The Chicago Market: Living and Giving® offers the best in programming and special events and this January is no different. As usual, The Chicago Market will offer mix of special late night shopping, networking opportunities and educational programming and seminars that are not to be missed. Event highlights include seminars and book signings from interior designers Frank Fontana and Mick De Giulio, extended late night shopping on January 22 and January 23 and a social media panel moderated by Meredith Schwartz of Gifts & Decorative Accessories magazine.
We know how hard it can be to stock your store with earth-friendly gifts that’s just right for the little ones. So we have put together a Gift Guide featuring of our top selling toys as well as a special section of top toys retail for under $20. No need to spend a fortune to find the perfect present!
So whether you’re customer is shopping for their child, grandchild or another special little guy or gal in their world, we have the perfect, thoughtful, eco-friendly gift for your store.
“So use…your imagination,” wrote Cole Porter. This remains excellent advice today! Imagination, that glorious key ingredient to a happy childhood, builds a strong foundation in the architecture of a fertile, young mind. Children who nurture creativity find unique solutions to life’s challenges as they grow into adulthood. The Giggle Guide® celebrates the creative sparks that ignite children’s imaginations with a look at crafts and activities from Supereditions, Aliquantum-International, Peter Pauper Press, Faber Castell’s Creativity for Kids and Bead Bazaar.
By Michelle Armstrong - Monday, November 22nd 2010
Hippototamus, a European-inspired children’s wear collection, has grown from its origins in company-owned brand shops in NYC to availability at other specialty retailers. For the first time, the brand is offering its unique and competitively-priced Spring 2011 apparel, for children ages newborn through six, to a broader market. “I am excited to be growing Hippototamus, as I began this endeavor five years ago to fill a huge void in the marketplace!” says founder and president Tiffani Talbot. “Better quality children’s wear at a moderate price point was not, and is still not, readily available.”
Babies amuse themselves with the simplest objects. Anything that rattles, rolls, dangles or squeaks suggests amusement park-like fun to little ones! Children have an inherent ability to uncover joy through simple pleasures, an ability that can be easily lost in adulthood. Adults, for example, look at a man’s necktie as simply a clothing accessory. However, in the eyes of a child, dad’s tie is an exhilarating plaything! With creative inspiration, Smart Mom, LLC introduces a tie designed for child’s play — the Babe Magnet: a tie that babies can enjoy safely, and dad can wear stylishly.
Welcome to “Imagination Theater.” Not since Jim Henson created Kermit the Frog from a fuzzy robe and golf balls have there been such innovative options for creative puppet play for children! By offering a variety of fanciful products from Maxim Enterprise, Apple Park, Puppet Hand and Folkmanis, you can bring the world of Imagination Theater into your store, and introduce a whole new generation to the magic of puppets, theaters, and story time.
Oh Plah! welcomes Brightmum as it's European distributor
Roundhouse Design Collaborative, designer of The Oh Plah! Teething Bracelet, is excited to announce that Oh Plah! is now available in Europe through distributor Wereldmama / Brightmum. Take a look online at www.ohplah.eu or www.ohplah.nl. Oh Plah! is the winner of eight awards for design, function and eco-mindedness, and is the only teething bracelet on the market that can be used safely with both babies and kids. Contact
for more information or visit us online at www.roundhousedc.com.
Young boys and girls love to enter the world of knights, princesses, heroes and villains. Even with the most active imaginations, every story is made more exciting when children can experience the fantasy coming to life in active, surprising and hands-on ways. The pop-up series of classic stories published by Simon and Schuster presents favorite tales in an engaging way that makes reading an adventure! With the upcoming release of the newest title in the collection — Beauty and the Beast — parents can build a keepsake library of children’s literature.
Oomfy has released new range of adorable super soft plush animals and board books specifically for newborns. The new Baby Oomfies are baby safe - with embroided eyes and recycled polyester stuffing. And they are machine washable!
Connect with buyers and showcase your products in the expanded Kids/Baby collection at the January 21–24, 2011 California Gift Show! The largest wholesale gift show on the West Coast is proud to bring you key retailers such as:
Society continues to move forward, and if businesses don’t follow the global lead, they will be left behind. The juvenile products industry, inch by inch, is going organic and placing Fair Trade practices squarely on its business radar. By supporting Fair Trade, organic, and eco-friendly transactions across the globe, both the environment and low income economies are given a fighting chance at sustainability and growth. Every day, more and more children’s businesses are becoming part of the Fair Trade phenomenon, including: noted*, mirasa design, One World Projects, and Maggie’s Functional Organics.
Last summer, when my fair-skinned infant spent the bulk of her time lying about on blankets in the grass, I spent the bulk of my time searching for shade. Or, in the event none could be found, channeling my inner MacGyver in attempts to jerry-rig a small sun shelter using only a stroller and a burp cloth. If only the Tent in a Bag from Mommy Toolbox had been around then.