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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

August 26th, 2015
Las Vegas Market gala brings in $10,000 for Gift for Life charity

Las Vegas Market announced Wednesday, Aug. 26 its fifth annual “Up on the Roof” gala raised $10,000 to benefit Gift for Life, the sole ... Continue Reading »

August 25th, 2015
California Gift Show to get rebranded, reorganized for 2016

In an effort to enhance the show experience for its California Gift Show attendee and exhibitor audience, Urban Expositions has initiated a ... Continue Reading »

August 25th, 2015
Jumbo George leads additions to First & Main Valentine’s Day Collection

First & Main, wholesale manufacturer of plush and soft-sculptured gifts, has introduced several new designs to its Valentine’s Day ... Continue Reading »

August 20th, 2015
PHOTO GALLERY: Summer NY NOW products and exhibitors

We highlight a handful of products and exhibitors from the summer 2015 edition of NY NOW at the Javits Convention Center in New York. (Photos by ... Continue Reading »

August 20th, 2015
Paperworld Remanexpo set on efforts to promote business relationships in 2016

With the Remanexpo section, Paperworld, slotted to run Jan. 30 through Feb. 2, 2016, will be characterized by a spectrum of remanufactured ... Continue Reading »

August 19th, 2015
‘Best of Home’ and ‘Best of Lifestyle’ awards presented

Two products — AvoSeedo by AvoSeedo, LLC (Frankfurt, Germany) and True Moringa Lavender Facial Oil by True Moringa (Boston) — were recognized ... Continue Reading »

August 18th, 2015
Largest Summer Las Vegas Market exceeded expectations

Five new destination launches, increased registration and buyer attendance at Summer 2015 event The largest-ever Las Vegas Market was highlighted ... Continue Reading »

August 18th, 2015
‘Best of the Best’ selected at summer 2015 NY NOW

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) NY Metro Chapter recognized seven HOME Collection exhibitors as the “Best of the Best” at ... Continue Reading »

August 18th, 2015
The Greeting Card Association names new executive director

The Greeting Card Association (GCA) named Peter Doherty, CAE, as its executive director, effective August 17. “We are delighted to have a ... Continue Reading »

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Shades of Spring 2015: Custard Yellow

Swaddle Designs' Stroller BlanketThis clean shade evokes the sun and warmer weather, but retains a pared-down, refined quality that broadens its appeal and expands its flexibility.... Continue Reading »

What Couples Want Now

Checkerboard-Unity-Personalized-Throw-PillowWedding and bridal shower gifts for the inspired home.... Continue Reading »

Summer Trends 2015: Feathers

Haute Papier: Gold-foil Stamped StationeryThis 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.... Continue Reading »

Best Sellers in Ann Arbor

Ann-Arbor-KerrytownAnn Arbor is often described as a small town with big city sophistication; a world-class educational and high-tech research center tucked in a charming community of friendly neighborhoods with a ... Continue Reading »

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