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.
With the unblinking glow of screens just about everywhere, many families are turning towards simpler times… and simpler means of entertainment. Simple toys like marbles and wooden cutouts encourage creativity. Simple craft projects inspire kids to explore their artistic senses and then utilize their personalized artwork in imaginative play. The attraction of simple toys and games lies in the ability to gently challenge, bring people together, and entertain. Companies like Maple Landmark Woodcraft, House of Marbles, eeBoo, and Seedling New Zealand are bringing some of the best in children’s products to generations of families.
New York City’s area code, 212, is one of the best known in the world. Those who have the privilege of living or working there get to be part of more exciting, inspiring, and groundbreaking experiences than you’ll find almost anywhere else on the planet. Children growing up in New York have access to famous museums, art galleries, and theaters, not to mention great parks and playgrounds. In a way, the spirit of New York is very well suited to kids because, like childhood, it is full of energy and curiosity and built on the belief that anything is possible. Circus 212 is a clothing company that’s shaping the kids’ fashion scene in NYC.
It’s finally time to get outdoors after one of the longest winters on record. Help children enjoy nature with Glopo Inc, a toy designer, importer and distributor dedicated to bringing children endless and innovative toys. These educational and entertaining toys include four brands: DIY KIDS for arts and crafts, JOYBAY for outdoor and sports, Little Genius for infant and toddlers, and Fettipop for party goods. Start the summer right with Camping Combination sets in Frog or Owl motifs. Camping out can be a fun adventure with a high-quality tent and sleeping bag.
This spring, set your store apart by eschewing the traditional flat flannel blankets and offering something with some charm. Whimsical Charm offers chic covers of varying colors, patterns and warmth. Whimsical Charm started with a desire to provide babies with blankets that would keep them warm and comfortable while looking stylish. Mission accomplished, with super-soft fabrics including delicate yarns to create elaborate collections. The designs vary in size, color, and technique, offering character and originality, while maintaining the touch of softness.
In her new children’s chapter book, Scary Spring: Our Polio Fright of 1955, author C.A. Hartnell seeks to bring the spirit of the ‘50s alive for elementary school-age readers. The events are seen through the eyes of 11-year-old Carol-Ann and her friend Pete, whose adventures in their neighborhood are a mix of classic youthful mischief (finding a stray puppy, spying on the local “crabby old man”) to more serious themes like witnessing the dangerous consequences of hot rod racing and facing the realities of polio. Pete and Carol-Ann’s friendship is a good old-fashioned coming of age buddy adventure.
Hollow Woodworks began in a barn in 1985 with a mission to provide high quality personalized name stools and puzzles. Over the years, Hollow Woodworks has made significant additions to their product line, mostly due to the inspiring customer suggestions they receive. The company takes great pride in producing products with innovative designs and styles, while providing quality customer service. Attention to detail, quality craftsmanship and superior customer service have created a large customer following, not only in the U.S.A., but spanning worldwide.
For some parents, the quest for the perfect sippy cup can become a time-consuming pursuit. A cup should be easily washable, leak-proof, and strong enough to hold up to the daily wear and tear that young children can dish out. For a lot of parents, the material the sippy cup is made of is very important; not only does it affect the performance of the cup; it may also have an impact on the child’s health. California-based Kid Basix has created a line of youth cups made to be safe, efficient and attractive.
Caring for an infant can be overwhelming enough without throwing skin problems into the mix. With Baby Pibu™ products, infant skincare doesn’t have to be a confusing chore. The loving brainchild of dermatologist mom Dr. Amy Kim, Baby Pibu produces the ideal combination of gentle, effective products made from high-quality, clinically-tested ingredients, so parents can focus less on figuring skincare out, and more on their tiny bundles of joy.
It’s a sad occasion for a parent when they buy a brand new, adorable outfit for their little one only to discover that it doesn’t fit a few months later. It’s a universal parenting truth that growth spurts happen at the most inopportune times. Three cheers for the designers at Hooray Haroo, who have created the Serendipity Dress! Hooray Haroo is a fun brand that creates stylish and delightful looks for all ages, but their Serendipity Dress is what sets them apart. This dress is designed to be wearable for years, not months.
By now, all merchandisers who have an ear cocked to the public pulse show lots of green products. Sustainable fabric, environmentally-friendly packaging, and companies that truly embrace their workforce are good for everyone. Some green companies may have taken their path to differentiate themselves from others. They may find setting a positive example makes customers think more highly of them. Often, the company really likes making and selling goods that don’t harm anyone, either in the making or the end usage. The Giggle Guide® presents four companies with green profiles and offerings: Winter Water Factory, Bright-Brained Toys, trash-á-porter, and Dot&Co.