Archive for June, 2011

Whomp! Charmz Create Fun and Colorful Charm Bracelets for Kids…and More!

Whomp! Charmz

We are always excited to find fun and funky new products for kids that are cool, colorful, awesomely affordable, and can be used in many ways. One of the latest additions to our lineup that more than meets all those criteria is our collection of Whomp! Charmz. Currently available in 5 jazzy themed packs, there is surely a Whomp! kit your kids will love!

CoppinsGifts.com is excited to offer Whomp! Charmz in your choice of: Chomp Dogs, Sassy Kitties, Bleeps and Bots, Manic Monkeys and Pond Pals. Each pack includes a shaped wrist band that matches the theme of the pack, as well as 8 charming charmz that can be worn on the included band alone, or used to group together several bandz. After all, not too many kids wear just one! In addition to being super cute, these fun bracelet friends are also soft and very comfortable to wear. In fact, they’re actually made from eraser material, so in a pinch you can Whomp! away a mistake on your homework!

In addition to being bright bracelet buddies, you can chomp a Whomp! just about anywhere, from shoelaces to a necklace. And if your kiddo can part with one, they make a cute and clever way to take control of the cords on your headphones or ear buds. Whether you take your tunes to the office or the gym, you can show off your playful side in style!

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Are you Celebrating Fairy Day on this Fabulous Friday?

Jim Shore Heartwood CreekWhile it may not be a holiday as well known as Christmas, Thanksgiving and Independence Day, for fairy fans around the world there is much cause for celebration on June 24th of each year. Why, you might ask? Because it’s Fairy Day, of course! What is Fairy Day? According to FairyDay.com it is “the official holiday for fairy collectors, believers, artisans and the young at heart.” Jessica Galbreth, founder of Fairy Day, goes on to say, “This holiday is for everyone who believes in the magic of fairytales. It is for those imaginative souls who dare to dream impossible dreams.” Upon reading that I couldn’t help but think, “I believe in the magic of fairytales! I dream impossible dreams!” And this led me to dig a bit deeper into Jessica’s ideas for how to support Fairy Day. Turns out, it’s quite easy!

If you’d like to celebrate Fairy Day along with us, and we hope you will, the first step is to simply reflect on the magic of your childhood. Think of the times when all things new and exciting earned your wide-eyed intrigue – when fireflies were full of wonder, and you could imagine an entire new friend! Next, step outside your mind a bit and reflect on all the beauty around you. Watch a bee buzz her way from flower to flower, take some time in the sun for deep, relaxing breaths, spread your arms like a bird and let the cool breeze wash over you. In essence, think small and notice it all! It may seem cliché to ‘stop and smell the flowers’, but honestly, when was the last time you did?

Whether you’re a fierce fairy fan, a casual admirer, or you’ve never really given them a second thought, we think the steps for a fantastic fairy day are easy to appreciate for just about anyone. But if you or a friend do fall into the fairy fanatic category, you can take FairyDay.com’s recommendations to the next step and send a friend a fairy card or fairy gift. And we happen to know of a certain designer by the name of Jim Shore who has created some of the most captivating and whimsical fairy gifts of all in his Heartwood Creek collection. My personal favorite is the Jim Shore Heartwood Creek Sewing Fairy, perched atop a spool of thread wearing a thimble for a cap! The Heartwood Creek Musician Fairy is another great pick, and wonderfully captures the power of imagination with a tiny fairy playing a violin fashioned from a leaf.

Whatever your favorite may be, we hope you’ll not only appreciate the artistry, but let yourself get lost a bit in the piece. While leaves may not be violins, and thimbles surely wouldn’t make much of a cap, there are countless magical things all around us just waiting for more than a passing glance. Pet a puppy. Talk to a child about his day. Sip a cup of coffee and really appreciate the rich aroma. And, well, you know…stop and smell the flowers. ;)

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Teaching Kids to Care for a Pet with Stuffed Animals

Webkinz SchnauzerWebkinz Mocha PupWebkinz Cinnamon Daschund

The time comes in almost every parent’s life when their child asks that short but important question – “Can I get a pet?” The desired pet is typically a cat or dog, but can vary wildly to include snakes, turtles, and the occasional dragon. It’s easy enough to say ‘no’ to pets that breathe fire, but considering cats, dogs, hamsters and the like takes a bit more time. There are of course practical questions to ask yourself, such as, “Is anyone allergic to this type of pet,” and, “Are we really home often enough to care for the pet in question?” If you rent your apartment or home, there is also the question of whether you are permitted to have pets, and the list goes on! But if you have already worked your way through those questions and have found a pet that fits your lifestyle and budget, you’re almost ready to tell them ‘yes we can!’ The last step? Teaching them the responsibility of having a pet…before it arrives!

The work and care that goes into keeping a pet healthy and happy depends greatly upon the pet. Fish and frogs require a lot less attention than cats and dogs, for example. But they are also a lot less good at cuddling up on the couch after a long day, so there are pros and cons to every pet! The first step in teaching your child to care properly for the pet they’ll soon have is determining how much of that pet’s care your child will indeed be responsible for, and what care is required. Let’s assume you’ll be adopting a dog and your child will be in charge of taking the dog for a walk every day, ensuring the dog is fed in the morning, and brushing the dog each week. Make the responsibilities they are handling clear to them, and be sure they are reasonable considering your child’s age. Older children can typically tackle many more responsibilities, while younger children often pay much more attention to playing with their pets, which is very important, too!

Once you have made a list of all their responsibilities, it’s time to let them practice being a good pet owner. How to do so? With a stuffed animal! Webkinz dogs make a great stand-in for a real pet, though they don’t tend to bark if they’re being ignored, so you’ll have to get creative in ensuring your child is keeping up with their pet owner duties. If they will be feeding the real dog once it arrives, keep a bowl of fake food in the cabinet for them to ‘feed’ their Webkinz. This can be anything from pieces of paper to cotton balls – Webkinz aren’t picky! It’s important to let them know real dogs can’t eat these things, of course, but for the sake of testing their dedication to their duties this will work. Set an alarm on your phone to go off 10 minutes or so after they were supposed to feed their dog, then check to ensure the Webkinz is sitting in front of her bowl.

Also encourage your child to play with his or her pet and take it with them into every room the dog will be permitted to venture. They may need to get accustomed to the idea that their four-legged friend will likely follow them around wherever they go as dogs so often do! If they are going to be responsible for walking the dog, and cleaning up its messes, ensure they take their Webkinz for a walk every day, and leave plastic Easter eggs in the yard for them to pick up. Little plastic eggs are much more pleasant than doggie droppings, but the goal is to teach them that this will be a daily task that is a part of being a good pet owner.

As someone who loves dogs more than almost anything, I understand that the joy they bring far outweighs the work involved. But I also understand that I wasn’t as good of a pet parent at 10 as I am today, so there is a lot of work involved in getting up to snuff! It’s inevitable that your child will forget things from time to time – it’s only human nature. But keeping a close eye to ensure all your pet’s needs are met will help in teaching your child the importance of proper care, and make for a happier pet as well.

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Happy Nappers Pillows are Here at CoppinsGifts.com!

Happy Nappers Cow and BarnHappy Nappers Dragon and CastleHappy Nappers Penguin and Igloo

For many parents, there is no struggle so great as trying to get your little one to take a nap. They are too young to realize a nap is exactly what they need to feel their best, whether while playing games with siblings and friends, or simply enjoying a favorite book or movie. Most of us have tried it all, but some days nothing seems to work. At CoppinsGifts.com, we have just added a fun, plushy new tool for your naptime arsenal – Happy Nappers! We can’t guarantee they’ll work every time, but they do make taking a nap a lot more fun.

Happy Nappers pillows are currently available at Coppin’s Gifts in 6 varieties: Cow and Barn, Dog and Doghouse, Dragon and Castle, Unicorn and Palace, Penguin and Igloo and Ladybug and Bungalow. While it may look as though each Happy Napper comes with 2 plush toys, what you actually see is the same toy in its 2 different forms! How does it work? Let’s take a closer look at the Cow and Barn as an example…

The Happy Nappers Cow is a friendly, perfect plush with little brown spots and a warm, welcoming smile. But…she’s also a barn! How exactly? Through a clever construction that involves a little zipper, a little pulling and stuffing, and a lot of creativity and fun. When naptime comes and you want the cow to visit her barn for a nap of her own, simply unzip the zipper on her back, pull out the barn, and stuff the cow inside before zipping up the door. Don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt her one bit! And it lets your son or daughter know that it’s naptime for them as well. :)

What to do when naptime is over? That’s when the real fun begins! Each Happy Napper home has a built-in doorbell, and upon pressing the button to let your toy know it’s time to rise and shine, you’ll hear doorbell sounds, snoring sounds, and the adorable sounds of your plush pet waking up!

We hope Happy Nappers are a hit in your home, not only for naptime but just for being their super cool, cute, cuddly selves!

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