The holiday buying season is right around the corner. We’ve come up with a few ways to get your customers excited to come in and shop!
Written by Mud Pie Territory Manager, Tracy Alvord
It is never too early to get a jump on the holidays! You want to get out ahead of the competition and start spreading good will and good cheer! So, put on your Santa’s helper hat and let’s get started!
Start early – the first open house of the year always has the potential to get the average buyer thinking ahead and making their holiday shopping list! A GREAT impression at your event can bring the gift shopper back a few times between now and December 25th.
Here are a few best practices from the experts like offering a special promotion, festive ideas and tips to market your event!
Most of all, have fun and enjoy the party!
Established in 1998, About Face Designs™ has come to be known as an industry leader in lifestyle products. In 2015 the company initiated a creative strategy that would transition our product line to a more functional, fashion oriented and trendy offering over a three-year period. At the same time, we committed to maintaining our core mission statement of offering high quality products at an outstanding value with excellent customer service.
Over the past 3 years, and in line with our new creative strategy, there has been a significant shift from smaller décor items to functional product and fashion accessories including barware, baby items, pet product, women’s accessories, men’s gifts and much more. Constantly evolving and changing with market trends the company introduces hundreds of fresh, new designs annually.
More excitement is in store for the second half of 2018 as we expand our successful product lines with many new categories including yoga mats, baby snack containers, dog collars, gym bags, shower caddies, acrylic picture frames and much more! And mid-year 2018 promises to be the best new product launch ever for About Face Designs as we further build on our past success!
Summer is the time of year when so many cherished memories are made! We often reminisce of days on the front porch listening to the crickets chirp & watching the lightening bugs twinkle against the night sky! Long, glorious days at the lake or family vacations at the beach are always close to our hearts and bring a smile to our face. We absolutely love this time of year at Beachcombers and it is wonderful memories just like these that inspired our new Home and Gift designs. We’ve taken current trends, polished them with coastal charm and refreshed our bestselling collections! Our goal for Summer 2018 is to offer newness that enhances our current assortment, allowing customers to build upon their favorite Beachcombers collections. We know that merchandising is key and fabulous new pieces to an already favorite collection are hard to pass up!
We have worked hard to deliver the complete, coastal lifestyle assortment and we hope it floats your boat as much as it does ours! We love going the extra mile with unique finishes and intricate details to make our product unique to BCL! We often refer to our designs as functional works of art! Listed below are just a few of the trends we can’t wait for you to see!
Also, near and dear to our hearts this Summer is our Coastal Blessings collections. We think you will love the inspirational messages paired with soft earth tones and touches of shell. Delicate handwork adds a layer of uniqueness to this collection unlike any wall art in the market. The neutral color pallet fits beautifully into any home and makes the perfect gift.
Lastly, we are super excited about our new Gift items and decorative packaging that we designed right here in sunny, south Florida! What better way to pass along the gift of sweet Summer memories and to bring your happy place home? We can’t wait to see everyone at the shows! We are busy here in Ft. Myers working on a killer Souvenir and Novelty assortment that will be introduced at regional shows in the Fall! Just like Home Décor and Gift, we are hyper focused on delivering the perfect assortment. We are updating some of the classic favorites that put BCL on the map as well as introducing fresh new designs exclusive to us!
Melt into soft surroundings of pure bliss as calming ginger grass and spicy nutmeg settle into a cradle of cinnamon leaf and clove. Creamy layers of honeyed caramel and maple sweetly bind the fragrance in snuggly warmth. Available in small jar candle, large jar candle, votive candle, reed diffuser, scented sachet, scented wax bar, and home fragrance oil.
Adventure calls and the great outdoors await to lure the senses on an open air escape. Herbal bay leaf and freshly-harvested pine deliver an uplifting opener of earthy splendor, while intriguing trails of spicy clove bud and Siberian fir root the fragrance in woodsy wonder. Available in small jar candle, large jar candle, votive candle, reed diffuser, scented sachet, scented wax bar, and home fragrance oil.
This season adds an extra dose of merriment to the Holiday Collection with three new product additions. The Auto Vent Clip, Reed Diffuser, and Votive Candle join the collection’s existing Holiday Jar Candle, Room Spray, Sachet, Home Fragrance Oil, Boxed Votive, and Wax Bar for more ways than ever to enjoy Bridgewater’s festive fragrances.
Go merry and bright with our festively designed Holiday Collection. Shimmering antique mercury glass with a hobnail texture makes a stunning vessel to house the perfect holiday trio of Christmas Bliss, Cup of Cheer, and Tree Trek. This collection pops with cheer-worthy appeal. Each fragrance is set apart with custom patterns specific to their fragrance.
Sweet Grace Collection
Our well-received Sweet Grace Collection is growing sweeter each season and with three new candle styles, this one is no exception. Paying tribute to its best-selling fragrance, the Sweet Grace Collection blends the warm comforts of a proven fragrance with décor-focused vessels for a winning combination. Each Sweet Grace Collection container is a part of our Light a Candle • Feed a Child™ program.
This season our personal care product offerings are growing by one. Joining our lavish hand cream, triple milled bar soap, and silky liquid soap is the much anticipated Sweet Grace Laundry Detergent. Safe and effective for washable fabrics, our formula is designed to sanitize while providing long-lasting scent to clothing and linens. Approved for machine washing, hand washing, and HE washers, this detergent contains no bleach, phosphates, enzymes, or dyes. It is cruelty free and not tested on animals.
X&O Celebrations: The trend of witty quotes paired with bold designs of nature continues to grow in the market place. CRG lovers will be sure to see this trend on our new selection of acrylic glassware this summer. Fun witty quotes, designs of cactus, the sloth and various colorful fruits saturate the patterns on our X&O Celebration collection of tumblers, stemmed and stemless wine glasses.
New Baby Gifts: Now introducing two new baby book releases featuring our first inspirational collection, Little Blessing, and Safari, a Dwell Baby unisex book collection. Our baby line this summer also includes new and fun baby impulse selections and must haves such as: baby bottle bibs, baby wipe travel pouch, and closet dividers.
Tween stationery: Glitter and Unicorns continue to be the top Tween trends for girls from 9 to 14. As a result, CR Gibson is excited to launch the Tween Stationery collection. This is a collection of trendy and colorful interactive journals featuring shimmering glitter and mazes.
Outdoor Bright’s: Just in time for the summer and camping season, CR Gibson brings you a new Explorer’s Club collection, with bright and bold colors and patterns that clash brilliantly to create a vibrant rhythm. This collection introduces really unique outdoor accessories such as silicone cups, LED lanterns, roasting sticks etc., to add fun and adventure to any outdoor event.
DEMDACO strives to lift the spirit in everything we do and it starts with our people. Our product team has been developing some of the most inspired products we’ve ever brought to market. Our categories include: home & entertaining, baby, fashion, holiday, the great outdoors (Big Sky Carvers), and Willow Tree. We have increased our focus on hand-of-the-artist and ensured that each product we bring to market is made by hand.
In 2018, we are excited to introduce the Sharon Nowlan Collection in our home category. We have been able to make fine artisan reproductions of her pebble wall art and the product fits in any home. In entertaining our customers are experiencing the tremendous success of the Kitchen Boa. The Kitchen Boa has surpassed expectations and we have so many more to introduce to the market. Baby & Fashion introduced the Giving Collections with included the Giving Bear and the Giving Shawl. We have received numerous letters speaking to how the Giving Collection has touched consumers’ lives. We will continue offering new products within our Giving theme and hope it continues to make a positive impact.
In the summer we’ll introduce the Comfort Collection in Fashion. A soft lounge apparel collection that will be perfect for stores focused on respite themes. This is so important when a person needs a bit of relaxation in their everyday life. Our baby category will offer our Mommy & Me Collection which enhances the bonds between mother and child. As we go into the second half of 2018, DEMDACO will expand our Destinations business by offering more skus, more variety, and more customization options. The successful Destinations line has allowed customers more choice for localized products and custom options in a wide variety of our product formats.
We are looking forward to introducing these new collections to our consumers and customers. This has been a banner year for product at DEMDACO and we are just getting started.
Willowbrook ushers in the arrival of a new season with three new fragrance designs that celebrate nature’s bounty, thankfulness and heartwarming whimsy. Notes of warm spice and vanilla are interwoven throughout the formulations to leave a lasting impression of feel-good sentiment. Family-owned and operated, we pride ourselves on decades of experience in creating exceptional fragrances that are formulated in-house by our team of fragrance experts. Fresh Scents scented sachets are made in the USA and are truly a work of art, featuring original designs created by our in-house artists.
Fresh, crisp and simply delightful, the fragrance captures a bountiful harvest of orchard apples bursting with sweetened juices and leafy greens. Cinnamon sprigs and smooth vanilla join in the mix to add a dollop of cozy warmth.
GRATEFUL, THANKFUL, BLESSED
Rich and warm with notes reminiscent of home sweet home, this fragrance is a reflection of pure gratitude. Orange citrus accords embrace with a convivial spirit, while a hearty blend of cinnamon and clove radiates trails of savory satisfaction.
Equal parts merry and bright, Penguins effortlessly layers the hallmarks of the holidays in fragrance form through a cheery blend of sugared pear, cinnamon spice and creamy vanilla.
An inundation of vibrancy abounds in Painted Poppy’s attention-demanding aesthetic. Just as a bold red lip delivers an air of womanly confidence, Painted Poppy fiercely fuses mandarin and violet leaves with spirited freesia and red poppy. A punchy duo of musk and amber passionately seals the fragrance in remarkable fashion. All encapsulated in a frenzy of electrifying colorations, Painted Poppy is destined to leave its mark on the home fragrance front.
Signature Scents in a Snap
Classic geometric detailing and a glossy white finish create a timeless look that is compatible with any décor. The fan is packaged in a coordinating box with batteries and a Classic Linen Fragrance Pod. The diffuser works in tandem with Greenleaf’s Fan Diffuser Fragrance Pods. After inserting the fragrance pod at the base of the diffuser, a simple press of a button will deliver immediate fragrance into the atmosphere. Once the button is pushed, it takes two to three minutes to fill a 200 square feet room. The fan will continue to release fragrance for 20 minutes. The diffuser will automatically stop operating at the end of the 20 minute cycle. For more fragrance, simply press the button again. One fragrance pod will last up to 25 hours.
Holiday Gift Giving
For 40 years, Greenleaf has delivered gifts suited for every holiday celebration. From sweet stocking stuffers, like our Signature Sachets and Auto Vent Clips, to beautifully packaged gifts like our New! Holiday Flower Diffuser and Signature Tin. Greenleaf finds joy in creating the perfect holiday gift.
Jane Marie started as a charm company and has grown to a large line offering various styles that cater to all women and their own unique styles. Staying up to date on the current trends without straying from our vintage flair using mixed metals and texture, natural stones, wooden beads, leather, fringe and tassels.
The Jane Marie line offers jewelry for both women and girls, t-shirts for adults, girls, boys, and onesies for babies. The line is expanding to include sweatshirts for women and Pajamas for all ages. Look for Christmas pajamas for the entire family and everyday patterns for children.
Mud Pie welcomes the fall and holiday seasons with on-trend pieces fit for special occasions or every day celebrations, Fall and Holiday 2018 is Mud Pie’s most expansive collection yet, with affordable baby & kid’s apparel and collectibles; well-rounded women’s fashion and accessories; and exclusive seasonal home décor and entertaining pieces.
Mud Pie Kids Festive celebrations are near with Mud Pie’s Fall & Holiday 2018 Kid’s Collection, featuring timeless classics, holiday favorites and new, exciting collections. With designs ranging from traditional to whimsical in both holiday and everyday, the fall line is filled with adorable apparel sets and more gender neutral concepts than ever before, all created with that unique Mud Pie touch. For holiday celebrations, it’s buffalo check and plaid, vintage Santa sweaters, tassels and fringe and pajama sets. For everyday, it’s hand-drawn characters, stripes, vintage floral, pom-poms and beautiful nursery décor. Mud Pie has added new collections such as Season to Sparkle, Fall Mermaid and Artic Sea, along with multiple gender neutral collections including Alpine, Camo Christmas, Counting Sheep and Bundle Me Up. The best-selling classic layette collection expands into Christmas, featuring knotted details and 100% fine cotton. Throughout the collections, you will find quality fabrics like Pointelle, plush velour, luxe chenille and velvet. As always, there are original Mud Pie prints and brand new piece types, including sentiment crawlers and three and four piece sets. With sizes ranging from newborn to 5T, every piece was created with celebrations in mind.
Looking to support the March of Dimes? Mud Pie continues its signature partnership with the March of Dimes to help raise money through the sale of baby socks and soft headbands. Through this alliance, Mud Pie has contributed $650,000 to the March of Dimes and has committed an additional $150,000 through the end of 2018.
Mud Pie Home for Fall and Holiday 2018, Mud Pie introduces a sophisticated and versatile line with pieces that turn holiday gatherings into true celebrations. The season’s trendy home collections include fabulous florals, luminaries, festive tableware, pillows and throws, ornaments, stockings, wreaths and serve ware, designed with quality textures, appliques and hand-painted details. Washed canvas, concrete, Spanish glass, rusted red vanishes, woven wool, layered textures, soft plaid and metallic metals are just a few of the in vogue finishes for the season. This fall, Mud Pie introduces a vintage Christmas Tree Farm collection and a new ceramic line –On Dasher On Dancer. , and expands customer-favorite collections like Gather and Circa. Look for new piece types this year including a Halloween candy bucket, directional signs, fireplace baskets, resin antler sitters, garlands and more. From coffee table to bookshelf and bedroom to kitchen, the Fall 2018 Home collection brings more décor and gifts than ever before.
Gifts that give back? Mud Pie continues its partnership with the American Cancer Society, committing to a $100,000 donation in 2018 to fund wigs for cancer patients. Proceeds from Mud Pie’s Paz-itive Thoughts collection of inspirational gifts aims to increase awareness of the American Cancer Society’s Tender Loving Care® (TLC) program, which funds gift certificates to help underserved cancer patients purchase wigs.
Mud Pie Fashion Fall Fashion 2018 is inspired by the fashionistas and stylish mommas who believe in effortless, on-trend pieces that they can feel confident, yet flirty in during fall activities and holiday celebrations. Versatile and bold accurately describe the 2018 Fall Fashion Collection, which features both closet staples and statement pieces. Think sweater dresses and turtlenecks for winery tours, faux leather pants and skirts for date night, elegant dresses for holiday parties, and tailored tops for work and raw hem denim leggings for cabin weekends. With vogue details and exclusive Mud Pie prints, the line is a one-stop shop for day to night and holiday looks. The apparel details include fringe accents, ruffles, reversible ponchos, and bold pops of color, such as yellow, oversized knits, bell sleeves and trendy prints, such as vintage floral. The collection introduces Mud Pie’s first ever trench-style jacket.
Mud Pie introduces brand new additions in bags and accessories, with more options than ever before. Fall 2018 welcomes a new tote bag, canteen crossbody bags and gym sentiment totes. Accessories round-out the collection with statement earrings, layered necklaces, felted winter hats, chic gloves and oversized scarves. Fall 2018 fashion is the most fabulous line to date with inspiring outfits for every activity and ageless layering pieces for all shoppers.
Crafted to resemble a miniature shipping pallet, these coasters are a fun twist on a common houseware. Pallet coasters feature inspirational sentiments paired with complementary distressing and design. Made from soft natural pine, coasters are safe to place on countertops and tables.
Large and impactful, these hand-assembled pallet signs are constructed from natural pine slats and overlaid with weathered backgrounds and inspirational sentiments. Small slats are added to the front for authenticity and depth. Great for displaying above a headboard, doorway, or couch; includes sawtooth hangers for all application.
Jute Hanging Décor
Constructed from a single pine slat, each of these signs features uplifting sentiments and sayings paired with weathered, farmhouse-inspired designs. Jute string is attached to the back, creating signage that can easily be hung from knobs, handles, and hooks throughout the home.
Short and stout, these little signs are filled with sentiments ranging from silly and fun, to encouraging and motivational. Each block combines a rustic backdrop with colorful embellishments consisting of greenery, florals, and icons. Perfect for office desks, bedroom nightstands, or kitchen countertops.
Breadboard Mini Signs
A perfect complement to any kitchen décor, these faux mini breadboards replicate the look and feel of a traditional cutting board. Each includes an inspirational sentiment overlaid a distressed, weathered background. Signs feature a jute string-laced handle for authenticity and optional hanging.
At Studio M, we marry innovative design with beautiful artwork to create remarkable products. We strive to bring you the best designs in the industry and are always creating something new. This season, we’re introducing two brand-new seasonal décor lines, Seasonalities and Wings of Whimsy Angel Ornaments.
Seasonalities by Laura Benge
Seasonalities is a whimsical collection of hand-made wooden characters designed to bring warmth and personality to mantels, tablescapes, and more for the fall and winter seasons. Each piece is infused with character and represents something special about the holiday or occasion. Seasonalities has an inviting style that will surely make the collection a holiday favorite.
Wings of Whimsy Angel Ornaments by Laura Benge
This brand-new collection of Angel Ornaments is an extension of the popular line of Garden Angels that was released in January. Each Angel Ornament holds something special in her hands that is symbolic of a virtue or inspirational message. Every piece in the Wings of Whimsy collection is hand-painted and carefully designed to match its hand-carved original. Made of high-quality resin, Angel Ornaments can hang or stand on their own.
New Garden Collections
This season, we’re introducing five new garden collections for fall & winter. Our new fall collections feature rich, bright colors mixed with neutral tones that speak to the modern farmhouse trend. Our winter collections evoke a warm, welcoming, “home for the holidays” theme with both classic and modern elements. Check out all of our new collections at markets this summer to see coordinating Art Poles, flags, Art Planters, and more!
The Aromatic Collection
The clean, classic look of Votivo is offered in meticulously crafted fragrances and six product categories. A culmination of care and commitment to detail is evident in each hand-wrapped candle and pressed seal.
The Black Box Fan Diffuser
The fastest way to fragrance is now as simple as pressing a button with this sleekly designed diffusing device. Votivo fuses speed, efficiency, functionality and ease of use through the lens of its discerning design eye and the end result is instant fragrance gratification for aromatic enthusiasts
The Red Currant Collection
Paying tribute to its most coveted fragrance, Votivo expands its Red Currant Collection with the addition of three new candle designs. The new additions join the collection’s existing 12 designs to offer more ways than ever for Red Currant fanatics to experience the fragrance. The collection merges Votivo’s best-selling fragrance with cutting-edge style to redefine a renowned brand classic. Design elements of gilded finishes run through the collection as well as geometrics and texture. Style interpretations range from rustically raw to polished chic. With numerous design options in the Red Currant Collection repertoire, Votivo invites you to pick your red.
The Holiday Collection
Spend the holidays with Votivo. Featuring four festive fragrance experiences and gorgeous quatrefoil packaging, Votivo’s Holiday Collection delivers a luxurious dose of seasonal spirit. Perfect for gift giving or setting the tone for holiday gatherings.
Woodstock Chimes® are the original musically tuned, high quality windchimes. Created by GRAMMY® Award-winning musician Garry Kvistad, they are tuned to beautiful melodies and scales from around the world. Woodstock Chimes products have been the choice of discerning customers for nearly 40 years. While chimes are the heart of our business, we are also the source for the award-winning Woodstock Music Collection®, with fun and colorful instruments for children of all ages, and the popular Woodstock Rainbow Makers™, stunning crystal suncatchers that do for light what our chimes do for sound™.
Our summer introductions include lots of fun new designs as well as an expansion of existing lines. Here are a few of our favorites:
Expanding Current Lines:
Some of the most memorable Woodstock Chimes are the ones tuned to melodies and scales heard throughout the world from ancient times to the present.
The very first Woodstock Chime was created because of a tuning inspiration. Garry had read of the Scale of Olympos, a 7th century musical scale from a Greek flute player, but couldn’t hear it, because the notes could not be played on modern instruments. He cut aluminum tubes to the exact frequencies of the notes of the scale and thought what better way to hear music from this scale than to have the notes be played randomly by the wind? Garry created the Chimes of Olympos and a business was born. Not only is the chime’s music beautiful, it turns everyone who hangs it into a musician!
There are Woodstock Chimes tuned to scales from Asia; our Magical Mystery Chime – Taj Mahal is tuned to a scale from Northern India, the Chimes of Kyoto, which is tuned to an ancient Japanese scale found on early zither instruments, and the Chimes of Java which is tuned to the scale of the gamelan degung, a traditional Javanese musical ensemble.
Famous composers also serve as inspirations for Woodstock Chimes tunings. The Chimes of Mozart, Pachelbel Canon Chime and Chimes of Bach are three examples of chimes tuned to music by great composers.
Woodstock Chimes have a rich, pure sound quality that comes from premium materials, expert design and fabrication methods and, of course, precise tuning. The length of each tube is honed and the sound is checked using an electronic tuning system to ensure the note is correct and the sound is pure. Some call this “precision tuned,” some call it “musically tuned.” We simply call it beautiful.
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