Cool and cute things come in all kinds of packages, some big and some small. Shoppers delight in merchandise that serves a need while offering a great look. The Giggle Guide® introduces the best of current coolness, including items from Beatrix, B-Sensible, okiedog, MK Global and Naaya by Moonlight. The newest offerings from Beatrix are micro-cuddlies — cute little squeeze toys that can go with kids wherever they want via a chain and clip. Backpacks provide plenty of space to hold everything a child needs for a day, and are available in many of the same designs as the micro-cuddlies.
Water, water everywhere but how many of us drink enough? Very few, what with a distaste for buying plastic bottles that clutter up the landscape or just not having access to enough of the cool, clear stuff. That’s where Reduce comes in. This brand makes great looking, innovative, eco-friendly products to help consumers turn over a green leaf every day with many different designs and shapes. Reduce is part of Base Brands and was founded in 2006 in Atlanta, GA. Products adhere to strict quality standards so customers feel safe buying them.
Irwin Snackcracker is a fun kid with a wacky sense of humor, but he’s pretty normal for the cartoon world in which he lives. Like most kids, he loves ice cream, and tries to get his hands on the frozen treat whenever he can. Little does he know that his pursuit of the frozen delicacy will change his life forever and set him on the road to an epic adventure. Author Todd Clark’s illustrations for The Ice Cream Kid: Brain Freeze! help the book to come alive for kids and make them want to keep turning pages to watch the story unfold.
Who do you ask about high-quality wooden toys? Wise Owl Toys, of course. Wise Owl has been developing entertaining, educational toys for over twenty years and is a symbol of enduring fun. For the very young set, show Learning House with options for bead sorting, shape and number recognition, all in bright colors with shapes that are just the right size for little hands. The Butterfly Sequencing Puzzle offers shapes to sharpen fine motor skills, in a fun butterfly shape.
The ABC Spring Conference is an event that brings together a cross section of children’s specialty product retailers. The conference is unique because it’s not just a trade show; it’s an educational opportunity. This year, the ABC Conference took place at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida. Retailers who participated enjoyed beautiful surroundings as they expanded their entrepreneurial experience. There were some standout participants at this year’s conference. I Can Tie Shoelaces, Rhoost, Happy Kidz and Snuggy Baby presented products to enhance the health and well-being of babies and young children.
There’s a huge industry geared toward parents who want to start teaching their children reading and math skills even before they can walk, and many of these products and programs really do yield results, helping kids go into preschool well ahead of their peers. Art is often part of these learning programs. Wee Gallery offers a wide selection of toys, mobiles, wall graphics, books and more, all featuring artwork designed to stimulate and enhance the minds of babies and young children.
Who doesn’t want a baby’s toy to be as smooth and silky as baby’s skin? natureZOO of Denmark entered the market in 2011 and has grown into 16 countries. natureZOO’s fame is blossoming for hand crocheted baby and kid accessories made from soft bamboo yarn. Because natureZOO items are all handmade, each of their creations is unique. Your customers can confidently shop for any gift knowing there won’t be another one like it. They can also rest easy knowing the high-quality bamboo yarn has received multiple certifications and has even been given the FSC approval for Responsible Forest Management.
The ABC Spring Educational Conference will be held “Where Dreams Come True” at Disney World Resorts on May 20-22. The ABC annual spring event allows juvenile stores, manufacturers, reps and media to get to know more about each other and their industry. The juvenile industry has been built on dreams, and continues to serve and be inspired by families with new dreams. That’s why I asked several exhibitors these questions: “What are your dreams that have come true, or that you still have?” and “What dream product are you showing at the ABC spring trade show?” I received replies from Duux, MD Moms, Reflo, pello, and oogaa.
Spring has sprung at DownEast and if you’re looking for vibrant colors and patterns to freshen your store, look no further. Ruffles are ripping through the runways this year and the Ruffle Front short-sleeved top in lemon or sailor blue is ready to sell. Heat things up with the Center Ruffle Tank in pink lemonade or purple punch, showcasing a simple ruffle down the front. Girls can take the summer by storm in the Tuxedo Ruffle Top in pink lemonade, violet tulip or white. The ruffles are offset by a slight v-neck cut of the collar for a cool look that can be dressed up or down.
Three friends had two things in common, the desire to work together, and a shared passion for natural living. While brainstorming, they realized all their talents combined could create an all-natural skincare line. And thus, 3Girls Holistic was born. Following the “Going Green” trend, 3Girls Holistic features five product lines that commit to using only natural and organic ingredients targeting the environmentally conscious consumer. The lines include: Skin Care, Aromatherapy, First Aid, Postpartum and For Kids.
When mild, breezy weather comes to call, many families are inspired to go fly a kite. Kites have been around for thousands of years and have become an essential part of the American family recreational experience. It’s easy to see why. Kites get kids outside, giving them a break from electronic games and social media. The best part of flying a kite is, of course, the feeling of elation that comes from seeing your kite soaring on the wind, high above the trees.
We are all aware that our country has economic problems and the job market is challenging. Merchants can do their part to help correct this situation by showing customers a wide variety of American-made goods. By selling products made in the U.S.A., you are supporting important safety regulations, helping the economy, protecting workers and helping to save environmental resources. The Giggle Guide® salutes four companies that produce fashion for kids, made in the U.S.A: Dillonger, Milly and Tate, Alivia Simone and Max & Bean.