Gifts en If You're A Fan Of 'Slow Food,' How About Playing With Some 'Slow Toys?' <p>Whether it&#39;s a blinking laser gun, a noisy video game, or a robot doll that cries real tears, chances are this year&#39;s biggest selling holiday toys will be high-tech, battery operated, and chock full of bells and whistles.</p><p>Fighting back against the trend toward bright, noisy toys is <strong>Thierry Bourret</strong> of the toy company <a href="">Asobi</a> and founder of&nbsp;<a href="">Slow Toy Movement</a>, a website dedicated to promoting toys that educate and engage without plastic or power sources. Later this month, he will be announcing the winners of the 2nd annual Slow Toy Awards, and joins us for a preview.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 18:06:11 +0000 Taylor Quimby 36550 at If You're A Fan Of 'Slow Food,' How About Playing With Some 'Slow Toys?' The Great Toy Aisle Divide <P>If you have kids, odds are you’re trying to track down at least one hard-to-find toy this holiday season. Those in the market for high-quality educational toys might have to look a little harder. The toy aisle divide between big chain stores and smaller, independent retailers is growing, and it may determine whether or not you’re able to find the ideal gift for your child.</P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P><STRONG> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 17:08:03 +0000 Virginia Prescott 18613 at The Great Toy Aisle Divide Gifts for the Budding Naturalist <p>As&nbsp;the year&nbsp;draws to a close, it's&nbsp;a great time to reflect on Rachel Carson's <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Silent Spring</em><em> </em></a>once more. 2012&nbsp;marks the books<a href="" target="_blank"> 50th anniversary</a>. The book&nbsp;encouraged many young naturalists and, with the holidays approaching, we've come up with two gifts to&nbsp;further&nbsp;one's&nbsp;love of nature: a pair of binoculars and a bird guide.</p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Chris Martin & Francie Von Mertens 15409 at Gifts for the Budding Naturalist Forget the Wrapping Paper on These Gifts <P>It’s not terribly surprising that for the second year running, the national retail federation claims the hottest holiday present is a gift card. But are we losing something when we focus on the material aspects of gift-giving? With us to rundown some alternative ideas for experiential gifts you can’t fit under the tree is <A href=""><STRONG>Rick Broussard</STRONG></A>, editor of <STRONG><A href="">New Hampshire Magazine</A>.</STRONG></P> <P> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 17:10:09 +0000 Virginia Prescott 18018 at Forget the Wrapping Paper on These Gifts 3 Gift Ideas for the Adrenaline Junkie <p>Today's segment about experiential gifts got me wondering what I'd get for someone with more thrill-fueled interests... Thu, 06 Dec 2012 16:55:41 +0000 Zach Nugent 18020 at 3 Gift Ideas for the Adrenaline Junkie