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CHRISTMAS TRENDS 2011

 

Christmas Hot Toys 2011

Toys R Us Names 2011's Hottest Holiday Toy Trends

App-cessories

First, your child will need an iPad, then Toys R Us will have available at least a dozen "app-cessories" for holiday gift-giving.

* Crayola app : The $29.99 iMarker Digital Stylus, included with the Crayola ColorStudio HD app, simulates Crayola crayons, markers and paints. "This is just the beginning of products with apps at Crayola," said Vicky Lozano, vice president of marketing. "This allows kids to be creative in a digital world."

* Cars 2 app : $19.99 Disney-Pixar Cars 2 AppMates. Comes with two cars, turns an iPad into a raceway. Cars looks and sounds can be customized.

* Arcade app : $99.99 iCade Arcade Cabinet for iPad is a retro-look desktop arcade.

* Helicopter app : $49.99 Helo Touch Controlled Helicopter. Control plugs into iPad and translates commands into signals that beam to the helicopter.

* MY3D Viewer for iPhone/iPod touch from Hasbro : Experience 3D and 360-degrees of entertainment on any iPhone or iPod touch.

Quirky Stuffed Characters

Uglydoll Plush from Pretty Ugly, LLC. : Featuring unique shapes and silly expressions, these plush have special personalities. No batteries required.

* KooKoo Zoo 6-Inch KooKoo Birds from Jay at Play International : 6-inch stuffed KooKoo Birds, available in various colors and styles.

* Smurfs Plush from JAKKS Pacific : 8-inch, 11-inch and 21-inch stuffed versions of Smurfette, Papa Smurf and more Smurf characters.

* 22-Inch Lion (Jackson) from Plushalicious

* Annoying Orange Talking Fresh Squeezed Plush from The Bridge Direct : 3.5-inch stuffed characters - styles include Orange, Pear and Midget Apple.

Reverse Tech

This year, a variety of playthings, from plush pals to construction sets, offer tangible extensions of some of the most popular video games, social networks and apps for kids.

* Angry Birds Knock on Wood Game from Mattel : Kids can build structures and launch Angry Birds mini figures to score points as they destroy opponents’ towers and knock down their green pigs with this skill-and-action board game based on the best-selling Angry Birds app.

* Mario Kart Wii Bowser’s Castle Ultimate Building Set from K’NEX : The experience of racing Mario and Luigi out of the video game and into the real world.

* Need for Speed Porsche GT3 RS Construction Set from MEGA Brands : Construct an authentic Porsche model from the Need for Speed video game franchise.

* Moshi Monsters Moshling Mini-Figures 3-pack from Spin Master : Miniature Moshlings from the online community.

* Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure from Activision : Gamers bring their toys to life when they place their action figures on the “Portal of Power,” teleporting characters into a video game world.

Gross is Good

* The Trash Pack from Moose Toys : Tiny, squishy garbage-themed characters.

* Incredible Edibles Fright Factory from JAKKS Pacific : Create disgustingly delicious goodies with various flavored mixes to choose from.

* Doctor Dreadful Zombie Drink Lab from Spin Master : Mad scientist lab, create edible treats.

* Creepy Crawlers Bug Maker Creation Station from JAKKS Pacific : Create a wide variety of creepy crawlers.

 

Toys "R" Us Announces Holiday 'Hot Toy' List

Toys "R" Us annual list of 'Hot Toys' for the holiday season. Ready, set, holiday shop!

The following is what the toy giant calls its “Fabulous 15,” or the best new toys of the holiday season, as selected by Toys "R" Us ( in alphabetical order):

Air Hogs Hyper Actives from Spin Master
Air Swimmers eXtreme from Animal Planet
Lalaloopsy Silly Hair dolls from MGA Entertainment
LeapPad Explorer from LeapFrog
Monster High Fearleading 3-Pack from Mattel
Moshi Monsters Moshling 3-Pack Mini-Figures from Spin Master
My Keepon from Wow! Stuff
NERF Vortex Vigilon from Hasbro
Ninjago Lightning Dragon Battle from LEGO Systems, Inc.
Poppin’ Park Elefun Busy Ball Popper from Playskool
Power Wheels Dune Racer from Fisher-Price
Radica Fijit Friends from Mattel    
Sesame Street Let’s Rock! Elmo from Hasbro
Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure from Activision
The Trash Pack Garbage Truck from Moose Toys

The full Toys "R" Us 2011 Holiday Hot Toy List

Baby’s First Christmas
Poppin' Park Elefun Busy Ball Popper from Playskool
Topzy Tumblers Twirlin’ Tumblin’ Fun Park from Fisher-Price

13 months to 2 years
Sesame Street Let’s Rock! Elmo from Hasbro
You & Me Hide and Seek Friends from Toys“R”Us

2 to 4 years
Angry Birds 5-Inch Plush from Commonwealth
Cabbage Patch Kids Limited Vintage Edition from JAKKS Pacific
Disney Rock Star Mickey from Fisher-Price
Fast Lane Stunt City from Toys“R”Us
Imaginarium City Central Train Table from Toys“R”Us
Lalaloopsy Silly Hair dolls from MGA Entertainment
Power Rangers Samurai Samurai Megazord from Bandai
Power Wheels Dune Racer from Fisher-Price

5 to 7 years
Bizu Style Studio from Spin Master
Disney-Pixar “Cars 2” The Real Lightning McQueen Interactive Air Hogs R/C Vehicle from Spin Master
Hot Wheels Wall Tracks Starter Set from Mattel
iMarker digital stylus + Crayola ColorStudio HD App from Crayola
InnoTab from VTech
LeapPad Explorer from LeapFrog
Monster High Fearleading 3-Pack from Mattel
Mario Kart Wii Bowser’s Castle Ultimate Building Set™ from K’NEX
Moshi Monsters Moshling Mini-Figures 3-pack from Spin Master
Radica Fijit Friends from Mattel
Redakai X-Reader Starter Pack from Spin Master
TRANSFORMERS Dark of the Moon Ultimate OPTIMUS PRIME from Hasbro
The Trash Pack Garbage Truck from Moose Toys
Xia-Xia from Cepia, LLC

8 to 11 years
Air Swimmers eXtreme from Animal Planet
Fast Lane JLX Matrix from Toys“R”Us
HEROICA Castle Fortaan from LEGO Systems, Inc
I Am T-Pain Mic from CDI, a division of JAKKS Pacific
My Keepon from Wow! Stuff
NERF Vortex Vigilon from Hasbro
Ninjago Lightning Dragon Battle from LEGO Systems, Inc
Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure from Activision

Big Kids
Air Hogs Hyper Actives from Spin Master
HALO Anniversary Edition: UNSC Warthog from MEGA Bloks


Christmas Marketing Trends 2011

Hot Colors

Silver and a soft green are predicted to be the front-runners.

Layaway

Kmart brought Layaway back onto the retail scene, and now Wal-Mart is offering the payment option.

Free Shipping

If you haven't jumped on the "free shipping" bandwagon, you won't want to miss out this year. Shoppers love it, are now expecting it, and many won't buy without it.

Free Shipping Day

This year "Free Shipping Day" is predicted to outdo "Cyber Monday" in sales. The one-day event, scheduled this year for Friday,Dec.16, will encourage consumers to shop more than 2,000 online merchants with free shipping and delivery by Christmas Eve.

Mobile Marketing

Forrester predicts over 75 percent of marketers will include a mobile marketing strategy, combining the in-store and online experience. Shoppers can compare prices, scan for coupons, and order products on-the-go.

NRF reveals top 10 trends for holiday season

1. Slow and steady wins the race.
A moderate forecast is still a best-case scenario for the holidays this year.

2. All shoppers are not created equal.
The multichannel shopper presents the biggest opportunity for retailers. Holiday shoppers who shop in multiple channels will spend 22% more this year than people who are only shopping in a store. Retailers, make sure your websites are speedy, accurate and information-filled.

3. And...?
This trend, compared to the new Coke Zero commercials, represents the mindset of today's shoppers, who believe that low prices are a
given and shop with a "price-plus" mentality. They are looking for what else retailers offer besides price.Value, quality and service, in addition to promotions and sales.

4. Now you see it, now you don't.
Inventory levels are very lean this year as retailers have become more efficient at managing their stock. They also are able to place orders later in the season in order to better gauge consumer sentiment. Shop early for the "must-have" items on your list.

5. You better shop around.
Consumers will not discriminate when shopping everywhere for the best deals and lowest prices. This trend offers opportunities to retailers in all categories.

6. Thank you sir, may I have another?
Six in ten holiday shoppers have set aside money to make additional non-gift purchases for themselves this season. The average person will spend $130 on these purchases, an all-time high and a 16% jump from last year's $112. Why? Retailers have done a good job convincing consumers that the holiday season offers the best prices - and many Americans seem to have delayed purchases to wait for the best deals.

7. This year's gift-giving theme: "everyday appropriate."
In the past couple of years shoppers were focused on necessities. This year people will be more willing to splurge, but on items that are appropriate to wear or use on a regular basis.

8. The early bird catches the worm but the night owl catches the sales. Black Friday, once a mid-morning to early-afternoon activity, will start earlier. Last year, 24 percent of shoppers hit stores before 4 a.m. and a number of stores were open on Thanksgiving Day. This year Macy's, Kohl's and Target have announced that they will be opening at midnight on Thanksgiving night.

9. Free shipping isn't free ... but it works. "Free" shipping isn't without cost to retailers, but it is something consumers have come to expect. According to Shop.org, a record 93 percent of online retailers plan to offer free shipping this holiday season, and 36 percent of consumers are willing to spend more online if the shipping is free.

10. Yes, Virginia, there is an app for that. Mobile will play a huge role in the holiday season. However, consumers use smartphones and tablet computers, such as the iPad, differently. Consumers carry their smartphones everywhere, and 50 percent will use them to find store hours and locations, compare prices, read reviews or redeem coupons. According to the NRF, though, only 16 percent of people will make purchases from their mobile phones. Tablet computers are more often utilized at home. 70% of tablet owners will use their devices for holiday shopping this year, and they are twice as likely to use tablets to purchase merchandise as smartphones.


Christmas Trends at Tendence 2011

Trends for Christmas

For Christmas consumers look forward to warm reds and white in all its subtle varieties. Festive decoration is also dominated by every shade of blue. Anyone in search of something other than glass balls to decorate the Christmas tree will find a wide and impressive variety of ornaments. In addition to the traditional Christmas-tree baubles, there are ducks, parrots, forest animals or new variations on the Father-Christmas theme in modern colours to decorate the Christmas tree. At any rate, in the arts and crafts segment, the emphasis is still very much on traditional themes and motifs. Angels, nutcrackers, candle arches, pyramids and so on are timeless, and themes from fairy-tales are also very popular.

Decorations for Christmas 2011 will be in shades of turquoise, mauve and blue and influenced by tsarist Russia and the Orient, according to trend watchers at Tendence, one of the year's biggest interior design trade shows.

The annual Tendence home furnishings and accessories trade show in Frankfurt, August 26-30, is one of the most important events on the interior design calendar. The event attracts nearly 60,000 visitors and over 2,000 exhibitors each year and, along with Maison & Objet in Paris, sets the interior design trends for the coming year.

On August 23 the organizers of Tendence released a preliminary trends report examining major themes in interior design and Christmas decorations on display at the show. This year Christmas decorations at Tendence combine traditional colors such as red, silver and gold with more modern shades of turquoise, petrol, blue, pink, mauve, violet and grey.

In addition to appearing in these modern shades, Christmas decorations of 2011 are also inspired by tsarist Russia and the early mystical appeal of the Orient. Examples of decorations inspired by these trends include tree decorations in the form of Russian dolls and the style of gift wrapping.

Earlier in the year Christmas trends were showcased at Frankfurt's Christmasworld (January 28 - February 1), where the main trends were 'naturalness,' 'quality' and 'tradition'; Christmasworld 2012 will be held from January 27-31 in Frankfurt, Germany.

Christmas Trends


Christmasworld Trends 2011/12

Christmas 2011: Naturalness, Quality and Tradition

Colors

When it comes to Christmas decorations, the trend conscious will rely on cool blue or berry shades in 2011. However, traditionalists have not been neglected with collections in red, silver, gold, brown and white being available. Ensembles in delicate shades of rose are also enjoying a renaissance.

Style

As in grandmother's day, there are classic baubles with and without ornamentation, but also hearts, stylised fir trees and stars. The foremost source of inspiration in 2011 remains nature. However, fashions and interior design are also influential so that flowers of all colors, birds, chandeliers, cocktail glasses and even perfume bottles are also available.

The opulence of the recent past is much reduced, the lines are clearer and inspired by classic models.

Candles

Classic Style: This development is also visible in the candle market. There is no serious competition for classic pillar candles, as well as tea and wind lights.

Playful Creativity is in demand: Furled street-cafe sun parasols will be covered next winter by an "umbrellatopper" in the form of an oversized Santa's hat. Screw-in holders that permit standard table candles to be used will replace classic tree candleholders.

Traditional Christmas

Given that most people prefer to decorate their trees in the way they remember from their childhood, many manufacturers bank on traditional decorations. (see Christmas 2010)

Ornaments and Decorations

Striking is the on-going trend towards high-quality products with high-grade workmanship made in Germany or Europe being very popular. In the case of materials, tree decorations are dominated by glass while, in all other cases, it is natural materials, such as wood, willow and wool that set the tone.

Flashy tree decorations will play a significantly less important role than last season.

Gift Wrap

The gift-wrapping industry is turning to industrial fibres and sheeting. The tear and water proof fabrics and paper, which are also non-inflammable and come in a variety of colors and designs, are ideal for making presents more creative.

 

Christmasworld commissioned the bora.herke style agency to define the decorating trends for 2011/12

"The four trends we predict for the coming season are as varied and diverse as nature is versatile and beautiful."

Bountiful Scenery - exotic, extravagant and colorful.
A series of bright colors from crimson and Bordeaux red to lemon-green and petrol defines the "bountiful scenery" trend theme. Asia, Africa and Europe provide the design inspiration. The products are decorated with Asian kimono patterns featuring flowers, folklore elements and ethnic African prints. Gemstones, pearls, sequins and satin ribbon are used for decoration. Opulent party decorations, combined with the exotic palette of colors, transform decor into a stylish "melting pot".

Delightful Garden
- playful, feminine and sporty.
"Delightful garden" plays with a nostalgic fifties charm, in a modern setting. Pastels, lemon, pale blue, salmon pink, aniseed and white, set the tone. Red and dark blue lend a contemporary look. Checks, stripes and florals create a decorative impact on ribbons and serviettes. Enamel, glass and porcelain, lace, net and satin coordinate.

Elemental Force -- powerful, raw and archaic.
Characterized by signs of use and the ageing process. These signs are apparent on products made from natural materials such as stone, clay, loam and copper as well as bark, coarse knit and braided fabrics. Colors are sea green, navy blue, ochre, rust red and stone grey. Here, bleak cliff landscapes act as the role model. The patina of corroded, irregular cliffs is the source of inspiration for the surfaces of balls, ribbons, textiles, vases and ceramics.

Gentle Horizon - functional, simple and minimalist.
A modern, purist theme, reinforced by its muted grey and brown color palette. A delicate pink and vibrant yellow provide accents, the role model for which are distant horizons. A comparable clarity is created by a few, well chosen objects combined with expansive, partly shiny surfaces. Smooth, polished surfaces contrast with rustic fabrics like tweed, jute and cord. Decorative details, such as hem stitching in contrasting colors to the fabric. The charming interchange of subtle and rustic.

 

+++Trend scouts - bora.herke
Designers Annetta Palmisano, Cem Bora and Claudia Herke . As trend scouts they develop powerful themes, the inspiration from which comes from fashion, art, interiors and lifestyle.

+++Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is Germany’s largest trade fair organiser. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a global network of 29 subsidiaries, five branch offices and 48 international Sales Partners, giving it a presence for its customers in more than 150 countries. Events “made by Messe Frankfurt” take place at more than 30 locations around the globe.


Christmas Design Trends 2011

Montmatre

The pomp and circumstance of a time intoxicated by glamour and glory are back. Unmistakable historical influences combine with sleek shapes on the one hand and artistic tapestry effects on the other for a golden and festive result.The Sun King sends his greetings, conjuring up a glorious time gone by to celebrate the festival of festivals.

Frozen Nature

Wintry, frosty-looking worlds of ice exude a fascinating beauty. The decorations of ice crystals and snowflakes with their graphic design precision are their finger- prints, their charm comes from the delicacy and fragility of the lacy structures and patterns.There is a hint of nostalgia in the figurative images and the icy tones of Midnight Blue through Mint and Platinum to Winter White. Nature seems to hold its breath for a moment as if frozen.

Highlands

Originality and optimism are ex- pressed in the simple mix of deep greens and reds in stripes and checks.Traditional craft design and materials inspired by nature reflect the expanse and freedom of the Scottish Highlands with a certain longing.The individual parts are as reduced or archaic as the whole is fresh and sophisticated; altogether this look stirs up a yearning for dearly held traditions and a touch of comfort.

Let's Retro

The endearing homeliness of a Scandinavian landscape tempts all kinds of wild animals to emerge from their protective cover. Native items such as pine cones, twigs, mushrooms and leaves awaken memories of a simpler time.The romance of the campfire is reflected in warm red to brown tones, evoking an idealised world. And over it all there is the promise of a peaceful, protected life lived close to nature.

Snow White In Red

Sensual red, plenty of bright white but also a touch of fuchsia and hot pink – when it comes to classic, Santa Claus leaves his mark. A sleek, modern look and a touch of the romantic in the form of old-fashioned symbols rediscovered combine to create a new coolness. Clear-cut shapes correspond with traditional patterns, traditional motifs with romantic shapes. Red and white reign with a fresh kick.

--The Christmas Trend Group

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Extending The Season

Snowflakes and winter wonderland, snowmen and gingerbread, stars and pinecones - Consumers are looking to extend their seasonal decor past the holidays by purchasing non-holiday specific decorations that can be displayed after the holidays are over.


Made In The USA

U.S. consumers are focusing more on American-made products.


The Green Scene

LEDs continue to permeate the market.

LEDs used for indoor lighting decor.


Plush

Classic designs with touches of whimsy and fun.

Plush alternatives: cotton, wool, felt, linen.


Personalized

Personalization and customization continue to be hot in 2011. (see also Personalized / Christmas )

Messages.

Monograms.

Names/Dates.


Hanukkah

Hanukkah ornaments now have added colors and styles. The growth of multi-cultural, mixed religion families has spurred an expanse in Hanukkah merchandise.


Folk Art / Primitive / Country

Handcrafted, or the look of handcrafted, is still trendy for 2011.

Rustic wood.

Nature Inspired.


Miniature Ornaments

The mini ornament was trending up in '10, and is widely popular for holiday 2011.


Characters

Americana

Angels

Classic Santas

Gingerbread

Candy Canes

Quality heirloom collectibles

Whimsical and fun


Greeting Cards

Non-traditional colors and motifs gaining ground.

Nature-inspired, pets, birds.

City-scapes

Metallics, glitter, foils, and lazer-cutting.


Gift Wrap

The gift-wrapping industry is turning to industrial fibres and sheeting. The tear and water proof fabrics and paper, which are also non-flammable and come in a variety of colors and designs, are ideal for making presents more creative.


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