The Shows

Toy Fair - New York City, New York (2/14/10 - 2/17/10)

If there’s one thing buyers can bank on in this economy, it’s the undeniable pleasure of glimpsing what’s hot when it comes to playtime. This year’s crop of new playthings—fresh from the American International Toy Fair in New York— are destined to delight many kids of all ages. Here is a sampling of the latest and greatest toys for the upcoming season from Patch Products, Apple Park, Worx Toys, Madame Alexander and Learning Resources.

California Gift Show - Los Angeles, California (1/12/10 - 1/18/10)

Los Angeles, CA (February 9, 2010) – Leading exhibitors were honored with Outstanding Exhibitor Awards at the California Gift Show® located at the Los Angeles Convention Center and the L.A. Mart, January 12-18. Winners were selected by an internal committee and were judged on product innovation, booth presentation, participation, attitude and more. The award winners below exemplify the best and the brightest at this year’s market. The awards themselves were conceived to spotlight outstanding contributions.

California Gift Show - LA Mart - Los Angeles, California (1/12/10 - 1/18/10)

In January, I attended The California Gift Show, LA Mart, NYIGF and 7 W Baby & Gift Fair. The shows were brimming with exciting new products for children’s retailers. Here are some quick-pick highlights of a few of the many fantastic products that caught my attention at the gift markets: JUMBiES, Capturing Couture, SplatBack, Kover-Ups and Oomfy. Enjoy my gift rap, and look for upcoming reviews from Toy Fair, KidShow and MAGIC.

Wee Ones, LLC
All Baby & Child, Inc. (ABC Kids Expo)

I have been attending the KidShow in Las Vegas for the past 7 years. I was there at the first windy tent event at the Rio, through many seasons at the Riviera, and for the past few years at the convenient and comfortable Bally’s. KidShow, under the welcoming and efficient direction of show maestro Denise Raeside, is one of my favorite children’s business events. I talked to a trio of reps to find out how they continue their lucky streak with this Vegas show: 4 Kids on 6, Bob Parrish and 2-2 Hot.

Pack your play clothes, kids, Toy Fair 2010 is about to begin! Held in New York on Feb 14-17th, there is sure to be an abundance of creativity and fun. From radical robots to handcrafted dolls, toy makers are pulling out all the stops! They love to make us “ooooh” and “ahhhh” and coax the child within to come out and play. In anticipation of all the awesome new toys, The Giggle Guide® provides this sneak peek of a few of the items that may make it on Santa’s list this year, including products from Cate & Levi, Foot Cycles, Velcro Kids and Interbots.

The NYC Baby and Kids Fair at 7 W New York runs Jan 30th - Feb 1st. The 11th floor will be filled with everything under the sun for children, including gifts, apparel, bedding, furnishings, room decor, health care, bath aids and toys. The 7 W New York Gift & Home Textiles Market and New York International Gift Fair are also taking place, so NYC is the place to be for buyers who want to cash in on the gift market. Here’s a preview of a few of the exciting exhibitors that will be at the 7 W NYC Baby and Kids Fair, including Stonz Wear, mimijumi, First Toddle and JudiZuzu.

See Kai Run

The Giggle Guide® is back on the trade show trail, showcasing great new children’s products at industry events throughout the country. This month we’ll be covering events across the country including: AmericasMart, LA Mart, California Gift Show, Kids on 6 at CMC, ENK Children’s Club, 7 W NY Baby & Gift Fair, NYIGF and The Dallas Total Gift & Home Market, January 13th - 17th. Here’s a little teaser of some products you’ll find at the Dallas show from Sue Berk Designs, Mag Tagz, Blessing Banks and K. Co. Kids.

Happy New Year! For retailers, January signals the start of the gift-buying season and a national round of trade events focused on what’s new in the gift market. Since children’s gifts are one of the most resilient product categories, buyers are encouraged to support the gift shows and discover ways to start or expand their gift selections. Here’s a preview of the first gift show of the season, The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, January 6-13 at AmericasMart. Also see January’s Trade Show Calendar on The Giggle Guide® to plan your gift-buying schedule.

7 W New York® Gift & Home Textiles Market Week®: - New York City, New York (1/29/10 - 2/4/10)

7 W New York’s first annual NYC Baby & Kids Fair, January 30 - February 1, 2010, promises to be an exciting new event with inspiring and business-enhancing keynote presentations from industry experts. The fair, on the building’s 11th floor, will coincide with three key days of the 7 W Winter Gift and Home Textiles Market®, offering an added value and mutual benefit to exhibitors and attendees of both shows.