Favorite Finds From the NY Gift Fair

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It's that time of the year! Every January and August, nearly 3,000 companies descend on the New York International Gift Fair to show off their latest goods. And as magazine editors, we spend six days walking miles of vendor booths (we're on day three and already feeling the burn) in order to scope out what will fill future issues of BRIDES, as well store shelves near you next season for home, office, primping, accessorizing, and general gifting (think wedding favors, big-day looks, bridesmaids' gifts, and decor ideas). Check out what we're loving so far this show, and come back daily for our latest obsessions, hot off the convention-center floor:

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Photos: Jackie Lebowitz

Kobo Candle & Potted Plant
Lots of brides look for guest favors that won't end up in the garbage after the night is over. Eco-conscious brides, or anyone looking to give the favors a second life, should look no further. Kobo introduces candles that transform into repottable plants—Somerset thyme, Siam poppy, sweet sunflower. It's the perfect favor for doing double duty.

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Cose Nuove Swedish Dish Cloths
Not only are these dish cloths both absorbent and reusable, but they also come in a multitude of patterns that will match any color scheme and brighten even the dullest of kitchens. Say goodbye to smelly sponges and rolls of paper towels, and hello to the newest trend in kitchen cleaning.

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Yellow Owl Workshop Stamp Sets
As a huge DIY fan, I was completely head over heels for Yellow Owl Workshop's stamps. Novice crafters will appreciate having all the tools necessary to make their own creations—invitations, escort cards, save-the-dates—while those with more experience have the option to personalize their design and colors.

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Bellocq Tea Assortments
Bridesmaids—or even a stressed out bride-to-be—will love a box of Bellocq's tea samplings. Choose from eight packaged loose teas in flavors such as Majorelle Mint, Bellocq Breakfast, and The Queen's Guard, which come in the signature bright yellow box.

—Jackie Lebowitz

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