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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...

Gothic Gift Guide

Fatally Yours Chocalate
“It’s said goths have the lowest life satisfaction levels of any subculture with the exception of traffic wardens. That’s why you don’t see any goth traffic wardens. That would be a deadly combination.” Yes, I’m quoting/ripping of the IT Crown and their Goth2Boss promotional video. The reality is most goths are rather cheerful, good natured...

5 Spring Fair Gift & Home Show Survival Tips

Spring Banner Advert
It’s nearly time for the Spring Fair, the UK’S No.1 trade show for the gift, greeting card and home suppliers plus buyers. On the 5-9 FEBRUARY 2017 some 60,000 visitors will be rushing through the doors of Birmingham NEC to join the party (it is a celebration after all, of all things wonderful in...

Great Animal Inspired Gift & Furniture Ideas

Omersa Pig Footstool
We all love our local wild life and pets, each cute critter a unique and loveable character with their own distinct personality traits. From fluffy kittens to proud pouches, onto crazy frogs and even sticky stick insects (we ran out of descriptions at the end), they’re very much part of the family. Here at Gift Shop...

Is Twitter Really Useful When Promoting Your Small Business?

Twitter Article Banner
What can you really say with 140 characters? Is Twitter really useful when it comes to promoting your business? Will this article be just a series of questions without any answers? Well no, that’s the answer to question number three, the other two we’re going to attempt to get to the bottom of with as much insight...

Would You Charge A 50p Entry For Your Shop?

Bookstore Article Banner
How about this for a novel idea: A secondhand bookshop Bloomindales in North Yorkshire has decided to charge customers 50p for entry. Feed up with ‘customers’ browsing but not buying, the Basil Fawlty like shop keeper has resorted to drastic measures to scare off the time wasters or worst still those using his shop...

The Best Alternative Scented Candles To Yankee

We all love a good scented candle here at Gift Shop Hub and we know the retailers we’ve spoke to, feel they’re an essential part of their gift ranges. The wide appeal of scented candles means you no longer see them for sale just in a gift shops; We’ve spotted them in Hair Dressers, Florists,...

Five Great Upcycled Gift Ideas – A Gift Shop Hub Feature

Cotton Monsters
It’s a sad reflection of the modern world that many of the things we buy have become disposable with short lifespans. The products we once considered luxuries like DVD players can now be picked up for 30 quid at supermarkets like Tesco (My own first DVD player was close to £500, which looking back...

Print Is Dead, Long Live The New King: The Internet

This article was originally published in Greetings Today Magazine by Chris fox from the retailer Wishes of Cudworth, therefore the intro won't make a whole lot of sense if you're reading this on Gift Shop Hub and not in the magazine (we did consider editing the offending introduction but decided to leave it be, as we feel...

How To Guides

6 Ways Gift Shops Can Use Online Marketing to Boost Sales...

Charlotte Biggs from the Card & Gift Network looks at 6 ways gift shops can use online marketing to boost sales in 2018… Just before...