Every home needs some ambience; a way for the inhabitants to feel cozy, secure and happy. Aesthetic touches like blankets, pillows, throws and other accessories do more than just provide physical warmth and comfort; they add a distinctive look and help create the right vibe. They also provide a way for the residents to express their unique style sense and show appreciation for the things they love. Scene Weaver describes itself as a “feel-good” company that offers multiple collections with a little something for just about everyone. Pickled is a branch of Scene Weaver that offers lighthearted children’s room décor and clothing collections.
Empress Arts offers a complete package for the gift industry: high quality, beautiful products, and pricing designed to include anyone who enjoys unique gift gifting. Owner Kathy Tanabe states, “We love kids and feel that there’s not really a lot of time before they are grown and want parents to cherish as many special moments as possible by providing well thought out products that make people smile.” Empress Arts has been able to grow by continuing to do trade shows and use sales reps though the years. They feel it is important to meet customers face to face and hear what they have to say.
As the world of nature disappears faster than we appear to be doing enough to stop it, stories of this part of life teach important lessons. Squirt the Otter is a true story of an orphaned baby critter who was found, in all places, in a farmer’s field. Tracy, a zookeeper, together with her dog Muffin, befriended the baby otter and took her into their home, caring for her to enable her to grow into a healthy adult. This warm tale by Tracy L. Mikowsky, the actual Tracy of the story, shows how compassion and friendship transcend the species, giving concrete examples of the bond between humans and animals and the benefits to both of forming close, caring connections.
L’il Kitch is a line from Joie Shop which carries some of the most unique kitchen and household items. From wine stoppers to Christmas tree toppers, Joie Shop offers modern, charming designs. L’il Kitch creates kitchen tools aimed at kids to get them interested in cooking in a playful way. They designed their items revolving around that philosophy and trying to bring as much joy as possible to the process of making meals as a family.
Capitalizing on the importance of a child’s imagination, Box Play for Kids offers eco-friendly kids stickers to repurpose recyclables into fun, new toys. The company was inspired by owner Janette Harwell’s 2-year-old daughter and her love for stickers and a “penchant for playing with empty boxes.” Harwell continues, “I had an ‘aha’ moment that lead to the invention of Box Play for Kids.” Fortunately for Harwell’s daughter, both her parents are designers who have specialized in package design, branding and advertising for over 20 years.
If commercials are any indication, baby bath time is supposed to be a joyful bonding experience with sweet-smelling soaps and relaxing bald-headed massages. The reality for most parents is wishing for another four hands and an hour spent cleaning puddles of water from the bathroom floor. The creative minds behind Tubby Table experienced the latter with their active toddlers and worked out a solution to make bath time more fun with less mess.
With so many of today’s youth gravitating to electronics, the power of games that can be enjoyed face to face has never been more appreciated. Studies show that interconnectedness between people — an approach that cannot be reproduced in the online world — improves social skills and just plain makes people of all ages happy. Family game nights are seeing a resurgence in popularity and shoppers are on the lookout for clever, well-designed, high quality games. Get your customers on a roll with the latest and greatest games from Clued In Kids, Endless Games, Blue Orange Games, and Family Games America.
Time to wake up and time to go to sleep. Those who look after little ones know these events are never cut and dried. Here’s a doll that is available with the right expression at the right time. The Double Love Doll is a soft, cuddly companion that fills the bill when it is time to help a tot drift off to dreamland at night or for a nap. Because they are small and weigh very little, these delightful dolls are easy to tote along on a day’s outing. They make great shower or hospital visit presents and will be greeted with enthusiasm as there is no other similar product on the market.
“‘Sweet, chic, animal lover, fancy, funky, international, free spirited.” In time this list created by a group of 10-year-old girls turned into Sugar Lulu: a company dedicated to giving tween girls the products they want. Owner and developer Shari Kaufman was inspired by her tween daughter’s struggle to find clothes that were not too babyish, sophisticated, or inappropriate. Sugar Lulu has a modern vintage look with products that inspire girls to express their style, explore their creativity and just embrace their love of beautiful things.
It’s amazing how childhood experiences can shape a person’s artistic passions. Most often it’s not the major events that make the biggest impact, but the small details — the magical combinations of scents, colors, sounds and touch — that create strongest and most lasting impressions. This is true for Elizabeth Cross, the founder of the Fiametta Toy Company and the creator of Stork Babies. When Elizabeth was a child, she was captivated by the colorful, charming miniature dolls she came across while in Greece. Fast forward to 2012; Elizabeth is running her own business selling dolls based on these childhood memories, and loving every minute of it.
The year was 1980, and robots were emerging as the new trend. The first of a flood of robot-related movies and TV shows had begun to appear, and the possibility of building, programming and even living side by side with robots was seen as a fantastic dream that might just come true. At the time, California-based company OWI was only 2 years young but already seeking out ways to expand their line of inventory and widen their customer base. OWI was ahead of its time in introducing kids to alternative energy through various solar-powered building projects. Products of this kind are still among their best sellers today.
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.