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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 8th, 2015
Early date pattern, product spotlights, co-location among winter 2016 Philadelphia Gift Show Highlights

Offering its retail audience an opportunity to see new introductions, breaking trends, place orders and get-first delivery, the winter 2016 ... Continue Reading »

October 8th, 2015
NRF tells Congress: ‘EMV equipment does not stop breaches’

The National Retail Federation told Congress Wednesday, Oct. 7, that new chip-and-signature credit cards without a PIN will not stop data ... Continue Reading »

October 7th, 2015
Jayden Star launches new program to boost holiday sales

After months of planning, Jayden Star has launched a top-of-counter program to enhance holiday add-on sales for retailers nationwide. “This ... Continue Reading »

October 7th, 2015
Gift for Life and Retail Design Institute partner for holiday pop-up shop

Gift for Life has partnered with the Retail Design Institute of NY to build and operate a holiday pop-up shop in Chelsea this December. Gift ... Continue Reading »

October 2nd, 2015
P3 pet trade show opens online registration, announces call for seminar speakers

Making its debut Aug. 24-25, 2016, at Chicago’s Navy Pier, the new P3|Progressive Pet Products trade show has officially opened advance online ... Continue Reading »

October 2nd, 2015
LA Mart, LAMKT renew, rebrand promotional alliance for January markets

Building upon a successful co-promotional strategy launched in 2014, the management teams of the LA Mart and LAMKT (formerly the California Gift ... Continue Reading »

September 30th, 2015
Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show attendance spikes 13 percent

The Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show, held Sept. 16-19, 2015, recorded a 13-percent increase in attendance over the 2014 ... Continue Reading »

September 28th, 2015
Philadelphia National Candy, Gift & Gourmet Show to run alongside Philadelphia Gift Show in 2016

In a move that expands crossover business opportunities for their respective attendee and exhibitor audiences, Urban Expositions and the Retail ... Continue Reading »

September 25th, 2015
International Market Centers announces programming for Fall High Point Market

International Market Centers (IMC) has announced its roster of programming for the upcoming Fall High Point Market. Topics run the gamut from ... Continue Reading »

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