• Craft & Hobby Association has clever idea for post-show wrap-up

    Feb 11, 2016

    The Craft & Hobby Association had an interesting idea for a post-show wrap-up recently. Rather than issuing an after-show press release following its annual Conference & Trade Show in Anaheim, California, the CHA compiled a collection of photos, videos and posts from attendees posted on… Full Story »
  • New toy survey shows most parents think hands-on play is important

    Feb 10, 2016

    With more toys available than ever, parents face a challenge to make the right choices for their children. However, despite the many options, parents have a clear understanding of how they want their children to play and what type of toys are best for their… Full Story »
  • Aurora World debuts new products at Toy Fair, launches new website

    Feb 10, 2016

    Aurora World is nosing ahead (with Gnomlins), making a splash (with Sea Sparkles and YooHoo sea life) and succeeding with flying colors (thanks to Candy Confettis and more) at the 2016 Toy Fair, taking place in New York Feb. 13-16. With more than 3,500 soft… Full Story »
  • Winter 2016 Seattle Gift Show spotlights regional specialties, handcrafted styles

    Feb 10, 2016

    Held Jan. 22-25, 2016 at the Washington State Convention Center, the winter 2016 Seattle Gift Show delighted retailers with a versatile selection of regional best sellers and handcrafted styles across all categories.  Joining the show's popular Makers' Market section, the new Urban Craft Uprising pavilion… Full Story »
  • Toy Industry Foundation sets high goals for winter

    Feb 10, 2016

    The Toy Industry Foundation’s (TIF) Toy Bank will once again distribute to 35 military bases in the U.S. over the course of 2016. Its first stop, in partnership with Boys and Girls Clubs of America Military Services (BGCA), will be back-to-back toy deliveries on April… Full Story »
  • National Stationery Show to offer six education seminars

    Feb 3, 2016

    The National Stationery Show will hold six buyer education seminars during the show May 15-18, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, focusing on topics including bridal trends, marketing, social media, design trends, and financial strategies for small businesses on a budget. Among this year’s… Full Story »
  • ASTRA announces keynote speakers for Marketplace and Academy

    Feb 1, 2016

    The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) announced Monday, Feb. 1, that stress management guru Colette Carlson and Bob Phibbs, the Retail Doctor, will headline ASTRA’s 2016 Marketplace & Academy. The event, the biggest annual gathering of the specialty toy industry, will take place June… Full Story »
  • GHTA Announces 2016 Conference Location and Dates

    Feb 1, 2016

    The Gift and Home Trade Association [GHTA], the industry’s leading non-profit trade association, has announced that its 2016 annual conference will be held in San Diego, California, September 28-30, 2016, a shift from its usual November timeline. The conference, also known as the third annual… Full Story »
  • Plush leader Aurora World debuts new website

    Jan 27, 2016

    Aurora World, a global leader in plush toys and high-quality gift products, has relaunched its website, The long established company’s objective is to enhance the quality of the online experience of this ever evolving brand. Infinitely more attractive and functional than its predecessor, the… Full Story »
  • Philadelphia Gift Show, National Candy, Gift & Gourmet Show have successful collaboration

    Jan 21, 2016

    The Jan. 8-11, 2016 Philadelphia Gift Show kicked off the winter trade show season with a seven percent increase in attendance over the 2015 edition at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. A strategic collocation with the Retail Confectioners Association of Philadelphia's (RCAP) 133rd Philadelphia National… Full Story »

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