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Summer Trends 2015: Classic Blue

CBK: Blue Flower Tea Towel Set

This shade is so much more than it seems. Familiar and comfortable but still exciting and invigorating, it always exhibits an easy elegance.

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Summer Trends 2015: Feathers

Haute Papier: Gold-foil Stamped Stationery

This delicate icon resonates so much this year since it not only springs from the ever-popular bird theme, but it looks especially alluring in the gold finishes so prevalent of late.

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Summer Trends 2015: Arrows

Hammerpress: Letterpressed postcard

Aside from being visually interesting, arrows have a rich symbolism, alluding to the idea of propelling oneself out of whatever is holding one back.

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Summer Trends 2015: Honeycombs

Laughing Raven Design: The Honey Line Handcrafted Jewelry

Just one of many geometrics currently dressing the trend stage, honeycombs can be shaded within or without, layered or mixed with other icons

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Summer Trends 2015: Rope

Pico Design: Solid Brass Medium Oval Necklace

Beneath this texture-rich trend lays the idea of connections, and the ties that bind us together.

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Hungering For Handmade

Deanna Fainelli, a former photojournalist, now focuses on creating mixed media art via urban flavored fine art.

Consumers are paying attention to where and how products are made

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In Good Spirits

A unique wine assortment awaits customers at Cannery Wine and Spirits in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. (Courtesy photo)

Merchandising Wine, Spirits and Accessories

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Best-Sellers in Portland, Oregon

Big Pink and downtown Portland, Oregon with Mount Hood in the distance. (Courtesy of

PDX Has it All

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Editor’s Letter: Passionate about retail

Editor Julie McCallum

As business owners, we work hard to survive, but when you have a passion for what you do, that is when you truly thrive.

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Games Showcase — Playful Pieces

Canoe Domino Set from GSI Outdoors

For family game night or anytime, promote these wholesome activities that look as fun as they play!

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Baby Showcase — Sweet Softness

L.E. Phants Plush from Aurora World

Beguiling looks, touch-me textures and adorable icons characterize the freshest market offerings.

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Artisanal Showcase — Made By Hand

Cuff Bracelets made with Vintage Kimonos from Textile Gems

Artisanal Showcase, Summer 2015 The touch and individual perspective of the maker is evident here, offering a fresh and welcome alternative to mass-produced offerings. For more information on any of these products, visit our Product Information Page.

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Trending Up — Summer 2015

1950s Style Toaster from SMEG

GIFT SHOP Editor-In-Chief Julie McCallum shares her favorites across all gift categories.

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Showroom Showcase: National Stationery Show

Kids Gardening Gifts from Wild and Wolf

Products seen at the 2015 National Stationery Show in New York.

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Show Pieces: Tabletop trends, summer 2015

Indigo Group from Annie Glass

Make any spot in your store that much more special with these carefully and lovingly crafted items

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Gift Retail News & Press

October 13th, 2015
Orlando Gift Show, Orlando Cash & Carry brings so much, so close for Florida retailers

Running Feb. 13-15, 2016, the winter edition of the Orlando Gift Show and Orlando Cash & Carry Show at the Orange County Convention ... Continue Reading »

October 13th, 2015
Thousands of new toys debut at Dallas Fall Toy Preview

Tens of thousands of new toys for 2016 debuted at the Toy Industry Association’s (TIA) Fall Toy Preview held last week in Dallas. Industry ... Continue Reading »

October 13th, 2015
Toy Industry Foundation launches #MyToyMemory campaign

The Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) has announced the launch of a fundraising campaign that will put new, donated toys into the hands of children ... Continue Reading »

October 13th, 2015
Eva Walsh named EVP of marketing and leasing, Dallas Market Center

Dallas Market Center announced that Eva Walsh has been named executive vice president of marketing and leasing. In her new position, Walsh will ... Continue Reading »

October 13th, 2015
InterHall celebrates 25th anniversary at fall High Point Market

Over the past 25 years, InterHall has earned a reputation for showcasing chic, couture, high-brow and singularly unique designer-friendly ... Continue Reading »

October 12th, 2015
Fresh LAMKT makes way onto gift market scene

Rebranded LAMKT, the former California Gift Show will open January 30 through February 2, 2016 with a new show floor layout, a new Saturday ... Continue Reading »

October 12th, 2015
Make newborn gift sets baby soft with Douglas Company

If there’s one thing that plush toy maker and lifestyle gift creator Douglas Company knows, it’s softness. Its collection of baby accessories ... Continue Reading »

October 9th, 2015
SF Market kicks off 2016 with celebrated Northern California lifestyle

As the first show of the winter 2016 buying season, SF Market (formerly the San Francisco International Gift Fair) brings a versatile product ... Continue Reading »

October 9th, 2015
Sweet Petites, Pudgies spring in at Douglas Company

A new line of loveable animals and an extended line of cuddly Pudgies are dressed and ready for springtime at Douglas Company. The plush toy ... Continue Reading »

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Expert Christi Tasker makes sense of social media landscape during AmericasMart

Christi Taker of PuTTin' Out speaks about social media at the Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market on Thursday, July 9, 2015. Photo: Zeke JenningsTrying to stay up on social media can lead to social unrest for small to medium business owners. That’s why there are experts on the subject, such as Christi Tasker.... Continue Reading »

Summer Trends 2015: Honeycombs

Laughing Raven Design: The Honey Line Handcrafted JewelryJust one of many geometrics currently dressing the trend stage, honeycombs can be shaded within or without, layered or mixed with other icons... Continue Reading »

Specialty food industry keeping up with consumers’ diversifying palates

Art of the Table in Grand Rapids, Michigan.America’s collective palate continues to expand in every thinkable direction, and the specialty food industry continues to expand right along with it. ... Continue Reading »

Handling Difficult Customers

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Taking it Outside

Homefires4As retired and healthy baby boomers now have more time on their hands to appreciate these gifts, they’re accelerating the trend with their dollars on a lifestyle that seamlessly blends the ... Continue Reading »

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