The New York International Gift Fair(NYIGF) will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Piers in New York City from January 28 to February 2. The NYIGF is produced twice annually by George Little Management, LLC and is open to the trade only, drawing 35,000 attendees from all 50 states and 85 countries. The NYIGF is host to 2,800 exhibiting companies showcasing the very best lines across the home, lifestyle and gift spectrum organized into ten targeted product divisions. As a preview, The Giggle Guide™ showcases a few of the brands to see, including The Ellie Rose, Artterro,Inmate Tease, and Schoolbags for Kids.
Getting baby out of the house for some fresh air, a quick run to the store, or just to visit some friends is necessary for both parent and child. But as new parents are quick to realize, babies need more gear to visit grandma than Sir Edmund Hillary needed to climb Everest! Smart companies have latched onto the idea that stepping out shouldn’t include getting stressed out. Attractive products that are easy to use and make life easier will always be in demand. Innovative brands such as Baby K’tan, Ju-Ju-Be, Innobaby, and Lifefactory are ready and able to make baby’s day out a stress-free affair.
By Carolyn Kavarnos - Thursday, December 22nd 2011
Dads are more involved in parenting than ever before, and there’s also an increase in the number of stay-at-home dads. Companies are taking notice of dads and are marketing products specifically for them. Fathers want to be involved in every step of the parenting process, from pregnancy and beyond. Now, they can do it using products with style, designed just for them! Dads are special, and we are seeing products that let them celebrate from fashionable and functional brands, including BellyMan Clothing, Diaper Dude, Andy & Evan, and DadGear.
Furnishings and decorative accessories for kids were dominated by boring wood stains and shades of dull. That was then. Now there are several manufacturers that offer good looking, quality crafted products that fit into a variety of trend-driven lifestyle decors. Whether a customer lives in a contemporary home, a traditional house or a French Provincial setting, there are designs that blend in harmoniously. Here are some examples of new designs from Bratt Décor, Muralistick, indoTreasures, and SweetSeat.
Clothes that are made in the United States occupy a special place in our hearts and a vital one in our economy. The strength of American manufacturing carries implications for the entire economy, for national security, and for the well-being of Americans. When you stock products that bear the “Made in the U.S.A.” label, you show that you buy into this concept. You are doing your part to keep your country strong. These companies, among others, subscribe to the ethos of American pride — they proudly make their goods on our shores, with our workers: Susanne Lively Designs, CiCi & Ryann, Owl’s and Bat’s, Hankie Babies and Nay et al, Inc..
Making travels easier for your customers will deliver successful sales for you. The beauty of these products is they’re as useful in a holiday snowstorm as they are on the beach in the summer or a family picnic in the fall. Chances are these family-friendly travel items will fly off the shelf before the first bird tweet of spring, but if not, you’ll find them just as popular as people prepare for summer vacation. Here are some suggestions to get you going: BubbleBum, Toasty Bottle, Car Seat Cinema and PortaChair.
Baby carriers or slings have been around for thousands of years. They are an easy way to keep an infant close by while mom or dad go about the business of living. While this trend seems like it’s here to stay, there have been some serious safety concerns associated with baby slings and carriers. Many reputable companies have joined the Baby Carrier Industry Alliance to share their talents and become advocates for babywearing standards and safety. The Giggle Guide™ applauds the Alliance’s goals and teamwork, and we plan to regularly update our readers on their activities and products. For our first installment we showcase Gypsy Mama, Beco and Moby.
Rock on mothers-to-be! These women work, socialize and lead active lives so they want — and need –– to look sharp all the time. Now that pregnancy fashion is no longer an oxymoron and bellies are proudly displayed, moms-in-waiting embrace body skimming dresses and fabulous tops, leggings and skirts, just like their unpregnant selves. Many manufacturers go for the gold, offering maternity styles that are on trend and comfortable to wear; so be sure clothes that are hits for misses are among your offerings. Here’s a trio of brand suggestions: Isabella Oliver, Bellyssima and Baby On Board Apparel.
Even though the days are cooling off, all eyes are turned toward the latest and greatest summer fashions for 2012. Retailers and consumers are hungry for something different — especially for clothing that busts out of the safety zones that have marked recession fashion. The trends in the higher-end collections lean more toward eye-catching asymmetrical garb, luscious floral prints in bright hues, gorgeous pleats, and attention-getting ruffles. The Giggle Guide™ shows next year’s sizzle from Eternal Creation, Scout Collection, and Joules.