Toys are like feelings—they're fun to play with until someone asks you to share. Hold onto valuables with today's Groupon: for $45, you get a three-month Joey rental package—good for four toy rentals per month—from Toygaroo’s online store (up to a $105 value, including shipping). Clients can also put the value of today’s Groupon toward a more expensive rental package to get up to eight toys a month.
Toygaroo, which got its start on ABC's Shark Tank, loans out its large selection of more than 500 playthings from brands such as Fisher-Price, Baby Einstein, and VTech to youngsters of all ages. With a Joey package (a $34.99 value / month), children select four toys each month, which Toygaroo then delivers to their doors via FedEx or freelance stork. Tots aged 1–3 can press musical-note-shaped buttons on the body of a Mickey Mouse guitar to kick out riffs and rock-'n'-roll sound effects, while toddlers six months and older can construct tottering colorful bowl-towers from Fisher-Price Stack & Roll Cups. Toygaroo charges no late fees, so customers can hold onto toys for as long as they want, but when they’re ready to part with an item, they’ll rewrap it in its original packaging, slap on an included return-shipping label, and call an off-duty Santa Claus to come pick it up.
In between uses, toys are steamed at 212 degrees and fully sanitized using an all-organic, bleach-free product, emerging clean enough to pass a bacteria swab test administered by ABC Action News. Finally, each trinket is examined by a toy inspector and shrink-wrapped before shipping to protect it from drive-by paintballings in post-office warehouses.