AHVRP Product Tour: The Best in Gift
Highlighted by Julie Elliott, manager of volunteers at Lakeland Health in St. Joseph, MI and president of Michigan Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals. Check out Julie's top picks from Winter Market.
Accent Accessories at Solutions Marketplace, C888
These are a great pair of pants that is so comfortable and pairs easily with a solid color top. One size fits most for easy sizing; ask your sales rep for best-selling styles and colors; tries to keep apparel offered at her hospital gift shop under $40 retail.
Candle Warmers, C1060
Flameless Candle Warmers and Diffusers
The essential oil trend has hit hospital gift shops! This is a great company that has a wide variety of diffusers as well as oils to ensure a great display! Unsure whether to commit initially; lavender sells fastest (double or even triple other scents); anything that lights up (sell batteries!) sells non-stop.
DCI at Anne McGilvray, C1078, C1080, C1090
Dog and Cat Stuffed Pillows
Some of the fun items that go well for gifts are ANY item that has a dog or cat on it! Flamingos and Pineapples are great for winter window displays to "take people to paradise!" Hot sellers = anything dogs and cats, flamingo, pineapple and unicorns!; people love animals and whimsy; popular color trend = iridescent.
Doodle Pants, P1-4092
Boys Leggings (Multiple Styles)
You can't walk by these pants without remarking how cute they really are! Great selection, especially for boys! General trend of muted colors for babies, including grey; offers range of cute designs for little boys, along with flexible, gender-neutral options.
Duke Cannon at Fine Lines, C1024, C1023
Big Brick of Men's Soap
This has been a successful gift to purchase for men. They have clever sayings and are a well made product with good value! Clever men's gifts can be elusive, but here are good men’s gifts; clean smell that isn't feminine; "brick" style of soap was used by GIs during the Korean War.
Honestly Margo at Anne McGilvray, C1078, C1080, C1090
Bubble Fizz Bath Powder
This is a new spin on the bath bombs rage; instead of the "bomb" the essential oils are packaged loose in a jar for more baths! Aromatherapy and essential oils (the importance of scent) as a general trend; this bath bomb comes packaged in jar and fizzles in the tub.
Hot Sox at Fine Lines, C1024, C1023
Themed Novelty Socks
Socks, socks and more socks! They are a great pick-me-up gift or as part of a "themed" gift. Both men and women are on the sock trend, so it is a great gift for both. Socks are selling well; best-selling styles include medical equipment, coffee, wine; this particular brand offers an attractive price point for big margin.
The Naked Bee, P1-3070
Natural Lip Color
Quality product that moisturizes your lips as well as provides color! A nice, resonably priced alternative to lipstick. Lightly tinted for work-appropriate freshened shine; cannot easily find brand at big box stores, as not compete with, or sell to, those types of retailers.
Tinte Cosmetics, P1-3097
Vintage Lip Color & Balm
LIP LICKERS! Guaranteed that whenever women see this at your register, they will say, "remember when we had these?" Great impulse gift to keep at your cash register. Keep an eye at Market for the busy booths and signs of a large crowd; it is worth checking "the buzz" to see what products attract other buyers.
Zorbitz at Sales Producers, C1144B, C1044
This charger is for the hospital guest that might have forgotten theirs. Can be used intermittently to provide power to phones when they are most needed! Pre-charged charger in case of emergency for single 5 hour use; stays usable 3 year shelf life; Julie bought twice as many iPhone models as Android.