Leading the Way

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Gift Shop Magazine’s inaugural Emerging Gift Industry Leader shares humble beginnings There’s a new generation of product masters in the gift and home industry. A group of eager Gen Yers who grew up learning the ins and outs of the trade from their parents, wanted to start something for a greater cause, or simply looking […]

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Winter Trends 2016: Chinoiserie

Seda France: Imperial Blossom Three-Wick Candle Tin.

Inspired by the Chinese, this artistic style first appeared in the 17th century — but feels runway-fresh thanks to an infusion of playful color. For more information on any of these products, visit our Free Product Information Request page. More Winter Trends… Weathered Gilded Mid-Century Modern Horns & Antlers

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Winter Trends 2016: Mid-Century Modern

Scotch & Cream: Rangefinder Camera art print.

This design movement — characterized by a clean simplicity, vibrant color palette and reliance on natural shapes — again finds a rapt audience, this time in the 21st century.       For more information on any of these products, visit our Free Product Information Request page. More Winter Trends… Weathered Horns & Antlers Gilded Chinoiserie

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Winter Trends 2016: Gilded

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Looking for products having a Midas touch? Just a peek of gold goes a long, luxurious way.   For more information on any of these products, visit our Free Product Information Request page. More Winter Trends… Weathered Horns & Antlers Mid-Century Modern Chinoiserie

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Winter Trends 2016: Horns & Antlers

Chase and Wonder - Sophisticated Stag - Screen printed cushion - Portrait

By turns stately, stylish and humorous, these products are infused with nature’s amazing workmanship to set a gorgeous, dynamic selling stage.   For more information on any of these products, visit our Free Product Information Request page. More Winter Trends… Weathered Gilded Mid-Century Modern Chinoiserie

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Winter Trends 2016: Weathered

Abbott: Large Crackle Crock Vase.

Tempered with distressed finishes, these selections infuse your space with both texture and light this season. All speak to the idea that perfection is overrated, while a little personality goes a long way! For more information on any of these products, visit our Free Product Information Request page. More Winter Trends… Horns & Antlers Gilded Mid-Century […]

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Local Love

Bailey & James, a lifestyle boutique in Rockford, Mich. is the brainchild of retailer Amber Kneibel. She uses her store to carefully curate a selection of gift and home decor products from Michigan artists.
Photos of Bailey & James by Katie Grace Photography.

Gift shops and products that cater to customers’ hometown pride score big by rooting for the home team.

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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

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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

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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

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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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Gift Retail News & Press

April 29th, 2016
Friday opening, new alliances, regional specialties headline Summer 2016 Windy City Gift Show

Moving to a Friday-Sunday date pattern, the August 12-14, 2016 Windy City Gift Show continues to build upon its product offerings and industry ... Continue Reading »

April 29th, 2016
Corkcicle receives Red Dot Product Design Award for canteen, tumbler

The Corkcicle team has announced that its innovative Canteen and Tumbler series has been awarded a Red Dot Product Design Award. Among 5,200 ... Continue Reading »

April 28th, 2016
Dallas meets buyer demand for products with a story

This summer, Dallas Market Center delivers more story-centered product resources than any other marketplace during the Total Home & Gift ... Continue Reading »

April 27th, 2016
Luis Vásquez named new Head of Design at Schleich

  Luis Vásquez is now in charge of designing all Schleich figurines and play worlds. As the new Director of Product Design, the industrial ... Continue Reading »

April 22nd, 2016
Friday opening, new alliances, regional specialties headline Summer 2016 Windy City Gift Show

Moving to a Friday-Sunday date pattern, the August 12-14, 2016 Windy City Gift Show continues to build upon its product offerings and industry ... Continue Reading »

April 22nd, 2016
July 2016 Philadelphia Gift Show invites mid-Atlantic, tri-state retailers to see what’s new

Returning to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center from July 24-27, 2016, the Philadelphia Gift Show offers its mid-Atlantic and tri-state retail ... Continue Reading »

April 20th, 2016
Registration now open for summer NY NOW

Registration for the NY NOW summer 2016 market has officially opened for retailers, buyers, and members of the press. The summer NY NOW, the ... Continue Reading »

April 20th, 2016
Kentia Collective, LA Value Section highlight summer LAMKT

  Offering West Coast retailers the ideal opportunity to discover fresh new categories, California-made specialties, global styles and ... Continue Reading »

April 19th, 2016
NSS: What’s Trending in Stationery

There is a strong resurgence in consumers’ passion for stationery and specialty paper products. From journals to cards to prints, the written ... Continue Reading »

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

unnamedWelcome 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, ... Continue Reading »

Fall Trends 2015: Bronzes & Coppers

P.Flynn Design: Compass NotebooksBronzes & Coppers For those customers that like to be on the cutting edge of all things cool, what is the next generation of metallics? ... Continue Reading »

The Student Section

Masik Collegiate Fragrances captures the experience of campus in a bottle by taking geography, school colors and mascots into consideration.There is no shortage of unique products in multi-billion dollar college merchandise industry... Continue Reading »


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