Girly Bags

Have a photographer in your life? Then she’ll LOVE these girly camera bags by Epiphanie! Created by a professional photographer who was sick of carrying around ugly man bags, Maile Wilson has made a line of gorgeous yet functional camera bags.

This one is the Charlotte bag – here’s a peak at the inside:

 

The Charlotte bag retails for $154.99, and you check it out here: Epiphanie Camera Bags

 

Eco-Cuties

I saw these cuties at the Gift Show – Manny & Simon’s push toys.

Each toy is made in the US out of recycled wood and non toxic paint.

In addition to the animal push toys, they also make cars, trucks, and trains!

They are around $32 each, and can be found here: Manny & Simon Push Toys

NY International Gift Fair

 

I was lucky enough to attend the NYIGF, where companies big and small come to showcase the newest and greatest in gift ideas and products. I was also excited to be selected as a judge for the Baby & Child Best New Product Awards (more on that when the winners are announced)!

Although I probably came away with hundreds of new gift ideas, here’s the rundown on some of the trends and a few of my favorites (I can’t wait to show you all of them in the coming months)!

Eco-Friendly:  The trend continues to be green! From kids apparel (organic fabrics), to dishes (made out of corn)…There were some cool blocks made out of recycled cardboard by Eco-Kids,  Dishsoap in repurposed wine bottles as well as an entire line of  bath products in recycled packaging by Blithe and Bonny (whale candles pictured – bottom left), and I loved the line of Fantastic Anti-Plastic Dishes (BPA-Free and Biodegradable) that I saw at the Zoe B booth (also pictured – top right).

Technology:  The shift to make tech accessories pretty / handsome is in full swing.  Most major designers now offer a tech line – I saw adorable & girly floral cases from Lilly Pulitzer, and bold & funky cases from designer Jonathan Adler (pictured above – top left).

Many of the designers are trying to blend cases with functionality – I saw a lot of cases with wallet-like attachments on the back, like the iSlide by Triple C Design.  There is also a shift to use wood in phone cases and tech accessories (tying in both functionality and eco-consciousness).

Babies and Kids:  There were some wonderful handmade gift ideas, as well as many innovative products to make mom and dad’s life a bit easier.  I loved the Zipit Onesie (pictured- bottom middle) for “fuss-free dressing” – who couldn’t use that?! I also loved the creativity in Twoolies – a unique line of stuffed animals (made from natural wool), hand-crafted by artisans from around the world (pictured above – bottom right).

And, I had to show you these adorable heart shoe-clips by Ban.do (pictured top middle) -a super fun and adorable Valentine’s Day gift idea!

Overall, there were SO many unique products to see – I could probably write an entire book about it!

Please stay tuned to see all of my great finds from the NYIGF in the coming months!

 

SoulScarf

These awesome chunky scarves won’t only keep you warm, they give back while doing so!

Meet: SoulScarfs – hand-knit wool / acrylic beauties that come in a variety of colors.

Each scarf has a tiny heart sewn onto it – you chose the color of the heart based on the charity you would like to support.

I love this idea! Give a gift while giving back! Click here to check them out: SoulScarf

Chocolate Fix

We’ve all been there – it’s after lunch, and you need a little “pick-me-up” to get you through the rest of the day.  That’s where these little cuties come in: Dark Secret Chocolate.

Not only will they curb your sweet tooth, they are portioned out for each day of the week (two pieces per day), under 100 calories, and made from 67 percent cocoa!

The 30-Day chocolate box is $67.50, and would make a great Valentine’s Day gift!

Check it out here: Dark Secret Chocolate 30 Day Box

 

Mommy & Me

This adorable elephant charm and necklace set, makes a great gift for a (new) Mother and Daughter, Big Sister / Little Sister.

The set is by Samantha Faye, and comes in many adorable shapes / charms, such as: Ducks, Cupcakes, Dogs, Horse Shoes (and so many more)! The one pictured above is gold-plated, and is $125.

Check them all out here: Samantha Faye Necklace Sets

Memory Lane

Looking for a unique wedding, anniversary, or birthday gift? Check out these prints by Your Memory Lane.

Each print is 100% customized by you! Give the couple (or person) a walk down memory lane by including different apartments, places, hobbies, etc!

They start around $300, and come framed or unframed.

Check it out here: Your Memory Lane Prints

Bath Time!

This is an interesting take on the infant bath seat! The Papillion Bath Tub Ring, allows your baby to “float” around the tub while being completely supported.

The ring comes in three different colors, fits babies 8-20 months, and is $39.99.

Check it out here: Papillion Bath Tub Ring

Custom Pup

Looking for a gift for a pet lover? Well, look no further! I stumbled upon these custom prints on Etsy – and I think I need to order two asap!

The Silhouettes come in Lab, Golden Retriever, Boxer, Cat, Wedding, and Baby.  Each 5×7 print is hand-drawn, customized with the pet’s name, and is only $15!

Check them out here: Personalized Dog or Cat Print

I Heart Cheesecake

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, why not send a deliciously rich (heart-shaped) cheesecake?

If your sweetheart has a sweet tooth, then this Eli’s White Chocolate Cheesecake (with a raspberry top and chocolate crust) will NOT disappoint!

It is $30, and you can check it out here: Eli’s White Chocolate Heart-Shaped Cheesecake