Happy New Year!

December 31, 2009 at 13:49 | Posted in ALEX Toys, ALEX Worldwide, Holidays | Leave a comment
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Wishing you a Happy New Year from the ALEX Toys family to yours.

Here’s how to say “Happy New Year” in many different languages!

Armenian = Snorhavor Nor Tari
Cambodian = Soursdey Chhnam Tmei
French = Bonne Annee
Swahili = Heri Za Mwaka Mpya
Portuguese = Feliz Ano Novo
Italian = Felice anno nuovo
Hawaiian = Hauoli Makahiki Hou

Thank you for letting us be part of your lives. We hope 2010 is full of fun, friends, and family!

Ask Nurit: Keeping Gift Excitement Fresh

December 30, 2009 at 10:21 | Posted in ALEX Toys, Holidays | Leave a comment
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Dear Nurit,

My children were blessed with a huge bounty of holiday gifts! How do I keep them excited about their presents? They have a tendency to get bored very quickly. Any tips?


Yes, many children fall in love with a new toy, or toys, only to abandon them a few weeks later. The key to getting the most play out of your children’s gifts is to extend their novelty. Pack up 3/4 of their new presents and put them in a place they rarely go (like your closet). Every 10 days or so bring out a new plaything and put an old one away. Continue to do this and you’ll notice that they appreciate and are excited about toys for much longer than when they see them everyday.

Merry Christmas from ALEX Toys

December 24, 2009 at 12:54 | Posted in ALEX Toys, Holidays | Leave a comment
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Merry Christmas from ALEX Toys! We hope you have a wonderful holiday season filled with joy.

The History of Eggnog

December 18, 2009 at 09:21 | Posted in ALEX Toys, Friday Fun, Holidays, Recipes | Leave a comment
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Eggnog is one of the most popular holiday drinks in the United States, Canada and many other parts of the world. It is usually served from November through New Year’s Day. But where did this creamy beverage come from? ALEX is here to shed some light on the mysterious concoction.

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ALEX Toys on Regis & Kelly

December 17, 2009 at 00:07 | Posted in ALEX News, ALEX Toys, Holidays, Media, Videos | Leave a comment
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On Live! With Regis and Kelly this week, Chris Byrne, “The Toy Guy” shows the hosts all the coolest new toys under $20. The Giant Pipe Cleaner Party from ALEX is a favorite!

http://www.alextoys.com/product/132737/71W/_/Giant_Pipe_Cleaner_Party

Enjoy the video below.

ALEX in the Delta Airlines Gift Guide

December 16, 2009 at 09:25 | Posted in ALEX Toys, Family Time, Holidays, Media | Leave a comment
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We were so pleased to see that the Deluxe Pottery Wheel by ALEX made it into the Delta Airlines Holiday Gift Guide!

Dear Nurit: Gifts for Teachers

December 15, 2009 at 10:25 | Posted in ALEX Toys, Holidays | Leave a comment
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Dear Nurit,

What is a good holiday gift for my child’s teacher? We want to give something more meaningful than a gift card to our local coffee shop but also want to be sure it’s something she’ll use. Any tips?


Giving your child’s teacher a gift before the Christmas break is a wonderful way to show him or her that you truly appreciate the impact they are making in their student’s lives. There is so much on your agenda leading up to the holidays that this can seem like just another source of stress but it doesn’t have to be. Below are some tried and true holiday gift ideas for your favorite educator.

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Happy Hanukkah!

December 11, 2009 at 14:31 | Posted in ALEX Toys, Friday Fun, Holidays | Leave a comment
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Hanukkah starts tonight. Jewish families around the world will be lighting the first candle on the menorah and opening a gift.

Dreidel Facts: Dreidel is a Yiddish word that comes from the German word “drehen,” which means “to turn.” On each side is a Hebrew letter. Outside of Israel, the letters are: נ (Nun), ג (Gimmel), ה (Hay) and ש (Shin), which stand for the Hebrew phrase “Nes Gadol Haya Sham” which means “A great miracle happened there [in Israel].”

Dreidels in Israel say: נ (Nun), ג (Gimmel), ה (Hay) and פ (Pey), which stand for the Hebrew phrase “Nes Gadol Haya Po.” This means “A great miracle happened here.”
Source: About.com

New ALEX Toy Boutiques

December 10, 2009 at 10:08 | Posted in ALEX News, ALEX Toys, ALEX Worldwide, All About ALEX | 3 Comments
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Three New ALEX Stores Have Opened Worldwide. We are excited about the future for these new boutiques.

Beirut, Lebanon: Opened in August 2009

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Ask Nurit: The Perfect Gift

December 8, 2009 at 17:27 | Posted in ALEX Toys, Holidays | Leave a comment
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Dear Nurit,

The holidays are rapidly approaching and I need some expert advice. I have a long gift list that includes nieces, nephews, young cousins, and of course, my own children. I know what my kids like but I’m not up-to-date on the preferences of the youngest members of my extended family. Everyone is so busy, I’d like to avoid polling their parents. What do you suggest?

It’s true that all children have unique tastes when it comes to toys but rest assured there are also commonalities that unite specific age groups. When you go into a toy or bookstore ask the manager or owner for help. Often just by knowing the age, and sometimes gender, of a child, a seasoned “toy professional” can pick out a gift that many of his child customers have enjoyed. When shopping for kids you don’t have to know everything about them. Just focus on one aspect of their personality. Does your niece love horses? Does your nephew enjoy reading? Shop along those lines. Happy holidays!

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