Thursday, November 27, 2008

Giving the Gift of Nostalgia this Holiday Season

Black Friday is almost upon us. Many of us with children in our lives are thinking "What the heck am I gonna buy them this year?" Of course, tight purse strings, or in my case, "man purse" strings, are tight and electronics and the gadgety gifts are out. What to do?

There was a great new article this week in the Associated Press about how the downturn in the economy is making consumers rethink their holiday purchasing this year. Classic toys from Back to Basics Toys like Slinky and Colorforms or Lincoln Logs may just be the ticket, since they are all under fifty bucks and bring families back to a simpler time of open-ended, "no batteries required" play, while helping teach kids basic skills like shape recognition and spatial relationship awareness. And let's face it...they're just plain fun!

Here is an excerpt from the AP article:

"Ken Moe, general manager of, a Web site owned by Scholastic Corp. that offers classic toys such as Rock 'Em, Sock 'Em Robots, Slinky and Colorforms, said sales so far this season indicate a rising interest in old favorites." (Read the complete article by Mae Anderson of the AP here.)

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