Education.com, a leading web destination for parents of school-aged children, has unveiled its 2008 Holiday Gift Guide — a one-stop shopping resource parents and other shoppers can use to find fun, educational, unique, and safe holiday gifts for the children on their lists. The 2008 guide, developed by Education.com’s selection team of parents, teachers, and kids, showcases gift items that have outstanding educational value, while also being exceptionally fun.  Education.com editor-in-chief, Danielle Wood, explains the 2008 Gift Guide selection process, “We were extremely picky in choosing products for the guide. We spent the last year going to toy shows, meeting with publishers, collecting recommendations from teachers and parents, and doing our own research to come up with the 500 products we ultimately reviewed and chose from. And when I say ‘reviewed’, I’m not talking about looking at product specs on a website. We brought each product into our office and got down on the floor with teachers, parents, and kids to play, read, or create. If a product was highly educational but not really fun or if it was entertaining but didn’t contribute to the child’s physical, emotional, or cognitive development, it didn’t make the guide.”  Education.com also considered price, safety, and environmental factors when making gift guide selections. “We wanted to include something for every shopper — from aunts and uncles who might just be looking for a great stocking stuffer to moms and dads who want to know that their big ticket item is going to be a winner,” explains Wood. “We also wanted to be sure that there’s a good mix for boys and girls — most items are actually gender neutral. And we tried to get back to basics in a way. We worked to include lots of toys made out of wood, fabric, and other materials that will last a long time and help kids connect with their natural world.”

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