High Street Retailer Award for GAME.co.uk

The GAME star continues to shine brightly following the MCV 2009 Excellence Awards which took place on April 23rd at The Brewery in London. There were five retail awards in total, two of which went to GAME: High Street Retailer of the Year and Store Manager of the Year. The latter was jointly awarded to Mike Barnes and Pearl Robinson who captain the Oxford Street store.

Mike and Pearl were up against some fierce competition in the Store Manager of the Year category with Rupert Banning-Lover (HMV), Richard Pascoe (Chips), Martin Tuckwood (Asda) and Gary Noakes (Gameplayer) also vying for the top prize.

Mike who, along with co-manager Pearl, was struck speechless on the night when presented with the award said: “We were gobsmacked to have won. Being recognised by GAME is one thing, being recognised by an esteemed panel of industry experts is quite another. It was a very humbling experience.”

Gamestation also part of GAME Group plc, walked away with the coveted Star Store Award for their Birmingam’s New Street store which excels at offering a unique customer experience while cementing their reputation as a specialist retailer.

Described by MCV editor-in-chief, Michael French as ‘hard to win’, the MCV awards are among the most highly sought after awards in the industry.

Terry Scicluna, Chief Operating Officer of GAME Group said: “I am delighted that all the hard work we have put in over the past few years has been recognised. This is particularly gratifying given the present economic downturn and the additional pressure this has inevitably placed on GAME Group as a whole. It’s a testament to the dedication and sheer hard work of everyone at GAME and Gamestation that we won three of a possible five MCV awards.”

Attended by around 600 of the industry’s most influential names, the MCV Awards represent the biggest night in the gaming industry’s calendar, acknowledging and celebrating the industry’s finest across the following four categories: Retail; PR and Marketing; People and Industry; and a Special Recognition Award. Fifteen awards were up for grabs in total, plus two special awards. The Store Manager of the Year Award was one of the new awards introduced for the 2009 event.

Of course, it was the awards after party, also held at The Brewery in the heart of London, where the real fun kicked off. The party saw some of the industry’s heavyweights dancing and celebrating (perhaps even commiserating) until well into the small hours.

About GAME: 
GAME is a specialist European retailer of PC and video games, video consoles and related accessories. The company caters for all formats, including Xbox, Wii, PS3 and all the relevant accessories such as the wii nunchuk. GAME operates from over 1,162 stores, concessions and franchises in the UK, Eire, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Portugal, France and Australia. Together with its online shopping services, the company aims to be the destination of choice for every consumer.

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Snip-its, Children’s Hair Salon Favorite, Expands to West Coast

Salon Offers Premium Quality Haircuts with Laughter and Fun – Founded by Comedian Jack Benny’s Granddaughter –

Cue the laughter and giggles. Snip-its (www.snipits.com), the fastest growing franchise of children’s hair salons in the U.S, opened its first West Coast location in Palo Alto, California in April at Town & Country Village at 855 El Camino Real. Designed to ease the haircutting fears of children, Snip-its provides an entertaining and magical destination for premium children’s haircuts and spa services. The 1,700 sq. ft. salon offers a complete line of natural hair care products plus two children’s party rooms for memorable birthday parties.

“I’m thrilled to bring the high-quality Snip-its concept to California. Snip-its is a magical experience for children that turns an ordinary hair salon visit into an extraordinary adventure that ends with a smile,” said Snip-its Palo Alto owner Daniel Liberman. “Moms can feel good about visiting Snip-its. Not only do we have specially trained hair stylists, but children can look and feel their best with our many spa services and delightful birthday parties. I look forward to Snip-its becoming a part of the community.”

Snip-its’ no-tears haircut experience is weaved with vibrant colors and reminds many children of a Saturday morning cartoon. The salon interior features a cast of Snip-its own branded animated cartoon characters: Snips, Jean Luc le Spritz, Curly Comb, Flyer Joe Dryer, the Clip-ette Sisters, and Maranga Mirror plus animated videos, salon-tailored educational computer games and ‘cushy’ parents chairs so Moms can sit nearby. At the end of each visit, children receive a prize in exchange for a lock of hair from the ‘Magic Box.’

“Snip-its caters toward entrepreneur spirits and Daniel is a perfect example of an owner with the drive and determination to succeed,” said James George, the CEO of Snip-its. “We wish him much success.”

Snip-its, a growing kids franchise was founded in 1995 by California native, Joanna Meiseles, the daughter of Hollywood producer, Robert Blumofe credited with the movie, Yours, Mine and Ours and is the granddaughter of famed comedian Jack Benny. After a heartbreaking visit to an ‘adult’ salon with her then young son, the first-time entrepreneur established the entertainment-styled salon with the goal to make children’s hair care a positive fun-filled adventure for families. The Palo Alto location marks the 67th Snip-its location.

The Snip-its Corporation, based in Natick, Massachusetts is designed to untangle the hair care challenges of children and their parents. It provides the best customer service and a guaranteed great time for both kids and parents. The salon franchise has served more than one million children annually in 65 locations. In 2007, Snip-its was named the 30th fastest growing franchise in the U.S. by Franchise Times Magazine. For more information or kids franchise opportunities, visit www.snipits.com or call 877-SNIP-ITS.

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Online Children’s Boutique Is Carrying The Latest Boys And Girls Fashions And Swimwear By Popular Designers

SandboxCouture.com, a popular online children’s boutique retailer of baby clothes, girls clothes and baby gifts, today introduced the addition of the 2009 season of boys clothes and swimwear by Quiksilver, along with fresh Easter, spring and summer dresses and bathing suits for little girls. These new styles for infants, toddlers and children will continue to arrive throughout the season.

“Southern California’s surf, snow and skate scene provides the inspiration for boys clothing and in this season’s Quiksilver styles, we see a mix of fun, attitude and good old fashioned comfort,” stated Sam Brown, spokesperson for Sandbox Couture.

“For girls, the Kate Mack by Biscotti line of dresses and swimsuits ushers in the sunny, frolic-filled spring and summer days –just in time for Easter dress shopping or spring break. These styles are now available to customers around the world as we are shipping internationally.”

Inspired by the laid back Southern California surf scene, the Quiksilver boys collection features classic, retro and edgy designs on essentials such as board shorts, cargo pants, t-shirts, caps, beanies, backpacks, footwear and long-sleeved hoodies for bundling up on a brisk spring evening or after a day at the beach. Whether the look is beach casual or surf-skate punk, little tikes will be fashionably attired for outings, play dates or just kicking it at home.

Kate Mack for Biscotti features pretty spring dresses in pink and lime, pink leopard and rose halter or 2-piece bathing suit, rose dress with lime gingham accents, white polka-dotted flower dress and a variety of cute itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny little girls’ bikinis and one-piece swim suits in the same family of fabrics and patterns.Matching sandals and flip flops round out this summer’s most sought after looks by Biscotti.

Known as the source for quality children’s clothes and couture fashions for babies and children, Sandbox Couture has provided busy parents — and a loyal following of couture shoppers and celebrity moms — a convenient outlet for quality, value and fashion savvy designs for little boys and little girls. Sandbox Couture has developed a reputation for offering couture children’s fashions, at prices that parents will appreciate. F r o m unique designs to the hottest trends, Sandbox Couture’s collection of designers offers the convenience of online shopping and the benefits of online savings.

Sandbox Couture is now serving the global community with its fashion forward trends and name brand selections. International shipping rates apply. For additional details, please visit www.sandboxcouture.com.

About Sandbox Couture
Sandbox Couture is an online children’s boutique retailer, providing baby clothes, baby gifts and unique children’s clothes. The company takes pride in hand selecting products f r o m top designers, thereby ensuring quality and contemporary style. Sandbox Couture’s philanthropic contributions and socially conscious business practices are at the forefront of the company’s ideals and corporate culture. Founded in 2005, Sandbox Couture is privately held and headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. For information about Sandbox Couture, please visit the company’s web site at http://www.SandboxCouture.com.

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BabyBox.com Announces the Addition of Pixie Dust

BabyBox.com, a luxury retailer of high-end crib bedding, baby furniture and baby gifts, announced today that it has added the newest Pixie Dust Décor crib bedding collection to its exclusive offering of baby bedding collections. The new Pixie Dust bedding is a top pick among style-minded parents looking to furnish well appointed nurseries and children’s rooms.

“Baby bedding and accessories are all about personal style and taste, setting the tone for the entire nursery,” said Katherine Type, founder of BabyBox.com. “Never tired or overly trendy, Pixie Dust celebrates childhood, striking the perfect balance of fun and timeless tradition and we are sure that our customers will appreciate the Pixie Dust collection for being both practical and uniquely stylish.”

The new Pixie Dust crib bedding collection complements any child’s room with decor that is sweet and unique, with a magical touch that inspires the imagination. Pixie Dust Décor crib bedding style is timeless with a childlike twist using soft fabrics with crisp lines, and purposeful products with a strong nod to fun. Vintage toys, laurel wreaths, mini pagodas and the sweetest flowering topiaries can all be found in the latest textile collection. All of the Pixie Dust fabrics are wonderfully soft to the touch, perfect for little ones. watermelon pagoda crib bedding

Featuring deliciously named selections such as lime pagoda crib bedding, watermelon pagoda crib bedding, lemon ice topiary crib bedding and punch topiary crib bedding, Pixie Dust Décor turns on the charm in any room or nursery. Also choose f r o m aqua pagoda crib bedding set, jardin crib bedding, boys toys crib bedding or chateau charlotte crib bedding.

For a limited time, Babybox.com is offering free shipping on all baby bedding and baby bedding collections. To redeem, enter coupon code “freeshipbed” at checkout.

F r o m developmental toys to baby clothing, crib bedding and nursery furniture, BabyBox.com features an A-list of upscale designers, such as House Inc., Henry & Henrietta, Lulu DK Matouk, Lulla Smith, Gordonsbury, Serena & Lily, Blauen, Sweet William, Lullaby and Baby B, among others.

About BabyBox.com
BabyBox.com is a premier baby gift store for children, ages newborn to 12 months. Offering a specialized selection of luxury baby items, the company prides itself on serving a niche market with a focus on unique and high quality products including adorable crib bedding, baby clothes, nursery décor, quality children’s furnishings, baby furniture, custom baby bedding, Moses baskets, bassinets, handmade items, as well as traditional gifts, such as toys, baby blankets and keepsake gifts. In addition to the specialized infant collections, BabyBox.com has expanded its offerings to provide furniture, bedding, décor and clothing for older children. With headquarters in Darien, Conn., BabyBox.com has provided unique baby gifts since 1997. For more information, please visit www.BabyBox.com.

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BabyBox.com -The Online Luxury Baby Retailer Named Top Online Baby Clothing Retailer By Leading Shopping Search Engine

BabyBox.com, a luxury retailer of high-end crib bedding, baby furniture and baby gifts, announced today it has been recognized as one of the best e-commerce specialty stores by TheFind, which is the leading shopping search engine and web destination for discovering lifestyle goods. BabyBox.com received the award in the category of online retailers specializing in baby clothing.

“We are honored to be named a top baby clothing shop by TheFind, and are thrilled that our years in the e-commerce business are recognized,” said Katherine Type, founder of BabyBox.com. “From its inception, BabyBox.com was created for customers with discriminating tastes who want the convenience and flexibility of shopping online, with everything delivered to their doorsteps.”

TheFind100 is an annual award that recognizes the best 100 e-commerce specialty stores in sixteen shopping categories. TheFind shopping search engine has grown very rapidly and receives over 11 million visitors every month. Over the last twelve months, shoppers have voted with their clicks to earn winners a spot on this year’s TheFind100 list.

From developmental toys to baby clothing, crib bedding and nursery furniture, BabyBox.com features an A-list of upscale designers, such as House Inc., Henry & Henrietta, Lulu DK Matouk, Lulla Smith, Gordonsbury, Serena & Lily, Blauen, Sweet William, Lullaby and Baby B, among others.

About BabyBox.com
BabyBox.com is a premier baby gift store for children, ages newborn to 12 months. Offering a specialized selection of luxury baby items, the company prides itself on serving a niche market with a focus on unique and high quality products including adorable crib bedding, baby clothes, nursery décor, quality children’s furnishings, baby furniture, custom baby bedding, Moses baskets, bassinets, handmade items, as well as traditional gifts, such as toys, baby blankets and keepsake gifts. In addition to the specialized infant collections, BabyBox.com has expanded its offerings to provide furniture, bedding, décor and clothing for older children. With headquarters in Darien, Conn., BabyBox.com has provided unique baby gifts since 1997. For more information, please visit www.BabyBox.com.

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Naartjie Announces Naartjie Online Boys Clothing Discount

Naartjie, the original name in fashionable, kid-friendly clothing, announced today that it is offering 25 percent off their entire stock of boys’ fashions online at Naartjie.com. This promotion ends February 25, 2009 and is good only online. Naartjie’s entire stock of holiday fashions are reduced to $9.99 a piece both online and in-store. (All holiday sales are final).

“Children outgrow clothing faster than seasons change, and just in time for spring, we’re excited to offer online specials on boys clothing,” said Joe Norwood, director of marketing, Naartjie USA. “In this economy, shoppers are turning to online retailers with great selections and quality merchandise at competitive prices. Naartjie’s kid-friendly, rugged and fun to wear clothes for boys are always in fashion and our 25% off promotional discount can’t be beat.”

Naartjie designs, colors, prints, and styles represent a truly unique synthesis of European fashion trends with western casual lifestyle. Featuring a dominant focus on natural fabrics that are garment-dyed, pre-washed and pre-shrunk for easy wear, low maintenance and comfort, Naartjie uses a garment dye process that results in a more vibrant color and softer clothing and accessories for precious little ones.

The ultimate in mix and match, Naartjie introduces new colors, prints and styles within a monthly grouping to allow customers to mix and match across the entire assortment. In addition, shoppers can mix and match between collections within a season. The freshest and broadest color assortment in the industry. Distinctive detailing, mixing of fabrics, appliqués and embroidery details. Always “Kid-Friendly” design concepts made primarily of natural fabrics that feature weight-right fabrications for maximum comfort and easy care. Each item is designed and constructed for easy-wear comfort, whether the garment is dressed up or dressed down.

About Naartjie
Naartjie was founded in 1989 in Cape Town, South Africa when designer Anne Eales sought an alternative to the limited selection of childrens clothes available as she shopped for her three young boys. F r o m its very conception, Naartjie was about KIDS… playful, vibrant, active, colorful, natural, always changing. We offer great kids clothes and baby clothes, basics and accessories for girls, boys, and newborns to 10 years of age — all at surprisingly affordable prices. Naartjie’s corporate headquarters are located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Naartjie owns and operates stores in both the United States and South Africa, with new stores opening regularly. For more information, please visit us at http://naartjie.com.

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Online luxury baby retailer now carries a selection of House Inc. bedding and furniture

www.BabyBox.com, a luxury retailer of high-end crib bedding, baby furniture and baby gifts, announced today the addition of selectHouse Inc. bedding and furniture to its existing collections. The latest offering complements its extensive selection of premier nursery furniture, baby bedding, baby clothes and baby gifts, making BabyBox.com the premiere online destination for those with discriminating taste.

“We are thrilled to announce our latest addition of baby bedding and baby furniture f r o m House Inc., which is known for its unpretentious style and comfort,” said Katherine Type, founder of BabyBox.com. “The House Inc. baby bedding and destination inspired furniture collections round out our distinguished roster of the most exclusive names in luxury baby furniture and baby bedding.”

The House Inc. Bedding Collection was created to beautify a child’s surroundings and encourage heavenly sleep. Featuring a full line of crib bedding, duvets, bed skirts, sheets, Euro shams, Standard shams, King shams, boudoir pillows, neckroll pillows, curtain panels and valances. Moses baskets and fabrics by the yard complement nurseries and children’s bedrooms of any theme or decor.

Featuring delicious color and pattern combinations such as Neopolitan Chocolate Blue, Maiden’s Sage Bouquet and Pashmina Pink, theHouse Inc. line of luxury baby bedding is made f r o m soft poplin and jerseys. Designer Annette Tatum breaks f r o m the predictable with House Inc., where comfort and style meet with unexpected combinations of texture, pattern and color. House Inc. Baby brings Tatum’s philosophy to the nursery, where cozy comfort rhymes with happily ever after for playtime or sweet dreams.

The House, Inc. Maiden’s collection revolves around the feminine shape of the Maiden’s Bed. With curved legs and delicate decorative appliqué options, the solid wood, individually crafted furniture is the perfect focal point for little princesses’ rooms. Featuring clean lines and squared legs, the classically designed Cottage Bed by House Inc., with optional mosaic beading or rope molding, is a timeless treasure for any child’s room. Both styles are crafted in the USA, feature a choice of 16 beautiful colors and come in twin, full and queen sizes. Completing the collections are matching changing table, dresser, chests, bookshelves, bookcases, night stand, cubby and bench.

In addition to the latest House Inc. collection, BabyBox.com features an A-list of upscale designers, such as Henry & Henrietta, Lulu DK Matouk, Lulla Smith, Gordonsbury, Serena & Lily, Blauen, Sweet William, Lullaby and Baby B, among others.

About BabyBox.com
BabyBox.com is a premier baby gift store for children, ages newborn to 12 months. Offering a specialized selection of luxury baby items, the company prides itself on serving a niche market with a focus on unique and high quality products including adorable crib bedding, baby clothes, nursery décor, quality children’s furnishings, baby furniture, custom baby bedding, Moses baskets, bassinets, handmade items, as well as traditional gifts, such as toys, baby blankets and keepsake gifts. In addition to the specialized infant collections, BabyBox.com has expanded its offerings to provide furniture, bedding, décor and clothing for older children. With headquarters in Darien, Conn., BabyBox.com has provided unique baby gifts since 1997. For more information, please visit www.BabyBox.com.

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Baby Christening Gowns & Little Girl Dresses Available at Sandbox Couture

Sandbox Couture, a popular online children’s boutique retailer of baby clothes, designer children’s clothes and baby gifts, today announced the arrival of new baby christening gowns for little boys, little girls, babies and preemies.

Sandbox Couture offers a wide collection of christening baby gowns featuring soft fabrics such as shantung silk, dupioni silk, cotton batiste and bridal quality organza. With tailored designs made from the finest materials, the line of christening and baptismal gowns presents a range of style that appeals to even the most discerning of tastes.

Baby christening gowns offer parents a wonderful selection of special occasion apparel ideal for baptisms, traditional Jewish ceremonies, first communions, and other memorable events. From the well known line of christening gowns, Little Things Mean A Lot, the collection boasts beautiful gowns for newborns, preemies, babies and toddlers.

“The line of baby christening gowns supports the product positioning and growth strategy for Sandbox Couture,” stated Sam Brown, spokesperson for Sandbox Couture.com. From a few select designers to a multi-channel ecommerce platform, we’ve fine tuned our inventory to key segments of the fashion market, “giving customers the best in quality, selection and style,” Brown concluded.

The online retailer continues to recognize prominent offerings of baby clothes and designer children’s clothes, adding to it’s list of over 50 designer brands and premier labels favorable to children and parents alike. By widening its retail offering, Sandbox Couture is able to further extend it’s brand awareness and couture following, as well as provide competitive prices on top brands in baby clothes and designer children’s clothes. For more information on christening gowns, please visit christeningbabygown.com, a division of SandboxCouture.com.

About Sandbox Couture
Sandbox Couture is an online children’s boutique retailer, providing designer baby clothes, designer children’s clothing and unique baby gifts. The company takes pride in hand selecting products from top designers, thereby ensuring quality and contemporary style. Sandbox Couture’s philanthropic contributions and socially conscious business practices are at the forefront of the company’s ideals and corporate culture. Founded in 2005, Sandbox Couture is privately held and headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA.

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GAME Has Announced A Range Of Magical Offerings To Coincide With The 8th Of December, The Busiest Online Shopping Day Of The Year

GAME, the fast growing UK based computer and video games retailer, has announced a range of special promotions to coincide with Monday 8th December, the busiest online shopping day of the year.

The exclusive GAME.co.uk offerings will include the Magic 8 competition, where eight lucky random customers will win their entire shopping basket for free on the day. Other promotions, conducted in partnership with affiliates, will offer a range of incentives from additional discounts to extra points.

There will also be some for-one-day-only deals which will include some of this year’s biggest titles. To find out which products will be in the magical offering check back at GAME.co.uk on Monday 8th December.

Alex Croft, managing director of online business, said: “We’re committed to providing our customers with great value in the run up to Christmas. We’ve been working hard to deliver a range of promotions that gives everyone the chance to pick up some of the must have Christmas gifts at amazing prices. For eight of our customers, they will even get their whole order for free – an early Christmas present from all of us at GAME.co.uk.”

“More and more customers are shopping online,” continued Croft. “With a huge range of products and some exciting deals – on popular formats such as xbox 360Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii – we’re fully prepared to help customers find everything they need in time for Christmas.”

The IMRG, the leading industry body for global e-retailing, is expecting £320 million to be spent online on the 8th December, with the peak between 1pm and 2pm. It forecast that UK shoppers will spend £13.16 billion online in the final quarter of 2008, some £215 each.

This is 15% higher than the same period a year ago, but the growth is down from a 54% rise a year ago.

“Retailers and suppliers will be under extreme pressure to price competitively this year,” said IMRG chief executive James Roper.

The predictions are drawn from data obtained from 60 UK online retail sites.

About GAME:
GAME is a specialist European retailer of PC and video games, video consoles and related accessories. GAME operates from over 1,162 stores, concessions and franchises in the UK, Eire, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Portugal, France and Australia. Together with online shopping services, GAME aim to be the destination of choice for every consumer. For further corporate information, log onto www.gamegroup.plc.uk and for the online store, log onto www.game.co.uk.

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Retailer Of Baby Clothes & Designer Childrens Clothes Offers Additional 10% Off Holiday Apparel

Sandbox Couture, a popular online children’s boutique retailer of designer childrens clothing, baby clothes and a baby gifts, today announced its Pre-Holiday Shopping Sale offering customers early bird specials on Holiday Dresses, Holiday Event Dresses, Thanksgiving Outfits and Christmas Gifts for little boys and little girls.

Sandbox Couture‘s pre-holiday discounts offer shoppers the ability to rack up savings in advance of post-holiday sales. Many items in the online boutique are already on sale plus shoppers can receive an additional 10% off by entering in coupon code HOLDIDAY10 at checkout, benefiting from savings as great as 70% off retail.

With the slowing economy, online retailers like Sandbox Couture can offer greater savings than brick and mortar stores due to lower overhead and operational expenses, which enable already lower prices. By implementing reduced prices and additional promotional savings, shoppers can maximize value and quality at a much lower rate.

The online retailer represents a multitude of name brands, designer labels and unique finds that parents love. Offering a variety of baby gifts and gift ideas representing this season’s must haves, top sellers, celebrity favorites, Many shoppers have become regular customers and follow the boutiques additions and selection of top designers and styles. Considered an extraordinary source for quality childrens clothes that are adorable, unique and affordable, Sandbox Couture is has become a quick favorite among savvy shoppers.

“In tough economic times, retailers must be cognizant to the needs of their audience and Sandbox Couture understands the desire for quality and value at an affordable price,”stated Sam Brown, spokesperson for Sandbox Couture. “From fashion trends to the latest designers collections, our goal is to bring forward the best quality at the best price,” Brown concluded.

Top brands available at Sandbox Couture include Baby Bling, Baby Nay, Ooh La La Mama, Kate Mack and Itzy Ritzy to name a few. To take advantage of Sandbox Couture’s Pre-Holiday Sale, enter coupon code HOLDIDAY10 upon checkout. For more information on the latest additions in baby clothes and children’s fashions, please visithttp://www.sandboxcouture.com.

About Sandbox Couture
Sandbox Couture is an online children’s boutique retailer, providing designer baby clothes,designer childrens clothing and unique a baby gifts. The company takes pride in hand selecting products from top designers, thereby ensuring quality and contemporary style. Sandbox Couture’s philanthropic contributions and socially conscious business practices are at the forefront of the company’s ideals and corporate culture. Founded in 2005, Sandbox Couture is privately held and headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. For information about Sandbox Couture, please visit the company’s web site athttp://www.SandboxCouture.com

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Boots Has Created Two Fragrances As Part Of Its Support Of This Years BBC Children In Need Campaign

Boots has created two fragrances to generate funds for BBC Children in Need 2008, the fifth year the company has lent its support to the charity.

The ‘his’ and ‘hers’ fragrances from Boots are called Hug for Her and Hug for Him*. The bottles, coloured gold for Hug for Her and silver for Hug for Him, come complete with a Pudsey-inspired phone charm. The fragrances themselves have been specially created to conjure up memories of a happy childhood.

Hug for Her is all about the familiar smell of bath time; the smell of warm towels with a hint of baby powder, whereas Hug For Him has the scent of wood shavings overlaid with the sweet scent of cola, to represent a school pencil case that contains everything from pens and pencils, through to sticky sweets.

Colette Phillips, Charity Marketing Manager for Boots, said: “We absolutely tried to recreate comforting scents that are defining memories from childhood. Our customers who buy a Hug fragrance to support Children In Need will relive happy memories of their childhood, whilst the donation they have made will help BBC Children in Need create brighter futures for some of today’s generation of children.”

Boots has supported BBC Children in Need for the past four years and helped raise a record total of £1.2 million pounds for the children’s charity during last year’s fundraising.

Colette continued: “This year BBC Children in Need is all about doing something different, so we thought we should follow that ethos here at Boots. Traditionally, all our Children in Need Pudsey products, which are sold to raise funds for the charity have been focused on children, but this year we thought we should do something different and create products that adults can also enjoy.”

The fragrances are just two of ten Pudsey products available from Boots. Other products include a mug, badges, a Pudsey bear and a bag, and the obligatory Pudsey ears.

In addition, Boots store teams around the country and teams at the Boots Support Offices will be joining in the fun with some innovative fund-raising ideas.

* Hug for Her and Hug for Him each cost £10, with £3.50 from each product sold being donated to BBC Children in Need.

About Children in Need:
The BBC Children in Need Appeal is in its 28th year and over that time has raised more than £470m to help disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. The statistics show just how necessary the charity’s work is; in the UK it’s estimated that 2.8 million children live in poverty, one hundred thousand children run away from home each year, one child in twenty is classified as disabled and there are 175,000 young carers in Great Britain. More information on the BBC Children in Need Charity (registered charity no. 802052) is available at www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey

About Boots
Boots UK is the UK pharmacy-led health and beauty retailing business of Alliance Boots.

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Littlewoods Direct Make Christmas Buying Easier For Parents With Their List Of This Year’s Top Gifts

Christmas is always a difficult time for parents who want to buy the latest and hottest toys for their children. Every year there are new ‘must have’ toys and games, and knowing what the current ones to buy is a headache for many families. This year Littlewoods Direct has sought to make things a bit easier for parents by providing a What’s hot for Christmas section to their site to provide some much needed inspiration.

The Littlewoods Direct What’s hot for Christmas section provides several top ten toys lists split into gifts for boys, gifts for girls, as well as providing ideas for what to get mums and dads. Gift ideas can also be filtered by price or TV show.

Toys and games always come out top as presents for kids or all ages at Christmas, and this year the number one kids’ toy is the High School Musical plug and play karaoke which allows children to simply plug the microphone into the TV and then Sing-along with 10 High School Musical songs.

For girls the X Factor board game, which takes players through the journey of an X Factor contestant, passing through Auditions, Boot Camp, the Judges Houses and all the way to the Final, is one of the most wanted gifts this year.

For boys the 49-piece JCB Durable Workbench is one of the most fun and engaging toys for Christmas, while the feature packed Star Wars Millennium Falcon is sure to be one of the most sought after gifts for older boys, although dads may have to stop playing with it first.

For younger children the Sesame Street Elmo Live is the one of the most talked about soft toys this year. For the first time ever, Elmo seems to actually be speaking as his mouth opens and closes just like the real muppet, Elmo from Sesame Street. He waves his arms, sits and stands, even crosses his legs all the while telling stories and jokes, singing songs and playing games.

For slightly older kids, the Nintendo DS Lite is again for the third year, the number one ‘must have’ console for both boys and girls.

With so many ‘must have’ Christmas gift ideas, Littlewoods Direct want to ensure that everyone gets what they really want this year.

About Littlewoods Direct:
Littlewoods Direct is part of the Shop Direct Group, the UK’s leading online and home shopping retailer, offering homeware, men’s and women’s clothing, toys, gifts and jewellery, electricals and appliances, furniture and sports equipment.

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Celebrate A Child’s Name With Customized, Personalized And Monogrammed Baby Gifts

www.BabyBox.com, a luxury retailer of high-end baby bedding, crib bedding, baby furniture, bassinets and baby gifts, presents tips for choosing a baby name, offering a superior collection of personalized, monogrammed and customizable kids and baby gifts that celebrate the importance of a baby’s name while reinforcing the development of a child’s own identity.

“Naming a baby is a very special and often challenging and time-consuming task that parents will face, but once decided, it’s a celebratory occasion,” says Katherine Type, founder of BabyBox.com“Today, celebrities are not the only parents choosing unique baby names or even made up names. Remember those bicycle name plates? They were fine until you tried to find an uncommon name. At BabyBox.com, even unusual names or names with unconventional spellings can be customized on most gift items.”

Parents who are putting off the process of choosing a name can take heart with some simple steps to get them started. The first step usually evolves from a process of eliminating names. Knowing which names are not desirable is an important step toward narrowing a list of possibilities. If a non-traditional name is sought, the logical place to start would be to rule out the most common names. Next, write down all family names, if tradition is important or if honoring a beloved relative is a prerogative. Lastly, take the final list of baby names and sleep on them, consider any difficulties a child might have with spelling, initials, double meanings and gender identification.

Whether taking the traditional or non-traditional route to naming a baby, BabyBox.com has the essential customizable, personalized and monogram luxury baby gifts that children will treasure as their very own.

Personalization starts from day one, when baby is brought home in monogrammed Pima cotton layette sets or bib sets. Documenting a baby’s firsts and milestones gets customized with a wide array of baby books, albums and keepsake boxes, including “A Baby Book for You” with artworks by Ralph Caldecott, Kate Greenaway, Walter Crane, and others from the golden age of children’s book illustration. The book includes a section about why a child’s name was chosen.

According to the U.S. Social Security Administration, some of the most popular boy names in this decade include Jacob, Michael, Joshua, Matthew, Andrew, Christopher, Daniel, Joseph, Ethan and William. Masculine or unusual, inherited or new, baby boys can proudly wear their moniker on personalized baby scrubs, monogrammed golf t-shirts, personalized corduroy rompers, monogrammed handmade moccasins, baseball caps and many other baby boy gifts.

The 10 most popular girl names are Emily, Madison, Emma, Hannah, Olivia, Abigail, Ashley, Samantha. Jaden, Phoenix and Riley are some unique unisex baby names (for boys or girls), while the twin names Ella/Emma and Madison/Morgan were the most popular combinations in 2007. Fashionable lasses can make a statement through personalized clothing. Choose from monogrammed dresses, cotton hoodies, luxury layette, personalized dresses, monogrammed bathing suits and diaper covers to add a touch of elegance to baby’s wardrobe.

A staple of every baby’s wardrobe is the monogrammed baby body suit that works great under outfits or as is in warmer weather. Create individualized sleeping and playing spaces with personalized and monogrammed blankets, pillows and towels. Customized wall art and wooden wall letters encourages learning a child’s name, while personalized Warhol style pop art is a perfectly whimsical piece for any room. Sturdy personalized puzzle stools make a wonderful activity gift that is both educational and useful. Personalized name stools and personalized name puzzles also come in Hebrew.

Play time becomes extra special with a monogrammed Plain Mary Kensington Baby Play Mat, a selection of dolls for boys and girls, cuddly personalized Hand Knit Cotton Bunny. Personalized baby keepsakes include first baseball, handprint sets and silver baby gifts. And don’t forget to bring a new level of fun and education to mealtime with personalized baby gift plates and monogrammed oil cloth lunch bags for that retro look and feel.

About Baby Box
BabyBox.com is a premier baby gift store for children, ages newborn to 12 months. Offering a specialized selection of luxury baby items, the company prides itself on serving a niche market with a focus on unique and high quality products including adorable crib bedding, baby clothes, nursery décor, quality children’s furnishings, baby furniture, custom baby bedding, Moses baskets, bassinets, handmade items, as well as traditional gifts, such as toys, baby blankets and keepsake gifts. In addition to the specialized infant collections, BabyBox.com has expanded its offerings to provide furniture, bedding, décor and clothing for older children. With headquarters in Darien, Conn., BabyBox.com has provided unique baby gifts since 1997. For more information, please visitwww.BabyBox.com.

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Baby Gift Ideas From Sandbox Couture

Sandbox Couture, a popular online children’s boutique retailer of baby clothes, childrens clothes and holiday baby clothes today announced its list of top baby gifts and gift ideas representing this season’s must haves, top sellers, celebrity favorites.

Finding quality items that are unique and have that wow appeal just got easier with Sandbox Couture’s Top 10 Gift List. Featuring a combination of baby clothes, children’s clothes, baby gifts and accessories, shoppers can find amazing deals on truly remarkable gifts for the little ones in their lives.

From Baby Bling, the popular designer of pacifiers and pacifier holders, shoppers can find a huge selection of uniquely adorable pacifiers, clips and accessories. Adorned with imported crystals double reinforced with non-toxic glue, these fun and funky binkies have been product tested to meet baby safety guidelines. The Baby Bling line provides a great outlet for accessorizing as well as providing fun and practical gifts.

Itzy Ritzy, maker of Cuter Than A Ducks Butt, brings forward a new line of Shopping Cart Covers, Nursing Covers, Blankets and Burp Cloths. Itzy Ritzy Baby Ritzy Rider in Licorice Swirl is a making an impact with shoppers and a popular item with our NYC celebrity parents. These couture designed covers are perfect for all shopping carts, as well as restaurant high chairs, park safety swings.

Another featured designer is Kaiya Eve, maker of adorable tutu petticoats that every girl should have. Fluffy and fun and brilliantly designed, these are great for dressing up, pictures, holiday festivities or that special event. On the other end of the spectrum are funky and sassy onesies from Ooh La La Mama. Taking fresh designs and pop culture favorites to the next level of soft, comfortable fabrics, these onesies easily make Sandbox Couture’s Top Baby Gifts List.

“Bringing fun ideas and stylish gifts to shoppers is just part of our business model,” stated Sam Brown, spokesperson for Sandbox Couture. “By keeping tabs on fashion trends, reviewing designers collections and listening to the demands of customers we strive to present the best of the season’s top items,” Brown concluded.

Top brands available at Sandbox Couture include Baby Bling, Baby Nay, Roxy, Ooh La La Mama, Kate Mack, Itzy Ritzy, Quicksilver and Small Paul by Paul Frank, to name a few. For more information on the latest additions in baby clothes and children’s fashions, please visit http://www.sandboxcouture.com.

The online retailer of baby clothes and baby gifts continues to stay on top of current trends and couture clothing, bringing customers unique and fashionable items for babies and children. SandboxCouture.com has been selling baby clothes and designer children’s clothes since 2005 and frequently adds new products and gifts in a variety of mediums to appeal to online shoppers on an international scale. In addition to purchasing items, customers can also buy gift certificates giving the gift of style and selection this holiday season.

About Sandbox Couture
Sandbox Couture is an online children’s boutique retailer, providing designer baby clothes, designer children’s clothing and unique baby gifts. The company takes pride in hand selecting products from top designers, thereby ensuring quality and contemporary style. Sandbox Couture’s philanthropic contributions and socially conscious business practices are at the forefront of the company’s ideals and corporate culture. Founded in 2005, Sandbox Couture is privately held and headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. For information about Sandbox Couture, please visit the company’s web site at http://www.SandboxCouture.com

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Monogrammed and customized baby gifts are perfect for the holidays or any gift-giving occasion

BabyBox.com, a luxury retailer of baby bedding, crib bedding, baby furniture, baby clothes and baby gifts, features a distinctive selection of personalized, monogrammed and customizable infant and children’s gifts and ornaments — just in time for the holiday season or to celebrate a child’s many milestones.

“The hottest trend in gift-giving this holiday season is to add a personal touch to traditional and novel gifts” said Katherine Type, founder of BabyBox.com. “Our extensive selection of monogram and customizable baby gifts and holiday gifts makes it easy to shop for that special child, whether to celebrate a birth, baby’s first holiday, first birthday, christening/baptism or for expectant parents.” 

For the holidays, BabyBox.com carries a wide array of first Christmas ornaments, plates, toys and apparel to commemorate baby’s very special first Noel. Celebrate baby’s first Christmas with monogrammed baby’s first holiday layette, bib set, out fit or gift set. Choose from a variety of Christmas tree ornament styles decorated with snowmen, carriages, stockings and baby’s own name. Ring in the season with a pair of Jingle Bells Reindeer Sneakers and organize baby’s first holiday photos in a personalized Baby’s First Christmas Photo Album by Gund. Inspire good behavior and start a family tradition with “The Elf on the Shelf” book and doll set.

These days, parents don’t have to be Caldecott Award-winning authors to give their child his or her own book. “My Very Own Name Book,”My Very Own Fairy Tale Book and Plate Set” or keepsake baby albums are ready to customize with names and birth dates. Make play time extra special with a monogrammed Mary Kensington Baby Play Mat, a selection of dolls for boys and girls, cuddly personalized Hand Knit Cotton Bunny. Personalized baby keepsakes include first baseball, handprint sets and silver baby gifts.

For clothing that truly makes a statement, choose from monogrammed dresses, cotton hoodie sets, rompers, baby scrubs, golf shirts, baseball caps or monogrammed hand made moccasins to add a touch of elegance to baby’s wardrobe. This holiday, little carolers can bundle up in monogrammed sweaters and siblings can sport their big brother/big sister t-shirts.

As children find comfort and security in familiar surroundings, help create a warm, inviting space with personalized blankets, pillows and towels. The addition of customized wall art and wooden wall letters brightens little ones’ rooms with decor that encourages learning and appreciation for art. Sturdy personalized Puzzle Stools make for a wonderful activity gift that is both educational and useful. And finally, tuck away baby’s cherished items in personalized keepsake toy chests that come in a variety of styles and colors.

About Baby Box 
BabyBox.com is a premier baby gift store for children, ages newborn to 12 months. Offering a specialized selection of luxury baby items, the company prides itself on serving a niche market with a focus on unique and high quality products including adorable crib bedding, baby clothes, nursery décor, quality children’s furnishings, baby furniture, custom baby bedding, Moses baskets, bassinets, handmade items, as well as traditional gifts, such as toys, baby blankets and keepsake gifts. In addition to the specialized infant collections, BabyBox.com has expanded its offerings to provide furniture, bedding, décor and clothing for older children. With headquarters in Darien, Conn., BabyBox.com has provided unique baby gifts since 1997. For more information, please visit BabyBox.com.

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Early Learning Centre Has Announced 450 Brand New Toys Will Be On Offer For Christmas 2008

Early Learning Centre has announced that it will have 450 new toys on offer for Christmas 2008, resulting in a total of 1500 toys for kids to choose from this festive period.

This year the Early Learning Centre is offering a free toy with any purchase of products in the star buys range.

This year also sees the launch of the Brilliant Start range, designed specifically for babies. This new range of innovative toys is designed in black and white with bold contrasting colours and graphics to captivate babies. Toys such as the Brilliant Start Activity Table help to encourage babies’ visual development and boost their strength and co-ordination.

The Classic range from the Early Learning Centre, featuring toys made out of wood, tin and fabric, continues to be a best seller with traditional toys such as the Tin Spinning Top, and the Rocking Horse adding a touch of nostalgia to Christmas.

A number of Christmas toys are also on offer to encourage children to use their imagination and creativity including the Snow Queen Palace, featuring towers and balconies. Along with the Magical Figure Set, this is a Christmas must have for imaginative children.

In a similar vein, Early Learning Centre’s Christmas gifts also include the Castle of Courage, an impressive dolls house featuring four towers, turrets, battlements, flagpoles and a working drawbridge, as well as the Jousting Set and the Stomping Battle Rhino, both ideal accompaniments to the Castle.

Early Learning Centre has literally hundred more toys on offer this Christmas all available in store or online, with parents being encouraged to look to the star buys for great value for money and free gifts.

About Early Learning Centre:
Early learning Centre creates fantastic toys – toys that help develop vital skills, toys that help kids get off to the best possible start, and toys that are tremendous fun. A passion for learning through play and a commitment to quality make Early Learning Centre a wonderful experience for everyone this Christmas.

Early Learning Centre currently has 215 stores across the UK and over 80 international stores in 19 countries worldwide. All Early Learning Centre toys meet British and European standards for toy safety. The Early Learning Centre is also associated with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

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Zoobies, the 3in1 plush animal that tranforms into a pillow and blankets was featured on CBS News

Victoria Pericon, founder of SavvyMommy.com featured Zoobies™ last year for the segment titled “Parent Tools” on CBS News in New York City. The segment featured several products that highlighted some of the latest products that makes parenting a little easier. Zoobies™ the plush animals that transform into pillows and blankets.

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Zoobies™ was started by two young brothers who wanted to produce something “new, innovative; and extremely cuddly; something that would be both fun for kids and handy for parents at home and on the road”, says founder, JC Smoot. The patented Zoobies™ concept is the only plush animal concept out there that turns into both a pillow and blanket. After designing 12 animals for the brand new 2007 Safari Collection and unveiling them at the 2007 TIA Toy Fair in New York, they realized they were on to something big. Less than 5 months later they are in hundreds of boutique & gift shops across the country, distributing internationally, and have won three awards in addition to the Seal of Approval from Savvy Mommy.

Zoobies™ U.S. office is located in Provo, Utah. The Safari Line is the first of several that will be released down the road. The wholesale price is currently $14. They have been extremely successful with retailers like Jim Davis of Kids Center in Tucson Arizona who sold over 200 his first two months of carrying Zoobies™.

Links for more information:
www.Zoobiepets.com
www.SavvyMommy.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6f5CK9UkjQ

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