Dog toy with squeaker. Pet shop by Fringe Studio. fringestudio.com
Each market season, it seems, there is a new animal craze in the gift industry. The unicorn, sloth, and llama have all had their time, but now the colorful and quirky birds have their time. Yes, flamingos were everywhere at the Atlanta market – a classic that never seems to fade. But toucans, in particular, are on the rise and we believe they will be the next animal sensation in the gift industry. With their shiny rainbow-shaped beaks, these playful birds add a touch of cheerfulness to product designs – something consumers are looking for to brighten up their day. Check out some of our favorite gifts designed after the tropical bird.
Lenise Willis is the editor-in-chief of Decorative gifts and accessories, which has covered the gift, stationery and home industry for over 100 years. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Journalism at Chapel Hill and brings both print and digital news and marketing experience to the magazine. Through market events, as well as print and digital reports, she leads conversations regarding product trends and news affecting changes in the gift industry in general.