Monthly Archives: March 2017

Unity Greeting Cards – Unique, Quality, Design-led Cards

Today’s interview is with greeting card designer Diane McIntyre from UNITY Greeting cards who specialises in the design, publishing and distribution of greeting cards. Based in Hastings, England, their design-led ranges cover special occasions, ages, everyday and birthday cards. How did you start out? I gained a BA (Hons) Graphic Design (major in Illustration) and worked in industry as a graphic designer […]

Just A Card – Supporting Independent Shops, Galleries, Designers & Makers

The Just A Card campaign aims to encourage people to support independent shops, galleries and designer/makers. Gift Shop Hub is big fan and was lucky to speak with artist/designer Sarah Hamilton and textile designer/blogger Kate Marsden. Just A Card Tell us about your campaign… Ultimately, we hope that by recognising our distinctive logo, people will be prompted to think again […]

Beyond Facebook & Twitter: Be Brave With Your Digital Marketing

In our latest digital marketing and social media promotional guide, Chris Fox from greeting card and gift shop Wishes of Cudworth shares his retail insights into looking beyond Facebook, Twitter and Instagram when it comes to marketing your own business. Master Yoda A wise Jedi master once said; “Do or do not, there is no try”. […]

Archway Cards – Wholesale Cards For Retail

Today’s spotlight is on ArchwayCards.com, a wholesale distributor based in Nowich supplying a variety of business types across the UK and internationally with greeting cards, balloons, partyware and plenty more. One of their initiatives is the Greeting Cards Buying Service, whereby retailers can make use of their 30 year experience in buying and merchandising greeting card displays. […]

Blogging Tips – Working with Bloggers & How To Write Your Own Blog

Gift Shop Hub was lucky to speak to UK Lifestyle Blogger, Victoria Sully from Lylia Rose, who was kind enough to give us some top blogging tips.  After researching ways to improve her websites visibility for free, she found the same advice kept popping up.  Start a blog.  Blog. Blog. Blog. Her’s our interview with Victoria… […]

Meet The Maker: Shelli Graham – A Gift Shop Hub Artist Interview

In our new Meet the Maker feature we talk to illustrator Shelli Graham who has her own range of greeting cards, prints and home ware. She has also illustrated several children’s books and featured previously on Gift Shop Hub with her Alphabeti Yeti range. Hi, Shelli, first up please describe your average day. I wake up around 8am have […]

Blue Eyed Sun – Gorgeous Handmade Greeting cards

Blue Eyed Sun is a British greeting card publisher specialising in gorgeous handmade greeting cards for design-led shops. Based in East Sussex, their amazing team operate out of recently acquired and refurbished workshops in Burgess Hill. They also have a sister brand called Ivy Ellen, which creates beautiful wedding stationery for brides and grooms. How did you […]

Cudworth is Cool! Our New Shop Local Campaign Begins.

Cudworth is Cool

One of the best things about working in a card shop like ours is the moments shared with you, our lovely customers. Helping you to celebrate weddings, anniversaries, new babies and the happiest of birthdays. It’s comforting to know there’s still a place for actual cards in this increasing online world. That a card can […]

Bethany Christou – Children’s Illustrator & Author

Hello! I’m Bethany Christou, and I’m a children’s illustrator/author based in Hertfordshire, and a recent graduate from Cambridge School of Art. Tell us a little about you… I live in a little village in the countryside where I’m inspired by the nature and wildlife surrounding me. I enjoy working with a mix of gouache, coloured pencils […]

Seedballs – Eco Friendly Gift Of The Year Winners

Today’s spotlight is North London’s Seedball. What are seedballs you ask? Well they’re small balls made from a mix of seed, clay, compost and chili powder. The idea is to protect the seeds as much as possible from being eaten by birds and insects and increase the chance of the seeds growing. Most of the seedballs are […]