THE OFFICIAL VOICE OF THE CANADIAN GIFTWARE INDUSTRY
JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2008
Dollars & Sense
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As I write this editorial, our dollar is still above the U.S. greenback. Who
knows where it will be when this issue lands in your hands. Regardless of its current
status, our loonie’s rise and consumers’ subsequent demand for lower prices has likely
affected your business.
If, like many gift retailers, the items you stock come from overseas rather than south
of the border, you may have been impacted very little by these developments. For other
retailers with branded goods and stores close to the border, the story isn’t the same.
These store owners are stuck in an unpleasant situation: trying to explain to shoppers
why their goods will never be on par with American prices.
Hopefully, as the fantastic independent retailers they are, they’re overcoming these
setbacks by continuing to offer customers unbelievable shopping environments, very high
customer service and unique items they can’t find elsewhere in Canada or the United States.
Perhaps some of these unique finds are green items, as eco-friendly products are
gaining real momentum. While most gift retailers don’t carry them (see Reader’s Poll on page 39),
increasing consumer demand for green products deserves a closer study, which is why
we’re now highlighting eco-friendly products with a special symbol in our Product Guide.
We’ve also traveled to California and Iowa in Shops Around the World (page 110) to profile
two successful eco shops, and in 6 Steps to Being a Green Retailer (page 99), Roger Griffin
shares his ideas for running an eco-friendly store.
If green isn’t what your customers are after, perhaps you can tempt them with the
super sweet baby, children’s and pet items we’ve collected for this issue’s Product Guide
(page 41) as modeled by our adorable cover girl, aka my daughter!
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With a wee one of my own, the following items for little baby girls won me over.
All can be seen in the Product Guide which starts on page 41.
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These bunny-ear barrettes from
Versatile MMS are so cute;
I couldn’t resist trying them on my
daughter as soon as they arrived
for the photo shoot.
I love all things miniature,
like this mini silicone baking set
from Accents de Ville. Paired with a
children’s apron, it makes a perfect gift
for a budding baker.
Hatley’s humorous onesies really
tickle my fancy. This Catch of the Day
onesie isn’t in the Product Guide, but
its World Famoose brother is!