The New York International Gift Fair(NYIGF) will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Piers in New York City from January 28 to February 2. The NYIGF is produced twice annually by George Little Management, LLC and is open to the trade only, drawing 35,000 attendees from all 50 states and 85 countries. The NYIGF is host to 2,800 exhibiting companies showcasing the very best lines across the home, lifestyle and gift spectrum organized into ten targeted product divisions. As a preview, The Giggle Guide® showcases a few of the brands to see, including The Ellie Rose, Artterro,Inmate Tease, and Schoolbags for Kids.
Get into the rhythm of increased sales by playing CDs from Putumayo Kids in your shop. This is music that entertains, educates and inspires cultural curiosity. It has a worldwide following that could include your customers. The Putumayo Kids recording label gives back in a big way by supporting children, families, schools and other charities through a percentage of its CD sales. The parent company, Putumayo World Music, has contributed more than $1 million dollars to non-profit organizations that do good work in the regions where the music originates.
Getting baby out of the house for some fresh air, a quick run to the store, or just to visit some friends is necessary for both parent and child. But as new parents are quick to realize, babies need more gear to visit grandma than Sir Edmund Hillary needed to climb Everest! Smart companies have latched onto the idea that stepping out shouldn’t include getting stressed out. Attractive products that are easy to use and make life easier will always be in demand. Innovative brands such as Baby K’tan, Ju-Ju-Be, Innobaby, and Lifefactory are ready and able to make baby’s day out a stress-free affair.
Beginning January 5 pediped® footwear will host a Purchases with Purpose Sale to benefit the pediped foundation™. During the fundraiser which will run through February 5, select styles available on pediped.com will be marked down as much as 50 percent. Half of the sales from the selected styles will be donated to the pediped foundation™ to help children in need.
In a life with kids it follows that there are plenty of bumps and scrapes. The motto of the me4kidz team is “fix it, clean it, back to play,” that aptly describes how their line of first aid kits and products specially designed for the younger set works. According to Safe Kids USA, more than 3.5 million children aged fourteen and younger have sports and recreation-related injuries every year. To cope with these problems, the family-owned company devised the medi-products so that first aid can be given as soon as it’s needed.
When Cause Haun first became a mom, she was dismayed in her search for flexible, stylish shoes for her one-year-old son, Kai. While traveling with her husband Gang Chen in China, Cause spotted urban, flexible children’s’ shoes. These were the type of footwear she had been unsuccessful finding in the States. She purchased several pairs of the shoes to bring back with her, and sold them at consignment shops. The response was incredible; the stores quickly sold out and the owners wanted more. In November 2004, See Kai Run was born in small steps, with a $10,000 investment and a hope for giant strides to come.
Elephants and piggies and lions, oh my! With the intense marketing and popularity of animal-shaped pillows, smaller companies selling plush critters might not get the attention they deserve. What if you could offer your customers an affordable and unique alternative to over-commercialized toys? And what if that offering also happened to help animals everywhere, lining cages instead of just pockets? Tell your customers it is, in fact, hip to be square by offering them Zooklz, the square animals with attitude.
It’s that time of the year when we all feel the philanthropist in us calling to help others in need. During these tough economic times it is not difficult to find worthy targets for our generous hearts. Most people donate cash, food or even their time to help those in need. We want to do these charitable labors and that’s awesome! Some feel it’s not sincere if our efforts are reciprocal, meaning both sides receive something, but that’s not necessarily true. There are many instances where giving can give back and everybody benefits.
Whether it’s donating our time, treasure or talents to help the needy, ‘tis the season to give as generously as possible. Kids also want to help, but it has been difficult for many charities and aid organizations to properly connect and communicate with children to let them know what they can do. Children need to be empowered with the virtues of charity at a level they can understand and contribute what they can. Karito Kids (“Karito” means “loving one’s neighbor” in Esperanto) has created a way for children to help others when buying their dolls and storybooks.
Businesses that donate to humanitarian causes are often known for “doing the work of the angels.” But the enigmatic power of angels lays not so much in their ability to show up just when they are needed, but that they represent the grace from a higher power. It is the strong helping the weak and downtrodden that is so appealing in the works of the angels as well as business owners, including Jennifer Rountree of You Are Good, who are making their mark by reaching out to those in need.
It’s not just tree huggers that want innovative organic gifts for new “little monkeys”. So, why not offer one from the expert? Soft organic crib bedding and accessories from Janey Baby by Jane Goodall™ offer a reminder of what it’s like to get back to nature. Janey Baby by Jane Goodall debuted in October and features a crib mattress pad, sheets, receiving blankets, bibs and contoured changing-table covers. The products feature whimsical drawings of endangered species discussed in Dr. Goodall’s book, Hope for Animals and Their World.
There’s a reason they don’t say “necessity is the father of invention.” Many mothers have started in the children’s business by solving a real-life problem. Sharon Oved is a good example of a mompreneurial success story. After getting pregnant with her first child, Sharon found out her own mother had breast cancer and vowed to breastfeed for a year. It wasn’t easy, though. Trying to gracefully exit a room to nurse privately meant Sharon was missing special occasions. (At that time, breastfeeding coverups had not become a saturated product category.) One desperate night she took an old sheet and used it as a cover-up, allowing her to nurse “privately in public.”