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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...

Would You Charge A 50p Entry For Your Shop?

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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...

Should Independent Shops Have a Black Friday Sale?

Black Friday is a scary name when you think about it. In the US the name was given to the shopping day after Thanksgiving due to the fact that so many people went out to shop that it caused traffic accidents and sometimes even near riots as people desperately tried to pick up that...

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

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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...

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

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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...

Seven Things I Learned Running A Retail Trail

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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...

Five Weird & Wonderful Gifts To Buy Your Dad For Christmas

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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 Great Doctor Who Gifts

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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...

Using Videos To Promote Your Small Shop

Barnsley TV at Wishes of Cudworth
Chris Fox from greeting card shop, Wishes of Cudworth looks at how videos can promote your shop and create engaging online content... What does the word video mean to you? If you’re of certain age you may instantly think of the days of VHS. The warm, nostalgic haze of yesterday’s video shops, vans and tapes. 20...

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...