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CREATIVE THINKING: touching lives PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 09:56 AM EST

Happy New Year and welcome to a fresh view on the future. Turning the page on another calendar year feels good, understanding that great progress, albeit in little steps, was accomplished in the last year.

Building on what we have learned together so far, this column also turns the corner and will focus on how your business can touch and improve lives in the coming year. It is our quest to strengthen the strong and introduce others to ideas on how their business can touch and improve lives.

Wednesday, 05 January 2011 09:49 AM EST

“How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world.”

(Ps. 31: 19, NLT)

GIFT NEWS PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 03:34 PM EST

Elastic bracelet sales expanding

New Day Christian Distributors continues to increase its rubber-band bracelet offerings, with sales growing as well.

In August, the distributor started selling Band Eggz comprising 18 silicone wristbands in a clear egg, sold by the dozen. The company reports sales of more than 1,200 units.

New Day also sells Silly Bandz, which were initially animal-shaped bands but now have expanded to 12 different SKUs. To date, the distributor has sold 57,000 Silly Bandz, the biggest sellers being the Western style, mainly due to LifeWay's Western-themed VBS program, said Joanna Price, New Day director of marketing and promotions.

GIFT NEWS PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 03:31 PM EST

Carpentree’s wall art meets young mother’s need

An inspirational message on wall art from Carpentree has taken on an extra meaning for staff at the Tulsa-based gift supplier.

The company’s What Illness Cannot Do framed art offers practical help to stricken young mom Stephanie Barnes, for a portion of the proceeds from sales of the burnished copper-bronze piece goes to help meet the needs of the 33-year-old and her family. The art comes in floral and lion designs.

CREATIVE THINKING: off-the-grid thinking PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 03:30 PM EST

As we approach the New Year, we venture forward with a new bounce in our step, knowing that God has shaped us up for the coming year. For 2011, pick one objective to drive your company, stay focused on it, measure the results and build upon that success.

Consider holding quarterly “Creative Revolution” meetings, inviting the most opinionated, off-the-grid people you know. Do they need to be in the industry? Probably not. If they haven’t stepped into your store in the last year—or ever—they may be your best candidates. If they haven’t picked up a Bible or sent a greeting card in the last year or two, they may qualify. If they have school-age children, go to church but never attend Vacation Bible School, perhaps you need to listen to them.

At Artbeat of America, our parent company, we are inviting John T. Kunz, founder of Waterloo Records. Not only is he my wife Carla Tocquigny’s cousin, but he is way off the grid when it comes to retailing. Why ask John T.? He is a creative retailer who is all about experiential shopping. We expect to learn from him because he knows Americans are easily bored and are too busy to shop, so they must be motivated.

Wednesday, 01 December 2010 03:28 PM EST

Bracelet reminds wearers of Christ’s sacrifice

Mend Mark, a bracelet designed to reflect the scars of the crucified Christ, aims to remind its wearers of the Savior’s love and sacrifice. When worn, the band resembles the holes of the nails driven into the wrists of Jesus at His crucifixion.

Creator Hunter Harrison has high goals for Mend Mark. In that light, he had the words “Remember Love” printed on the bracelet because, he said: “I wanted to unite people—Christians (no matter the denomination) and even people of other worldviews—on one common message: love. The love that Christ preached in particular.”

Wednesday, 01 December 2010 03:23 PM EST

Collection celebrates ‘the greatest love of all’

Gift supplier burton + BURTON introduces this month a new Valentine’s Day “You are Loved” ceramic collection from artist Carla Grogan.

This collection—which includes a vase, mug and photo frame—offers a reminder during the month of love that “it is Christ who demonstrates the greatest love of all,” Grogan said.

TOP TEN GIFTS: jewelry PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 03:17 PM EST

1. Nativity Faith Bands (Swanson Christian Products), $2.99

2. Witness silicone (Gifts of Faith), $1.49

3. Faith Symbols Faith Bands (Swanson Christian Products), $2.99

4. WWJD woven (Dicksons), 99 cents

5. Live for Him rubber wristband (Kerusso), $1.99

6. God’s Girl Glittery Faith Bands (Swanson Christian Products), $2.99

7. Glow With God Faith Bands (Swanson Christian Products), $2.99

8. Love stretch bangles (Kerusso), $4.99

9. Plan of Salvation Faith Bands (Swanson Christian Products), $2.99

10. New Creation stretch bangles (Kerusso), $4.99


List based on sales data for Nov. 1-31, 2010, provided by Christian Books & More Gold and used with permission.

Wednesday, 01 December 2010 03:15 PM EST

Dec. 6-7

1st Monday & Tuesday

Dallas Market Center


800-DAL-MKTS (325-6587)

Jan. 12-19

The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market



800-ATL-MART (285-6278)

Wednesday, 01 December 2010 03:13 PM EST

“I've loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you'll remain intimately at home in my love. That's what I've done—kept my Father's commands and made myself at home in his love.” (John 15: 9-10, The Message)

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