NYIGF Inside Scoop – Bento Box Trend

January 29, 2013    |    By +
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We’re posting about the most unique, exciting and sure-to-be-popular gift ideas that we’re seeing while walking the New York International Gift Fair.  It is one of the biggest events of its kind in the world and it’s right here in our own back yard.  It’s also only open to media and buyers so read-on for our exclusive inside scoop.  Check back daily to see all of our fab finds.

One thing I noticed everywhere at this year’s NYIGF was bento boxes! Booth after booth featured these fun and unique lunch pails in a variety of shapes, sizes and price points. If you aren’t familiar with them, bento boxes are traditional Japanese boxes which carry single portions of food in a portable way. While conventionally they hold rice, sushi or meat and vegetables, expect the modern bento box to carry anything but! In fact, there are entire websites and blogs that feature bento box sized meals ideas. Not only was the NYIGF filled with these adorable boxes, but also accessories to help fill them! Tiny containers, colorful collapsible tupperwear, reusable baking cups; not only are these accessories super eco-friendly, but also really cute.  Eating healthy is so important, so I urge you to make it more fun with a unique bento box!

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See our favorites from this and previous NYGIFs here.



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Kathryn D.W.
Kathryn Drury Wagner is the senior manager of content at Gifts.com. 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!"

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