The holiday season is imminent.
Who am I kidding?
I’m slightly terrified.
I’m the worst at picking gifts for my kids. The worst. Maybe it’s because I agonize over what surprise would elicit a satisfying reaction. Mostly because I’d rather not buy stuff, I’d rather be doing stuff. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been known to succeed in the buying of stuff. Sometimes, pretty spectacularly. I’m hoping that soon my girls will be more happy with experiences, than actual, physical piles of stuff.
Which is why I’m really excited to learn about this company called Pley, a toy rental solution for every family. Pley rents toys via a monthly subscription. Seems simple enough. So how does it work? A family can sign up for a monthly subscription that fits the family budget. Select a Pleylist with toys to receive. When the toys arrive, play with them, return them, and repeat. Toy rentals are unlimited each month, with one toy rented out at a time. This makes gift giving for grandparents, friends and family, easy peasy.
Do you realize what this means?
- New toys all the time. *kid squee*
- No need to keep toys in the house. No more toy clutter. *parent squee*
- If the kids don’t like a toy, no big deal, return it, and they can play with something else. *kid and parent squee*
- This will save the budget. *parent squee*
- No more guilt, donating, throwing away unwanted, or giving away toys that were barely played with. *parent squee*
What kinds of toys can you borrow? Personally, I like to call them, crazy smart, cool toys. Pley has a collection of 400 different LEGO sets, they have K’Nex toys, robotic/educational toys and are constantly adding to their collection.
Have I ever told you how as a kid, my brothers and I Ioved LEGOS, but my parents were frugal and struggling when I was a kid, so we never expected LEGOS for Christmas? Imagine our delight when we each got our own LEGOS from Santa! When we started putting our sets together, we realized something; nothing went together. Turns out, we discovered our mom had gotten hand-me-down LEGOS for us. We were still thrilled, although slightly miffed at Santa. Imagine if Pley was available when I was a kid. It would’ve been glorious. Instead, I’ll borrow Pley toys from my girls while they’re at school. Shhh…
What about germs? (“Hello, my name is Stephanie, and I’m a germaphobe.” “Hi Stephanie.”)
Don’t worry fellow germaphobes, with a fear of petri-dish children. Pley cleans every toy. Every toy. Thank you. Next to germs, I really dislike cleaning. Sounds like a sweet deal. But wait a minute, what if your kid loses a LEGO, because, dude, they’re LEGOS, they like to visit vacuum cleaners, and hurt like a mofo when you step on them. No problem! Pley doesn’t charge for missing pieces, or stinky-feet pieces. Yay. However, please do your best to keep them together, because, human decency. Be kind, rewind, and remember each piece.
In the end, what I love about this subscription toy rental is that it’s focused more on experiences that kids will gain from playing with a variety of toys, not on hoarding them. As a mother I shy away from passive consumerism, and am always looking for ways my kids can do more active creating.
What do you think about renting toys?
ps. This is sponsored post, but all opinions and enthusiasm are my own.