Show Biz: Gift Show
January 1, 2010,
Whichever winter gift show retailers attend, there is certainly a wide assortment of gifts, including apparel, toys, furniture, feeding items, diaper bags and wall decor. The show in Atlanta runs Jan. 6-13; Dallas is Jan. 13-16; and New York is Jan. 29-Feb. 4.
The Safari Folding Rocking Chair from Teamson is hand-painted and has a picture frame, $55, 800-935-3959, teamson.com, Atlanta AM 13-W125, W126/Dallas 8301-WTC/NY 1744-1746.
Aurora's YooHoo & Friends line has expanded to include four-style assortments like Platypus, Scarlet Macaw, Iberian Lynx and Barbary Lion. The cuddly plush toys feature big eyes, long fluffy tails and make a funny sound when squeezed, $7/5-inch and $13/8-inch, 888-287-6722, auroragift.com, Atlanta GM 784/Dallas 8505-WTC/NY 1640-42, 1741-43
The new Homerun collection from Taggies features the Baseball Blanket. At more than 13 inches square, it is shaped like a glove and has baseball-themed tags along the edges, $25, Atlanta AM 13-W125, W126/Dallas 2999/NY 1454-1458.
The Wiggles is the newest addition to the playful Puppy Dog Tails line from Bearington Baby Collection. The pink and cocoa puppy dog themed series includes the fun and fashionable Wiggles Coat, $30 to $35 and matching Wiggles Booties, $8, 800-726-1561, bearingtoncollection.com, Atlanta AM 3-201, 3-300/Dallas 360-WTC/NY 1930-1932.
Home Comfort's new brand, Babybean, features 25 baby and kids designs, including Duck Pond. The 22x34-inch accent rugs are made from an ultra soft blend of acrylic and polypropylene fibers and are machine washable, $30, homecomfortrugs.com, 800-782-1198, Atlanta GM 1718.
Combining Western culinary culture and Japanese craftsmanship, Tanuma's Funfam Table Manner Sets are made of bamboo, and help parents teach proper eating etiquette. They sit on a board that features sketched utensils in utensil-shaped indentations, $100, +81-3-3888-6551, funfam.jp, NY 3825.
Melamine Dinnerware Sets from Zoocchini come in Ocean, Safari or Barnyard themes. Each set contains a plate, bowl, sippy cup with lid, fork and spoon, $23, 877-744-3434, zoocchini.com, Atlanta AM 13-W124.
This Happy Birthday frame from Smile for the Birdie is for a 3-year-old girl. It is handmade, hand-painted, and the frame and art are hand-carved, $38, 361-275-6068, smileforthebirdie.com, Atlanta AM 13-W124.
Trend Lab's Dr. Seuss chairs with ottomans are perfect for toddlers. The chair has an embroidered Cat in the Hat and an all-over raised star pattern. It comes in red, blue or green, 866-873-6352, trend-lab.com, Atlanta AM 3-307/Dallas 8050-WTC.
Cable-knit wraps from Top It Off can be worn as a poncho, wrap or armless cardigan. Made from a cotton blend, it's available in nine colors and two sizes (ages 4 to 7 and ages 8 to 12), $40, 617-323-2676, topitoffaccessories.com, Atlanta AM 8-S332/NY 8508.
The Cup Cake Child Set from Golden Rabbit II is steel-coated with porcelain enamel and trimmed in stainless steel. It is non-toxic and dishwasher safe, $34, 888-841-7780, goldenrabbit.com, Atlanta GM West 886A/NY 3311.
Earth Friendly Organic Onesies from Farmerkids are 100% certified organic cotton with a natural color and embroidered original designs, $28 to $30, 212-473-3616, farmerkids.com, NY 6123.
Bibi & Mimi's Dinosaur shoes are handcrafted of leather, because soft-soled shoes are recommended by pediatricians for the healthy development of babies' feet. The shoes create freedom of movement and help feet to flex, $26, 718-383-1452, bibiandmimi.com, Atlanta AM 3-1607/Dallas 1743-TM/NY 1973.
Wee Gallery Art Cards are created from bold, whimsical, hand-painted originals that cater to a baby's visual strengths. The black and white images and their repeating patterns captivate little ones. The 5x7-inch cards are printed on sturdy recycled board and finished with matte varnish and child-friendly rounded corners, $13, 888-257-7257, weegallery.com, NY 4216.
Manhattan Toy's pit bull, Bullit, has a tough-guy body and comes in supersoft gray and white modacrylic fur. He sports a striped T-shirt and a jacket in army green or brown leatherette, $30, 800-541-1345, manhattantoy.com, Atlanta GM 1716/NY 1841, 1843.
Bright yellow, green and pink bring this baby quilt and crib set to life. Perfect for a boy or a girl, This Little Piggy quilt from Donna Sharp comes with a rod pocket for hanging. Baby quilt and piggy, or crib set, $126, 888-810-1003, donnasharp.com, Atlanta GM 1237.
Fidoodle's City Block Set features blocks made from unused off-cut maple that are printed with city details in blue and teal non-toxic inks. It comes in a recycled cardboard tube, $30 to $35, 416-805-5632, fidoodle.com, NY 6109.
Little Pals decorate nostalgic handmade, 11-inch square frames from Ribbit-Ribbit. Available in Pup on chambray, Froggie on lime, or Kitty on azalea, $44, 972-429-9324, ribbit-ribbit.com, Atlanta MM 8-M-16
The Panda 3-D Puzzle from Terra-Toys is part of the World Wildlife Fund collection. It is an innovative brain bender featuring the symbol of conversation, and made from Forest Stewardship Council-certified beech wood, $12, terra-toys.com, NY 1668.
Pink Light Design offers fun, whimsical artwork for sale and licensing, like Blissful Garden, $500 to $600, 206-200-8324, pinklightdesign.com, NY 8075.
The new organic soft plush line from Dandelion Earth-Friendly Goods includes pudgy pals like a turtle, duck and bear. Simply styled and made of organic cotton with natural fiber stuffing, each toy is machine washable, $10 to $45, 888-222-3053, dandelionbaby.com, NY 2031-2033.
Infant Bodysuits from Wanart feature original designs like Year of the Tiger by artist and children's book author/illustrator Joyce Wan. The embroidered bodysuit is made in the U.S. of soft ring-spun 100% cotton, and is packaged in a clear, pint-size takeout-style gift box, $24, 888-987-1188, wanart.com, NY 1848.
P.A.M.A. Furniture offers a hand-crafted antique reproduction solid wood Louis XV-XVI children's collection, $200 to $1,500, 336-884-5558, pamafurn.com, Dallas 236-WTC.
The Raspberry Swirl Gift Basket from Lambs & Ivy is ready to go, wrapped in tulle and tied with a bow. The set includes a plush toy, blanket, basket and liner, picture frame and two drool cloths, 800-345-2627, lambsivy.com, Atlanta AM 13-W125, W126.
The I'm OK! Mini First Aid Kit is a portable pocket-sized case from Kabalab. It contains everything needed to administer first aid on small injuries. It comes in four designs, $4 to $6, 718-666-5683, minifirstaid.com, NY 1755.
Mele & Co. Girl's Musical Ballerina Box # 00812S10 is made from painted wood composite with an ivory finish. The exterior features a curved face with a faux lock and one open drawer. The interior has a twirling ballerina, an open section, ring rolls and pink sueded fabric lining, $40, 315-733-4600, melecompany.net, NY 2863.
Hansa Toys' Endangered Animals collection includes Quagga, which died out in the early 1800s. Each animal is lifelike yet cuddly, and comes with a 'Toys that Teach' tag detailing its habitat, lifestyle, gestation period, care of young and eating habits. Quagga is 20 inches long and tall, $110, 877-365-4060, hansatoys.com, Atlanta MM 17-E-15/Dallas 270-WTC/NY 1654.
Green Frog Art's Now & Forever Convertible Cradle converts to a toy box, doll bed, love seat and twin bed. It has an optional drawer for additional storage, and is available in espresso and white, $229, 800-833-5024, greenfrogart.com, Dallas 8701.42-WTC.
The Mary Meyer Little Princess WubbaNub pacifier is 6 inches long and is designed to calm babies with its texture, colors, designs and Soothie pacifier, $15, 800-451-4387, marymeyer.com, Atlanta GM 1305 and AM 13-W125, W126/NY 1403-1407.
Inspired by the French provincial countryside, Kaloo's new Liberty plush collection incorporates pieces of cotton printed fabrics, $40, 514-457-3088, kaloousa.com, NY 1737.
Jacaranda Living's Embroided Baby Pillow Cover is 100% cotton percale. It has an embroidered image, satin stitch border and gingham edge. It is available in many designs, and made by a small group or women in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, $35, 781-416-3533, jacarandaliving.com, Atlanta MM 7-L-26/NY 7719.
Horse Paulina from Haba is a brightly colored wooden pushing toy that is appropriate for little hands. It has a bell, working wheels and a movable head, $19, 800-468-6873, habausa.com, Atlanta GM 768B/Dallas 8220-WTC/NY 1663.
Newborns will be enveloped in softness with the Minky Dot Coming Home gown and cap from Love and Lace, $30/gown and $8/cap, 800-540-1799, loveandlace.com, NY 1949.
The Winter Bonnet from Pears & Bears is red and lined with fleece, $42, 615-298-1130, kaycehughes.com, Atlanta AM 13-S333/Dallas 8838-WTC.
Home with Baby is part of the MusicCooks collection from Menus and Music. It consists of 16 recipes on laminated cards for energy-giving meals with time-saving tips for easy healthy eating and recipes for homemade baby food. It includes a music CD with traditional lullabies performed on solo guitar, 800-444-9515, menusandmusic.com, Atlanta GM 1735, 1739/NY 2340.
Innobaby's Din Din Smart stainless steel bus platter has five compartments and is non-toxic, $18, 847-387-8777, innobaby.com, Atlanta AM 13-W124.
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