Tech Plays Santa: Rent Toys This Christmas

Sites such as Toygaroo hope to take the sting out of holiday shopping.

By Sajid Farooq
|  Sunday, Dec 4, 2011  |  Updated 5:24 AM PDT
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Not everyone is running away from Netflix. At least one company is striving to be like the company -- just for kids.

As the holiday gift-giving season approaches, one company is hoping to take the sting out of holiday toy-shopping.

Toygaroo, the self-proclaimed Netflix of toys, allows parents to sign up for a monthly account and check out toys for their children.

For as little as $24.99, parents can check out toys for all ages for up to 60 days. When your child is done playing with the toys, simply put them back in a Fed Ex box and ship them back.

If four toys a month are not enough for your child, you can sign up for the boomer package, which allows you to check out eight toys a month for $52.99.

While the prices are higher than the Netflix subscription rates -- that caused thousands to cancel their membership -- in some instances it can be a cheaper alternative than buying several toys for your child.

There are also cheaper alternatives out there, such as Baby Plays, which allows you to rent any toy for $4.99 a month, or pay as you go plans for as little as $19.99 a month.

To help ease fears, the company also offers a 14 day risk free trial and it allows you to pick toys by your child's age -- up to five and up -- or by type of toy, brand or activity.

Toygaroo also has some serious financial backing. In March, Dallas Mavericks' owner Mark Cuban invested $250,000 in the company.

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