Never Grow Up

Brag Blocks from Sticky Bellies allow parents to share their growing little one's ages with colorful month blocks.

Thanks to products boasted at shows like Toy Fair, we’re reminded that growing up is overrated Amidst the plethora of children’s products that are introduced into the juvenile industry in a given year, arguably the favorites are the hidden gems found by grandmas and papas who spend countless hours, weeks and months scouring store shelves […]

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And the Bride Wore…

A 2015 Luna + Lou wedding where the bride opted for different shades of blue - her husband's favorite color and the color of two of their favorite college teams.

Planning a wedding allows the happy couple to put their own spin on a celebration. Look for these trends this upcoming year.

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Products with Purpose


Companies that give back affect more than just sales with a mission to serve others Acacia Creations Maura Kroh, owner Mission: “The mission of Acacia Creations has always been to improve lives in a long-lasting, sustainable way. The company goes beyond fair trade by creating jobs, providing training and giving back to communities through education and healthcare […]

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Something for Everyone

A carefully curated collection of books and toys fills the shelves at The Children's Hour.

The Children’s Hour in Salt Lake City is a happy place for children and adults   Located in the charming 9th and 9th area in the heart of Salt Lake City, The Children’s Hour has found its happy place. “We’ve moved four times within this neighborhood, each time into a bigger store. I say this is […]

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Plan Ahead by Looking Back

Reflecting on 2015 good way set goals for 2016 The start of a new year is a great time to assess what lies ahead as well as reflect on what you have most recently accomplished — or lacked to, for that matter — in the previous year. Joining you in these efforts should be your employees, […]

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Editor’s Letter: Inform, Connect, Comment and Share


Welcome to the new and improved Gift Shop community — I mean magazine. But really it’s the same thing. This may look like a printed magazine, but today it is so much more. Across all of the platforms, we are here to inform and connect this community of gift shop retailers by sharing ideas and […]

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Fall Trends 2015: Black & White

Surya: Teori pillow

Black & White Some pairings will always work well together: peanut butter and jelly, sea and sun … even Laverne and Shirley. But when it comes to design, there is nothing more classic than black and white. After all, as Maureen O’Hara put it, “In the beginning it was all black and white.” And probably […]

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Fall Trends 2015: Bronzes & Coppers

P.Flynn Design: Compass Notebooks

Bronzes & Coppers For those customers that like to be on the cutting edge of all things cool, what is the next generation of metallics? That’s an easy one: bronzes and coppers! These warmer tones not only offset the season’s colder temperatures, they are interesting in all finishes; it’s no surprise to see them appearing […]

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Fall Trends 2015: Graphics & Great

Midwest-CBK: Midwest Seasons Bird tea towels

Graphics & Great Not everything is neutral and metallic these days … color abounds, you just have to know where to find it, not to mention how to present it! These most enticing designs are inspired by everything from age-old Ikat and Otami patterns to Mid-Century Modern design. Geometrics abound, but then, so do more […]

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Fall Trends 2015: Gold & Black

Skeem: Candle from the Axion Collection

Gold & Black The metallic trend shows no sign of slowing, and any color presented with a reflective glint is dazzling consumers and definitely trending up — with no sign of slowing down. However, when that most beloved precious metal, gold, is coupled with ultra-classic, ultra-simple black, the results are completely spellbinding. It’s no surprise that […]

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Distinctly American


Resurgence in handmade movement revitalizing American-made products Born and raised in Maine, Robert LeHay has spent his life working with his hands. Focusing on local and the culture of his home state, the American craftsman creates boxes and carriers made in the Shaker tradition, a craft he learned at Maine’s Sabbathday Lake Shaker village. Creating […]

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Paradise Found

The Sugarcane Shop product mix is 95 percent made in Hawaii.

Owning the Sugarcane Shop in Honolulu is the best decision this former interior designer from Los Angeles has ever made.

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Light Up Your Sales Great in-store lighting can lead to more sales


Specialty store lights should add drama and excitement to the customer shopping experience, boosting sales by attracting and intriguing the target market. If you have a specialty store, you can expect your customers to respond favorably to lighting that enhances their shopping style. Your retail store lighting design is a major element in enhancing your […]

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Workplace Wellness: The Right Prescription

Wholesale accessories company bungalow360, located on two acres in Fallbrook, California, recently started a program called "Go Outside," which encourages employees to have a daily connection with nature. Employees can work by the pond, walk in the food forest or climb a tree. Photos courtesy of Susie Pusch, bungalow360.

Steps to ensure your employees are healthy and happy.

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Editor’s Letter: Discover the treasures of travel


Even if you live in the most magical place on earth, it’s good to get away and see something different.

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February 12th, 2016
Good buyer attendance, great order writing highlight winter 2016 L.A. Mart Gift & Home Market

Enthusiastic retailers from across the country, energetic sales, more than 87,000 square feet of new exhibit space, and hundreds of “only in ... Continue Reading »

February 11th, 2016
Rocky Mountain Gift Show, Denver Apparel and Accessory Market gear up for winter show

With only two weeks to go before the start of the February Rocky Mountain Gift Show and Denver Apparel and Accessory Market, close to 500 ... Continue Reading »

February 11th, 2016
Emeril Lagasse, Aaron Sanchez, most recent Master Chef Junior winner added to cooking theater lineup at 2016 International Home + Housewares Show

Famed chef Emeril Lagasse, Food Network chef Aarón Sánchez and, Addison, the most recent winner of MasterChef Junior join the lineup of ... Continue Reading »

February 10th, 2016
NRF forecasts retail sales to grow 3.1 percent in 2016

The National Retail Federation released its 2016 economic forecast, projecting retail industry sales (which exclude automobiles, gas stations and ... Continue Reading »

February 10th, 2016
Winter 2016 Windy City Gift Show brings new product resources, expanded fair trade, handcrafted offerings to Midwest marketplace

Reinforcing its position as the premier product resource for the Midwest market, the January 30-February 2, 2016 Windy City Gift Show at ... Continue Reading »

February 10th, 2016
A kidnapped cat will hitch a cross-country ride home with Toy Fair exhibitor Build & Imagine

“I was putting the key in my front door after a run when I felt something soft brush up against my leg. I glanced down and saw an adorable ... Continue Reading »

February 10th, 2016
Party for Life celebrates 24 years of fundraising for HIV/AIDS education and research

More than 500 partygoers attended the 24th annual Party for Life, which took place Monday, February 1 in conjunction with NY NOW. The stately ... Continue Reading »

February 10th, 2016
Aurora World launches spring plush collection

Aurora World offers an impressive range of sizes and species to delight children of all ages. In fact, the global leader in high-quality gift ... Continue Reading »

February 9th, 2016
Aurora World announces 2016 introductions at Toy Fair

Aurora World is nosing ahead (with Gnomlins), making a splash (with Sea Sparkles and YooHoo sea life) and succeeding with flying colors (thanks ... Continue Reading »

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Welcome Home: Monica Potter Home strives to make guests feel comfortable

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