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December 2007 | Vol. VI - No. 12
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What to Read in December

Specialty retailers are predicting a better-than-average holiday season, which means you'll be busy, busy, busy! So get your news in a flash with TDmonthly Magazine's issue highlights:


Not enough time to read? Just watch (or listen to!) this brief video to get an overview of what's happening in TDmonthly this month:

Click on the image above or click here to Watch ToyTV News.


Thinking about adding to your product mix? Listen to your customers to find what's missing, Harmony Tenney, a retail specialist for International Business Empowerment Consultants Inc., advised TDmonthly readers. Specialty toy-store owners added services and products such as an adult time-out coffee bar, complimentary toy tote bags with the store's logo, and kids' clothes to make their stores a never-miss. Read more in Retailing Tips: Create a Profitable Mix.


TDmonthly turns its camera's eye on toys we think you should watch. See what they do — or don't — by watching TDmonthly 's ToyTV.


What new companies have something your customers won't be able to resist? Find out with TDmonthly's Toy Fair Preview, featuring new companies only! Read Our First Toy Fair: Toys and Gifts and Our First Toy Fair: Games.


Looking for a new kind of baby rattle that's safe and eco-friendly? Check out the Sassy Earth Brights Cherry Tree Rattle. TDmonthly staff found other great toys at trade shows, such as a teethable necklace that moms can wear to keep both babies and the fashion police happy. There are also toys for rockers from 0 to 12, including heavy-metal lullabies and skull-and-hearts name plaques for sweet-n-sour tween girls.

Here are a few. Check out the rest in TDmonthly's December Staff Picks:

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MSRP: $10.50
Age Range: 1 and up
Launch Date: October 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Infant & Toddler
Developmental Toys

Inspired by nature and suitable for babies 3 months and up, this hand-crafted rattle features quality hardwoods, water-based finishes, a curvy, easy-to-grasp shape, fuzzy berries, click-clack leaves and a variety of textures and shapes. Launch date: October 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 15749      (added 10/17/2007)

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MSRP: $18.90
Age Range: Adult
Launch Date: October 2006
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Fashion & Accessories
Infant & Toddler

These donut- and heart-shaped pendants mimic real gemstones and hang on a black, silk cord with a breakaway clasp. The jewelry is made from a food-safe, phthalate-free, non-toxic, lead-free, federally approved silicone, so it is safe for babies to handle and chew. Eight colors are available. Teething Bling makes “a great shower or new baby gift,” Director of Marketing Amy Maurer Creel of Smart Mom told TDmonthly. Awards: TDmonthly Innovations 2008. Launch date: October 2006.

Where to Buy: Creative Kidstuff

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 15762      (added 10/17/2007)

SKU or Item #: LEVG20B
Launch Date: January 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Display
Science & Nature

The globe sits on a crystal base and smoothly revolves, simulating the natural rotation of the Earth. The globe is also available in either a classic or a geographical variety. Launch date: 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 15763      (added 10/17/2007)

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