NEW & NOTABLE
See What’s New in Cards & Gifts ~ w/c 23/09/19
In the first of a new series, I’m taking a look at notable new products from the greetings & giftware industries.
This week has seen a variety of new products make their way to the Card & Gift Network inbox. From new books on BIG science subjects to collector’s teddy bears invoking the history and traditions of Mexico.
This week I’m particularly pleased to share a first look at the new wooden toys from ethical toymakers Best Years. A new direction, which expands its range, which has previously focused on knitted and crocheted soft toys.
So without further ado let’s look at this week’s new and notable finds from the industry.
Frida Teddy Bear
London Bus Wooden Toy
Minnie Mouse Eyeshadow Palette
All You Need is Love Card
Worry Less Design
Superfood Teething Toys
The Book of BIG Science Ideas
Concept + Project Planners
Bookworms Silk Scarf
01 – Weekender Bags
LOQI have a new collection of bags created by Icelandic artist, Kristjana S Williams. Renowned for her fantastical illustrations fusing butterflies, birds and exotic plants into cityscapes. Kristjana‘s artworks have been commissioned by Paul Smith, Louboutin and Liberty‘s to name just a few. The new collection includes have a dozen bag designs, 4 weekenders and 2 zip pockets; retailing from $11-$50. Designs are quickly selling out so grab them while you can.
02 – Frida Teddy Bear
Paying homage to the bold spirit and iconic style of Frida Kahlo, Steiff’s new Frida Teddy Bear is a luxurious collector’s item for bear fans and art enthusiasts. Handcrafted in Germany from a textured jacquard fabric the bear is embroidered with floral and geometric motifs referencing Mexico’s textile heritage; as well as the traditional Tehuana costumes famously worn by Frida. A vibrant headband of painted felt flowers and leaves finishes the bear’s look. Limited to just 500 bears the Designer’s Choice Frida Teddy Bear retails at £199.00.
03 – London Bus Wooden Toy
Known for their collection of ethical, fair trade and organic soft toys Best Years are branching out. This October, the well-loved company will add to its range with a collection of wooden toys. The new range will feature high-quality wooden toys, decorated in bright and bold colour schemes. Robust enough for even the most active toddler play the collection is sure to delight little ones everywhere. A highlight of the new collection if the iconic London bus design, which comes with 23 hand-painted wooden passengers and driver. Retailing from £10.00 these new toys are a must-see for any shops specialising in toys, kids gifts and ethical finds.
04 – Minnie Mouse Eyeshadow Palette
Mad Beauty has added to their collection of Disney-inspired makeup with this super cute Minnie Mouse Eyeshadow Palette. Featuring 10 eyeshadow palettes in on-trend tones designed to enhance the wearer’s natural sparkle. Offering great potential for the Christmas and Spring 2020 shopping seasons the mouse-shaped packaging makes this item stand out in the range as a cute and quirky, giftable product. RRP £12.99.
05 – Egguins
Meet Egguins, the cook, store and serve egg holder. New from Anima Cause, the Egguins is a cool gift for the chef in every home. Holding up to 6 eggs from fridge to boiling pan, this quirky pack of Penguins make boiling eggs a fun task. the Egguins holder features a stay cool handle that lets the user recover the cooked eggs with ease. Retailing at $21.99 this product is already in high demand so order quickly to ensure your front of the queue when the backorders start shipping.
06 – All You Need is Love Card
Recently debuted at Top Drawer, Worry Less Design has introduced new greeting card and giftware products for sports enthusiasts. Highlighting the humour to be found in the sporting world the range features bold typography, bright colours and illustrations. The ranges will also appeal to Eco-conscious shoppers thanks to their eco-friendly Kraft packaging. The range retails from £3.00 – £30.00, providing options for every budget.
07 – Superfood Teething Toys
Launching this month, ‘Superfood’ is the latest range of teething jewellery from Nibbling. Blending bright designs with ethical materials, Nibbling’s award-winning accessories are made from 100% food-grade silicone which is safe and soft enough for babies to chew. Each wooden teether features a textured silicone covering on the lower ring and a chewable Superfood silicone shape on the upper ring. Now sold in 15 countries this new range could be a perfect addition for baby and lifestyle boutiques. Retailing at £14.00, the Superfood range includes Pomegranate, Blueberry, Kale, Lemon and Strawberry designs.
08 – The Book of BIG Science Ideas
Ivy Kids have recently unveiled, The Book of BIG Science Ideas, an exciting new book perfect for curious kids. The book shines a light on 15 brilliant science ideas and 50+ ingenious brains that have helped shape our understanding of the world – whether they were right or wrong! Written by Freya Hardy of AQUILA magazine, and beautifully illustrated by Sara Mulvanny it gives a fresh approach to science and scientific thinking. RRP is £14.99.
09 – Concept + Project Planners
Poketo have launched a new range of planners for go-getters. Updated in primary colours the Concept + Project Planners are specially designed to keep work & ideas on track no matter what life brings. The Project Planner features task lists, timelines and yearly, monthly and weekly goal-driven plans for up to 100 projects. The Concept Planner has open-dated yearly, monthly and weekly sections enabling the user to put all their concepts into action. RRP $34.00-$38.00.
10 – Bookworm Silk Scarf
Home of luxury accessories, the Karen Mabon collection has recently expanded to include a number of bold silk scarf designs. Including this eye-catching Bookworm Silk Scarf, ideal for lovers of literature, who can now wrap themselves up in a world of fiction. Made in Italy with 100% Silk Twill, the scarf features hand-rolled edges and is presented in an embossed box, ready for gifting. RRP £110.00.
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