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unique baby shower diaper cakes for twins

New from Silly Phillie®-Unique Baby Shower Diaper Cakes

Unique Baby Shower Diaper Cakes are always a big hit at a baby shower.  In fact,  you’ll often see one used as a baby shower centerpiece to decorate the table of the mother-to-be.  Sometimes, mini diaper cakes will be placed on each table at the shower to create a festive baby mood.

Traditional Baby Shower Diaper Cakes

Tasty Baby Shower Diaper Cakes made by Silly Phillie

Traditional diaper cakes are designed to look just like a cake.  Most often they come in two, three, and four layer configurations. Really good ones look fabulous and are made with diapers plus quality layette items for baby. The above photo, for example,  shows multi layer diaper cakes in pink and blue made by Silly Phillie® for 1800flowers.

Unique Baby Shower Diaper Cakes don’t have to look like a Cake

Who says all diaper cakes must look like a cake? Today, you’ll find many less traditional “diaper cakes” designed to look like something other than a cake. Some examples Include baby carriages, bassinets, strollers, sailboats, and lots of different animals.

In fact, Silly Phillie® just introduced two new animal inspired variations of a diaper cake. The first is an Elephant Diaper Cake for Twins.  It includes diapers and layette items for both babies! In addition, the gift can be customized to match the gender of the new arrivals. Gifts for twins are hard to find. Check out

Unique Baby Shoer Diaper Cakes-Caterpillar Gift Set

New Caterpillar Diaper cake Baby Gift from Silly Phillie

The second is the Caterpillar Baby Shower Centerpiece Gift Set. This one is made for a single baby and includes the customary diapers and layette items you’d expect in a diaper cake from Silly Phillie®. We’re excited about these unique new animal inspired baby shower diaper cakes.  Look for others to follow in the near future.

About Silly Phillie® 

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Phyllis Gordon S’Dao

Silly Phillie® designs and manufactures unique baby gifts, layette accessories and kids bathrobes.  Silly Phillie® branded products are made with love in the USA. They are sold in select retail stores,  on scores of  e-commerce gift boutiques, and directly on www.sillyphillie.com.

Silly Phillie® Creations, Inc. is a woman owned family business since 1985. Please call 855.885.3900 to inquire about our uncommonly high quality baby gifts. Or send an email to: phyllis@sillyphillie.com. 

Would love to hear from you!

Phyllis Gordon S’Dao

Owner/Designer

 

 

 

 

Corparate baby gifts make happy employees

Beautiful Corporate Baby Gifts Customized by Silly Phillie®

As companies strive to establish themselves as compelling places to work, corporate baby gifts are on the rise, along with other family oriented benefits. A happy employee after all is a productive employee.

It is not uncommon today for companies both large and small to offer perks such as extended paid maternity leave, valuable child care options and flexible work arrangements. All of these benefits lead to higher employee retention rates and greater workplace satisfaction.

Corporate Baby Gifts Make Sense 

Employees are keenly aware of the family oriented benefits their company offers. In fact, these perks help attract new hires in the first place.   The benefits are expected and counted on whenever the need arises.

A baby gift on the other hand is an unexpected surprise.  When new parents receive a beautiful gift from their company it is much more personal. It sends a message of warmth and caring that builds a stronger relationships between the two.

What to look for in Corporate Baby Gifts

Gone are the days when any baby gift will suffice.  Businesses these days want gifts that are unique, impressive and consistently high in quality.  More often than not, a company will have a baby gift customized for them.  For example, one large financial company we know sends a personalized baby gift with information on setting up a college fund. Another well known Healthcare company gives a gift whenever they learn that an employee is expecting a new baby. Their gift appropriately includes a helpful Pregnancy Handbook.

Where to find Quality Corporate Baby Gifts

Corporate Baby Gifts customized by Silly Phillie

Unique Baby Gifts By Silly Phillie

The best corporate baby gifts are found online. That’s because e-commerce baby boutiques are able to offer a much larger selection of unique baby gifts than traditional retail stores. Also, they are are much better able to customize gifts.

Most online boutiques do not actually design or manufacture the products they sell. Instead, they depend on manufacturers like Silly Phillie® to provide products and handle the fulfillment. In other words, they are not unlike a retail store that carries merchandise from various manufacturers.

Whether working with a re-seller or directly with a manufacturer, product quality is the top priority.  Consequently, make sure the business entrusted to handle your corporate baby gifts has a proven track record of excellence.  After all, a company’s reputation is on the line each time it sends a baby gift to a valued employee or client.

Finally, it pays to know the tax implications of gift giving.  LBMC, a full service accounting firm, published an informative article on the topic in November 2016. Please click here to read it.

About Silly Phillie®

Corporate baby Gifts designed by Silly Phillie

Phyllis Gordon S’Dao

Silly Phillie® designs and manufactures unique baby gifts, layette accessories and kids bathrobes.  Silly Phillie® products are made with love in the USA. Company products are sold in retail stores, drop shipped for online e-retailers, and sold directly on sillyphillie.com.

Silly Phillie® Creations, Inc. is a woman owned family business since 1985. Please call 855.885.3900 to inquire about our luxury baby gifts. Or send an email to: phyllis@sillyphillie.com. 

Phyllis Gordon S’Dao

Owner/Designer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friendly Frog Ultimate Terry Bath Time gift set

Luxury Baby Gifts Made To Order By Silly Phillie

 

Silly Phillie® is known for making luxury baby gifts. Those gifts usually share common traits such as a distinctive style, upscale components for baby, plus a knockout gift presentation that never fails to impress even the most discerning of new parents.

Luxury Baby Gifts from Silly Phillie®

Many of the company’s luxury baby gifts are indeed large creations featuring a signature component. Examples include our beautiful wood rocking horses, rocking chairs, and  Deluxe Welcome Wagon™ toys.  These items usually come embellished with an abundance of quality layette items.

The latest luxury baby gifts from Silly Phillie® take a different path. Rather than basing the gift around a premium wood toy, these new gifts are luxurious based on the quality of the fabric and distinctiveness of the design.

That fabric is a super premium quality terry velour. It is meticulously woven from 14 oz 100% combed cotton yarn.  The result is a fabric so soft,  so absorbent  and so luxurious we had to call it “Ultimate Terry Velour”.  As a result, all of our hooded towels, bathrobes, bibs and burp pads are simply a cut above other quality terry items for baby.

Ultimate Terry Velour + Unique Designs = Luxury Baby Gifts

Friendly Frog Baby Bath time Ensemble is the latest luxury baby gift from Silly Phillie® featuring Ultimate Terry Velour fabric. The set includes a luxurious hooded bathrobe (18 mos.) and over-sized hooded towel (28″ x 44″). Both items feature an adorable frog design on the hood and are made to order in the USA by Silly Phillie®. The gift can also be ordered personalized as an option.

About Silly Phillie®

Silly Phillie® designs and manufactures unique baby gifts, layette accessories and kids bathrobes. They are lovingly made to order in the USA at the Brooklyn Army Terminal. Silly Phillie® branded merchandise is sold in retail stores, drop shipped for online e-retailers, and sold directly on sillyphillie.com.  Silly Phillie® Creations, Inc. is a woman owned family business since 1985. Please call 855.885.3900 to inquire about our luxury baby gifts. Or drop me an email at phyllis@sillyphillie.com. 

Phyllis Gordon S’Dao

Owner/Designer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Personalized layette for Baby Girl

Uncommon Baby Gifts make a lasting Impression

The search for Uncommon Baby Gifts typically begins when a baby shower invitation arrives or someone just had a baby. This could be a family member, friend, co-worker or business associate.

Let’s face it, a new baby is one of the most exciting and momentous occasions in life.  As a result, it is only natural to want to celebrate the event with a very special gift for the new baby.

There’s also another reason. Everyone knows that parents are inundated with gifts for a new baby. Consequently, a gift must be unique in order to stand out and have a chance of being fondly remembered as time passes.

Where to find Uncommon Baby Gifts

The Internet is definitely the best place to begin looking for uncommon baby gifts.  Some people have a “go-to-gift” they like to give.  Most others need to search for one. But beware, there’s a bewildering number of manufacturers websites and e-commerce baby boutiques to shop on the internet.

I suggest you start your search on Etsy.com.  Etsy has a wide selection of uncommon baby gifts that are crafted in the USA by small manufacturers.  If you don’t find something you like on Etsy, try searching on Google using the search terms “uncommon baby gifts” and “unique baby gifts”.

What makes a great baby gift?

Just because something is uncommon doesn’t make it a fantastic baby gift. A gift for a baby must also be incredibly cute, purposeful and filled with lots of love.  Personalized baby gifts of practically any kind are always a big hit with new parents.

About Silly Phillie®

Silly Phillie® designs and manufactures unique baby gifts, layette accessories and kids bathrobes. They are lovingly made to order in the USA at the Brooklyn Army Terminal. Silly Phillie® branded merchandise is sold in retail stores, drop shipped for online e-retailers, and sold directly on sillyphillie.com.  Silly Phillie® Creations, Inc. is a women owned family business since 1985. Please call 855.885.3900 to inquire about our unique baby gifts. Or you can drop me an email at phyllis@sillyphillie.com. 

Phyllis Gordon S’Dao

Owner/Designer

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Gifts By Silly Phillie® -personalized rocking horse gift set

Baby Gifts by Silly Phillie®… a Labor of Love

 

Baby Gifts by Silly Phillie® are one of a kind.  That’s because each one is made to order in Brooklyn, NY.  Making baby gifts in the USA is a rarity.  Most others are massed produced overseas. The difference is one you can see, one you’ll love, and one you’d be proud to give or receive.

Phyllis Gordon S’Dao is the person responsible for designing the entire collection of baby gifts by Silly Phillie®. Moreover, she has established a remarkable track record for creativity and product innovation. Some of her more iconic baby gifts include Welcome Wagon & Rocking Horse baby gift sets, as well the The Original Baby Hoagie and Special Delivery Pizza.

Furthermore, as company founder and majority owner of Silly Phillie® Creations, Phyllis works tirelessly designing exciting new products while actively overseeing production to make sure each gift looks absolutely fantastic. It’s a “labor of love” requiring both talent and perseverance.

Baby Gifts by Silly Phillie® is Serious Business

Brooklyn Progress is a bi-monthly publication of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. The November/December 2016 issue includes a full page profile titled “Silly Phillie® is Serious about Baby Gifts”.  The article tracks the company’s growth from a start up in 1985, to becoming a major brand in the baby gift category today.

Additionally, the article talks about Phyllis’ commitment to manufacturing in Brooklyn, and her continued ability to introduce new and exciting gifts.  You can read the complete story by clicking this link to view the publication, then navigate to page 4.

About Silly Phillie®

Silly Phillie designs and manufactures unique baby gifts, layette accessories and kids bathrobes. Company products are lovingly made to order in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Army Terminal. Silly Phillie® products are sold wholesale to retail stores, drop shipped for online e-retailers, and sold directly to the public on sillyphillie.com.  Finally, Silly Phillie® is a women owned, family business since 1985.  To inquire about our products and services, please call 855.885.3900.

Richard S’Dao

Co-owner

 

Wholesale Baby Gifts for retail stores

How to profit from Wholesale Baby Gifts

Wholesale baby gifts are purchased and sold by a variety of different brick & mortar retailers. And for good reason. Baby gifts as a category sell well, usually at full markup, and produce minuscule returns. The type of stores that profit from selling baby gifts are Baby Boutiques, Hospital Gift shops, General Gift Stores, Florists, Department and Specialty Stores.

What to look for in Wholesale Baby Gifts

Most retail stores today have a limited amount of shelf space and sales personnel. Given these obstacles, a baby gift must possess a great amount of presence in order to stand out and be noticed. Moreover,  the following is a list of attributes to look for in wholesale baby gifts:

  1. Eye-catching presentation
  2. Uniqueness
  3. Quality components
  4. Gender specific theme
  5. Clear description of contents
  6. Price competitiveness

Best ways to find Wholesale Baby Gifts

There are several ways to shop for wholesale baby gifts. The first and fastest is to search the internet. It is quite common for manufacturers to showcase their products on a company website.  Most also allow qualified retailers to place orders online.

Second, industry trade shows are a great way of actually seeing lots of products in one place.  A trade show is also a good place to discover new vendors and find new products that are being introduced at the show,

Finally, shopping retail stores in your area is a must.  It is vital to know what products are being sold by competition, and learn about their pricing & merchandising strategies in order to refine your selling efforts.

Silly Phillie® Wholesale Baby Gifts

Safari Hooded Towel Wholesale Baby Gift

Safari Hooded Towel Baby Gift Set

Anyone looking for wholesale baby gifts should check out Silly Phillie®. For over thirty years, Silly Phillie® has been designing and manufacturing some of the most unique gifts for babies. Most importantly, these gifts have a proven track record of strong performance in retail stores of all types and sizes.

Two things distinguish Silly Phillie® baby gifts. The first is unique designs. No other line of products can match the originality and presentation of a baby gift made by Silly Phillie®. The Original Baby Hoagie and Safari Hooded Towel Gift Set are two examples of this.

The other is superior quality. Every Silly Phillie® baby gift is proudly made to order in the USA. This results in a level of quality that simply cannot be matched by mass produced imported gifts. Significantly, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce awarded it’s coveted Brooklyn-Made Certification to Silly Phillie®.

Silly Phillie® baby gifts are available for purchase wholesale on www.sillyphillie.com. Retailers can register for an account online and once approved will be able to place orders at wholesale pricing, Please click the following link to the  wholesale signup application.

You can also call toll free 855.885.3900 if you have questions or need additional information about our wholesale baby gifts.

Phyllis Gordon S’Dao

Owner & Designer

Silly Phillie® Creations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Original Baby Hoagie ™ Layette Gift Set

The Original Baby Hoagie™ is a Cool Gift for Kids

Silly Phillie’s Original Baby Hoagie™ made the list of Cool Gifts for Kids published by Real Simple Magazine. In fact, it is number twenty two out of seventy seven selected products.  I am thrilled to have one of our most unique baby gifts recognized in such a way.

The origins of the Original Baby Hoagie™

The Original Baby Hoagie™ was conceived as a one time baby shower centerpiece for my niece Lainie Wilker’s baby shower. The shower was to be hosted by my sister Ricki Block at her home in San Diego, California.  I naturally wanted to contribute something special to the occasion as Lainie’s aunt and professional baby gift designer.  I also wanted it to have a definite East Coast flavor being that I am from New York.

My thought process led me to doing a spoof of a food related item. Specifically, I settled upon creating a Hoagie sandwich made exclusively from layette items for baby. My sister was a little apprehensive about the idea.  She was concerned that a whimsical rendition of a Hoagie might not be “sophisticated” enough for her fashionable West Coast lady friends.

Reaction to the Original Baby Hoagie™

The Original Baby Hoagie™ was the hit of my nieces’s baby shower I am happy to report. Everyone absolutely loved it. In fact, I left the baby shower inundated with orders from my sister’s friends! Needless to say Ricki  was very proud of her baby sister and I think more than a little bit relieved.

The Original Baby Hoagie™ went into production as soon as I returned to New York.  Fortunately, It became an immediate hit everywhere it was sold. That was quite some time ago. Today, the Original Baby Hoagie™ remains one of  Silly Phillie’s best selling gifts and most talked about products.

I’d like to give a special note of thanks to Victoria Sanchez-Lincoln, Fashion Director at Real Simple. She discovered the product at a public relations event earlier this year and was influential in getting it on the list of Cool Kids for Kids published by Real Simple.

Phyllis Gordon S’dao

Designer & Owner

Silly Phillie® Creations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate Gifts Trending Up

Corporate Gifts to Employees are Up!

Corporate Gifts is a big and growing business.  According to Advertising Specialty Institute’s 7th annual Corporate Gift Spending Report, spending on corporate gifts is increasing. The report was published at the end of 2015. The upward trend in corporate gifts is attributed to an improving economy following the Great Recession.

ASI results also show that gifts to employees is growing. However, gifts to clients is down slightly. Further, the average amount spent on individual gifts was higher in both categories, but companies spend more on gifts to employees. The need to retain key employees during a robust job market is the reason given for this trend.

Corporate Gifts: Trends to Watch

Other trends identified in the ASI study are as follows:

  1. Gift cards and cash have grown into the leading gifts to employees.
  2. The majority of corporate gifts to employees and clients now feature a company logo.
  3. The primary goal of gifts to customers and prospects is to express appreciation, followed by relationship building.
  4. Fruit baskets, popcorn tins, engraved pens & other personalized items are cited as the best corporate gifts.
  5. Tech & apparel are two categories expected to show strong growth as corporate gifts.

Corporate Gifts: Welcoming a Newborn Baby

While not specifically covered in the ASI study, baby gifts is also seeing growth from businesses. The reason is simple.  A baby gift is an opportunity to build good will with an employee or client in a way few other gifts can. In fact, baby gifts actually touch the entire family making it an excellent investment for businesses.

Silly Phillie® specializes in upscale, made to order baby gifts.  Further, the company’s proximity to Manhattan, where many large firms are headquartered, along with an impressive line of products has made Silly Phillie® a preferred vendor to the corporate gift market.

Rocking Horse Baby Gift by Silly Phillie

Personalized Rocking Horse Baby Gift Set

Moreover, Silly Phillie® has identified the following qualities as being most important to businesses in choosing a corporate gifts vendor:

  1. Superior product quality
  2. Uniqueness of product
  3. Ability to customize and/or personalize
  4. Quick turn around time
  5. Excellent customer service

Cost did not make this list. While cost is a deciding factor in other product categories, not so when it comes to baby gifts.  Product related factors like quality, presentation and uniqueness far out weigh the cost of an item.

I hope you enjoyed reading this piece on corporate gifts. If you have any questions or would like to discuss a corporate gifts program with Silly Phillie®, please contact me by phone (855.885.3900) or email (phyllis@sillyphillie.com). I look forward to hearing from you!

Until next time…

Phyllis Gordon S’Dao

Silly Phillie®

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ultimate Terry Velour hooded towels from Silly Phillie

Ultimate Hooded Towels introduced by Silly Phillie

Silly Phillie® is delighted to announce the arrival of Ultimate Hooded Towels made from super premium 100% cotton terry velour. For those not familiar with woven terry velour fabric, one side is sheared to produce a soft  “velour” like finish.  The other side is highly absorbent loop terry.

Silly Phillie® Ultimate Hooded Towels are made not from ordinary terry velour. In fact, luxury hotels use this very same premium fabric to make their expensive  bathrobes. Silly Phillie® imports the fabric directly from a renowned fabric mill in Europe. The towels themselves are made to order by Silly Phillie® in the USA!

Ultimate Hooded Towels

Fuzzy Wuzzy Bear Ultimate Hooded Towels are the first in a soon to be available line of premium terry velour products.  Additional hooded towels, kids bathrobes, bibs and burp pads are all in the works.

Fuzzy Wuzzy Bear Hooded Towels have a lot going for them. They’re positively adorable as anyone can see,  over sized to fit babies and toddlers,  and quality made in the USA.  But the most important thing is how wonderful the towels feel. One touch is all that’s needed to realize these are not ordinary hooded towels.

If you’re contemplating  giving a hooded towel as a gift, or buying one for your own child, choose one that feels as good as it looks! Also, Fuzzy Wuzzy Bear towels can be purchased personalized with a child’s name on www.sillyphillie.com.

Makeing Hooded Towels the “old fashioned” way

Silly Phillie® Creations was launched more than 30 years ago with two items: a hooded towel and a matching hooded back sack.  Both were made in the USA from premium terry velour fabric.  Rich terry velour fabric helped put Silly Phillie® on the map back then.  With it’s return, the company is back to what make it great in the first place!

If you have any questions about this piece or would like additional information, please email me, Phyllis@sillyphillie.com , or leave a reply below.  I’d love to hear from you.

Phyllis Gordon S’Dao

Silly Phillie®

 

 

 

 

 

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Silly Phillie® Baby Gifts are Brooklyn-Made

Silly Phillie® Baby Gifts Receive Brooklyn-Made Certification

I am delighted to announce that Silly Phillie® Baby Gifts received a prestigious Brooklyn-Made Certification.  Managed by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Brooklyn-Made is a certification program for locally-made goods. The certification is a market-driven, geographically-focused certification assessing and validating products manufactured in Brooklyn, NY.

Silly Phillie® was approved on August 26th along with a number of other fine Brooklyn based manufacturers. The announcement is posted on the homepage of the Brooklyn-Made website. This recognition reinforces our strategy of making better quality products in the USA. The fact that we’re able to do so  in my home town is the icing on the cake for me personally.

Silly Phillie® Baby Gifts- a difference you can see.

Brooklyn-Made certification is important to Silly Phillie® for these reasons:

  1.  Brooklyn-Made is a source of pride to our staff, many of whom live and are raising families in Brooklyn.
  2. It helps communicate our made-to-order domestic manufacturing approach. Most of our competitors, on the other hand, mass produce their baby gifts overseas.
  3.  Brooklyn-Made provides a rationale for why Silly Phillie® Baby Gifts look so much more impressive than most.  It’s a difference you can see.  Please visit www,sillyphillie.com to see for yourself.

That’s all the news I have to share with you at this time. With the Christmas Holiday’s right around the corner, please come back soon to explore our new collection of holiday inspired baby gifts. And if you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for, we can customize something to your liking. After all, our products are Brooklyn-Made!

Phyllis Gordon S’Dao

Silly Phillie®