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

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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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Target Reimagines Toy Experience for the Holidays

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Retailer expands and reimagines space in hundreds of stores, doubles down on new and exclusive toys, and offers playful experiences for families with events and more

  • Nearly a quarter-million square feet of new space for toys across more than 500 stores
  • Remodeled toy department available in more than 100 stores
  • Deeper inventory and more than 2,500 new and exclusive toys–nearly double last year
  • 25,000 hours of joy with in-store events for families
  • New digital experience, gift finder for toys on Target.com, and digitally enabled kids’ gifting catalog

Target Corp. unveiled its plans for creating an unbeatable toy experience for shoppers this holiday season. Minneapolis-based Target Corporation serves guests at more than 1,800 stores and at www.Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals millions of dollars a week. The retailer is adding nearly a quarter-million square feet of new space for toys across more than 500 stores and will complete remodels of toy departments in more than 100 stores. Guests will find great prices throughout the season, deeper inventory and more than 2,500 new and exclusive toys—nearly double compared to last year. Additionally, Target will host nearly 25,000 hours of family-friendly store events and is introducing a new toys hub on Target.com, as well as a digitally enabled kids’ gifting catalog.963442362ab9bb70265680b00e3a6733

For many guests, finding the perfect toy to wrap up and give their little-loved ones this holiday is going to be their top priority. We want them to know that Target is here to help,” said Mark Tritton, executive vice president, and chief merchandising officer, Target. “Our team has spent months preparing for this season, selecting the assortment, deepening our inventory to offer more of the hottest items and reimagining the experience we have for toys in our stores and online. We’re excited to welcome more shoppers to Target this season and help them create memorable moments for years to come.”

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By Nov. 2, Target will complete the expansion of nearly a quarter-million square feet of space for toys across more than 500 stores. The expanded departments will showcase larger items like electric ride-on vehicles, playhouses, outdoor playsets, and more. New displays will take items out of their packaging and put them into a 360-degree shopping experience. Playful signing will make it easy for guests to shop this new kid-friendly world and purchase items directly in-store or have them shipped to their home via Target.com. Continue reading

Children’s Brand Gymboree Launches Collaboration with Rachel Zoe

 

Children’s retailer teams up with celebrity mom and fashion designer for two-part partnership, exclusively at Gymboree stores and gymboree.com

Gymboree, the children’s retailer known for providing high quality, comfortable clothing, and accessories, is collaborating with celebrity mom and fashion designer Rachel Zoe to curate holiday looks, along with co-designing an upcoming Spring 2019 collection. This announcement comes on the heels of the brand’s relaunch and celebrates the all-new Gymboree.

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To kick-off the collaboration, Zoe is featured in an exclusive video, making her favorite picks from Gymboree’s Holiday collection, now in stores and at gymboree.com. She shares the best of dressed-up holiday looks with an assortment of styles that are perfect for family photos and all the special events of the season. For girls, you can expect to see pieces with a lot of texture and shine, such as ribbon stripes, metallic jacquards, velvet, and faux fur. For boys, Zoe recommends creating a look he would be happy to wear by mixing soft knits with cozy sweaters and denim.

The second curated collaboration from Rachel Zoe and Gymboree is the Holiday Gift collection, coming in early November, which will include her top picks for boys and girls—pieces that are easy to mix in different ways and encourage individual style. Standout pieces include a metallic silver windbreaker for boys and a denim jacket with a fur collar for the girls.

In Spring 2019, Gymboree will launch Rachel Zoe X Gymboree, a limited-edition collection of clothing and accessories for both boys and girls. Zoe’s design aesthetic brings a fresh, pretty sensibility to the upcoming girls’ styles and a cool California feel to the boys’ looks while staying true to Gymboree’s signature comfort and quality style for kids.

I am beyond excited to partner with Gymboree to share my favorite pieces from their new holiday collection and to announce our upcoming Spring 2019 design collaboration. The Gymboree holiday line has something for everyone on your list––whether you are shopping for your own little ones or gifting friends. As a mother of two young boys, it is so important to consider comfort as much as style when getting them dressed for any occasion.”

Rachel Zoe’s picks from the Holiday collection will be available in stores and online at www.gymboree.com earlier this month. More information on the exclusive Rachel Zoe X Gymboree collection launch will be made available in the coming months.