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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...

10 Great Gifts That Retail Under £10

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Engage Not Outrage – How Social Media Can Go Wrong

Donal Trump Hates You Card
Chris Fox from Wishes of Cudworth looks at the issues with promoting your shop on social media and how it can go wrong. Here's Chris... This latest article "Engage Not Outrage" is a little different from my normal column’s happy smiley philosophy. Maybe it’s the uncertain political landscape, the rise of the right wing across the world or it could just...

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...

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...