Toy Fair Favorites: American Girl Crafts

February 14, 2012    |    By +
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Toy Fair is the largest international toy and game trade show in the Western Hemisphere. Tens of thousands are on hand to check out over 1,000 exhibitors showcasing and previewing the hottest games, toys and trends for kids (of all ages!).

Each year the Gift Gurus walk the over 350,000 square feet of toys and games. It’s truly is a labor of love to scour the Javits Convention Center and get an early look at what’s new and exciting.

So, what were the hottest, most fun things we saw at Toy Fair this year? We couldn’t be more excited to share some of our favorites:

The Gifts: American Girl Historical Character Kits (available April 2012, $16.99 – $21.99) and Sew and Shares (available August 2012)

The Scoop: There are a few new exciting products from American Girl Crafts that will have every creative girl out there jumping for joy.

The Historical Character Kits are crafting sets (image above) based the eras of the American Girl historical character dolls. Each kit’s theme is based on the historical characters traditions of their time period with a modern twist. Girls will love crafting in the spirit of such traditions as weaving, embroidery, painting and string art. Not only are these kits entertaining but they are educational providing historical information about each girl’s time period.

Sew and Shares is a fun new, crafty way to say hello, thank you and I love you! Sew and Shares kits come with pre- cut felt pieces girls then sew together and craft includes a cute pocket to tuck a special note into. This is a great DIY gift for moms and daughters, a gift for a friend’s birthday or can be used as a fashion accessory.


And keep your eye out for an updated line of new American Girl party products that will start hitting shelves this spring. Fun new party decorations and party favors will be a must-have for any American Girl themed party.

Great Gifts For: the creative young lady and the crafty girly girl!

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Kathryn D.W.
Kathryn Drury Wagner is the senior manager of content at She was formerly the executive editor at Honolulu Magazine, and is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Shopping on Oahu. Her career has included staff positions at Country Living Gardener and Power & Motoryacht. Her latest book is "Hawaii's Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever!"

Gwen P.
Gwen is the Editorial Curator at In addition to writing blogs, she creates gift guides, curates the site, and produces content for our social media channels. As a freelance writer, she created blogs on fashion, art, travel, health and lifestyle. A talented jewelry designer, she's also a yogi and a hospital volunteer with her therapy dog, Lilo, a Pomeranian.