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10 Great Twitter Accounts You Must Follow

Just A Card Twitter
Twitter is one of the best social networking sites out there. Especially for independent shops and small businesses. It's a great way to quickly swap ideas and discover amazing retail inspiration. There's numerous Twitter Hours run by the accounts below which create a joyous wave of retweets and friendly advice. We love a good Tweet...

The Greeting Card Association

GCA at Top Drawer
The GCA is the trade association for the greeting card industry, a great community of card publishers, retailers and specialist suppliers. Gift Shop Hub spoke to Sharon Little who is the CEO for the Greeting Card Association. Hi Sharon, let's start with finding out about the GCA... The Greeting Card Association is a not for profit membership organisation,...

7 Clever Ways Waterstones Has Reinvented Itself

Waterstones Book Shop
Not long ago the future of Waterstones was being questioned. Wicked whispers said it wouldn’t be long before it joined the likes of Woolworths, Blockbuster and BHS in the retail wasteland. Another once mighty chain, failing to adapt to the changes in consumer spending habits. The story of Waterstones would finish with tragedy rather than...

5 Simple Handmade Gift Ideas

5 Simple Handmade Gifts
John Miller from the Artisna Marketplace loves everything artistic. Here's his 5 Simple Handmade Gift Ideas with the message that something handmade is something straight from the heart. Now, we all like to go shopping. We all like to splurge and pile on until we drop, but soon after that we are on our way to a less...

7 Practical Housewarming Gifts

Molly Milson from Smooth Decorator selects 7 practical housewarming gifts... During moving season, numerous people are in pursuit of a new home and items that give away that typical homey sensation. In case you are pondering gifts, steer away from the usual bottle of wine and come up with an item which is both practical and...

Celebrating Record Store Day 2017

Tall Bird Records
Record Store Day will be 19 years old this year and no doubt the musical landscape has changed since its inception. The new digital kids on the block: downloads and streaming were supposed to signal the end of traditional music formats. CD’s and tapes may be struggling or gone but vinyl records have been...

5 Great Doctor Who Gifts

Doctor Who Mr Men
Who’s your favourite Doctor? If you shouted Quinn, then this isn’t the post for you. No, this our Gallifreyan gift guide featuring a selection of our favourite Time Lord treasures. Ahead of Doctor Who’s return to BBC1 on Saturday 15th April we’ve put together an handy list of our top 5 Great Doctor Who Gifts. Doctor Who...

10 Great Gifts That Retail Under £10

WishStrings Hen Party
It’s tricky finding the right gifts for your shop and more importantly at the right price too. With that in mind Gift Shop Hub has put together 10 great gifts that retail for under £10. A mixture of different products that should make perfect additions to your shop’s gift ranges. All prices are RRP...

Domo Kun – From Meme To Mainstream

Domo Kun
Imagine if you will a meeting room full of highly successful, respected and influential retail buyers. They’re beginning to regret allowing you into the room before you've even had the chance to give them your sales pitch. All have the same look on their faces and it’s not a good one; a mixture of horror...

Indie Chesterfield – Vinyl, VHS & Videogames

Vinyl Record Collection
This article begins with me as a teenager meeting a man in a video van. No he didn’t kidnap me and force me to watch Short Circuit till I rented it for the weekend. He didn’t have to... I was willing accomplice in his crimes against celluloid. There’s no doubt that thirteen year old...

How To Guides

Tips for Growing an Online Business

Growing an online business can be a tricky. As the director of e-commerce for a small business, I’ve had plenty of experience with establishing...