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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...

Seven Things I Learned Running A Retail Trail

Julia Keeling with her Bunny Map
Hi, my name is Chris Fox and I’m the digital content manager for greeting card and gift shop Wishes of Cudworth. I try to look as Wishes as a brand. Not a corporate, soulless brand I must add. No, it’s rather about consistency of tone and dreaming up new ways to promote the shop....

4 Heatons Traders Association – A Gift Shop Hub Interview

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Today Gift Shop Hub talks to The 4 Heatons Traders Association, or 4HTA for short. The purpose of the 4HTA is summed up in it's mission statement:"To make the Heatons, a better place, to live, work and prosper". Any business based in the SK4 post code area, which covers the villages of Heaton Mersey, Heaton Moor, Heaton...

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 Great Art & Shopping Trails

The Big Hoot
First let’s start with explaining this post’s title. Just what are “5 Great Art & Shopping Trails”? It’s ok, Gift Shop Hub is here to help. We’re the ultimate retail resource of useful and not so useful facts after all. Below we’ll be exploring 5 retail trails. And exploring really is the key word here....

Gift Shop Trends – How To Spot The Next Big Craze

Fidget Spinners
My name is Chris and my partner Julia Keeling owns a card shop. This is not the opening of group therapy but rather an introduction to my world. I’m fast approaching 40 and one day I might one day even feel like an adult. Sure I have many grown up responsibilities: A mortgage, work...

Tea For Two, For Me For You… Cards & Gifts Celebrating Teatime

The Taste Buds Food Selection
Hello Gift Shop Hub! This is Sai from The Taste Buds, bringing you a little bit of teatime mischief for a change. As it’s National Cream Tea Day today (30 June), let’s look at cards and gifts celebrating teatime. Go on, grab a cuppa and have a nice little sit down with me. At The...

Cudworth Bunny Trail – A Shop Local Event

Cudworth Bunny Trail Banner
Chris Fox from Wishes of Cudworth tells us why he's excited about the Cudworth Bunny Trail. Art and Shopping trails are a great way to promote your village/town/city as a whole. To encourage your customers to explore your high street and visit shops they've never been to before. There are two secrets I must share...

Use Common Sense – How Social Media Can Go Wrong Part 2

Social Media Buzz Words
At the time of writing this, it's another week when technology news hits the headlines again with Google, Whatsapp and websites all raising controversial discussion. Google found themselves having to apologise after a series of companies withdrew their ads when it emerged they were being displayed alongside hate videos and other inappropriate content, so the...

How To Guides

The Science of Retail Store Layouts and Design 

Retail stores have come a long way from when Harry Selfridge pioneered the storefront display window in the early 20th century. Today, stores do more...