Return gifts for your child’s birthday


We are just through our Children’s day celebrations. Many Bollywood celebrities including India’s rising child star Darsheel Safary celebrated the day. Darsheel had a great time along with children from St Catherines Home on the children’s day.

We are just through our Children’s day celebrations. But when it comes to your little angels, there is no stopping celebrating and gifting. We shall continue with the theme of gifting for children.

This time, we draw your attention to an interesting article that asked ‘How much time do you really spend every birthday of your child to come up with a return-gift idea?’ It appeared in the Mint newspaper sometime back. But this is the perfect time to bring it up again to your notice as it deals with a very pertinent theme of birthday return gifts.

The writer of this insightful piece, Seema Chowdhry, mentions: “A birthday party is as much about the candles, musical chairs and cake as it is about return gifts for a child. The take-home tokens are an integral part of the celebration. Whether you like it or not, all children look forward to coming back home with goodies. When they get dried-up play dough, boxes of chocolates or crayons, they are disappointed.

The article quotes several parents and experts. Rabiba Gidwani of Mumbai-based b’ay party planner, Clowns R Us, mentions: “About 50 percent of parents tend to outsource birthday party planning, but they wish to do their own return gifts.”

Her advice to them is not to ‘deviate from the party theme and not to leave return gifts-shopping as the last or the least priority thing on their list because they will end up scrambling, and get the wrong things. Spending huge money is not the only way of making your gifts to stand out. So, how to go about it? We shall find the answer in the next posting.

Gift ideas for Children’s day


‘Roadside Romeo’ merchandise: Disney Consumer Products and Yash Raj Films have jointly launched merchandise products for the hit animated film ‘Roadside Romeo’. The merchandise has been launched across a range of products like apparel, accessories, school stationery. The apparel collection comprises skirts, T-shirts and jeans – priced between Rs 400 to Rs 1000 – are available at select Catmoss stores.

‘Roadside Romeo’ is India’s first three-dimensional (3D) mainstream animation movie now available online. HomeShop18, the home shopping network, has tied up with the producers and Walt Disney Co. to take the exciting product range to its customers. ‘Roadside Romeo’ marked the debut of once child prodigy Jugal Hansraj (Masoom fame) as director. Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Javed Jaffrey have lent their voices to the film’s lead characters (Romeo, Laila and Anna, respectively).

Mariposa Barbie: Barbie Mariposa Doll comes with a beautiful butterfly on her arm that fluently flutters up. She comes with sparkling blue/pink wings and a sizzling skirt. Gift this bubbly Barbie to your little ones on eve of the children’s day, and bring a smile on their face.

‘Me to You’ teddy: Archies have got into an exclusive tie-up with leading brand from the UK, Carte Blanche, for its world-renowned ‘Me to you’ merchandise in India. ‘Me to You’ grey colored teddy with blue nose is a popular character that has been licensed for several products.

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Interesting Infotainment based Gifts for Children

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ by J K Rowling
In the seventh and final book, Harry Potter discovers what fate has in store for him as he inexorably makes his way to that final mind-boggling meeting with Voldemort. In this truly thrilling climax to the phenomenally bestselling series worldwide, celebrated author J.K. Rowling reveals it all to her eagerly awaiting readers.

‘Me to You’ cute teddies in India courtesy Archies


The UK based ‘Me to You’ is renowned for its Grey colored teddy with cute blue nose as its mascot. The character has been licensed for a number of products comprising apparels, jewelry, cross-stitch kits and calendars. Archies stores across in India will be hosting ‘Me To You’ merchandise.

If you are one of those regular Archies Gallery visitors for getting gorgeous gifts, there is an additional option for you. According to Archies MD Mr. Anil Moolchandani, ‘Me To You’ products will be rolled out in 50 outlets across India followed by a nationwide rollout for the well-known brand. The merchandise will also be sold through their website.

Archies have secured an exclusive tie-up with the UK’s leading brand Carte Blanche to distribute/sell its renowned ‘Me to you’ line in India. It is among the most successful non-media based character brands globally. ‘Me to you’ boasts retail sales exceeding $800 million in the fiscal year 2008.

The popularity of ‘Me to You’ has not only built a multi-million dollar brand, but has also given rise to a hugely collectable character (a registered fan base of 360,000). The character that came to life on a greeting card has now become a real-life icon through which millions of people worldwide can convey and express their feelings. They see ‘Me to You’ as part of their life.

Mr. Richard Edmondson, commercial director of Carle Blanche Greetings has been quoted as saying: “It is important for the growth of the brand that we work with partners who can help us achieve our objective of making ‘Me to You’ a global brand. Through our tie-up with Archies in India, we hope to create a mark with our brand.”

Their focus has been to increase the brand’s dominance in international markets. ‘Me to You’ was first launched as a collection of greeting cards. It has since graduated to encompass wonderful, wide range proprietary and licensed products like gift dressings and accessories, jewelry, collectible figurines, plush toys, confectionery and cakes, crafting, party ware, posters, fashion stationery and other lifestyle products.

The brand’s website boasts 150 million hits every year. Users can download screensavers and games for mobile phones; leave messages and stay tuned to new product launches. Cuteness and sentiment drive the famous brand’s appeal cutting across all age groups and demographics.

Do not miss out this opportunity to gift a cute ‘Me To You’ teddy. Know more about ‘Me to You’ collectibles here….

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Interesting Infotainment based Gifts for Children


After a long, hard day at school and then a walk back to tuition drains out poor, burdened schoolchildren. Won’t they appreciate a gift that offloads some of the stress and tension of studies and refreshes them?

Mitashi Kids products

Mitashi, a close to two decade old company, has some interesting playthings for kids. ThMitashi Video gameseir bouquet of products includes those for sheer entertainment like TV-video Games whereas some for infotainment like a talking educational computer that comes with multiple intellectual functions. They have expanded their product range with introduction of hand video games, kiddocam cameras, art sets apart from Fun & Learn series of CD-ROMS. Another good choice is their Pogo product for kids Trolley and school bags.

Mitashi Computer for KidsIf you want to offer a gift with high entertainment value, you can consider Cricket Mania and other wide range of games (Pullshot Games, Torch Plus games, E- games, Handheld Keychain games, Sudoku games, Color LCD games, Dual Screen games, etc.)
Kids Laptop Computers or Kiddy Laptop is another interesting offering from Mitashi. Mitashi Laptop for Kids

This talking computer incorporates handy features like English and Math Training with quiz; In-built intellectual and entertaining games, music composer & inbuilt songs and a learning System that improves knowledge and Memory.

The 10 +10 Plug in 1 N Play is an ultimate experience in traveling handgame with features like intelligent & IQ test based games, vibrant graphics display and soft touch buttons. It is a compact and portable entertainment device. You can get a glimpse of Mitashi products for gifting here

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A ‘Bag’ful of Gifting Ideas for Schoolchildren

School BagCartoons have always captured the imagination of children. No surprise, schoolbags imprinted with cartoon characters make an attractive tantalizing gift, and importantly a timely one as the schools have just started.

The schoolbags, bringing alive the immortal Disney characters, will make an attractive giveaway. Mickey schoolbagFor example, Mickey’s schoolbag will sure bring more fun, more excitement! It’s ideal to hold your little champ’s study gears. Now, Tom and Jerry Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck are there to accompany children to the classroom, bringing smiles on their faces. Let the children strut to school with Mickey Mouse and Scooby Doo in company.
Soft toy bagA soft toy-like bag will be perfect for nursery going children or those in junior or senior KG. The catchy colored teddy bear bags will sure make going to school a pleasurable exercise for children and draw them towards studies as well. Check that the fur used is of good material and is soft to touch and feel.
An off white school or college backpack will make a more sober choice. Schoolbag with Adjustable strapsAdjustable straps at both the sides for adjusting the width of the bag will make it easier to sling around and carry. Adjustable straps at the bottom will help adjust the width of the base. The smaller padded back section can easily hold files, stationery, etc.
When buying a bag, check the quality of the zip. Get one in bright colors to cheer up the children. Also, ensure it is spacious enough to carry their school gears like books, notebooks, pen holder and pencil box. It should have a separate pocket to carry the lunch box. Adjustable straps and a haul hook for easy lifting are other features to look for. The bag should have enough front pockets, and it shouldn’t be too heavy.

D.M. PakitwalaD.M. Pakitwala, the company founded in 1972, has become a household name when it comes to all types of bags, including schoolbags. D.M. SchooolbagsTheir product range also comprises kiddie bags, college bags and haversacks by skilled, experienced craftsmen meticulously created on state of the art machinery. Their bags also make appropriate annual corporate gifts. You can select from an exclusive series of designs revolving around different themes. One can select from over 150 designs available on every theme. Check the range of elegant and durable D.M. Pakitwala bags here at

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