Today I returned from a toys & games trade show with hundreds of amazing new products on order and with a renewed enthusiasm for everything in this shop.
The suppliers I spoke with were just back from the New York International Toy Fair so they showed me what the newest, hottest and trendiest toys will be this year.
A huge trend this year is UNICORNS! Oh my goodness. Sooooo many cute unicorn themed toys will be on the shelves. Some of my favourites were the rainbow tape in a unicorn shaped dispenser, unicorn erasers, unicorn pens & of course some awesome plush. And we can't forget the unicorn of the sea - the Narwhal! A few of those will make an appearance soon too.
Other trends we spotted - old is new! Go retro!
We have fun new puzzles from our favourite company, Cobble Hill. Puzzles in retro Archie & Nancy Drew and coming soon - Smurfs! These are 500 & 1000 piece puzzles - great for teens & adults who love the nostalgia. Also cool in the retro department is the Bumkins silicone teether that looks like a Game Boy and the reusable snack bags & travel bags with pixelated nintendo graphics - so cute!
Also trendy & retro is the new Watchitude slap watch! They are super fun with great graphic designs and I really love that they are regular analogue watches - so may kids now rely on digital to tell time I think it's great to get them to learn to read a regular clock too. They'll be in store in a week or two.
Also cool but not shown on Midday is the multitude of GAMES we have ordered. Games are HOT these days. Families are finding that they want to have more face-to-face time and less plugged-in time so games have become a great way to spend quality time together. And we know games are also an excellent way to teach kids lots of great skills.
Over the next several weeks new products will be arriving so stop by and check them out!