Borders sells a huge selection of toys and games. You’re going to find your favorite educational brands, and lots of favorite characters and games in the expanded Borders Toys & Games section in over 500 stores. I was blown away by the huge selection, and spent several hours browsing all the toys and games trying to decide what to spend the $100 gift card on that Borders gave me as part of sponsoring this giveaway. Two lucky readers will win a $100 Borders Gift Card. You need to live close enough to a Borders store to be able to pick-up your gift card if you win!

What did I buy?
I was a little worried I might have a hard time spending $100 on toys and games at Borders. But the selection was so diverse and they featured some of my favorite toy brands (like Melissa & Doug, Battat, Creativity for Kids, Chicco and ALEX toys), so I had no problem finding great educational toys and games for my kids. I spent almost exactly $100 and I bought: Battat Take-A-Part Airplane, Melissa & Doug Responsibility Magnetic Chart, Melissa & Doug Magnetic Calendar, Frog & Toad Adventure Game, Thomas Making Tracks Game, Chimp and Zee Pesky Pirates Game and then a few small toys; diving toys, recorder plus a children’s book to donate to a local charity. You can buy a book to donate at your store in the nationwide Borders Charity Book Drive, just ask the cashier about it!

Key to Saving at Borders
I found that Borders prices on toys and games was similar to prices at other retailers. But Borders offers high-value coupons and promotions which give you huge savings! If I would have purchased these toys without the advantage of the Borders promotions and coupons, they would have cost me over $150. So by using a 30% off one item coupon, understanding that if I bought 2 toys I’d get the 3rd one for free, and buying two Melissa & Doug toys at “Buy 1 Get 1 Half-Off”, I got everything for about 33% off the sticker price. That’s a great sale on these toys and games, and hard to beat if you made the exact same purchase at another store. But that’s the other wonderful feature I noticed about the Borders toy and game selection – it’s not comparable to other stores I shop at. Sure I’d find a few of these products at other stores, but not all in the same place.

Melissa & Doug
uy 1 Get 1 50% off
You’ve got until December 28 to walk into your local Borders and take advantage of the “Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off” sale on all Melissa & Doug wooden toys and puzzles. I love this toy brand, and I love this sale! You really have to check out the Melissa & Doug toy and puzzle selection, because at my Borders store it was really impressive. See that photo I took on the left? Multiply that by four and that’s how many different Melissa & Doug products they carry! I was so excited to get the Magnetic Responsibility Chart for my kids, and then I had to get the Magnetic Calendar too because my 4-yr old loves to play with calendars and sing the “7 Days of the Week” song.

Coupons & FreebiEvents
Sign-up for Borders Email for coupons and you’ll also find out about all the upcoming free kids events. This Saturday is the Polar Express Pajama Party with storytime and hot cocoa served! You’ve also got to sign-up for your free Borders Rewards card because you need it to use the exclusive member coupons. I actually forgot to put mine in my wallet, but the cashier was able to quickly look it up. And I can’t mention Borders without mentioning the free dessert on your birthday because this is a birthday freebie I use to celebrate my birthday with. You should also look at your receipts because they often put Borders Cafe coupons on them. See how easy it is to save money at Borders?

Buy $50 Borders Gift Cards, Get Bonus $10 Gift Card
Even if you aren’t going to give gift cards, you could always buy these for yourself to use! You get an extra $10 gift card when you buy two $25 gift cards. This special gift card offer is only available online, and thanks goes to John for telling me about it!

Connect with Borders
So many ways to connect with your favorite book (toy, and game) store! You can follow @Borders on Twitter. You can become a fan of Borders on Facebook. You can listen to the Book Club Podcasts. You can get updates to the Borders Blog (they host giveaways there too!).

Enter this Giveaway
This giveaway will close Tuesday, December 1 at midnight (CST). I’ll announce the first name of the winner in a new post after the giveaway closes and contact the winners by email. I will draw the names of the winners by using the random number generator at from the eligible entries received. If a winner does not contact me within 48 hours by email, I will draw a new winner. This giveaway is only open to residents of the United States who are 18 years of age or older. The winners will receive their prize directly from Borders, who will coordinate an in-store pickup at a Borders store near them.

You must complete this form to enter this giveaway. If you can’t view the entry form below click here. If you still can’t view the form, please email me with your name, zipcode, and what you’d spend $100 in the Borders Toys & Games section and the subject line “Borders Giveaway”. Please enter this giveaway only once per household.

Browse the Borders Toys & Games section online, and see what brands they carry in-store to help you answer the question below.

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Good luck and remember that you need to complete the form to enter this giveaway. You are welcome and encouraged to post comments here, but any comments will not be considered as entries in this giveaway. Just for fun, please copy your answer to the question in my form above, and leave it as a comment. What toys & games would you buy with $100 at Borders? Be as specific or general as you want!

Thanks for entering and come back after Tuesday, December 1 to find out who won! If you’re also hosting this giveaway on your blog, please email me and I’ll add your link!

Freebies 4 Mom Giveaway Disclosure: Borders sponsored this giveaway by providing a $100 Borders gift card for me to keep and two $100 gift cards to give away to randomly selected winners. I did not receive any other compensation from Borders for reviewing their store or products. My review is my honest opinion based on my own experience shopping at Borders, and is not reviewed or edited by Borders. For more information about how reviews and giveaways are conducted on Freebies 4 Mom, please read my Disclosure Policy.

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