With gifts being one of the strongest sales category in the children’s business, thousands of gift lines were on display January 12-19 at The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market. This year marked the 50th anniversary of AmericasMart, the nation’s leading gift, home furnishings and area rug marketplace and trade mart complex. In honor of this golden celebration, The Atlanta gift show hosted retail buyers from around the globe to explore more than 7 million square feet of products over eight days. Among the merchandise featured, The Giggle Guide® chose these standouts to highlight in our post-show review:Mark-My-Time, Scribble Mats, BRELLI, and Zebi Baby.
While others may spend their 2011 Valentine’s Day exchanging roses, cards, and chocolates, or sharing a romantic plate of spaghetti, many of us in the juvenile product industry will be celebrating in a rather different fashion. KidShow at Bally’s in Las Vegas kicks off on Valentine’s Day through February 16th. Exhibitors include top brands, including le top, Vitamins, pediped, Posh, See Kai Run, Wee Ones, Kissy Kissy and a lot more. In addition, here’s a preview of a few first-time exhibitors that caught our eye and heart: First Cleats, Jelly the Pug, Lotty Dotty and Prayer Wear Turned Inside Out.
Personalized gifts and creative DIY kits are a popular trend at baby showers and children’s birthday parties. A custom-made gift adds sentimental value, turning the gift into a treasured keepsake that commemorates both the recipient and the thoughtful giver. Meyamo invites consumers to be a part of the creative process by customizing gifts with its iron-on transfers. Available in a wide array of designs — from cute alphabet letters to charming scenes — iron-on transfers from Meyamo can be used to customize everything from t-shirts and bibs to bedding and paper. Let the fun begin!
Looking for a wy to honor a soon to be big brother or sister? BBs Tees…A Sibling Celebratin can help you make becoming an older brother or sister a little easier and a whole lot of fun!
We offer a Printable DIY Party Kit, so you can honor your soon to be Big Brother/Big Sister!! We all want our children to feel special before the new baby comes home and we provide you with all
the tools to do it!
Our Party Kit includes the following templates, which you print out yourself or you can have your local office supply do it for you.
The new Urban Smalls and Small Plum catalog is now available to view at www.urbansmalls.com/catalog. Check out best selling Urban Smalls styles in conventional and organic cotton, and the splendidly soft Small Plum line in the viscose of organic bamboo.
Piloting airplanes and running a children’s fashion business are certainly different career paths. Two ambitious ladies, however, have melded these vocations seamlessly to soar to new heights! To take on the challenge of flying, a pilot must be level-headed, a good multi-tasker, trustworthy, detail-oriented, organized, and a team player. These skills also come into play in running a successful business, as Wendi Shaffner of Gigis Apparel and Marta Sala-Rothwell of Baby Bella Maya have shown. Shaffner and Sala-Rothwell fly the skies as pilots, while ascending the mountain of the children’s accessory industry in flawless style.
The Giggle Guide’s inaugural Spotlight shines on gifts for children. Gift is consistently one of the best-selling categories year-round in the children’s business, as consumers are perpetually in need of baby shower, welcome home, recognition, birthday and holiday presents.
Turn back the hands of time to a few decades ago when nearly every household had a sewing machine that was used frequently. Oftentimes, mothers made most of their children’s clothing. A favorite among sewing projects… the classic A-line dress. It was simplistic, timeless, comfortable and practical for active little girls. Children’s clothing has definitely evolved over the years to include a variety of fashion looks, yet the A-line dress remains a staple. Belle ‘N Beaux takes the A-line style to the next level with striking hues, modern patterns and creative embellishments.
In an effort to be more conscious of the needs of Mother Earth, parents often look for ways to “go green” while raising and guiding the next generation. Many caregivers choose cloth diapering as part of their commitment to protecting our planet. In this endeavor, however, they have run into a new problem… finding clothes that fit over the sometimes bulky cloth diapers. Lucy and Kurt Jewson experienced this problem first-hand and decided to attack it head on with their creation of the Frugi clothing line.