The Shows

Spring 2010 Gift & Home Market™ at the L.A. Mart® March 14-16, 2010

The Spring 2010 Gift & Home Market at the L.A. Mart, March 14-16, 2010, buyers and retailers will discover fresh, new product from a multitude of categories and will shop some of the most exclusive product, much of which can only be found in Los Angeles.

“The Spring Market is shaping up to be the best yet, with new and exciting product offerings in every category,” said Peggy Coleman, vice president marketing, L.A. Mart and California Gift Show. “Our buyers will see some of the hottest, most innovative lines available today.”

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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.

Playtime New York
Satsuma Designs
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.

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.

Phillips Nizer LLP
All Baby & Child, Inc. (ABC Kids Expo)

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.

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.