Baby Gifts :
By Estella Editor - POSTED Sep 30, 2016
We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with the Company Store. Our baby gifts, toys and dolls are now being sold through their online shop and at their three Wisconsin retail locations. With the Company store’s large customer base, Estella is now available to a larger audience that appreciates our aesthetic and the handmade nature of our children’s collection..
Shop on the Company store’s website for a select range of Estella’s certified organic, hand crafted baby gift sets including – the Elephant, Whale, Duck, Sneaker, Racecar and Bunny sets. The Company store offers these to its customers in Estella’s gift boxes ready for gifting. Each set has an infant rattle toy, a newborn hat and a 14″ square lovey or security blanket. So the baby gets something memorable to play with, wear and a lovey to comfort them possibly through adulthood.
Also at the Company store, is a collection of Estella’s hand knitted dolls including – Flash, Seymour, Trixie, Flower Child, Elephant and Mermaid. This eclectic collection of superhero, hippie and mythical characters offer the Company stores broad customer base a healthy choice of Estella’s handmade all-cotton soft dolls for boys and girls.
Also at the Company store is a smattering of Estella’s popular “Baby Rattles” – Hot Sauce, Mr President, Madam President, Pig, Giraffe & Taxi Rattles. Again, this is an eclectic collection, which allows the Company stores varying customers to choose what they like – Election rattles, Animal Rattles, object rattles or a combination thereof. These award winning infant toys along with Estella’s dolls and gift sets complement the Company Store’s kids collection and offers our toys to a new, like minded audience. We are quite happy and encourage you to visit the Company store and check us out!
Tags Baby Gifts, Baby Rattles, dolls, Soft Baby Toys
Category Baby Gifts, Baby Rattles, dolls, Soft Baby Toys
Beach Toys :
By Estella Editor - POSTED Aug 9, 2016
Is it time to refresh your little one’s collection of organic baby toys for the final stretch of summer? Baby may not be old enough to go swimming or play around in the sand just yet, but our beach-themed infant toys will still let him or her participate in the summer fun. Choose from organic baby toys like starfish or surfboard baby rattles as well as knitted dolls and whale and octopus organic baby blankets. Best of all, unlike typical beach balls or shovels and pails, these newborn toys will last long after the summer season comes to a close!
Baby Rattles – Estella’s plush rattles are all handmade from soft Peruvian cotton that feels great in baby’s hands. And, since these toys are all GOTS-certified organic cotton, they’re perfectly safe for babies to chew on and play with all day long. Styles include octopus, whale, and mermaid designs that all feature unique shapes, eye-catching colors, and a calming rattle jingle that will delight babies and keep them happily entertained on their beach towels.
Security Blankets – These organic baby plush toys double as soothers, bedtime comforters, travel companions, and more – their uses are endless! These organic loveys feature interactive 3D elements, like the friendly octopus face or the whale’s easy-to-grab padded tail that will instantly appeal to baby. If there are any soon-to-be summer babies in your life, pair one of these organic baby blankets with a matching rattle for a simple, unique, and practical baby gift.
Knitted Mermaid Doll – A grownup version of our popular mermaid baby rattle, this soft doll is made from plush cotton and features a bold green tail and flowing yellow yarn hair that’s accessorized with a floral headband. Small enough for babies to grasp and explore but still interesting enough for toddlers to want to play with, our mermaid doll is the ideal accessory to bring along for a day at the beach!
Tags Baby Blankets, Baby Rattles, Estella Hand-Knit Rattles & Toys, Girls' Dolls, Soft Baby Toys, Soft Dolls
Category Baby Blankets, Baby Rattles, Estella Hand-Knit Rattles & Toys, Girls' Dolls, Soft Baby Toys, Soft Dolls
Olympic Baby Gifts :
By Estella Editor - POSTED Aug 1, 2016
With the Olympics all set to begin in Rio in just a few days, you might be thinking about how to get baby involved in all the fun. Estella to the rescue! As a baby and children’s lifestyle brand that designs and hand-makes baby rattle toys, lovey blankets, nursery décor, and more, we have lots of options for the future sports star in your life. Whether your little one is destined for a career in the weight room or going for gold in tennis, Estella’s designer baby gifts will have baby all ready for the opening ceremony this Friday.
Security Blankets – Estella’s organic cotton sneaker lovey is sure to become your future athlete’s new best friend. Vibrant colors, bold stripes, and unique 3D shoe laces make this lovey blanket an interactive toy that doubles as a soother, bedtime buddy, or playtime companion. Pair it with one of our baby rattle toys for a complete gift set.
Baby rattles – Tennis, basketball, and barbell soft baby rattles will appeal to babies during and long after the Olympics due to their ultra-plush and GOTS-certified organic cotton texture, colorful graphics, and soothing rattle sounds that capture their attention and engage their senses. These organic baby toys are perfectly sized for little hands to play and explore with, and best of all make wonderful baby shower gifts for any athletic parents-to-be!
Knitted Dolls – Estella’s original collection of superhero knitted dolls were created to inspire self-expression, acceptance, and individuality. These plush toys are full of personality and celebrate the unique character traits that little ones everywhere can identify with and relate to. Take our Kat doll, for example. This talented athlete loves sports and is up for any game – the rougher the better – and proudly sports her favorite purple jersey, tube socks, and glasses everywhere she goes. She’s sure to inspire young girls everywhere who love sports just as much as she does.
Tags Baby Blankets, Baby Rattles, Soft Baby Toys
Category Baby Blankets, Baby Rattles, Soft Baby Toys
Just in :
By Estella Editor - POSTED Nov 16, 2015
Our holiday 2015 collection is now available! Featuring holiday-themed organic baby toys, soft knit dolls, and decorative nursery pillows, these toys make wonderful stocking stuffers and gifts for baby’s first holiday season. The gingerbread man rattle or candy cane decorative pillow are yummy ways for baby to get involved in family holiday traditions while the snowman rattle and naughty doll are as clever as they are original. Check out the whole selection of holiday toys here!
Tags Baby & Nursery Decor, Baby Rattles, Decorating Ideas, Eco-Friendly Toys, Estella Hand-Knit Rattles & Toys, Hand-Knit Toys, Handmade Dolls, Holiday Gifts, Kids' Accessories & Toys, Soft Baby Toys
Category Baby & Nursery Decor, Baby Rattles, Decorating Ideas, Eco-Friendly Toys, Estella Hand-Knit Rattles & Toys, Hand-Knit Toys, Handmade Dolls, Holiday Gifts, Kids' Accessories & Toys, Soft Baby Toys
A Conversation with :
By Estella Editor - POSTED Jul 15, 2015
Meet Allison McGowan, co-founder and owner of Teich Toys & Books in NYC’s West Village and the newest interviewee in our series of conversations with Estella retailers! Allison and her husband first opened Teich in 2011 with a focus on gifts and home goods, and then opened a second location down the street specifically for toys and books a few years later. Read on to learn more about Allison, her favorite parts of owning a small business, and can’t miss spots to check out in the West Village…
1. You opened Teich, the gift & accessories boutique, in 2011 and Teich Toys & Books down the street in 2014 – what was the impetus for opening the second, kids-focused boutique?
When we opened Teich we envisioned it as a small, local general store selling gifts and interesting items for people of all ages. We stocked a small selection of baby gifts and kids toys and they were a hit immediately. People in the neighborhood were looking for a place to buy these things and there wasn’t much around here. After a few years, it became clear to us that were we to expand, it would be in this arena. One day the perfect location became available down the street (across the street from the neighborhood playground) and we just knew it had to be a toy store.
2. Teich celebrates “small-batch manufacturing and handcrafted design.” Where do you discover these brands, and are there any new ones you’ve found recently that should be on our radar?
We find our designers in so many ways. Many of them reach out to us or get recommended to us by customers. We love to check out craft fairs such as Renegade. One of my favorite places to find independent designers is on Etsy. There’s so much amazing talent on there. And being in NYC, we are lucky that we can attend many trade shows.
Finding new brands is certainly one of my favorite parts of my job. We’ve got some new jewelry coming in from Zoe Comings that I’m very excited about. She’s in Austin and makes beautiful ceramic jewelry. We also stocked some lovely leather journals by Bone & Paper that are handmade in Brooklyn.
3. Best and worst parts of being your own boss?
Best: I love the flexible schedule. Since my husband is my business partner, and we live and work in the same neighborhood, we get to spend lots of time with our young son.
Worst: I have so many balls in the air at any given moment that I sometimes feel scattered and frustrated that I can’t complete a task. When this happens, I have to take a deep breath and remind myself that eventually it will all get done.
4. For customers who are looking for a special newborn or baby gift, what would you recommend?
I love a gift with a little humor, something that will make the recipient smile. Our giant Indy Plush stuffed animals or quirky Modern Moose clocks make fun and unexpected gifts! I’m also a fan of giving books. You can never have enough books!
5. Favorite #estellanyc product?
We all adore the stuffed taxi! It so cute and timeless and appeals to boys and girls alike. Plus it looks fantastic in the store!
6. What are some can’t-miss spots (restaurants, stores, parks, etc.) in the West Village we should check out if we’re in your ‘hood?
We love Meme, the Mediterranean restaurant on the corner. The food is delicious and the service friendly. The best part is you can sit outside on a nice day. Right across the street is the Bleecker Street playground, the neighborhood hotspot for the under 10 set.
7. Best part about summer in the city?
Biking with my family down the West Side Highway bike path. There’s so much to see and do along the way!
(Images via Teich Toys)
Tags Baby Gifts, Estella Hand-Knit Rattles & Toys, Interviews, Soft Baby Toys
Category Baby Gifts, Estella Hand-Knit Rattles & Toys, Interviews, Soft Baby Toys