I cannot tell you how many times Playmatters has come to my rescue. I know one of my kids has a birthday party to attend in the near future and need to shop for the perfect gift, but life happens. Suddenly it’s the day of the party, and we are in need of a gift – pronto. I could wander hopelessly up and down the aisles of a large retail store and pick something that I hope the child likes and I remember a gift bag and tissue paper on my way out, or I could stop into Playmatters and leave with a beautifully, wrapped gift that I know the birthday child will love.
One of the best things about Playmatters is their staff. They are extremely knowledgable and love toys! I definitely trust their expertise and guidance. You can tell them your price point and the age, gender, and interests (if you know them) of the child you are shopping for and they will enthusiastically share with you several gift options. I never feel they try to push the price point higher, and if you aren’t thrilled with the options they show you they will give you more until you have found the perfect gift. I have known friends in a time crunch to call Playmatters and describe the gift recipient and give a price point then swing in on the way to the party to pick up the gift, wrapped and ready to give.
My kids love to shop at Playmatters as well. They always have lots of demo toys available, ready for play. It is a great way for the kids to decide if what is in the box is as fun as it looks. We always visit Playmatters before birthdays and holidays to make our wish lists. Playmatters also has an online wish list that you can share with grandparents or other friends and family members.
Playmatters toys are priced higher than at the large retail stores, but the personalized service and complimentary wrapping are well worth it in my opinion. You leave the store knowing you have purchased a quality toy that will the recipient will enjoy. Although they do not offer gift receipts, Playmatters stands by their sales and accepts returns for store credit.
Be sure to join their mailing and email lists to be alerted to sales (they have a HUGE sale every January), coupons, and special events and classes.
Playmatters has three locations: Solon, Pepper Pike and Shaker Heights.