Time to celebrate, it’s the holiday season! Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s Eve parties make the month of December a favorite time for consumers and sellers alike. Retailers can look to The Giggle Guide® to find special yuletide products that stand apart from the rest. Your customers will love dressing their children in luxurious clothing from Australian designer Minihaha and Hiawatha Pty LTD; decorating their gifts and homes with festive wrappings and goods from The Gift Wrap Company; cooking up scrumptious recipes from a Handstand Kids cookbook; and providing lively entertainment with a Box of Questions from The Box Girls.
Take a mental journey across the centuries, stepping back to the courts of Paris and following trade routes to exotic destinations within India, to Hong Kong and then around the globe to the New World. Now, transport that cultural tapestry back to the present and weave it into an uncommon line of feminine clothing for children. Such are the inspired visions for infants, little girls, and big girls as captured in children’s clothing from April Cornell.
By Lauren Rollheiser - Thursday, December 2nd 2010
There is nothing more precious than a sleeping baby, especially when mom and dad can rest assured their little one is sleeping safe and sound. Sharing the commendable goal of educating parents about the importance of safe sleep environments are HALO Innovations, Greenbuds, Angelcare Monitors and BreathableBaby. These top-notch companies have developed high-tech products specifically designed to make sleeping safe and serene for infants and parents alike.
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.
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By Lauren Rollheiser - Thursday, November 11th 2010
Fair Trade is an organized social movement that focuses on exporting original goods from developing countries around the world to larger markets through fair treatment of producers. Quite often, the artisans are disabled, widowed, or ill. In many cases, income to these workers and their families is double the local average. In addition to providing individuals with the opportunity for a quality life, several Fair Trade companies donate to worldwide charities and orphanages. By purchasing Fair Trade products, consumers enjoy beautifully-crafted merchandise while making a real difference in the world!
As the primary trade show for independent retailers and manufacturers of juvenile products, ABC Kids Expo is growing as quickly as the children who use the products it showcases. With over 900 exhibitors, Expo’s October 2010 show in Las Vegas was testimony for the power of partnership that drove domestic and international attendance and fostered new business relationships. Among the numerous exhibitors whose innovative products intrigued The Giggle Guide® were Straw-Lution™, The Juno Company, Spuds, Inc., and ViveVita.
No happier sound exists than children’s voices rising and falling in laughter and delight! Grownups love to orchestrate this beautiful music by playing games with children. Many households celebrate “family night” — a treasured time set aside to bond over treats and games. Fortunately, specialty companies like FamilyTimeFun, Endless Games, Professor Noggin’s, and GEOToys offer entertaining children’s games that are also educational. Kids and parents alike have a blast learning fun facts, while their playtime is punctuated with harmonious bursts of laughter!
Shane Farkas and Alex Rabinovich are showing the world what it means to have a big heart! In 2009, they traveled to Southeast Asia to find a fabric manufacturer for a new children’s clothing line that they were developing. Little did they know that their hearts would be forever changed! During their trip, Shane and Alex repeatedly met underprivileged children suffering from lack of proper nutrition and health-care. They decided that there was no better way to make a difference in needy children’s lives than to create a company, Big Heart Baby, that would continually and generously give back.
By Lauren Rollheiser - Friday, September 17th 2010
When it comes to the influential tween market, gift and add-on products that attract “allowance” spending are incredibly important. Studies have shown that from “their own” money, tweens easily spend over 50 billion dollars a year! Tweenagers love to shop, and seek out products that speak their language, stand out, and have the potential to generate peer power. Bottman Design, mishu, Just Bubbly and Bamboo Trading Company are a few tween-worthy brands creating trendy, must-have products that can quickly heat up retail sales!
By Lauren Rollheiser - Thursday, September 16th 2010
Tweens are passionate about developing and expressing their own opinions on everything relating to friends, fashion and family. This exciting coming-of-age period is balanced with the carefree nature of youth. Retailers working to tap into the buying power of tween girls look for originality, trends and products that attract young girls, without cinching tight the parental purse strings. Here, The Giggle Guide® showcases BeePOSH, FROSK wear, Freckles & Maya and Mountain Mamas: magnetic brands that powerfully attract the “gotta-have-it” attention of eight to twelve-year-old girls!