Flamingo-themed merchandise is often associated with Florida souvenir shops, but this popular pink bird has gone mainstream and can be found on all sorts of items including clothing, toys and items for the home. Whether you are shopping for a flamingo gift to please a long-time collector or are looking for a tacky gift that might be greeted with groans instead of appreciation, there is a wide variety of items from which to choose.
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The classic plastic pink flamingo lawn ornament rose to popularity in the 1950s. Though these decorations fell out of fashion by the 1960s, their tackiness ensured they would have a legion of fans who revelled in their bright pink colour and their offbeat nature. The original pink plastic flamingo was manufactured by Union Products and designed by Don Featherstone. Although Union Products has been sold a few times, the classic flamingo, which bears Don Featherstone's signature is still manufactured. Anyone with an interest in these birds should have at least one Featherstone flamingo. Other companies have imitated these ornaments over the years, including whirligig versions and flamingos that can be dressed up in different seasonal outfits.
Perhaps the only thing tackier than placing a pair of pink flamingos on your lawn, is dressing in an outfit covered in pink flamingos. Clothing featuring pink flamingos includes bright colourful Hawaiian shirts for men and shirts and pyjamas for women that range from the tasteful to the loud and obnoxious. For a one-size-fits-all gift, try a flamingo necktie for the guys or a glittering pair of pink flamingo sunglasses for the girls.
Flamingo items for the home are perfect for a Florida house or for bringing a little sun and fun to a house up north. Household flamingos range from single standalone items like a flamingo planter or flamingo sun catcher to a collection of items such as flamingo bathroom accessories, including toilet paper festooned with the pink bird. If it's not enough to offend the neighbours' sensibilities by placing a flamingo on the front lawn, a flamingo wind chime can add some unwelcome sound to a neighbour's day.
Toys featuring flamingos are great for collectors of all ages. Some of the most common include basic flamingo stuffed animals, as well as inflatables that make great toys in or out of the pool. Flamingo-shaped rattles are available to please even the youngest collectors, while a squeaky flamingo-shaped dog toy ensures that Fido doesn't get left out of the fun.
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