Get Naked for Nature this Earth Day

From the stunning film series Planet Earth to trendy BPA-free water bottles to Debbie Meyer Green Bags, Hastings has all the resources you need for going green this Earth Day and beyond! Read the rest of this entry »

We’re proud to announce that o…

We’re proud to announce that our new Nampa, Idaho location is officially open for business today! Visit us at 1870 Caldwell Blvd. in Nampa!

All About The Bunnies

Happy Bunny

Give us Easter Hugs.

Easter, like many other holidays (Columbus Day, Christmas, Festivus, National Sarcasm Day, etc.) has become so commercialized these days.  It’s another one that’s just all about giving kids toys and candy.  Easter Bunnies lay Easter Eggs, which gather into Easter Baskets and some sort of amalgam of sugary creamy egg yolk and chocolate wrapped in foil.  Yeah, you want to pick up a Cadbury Egg and devour it without bothering to open it, but will the cashier think you’re in middle school and card you for the R-rated movie you’re renting?

Well, if you’re tired of all the gooey goodness passing you by, there’s good news. You can enjoy Easter the adult way.  So what if chocolate rabbits are a little too creepy for your demographic?  You can still embrace the bunny in you– the Playboy bunny, that is!  You can put on some Playboy jewelry,  dress up like a French maid and dance on a  Carmen Electra stripper pole, or “dancing pole” if you want to be politically correct (and who doesn’t want that?).

I’m sure your significant other would enjoy Easter much more. You could even get him some Playboy Bunny Barware to use during the show.

So, no worries! Forget the kids and fancy bonnets and too-cute-candy (what are Peeps, anyway? And why are they better stale?)… It’s time to take control of our fates, and make Easter all about the Bunnies!

A Very Special Happy Birthday Wish to Chuck Norris!

While it is a well known fact that Chuck Norris was born 9 months early, today is his official birthday! To celebrate his birthday we thought we would share 10 facts about our favorite bearded hero!

10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Chuck Norris

1)      Chuck Norris can put out fire with gasoline

2)      Chuck Norris has already been to Mars; that’s why there are no signs of life

3)      Chuck Norris is the reason why Waldo is hiding.

4)      When Chuck Norris calls 911 it’s to ask if everything is ok

5)      Chuck Norris is the world’s fastest land mammal …. Even when standing still

6)      Chuck Norris is so strong his punches leave exit wounds

7)      Chuck Norris does not leave messages. Chuck Norris leaves warnings

8)      Chuck Norris has two speeds Walk and Kill

9)      Chuck Norris’s Forecast: Cloudy with a 90% Chance of Pain

10)   Chuck Norris would run for president, but doesn’t want to lose any power or influence.

These inspirational facts are all true, and you too can share your Chuck Norris pride with our line of amazing Chuck Norris gear! It may not allow you to roundhouse kick a McDonald’s so hard it becomes a KFC, but you sure will look like you can.  Check it out here!

Shabby-Chic Memories

Retro Diver

Dive into the past!

Want to take a stroll down memory lane? Check out the Retro Toys & Gifts Smorgasbord on

Remember this commercial?: “Slinky, Slinky, what a wonderful toy! Slinky, Slinky, fun for a girl and a boy!” This applies to plural groupings of children as well. We used to spend hours making stair- steps off of the furniture for our Slinkies to walk down. My ultimate childhood dream, which I lost sight of somewhere along the way, was an escalator for Slinkies, where they could move as quickly and as efficiently as myself.

Cassette Player

This calls for a mixed tape!

Do you remember the plastic bubbles?…Squeezing a ball of whatever that stuff is out of the tube and making a little ball on the end of the straw…. Don’t blow too hard or you will make a hole. What you were supposed to do with the bubble after you blew it? Who knows, but it was sure fun and challenging making them.

I remember going to my grandma’s house on the weekends with my sisters and we always fought over who got the long pieces to the Tinker Toys or the short pieces to the Frontier Logs. Whether it was playing with an Etch-A-Sketch or giving the Fuzzy Face a beard and mustache, growing up with these toys was full of fun. Now you can stroll down memory lane at goHastings and bring the fun you grew up with to your children, or have some more fun yourself. No one has to know.

Chicken Power

Alleged Barnyard Fowl Facts 1. Chickens can run up to 9 miles per hour. 2. Chickens can cross breed with turkeys. They are called Turkins. 3. The chicken is the closest living relative of the tyrannosaurus-rex. 4. The fear of chickens is called 'Alektorophobia'. 5. A chicken once had its head cut off and survived for over eighteen months, headless. Read the rest of this entry »

Just for Kids

We’ve been highlighting the obscure, crazy & hilarious items available from, but we also have highly sought-after Children’s toy brands and unique kids gifts.  You may not know that Hastings carries products from Melissa & Doug, Thomas & Friends, Crayola, Nerf (or N0thing!), Wild Republic, Schleich, and Webkinz just to name a few.  Plus many non-well known brands for toys, games, crafts & activity kits.  Hastings prides itself on carrying gifts & toys not found in the big-box chains.

Kids Kitchen

Kids 19 piece Kitchen Set

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Get Your Fairy Tale Ending

No need to slum it on dating sites or cry into your deluxe Boyfriend Arm Body Pillow this Valentine’s Day, when you can have the Magic Frog to Prince action figure (minus the action). You’ll never have to worry about another female turning his head, because this charmer only has eyes for you. His loyalty and adoration is as constant as his transfixed gaze. He’ll never complain about your cooking, leave the toilet seat up or steal the covers. Always discreet at 2.6 oz., your prince can accompany you to work, the gym or while shopping. Even romantic getaways are more affordable now, because with your prince, you’ll only need to purchase one adult ticket!

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Tip of the Month: Search Extensions

Tip of the Month is brought to you in part by our “Inappropriate Product of the Day,”  Lookin’ Good For Jesus Lip Balm. “Tip of the Month” is a friendly (almost TOO friendly) reference to help you navigate the website and find what you are looking for fast.

Today we will talk about our newly released browser search extensions. Do you find yourself lost without your browser search window? I know I can’t sleep at night if I can’t use the search found in the top right hand corner of your browser window. This obsession sparked an idea to make searching easy and fast, this comes with my guaranteed double dose of easy!

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For the Zombie or Christmas Music Lover on Your List

Book of Zombie Christmas Carols

"I saw mommy chewing Santa Claus..."

I’m not really an archive of all knowledge, you know.  I just happen to have a knack for remembering Hastings I.T. trivia, especially when it comes to the applications we run at the stores.  (I will still give a quarter to any store associate who finds the hidden message in the Rental Inventory Batch Add program—thanks to Danger the Developer.  And, yes, Danger is his middle name.  Really.  His mom has a fabulous sense of humor.)  So, just call me Ivey—Not Arc or Ive or The—just Ivey, and we’ll get along fine.

I recently received a Hastings Gift Card as a birthday present.  Bonus!  At this point, let me just say, I love Halloween.  Yes, I know, it’s over for this year, but bear with me a minute.  I also love Christmas.  I love Christmas books and cheesy Christmas romantic comedies on DVD with plots that will never happen in real life, but for some reason, this time of year makes me suspend my disbelief and allow myself to be taken on a journey of odd coincidences and funny mistakes that are a part of the oldest plot in the world:  Boy meets Girl and all heck breaks loose until they both realize they were meant for each other.

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