01 August 2009

Top products from July

These 5 gift and home products were the most-viewed in July. Congratulations to the manufacturers and designers. Click on the link to see the product again.

1. Handmade soy candles from Linnea's Lights

2. Breast cancer awareness gifts from Signify Pink

3. Silver and gold jewelry by Jill Italiano

4. Photo frame from Seasons of Cannon Falls.

5. Dancing flower novelty

Elvis 'Santa Baby' pillow

Elvis Santa Baby pillow from Manual Woodworkers and Weavers is for Elvis fans.
Manual Woodworkers & Weavers' "Elvis Santa Baby" pillow features artwork by Joe Petruccio. The pillow measures 17 inches square. A throw and a tote are also available.


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31 July 2009

Dancing flower novelty gift


Two's Company dancing bee machine. Bee Happy dancing flower introduced at the summer 2009 gift show.

Two's Co. "Bee happy" solar-powered dancing flower has a stop/move switch to activate the flower. The machine comes in pink or blue, and is packaged in the gift box shown. See the flowers dance in this YouTube video.


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30 July 2009

Solar windchimes

Woodstock Chimes capiz solar chime in the Asli Arts Collection, introduced in 2009. WindchimesWoodstock Chimes, a maker of precision-tuned windchimes, introduced the capiz Solar chime
this summer. It is part of the Asli Arts Collection. The chimes add soothing sounds and gentle lighting
"in an eco-friendly fashion," the company says.
The chime has a high-efficiency solar panel with an LED light that provides mood lighting for any outdoor area. After recharging during the day, the light automatically turns on when the sun goes down.




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29 July 2009

Kitchen island

The Granville island from Habersham is one of many new furniture items introduced at the Dallas gift show in 2009.
The Granville Island from Habersham has drawers and two shelves on the reverse side. It is available in a variety of finish options.



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28 July 2009

Soft throws and blankets


Blanket Barons Rosy 1 style of Chooty blankets and throwsBlanket Barons Chamomile style of Chooty blankets and throws

Blanket Barons added a soft chamomile design (right) to its "Chooty" line of soft washable blankets and throws. Also shown is the Rosy 1 style. (Click images for larger view.) The company introduced a Patriotic Styles pattern at the summer gift show in Chicago.
The blankets come in child, twin, full, queen/king and super king sizes. They are made of an acrylic fiber. The bed sizes are reversible. One side is soft and smooth; the other is warm and fuzzy.


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27 July 2009

Serta returns to High Point market

Serta International is returning to the High Point Market this fall (Oct. 17 to 22) where it will show the Trump Home mattress collection. Serta’s new 10,000-square foot showroom is located on the 5th floor of the Commerce Wing in the International Home Furnishings Center.

Handmade soy candles

Linnea's Lights are handmade soy candles. In October, the firm donates a portion of the sales of one line to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.Linnea’s Lights is a mother-daughter producer of handmade soy candles. Co-owner Laura Cler told me that human hands touch the candle in every step of the operation. The products use soy wax, double lead-free cotton wicks (for even burning), pure essences and fine fragrances.
The wax is hand-poured into glasses that can be re-used once the candle is finished. The packaging is made with recycled or recyclable materials.
The company targets mid- to higher-end boutique retailers. In October, the firm donates 10% of all sales of the Tuberose candle to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.



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26 July 2009

Study shows that “green is good”

Having an environmentally friendly focus is not a fad. Instead, it is a strategic initiative used by the best-performing retailers, according to a RSR Research report released last week.
"Retailers across the spectrum of the industry are paying attention to the expectations of consumers, whether about assortment, price, service levels in the store, or cross-channel capabilities," said Brian Kilcourse, RSR Managing Partner and co-author of the report. "Green retailing has recently become another legitimate differentiator in that brand equation that creates significant quick-hit ROI opportunities, as well." He bases his conclusions on a survey of 94 retailers conducted this spring and summer.
"Those retailers whose sales are already outperforming their peers have a much different approach to green retailing," said Steve Rowen, Managing Partner and co-author. "They view environmental sustainability holistically.” Their underperforming peers take green efforts on a project-oriented basis, Rowen said.
The report examines the steps leading retailers have taken within their own organizations, and it provides recommendations for others. The study was sponsored by Intel and presented in partnership with The Retail Industry Leaders Association. Download a free 28-page copy of “Real-World Green: The Role of Environmental Savings in Retail” complete with charts and analysis.
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