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A Real Life Hospital Gift Shop Experience

  
  
  

Jan In Boston Harbor3At the ripe old age of 60, I'm keenly aware that most life experiences encompass good & bad, positive & negative, and this past week was no exception!  My older son Nathan, age 39, required emergency surgery at St. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham, AL, so off I flew from Dallas last Thursday, where I stayed until Sunday, when I was able to take him home to recuperate.  Certainly a frightening experience for me, my son and the rest of our family, but he came through it quite well and is comfortably resting now and feeling stronger every day. 

Now for the good/positive side of the coin:  I got the opportunity to wander through St. Vincent's Hospital Gift Shop and meet its manager, Lee Patterson.  Lee, his staff and his wonderful shop couldn't have been nicer! In fact, Lee even loaned me a phone charger for my son to use while a patient there. He told me how much he enjoyed being a Kelli's customer, and he couldn't stop raving about his Kelli's rep, Mary Ann Petts.  What a pleasure to hear such compliments!

Lee's gift shop was amazing...one of the largest I've ever seen: it even included a book store along with the standard gifts, plush, HBA, balloon treats, candy & snacks, etc. Lee told me that this combined book store & gift shop was among the largest in the nation, and I most definitely believe it!

Having worked at Kelli's Gift Shop Suppliers for nine years now, it was a fantastic opportunity for me to see one of our customer's stores in person, see so many of our products on someone else's shelves, and to actually see one of the statistics I've heard about in action: the largest percentage of hospital gift shop customers are the staffers.  The nurses taking care of my son told me they're always running down to the shop for something...snacks, books, gifts for their kids, etc. 

I actually became a customer as well, purchasing candy bars for my son (a real sweet junkie) and contact lens solution for me.  Thank you, Lee, for providing me with such a positive experience. And thanks to all hospital gift shop managers, volunteers & staff for providing such a fantastic service to hospital staff, patients and visitors!

Shipping Chocolate Candy In Hot Weather

  
  
  

Special care must be taken when shipping chocolates during the spring and summer months to insure their quality. Hot weather shipping is required once temperatures reach 75º.
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Most people don't realize that the melting point of chocolate actually depends on the quality and processing methods used.  Since Kelli’s supplies a variety of chocolate candy from multiple vendors, we are forced to “ice” our chocolates at different times.  Below you will find a list of our premium chocolate candy that require our hot weather packaging sooner than our everyday chocolates due to their melting point. The weather dictates the exact dates when we must begin our icing procedures.    

Kelli's hot weather packaging consists of an insulated container and reusable frozen gel-packs.  Hot weather packaging charges are $7.00 per box, with each box holding many packages (based on their size, of course!).  Consider ordering more chocolates with any order, as shipping costs become more reasonable per box.

Item #

Description

1353

ORIGINAL ALBERT'S ICE CUBES

1379

LONDON $100 BILL CHOCOLATE MINT

27121

GRAND MARNIER FILLED CHOCOLATE

2827

COLD STONE CREAMERY CHOCOLATE DEVOTION

28281

BAILEYS FILLED CHOCOLATE

28291

MALIBU FILLED CHOCOLATE

2838

COLD STONE STRAWBERRY BLONDE

28471

KAHLUA FILLED CHOCOLATE

3512

LINDT LINDOR TRUFFLES® MILK CHOCOLATE

3513

LINDT LINDOR TRUFFLES® DARK CHOCOLATE

3514

LINDT LINDOR TRUFFLES® WHITE CHOCOLATE

3515

LINDT LINDOR TRUFFLES® HAZELNUT

3516

LINDT LINDOR TRUFFLES®  PEANUT BUTTER

3517

LINDT LINDOR TRUFFLES®  MINT CHOCOLATE

3534

LINDT LINDOR TRUFFLES®  DARK CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY

3539

LINDT LINDOR TRUFFLES® EXTRA  DARK CHOCOLATE

3557

LINDT LINDOR TRUFFLES® STRACIATELLA WHTE CHOCOLATE WITH COCOA

40200

LONDON $100 BAR CHOCOLATE MINT

700103

MRS.CALLS PRETZEL RODS CHOCOLATE

7212

CELLA CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRIES

4115

RUSSELL STOVER® ALMOND DELIGHT BAR

9540

RUSSELL STOVER® ASSORTED CHOCOLATES

9540EA

RUSSELL STOVER® ASSORTED CHOCOLATE S

9540MD

RUSSELL STOVER® ASSORTED CHOCOLATES  MOTHERS DAY BOX

9541

RUSSELL STOVER® ASSORTED CREAMS CHOCOLATES

9542

RUSSELL STOVER® NUT, CHEWY & CRISP

9543

RUSSELL STOVER® ALL MILK CHOCOLATES

9544

RUSSELL STOVER® ASSORTED CHOCOLATES

9544EA

RUSSELL STOVER® ASSORTED CHOCOLATES  EASTER

9544MD

RUSSELL STOVER® ASSORTED CHOCOLATES MOTHERS DAY

9545

RUSSELL STOVER® DAIRY CREAM CARAMELS

9546

RUSSELL STOVER® FRENCH CHOCOLATE MINTS

9548

RUSSELL STOVER® ASSORTED CHOCOLATES

9555

RUSSELL STOVER® COCONUT SUGAR-FREE CHOCOLATES

9556

RUSSELL STOVER® STRAWBERRY CREAM SUGAR-FREE CHOCOLATES

9557

RUSSELL STOVER® MINT PATTIES SUGAR-FREE CHOCOLATES

9558

RUSSELL STOVER® TOFFEE SQUARES SUGAR-FREE CHOCOLATES

9559

RUSSELL STOVER® PEANUT BUTTER CUPS SUGAR-FREE CHOCOLATES

9549

WHITMAN’S® SAMPLER ASSORTED CHOCOLATES

9551

WHITMAN’S® SAMPLER  ASSORTED CHOCOLATES

9552

WHITMAN’S®  SAMPLER SUGAR-FREE ASSORTED CHOCOLATES

9553

WHITMAN’S® SAMPLER SUGAR-FREE ASSORTED CHOCOLATES

 

Kelli's Gifts' Open House & Newest Best Sellers

  
  
  

Kelli’s Open House during the January Dallas Market was another smashing success!  As always, we enjoyed the opportunity to see our customers and share a delicious meal. This truly was a special night for us, because we also got to show off our beautiful new offices & showroom!

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We were delighted to see the folks we’ve met before, and were especially happy to open our doors to Kelli’s customers who haven’t had the chance to come to see us before!  We had visitors all the way from Alaska this year!

This year’s market had some definite new product favorites.  Check out the list of the Top 3 per category below.  These are the most frequently ordered products from Kelli’s since January 15th when our catalog shipped.  These are ONLY from the newest of the new items for each Web Category.

And, as always, Jan’s chocolate chip cookies were a great hit, and she was kind enough to share the recipe with our customers this year upon request.  Please email Jan at janh@kellisgifts.com if you need a copy of the recipe.

Remember: If you are in Dallas for ANY reason, whether it is to shop the Market Center, to visit your adorable grandchildren, or even to see the fabulous new Cowboy Stadium, please try to make time to come to visit us.  We’d love to show you our very own Kelli’s brand of Texas hospitality!

BEST SELLERS FROM THE NEW PRODUCTS IN 2011 TO DATE

Stock #

Description

 

Category

8641

1" Beautiful Baby Girl Baby Book

 wholesale baby

BABY

1872/1873

2-In-1 Newborn Halo Sleepsack Swaddles

 wholesale baby

 

84551/84450

Embroidered Thank Heaven Baby Blankets

 wholesale baby


 

19275B

18" All Sports Get Well Soon Balloon

 wholesale balloons

BALLOONS

21804

18" Butterflies Get Well Soon Balloon

 WHOLESALE BALLOON

 

19215B

Get Well Contemporary Bird Balloon

 wholesale balloon

 

9540

Russell Stover Assorted Chocolates 12oz Box

 wholesale candy

CANDY

9554

Russell Stover® Sugar-Free Pecan Delights

 wholesale candy

 

9544

Russell Stover® Fine Chocolates

 wholesale candy

 

10447/10455

Men’s Lounge Pants

 wholesale lounge pants

FASHION

68863

Single-Layer Rhinestone Accent Watch - White

 wholesale watch

 

9580

Peace Tie-Dye Watch With Rhinestone Accents

 wholesale watch

 

9567

3½ Inch Fashion Purse Pads

 wholesale purse pads

GIFTS

13045

3 Inch Sequined Sentiment Rocks

 wholesale rock

 

2231

5 Inch Bobble Head Frog Gardeners

 wholesale frog

 

29815

Renu Multi-Plus® Contact Lens Solution

 wholesale Renu

HBA

1782

Advil® Congestion Relief

 wholesale Advil

 

2208

12 Inch World's Best Neck Support Travel Pillows

 wholesale travel pillow

 

249R

3½ Inch Enclosure Cards - Just For You Flowers

 wholesale enclosure card

HELPFUL

15R

3½ Inch Enclosure Cards - Wishing You A Speedy Recovery

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113R

3½ Inch Enclosure Cards - Get Well Sunflowers

 wholesale enclosure card

 

7805

Rhinestone Breast Cancer Watch

 wholesale watch

INSPIRATIONAL

101852

Share The Care™ Ankle Socks

 wholesale ankle socks

 

98231

5 Inch Porcelain Angel Bells

 wholesale angel

 

79233

12 Inch Kelliloons™ Get Well Candy & 9 Inch Balloons

 wholesale balloon treats

KELLILOONS

1456

15 Inch Kelliloons™ Baby Ceramic Planter, Candy & Balloon

 wholesale balloon treats

 

70960

15 Inch Kelliloons™ Get Well Bright Eyes Pooch, Candy & Balloon

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M6715

11 Inch Shout Dog

 wholesale plush

PLUSH

G701

11 Inch Brite Spots™ Patti Cakes

 wholesale plush

 

M4220

12 Inch Baking Betty

 wholesale plush

 

2023

8½ Inch Magnetic Fun® Activity Set - Dora The Explorer™

 wholesale toys

TOYS

9560

Bicycle™ Electronic World Series Poker 5 Card Draw Game

 wholesale toys

 

18900

18 Inch Cathay Laughing & Giggling Vinyl Dolls

 wholesale dolls

 

Best Selling Wholesale Balloons at Kelli's Gift Shop Suppliers

  
  
  

Welcome Gift Shop Buyers,

If you haven't yet discovered, balloons are great items to carry in your shops!  On their own, they're highly profitable, and they can can easily be bundled (i.e. clipped or tied) with other great-selling products in the Toys, Gifts and Candy categories, to name a few.  Kelli's Gift Shop Suppliers sold over 500,000 balloons in 2009, which speaks to their popularity in specialty gift shops. 

All of the wholesale balloons that Kelli's distributes are foil, and represent many categories:  Baby; Balloons on Sticks (pre-inflated); Birthday; Candy & Plush; Get Well; Inspirational & Nurses; Jumbo & Special Shapes; Love & Valentines; Musical; Thinking of You.  They can be displayed in your shops in a variety of ways, as you can purchase most of them in packages that are peggable, as well as flat which can be laid on a shelf. You can also fill them with helium and tie them to a shelf, helium tank, or end cap, etc. to create a festive shopping atmosphere that draws customers.

The musical balloons are terrific gift items.  Each of them can be played anywhere from 50-100 times by just tapping.  They sing songs such as Baby Face and Don't Worry Be Happy. What a wonderful way to cheer someone up, and lots of consumers find them hard to resist!

Following are some of the best sellers in 2010:

 #91326 #814613
 
 
 #79233 #17948
  
 #435010B #19085
 
 #20053F #21829
  


Labels: musical balloons, wholesale balloons, balloon gifts

Best Selling Wholesale Plush for 2009

  
  
  

Here it is mid-December 2009, and I've just run the reports for Kelli's best selling wholesale plush, which includes the animated (singing & dancing) and non-animated. Plush is a fantastic-selling category for Kelli's, with our customers being hospital gift shops, independent pharmacies, casinos, baby and gift shops, and the list goes on...all across the USA.

Most of these plush animals make wonderful gift items for adults for birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine's Day, etc. Some of them, like the rainbow bears and Tender Teddy, are fantastic for children,too. All of them are perfect for cheering someone up in the hospital, nursing home, etc. Kelli's offers over 300 plush items, so you have an excellent variety to choose from.

Here are the Top Ten Best Selling Plush items at Kelli's for 2009. Feel free to click on any of them, so you can see them & hear their songs (if they have one):

 12" Chuey Bamba

 

 

6 1/2" Rainbow Bears 

 

 

14" Laid Back Louie 

 

 

 12" Tender Teddy

 


 

 6" Get Well Soon Bears

 


 

 11" Rolling & Laughing Dog

 


 

 12" Rudy

 


 

 12" Mini Pearls of Wisdom

 


 

 12" Fever Frog

 


 

 12" Chili Pepe

 


 

   

 

 

Kelli's, a Fantastic Wholesale Source

  
  
  

If you enjoy statistics, here are a few about Kelli's Gift Shop Suppliers, a fantastic wholesale source for your shop:

  • 2000 - the year Kelli's began doing business
  • 3,000+ - hospital gift shops doing business with Kelli's
  • 1,000+ - independent pharmacies buying from Kelli's
  • 4,000+ - gift shops, baby boutiques, college bookstores, hotel gift shops, etc. currently doing business with Kelli's
  • 100+ - gambling casino gift shops who have discovered Kelli's
  • 3,500+ - unique items Kelli's offers
  • 700+ - vendors from all over the USA represented by Kelli's

We bend over backwards to take care of our customers!

For your wholesale source, be sure to visit Kelli's Gift Shop Suppliers at www.kellisgifts.com, or call us toll free at 888-609-8860.

 

Kelli's, a wholesale source for sugar free candy

  
  
  
Seems that buyers from hospital gift shops and independent pharmacies are always looking for dependable sources for sugar free candy. Look no further than Kelli's Gift Shop Suppliers! Here we offer a selection of sugar free chocolates, gum, mints, chewy candy, hard candies, etc. In addition, Kelli's offers more than 3,000 items including gifts, toys, baby, inspirational, etc. 
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