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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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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February 3rd, 2016
ASTRA announces keynote speakers for 2016 Marketplace & Academy

The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) announced that stress management guru Colette Carlson and Bob Phibbs, the Retail Doctor ... Continue Reading »

February 3rd, 2016
NY NOW and Apartment Therapy announce Best in Market Award winner

NY NOW, the Market for Home, Lifestyle + Gift, in conjunction with Apartment Therapy — a digital resource that provides daily inspiration for ... Continue Reading »

February 2nd, 2016
NY NOW announces Eco Choice Award winners

NY NOW, the Market for Home, Lifestyle + Gift, is pleased to announce the winners of its Eco Choice Awards program for the winter 2016 market. ... Continue Reading »

February 2nd, 2016
Lincoln Logs to celebrate 100th birthday this year

K’NEX Brands is excited to celebrate the 100th birthday of Lincoln Logs this year. In 2015, in anticipation of the centennial production of the ... Continue Reading »

February 2nd, 2016
Woodstock Chimes’ newest rainbow makers sparkle in the New Year

Woodstock Chimes, a leading manufacturer of musically tuned wind chimes, garden décor and high-quality gifts, rings in 2016 by further ... Continue Reading »

February 2nd, 2016
UK brand eatsleepdoodle wins Best New Gift Product Award at NY NOW

  The new doodle Monet placemat set from eatsleepdoodle has just won the NY NOW Best New Product Award in the Gift Category. Announced at ... Continue Reading »

February 1st, 2016
GHTA announces 2016 conference location and dates

The Gift and Home Trade Association [GHTA], the industry’s leading non-profit trade association, has announced that its 2016 annual conference ... Continue Reading »

February 1st, 2016
Best New Product Awards presented to nine NY NOW exhibitors

NY NOW, the Market for Home, Lifestyle + Gift, is pleased to announce the winners of its Best New Product Awards, as well as the winner of the ... Continue Reading »

February 1st, 2016
Winter 2016 Seattle Gift Show spotlights regional specialties, handcrafted styles

Held January 22-25, 2016 at the Washington State Convention Center, the winter 2016 Seattle Gift Show delighted retailers with a ... Continue Reading »

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