Fun Giveaway: $100 Borders Gift Card (Two Winners)

IMG_0600This past Saturday, my family and I spent 2 hours shopping at Borders.  You are probably thinking, so what?  Well, with an infant, a rambunctious two year old, plus a curious four year old, that is a real feat.  But time went by so fast!  The kids were engaged the entire time, playing with the HUGE toy selection that Borders currently carries.

This past week Borders invited me and my family to come and check out their toy section, and challenged me to see how far I could stretch a $100 Borders Gift Card they provided my family with.  I was curious as it had been a LONG time since I had visited a bookstore and never had I visited with the intention of buying toys.  That provided me with an open mind and creativeness to see how well I could do in this challenge.

How to Score a Good Deal at BordersIMG_0597

The first thing you want to do when you shop at Borders is sign up for a Borders Rewards card.  With this program you will receive exclusive member coupons and offers.  Signing up was easy at the store, and after checkout, a coupon for $5 off my next purchase printed out.  I immediately turned around and spent it buying a book from the bargain section.

This leads me to the second way to score a deal at Borders.  Browse the bargain section.  This store had a lot of books and puzzles all under $9.99.  I was able to pick up a book about dinosaurs for my four year old and another one about farm animals for my two year old for $4.99 each (I used the $5 coupon I got from signing up for Borders Rewards to help pay for this).

The third and probably best way to save at Borders is by taking advantage of their promotions.  Borders has a lot of different toy promotions going on right now.  For example, Melissa & Doug toys are buy one get one half off.  Games and toys are buy two get one free.  Finally if you spend more than $25 on your order, you got a free Bionicle toy.  So, for example you could buy three games, and if your total after the third (free) one is deducted is over $25, you get not only the third game free but also the free Bionicle toy.

Right now you can get a virtual 20% discount on your purchase when you take advantage of the Gift Card promotion that Borders is offering.  Buy two $25 Borders’s Gift Cards and get a $10 Borders Gift Card FREE.

How did I do?

I think I ended up doing pretty well considering one of our purchases was a Playmobil set that took up a third of the budget.  We ended up with a total of 13 quality toy and book items for $128 total, and that includes a book we bought to donate to Borders Charitable toy Drive.  Because I took advantage of a couple of the promotions, I ended up with not one or two but three free toys (one game and two free Bionicles because I split my order in two).

Win It!

Right now two of my readers will have a chance to win one $100 Borders gift cards in this giveaway.  You must be within driving distance of a Borders store for you to be able to pick up your card in-store.  This is what you have to do to enter this giveaway:

1)  Go shopping at Borders!  Visit Toys and Games section and give me a rough idea of how you would spend this $100 Gift Card.  Come back and leave a comment sharing what you would buy.

2)  Follow me on Twitter and tweet the following:  “Borders is giving two lucky @commnsensemoney readers a chance to win a $100 Borders GC. Find out how: ”

3) Become a Facebook Fan of Common Sense with Money and share this with your own Facebook Friends  “Borders is giving two lucky people the chance to win a $100 Borders GC. Find out how: ”

4)  Share about this giveaway with your own blog readers.  Remember to leave me a separate comment sharing the link to your post.

This way you can earn up to four entries. Just please remember to come back and leave me a separate comment for each additional action you have taken (leave comment, share on Twitter, share on Facebook, etc).

If you are reading this entry via email updates or via RSS reader please CLICK HERE to visit my blog to enter. Emailing me is not a valid entry for this giveaway. This giveaway is open to residents of the United States only. Please enter only if you are 18 years or older.  This giveaway ends on 11/27 at 9PM CST.  At that time I will close the giveaway and select a winner randomly.

Disclosure: Borders sponsored this giveaway by providing me with a $100 GC to experience toy shopping at their store and two $100 GC to giveaway to my readers.  The money saving tips and other commentary shared are my honest opinion and the result of my shopping experience at Borders.

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  • Kathryn

    Oh how I love reading to my kids!! The $100 would be so easy. We love Thomas, the Dr. Seuss (Buy 2 get 1 free), Anything princess, and we are starting to get into the step int reading books! The melissa and doug toys are very nice and durable. As adults we love to pick a few select items and would definately pick up some scrapbooking idea books for close friends! Thank you for always having such wonderful tips and fantastic ideas and giveaways!

  • joan

    $100.00! That would take the boys about 30 seconds! Lego Star Wars Visual Dictionary would be their 1st selection! Then, another Star Wars kids book they’ve had their eyes on. Then to top it off, it would be an Indiana Jones chapter booked, chased down with the new Diary of a Whimpy kids. There we go! $100.00. Gone.

  • Amanda

    Wow this giveaway is awesome!Just looking online here is what I think I would get.

    The Felicity Mini Doll
    The Eric Carle Touch and Feel Stroller Cards
    Pirates of the Tub
    Tub Tunes Water Piano
    Mix Stack and Farm
    Sorting Shape Cupcakes

    Most of these would be great for our little girl. She loves baths so she’d definitely love those bath toys! We also have a little one (another girl!) So these toys would get plenty of play time in our house. I also picked the Felicity doll because I just love the American Girl Dolls and I know she isn’t old enough just yet but I wanted to share the stories with my daughter.

    Thanks for the great blog posts and this great opportunity!

  • Amanda

    I also follow you on twitter and I tweeted about this! I’m cpttyingknots.

  • Amanda

    I became your facebook fan and shared with my facebook friends too! 🙂

  • Rei

    I would love to get a few Lego and Melissa & Doug products for my daughter. She really loves the duplos!!

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • DG

    I would spend it on some of the classic books such as Dracula and Frankenstein. Also, the Samantha, Molly, and Addy American Girl Collection – they need completing! 🙂

  • DG

    oops please disregard my previous comment – I would get the Molly mini doll and assorted accessories!

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  • Nikki

    I would get the Eric Carle Touch and Feel Stroller Cards, Mix Stack and Farm, Place a Face, the Wimpy Kid series, and Guiness Book of World Records.

    Thank you for this awesome giveaway! I love your blog!

  • Nikki D

    My oldest son has started on chapter books so I would be getting a few of those- I found some cool star wars ones I know he would love! And my middle son is all about dinosaurs so I would have to do a few models for him to build. And my little guy is a Thomas fanatic. All his books are pretty beat up (after his brothers went through them) that a few new ones would be great. With what is left over I may have to get a book without pictures in it for myself! Anyone remember those?:)

  • Linda

    I’m a beginning homeschool mom and a fan of montessori. I’m working on building my library of montessori references. And then finish out with books and puzzles. So fun!

  • Sarah B

    They have a whole slue of educational books that I would be buying for my three kids. And of course I would let them pick something out in which they wanted.

  • Sarah B

    I follow you on twitter now.

  • colleen

    I love shopping at Borders. I’m like a kid in a candy store there. If I won I would purchase the see through stories, the s’match game, disgusting science for my nephew and some books for my kids. Thanks so much.

  • Carrie

    i’d snag the eric carle toy for every kid i know

  • Kim

    My son is has just mastered his abc’s, so I would buy a few toys that would help him build up that on get him on his way to learning to form words. I saw a train alphabet puzzle when I was there last weekend. I saw a cool melody express train toy on the website my son would love. The science kits also looked fun, which would be great to stockpile for those long winter days stuck in the house!

  • Sarah Elyce

    I have a couple professors that were really great educators this semester so I would get them something then use the rest to get Christmas gifts for my little cousins from the games section.

  • shan

    I would load up on Berestein books for my girls along with some melissa and doug puzzles – they are the best. Lastly, I would buy some children’s Bible – the 365 day Bible is on my list for christmas for the girls.

  • If they sell Melissa and Doug play food, I would definitely get some of that for my daughter — we got her a kitchen for Christmas! I would probably try to get a little something for each of the kids….
    My six year old, maybe a MythBusters kit
    My 3 year old, something Thomas the Tank Engine
    My 1 year old – the Play food, or a mini Kirsten American Girl doll 🙂

  • LIndsay Smith

    Wow! What a great giveaway! Our daughter is well past the books she has… at one year old she loves to ‘read’ and we couldn’t be more thrilled! I would use the gc to beef up her book collection with some more age appropriate books…. hide and seek books, a new Bible for girls, books on tape, and the much loved touch and feel books!

  • Rachel

    I would get Melissa and Doug puzzles, books on dinosaurs, mix stack and beep set, and books by my son’s favorite authors (mo Williams, David Shannon, Dr. Seuss)

  • Lea

    I tweeted! Thanks so much!

  • Molly

    Honestly I would love to get some twilight games and sound tracks, but there was really adorable kids books. I would like to start getting some, for when I have my niece and nephews over, and someday my kids.

  • Katie

    Definitely the finger crayons, cupcakes, sock puppet kit, and finally some Little House on the Prairie books!

  • Alex Houston

    I would get some Melissa & Doug puzzles, Barbie dolls, some board games, dinosaurs & some educational books for my little ones.

  • jamie

    I would go straight to Melissa and Doug products. Love the puzzles for my kids.

  • Sandy

    I would probably use half of the gift card to buy board books for my son. He’s only 4 months old, but I love reading to him already. The other half I’d use to buy a Sony eBook giftcard (I’ve done it before at Borders, use a gift card to get a new one). I read all my books in electronic format since I got my eBook reader last year 🙂

  • Aleks Stewart

    Out of the toy section, I would get multiple Eric Carle Touch-and-Feel Stroller Cards, Sorting Shapes Cupcakes, Rainbow Color Cones, Elizabeth Mini Doll (American Girl).

  • Aleks Stewart

    I became a facebook fan!

  • Kirsten

    We are getting rid of all our plastic toys, so I would spend a good portion of the money on Melissa and Doug toys, then a couple science kits. I love Borders!

  • Alexis

    I would love to pick up some wonderful presents for my nephew. He likes all of the classics like Dr. Seuss (Buy 2 get 1 free), Eric Carle, and Margaret Wise Brown.

  • Melanie

    I would get the magic science kit, the spa kit and the manicure kit

  • karinya

    My 1 year old LOVES puzzles, and I like the Melissa & Doug wooden toys. Thanks!

  • Traci Foth

    Legos and Books. I love Borders and stop in every month. I love your blog. Thanks so much.

  • maya

    Wow…$100 would be a great gift for my 2 girls who LOVE to read! I would buy my youngest one the complete MAGIC TREE HOUSE series by M.P. Osborne and then some HARRY POTTER books for my older one. Would love to see the look on their faces!!
    Thanks Mercedes 🙂

  • is my blog.
    I also became a facebook fan, and I would spend it on wooden puzzles for my special needs daughter. She loves Melissa and Doug! I would alsoget science kits to use with the 5 year olds I babysit.

  • Julita Nethon

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  • Julita Nethon

    I would use it to buy my 10 month old books.

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  • Amanda

    I also blogged about this!

    Thanks again for the opportunity!

  • ZM

    I could blow $100 easy on the SkippyJonJones series of books! For anyone that has not read these, READ THEM!!!! They are hilarious and I enjoy reading them to my kids as much as my kids love hearing them. Great Author, Wonderful books!

  • ZM
  • I would definitely check out the Playmobil selection and I love those mini American Girl dolls that come with the books…for $21, that would be a great gift!

  • MelissaHH
  • I would love to buy some children’s books for my best friends kiddos!
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  • MelissaHH

    I would absolutly invest in the melissa and doug toys for my 2 little ones. My son has the Joey dress and he plays with it constantly. I want to get my daughter the Princess Elise one. Also, my little ones adore books so I would pick them several. I need to replace our Very Hungry Caterpillar, so I would get that and a bunch more.

  • I love Borders–this is a great prize! I would probably get the Spa Science for my daughter, the Disgusting Science for my son, and the Elizabeth Mini Doll for my younger daughter. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Heidi

    I would buy many of the classics. These are the good stories that aren’t too pricey so I would be able to purchase approx. 16 of them. Thanks!

  • susan

    What a great giveaway. If I won this, I would give it to my 16 year old son. He loves to read and is always asking me to take him to the book stores. I know this card would be put to good use.

  • Mandy

    I like the Mix & Stack and Melissa & Doug toys, and Thomas the Train, Elmo, and Dr. Seuss books.

  • Abby

    Oh, skippy jon jones book would be great for my 3.5 oh and zingo! Olivia for my 1.5 as well as the farm finger crayons. Maybe a couple books on cd too, for car trips.

  • Trish

    There is so much to choose from! I would probably spend it on some more Dr Seuss, some puzzles, maybe a game, and then if there was anything left over…I would get something for me.

  • Trish

    I am also a Facebook fan.

  • Caren

    I would probably clear out their bargain section and drinks lots of their yummy hot chocolate!

  • kristin w

    I would purchase many books for the Christmas book drive and buy some books for my 10 month old. Also, some american girl books for my little sister. I live close to a Borders; just hope it isn’t one of the 200 closing this year.

  • Elena

    so many to name, but would love books that will help my daughter learn the alphabet and numbers.

  • This would be fun to shop for my niece. I’d be her favorite auntie! I’d get:
    Eric Carle Touch-and-Feel Stroller Cards
    Mix, Stack and Farm
    Some Dr Seuss books
    Melissa and Doug toys.

  • Karina

    I would probably buy several of the crafts activity books so I can do some with my 2 nieces. would love this.

  • Jamie G.

    I LOVE books and so does my two year old son! We’d spend our entire 100 dollars on Curious George and Clifford books, his favorites!

  • Crystal

    Probably toys (maybe some cute Melissa and Doug toys) and a few books. I’m sure my toddler would love to have some of the Curious George titles!

  • pamela

    Thanks for the giveaway , i would get the my first kits , they look very interesting for a 4 year to sit down and figure out , with the helps of parents of course, but i think it would be very adventurous.

  • erika h.

    I would buy some classics like dr.seuss and legos for my nephews! Thanks for the giveaways!

  • Mari

    I LOVE Borders!! My older daughter is in Kindergarten and is loving school and reading – I would definetly stock up on new readers for her. My 3 year old loves books too – anything Disney Princess or girly! They both love the Melissa and Doug Art Sets.

  • I LOVE Borders. I have been eyeing their kid section and all the games… they have fun ones, like Rush Hour… the traffic jam puzzle. I would get one for my boys and one for my classroom.

    I would also splurge on the Dork Diary series for my 10 year old. I have heard wonderful things about it, and I think it’s right up his alley…

  • Amy in SC

    Oh…this would be awesome!! I would most likely spend all of it on Melissa & Doug toys and books. I love M & D toys…so fun and so educational!! What a great giveaway!! Thanks!!!

  • Stephanie

    I would get some Berensein Bear books and the Sorting Shape Cupcakes!!

  • Alan

    I would buy some fantastic Melissa and Doug toys for my kids, some sweet books for the entire family, and some yummy coffee from the cafe.

  • I love getting the kids books at Borders….I would definately get them more puzzle books!

  • Barbie

    My son and I are both obsessed with books, and he has a million toys, so I would buy him BOOKS! Imagine that! Although I do love Melissa and Doug products as well 🙂

  • Amy in SC

    I shared on twitter! 🙂

  • Barbie

    I became your fan on facebook!

  • Sarah B.

    There are tons of things that I could purchase for my kids, who I homeschool. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • I put a post on my blog about the contest!

  • Natalie

    Hi! We are a reading family. In fact my seven year old has asked for NOTHING but books for Christmas this year. I would use the $100 to get her the set of Little House on the Prairie books, the next 39 clues books for my middle school kids, three books in the bargain section ($5 each!) for husband, two Melissa and Doug puzzles for my 4 year old and round it out with a couple more bargain books for my CASA kids as Christmas gifts. Thanks so much, while we always manage to find something for our own kids, thanks to your generous help and advice Christmas will be spreading far beyond our four walls this year!

  • Julienne

    I would get a bunch of Melissa and Doug puzzles (love them!) and the Mix, Stack and Farm; Mix, Stack and Splash; and Mix, Stack and Beep toys. I think my son would love those.

  • Crystal

    I love playing children’s board games as a family, and this gift card would be a great way to buy Christmas gifts for the kids.

  • aimee

    $100 dollars at a toy store would be amazing! I would by a chemistry kit and disgusting science kit for my oldest. I would also get some new chapter books for my other son.

  • I would get a mini american girl doll for my daughter, Rush Hour JR for my son and then patch games for our family. If there was any money left, I would get some Lego items for my kids. Since my husband is laid off…that would make one great christmas for my kids!!

  • Amy in SC

    Just became a fan on facebook! 🙂

  • Emma K

    There is one purchase that I would never spend my own money on but I would love to have because I love the one dvd I have in my collection. It’s the Scholastic: Treasury of 100 Storybook Classics. I believe there are about 15 dvds with a focus on an author and children’s books on each one with the book as a video. Love Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!

    Otherwise I could easily spend on any children’s books or books on file folder games.

  • Angela W

    I just became a fan on Facebook and shared with all of my friends!

  • Ashley

    I would definitely get a couple of Melissa and Doug puzzles and probably some Duck and Goose books and definitely a new board game for the family!

  • Shawn M.

    Wow, my son loves to read so I know it would go fast. But I think I would have to sneak in Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover for myself!

  • michelle

    I heart Borders. My daughter love books, so I’ll buy tons of books for her especially “My little Pony” books,and some computer books for my husband. I’m a member of Borders so I usually get coupons from them so If I win i’ll be using Borders coupon with the gift certificate, for more savings, lol. Thanks!!!!

  • sally

    It would be easy to spend 100 bucks. I would buy some of the science kits and dolls.

  • Nicole Nicholas

    My 6yr just told me tonight that she has read every book we own and wants some new ones! I would buy her some Junie B Jones books and Where the Wild Things Are.

  • Angela W

    I would spend every single dime of a $100 Borders gift card on books and puzzles for my two little girls. I have a three year old and a 17 month old and we read stories every night before bedtime as well as during the day. My oldest would love some Disney Princess books, especially ones with sounds! My youngest daughter loves to sit on the floor and put puzzles together. I’d love to be able to add more variety to their collection. A couple of the Melissa and Doug puzzles would be incredible to have!

  • SmlTwnLdy

    I would definitely buy the sorting cupcakes and the stackable ice cream. we have friends with these items and my daughter LOVES them. Also, the tub piano would go over well with both of my children. I’m tempted to get an American Girl doll, but I think my daughter’s too young. I would have to throw in some books for the whole family and maybe a game for my husband and me.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • I would probably get the tubby time piano, the Eric Carle stroller toys, the stackable farm, some soft books that are girly for the newest addition to our home and the Calvin and Hobbes set for my biggest boy of all (my hubby)

  • Tara

    I would definitely buy several Melissa and Doug puzzles for my daughter!

  • I became a fan on facebook and posted the link on my page

  • theresa g

    Lots and Lots of Melissa and Doug stuff and my older Daughter is in to Chapter books now so we could stock up.

  • theresa g

    Lots of games and puzzles. My girls are really into reading now so I’m sure I could use that $100 very quickly with new books for them.

  • Holly B

    I have a 2 year old boy who is all boy. He would love the Pirates of the Tub set and Tub Tunes Water Piano. He can stay in the tub until he is a little prune.

    He is also very independent, and a constant mover. So keeping him in the stroller or a shopping cart is a constant challenge. Having both sets of the stroller flash cards might do the trick.

    I would get the Make your own Sock Puppet. He loves Dragons and Dinosaurs. Looks like I could make some to look a little fierce.

    This is a Toy but not that section, but I love the fact that every year Borders has a special edition teddy bear from Ty. We started getting them for Santa to leave him. This year is a Panda. He is in love with Panda’s because of Kung Fu Panda. So this is perfect.

    I became a fan on Facebook. Thanks for considering me.

  • Karissa Naslund

    I would stock up on Melissa & Doug Products, oh how I love their stuff. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Karissa Naslund

    I am a facebook fan!

    Karissa @

  • Jessie C.

    I’d like to get
    Good Time Crafts (Toy)
    Tub Tunes Water Piano (Toy)
    See Thru Stories (Toy)

  • Jessie C.

    @tcarolinep follower and tweet

  • The selection at borders seems to contain quite a few neat toys.

    I know some kids on my list would love Beckett the panda bear and the geeky 10-year old side of me would have to pick up a couple “My First Chemistry Kit” I would round out my trip with a Melody Express train set! Maybe I would split my order twice then, so I could get a couple free Lego sets on top of all of that!

    Sounds great 🙂

  • Jessie C.

    FB fan@tcarolinep JessieKatie S. and shared on my wall

  • Molly

    I would use the gift card for some Homeschooling materials I have been looking at. Some games would be great too – Classic games. This would be great!

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  • Molly

    I would like to get some Homeschooling materials as well as some games.

  • amanda

    We would probably have fun with some of the science kits and then each of my 3 kids could pick out their own books. We’re big readers! Thanks SO much for all your great deals!!!

  • Jamie

    Wow! It would be really easy for us…Both of my kids love getting read to so books would be #1. My daughter loves the pinkalicious book so I would like to get her the rest of that collection and my son loves star wars. We also love melissa and doug toys! Thanks!

  • Kelly

    We would love the Melissa and Doug puzzles and several books as well!

  • Kristen

    I would spend the money on a varitey of Melissa and Doug toys. I love wooden toys!

  • Janay C

    I would get a book for everyone in the family, as we never buy books anymore. My daughter loves the “Warriors” series and there are some new ones coming out according to the website. It looks like I could easily find books that are good reads based on the ratings, ones that I hadn’t even heard of. I would buy a parenting book for myself, history for husband, adventure for 14 year old son. I really liked their website, had never visited it before. I would also donate a book to charity. Thanks for your great blog!

  • Angel S.

    We love Borders! I’d get Rush Hour for my son and some of the University games for hte other. Thanks for the chance at this great prize!

  • Janay C

    Became a fan of Facebook of your blog, “Common Sense with Money,” I visit it every day. Also posted your contest too!!

  • Mara

    What an awesome give-away! At first, I was thinking about all the great M&D toys, or the Legos, or of course books for my kids (especially my 6 yo who is learning to read). But then I realized that I just might have to be a bit selfish and order all the books on my wishlist. Some of those books won’t become available for another 2 years at the current rate… but with this GC, I could own them all in an instant! How fun!!!

  • Nikki Ave

    Became a fan just now:) Way to go on getting the GC to Borders, that is AWESOME

  • Nikki Ave

    Hmm as for shopping. I would have to get Rush Hr. JR just because that game is great. They don’t have a lot of toys on their site, but any type of Legos is always a huge hit here. Honestly though, if it could be used for books I would have to stock up on some new books for the kids and for their classrooms. Probably a few board books for the new baby on the way since the ones we have are really beat up from so much use (which is honestly a great thing with books)

  • Christinat

    So many great things. We love books at our house, so we would get a variety of books. Melissa and Doug toys are always wonderful. Some of the science kits look like fun. I was also excited to see the mini American girl dolls. Those would be perfect for my little girl. And perfect to mail to my niece in Alaska!

  • Erin

    WOW $100 at Borders my kids would be in heaven! they love Books and I Think Borders has a better selection and My Kids love the fun event they hold, like the recent Fancy Nancy one was perfect for my 6 yrs old she loves Fancy Nancy , ok but as far as games ones I saw that I know would grab my kids atention would be things like

    The Spa Science Kit
    The Disgusting Science Kit
    The MythBuster Kits
    and stuff like that I can’t remember the name of them but luckily I know my Borders has other things they have seen before that they have asked for.

    Thank you for the chance at this great prize!

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  • denise

    I like the good time crafts. We could also use some new Legos.

    denise_22315 at yahoo dot com

  • I can get pretty close to the $100. I picked out all 3 MythBusters Kits @ $19.99 each, the New Moon 2010 calendar $16.99, and 2 new vampire books…Hunger Games and Catching Fire! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • follow on twitter and tweeted

  • facebook fan as shelly leatham and posted on my site!

  • Diana Rose

    My son is 10 and loves detective books. We are also in search of a map of the United States with the state names and capitals on it. He is now getting into Geography at school and someone had just suggested going to Borders. Having 100.00 to spend would be the ultimate gift. Thanks for the chance of winning this.

  • Diana Rose

    I just became a fan on Facebook. I hope I did it right, I’m sort of new to all of this.

  • Sarah H

    My kids love books, my eldest would love some of the Boxcar Children books, my son is into anything batman, my 2 year old wpould get a few Mickey mouse related reads, and my 1 year old loves Elmo books…. and we could check out these cool toys as well….

    Sorting Shape Cupcakes
    The Eric Carle Touch and Feel Stroller Cards
    Pirates of the Tub
    Tub Tunes Water Piano

  • I would spend mind on a whole bunch of preschooler books, craft sets, and the tub toys!

  • Erin

    I would definitely pick up some legos and american girl toys.

  • Stacy

    I would get some Melissa & Doug puzzles, a Lego book and some Thomas stuff for my son. And with what’s left over a dinosaur book for one of my nephews and a beginner puzzle for the other. This is a great giveaway!

  • Dianne

    I know exactly how I would use the GC. I would buy Dr. Seuss books for my youngest granddaughter. I really like the idea of her enjoying something that I also enjoyed when I was a child. They are classics.

  • Catherine

    Isn’t Borders fantastic? If I won the gift card, I’d get Railroad Rush Hour and the Disgusting Science Kit, along with some of the great kids books that they have!

  • Wow – we totally LOVE Borders!!!! And kudos to you for spending so long in there with the kids!!!! Wahoo!

    I would spend it
    Gnu Game (the word game)
    Mind Blowing Science Kit (we are totally into the science thing right now so this would be great)
    Magnificent Manicure (6 yr old girl!)
    Disgusting Science (again – loving science things)
    Mini Emily American Girl Doll — my dd’s name is Emily & she LOVES American girl!!!!

    thanks for the chance!!!

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  • Ok I would start with the American Girl, then dino, then a lego set, and something Princess ( I need to see what my daughter needs that she doesn’t already have). Then anything left would go for books. I would rather spend it on books then toys. All of my kids love books and it is the top thing on their list.

  • I am a fan on facebook & put the info in my status!

  • Some educational games (Blokus, Railroad Rushhour) and some educational books

  • The sorting shapes cupcakes look like fun, but I would probably stock up on my favorite children’s books!

  • I’m a FB fan!

  • Kristen

    I would get a combo of educational games, plus some fun children’s books for my family. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  • Kim

    I would buy several sets of the Melissa and Doug kitchen toys! My daughter loves playing in her kitchen. I would also buy some books!

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  • Holly

    I’d buy both the Julius & Eric Carle Stroller Cards (9.99 ea) for my new nieces, What’s Gnu? (19.99), S’Match (19.99), My First Science Kit (19.99) & the Good Times Crafts (29.99) for my son.

  • Fran K

    I would get as many Melissa and Doug toys as possible for my grandsons first Christmas.

  • My kids and I would have a great time. The girls would buy American Girl books and My son Star Wars books. I didn’t even know Borders had toys so thanks for sharing your experience!

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  • Rebecca

    I would get the shape sorting cupcakes for sure. My kids love pretend food. My kids love to read so I would buy some books for sure–like Fancy Fancy and Miss Bindergarten.

  • My daughter loves all things Dr. Seuss so we would build our collection of those books.

  • Kate

    We’d buy Melissa and Doug puzzles and American Girl mini dolls

  • kelly wozniak

    I would love to get some of the Melissa and Doug Puzzles, the Mix and Stack cars, the cupcake sorter and a few Karen Katz lift the flap books for my 10 month old.

  • I could spend that $100 in a heartbeat! I would probably spend it on Melissa and Doug kitchen toys, and as many books as possible..probably from the sale in. 🙂

  • Lisa

    Hi Mercedes!
    I am a homeschool mom who loves Borders! My 12 year old daughter would go over to the young adult section and just have a blast looking for good books to read. I also have a 13 year old son who enjoys Hank the Cow Dog. We could stock up on a lot of those for $100!

  • tinap

    Boy would we have fun on a shopping spree! I am sure the first things that would be put in the cart would be anything Lego and Hello Kitty. They also would love the Melissa and Doug puzzles. We would also buy a lot of books!

  • A Borders gift card would be awesome! The first thing I would buy is the World of Eric Carle Touch-and-Feel Stroller Cards for my 8 month-old son. He loves Eric Carle’s books.

  • Misty

    I would buy my boys a ton of new books, they have outgrown the old ones!

  • Tanya

    I did not realize that Borders had such a great science section for young scientists. I would buy a couple of science experiment books, and a few Diary of a Whimpy Kid books which are my daughters favorite series. I would buy just one James Patterson book for me because it has been way too long since I have read a book for enjoyment.

  • I posted this, “Borders is giving two lucky people the chance to win a $100 Borders GC. Find out how:” on facebook and I am a fan of yours.

  • I would load up on Melissa and Doug toys!

  • Lauren

    First of all, thank you for this exciting giveaway!! I would buy the Dinosaur Matching Kit, My first Dino Digging Kit and the My First Airplane Kit for my 4 year old. Then I would by 3 of the Melissa and Doug puzzles because my son would love those. Then finally I would browse the bargain book section and see what I can find there and I would probably by as many books there as I can with the remainder of the money. Hopefully I get a book or two for myself.. 🙂

  • Sarah Stine

    This would be great! The girls love books, also puzzles, flashcards and possibly this for the tub – Tub Tunes Water Piano.

  • Michelle

    I would buy my kids Dr. Seuss books and also some of the Melissa and Doug puzzles and some games!

  • Lauren

    I became a fan and shared this with my facebook friends.

  • Lauren

    I also am following you on twitter and tweeted about this giveaway.

  • Beth

    My daughter is in 1st grade and starting to really read so I would get her some good books. Also I would get her an American Girl doll and a bunch of books to go with them.

  • Faith

    I am a huge fan of both books and Borders. 🙂 In addition to building up our children’s library here at home, I would also love to purchase some of the Melissa and Doug toys. My daughter loves them and I appreciate how they help her develop her skills in many areas.

  • Chrissy

    I love the little science kits–chemistry kit, airplane kit, etc. They’d be great for homeschooling! And of course, I’d love to get more Doug&Melissa products! Thanks for a great giveaway!

  • ms13

    lego items for sure! we love lego here! as well as space rocket, airplane type kits. your blog rocks!

  • Sarah

    I would buy games…I love the look of Rush Hour…or maybe the Chemistry set. My daughter would love the American Girl minis…

  • Sarah Thompson

    I love the tub tunes water piano & sorting shape cup cake games. Thanks!

  • Debbie K

    We homeschool, so winning a $100 gift card would be awesome! We would buy some fun stuff like the Magnificent Manicure Kit, Magic Science Wizard’s Kit, drawing books, Klutz jewelry making books, and the Twilight Action figures.

  • Carmen Goddard

    Wow this is awesome – We love books – My oldest is 13 and begs me every night to read before he goes to bed. He would want every Alex Rider book there was there. And my other son would want the Lego’s stuff and books. I would love the cookbooks. That would easily be 100.00 🙂 Carmen

  • Talia

    I would spend it on Melissa and Doug toys and Lego stuff. I would also get some Eric Carle books and hit the bargain book section as well.

  • I LOVE Borders!

    I’d purchase these along with some Melissa and Doug puzzles and books!

    Eric Carle Touch-and-Feel Stroller Cards
    Place a Face
    See Thru Stories
    Farm Finger Crayons

  • Zingo looks like something my 4 could all play together. In addition, I think Rush Hour, Jr. and a couple of American Girl mini dolls. That should leave me with enough to get a book for each of them as well! 🙂

  • Melissa

    What fun! I would buy books and toys for the baby on it’s way!

  • Katie

    My 18 month old is a huge book worm so I would of course add to her collection with some eric carle, dr. seuss, disney and books themed for the upcoming holidays. The stroller cards and sorting cupcakes also would be nice.

  • We’d love the The Eric Carle Touch and Feel Stroller Cards and Melissa and Doug toys!

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  • I would use the card for some toys, the fun polka dot purse, some great books, crafts & maybe even some grown-up books for my hubby & I! What a great gift! Thanks!

  • Jessica G

    Ohh, this is easy. I’d start with Sorting Shapes Cupcakes and the Farm Finger Crayons and round it out with lots of great books.

  • Oh dear. There are so many cool things to choose from. I think I would go for the melissa and doug toys. I love them! And…some of the games for our 3 year old. He loves games. I would have a hay day!

    We live about an hour from a Borders but it would definitely be worth the trip! Date day for the hubby and myself. 🙂

  • Karen

    oh $100 could go so fast. I love all the my first kits. . .perfect for my exploring 4 year old.

  • Carly

    I would spend the $100 on Melissa and Doug puzzles and toys formy son and nephew for Christmas.

  • Elizabeth

    Borders is by far my favorite bookstore. So so easy to spend 100 there. I would pick up some new books for the whole family, including my mom and brother, because we all LOVE to read. And I love their bargain section too! You can always find really nice coffee table books for gifts at a decent price.

  • Betty

    I love Border’s! It is so fun to just go browse around the store (of course I don’t have little ones in tow either).
    I would use it to buy novels, which I love to read.
    And I would share with my kids as they love to read also.
    Thanks for the chance.

  • I’d spend it all on books for Xmas for my 2 nieces and my nephew – particularly Sesame Street books and Priddy books. Thanks for the contest opportunity!

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  • Ann

    Wow $100. I would buy as much Melissa & Doug products that they have. My son loves all the puzzles and games that he can get. Thanks for this.

  • Ann

    I also tweeted out this.

  • Wend

    The science Dora science kit looks fun! My kids love games & crafts, so I would pick some of those out too. Thanks for the great blog & a chance to win a giftcard.

  • Kate

    I would buy the Tub Tunes Water Piano for my 2 year old son, as well as the Dr. Seuss classic books and the Melissa & Doug puzzles. They have these at our church and they are his favorite. I would also get The Tortoise and the Hare, and some Sesame Street and Eric Carle books to add to his collection.
    What a great giveaway!

  • Leslie

    We have six children that LOVE to read. I’m sure it wouldn’t take each of them very long to spend their part of $100. They saw the science kits on the Borders website too and were going nuts. “Spa Science” and “Disgusting Science” were the two they think that they “need”. =) Thanks for the awesome givaway!

  • Leslie

    I Twittered about it!!

  • Leslie

    I posted about it on my Facebook. I have been a fan of Common Sense with money for a long time.


  • Lori S

    I would buy my niece some Christmas presents of books and games for a 5 year old. I would then buy my son a bunch of books. He loves books.


  • I would spend it on Melissa & Doug toys. They make the best toys ever and this would be so much fun!!! I tweeted about this as well. Thanks!

  • Charity

    I would buy Fancy Nancy books for my daughter and Beverly Cleary books for my son.

  • I’m sure I could beef up my book collection, but I’d also like some CDs by Downhere and Newsboys.

  • Pat

    I would get American Girl dolls!!!

  • I would get the My First Science Kit and some Melissa & Doug puzzles.

  • Monica

    I would spend it on some educational books for my son and also on some Melissa and Doug toys.

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  • Loraleigh

    I would get some Melissa and Doug toys and activity book for my son.

  • Eva

    I would buy educational books for my son. Thanks for this great giveaway.

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  • Meichelle

    My 3 year old LOVES puzzles, I would get her some puzzles for Christmas!

  • Ellen C.

    I’d like to get my son the rainbow color cones, sorting shapes cupcakes and the good times crafts. Thanks for the chance.

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  • Heather

    I’m making an apron for my niece for Christmas, so I would love to get some play food or dishes to go with it. I’m looking for Trio building sets for my nephew. For my own children – I love the classic toys, esp Melissa and Doug! I’m really impressed with the quality of the toys on their website – much better than what’s available at wally-world. My oldest will be two in two weeks – and he loves trucks, busses, trash trucks, fire engines, etc. I also love the farm finger crayons!

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  • My daughters love books! I would spend it on some beginning readers for my 4 yr old and some great board books for my 2 year old. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • I’d probably buy a science kit and some books for various reading levels. I like to have books around for everyone.

  • Susan

    There are few toys in the toddler section that my son would enjoy but I would probably spend a good amount of the money on books. I love children’s books and I always love buying new ones.

  • Angela G

    Ooh. Hadn’t thought about going to Borders to “toy window shop”. My little one enjoys that all the time at Target. She feels like ALL the toys are hers. Anywhoo. We’d get anything with Dora on it but also —

    Tub Tunes Water Piano
    Mix stack and beep
    Julius touch and feel

  • Annie

    $100 dollars will be wisely spent on puzzles,flash cards and any books/puzzles of Dora the Explorer.My daughter absolutely loves’Dola’. I’m a facebook fan too

  • Angelique

    The mix,stack farm,splash,and beep would definitely be on my list,along with a nursery rhymes book. Thank you!

  • Melanie

    I would take my son to pick out Dinosaur Books. I LOVES the Dino section at Borders!!!

  • Heather

    I would like to start getting some books to use when we start homeschooling. And my children love reading tons of books everyday so, we are always looking for new ones.

  • Jamie

    I would buy the Pirates of the Tub! And lots of puzzles! It seems like the website is really limited in what they show as available games and toys… I’m certain I’ve seen more games and toys in stores.

  • Renee S.

    I would spend the gift card on Magic Treehouse books, Little Critter books, some Early Readers, and some Melissa & Doug toys.

  • Aylin

    I have a toddler who just started showing interest in arts& crafts

    Mix, Stack and Farm (Toy)- $15.99
    Rocketship Run by Laurie Berkner $17.99 (my daughter loves her songs)
    Buzz Buzz by Laurie Berkner $17.99
    Under a Shady Tree Laurie Berkner $17.99
    Sorting Shapes Cupcakes $16.99
    Make Your Own Sock Puppets $17.99
    Farm Finger Crayons $16.99
    One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish-Dr. Seuss-$8.99


  • Nora

    I follow you on Twitter and tweeted about this great giveaway!
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  • Christy

    I have an emerging reader right now, so I would spend most on the Level 2 & 3 Learn to Read and Step Into Reading books. I’d also get my older 2 kids a nice novel to read over Christmas break!

  • Diana B

    I would get Thomas the Train books and Melissa and Doug toys.

  • Amanda P

    I have a toddler who LOVES books! I would purchase several of the 0-3 age books as well was level 1 early readers. They are easy for him to follow and will be great when he begins to read. Thank you for the chance!

  • Darci

    I love Boarders and I’m loving this giveaway! I would get several reader books for my preschooler who is just begining to read and his younger sister loves the plush puppets that Boarders has. I would also get some nice music that the kids will enjoy, Rocketship run & Jersey Babys: The Music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons sounds fun!

  • Darci

    I’m a Facebook Fan of Common Sense with Money.

  • Mary

    I would buy all of the “Fancy Nancy” Books along with the game. : )

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  • Becky P

    I have signed up for border rewards. If I won, I would have to say 70% of the money would be spent on puzzles and toys. My children love to play with items they could put together & take apart. I would then let them browse around & pick out their books. It would be hard for me to chose a favorite for them.

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  • julia

    I would spend the majority of it on Melissa and Doug toys, as I have two little guys two and under and LOVE for them to play with classic wooden (and educational!) toys. I’d also probably snag a new biography for my hubby for Christmas.

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  • Lisa Thomas

    I am a teacher and I would love to shop at Borders for all kinds of books. We love Click, Clack Moo and all the Giggle, Giggle, Quack. We also love Dr. Seuss books. I also have 2 little boys who love the Melissa and Doug toys.

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  • Sherry

    Shared on Facebook 🙂

  • Lynn

    I would buy anything to do with flying, rockets and space – my kid loves this stuff. I hope I win. Thanks for the contest!

  • Mia

    My daughter love the Magic Treehouse series!! Love to win!!!

  • If I won the gift card I’d get my husband (who is a pastor) a few books off of his wish list – that’s always a win-win! I’d also get my nieces the “Big Picture Bible” and some other books. I think books are some of the best presents ever! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • My kids just LOVE science so I would use the $100 gift card to buy the following:

    Meteor Rocket Kit:

    Disgusting Science:

    Power of Air Power:

    Weird World of Water:

    Forces of Flight:

    At $19.99 each, the $100 should just about cover it !

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  • Christina Davila

    Love Borders!!!! $100.00 would go to Playmobile, Playmobile, Playmobile!!!!

  • Wendi P

    What a generous giveaway!! I would purchase these 5 kits that cost $19.99 each:
    Magic Science Kit
    Spa Science Kit
    Perfumery Kit
    Magnificent Manicure Kit
    Meteor Rocket Kit
    I would use a couple for Christmas presents and then save the rest for birthday gifts. Thanks for the chance!!

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    I follow you on twitter (WendiP) and tweeted:

    Thanks again for the chance to win!!

  • Melody Carpenter

    If I had a $100 gift card I would go crazy! I homeschool my three children so I would have to get some educational books, but I would love to get Julius! Touch-and-Feel Stroller Cards for my 7 month old. I would also get My First Geology Kit and My First Backyard Explorer Kit for my 4 year old twins! Of course, I would also let them pick something out for themselves!

  • Robyn

    I would get books for my nephew. His favorite ones are Thomas the Train. He also likes the Melissa and Doug puzzles. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Wendi P

    Strange… my first post did not show up.
    I would choose these $19.99 kits:
    Magic Science
    Spa Science
    Perfumery Kit
    Magnificent Manicure Kit
    Meteor Rocket Kit
    Thanks so much for this very generous giveaway!

  • Charity

    My son loves storytime. I would love to get him all of the Dr. Seuss books. We have a few of them but would love to finish our collection!

  • Kathleen

    Wow, great giveaway!!!!
    I would get some craft kits like the make your own sock puppets plus we are huge tub tunes fans so probably some of that as well. Finally, I’d throw in Dr. Seuss books to complete our library since my boys are big Seuss fans 🙂 Thanks!

  • Elizabeth H

    Wow $100 to spend at my favorite bookstore!? What would I buy, Hmmm…for sure some Melissa and Doug toys buy1get1 half off is a great sale for awesome quality toys. Maybe some books by Eric Carle to add to our collection. The Dinosoaurs Matching game looks like it would be a lot of fun. Oh and the Tub Tunes piano would be great for my boys to play in the bathtub. Maybe a latte and a book(I’ve been eyeing ‘The Christmas List’ by Richard Paul Evans) for me and my hubby =)

  • Natalie

    Melissa and Doug puzzles, learning to read books, and cookbooks.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Gina

    My son is autistic so any toys books or games pertaining to this area would be great!

  • Stephanie

    OMG I would have so much fun with this!! Bargain books are always great for my girls as my 2 year old likes to tear up her books at the moment so then I wouldn’t feel as bad when she would wreck them. My husband has a book series that he wants the last 3 books for and that would be about $20 and i want to finally own Breaking Dawn since that is the only one I dont own!! I have the rewards card so that would help save even more money with the coupons I can find!

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  • amy french

    Wow, my boys would love a $100 shopping spree at Borders! We love Melissa and Doug puzzles and wood toys at our house. My boys love to be read to so books are always enjoyed as well. My 5 year old is an emergent reader so any early reading books would be a blessing for us. Thank you for this opportunity to enter your giveaway!

  • Katie

    I would definitely get some melissa and doug toys and then books! My daughter is really into Fancy Nancy books right now and I love to get a new childrens christmas book each year. And I would love to get the pioneer woman cookbook!

  • Dinosaurs! Matching Game, Farm Finger Crayons (Toy), Rainbow Color Cones (Toy), Polka Dot Purse (Toy), and round it out with a book or 2, thanks!

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  • Laura

    LEGO! My nephew LOVES everything LEGO, but it’s usually too expensive for us to afford.

  • Jennifer

    My kids would love the mythbusters kits and anything magic or mad science related. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Amy

    There’s a Melissa & Doug train set that we really want to get for our little girl. I also have wanted to pick up the game Qwiddler and set as Christmas gifts. I LOVE picture books (I’m a former teacher) and so I could spend tons of money any day at this store!

  • Janet

    We just went to Borders the other day and our 4 little ones had a ball. Of course my oldest (almost 6) walked around wanting everything in the store. I had to tell her no many times, except for the couple birthday gifts I was hiding from her. With $100, I would get some Melissa and Doug toys, maybe a Playmobile or Legos, and some of those neat crafty or build models kits.

  • Cindy

    We would spend the $100 on Mythbusters, Legos, manicure set, university press games, and books, books, books!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Karen

    I would buy Legos, Melissa and Doug Puzzles and some books for my grandchildren.

  • Devin

    Some Charlie & Lola books for our house, the Wayside School books for my newphew, several Melissa & Doug toys to start a collection for our newborn, a box of the Julius alphabet flashcards. How fun!

  • Well, it certainly wouldn’t take me 2 hours to spend it LOL. I have a daughter who is really into craft stuff, so that would be on the list. Also an American Girl series for my other daughter. Oh, with $100, we could get something for everyone.

  • Awesome giveaway! I had no idea that they carried toys as well. I like the Meteor Rocket Kit ($19.99), Disgusting Science ($19.99), Spa Science Kit ($19.99)Perfumery Kit ($19.99), and the Magnificent Manicure Kit ($19.99). And of course, I’d browse through the books & DVDs to see what I could snag on clearance! Thank you for the giveaway Mercedes!

  • Faith

    What an awesome giveaway! I would love to get some new books for my son, and I love the Melissa and Doug toys. Also I would probably check out the lego section since they are his FAVORITE right now! 🙂

  • LEGO’s puzzles and books for my boys. My oldest is 12 and has been reading books like crazy!
    Thanks for a great giveaway

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  • Laura

    My husband has recently got the reading bug and I could easily used the $100 in the US history section.

  • Patti Bright

    I would get the magic science kit, spa science, and a couple myth buster games

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  • Veronica

    I would buy the American girl dolls, books, and the make your own sock puppets kit.

  • Jennette anderson

    I would use it on kids books! They really need them!

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  • Julie Nguy

    I’m expecting my first child. Would love to start collecting children books.

  • Jessica

    I would spend it all on my 12 month old daughter! She loves book and because money is tight because I lost my job, she doesn’t really have a lot of books. We read what few books she has over and over everyday. I would milk that gift card as far as I could for her! thanks for the opportunity to win this 🙂

  • Jessica

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  • Sarah Beth

    I’d buy as much Melissa and Doug and Lego items as I could for $100, those toys are timeless and totally what my 2 year old is into right now.

  • Sarah Beth

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  • susan

    I would purchase 100 dollars worth of classic children’s books and donate them to Miami Childrens Hospital so that children could read them over and over

  • Kristi

    Wow, I’m sure my daughters would have this spent in 5 seconds. Our family loves books but having a section of toys to choose would make it harder. I would also like to get gifts for nieces and nephews too. Thanks.

  • I would probably get
    The Eric Carle Touch and Feel Stroller Cards
    Pirates of the Tub
    Mix Stack and Farm
    Sorting Shape Cupcakes

    and use the rest for books. My boys love to read!

  • Corrie @ “Cents”able Momma

    My boys LOVE Legos and Melissa & Doug puzzles. They also had some interesting looking science kits that I’m sure my 6 would old would love to try.

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  • Stephanie

    I would do nothing but buy books and more books. My seven year old is really into Magic Tree House books and this store is always great about carrying the lastest book. My two year old loves cars and planes so I would buy him some board books to look at in the car. I would stash these books I won under the tree and say they were from Santa! Santa loves to promote good readers! Thanks for the give-a-way chance!! 🙂

  • Thi

    My Goddaughter loves going to Borders. This would be a great treat for her as I would get a Make Your Own Sock Puppet, See Thru Stories, and Farm Finger Crayons as they all fund activitie to do with the little ones. Great giveaway!

  • Kati

    The American Dolls with books and the Mythbusters games would be a must! My kiddos would love them!

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  • Tatiana

    I would use it to get some childrens books, photography books for myself and DVDs for my husband.

  • Linda Kish

    I would get the Beckett the Panda Bear and some books for kids

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  • cwaltz

    The site was pretty limited in its selection and somewhat difficult to navigate. We are a family of bibliophiles for the most part so I know I would have no problem spending $100. I noticed a lego klutz book Crazy Action Contraptions that was $21.00 that I know any of my three boys would love. I had a little difficulty finding a beading book for my daughter but I know that Klutz sells them and my daughter would b e thrilled to get one. I also noticed you mentioned playmobil and saw the logo on the side. My younger two love playmobil. One of their favorite parts fo the Christmas season is opening the playmobil advent calendar I purchase. So I know I would have no problem spending the $100 if I won.


  • Nancy

    Ooohh! How fun!!!! I would get: Place a Face; See Thru Stories; Farm Finger Crayons; Mix,Stack & Farm; Tub Tunes Water Piano; Pirates of the Tub.

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  • Beth

    Well, the Borders website kind of let me down…I was hoping I’d see lots of Melissa & Doug choices, since I know our local Borders has a ton of them. I’m sure I would spend about 1/2 of the gift cards on M&D wooden puzzles and stacking toys. Then I’d use the remaining $50 on two American Girl mini dolls (with books) for my older nieces.

    Thanks for the chance to win (and the invitation to window shop).

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  • Judith

    I’ve spent hours at Borders over the past 3 weeks and I always end up in the board games section. It was my favorite past time as a child and now my own children love to play with my husband and I. Borders has become so good at offering the best board games today. My “go-to” game of my past is now the same today with my kids – “Yahtzee” and there is a new spin on it (as there always is) that has proven very fun called “Yahtzee Free for All,” which is the best spin yet. I also loved playing Win, Lose or Draw and Pictionary. Today there is one called “Luck of the Draw” that has quickly made it to our family’s favorite. There’s been no funner version of a drawing game in my 44 years of living.

    Our family really enjoys fast paced, creative thinking games like Taboo (my fav) and Scattegories as well as card games. So I would immediately add to our collection the following board games we have been wanting: Pictureka; Quiddler; Beat the Parents; Catch Phrase; Buzz Words; Blokus and Flinch. I would also purchase the Lego Avent Calendar.

  • Holly

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  • Carrie

    My sisters have a list of books they would like for christmas, so I would go through their list and get some books. My husband enjoys WW2 books as well…

  • Crystal B.

    I would get my neice some of the American Girl mini dolls.

  • Crystal B.

    I am following you on twitter and tweeted about the giveaway.

  • mommy2alex16

    I’d want the sorting shaped cupcakes, rainbow color cones, finger crayons, and pirates of the tub

  • Valerie

    I would buy some books for the kids (Curious George, Thomas, Little House on the Prairie) and some fun new books for me. I am really interested in the Itty-Bitty (Hats, Nursery, and Toys) books by Susan B Anderson. They look like fun and easy knitting projects.

  • Kara

    I would love the see through stories box. It looks like something my kids would love

  • Angie

    My son would love some more Dr. Seuss books – he really enjoys the ones he has now. He also loves puzzles. With $ 100.00 I think we would be able to get him a few of each – that would be great if we won this – thanks for the great give away!!!

  • Jennifer

    I am definitely within driving distance – it’s about 7 minutes away! I would buy, for my daughter – the Spa Science Kit, Perfumery Kit and the Magnificent Manicure Kit. Of course I could buy much more with the gift card too!

  • Jennifer

    I follow you on Twitter and I tweeted:

  • Jennifer

    I am a fan of yours on facebook now (Jennifer Regan) and I posted on my wall about your wonderful giveaway!

  • Jennifer

    I blogged about your giveaway, linking to you:


  • Bonnie

    I would buy Legos and Melissa and Doug toys. My son enjoys the Melissa and Doug puzzles so much. He wants to play with them all the time.

  • Christina

    I would probably use it towards some games and the tub piano and make your own sock puppets! Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

  • misty

    I would buy Pirates of the Tub, Julius! Touch-and-Feel Stroller Cards, Tub Tunes Water Piano, Farm Finger Crayons, Craft Paper Bag Puppets, and Make Your Own Sock Puppets.

  • misty

    I follow you on twitter and tweeted

  • shannon

    Ah, i am a Borders shopaholic! I would definitely stock up on some great gifts for my teens in my youth group:
    The Nightmare Before Christmas Monopoly
    The Simpsons Game of Life
    Twilight New Moon Bracelet
    Tokidoki Plush Sandy Toy
    Fruits Basket Sticker Book
    Twilight New Moon earrings
    Hello Kitty Activity Set
    Variety of bargain/clearanced novelty items: bookmarks, keychains, pens, etc.

    Of course, I’d use my Borders Bucks and do separate transactions with various coupons!

  • kristine

    my kids and I could go through $100 pretty quickly in borders! my son is transitioning into a new age group, so we would get some newer books, as most of what he has so far are board books and some longer ones…i would get the classics like dr seuss and robert munch. i would also get them some puzzles!

  • shannon

    another entry, please!

  • Laura D

    I have four kids under age 8. I am teaching them giving as well as receiving so if we won this, each child would get to choose one book for themself and one to give to a needy child.

  • Laura D

    I follow on FB as well.

  • I would get the My First Dino Digging Kit, the Mind Blowing Science Set and the S’Match game.

  • shannon

    I shared on Twitter! Shanni82

  • Tami

    First would be Fancy Nancy books for my daughter, my littlest would be getting melissa and doug blocks along with the new Panda Book and stuffed animal and my oldest at home would get the new 39 steps and the new diary of a wimpy kid after that I would get my hubby a new book and would definetely go over the 100 limit even with coupons and buy 2 get 1 specials, because we love Borders and go weekly.

  • Allyson

    We are expecting our first baby in January-so starting a collection of children’s books would be so much fun. I also love the fuzzy stroller cards available with their toys!

  • Sara

    I would get some books for my kindergartener who loves to read to his baby sister! Also some craft kits and maybe a game like Rush Hour Jr.

  • Beth

    I would definitely buy Playmobil toys for my kids

  • Nicola

    I would buy some melissa and Doug for my kids, as well as some books. I would also get a couple of calendars for gifts. 🙂

  • Sara

    I would buy anything Thomas the Tank Engine and Super Why!– especially the floor puzzles. We like Eric Carle books too.

  • And I blogged the giveaway here.

  • Shannon Eisel

    I love the Melissa & Doug toys: the puzzles especially

  • I like the See Through Stories, Craft Paper Bag Puppets, Tub Tunes Water Piano, S’Match and What’s Gnu?. Thank you for the giveaway!

  • I tweeted the giveaway here.

  • Eunice B

    i’d use it for quality products…melissa & doug items! 🙂

  • Eunice B
  • pixie13

    I’d definitely have to spend the vast majority of that $100 gift card on The “My First” Science kits. And maybe just one *small* book for me. 😉 Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!

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  • Pam

    We love the Melissa and Doug puzzles and games. Such great quality. And with them being on sale, the gift card would go even farther than usual. I also like the Mix, Stack and … series for my son. He is totally into cars and would probably get him the “Beep” one. My daughter likes American Girl dolls. The mini ones are a great idea.

  • Holly

    I Plurked it. If you confirmation my Plurk acct is under anglophileff. Thanks!

  • Rebecca

    Thanks Mercedes for the give-a-way .. we are into Thomas these days and Legos, I know $100 would bring many Thomas books and toys into this house! Thanks

  • monica baker

    We love the Melissa and Doug products!

  • I would get the Kirsten Mini Doll (my daughter’s name and we live in MN!) and some puzzles and 2 of the Bionicles (the one free, plus one more so my twins can each have one!). I would be hard presssed to go to Borders with $100 and spend all of it on toys though. Some of it would be spent on books 🙂

  • Kevin Riggins

    Borders is awsome, didn’t realize how much they had. Picked up some cool experiment books for our son. Don’t know exactly what we would spend the $100 on but I know it would sure be a lot of fun trying to figure it out!!

  • Love all of the stuff for budding scientists!
    * Sorting Shapes Cupcakes
    * My First Backyard Explorer Kit
    * My First Science Kit

    Thanks for letting me make up my wish list!

  • Elizabeth

    I would buy my little girl new books to help her with her reading. I loved Melissa and Doug’s Hangman game!

  • We would get Pirates in the Tub and stock up on the cardboard books for my little one (the ones that he can’t tear up) 🙂

  • Melissa Zwach

    I would definately be purchasing Melissa & Doug toys for my kids. I have my eye on the calendar and the play food.

  • Stacey

    I would buy the Meteor Rocket Kit, My First Science Kit, and the Perfumery Kit to give as Christmas gifts!