Celebrate National Believe Day At Macy’s With Double Donations to Make-A-Wish® and Wishes Across America

On Friday, December 7, Macy’s will help grant 25 wishes in 25 cities across the country and double its donation for each letter collected that day in-store or at macys.com/believe

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Macy’s will celebrate National Believe Day on Friday, Dec. 7 by doubling donations to Make-A-Wish® for each letter to Santa collected that day in stores or online at macys.com/believe.As part of the 11th annual Believe campaign, Macy’s will also mark this special day with the return of Wishes AcrossAmerica, helping grant 25 special wishes for children across the country. The beloved Believe program helps bring joy to children with critical illnesses and this year, from now to Dec. 24, Macy’s has pledged to donate $1 to Make-A-Wish for each letter sent, up to $1 million. For National Believe Day, Macy’s will pledge an additional $1 per letter, up to an extra $1 million, above the existing $1 million campaign goal.

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR MACY’S – Make A Wish kids write letters to Santa at Believe Launch at Macy’s Downtown Summerlin Plaza on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/AP Images for Macy’s)

NationalBelieve Day brings our Macy’s colleagues and customers together to help celebrate the holiday season by giving back in a big way,” said Sam Harrison, vice president of giving and volunteerism at Macy’s. “This is one of most special days at Macy’s, where we focus on spreading the message of generosity and hope across the nation. It’s also when we generate excitement to double our donation to Make-A-Wish – meaning that Macy’s will donate $2 for every letter written, up to an additional $1 million, that day alone. On National Believe Day, we help to grant 25 special Wishes AcrossAmerica in 25 cities. The amazing wishes bring unmatched joy and hope to children and families across the country, and Macy’s is thrilled to support such wonderful moments.”

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR MACY’S – Make A Wish kids write letters to Santa at Believe Launch at Macy’s Downtown Summerlin Plaza on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/AP Images for Macy’s)

Macy’s has donated more than $112 million to Make-A-Wish since 2003, including more than $17 million through its annual Believe campaign. These donations have helped grant more than 13,000 wishes, impacting millions of lives and communities. This year’s Wishes AcrossAmerica, taking place on National Believe Day, will celebrate 25wishes of all types, from having shopping sprees and makeovers to traveling to Hawaii, New York City, and Paris, and singing on stage “to be a star.”

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR MACY’S – Volunteers and Macy’s employees gather at Macy’s Downtown Summerlin Plaza for Believe Launch on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/AP Images for Macy’s)

To generate even more excitement in stores on National Believe Day and as part of Macy’s 12 Days of Friends and Family activities, kids will be able to create winter works of art featuring Sunny the Snowpal at coloring stations located next to the Believeletterboxes and snap a photo at the Macy’s selfie wall.

Additionally, as an extra special treat for National Believe Day this year, the one and only Santa will be taking over Macy’s Twitter @macys to spread the message of love and generosity! Tweet with Mr. Claus and join in the fun on Dec. 7 using #macysbelieve. You can also check out Macy’s Instagram stories (@macys) to follow the excitement of National Believe Day including Wishes AcrossAmerica, letter writing, double donations, and more.

Macy’s has also teamed up with Giphy to create one-of-a-kind Macy’s Santa GIFs for fans to use across all social media platforms. These custom jolly GIFs allow everyone to continue spreading Christmas wonder all season long and can be found by simply searching “Santa” wherever gifts are used across Facebook, Instagram Stories, Twitter, Messenger, and more.

The Believe campaign was inspired by the story of an 8-year-old girl, Virginia Hanlon, who wrote a letter to the New York Sun newspaper in 1897. Virginia asked the paper’s editor, Francis P. Church if there really was a Santa Claus. “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus,” Church replied. “He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist.” This iconic response illustrates the spirit of the Believe campaign, as well as the climactic National Believe Day.

To learn more about Macy’s Believe campaign, visit macys.com/believe.

Janie And Jack Announces Exclusive Children’s Fashion Collaboration With Aerin Lauder

Limited Edition Looks Now Available at JanieandJack.com and Stores Nationwide

Children fashion brand, Janie and Jack, has partnered with Aerin Lauder, founder of luxury lifestyle brand, AERIN, Style & Image Director at Estee Lauder and mother of two, on a limited edition collection of clothing, accessories, and shoes. As Aerin’s first foray into children apparel, the AERIN x Janie and Jack Resort Collection was inspired by Lauder’s refined, modern-day style and Janie and Jack’sclassic silhouettes, featuring a variety of pieces that combine light and bright prints and patterns with a sophisticated sensibility.

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“I’ve always admired Janie and Jack’s point of view on children’s fashion. Fun, modern and playful,” said Aerin Lauder. “Being a mother of two, I’ve always been drawn to the children’s industry and I am very excited to be launching this playful collaboration.

The AERIN x Janie and Jack Resort Collection feature signature watercolor and palm prints in pastel shades, with coordinating looks for girl and boy. Incorporating of-the-moment details for girls, the selection of rompers, dresses, and swimwear includes eyelet, embroidery, and ruffles. Favorite pieces for boys include classic linen separates, cotton shirts and shorts in an allover palm tree embroidered pattern, as well as swim trunks instriped and palm prints, perfect for warm weather getaways. Standout accessories complete the resort collection, featuring hats and straw bags, accented with colorful florals, along with sandals, sunglasses, and hair bows.

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Rounding out the collection with newborn styles, the Heirloom assortment features limited edition keepsake gifts. Treasured items such as silver cups, rattles and frames, and the softest take-me-home styles in light blue and pink hues are all packaged in a keepsake watercolor-printed box.

JANIE AND JACK announce EXCLUSIVE CHILDREN’S FASHION COLLABORATION WITH AERIN LAUDER: Incorporating of-the-moment details for girls, the selection of rompers, dresses, and swimwear include eyelet, embroidery, and ruffles.

Weare very excited to debut our collaboration with iconic tastemakerAerin Lauder,” said ShellyWalsh, SVP and General Manager of Janie and Jack.”Aerininspires so many with her beautiful, modern and refined style, and we are thrilled for Janie and Jack to be her partner for her first collection of clothing and accessories for children.”

JANIE AND JACK announce EXCLUSIVE CHILDREN’S FASHION COLLABORATION WITH AERIN LAUDER:  Favorite pieces for boys include classic linen separates, cotton shirts and shorts in an allover palm tree embroidered pattern, as well as swim trunks in striped and palm prints, perfect for warm weather getaways.

AERIN is a global luxury lifestyle brand inspired by the signature style of its founder, Aerin Lauder. Based on the premise that living beautifully should be effortless, the brand develops curated collections in the worlds of beauty, fashion, accessories, and homedécor. With a passion for art, travel, fashion, and design, Aerin’sown lifestyle serves as a focal point of inspiration for the brand. Classic, but always with a modern point of view, every piece is created to make life more beautiful, with a sense of ease and refinement.

Janie and Jack is a leader in children’s fashion. The iconic design house offers a modern take on classic silhouettes and a sophisticated sensibility. Janie and Jack are known for outstanding style and quality, with great care given to every detail. From the perfect baby gifts to the favorite pieces in a child’s wardrobe, Janie and Jack’s clothes make every day extraordinary. (VisitJanie and Jack shops nationwide for children’s clothing sizes 0–6years and janieandjack.com for sizes through 12 years.)

The limited edition collection includes over 60 pieces and is offered in sizes 0-3 months up to size 6 in Janie and Jack stores nationwide and up to size 12 online at www.janieandjack.com.For more information on the AERIN x Janie and Jack Collection, please visit https://www.janieandjack.com/aerin, and join the conversation on social media by tagging @janieandjack@Aerinand #AerinXJanieandJack.

H&M and Children’s Health Fund Celebrate Giving Tuesday 2018

In celebration of Giving Tuesday 2018 (November 27th), H&M is supporting Children’s Health Fund and its mission of ensuring access to high-quality healthcare for some of America’s most disadvantaged children. Through a gift card sales drive online and in all stores this holiday season, H&M will donate 5% of card purchase amounts to the Children’s Health Fund, with a minimum donation of $350,000 and a maximum of $500,000.

Additionally, on Giving Tuesday, H&M, along with employee volunteers, will hand out nearly 400 H&Mcoats to students at the Harlem flagship location of Healthy and Ready to Learn (HRL), an innovative program supported by the H&M Foundation. Another 250 coats will be distributed to children who are seen at the Children’sHealth Fund’s clinic in the South Bronx as well as other schools who participate in the Healthy and Ready to Learn program. This Giving Tuesday effort launches a nationwide volunteer program that will roll out in 2019 to continue giving the gift of healthcare to children in need. H&Memployees across the country will be volunteering in a variety of ways to help support Children’sHealth Fund’s programs and the children they serve.

TheChildren’s Health Fund is committed to ensuring high-quality health care to America’s most disadvantaged children. They achieve this through expanding access to comprehensive primary care, reducing health barriers to learning, responding to the needs of children impacted by a major public health crisis, and improving the health and well-being of children through advocacy and public education efforts.

The H&M Foundation currently partners with the Children’sHealth Fund, supporting an innovative school-based program inNew York, designed to get children healthy and ready to learn. In the first phase of the project, Healthy and Ready to Learn was designed to determine best practices for addressing health barriers that risk slowing down children’s ability to learn. During the coming years, the Children’sHealth Fund will continue to support the HRL model and increase bothservices and dissemination of practices that reduce health barriersto learning in New York City while also preparing the model to betested and scaled nationally.

Weare so grateful to H&M for donating coats to the children we serve here in New York so that they are prepared for the cold winter months ahead,” said Dennis Walto, Chief Executive Officer ofChildren’s Health Fund. “It’s the perfect illustration ofH&M’s commitment to keeping the students at this school healthy and ready to learn.

kidpik Launches Pre-Styled Gift Boxes For The Holidays

Cute Outfits For Girls Who Love Fashionable Surprises

Hello, holiday 2018! kidpik, the fashion subscription box exclusively for girls, has the perfect gift for the stylish girls in your life – pre-styled gift boxes that feature the outfits in a box girls have come to love. kidpik has made it easy for gift-giving. Select the size and box you like. ‘Pik’ from six amazing gift boxes that deliver head-to-toe outfits created by kidpik’s stylists.

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Ezra Dabah and his team, known for their 30-year commitment to style, quality and value in kids’ fashion, launched kidpik in 2016 as the go-to fashion box site for girls ages 3-12, offering customized, coordinated quality fashion, delivered commitment-free to your door. www.kidpik.com 

Kidpik, the best girls’ gift box, features lots of fashion, including 6 high-quality pieces, plus a free gift, and the option to include fabulous shoes. Prices range from $68 – $128 for a great girls fashion box delivered free to her door. The gift boxes are available in sizes 4-16, with shoes in sizes 9 – 6.

We wanted to make giving a kidpik fashion box easy and fun. It’s a stunning gift offering loads of unboxing excitement,” says Ezra Dabah, founder and CEO of kidpik. “kidpik is a clothing subscription box that makes girls feel special and lets them express their style in their own way.”

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Girls will be thrilled to unbox fashion from kidpik’s Classic, Trendy, Active or Girly collections. Look for great kids fashion like embellished denim, cozy and plush faux-fur jackets, dresses and skirts that sparkle. Among kidpik’s fun kids’ clothes are yummy sweaters and embellished tees with matching skinny cords and cool sneakers that go from the playground to holiday parties. It’s all a girl needs for fashion-filled holiday fun! Each box is beautifully wrapped, revealing 3 mix-&-match outfits.

Customer reviews for kidpik’s monthly clothing box number more than 11,000 with an average rating of 4+ stars, including “She loved every single piece…” “My daughter sees the box as a special treat especially for her…” and “I love the quality, style, and prices and have recommended to so many people!

Likewise, girls and their moms love the personalized selection of coordinated outfits that are on-trend and age appropriate. There are no stylist fees or shipping costs. Kidpik is risk-free. Exciting unboxing videos on social media reveal the joy of opening a kidpik fashion box.

If you are looking for cute kids clothes for the holidays, look to kidpik.com – the girl in your life will love you for making her super stylish this holiday season.

Gymboree Group Announces Baby2Baby Donation Campaign for Holiday 2018

Gymboree, Janie and Jack, and Crazy 8 Support Children In Need Through Customer and Product Donations

The Gymboree Group, Inc., a specialty children’s retailer of high-quality clothing and accessories for children (including Gymboree, Janie and Jack, and Crazy 8) today announce its Holiday 2018 Giving Campaign and first-ever multi-brand partnership with Baby2Baby, a non-profit organization that provides low-income children with all the basic necessities that every child deserves. One in three families across the United States struggles to provide diapers to their children. Through the efforts of Baby2Baby, over 29 million diapers in the past seven years have been distributed to low-income families.Gymboree-logo

We are proud to partner with Baby2Baby to offer our customers the opportunity to join us in providing for hundreds of thousands of children across the United States and Canada,” said Daniel Griesemer, President and CEO of Gymboree Group. “As a brand, we believe that children are our future, and they inspire the work we do every day, which is why we are passionate and dedicated to taking action this holiday season.”

Baby2Baby, a non-profit organization led by Co-Presidents Kelly Sawyer Patricof and Norah Weinstein, provides low-income children, ages 0-12 years, with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves. This year alone, Baby2Baby will serve more than 180,000 children in Los Angeles and thousands more in 28 cities across the country through the Baby2Baby National Network. To date, the organization has distributed over 50 million items including more than 29 million diapers. (To learn more about Baby2Baby please visit www.baby2baby.org)

As a way to give back during the holiday season, customers will have the opportunity to donate while checking out at over 900 Gymboree, Janie and Jack, and Crazy 8 stores across the U.S. and Canada, as well as online through Thursday, January 31, 2019. Baby2Baby ambassadors, Jessica Alba, Lauren Conrad, and Julie Bowen, will also lend their support to the campaign and encourage donation participation. Beyond customer donations, Gymboree Group is committed to donating over 150,000 units of clothing to Baby2Baby.

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Jessica Alba, Baby2Baby Ambassador, Supports Gymboree’s Holiday Giving Campaign with Baby2Baby

As a Baby2Baby Board Member and Ambassador, I truly believe in the importance of the work they’re doing within the community,” said Alba. “I cannot imagine what it must be like for parents who aren’t able to afford basic everyday essentials for their children, and I’m so proud to be part of an organization working to alleviate some of that burden on these families. We are so grateful to partner with Gymboree on this campaign and hope everyone will join Baby2Baby in helping these children in need while shopping there this holiday season.

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Lauren Conrad, Baby2Baby Ambassador, Supports Janie and Jack’s Holiday Giving Campaign with Baby2Baby

As a mom and supporter of Baby2Baby, I’m proud to share Janie and Jack’s Holiday Giving Campaign and encourage everyone to join me in helping the children that Baby2Baby serves,” said Conrad. “Baby2Baby provides children in need with diapers, clothing and basic necessities that every child deserves. Let’s give back together and make this season a little bit more magical.”

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Julie Bowen, Baby2Baby Ambassador, Supports Crazy 8’s Holiday Giving Campaign with Baby2Baby

Baby2Baby helps hundreds of thousands of children across the country living in poverty, and this holiday season we are thrilled to have Crazy8’s support through their Holiday Giving Campaign which provides funds and clothing,” said Bowen. “They make it easy for supporters to help give at their local Crazy8 store or online at Crazy8.com – let’s do something great together this holiday season.”

The company currently operates 380 Gymboree stores in the United States and Canada. Gymboree Group’s family of brands includes Gymboree®, Janie and Jack® and Crazy 8®, with hundreds of retail stores across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico as well as online stores at www.gymboree.com, www.janieandjack.com, and www.crazy8.com.

To donate to Baby2Baby, please visit Gymboree.com/baby2baby, Janieandjack.com/baby2baby or Crazy8.com/baby2baby and join the conversation on social media by tagging @gymboree, @janieandjack, @crazy8, and @baby2baby.

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Lands’ End Makes It an Easier and Merrier 2018 Holiday Season Filled with Great Gifts, Traditions, and Warmth

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There are gifts, and then there are gifts from Lands’ End. Each item is thoughtfully designed, meticulously crafted and made-to-order with ease so that the gift giver and recipient alike can experience the delight of quality, the heart of five-star customer service and the integrity of a company that cares. Lands’ End today unveils its 2018 Holiday and Christmas Collection filled with something special for everyone on the list. The complete collection can be found in the Holiday Shop at landsend.com.

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With its new Scientific Warmth Ratings Guide Families on Outerwear Choices, Lands’ End Offers a Coat for Every Level of Warmth this holiday season

There’s a quality at Lands’ End that permeates everything we do. From our designers to the pickers and packers in the warehouse, we carry with us the heart of first-rate customer service. We strive to make the holiday season easier for busy families with quality gifts that they’ll be proud to present,” said Gill Hong, EVP, chief merchant and head of international at Lands’ End.

Lands’ End offers timeless, classic style and is a part of many family traditions with gifts such as fine cashmere sweaters and our handstitched, personalized Needlepoint Stockings. But we’re also modern, with gift ideas that are social media friendly, easy to shop and heartwarming during this busy season, making Lands’ End the smart stop for all our customers’ holiday shopping.”

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Lands’ End Makes It an Easier and Merrier 2018 Holiday Season Filled with Great Gifts, Traditions, and Warmth

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‘Tis the season for sharing memorable moments on social media. Soon, pages and profiles will be lit up with holiday scenes including favorite gift ideas. Lands’ End offers gifts ideas for social media mavens that will look great when scrolling on smartphones and tablets.Hol_hires_1

For a primo family photo “op,” family Christmas pajamas in the same Rich Red Multi Plaid will look fantastic for the Christmas day around-the-tree shots. Kids’ graphic tees in holiday themes including snowflakes, a Christmas tree and snow plows bring personality to holiday baking pics. For outdoor snow play shots, consider colorful down coats and jackets with faux fur trim around the hood along with vivid, cold-weather accessories including the Fair Isle Stripe Scarf, Beanie Hat and Convertible Mittens. Buffalo Check in red and navy can be seen throughout the Lands’ End gift collections in sweaters, wraps, slippers, accessories and more. This pattern stands out in just about any photo and brings the holiday spirit. Felt Animal Slippers for women with delightful creatures such as a sheep, polar bears, and even a cow will pop on the page when shown photographed alongside the Kids Critter Slippers with a snowman, a penguin and more.

Even the family dog has a place at Lands’ End. Look for a complete collection of dog vests, dog beds, collars, leashes and even dog treats and a new Pup Tent at Lands’ End. Since pets are special, plus make the most adorable photos, customers are encouraged to tag their dog sporting the latest looks from Lands’ End with #LandsEndPets. Continue reading

The Toy Insider Trend Experts Made a Holiday List and Checked It Twice: 2018 Hot Holiday Toy Picks Revealed

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The Toy Insider, one of the toy industry’s most influential organizations and a trusted go-to resource for parents and gift-givers, today unveiled its expert picks for the best kids’ toys and gifts in its 13th annual holiday gift guide. The hottest and most coveted items for 2018 are broken out into three lists: the Hot 20 (the most wished-for items of the year), Top Tech 12 (featuring artificial intelligence, augmented reality, virtual reality and other innovative technologies) and STEM 10 (science, technology, engineering and math toys that make learning fun).

The Toy Insider’s 2018 holiday gift guide appeared in the November issue of Family Circle magazine, which hit the newsstands on Oct. 9. An extended guide also appeared online at www.thetoyinsider.com. This year’s print guide features more than 200 toys from more than 100 different manufacturers, and an additional 170 toys can be found online, representing nearly 200 toy companies in total.

These hand-picked items represent an incredible assortment of must-have collectibles, interactive toys, traditional playthings, and tech-infused robots and drones, among many more categories that are sure to make kids of all ages jump for joy this holiday season.

The incredible variety of toys we reviewed for this year’s holiday gift guide shows that toy makers are working hard to create more innovative and magical toys than ever before,” said Laurie Schacht, Chief Toy Officer, The Toy Insider.This year’s guide includes tons of fun collectibles, interactive craft kits, creative plush and more that are sure to bring smiles when they are unwrapped this holiday!

The Toy Insider’s Hot 20

0-2 years

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  • Go! Go! Smart Wheels Mickey Magical Wonderland (VTech)
  • Safari Learning Station (LeapFrog)

3-5 years

  • Fingerlings Hugs (WowWee)
  • Hairdorables (Just Play)

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    PJ Masks Super Moon Adventure HQ Rocket (Just Play)

  • PJ Masks Super Moon Adventure HQ Rocket (Just Play)
  • Pomsies (Skyrocket)
  • Power Action Pikachu (Wicked Cool Toys)
  • Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 43-inch Epic Sewer Lair Playset (Playmates Toys)
  • Ryan’s World Giant Mystery Egg (Bonkers Toys)
  • Scruff-a-Luvs (Moose Toys)

6-8 years

  • Boxy Girls (Jay@Play)
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    Harry Potter Wizard Training Wands (Jakks Pacific)

  • Hatchibabies (Spin Master)
  • Laser X Fusion (NSI)

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    L.O.L. Surprise! Eye Spy Series Under Wraps Dolls (MGA Entertainment)

  • L.O.L. Surprise! Eye Spy Series Under Wraps Dolls (MGA Entertainment)

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    Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu + Poké Ball Plus & Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee + Poké

  • Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu + Poké Ball Plus & Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee + Poké Ball Plus (Nintendo)
  • Smooshy Mushy Babies (RedwoodVentures)
  • Treasure X (Moose Toys)

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