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What You Do and Sell Makes a Difference!

by Cheryl Karpen

Whether you’ve wandered saucer-eyed through a trade show, browsed online in the comfort of your pj’s, or had a traditional face-to-face with your reps, you’ve spent the last several months meticulously planning this holiday season’s merchandise mix. You’ve strategically nestled ornaments inside of sixteen gorgeous Christmas trees. Your red and calloused fingertips are proof you’ve untangled zillions of twinkling lights. Your store window is simply magical—and your customers tell you so. Your events are the talk of the town. You, yes YOU, are a retail warrior!

It’s ___days until Christmas and admit it, you’re also exhausted. You need retailer therapy: a comfortable cushy pair of shoes and positive holiday projections from the media. And perhaps you also need a reminder…

What you do and sell makes a difference! You are a joy maker, a heart toucher, an HGTV-caliber interior designer and an executive level personal shopper.

So, this holiday season, take a moment. Sit back, close your eyes, and imagine ribbons being untied, boxes being torn open, floors covered in shredded gift wrap and…the pure joy on someone’s face when they’ve gotten just what they wanted. The gift book Sarah purchased at your store gives Kathy the courage to face another day; the charm bracelet Katie purchased for her college-bound daughter is a physical manifestation of a mother’s pride; the scarf Jessie receives from Aunt Sally reflects a one-of-a-kind bond.

The products you so carefully select to grace your store shelves help others express love and encouragement, beautify dozens of homes, celebrate unforgettable events, and create lasting memories.

Celebrate yourself for all you’re worth. You deserve it. You really do make a difference.

~ Cheryl Karpen is President of Gently Spoken and the author of the Eat Your Peas Collection, This article is an excerpt from her book, Eat Your Peas for Retailers.

Featured Vendors in GiftsWholesale.Com
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Aspen Bay Candles: The best candles on the market--a result of our continual and diligent application of superior candle science. Take a moment to visit our unique high quality line of candles. Once you have experienced the superb fragrances and long burn times, we are sure you will be back again and again.

Brownlow Gifts: Brownlow produces a full line of inspirational gifts for every occasion. You will find useful and attractive home decor gifts for the kitchen, bedrooms, study and all other rooms in the house. Brownlow is well known for gourmet products, journals, gifted paper items, photo albums, photo frames, decorative sentiment plaques, a variety of stationery, many different ceramic gifts as well as a large assortment of inspirational gift books. Most products are in coordinating themes that retailers can purchase in eye-catching countertop display collections.

Don Mark DUEL OPENING Stainless Steel Water Bottles. -“Go Green” to protect you and your environment. Refill, reuse and reduce our landfills. Each bottle comes with dual, leak resistant caps, one for drinking, the other wide mouth to insert ice cubes and make hand cleaning easier. Also comes with handy carabineer clip. Our lightweight bottle weighs less than 6 ounces and holds 24 ounces of your favorite cool or cold drink (not for hot liquids). Comes with attractive “Go Green” hangtag. Visit our web site to see our entire line of petzzz plus over 180 other unique gifts and gadgets.

Europa Home decor including glass, candleholders and candles for garden, lodge and more.

Gina B. Designs Many of our retailers tell us that their customers come in and purchase Gina B. cards by the hand-full. The colorful art and simple verse make it a line that has something for everyone at a great price-point. Gina B. Designs is an award-winning greeting card, gift and stationery company featuring exceptional art and design. All products are made in the U.S.A.

Highland Graphics: A leader in functional gift with decorative items for gift giving and kitchen. From our top selling Absorbastone coasters, to our decorative bamboo cutting boards, everything we manufacture is made in the USA. Our high quality plus competitive pricing lets our customers make higher margins. We feature licensed art, official collegiate products and have a full range of custom capabilities with low minimums.

Mud Pie: Mud Pie products are now featured in three catalogs: Mud Pie Baby, Mud Pie Gift, and Mud Pie Pet. It has always been our goal to offer innovative giftware that's affordably priced and adorably packaged.

Natural Life: Fashionable and fun treasures to share or keep! Whether you’re shopping for friends, family, baby or yourself, Natural Life has the perfect gift for you.

Peking Handicraft, Inc. is a global manufacturer and wholesaler specializing in home textiles decorative accessories and gift items. The company expertise in sourcing, manufacturing and brand development are second to none. Peking’s variety of products consists of renowned designer collections as well as exciting designs from their in-house design studio. Both are trend right and of exceptional quality and value. With over three decades in the home textiles and gift arena, Peking is proven to be a company that you can trust today and in the future.

Regal Art & Gift: Offering unique & colorful Metal Garden Décor, Home Décor and Gifts. Garden items include: 3-D Garden Décor, Garden Stakes, Wind Chimes and Welcome Signs. Home items include: Wall Art, Wall Hooks, Candleholders, Ornaments, Boxes and Photo Frames. Popular themes include: Garden Bugs, Birds, Frogs, Tropical, Coastal, Fish, Suns & Celestial, Southwest, Western, Crosses, Americana, Country, Halloween, Harvest & Holiday

Sample House Take a look at our unique collection of original design gift bags, tissue paper and home to the 2-second wrap. We have a complete selection of Take-Out-Cartons solids and prints, tissue, bags, wraphia and more.

Shade Tree Greetings' "Actual Pictures" are recognized as one of the best-selling greeting card lines in the industry. Nostalgic photographs and clever, funny verses make these cards a success. Go to our website to browse over 300 styles. GREAT introductory programs and free fixtures.

Spring Street is proud to offer the finest assortment of personal, home, and office accessories. Our extensive product lines are all theme oriented, from baby to bride and beyond. All of our gift items are hand epoxy enameled and adorned with faux jewel encrusted motifs. Many of our designs are inspired from the famed Soho district of New York City where the very real Spring Street is located.

Sunset Vista Designs: From the same creative team that brought you Care and Wonder Company; We're back with a fresh new line of the latest in home and garden decor.

Wellspring: Stationery products that help keep you organized by giving you fashion with function--wherever you are in your home, office, or on the go. Includes: Pencil Pads®, Auto Notes, Flip Notes, Wiggle Pens, note cards, note pads, and recipe books.

Alexa's Angels' Positivity Movement Spans the Globe

Garden Gate Florist & Greenhouse of Abingdon, Illinois collected new winter accessories to donate to their local grade school and created a "Positivity" float that rolled through town during the Abingdon High School Homecoming Parade.

Alexa's Angels, a jewelry manufacturer known nationally for its inspirational designs, is declaring its first annual National Share Your Positivity Movement an unprecedented success. On October 11 - 17, 2009, America embraced the company's invitation to participate in National Share Your Positivity Week and helped people across the country stay positive and "pass on the positive."

More than 100 businesses nationwide committed to honoring the week and thousands of dollars worth of food, books, and other donations have been given to charities. Remarkably, in less than six months nearly 27,000 people contributed positive quotes and sentiments to the blog In addition, thousands of Posi+ivi+y™ bracelets have touched the lives of thousands across the globe, and these numbers are still growing as the company encourage the public to continue contributing more posts.

"I just wanted to share that I sent a positivity bracelet to Tanzania, Africa to our 13 year old sponsored child. I hope this bracelet will give her some happiness and remind her that people do care," posted Sandie Lee of Sault Ste. Marie Ontario, Canada.

Notable donations made during National Share Your Positivity Week include:

  • Great Western Bank, who collected and donated bikes for Realities for Children, a charitable organization dedicated to serving the unmet needs of abused and neglected children
  • La Ti Da of Suwanee, Georgia collected non-perishable food for their local food pantry
  • Leapin' Lizard Labels of Fort Collins, CO donated books on the power of positive thinking to its local school district
  • The Present Moment of Libertyville, Illinois held a food drive and gave away free hugs
  • S & K Collectibles of Independence, Iowa donated 10% of its sales on the 15th and 16th of National Positivity Week to breast cancer research.

Alexa's Angels donated $2,700, more than 100 percent of its profits made from all supporting Posi+ivi+y™ merchandise sold during the week, to Keeping Dreams Alive, a program designed to encourage children to follow their dreams and inspire them to make their dreams a reality. A full list of Positivity Partners and other businesses who participated can be viewed at

Quick Industry News


Rocket USA Inks Licensing Deal with Major League Baseball

Forest Park, IL - Rocket USA, an 11-year veteran of the Toy and Gift Industry, has secured a licensing agreement with Major League Baseball (MLB) to expand its award winning Lubies (pronounced "LUH-bees") brand of plush toys. The new MLB Lubies will boast the same quality design, 5-inch round size, and 0+ age rating as the non-licensed and original series of Lubies animals; perfect gift for baseball fans of all ages.

The brainstorm of Joy Michel, former VP of Creative at Ty, Inc., and Michael Perry, CEO of Rocket USA, Lubies are a line of plush with charming ball-shaped designs. "Irresistible to Squeeze and Fun to Toss" is the marketing tagline for Lubies, which were first released at Toy Fair 2009.

The new baseball versions will include a baseball version of the "Did You Know" fact found on every Lubies hang tag featuring stadium artwork for each team. The initial set includes New York Yankees, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals, Seattle Mariners and Detroit Tigers.

Company's light-hearted golf collection is a hole-in-one!
Mud Pie Adds New Swingers to the "Team"

Tucker, Ga. -- Mud Pie, an award-winning international gift company that offers products reflecting current trends and popular design, has expanded its popular Swingers collection to include more than 30 fashionable golf-themed gift items in fresh shades of green, pink, black and white. Recognizing the growing popularity of the sport and the industry's lack of golf gift items to reflect personality and trends, Mud Pie seized the opportunity to introduce a one-of-a-kind gift collection for golf lovers. From can cozy to frame golf tee holders and items that feature the saying, "Perfect excuse for afternoon cocktails," Mud Pie's Swingers collection continues to be a hit!

Featured Products: Golf Tee Frame - Dual colored faux patent leather frames feature two yellow golf tees in holder. Available in green/white, pink/green and black/white colors. 7" x 7" / MSRP $12

Golf Pouch and Key Fob Set - Dual colored faux patent leather zipper case features three golf tees on front. Faux patent leather key fob with golf tee and key ring. Available in green/white, pink/green and black/white. Pouch 8" x 5.7" / Key Fob 1.5" x 5.25" MSRP $14

Golf Tee Can Cozy - Dual colored faux patent leather wrapped cozy holds three yellow golf tees in holder. Available in green/white, pink/green and black/white colors. 4" x 3" diameter / MSRP $7

Golf Excuse Triple Notepad - Set of three golf themed notepads and polka dot pen. 3.25" x 5" / MSRP $14