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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...

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...

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...

Pop Culture

Harry Potter Itty Bittys
In today's article we take a look at Pop Culture and how the mass media can influence the products our shops sell. PewDiePie, Baby Shark, Tide Pods, Fortnite, Chonk, Central Park Duck, Stranger Things, Kylo Ren Pants, Red Dead Redemption and Logan Paul. This may seem just a string of random words and names...

Five Weird & Wonderful Gifts To Buy Your Dad For Christmas

KFC Candle
My dad, like many dads, is a source of much soul searching and mental anguish when it comes to buying him a Christmas gift. He’s a man with a singular passion; his one true love after my mum (or maybe before), is sitting on a cold river bank, dangling his pole into the dark...

Create Don’t Imitate – Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal

Zara Copy
Pablo Picasso is credited with saying “All art is theft” and “Good artists copy, Great artists steal”. This can be interpreted as: Even if a person is not the first to do something, if they do it exceptionally well, then they become the one you think of when you see that style. You could...

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...

Why Our Shop Is Part Of The Community

This article was originally published in the September 2018 issue of Greetings today magazine as part of Chris Fox's "On the Line" column. I sometimes feel like the 70’s cartoon character Mr Benn. That at the back of Wishes there is a magic door which once opened, changes me into a different person. So, for...

Spam, Spam, Spam!

Spam
Today’s article is about Spam. No, not the brand of canned cooked meat made by Hormel Foods Corporation which became popular during the First World War. That’s next month’s column. It's not even about Monty Python. No, this month I’m focusing on the dodgy emails that clog up our inboxes. This article was originally published...

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...