There seemed to be something off about the holiday season.
It wasn't how department stores decorated or the type of sales. Rather, it seemed to be a lack of the "great toy of 2011."
Iconic toys such as Tickle Me Elmo, Mr. Potato Head and even Zhu Zhu Pets have always lef store owners, employees and shoppers very tense about supply/demand. Every year seemed like there was one big toy. This year, despite the surge in online and in-store sales, had no clear victor.
Luckily, this year's New York International Gift Fair is here to fill the gap. The tradeshow, held at Pier 92 and the Jacob Javitz Center in New York, NY, is chock full of the gifts that didn't see the light of day at Christmas/Channukah/Kwanzaa but are sure to make it big in 2012. You'll find the next in custom imprinted toys as well as some classic items (promotional yo-yo, custom imprinted stuffed animals, etc.)