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December, 2010

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January 2010
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8-11, Philidelphia
9-10, Madison, WI
9-10, St. Louis
10-11, Dallas
12-19, Atlanta
14-18, Denver
18-24, Los Angeles
19-30, Dallas
20-26, Chicago
21-25, Columbus
21-25, Minnetonka, MN
22-24, Miami
22-24, Orlando
24-28, Las Vegas
25-27, Billerica, MA
26-28, Atlanta
27-30, Denver
29-31, Biloxi, MS
29-Feb. 1, Anaheim, CA
29-Feb. 1, Chicago
29-Feb. 3, New York
30-Feb. 3, Toronto

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Trade Show Season Promises Variety of Products and Resources

With the new year rapidly approaching, industry vendors, promoters and retailers are looking forward to the Winter trade shows. The variety of products and emphases has never been greater. No matter where you live there will be a national or regional trade show near you.

Chicago: The Chicago Market: Living and Giving® has announced that Susan Casey, Editor-In-Chief of "O, The Oprah Magazine", will lead the keynote presentation at this year’s January Market, on Monday, January 24. Casey, a bestselling author, award-winning journalist and the editor-in-chief of O, The Oprah Magazine, will share her highly successful communication strategies that landed her one of the most sought after positions in the media industry. Attendees of the keynote presentation will learn how Casey is taking O Magazine to the next level by incorporating her vast knowledge of product trends, marketing, branding and media.

Buyers and retailers will walk away from Casey’s presentation with proven strategies to improve their public relations, branding and marketing efforts in order to grow their business. “We are so excited to have Susan Casey join us as our keynote speaker. She has an amazing background and is sure to inspire and motivate our buyers and retailers this January,” said Joan Ulrich, senior vice president, MMPI.

Las Vegas: The Interior Design Society has selected Las Vegas Design Center to Host its 2011 National Leadership Conference. The 2011 event, comprised of an awards ceremony and a one-day workshop, will be held January 22-23 to coincide with the start of Las Vegas Market, Jan. 24-28. “Our goal is to exceed the expectations of design professionals by not only serving as a comprehensive, state of the art home furnishings resource but also as a hub for timely, relevant educational and entertaining programming and events,” said Las Vegas Design Center Vice President Randy Wells. “We are thrilled about our partnership with IDS and the opportunity to share the experience of Las Vegas Design Center and Las Vegas Market with their membership.”

The 2011 IDS National Conference begins with a semi-formal awards ceremony at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino, the host hotel, on Saturday. Workshops on Sunday will offer put-in-play business strategies and leadership insights. The keynote address will be by luxury market consultant and author Steve Nobel and the conference will conclude with a reception with HGTV’s Monica Pedersen on Sunday.

Dallas: the International Home of Lighting at Dallas Market Center has announced the January 20-24 Dallas International Lighting Market will feature thousands of new products from nearly 300 exhibitors, complemented by practical seminars, networking opportunities, and helpful business information for the thousands of lighting retailers attending the show from around the world. It all adds up to the most important event of the year for lighting.

Dan Blitzer, instructor for the American Lighting Association will present several seminars including on Friday “Lighting Regulations: How Upcoming Changes will Affect Your Business” and “Hands-On Lighting: Evaluating the Visual Impact of Lighting” and on Saturday “Selling the Glitter and Glow: Romancing the Light and Lighting the Romance” on Saturday, January 22 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. – Blitzer will discuss the importance of prominent decorative lighting and how to communicate its beauty and value.

Atlanta: In Atlanta, AmericasMart is celebrating 50 years since the opening of Building 1, formerly the Merchandise Mart. Opened in 1961 as a showcase for home furnishings, decor and accents, AmericasMart continues its tradition in the January 2011 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market and International Area Rug Market. Building 1 comprises more than two million square feet of exhibit space with 15 floors of permanent showrooms (source).

Seattle: All the way across the country, the Seattle Gift Show, staged in the Washington State Convention Center, is featuring "Birdwatch America West", featuring the best in backyard nature and birding products. "We expect the Birdwatch America category to reach a whole new audience of birding and backyard nature product retailers, while also expanding the buying opportunities for our well-established attendee base," explains Doug Miller, president, Urban Expositions. "We’re always looking for ways to fine-tune and expand the product and service offerings to meet the specialized needs of the Pacific Northwest retailer and this new category is one of many new innovations we are working on for the show."

San Francisco: Down the coast, the San Fransisco International Gift Fair at the Moscone Center, has the distinction of being the one of the first shows of the season, beginning January 8. The show also features "Green By Design", the largest "green" gift show on the West Coast. Doug Miller, President, Urban Expositions, also emphasizes his company's efforts to reduce expenses for attendees. "Once again, we’re making it even easier on retailers’ travel budgets by buying down rates on our already discounted hotel properties, offering parking reimbursements and a host of other time and money-saving features."

Boston: Another show now managed by Urban Expositionsis the Boston Gift Show, which returns March 27 to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Among the initiatives for the March show are expanding the show's overall selection with special emphasis on the Souvenir and Made-in-New-England sections.

New York: The New York International Gift Fair will welcome an influx of new resources in the Personal Accessories division. More than 40 new and returning companies will debut a breadth of wearables and travel accessories, bringing the total number of exhibitors in the division to 350. "Personal Accessories will offer buyers an exponentially increased number of fresh, innovative accessory lines," said Dorothy Belshaw, NYIGF director and George Little Management (GLM) senior vice president.

Of course this is just a sampling of the variety of products and learning opportunities coming up during the winter trade shows. Visit GiftsWholesale.Com for an extensive list and visit the show promoters' websites for detailed information about dates, times and particulars.

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Aspen Bay Candles: It’s not hard to see why Aspen Bay Candles are simply better. Our candles are poured with a clean burning soy wax blend and use recycled materials wherever possible. We hand-pour all of our products in our factory in Mississippi. The result is a line of premium candles with quality you can see and most importantly smell.

Badash Crystal: Our 24% hand-cut lead crystal is produced in the finest factories in Europe by the same artisans that manufacture for Mikasa, Waterford, Lenox, and Sasaki. Every piece is individually and safely gift boxed. We offer superb quality and value for all your gift giving and/or personal pleasure.

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. CAMEO EZ© member stores can now log into a site one time and place orders from several manufacturers. This is a newly introduced site, so check back often to see more lines. One Login – Multiple Shopping Carts – Easy Checkout. - For companies wanting to liquidate discontinued items, possibly through a third party, OmegaNet offers new closeout services. Get special deals!

Don Mark Mi Pet Dancing Speaker - “THE HIT OF THE PARTY” These adorable Puppies and Kittens have a built-in speaker that plays music from your iPod / MP3 player or most any other music source. Our soft synthetic fur pets will dance to your music or press the left paw and just use the Mi Pet in speaker mode only. The arms are posable and the dance feature will automatically turn off after an hour or so to conserve battery life. Comes with one audio connection cable and uses 3 “AA” batteries (not included) plus features a 4.5v DC power jack for use without batteries (Adapter plug not included). MiPets come in four breeds and are beautifully gift boxed. Each pet measures approximately 12” tall.

Elegant Baby recognizes that today’s babies are stylish, and is committed to providing baby gifts featuring the very best design, quality, craftsmanship and tradition anywhere.

Europa Home decor including glass, candleholders and candles for garden, lodge, awards, gourmet food, sale items and more.

Fiddler's Elbow Our Fiddler’s Elbow doorstops look so real, your cat will do a double take the first time you bring one home. These soft sculptures are handprinted with organic pigments on 100% cotton, cut, sewn and stuffed in our factory in Middle Falls, New York. We offer a variety of cat and dog designs created in collaboration with some of the world’s top animal artists. These unique gifts can hold a door open, function as an accent pillow or catch a passerby’s attention left sitting in a window looking out. Unique gifts made in USA for the past 37 years.

Gina B. Designs is an award-winning greeting card, gift and stationery products company featuring exceptional art and design. With an array of styles, variety of products and outstanding customer service, Gina B. Designs has “something for everyone.”  All products are proudly made in the U.S.A.

The Heeney Company is a wholesale manufacturer and importer of floral and Christmas products. The company distributes, imports and or manufactures floral and Christmas arrangements, silk flowers, foliages and plants, dried materials, ribbons, candles and decorative accessories.

Hook Line Greetings offers the world's first patent-pending "Gift-in-Greet" Fishing Lure Cards. The company's unique and clever greeting cards contain an authentic hand-tied fishing lure as the "gift" that can be taken out for immediate fun and enjoyment. Just "release" the fishing lure from the card, tie on a line and go fish!

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.

Mary Jane Bags is the premier manufacturer of oilcloth bags including handbags, totes, laptop sleeves, travel pieces and a wide selection of cosmetic pieces. Our oilcloth products are extremely durable while being fun and functional and are ideal for monogramming or vinyl lettering. NEW this year our line of unbelievably soft crocodile bags!

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.

Puzzle Pen The Puzzle Pen is the only erasable, retractable and refillable pen on the market. This product is a great, new break-thru for puzzlers. If your store has customers that play Crossword, Sudoku, KenKen, Kakuro, Magic Square, Acrostic, or any other word or number puzzle, this unique new Puzzle Pen will be a great hit in your store.

Saltbox is a Manhattan-based design studio known for its signature creations in canvas. Regularly featured in magazines such as Oprah, Self, People and Brides, the Saltbox collection is renowned for its alluring prints and colors and is well-loved for its sturdy construction and heavy weight, water resistant canvas.

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.

snoozies!® are not socks and they're not slippers - sort of a crossover between the two and that's why we call them "foot coverings"! snoozies!® are made with a brushed fleece exterior in colorful & fun printed patterns and then lined with a soft Sherpa fleece inside.

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.

Sunbelt Marketing Group, Inc. Licensed functional and decorative giftware for the home and tailored for the men's market, i.e. (clocks, signs, coat/key racks, salt and pepper shakers, bottle openers, shelves, picture frames, games key chains and more). Licenses include Coca-Cola, General Motors, Pepsi-Cola, Farmall Tractors, Shelby and the Shelby Ford Mustang and Dodge. Product mediums include wood, polyresin, and glass and mixed mediums.

Sunset Vista Designs Inc.: offers you extra margin opportunities, and sells thru at retail. They offer innovative designs, in proven products, with space saving merchandising solutions, and attractive package deals that all add value to the quality products we offer. Many say this is the “best ever” line of innovative gift, garden, and home décor.

Talkin' Trash Gifts: Harmless Nonsense for Every Occasion. Bring Smiles, Laughter and Sales to your location. Brightly Colored and Artfully Embellished Bar and Guest Towels. Clever Wine Bags, Hilarious and Functional Totes and Cosmetic bags. Humorous Baby Onsies. Fine Quality Gifts that are Priced to sell. The perfect pick-up gift for every occasion. Order yours today and let the fun begin.

Tripar International Inc.: Tripar International is your source for both displays and decorative accessories. Our extensive product line includes a wide assortment of easels, risers, ornament stands, plate racks, mirrors, jewelry displays, and unique display pieces. We are also an excellent source for wine accessories, wall décor, inspirational signs, and cookbook stands. We offer quality with style, low minimums and fast shipping.

Wellspring brings art and organization to everyday life with products in fashion, organization, and home. Check out quick ship items for the holidays that retail under $10- Flip Notes, great lightweight pill boxes and compacts, Auto Notes, lens cleaners and more! Also beautiful curios, scarves, wristlets, and pillows. All great gifts to ship now.

Happy Holidays

Just a few days more and you'll finally be able to put up your feet and rest! Well, at least for a few hours.

First, take a deep breath and applaud yourself for a job well done. You survived the Christmas season of 2010. And you are a champion! (Believe me: you deserve the gift of affirmation.)

You're probably already thinking of your day-after-Christmas to do list: mark down tables, prepare for inventory, create a Valentines display. No doubt, the list is endless.


One of the most valuable activities you can do - while it's fresh in your mind and in the minds of your employees - is to process the lessons learned from the selling season. It will be your guiding light for a successful 2011 fourth quarter.

Hurry! Grab a yellow pad or your laptop and sit down with your team. Review and record the following:

Product categories: hits and losers, when items sold best, where they sold best, what price did they sell best at? What products are must-haves for next year?
Gift wrap: was it expeditious, was your store name and logo on it, was it affordable and yummy to look at?
Promotions and events: what was and wasn't successful, cost of producing, conversion rate (guests to sales), what produced a smile or a kind remark and a sale?
Staffing: was it sufficient? What would you change next year? What temporary help would you like to keep as permanent?
Store window: Was it a show stopper? What can you do next year to entice more walk-in traffic and sales?

Armed with this invaluable sales analysis from 2010, you'll be poised to take 2011's 4th quarter by storm! Here's to a healthy and prosperous New Year!


~ Cheryl Karpen is president of Gently Spoken. A retailer and a manufacturer, Cheryl is best known for authoring the Eat Your Peas Collection, a series of 21 gift books that begin with a promise. Visit Cheryl at and

Quick Industry News

Transpac Named in GIFTBEAT Vendor of the Year List

Vacaville, CA - December, 20, 2010- Transpac Imports is pleased to announce that the company was selected to GIFTBEAT’s “Vendor of the Year /2010” list.  Ranked at #6 Transpac specialized in value priced gift and seasonal products.  They are consistently ranked #1 or 2 in the seasonal and holiday product category.  Transpac Imports phone number is 800-449-9903.


MMPI Names Nancy Michael Senior Marketing & Strategy Director For Gift & Home Decor Industry

Mike Gay Named Senior VP of Marketing CHICAGO (December 14, 2010) – MMPI has selected Nancy Michael as Senior Marketing and Strategy Director for the Gift & Home Décor industry, effective January 3, 2011. She will be working with MMPI management teams for the California Gift Show, The Chicago Market and 7 W (New York) in the development, coordination, and implementation of all marketing efforts, which include advertising, special events, public relations, websites, direct mail programs, sponsorships, mailing lists, buyer relationships, directories and trade show cross-marketing for the industry.

"Nancy Michael has the rare ability to bridge left and right brain thinking," said Joan Ulrich, senior vice president, MMPI. "She is hard driving, analytical and results orientated, while at the same time, she values building relationships, thinking creatively and pushing the envelope. She is a successful industry veteran and we are thrilled to welcome her to the MMPI team."

Calypso Studios braceletCalypso Studios $4,000 Gift Event

Calypso Studios has announced that they will give away $4,000 worth of their best selling products to buyers that stop by their showroom in the January Atlanta Gift Market. The company will be exhibiting in the Southern Link Showroom, #1619. Calypso Studios, of Grantsville, Maryland, will be featuring more than 400 new products as their 2011 introductions.

DHR & Company to Mark 25th Anniversary at Atlanta Show

DHR & Company, with showroom located at Atlanta's AmericasMart, Building 3, #1500, invites buyers to join them in celebrating 25 Years. Artist signings, drawings and special promotions are just part of the celebration as DHR & Company starts their 25th Anniversary year!

Patience Brewster will be in the showroom signing a special gift on Thursday January 13th, Friday 14th and Sat 15th.  Meet Lolita on Saturday Jan 15th.  Stop by the showroom for specific times.  Mary Liz Curtin will present “Simple Secrets of Retail Success: Tales From the Front.”  Don’t miss this opportunity to hear her share secrets for building a brand that is your alone…without breaking the bank.  Whether you are new to the business or a seasoned retail veteran, this seminar will be inspiring, educational and fun!  Space is limited so first come first seated at this seminar in the Grant Room, Bldg 3, Floor 3 Conference Center Saturday January 15th at 9am.

New vendors are Kiss Me in the Garden, Milano Series, Q Squared, Staxx, Welcome Home Brands and Wicks n’More.


New 40 Count Recipe CardsGina B. Designs Featured at Several Shows; Announces New 40 Count Recipe Cards

PLYMOUTH, MN: Gina B. Designs Gina B. Designs, Inc. will debut several new stationery collections, in addition to many new greeting card designs, at the January Atlanta Gift and Home Furnishings Market. Now located in the RPM Gifts & Greetings Showroom #1735, Building 2.

Gina B. will also be featured at the following Winter Shows: Boston, San Francisco, Dallas, Chicago, Seattle, Toronto and Edmonton, Canada.

The company will be releasing its new Recipe Cards and has increased all package counts to 40 cards.  Colorful designs include baking and cooking utensils, aprons, canisters, mixers, pot holders, cupcakes and cookies.  Proudly made in the U.S.A.  SRP $7.00.