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.
Toy Company Noodle Head expands Pawparazzi, a collection of plush collectible toys, by launching a companion virtual world, Planet Paparazzi. The line - aimed at girls 6-11 - “borrows” celebrity characteristics for its plush dogs, such as Woofgang the celebrity chef in homage to Wolfgang Puck, and the virtual world plays up the star appeal by allowing girls to virtually visit the Hotel Pawparazzi or become a contestant on a celebrity Quiz Show.
The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market® opened on Wednesday, January 12, and by Saturday the buyers had packed the halls. Unseasonably cold weather made it snowy and chilly outside, but inside the showrooms, the sales were hot, hot, hot!
As always, the products showcased were fascinating and fun. Enjoy this photo review of the really big snow… I mean show!
With 35,000 attendees, over 85 countries and all 50 states represented, the New York International Gift Fair is the place buyers and sellers will want to be this January 29th through February 3rd. Held twice annually in January and August, the NYIGF showcases the best and newest in gift merchandise. Stationery, candles, seasonal, houseware and kitchenware are among the categories displayed, in addition to, of course, games, puzzles, toys, baby and child products. Today, The Giggle Guide® gives you a sneak peak of GRIMM’S, Kidlandia, Jaxxwear, and BabyBindle to whet your appetite for the big event!
By Michelle Armstrong - Thursday, January 20th 2011
As harried parents know, life is generally filled with more demands than there are hours in a day to meet. Given a family’s long list of daily activities and goals, parents who want both themselves and their children to be more organized and accountable can benefit from a helpful selection of tools by The Homework Caddy, Creative Changes, Prosperity4Kids and The Reward Chain. These products help parents teach kids the importance of responsibility when it comes to activities like tracking homework assignments, performing household chores and saving money.
By Lauren Rollheiser - Wednesday, January 19th 2011
In the consumer market, every book is judged by its cover and every product is judged by its packaging. Consumers quickly become accustomed to labels and brand identity, so new products and brands rely on shelf-sell packaging to catch the eye of shoppers. Plain and uninteresting packaging could be costing you significant sales. Packaging from Edoche, Baby Aspen, Huggy Bunny and Bloomers Baby are a few of the many examples in the children’s market which demonstrate that when the package grabs attention, the sale is more certain to follow.
“Chicago, Chicago, I’ll show you around…” Those song lyrics hit the right note, because this January’s Chicago Market: Living and Giving® gift and home show will lead you through floor after floor of vendors offering fine products — many making their 2011 debut at the show. Unlike those song lyrics, there will be no mention of “betting your bottom dollar,” because the products presented are sure winners for retailers and consumers! Among the juvenile product manufacturers you can meet at the show, watch for Babalu, Inc., Little Toader, Stephan Baby, and Four Peas.
Keeping kids occupied and entertained no matter where parents have to go can be a challenge. Most parents like to bring a child’s favorite toy, puzzles, books or games to places where there may not be toys, like Grandma’s house, or to older siblings’ sports events. As many parents can attest, these solutions don’t always solve the problem. So how can parents keep their children entertained at places on the go? With the Red Mohican Gymbox motor activity center! This engaging play center provides children with the equivalent of an outdoor play gym, all in the comfort of an interior environment.
Shoe Money was “born” March of 2007. Lori Riley made gifts for her mommy friends and they loved them and asked for more. She realized that she could sew, design and create around her children’s schedules and have a little money on the side (“shoe money”) for her favorite hobby: shoe shopping!