Holiday Shopping

Thanksgiving holiday weekend sees record number of shoppers

A record 200.4 million consumers shopped over the five-day holiday weekend from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday, surpassing last year’s record of 196.7 million, according to the annual survey released by the National Retail Federation... more »

Record 158 million shoppers expected during Super Saturday

More than 158 million consumers are expected to shop on the last Saturday before Christmas this year, according to the annual consumer survey released today by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Prosper Insights &... more »

Toy Association names top toy trends for holiday season

The Toy Association reported the top toy trends of the 2022 holiday season — from toys that immerse families in play experiences away from their devices, to purpose-driven play that introduces children to diversity, environmental... more »
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Hometown Retailer Shines During the Holidays

As seen in Holiday Shop 2022. Southern Antiques, located in picturesque Laurel, Mississippi, goes all out with its holiday displays and merchandising. Read on for tips and tricks Andrea Milhan, owner, has learned during the... more »

Go Big

As seen in Holiday Shop 2022. Merchandising is a key component in generating sales — especially during the holiday shopping season! I had the opportunity to ask Michelle Sherrier from MC Design Collaboration some questions... more »

2022 Holiday Shopping Season

Natalie Moon, vice president of operations for Shops by Todd — Occasionally Yours, Gifts for Every Occasion, and a Gift + Stationery 40 Under 40 honoree, talks about her favorite Christmas trends and how her... more »

NRF expects Valentine’s Day spending to reach $23.9 billion

Valentine’s Day spending is expected to reach $23.9 billion this year, up from $21.8 billion in 2021 and the second-highest year on record, according to the annual survey released by the National Retail Federation (NRF)... more »
Jim Shore Gnomes from Enesco

Early Holiday 2022 Preview

With a record fourth quarter wrapping up, retail holiday sales are predicted to repeat next year. The inventory and shipping shortages of 2021 will prove to be a cautionary tale for everyone in 2022. Retailers... more »

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Holiday Shop 2024 has debuted! 🎃🦃🎄This special annual issue, presented by Gift Shop® Plus, covers 10 holidays throughout the year — from Valentine's Day to New Year's and everything in between. It's chock-full of products that both celebrate and elevate the occasion at hand. Our highly rated Christmas package spans pages 38-60, introducing you to the top colorways, décor trends and giftables for the upcoming holiday season. Flip to page 62 for our first-ever Halloween Hosting feature, which delves into the lavish tablescapes and spooky décor adults are incorporating into their Oct. 31 celebrations. Lastly, meet Jomana Siddiqui on page 72, who has introduced upscale, on-trend partyware for Muslim-American families to celebrate Ramadan and Eid through her company, modernEID.Take a look at these features and so much more here: www.nxtbook.com/greatamericanmediaservices/GiftShop-Plus/holiday-shop-2024/index.php#/p/1📸 : Photo courtesy of Fiddlestix Mercantile. ... See MoreSee Less
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