How to buy a toy, if you must.

There comes a time in many adults’ lives when we must purchase a toy. I’d like to think that most of the time this is an act of love. But I realize that sometimes it’s motivated by guilt or just social pressure.

If you have kids, this comes up every other week, because if your own kids aren’t begging you for something, then you’re probably buying toys for their friend’s birthdays.

And if you don’t have kids, you might not be aware of the hazards of toy buying. There are many. And in an effort to prevent you from making many of the common toy-buying mistakes, I present a decision-making flow chart that I recommend you print out and take with you to the store. Do it.

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Or you can order it as a greeting card here. And special thanks to Scary Mommy who ran this graphic yesterday on her popular and hilarious community for real parents.

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