review because i have been looking to buy this.

  25. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    What fun! I saw the Doodle Dome right away and know my grand-daughters would love it! I also enjoyed seeing the movie reviews. We love movies, but it’s hard to tell which will be good and good for kids. I had seen”Rise of the Guardians” advertised and was glad to read something about it.

  26. Angie Martinez says:

    I like the educational app reviews! It’s hard to determine what apps to get for my daughter that will be fun but still educational.

  27. Keri DeVilbiss says:

    I love the way the reviews are set up. The toy qualities and down falls are easily visible.

  28. Darlene Webb says:

    I really like the video game reviews, I really like how they are rated fun, repeat play and learning curve. I always read reviews before buying my children or my husband (haha) any video games.

  29. micheal dale grim says:

    my favorite review was the aquadoodle play mat,my little one would just love that!!!

  30. Brandi Price says:

    I like the reviews on the InnoTab and the Leap Pad… Still a hard decision between the 2 though! LOL

  31. Mary Somerville says:

    I really like the Top Children’s Video Games list. I have a hard time looking for games that are appropriate, and my kids would like.

  32. Donnetta says:

    I loved all the building reviews and especially the LEGO City 2012 Advent Calendar review. It was very helpful!

  33. Shauna says:

    I loved watching the movie review of the THREE STORY BARBIE DREAMHOUSE
    I have been wanting to get it and it helped seeing it live

  34. Laure A. says:

    I love that they have a movie review section, that way you know what you’re buying first 🙂

  35. michelle p says:

    Awesome site! I never even knew certain toys were out there! I also love the fact that the have the top toys right now I am bookmarking it!

  36. mp phaiah says:

    i love the infant products section! this would have been so helpful for me to see all products and reviews in one place, rather than searching online for tons of different websites!

  37. cathy zera-stesney says:

    i love the reviews! having reviews in 1 place makes it easier for me as a mom to find things my kids will love & learn from!

  38. Kelli Wood says:

    I love the Hot Toys Categories. That way we know which toys are HOT right now! Thanks for hosting!

  39. I liked their review of LEGO Batman 2: DC Superheroes for xbox. It’s on my grandson’s list and now I feel safe in purchasing it.
    smchester at gmail dot com

  40. Anna says:

    The Barbie reviews… Who knew! First time mom here due any min now! I have a feeling the barbie thing will be in my not so far future.

  41. Randi S says:

    I love the review…I find myself reading reviews much more often with toys! And I love that they have daily giveaways!!

  42. ky2here says:

    I like the video center – but that 3 story barbie dreamhouse scares me. I wonder if the assembly time and effort is the same as in ‘the day’.

    ky2here at msn dot com

  43. Amy Spears says:

    I like the infant toy reviews. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what you are buying online. I liked the review on the Discover n Grow Light Up & Go Soother . Would make a nice baby shower gift.

  44. Crystal F says:

    I like the review on the Disney Royal Princess Wagon. I’ve never seen it before and it’s so cute. It looks like something my daughter would love. thank you!

  45. Michelle z says:

    I like the Time To Play 2012 most wanted toy list. My little guy has been asking for Sklanders which was on their list. Looks like a great site.

  46. Colleen E says:

    Great site, fantastic give-away! As a teacher, I like that there is an educational apps area and book review area.

  47. Dawn Justice says:

    I live that the site is simple to navigate. There are lots of reviews for just about any toy you can think of. Plus they have toy giveaways! My favorite thing was YouReview, although I wasn’t interested in the current item. I think that would be a great way if you win, to help build up reviews on a blog.

  48. Michelle C says:

    I like Time to Play’s Holiday 2012 Most Wanted list. I especially like how they rate different categories than most lists, such as Assembly and Instructions!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  49. Amanda Sears says:

    I love all the features has to offer from giveaways to honest reviews that you can actually trust it might have been my first time there but it sure won’t be my last it’s a great site and help

  50. Sue Ellison says:

    I especially liked the video game reviews, I have been considering several of them for my son.

  51. Jodi Trinklein says:

    I appreciate the LEGO Monster Fighters Vampyre Castle review since my son was just telling me about it 😉

  52. Maria says:

    Could tell it was still new. The special needs section needs building up, there was no good ideas there for my son. But I loved it when looking for my daughter and nephews! The mobile set is very user friendly!

  53. Alexandra Clatterbuck says:

    The price comparison is my favorite feature and I love reading the reviews. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win! =)

  54. Norene Walters says: is the place to go for everything. I love that they have so many fantastic giveaways. I love the toy advisory and their most wanted list which help me find the best toys for everyone on my list. And now the price comparison to help find the perfect price for the perfect gift for the perfect person.

  55. Sheila A says:

    wow love everything! lol Toy advisor, daily giveaway..and giveaways are easy to enter! Happy Thanksgiving!

  56. debbie jackson says:

    love the toy advisor……….how cool is that debbie jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

  57. Mandy Blank says:

    I like any site that shows real reviews by real people. It helps me determine whether it’s worth the purchase or not.

  58. Patrycja Chudziak says:

    I like the youreview . real parents reviews on toys, always gives me a better feel for the toy

  59. Jennifer R says:

    I really like how they have all the types of reviews sectioned off, and then organized into types such as the toys reviews: “arts, outdoor, etc” which makes finding reviews a lot easier!

  60. Becky says:

    I really like the toy advisor section! I found toys suggested for my little dude that I didn’t even know existed and that he’d love to get!

  61. Kristi C says:

    My favorite feature is the video game reviews. The children always want new games but I am never sure if it will be a game they will continue playing.

  62. Ann Fantom says:

    I like Time to Play “My Wishlist” feature that allows my daughter to create a wishlist and then share it with her grandparents, aunts and uncles.

  63. Laura says:

    That page full of Barbies was amazing! I especially love the Hope Diamond edition<3

    Thanks for this giveaway! I'll keep my fingers crossed:)

  64. @cammiLH says:

    I LOVE their site and recently shared it with a local news station in my area so they could look up toys to show for the Christmas season. I love being able to look up a toy my child wants and see a review and sometimes Chris, Jim, or Laurie actually play with it! It’s the best TOY site ever!! Thank you to them!

  65. Catherine says:

    I just went over and got distracted watching videos. I have no idea how long I sat there watching videos about Barbies dream house and a piggy bank kids can decorate. The price comparison tool is sweet.

  66. Jennifer H says:

    I like the “repeat play” rating. I buy these toys and after a week they are thrown on a shelf never to be heard from again. I want to know if I buy it they will play.

  67. Kelly D says:

    I like the Stencil & Learn Studio by Vtech review. I really like the video demonstrations and that the review clearly states how many batteries are required.

  68. Tim h. says:

    It’s easy to find stuff and navigate, that’s half the problem with most sites. Thank you.

  69. Kim says:

    I really like the Top Infant Products area! There are so many different things out there that it is hard to pick, and it’s nice to have the help with the recommendations! Thanks for the introduction to this site.

  70. Matthew says:

    I like the giveaways, free toys for my kids is always great (Ok so I play with the toys too)

  71. Ellie W says:

    I like the review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Secret Sewer Lair Playset. My 4 year old grandson wants it and the review was very helpful.

  72. Michelle says:

    I love how easy it is to find things. Everything is broken up into categories and easy to find. I also live the reviews!

  73. Sonya says:

    I love the giveaway page, always fun to win something! But I really appreciate the new price comparison page, very helpful.

  74. Molly Gold says:

    Oh what a fabulous tool ~ LOVE seeing Time To Play save busy Moms precious time during the holidays so they can focus on their families. Knowing that I can use this tool to get reviews, best prices, and availability updates just supports our choice to shop online to save ourselves buckets of time! GREAT solution where we need it most ~ thank you!

  75. Amber says:

    Those are some seriously great reviews! I was thinking about getting the LeapPad Explorer for my daughter – that review confirmed my inkling that it would be a good idea!

  76. Cindy says:

    The Toy Lab is awesome! I want a job like that! Oh, wait. I have a job like that. I’m a mom. I get to play with their stuff. That counts, right?

    1. Emily says:

      Right?! How fun is it to play with toys all day?! Oh wait, I do that even if I don’t get paid. 😉

  77. Kristine says:

    I love the giveaway page on It’s really simple, easy to understand, and you can enter with the click of a button!