Category Archives: Hub Talk

Domo Kun – From Meme To Mainstream

Imagine if you will a meeting room full of highly successful, respected and influential retail buyers. They’re beginning to regret allowing you into the room before you’ve even had the chance to give them your sales pitch. All have the same look on their faces and it’s not a good one; a mixture of horror and […]

Indie Chesterfield – Vinyl, VHS & Videogames

This article begins with me as a teenager meeting a man in a video van. No he didn’t kidnap me and force me to watch Short Circuit till I rented it for the weekend. He didn’t have to… I was willing accomplice in his crimes against celluloid. There’s no doubt that thirteen year old me […]

Gothic Gift Guide

“It’s said goths have the lowest life satisfaction levels of any subculture with the exception of traffic wardens. That’s why you don’t see any goth traffic wardens. That would be a deadly combination.” Yes, I’m quoting/ripping of the IT Crown and their Goth2Boss promotional video. The reality is most goths are rather cheerful, good natured […]

5 Spring Fair Gift & Home Show Survival Tips

It’s nearly time for the Spring Fair, the UK’S No.1 trade show for the gift, greeting card and home suppliers plus buyers. On the 5-9 FEBRUARY 2017 some 60,000 visitors will be rushing through the doors of Birmingham NEC to join the party (it is a celebration after all, of all things wonderful in the […]

Great Animal Inspired Gift & Furniture Ideas

We all love our local wild life and pets, each cute critter a unique and loveable character with their own distinct personality traits. From fluffy kittens to proud pouches, onto crazy frogs and even sticky stick insects (we ran out of descriptions at the end), they’re very much part of the family. Here at Gift Shop Hub […]

Is Twitter Really Useful When Promoting Your Small Business?

What can you really say with 140 characters? Is Twitter really useful when it comes to promoting your business? Will this article be just a series of questions without any answers? Well no, that’s the answer to question number three, the other two we’re going to attempt to get to the bottom of with as […]

Would You Charge A 50p Entry For Your Shop?

How about this for a novel idea: A secondhand bookshop Bloomindales in North Yorkshire has decided to charge customers 50p for entry. Feed up with ‘customers’ browsing but not buying, the Basil Fawlty like shop keeper has resorted to drastic measures to scare off the time wasters or worst still those using his shop to […]

The Best Alternative Scented Candles To Yankee

We all love a good scented candle here at Gift Shop Hub and we know the retailers we’ve spoke to, feel they’re an essential part of their gift ranges. The wide appeal of scented candles means you no longer see them for sale just in a gift shops; We’ve spotted them in Hair Dressers, Florists, Cafes […]

Five Great Upcycled Gift Ideas – A Gift Shop Hub Feature

It’s a sad reflection of the modern world that many of the things we buy have become disposable with short lifespans. The products we once considered luxuries like DVD players can now be picked up for 30 quid at supermarkets like Tesco (My own first DVD player was close to £500, which looking back now […]

Print Is Dead, Long Live The New King: The Internet

This article was originally published in Greetings Today Magazine by Chris fox from the retailer Wishes of Cudworth, therefore the intro won’t make a whole lot of sense if you’re reading this on Gift Shop Hub and not in the magazine (we did consider editing the offending introduction but decided to leave it be, as we feel it […]