Behind the Scenes at the New York Gift Fair

The New York International Gift Fair—a trade show for gifts, home goods and other stuff—has a crap ton of scarves, an entire floor devoted to candles, and loads and loads of items your mother would consider sticking in your Christmas stocking. But also? A lot of cool products that you'll see popping up all over the place in the coming year.

Our friends from Gamago (the guys behind so many wonderful inventions) gave us a behind the scenes look at the trade show the day before it opened. Here are some of the best things we saw this past weekend.

Behind the Scenes at the New York Gift Fair


You can pick your nose, you can pick your friends, and you can also pick your iPhone case. This was the booth for Pochi, a Japanese company, and by far one of the best things in the entire show. You can buy this case here.

Behind the Scenes at the New York Gift Fair

Pochi had cute silicon coin purses in all colors and sizes. The animal ones were the cutest. They even sell an adorably tiny coin purse to fit your ear buds in.

Behind the Scenes at the New York Gift Fair

If you think there's something wrong with giving a small child an iPad you'll dig this chalkboard laptop. It's called the iWood, and it will save you from worrying about whether or not your tween is conversing with some creepy asshole on Facebook.

Behind the Scenes at the New York Gift Fair

Another thing the NYGF had in spades? Awesome dog toys, like this rubber stick.

Behind the Scenes at the New York Gift Fair

And dog collars.

Behind the Scenes at the New York Gift Fair

There was also an entire section devoted to posters and paper products. You already know we're a fan of these elegant transit maps.

Behind the Scenes at the New York Gift Fair

This is an office chair for your toddler. Just imagine a five-year-old, dressed to the nines in a suit and tie, chomping on a cigar, sitting in this leather seat in a tiny office. Super cute. And scary.

Behind the Scenes at the New York Gift Fair

The Ex is just silly, but also an awesome way to store your knives.

Behind the Scenes at the New York Gift Fair

A paper parasol would last about two seconds in the rain, but Brelli—the durable plastic version—can withstand winds of up to 40 miles per hour. And it's adorable.

Behind the Scenes at the New York Gift Fair

I would like to hang these all over my house.

Behind the Scenes at the New York Gift Fair

Lots of big name design-focused houseware companies are at the NYGF this week. Here's Areaware's booth.

Behind the Scenes at the New York Gift Fair

Like crass things? Donkey has 'em in high supply. These cat butt plug protectors were the best ones. At least we think those are for plugs.

Behind the Scenes at the New York Gift Fair

You know what else the Gift Fair was full of? These adorable little bunny paper clip holders from Qualy.

Behind the Scenes at the New York Gift Fair

At certain points, the NYIGF is just straight weird. A giant tiger made out of cardboard? Sure, why not! Those dumb moose head trophies have been popular for a while.

Behind the Scenes at the New York Gift Fair

How about a tiny diner-style coffee carafe to hold your cream? This is from Gamago's new crop of stuff.

Behind the Scenes at the New York Gift Fair

And for another endearing Gamago product, popsicle spatulas.

Behind the Scenes at the New York Gift Fair

This booth literally just sold canes. Not pictured: the booth that sold only trashcans.

Behind the Scenes at the New York Gift Fair

This is Greg Long, creative director and co-founder of Gamago, and also our fearless tour guide.

The NYIGF runs through January 30 at the Javits Center.