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Mar. 3rd, 2009

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February/March Sweepstakes

We're proud to announce the winner of our February Sweepstakes for the Gund Kissalot My Girl Musical Prince Frog, Massimo M. in Niles, IL!

March usually comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, but this month, we're sending March out on our very special Lenox Happy Birthday Express Train!

This Ivory Fine China engine measures 7" in length and is exquisitely adorned with animals, toys, birthday gifts and 24K Gold accents. It is part of a train that grows along with baby, allowing you to add another numbered cart each year. The fact that each car is designed to hold a birthday candle makes this a truly thoughtful gift and a family keepsake that we're sure you'll treasure forever.

Remember, no minimum purchase is necessary to enter the sweepstakes. Simply place an order for any item, any size or any value, during the month of March and you'll be automatically entered to win. Best yet, we'll ship it out to you the same day that we draw your name and notify you of the win, seeing to it that you receive this unique item as soon as possible.

Happy Shopping,

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Jan. 5th, 2009

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Department 56

We had let you know back on November 13th that Department 56 would be discontinuing many of their lines effective January 1st 2009.

We will be using this post to make you aware of which lines have been discontinued and editing as we receive more information from the company. Any pieces that we still have in stock will continue to sell either through our website or through our Ebay store (ushop101) or Amazon store (giftshop123).

We are currently aware of the following lines that ARE being continued in 2009:

Villages
Snowbabies™
Classic Brands
Thomas Blackshear Ebony Visions™
Possible Dreams®
Sandra Magsamen

While we do not know whether every line not mentioned is being discontinued, we do know for certain that the following lines have been edited out of production at Department 56 and are sold out:

Halloween
Easter General Giftware
Valentine’s General Giftware
Beijo® Bags
Guillermo Forchino™ collectibles
Just the Right Shoe
Everyday Gifts
Non-unique Christmas Products
Krinkles

If you have any questions regarding the availability of certain items, please do not hesitate to e-mail us at info@giftshop1234.com


Thank you,

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Nov. 27th, 2008

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Thanksgiving Closing

Our office is closed in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

While we will be answering e-mails throughout the day, our phones and LiveChat services will not be available until Friday morning.

We will be in the office first thing Friday morning to answer any calls. Per usual business practices, we will be open from 10-12 before we close for the weekend. Monday hours will begin, as usual, at 10 am EST.

Thank you,

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Nov. 13th, 2008

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Department 56

We regret to inform you that Department 56 has just announced that they will be discontinuing many of their lines effective January 1st 2009. While we do not have a complete list of all the lines being discontinued, it will be our pleasure to continue providing to our customers any of the Department 56 products that we can.

Since we do not know when we will be provided with such a list, it is possible that orders will be placed for piece that we can no longer provide. If this happens, an e-mail will be sent to the customer notifying them and cancelling the order accordingly.

We apologize in advance for any frustration or inconvenience that this causes. Again, we will continue to provide the pieces that we can for as long as we can.

Yours,

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Nov. 5th, 2008

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Back on October 17th, we introduced you to our brand new sweepstakes program. We're excited to announce our first ever winner, P. Coscia from our neighboring state New Jersey!

We hope that he enjoys the beautiful Orrefors vase, already on its way to him!

For our November Sweepstakes, we're offering you a chance to win a beautiful Waterford 2008 Snowstar Ornament! To be entered to win, all you have to is purchase a single item from our site, at any price, between November 1st and November 30th.

From the world-renowned Waterford company, this 5 1/2" ornament is crafted out of full lead crystal and comes with an ornament hanger as well as a removable 2008 metal tag in a Christmas gift box. While this item (# 146644) retails for a $60.00, you might just be the lucky one to receive it for free!

A winner will be selected randomly on December 1st and the ornament will be shipped free of charge on that same day.

Love the piece and want to order it now? You can find it listed on our site here. But we recommend hurrying up; with the holidays coming closer, these ornaments are flying off the shelves!

Good luck and thank you for shopping with us!

Oct. 23rd, 2008

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If you are an already existing customer of Giftshop1234 it is possible that you recently received an e-mail from us regarding a special we were offering returning customers for Swarovski items.

It has come to our attention that our system has, in error, been adding 10% to each order, instead of discounting it. We are in the process of having our Tech Department resolve this error.

In the meantime, we will be manually correcting all orders that have already been placed. If your order was made with a credit card, you will either be refunded (if the order shipped) or not charged (if the order is on backorder). If your order was made with PayPal, a refund will be sent to your account for the difference.

We apologize for this inconvenience and ask for your patience as we work quickly to correct this as soon as possible.

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Oct. 17th, 2008

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Giftshop1234 is proud to introduce a brand new program just in time for the start of the holiday season!

Starting this month, all customers who place an order will be automatically entered to win an item specifically selected for our Sweepstake of the month! With absolutely no minimum purchase required (beyond an actual purchase), you will be automatically entered to win a high end, quality product. If you win, that item will be shipped out to you by the first Monday of the next month.

October's item, the Orrefors Crystal Intermezzo Blue Bud Vase can be seen on our website, here. While this particular piece normally retails for $100 and sells on our site for $83.99, you can win it for free! All you have to do is place an order!

We're also excited to announce that we've updated our Clearance Sales page with a range of new products.

Take a look!

Sep. 22nd, 2008

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Giftshop1234 is proud to announce the addition of the much celebrated Mattel company to our site!


In 1945 Ruth and Elliot Handler and Harold "Matt" Matson launched a new company named Mattel, out of a garage workshop in Southern California. The first Mattel products were picture frames. Today, as the world's largest toy company, Mattel's global workforce is diverse by any measure, creating the some of the world's greatest toys.

Always staying ahead of the game, Mattel has moved ahead from their earliest Barbie models to become an Toyland Empire, providing gifts for all ages. Whether it's a Disney Princesses for your own princess, a baby doll for the little mommy-to-be, a High School Musical figurine for your teenager or a Collectors Doll for the friend who never quite grew up, Mattel has something for everyone.

And of course, you wouldn't want to miss out on their Barbie Fantasy Collection, Barbie Reality Collection or Polly Pocket Collection!

We encourage you to take a moment to tour all of the Mattel products currently available through our site and to keep checking back for new additions!

Sep. 16th, 2008

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Giftshop1234 is proud to announce the addition of Mikasa to the list of companies who's products we offer.

Mikasa has been long recognized as the leader in tabletop fashion in everything from dinnerware to crystal stemware and barware; flatware to decorative accessories for your home. Quality and great design are synonymous with the Mikasa brand. Working with the world's finest tabletop designers, the best factories, and using the most advanced technology in the industry, Mikasa creates products that are not only beautiful and well-made, but suitably priced for everyone's lifestyle.

Please take a moment to browse through all of the Mikasa products currently listed and don't forget to check back in a few weeks, when we're looking forward to adding all of their dinnerware as well!

Aug. 21st, 2008

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To Our Readers:

We apologize for the lack of any real updates to the blog in the last few weeks (with the exception of Department 56 updates, which have been removed).

We realize that you look to this blog for information regarding new items on the website, as well as our promised weekly specials.

We would like to let you know that, starting in September, the blog will be up and ready to go, with an improved 2.0 version! If you have any suggestions or comments you'd like to share with us, whether in regards to previous posts or the kind of posts you'd like to see in the future, please send a quick note to info@giftshop1234.com with LJ Blogging in the subject line.

Looking forward to serving you even better in the future,

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To Our Readers:

We apologize for the lack of any real updates to the blog in the last few weeks (with the exception of Department 56 updates, which have been removed).

We realize that you look to this blog for information regarding new items on the website, as well as our promised weekly specials.

We would like to let you know that, starting in September, the blog will be up and ready to go, with an improved 2.0 version! If you have any suggestions or comments you'd like to share with us, whether in regards to previous posts or the kind of posts you'd like to see in the future, please send a quick note to info@giftshop1234.com with LJ Blogging in the subject line.

Looking forward to serving you even better in the future,

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Mar. 20th, 2008

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Our office will be closing early today and will remain closed all weekend in observance of a religious holiday.

We will be in first thing Monday morning to help you with whatever questions you might have.

Happy Shopping!

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Mar. 17th, 2008

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Hansa animals appeal to collectors and animal lovers of all ages. Available in various distinctive unique collections, these hand-crafted and highly realistic cuddly plush toys represent animals from all over the world. Hansa are known and respected for their close-to-nature reproductions of the world’s best loved animals.

This week, we are proud to present to you, for a limited time, two of our very special Hansa pieces at an additional 15% off the listed price!

All Hansa pieces are hand-crafted of realistic plush. Each coat is meticulously cut by hand- never stamped out by machine. Gentle paws, a swishing tail, and an especially expressive face with soulful eyes are all lovingly detailed to give the life-like look. All pieces come with a 'Toys that Teach' tag that describes, in detail, the animal's habitat, lifestyle, gestation period, care of young, and eating habits.

Make no mistake! The Sitting Elephant Mouse, measuring 4 1/2" long, 5 1/2" high and 3 1/4" wide and the Budgeriegar Parakeet, measuring 2 3/4" long, 5" high and 1 1/2" wide (pictured in that order) are no exception to this particular care and each would make the perfect gift for the animal collector or special child in your life.

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You'll typically find both these pieces retailing for $20 and more. On our website, we're offering them to you $10.99 and $13, respectively. For one week only, we're offering these pieces to you at an additionaly fifteen percent off! And, combined with our flat rate of $5.95 S&H for any order, regardless of the size or quantity*, we're practically giving them away!!

All you have to do to take part of this amazing offer is enter the coupon code blogshop1234 when you pass through checkout on either piece.

This offer is only valid until next week Monday morning, March 24th. While other pieces will go up here at an additional discount, this is your only chance to grab these beautiful pieces at these rock bottom prices!

And remember: quantities are limited. So, while we will be honoring the price of any order made for these pieces while it's on special, we know that you aren't going to want to wait 2-3 weeks after placing your order to receive these items or to present them as gifts.

Don't waste a second! Place your order now!

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*When you ship with UPS Ground

Mar. 10th, 2008

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Weekly Special

Welcome to our first weekly special, the first of what we hope will be one of many we'll be offering exclusively to our blog readers. To kick off our first special and show you how excited we are to have made our home on LiveJournal, we're introducing to you Swarovski's version of Frank the Goat, LiveJournal's mascot

Both the Swarovski Crystal Kid Goat and Crystal Goat (shown below in that order) feature bodies that are fully faceted clear crystal with unfaceted legs and horns. Jet crystal eyes, a Swarovski signature, give both of these pieces personality and punch.



You'll typically find these pieces retailing for $75 or $150. On our website, we're offering them to you $66.99 and $133.99, respectively. For one week only, we're offering these pieces to you at an additionaly fifteen percent off! And, combined with our flat rate of $5.95 S&H for any order, regardless of the size or quantity*, we're practically giving them away!!

All you have to do to take part of this amazing offer is enter the coupon code blogshop1234 when you pass through checkout on either piece.

This offer is only valid until next week Monday morning, March 17th. While other pieces will go up here at an additional discount, this is your only chance to grab these beautiful pieces at these rock bottom prices!

And remember: quantities are limited. So, while we will be honoring the price of any order made for these pieces while it's on special, we know that you aren't going to want to wait 2-3 weeks after placing your order to receive these items or to present them as gifts.

Don't waste a second! Place your order now!



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Welcome!

Welcome to giftshop1234! Home to the blog of Giftshop1234, the premiere source for all your gift-giving needs.

Whether you find your way here through our website, a Livejournal interest search or even a Google search, we're sure that you're going to enjoy every visit that you make to our blog. This is the place to be for an insider's look as to what goes on behind-the-scenes and a special preview to exclusive specials and deals. This is where we'll announce the addition of new companies from designers we're sure will hit it big and new lines from time-tested favorites such as Department 56, Swarovski Crystal and Waterford Crystal. And, when the time comes, this will also be the place where we announce the retirement of pieces that are no longer being produced

To kick off the birthday of our blog, we're creating detailed posts for each of our companies so that you can get an idea of some of our stock without ever having to go outside of LiveJournal to do so. Right now, we have posts up for nearly every company that we offer and we'll be adding the rest over time. To see the full list of brands available in the meantime, head over to our site.

We're also going to stay on top of our tags to let you reference, cross-reference, and cross-cross-reference (should you need to) so that you can find anything using multiple search terms. You'll be able to search the blog by brand name, line name, or item description (such as collectible, figurine, stemware or tableware).

And, while this comm won't be allowing followers to post to the community, we definitely want our readers to have a voice. So please be sure to leave a message on our Comments and Suggestsions post with anything you'd like us to know. Think we need to add a tag to the list? Let us know by commenting here. Saw an item on the website that you'd like to see on a further special discount? Mention it on the C&S post and we'll see what we can do. Want to see more images before you click into the website? Fewer? Again, all you need to do is leave us a quick line in our C&S post is all it will take. Simply happy with what you're seeing here, drop us a line to let us know what a good job we're doing! Or, better yet friend the community and tell your friends!

Ultimately, this blog, like the rest of the services that Giftshop1234 offers to its customers, is here to service you.

So stay tuned to this spot for blog exclusive discounts, specials and announcements. We'll be releasing our first special (featuring an appearence by Frank the LJ mascot) on Monday, March 10th and adding a new special every week! I'm proud to announce that our first special is up and waiting for you. You can find it here!

Happy Shopping!

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Mar. 5th, 2008

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Swarovski Jewelry

Surprise your loved one with a piece of jewelry from our wonderful Swarovski crystal collection. For over 100 years Swarovski Silver Crystal has been known as the finest crystal company noted worldwide for its purity, brilliance, refractive qualities and collectible properties. From timeless and classic designs to current trends, Swarovski has your style.

The following lines are available from Swarovski Jewelry:

Bracelets
Brooches
Charms
Earrings
Hair Accessories
Keychains
Necklaces
Pendants
Pierced Earrings
Rings

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Swarovski Crystal

For over 100 years Swarovski Silver Crystal has been known as the finest crystal company noted worldwide for its purity, brilliance, refractive qualities and collectible properties. See the world through crystal eyes and experience the fascinating world of Swarovski crystal. The inspired creations and imaginative figurines from this crystal collection has turned many people into crystal enthusiasts.

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The following lines are offered by Swarovski:

Swarovski Silver Crystal
Aquatic Worlds
Cheerful Times
Disney
Fables and Tales
In the Secret Garden
Lovlots
The Peaceful Countryside
Rare Encounters
Feathered Beauties

Swarovski Moments

First Steps
Flower Dreams
Happy Flowers
Happy Moments
Kris Bears

Swarovski Home Accesories

Celebrations
Classics
Jewels
Paradise
Vases, Bowls and Boxes
Soulmates

Swarovski Seasons

Christmas
Ornaments
Spring and Easter

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Sport Collectibles

The devotion of a French artist in his search for top quality crafts at the end of the last century makes it possible to enjoy these unique, handcrafted replicas and memorabilia. His dedication was passed onto his great-grandson. A time consuming, individualized process is employed to achieve the delicate detail that characterizes each piece. The reward is an enchanting visual delight.

The following lines are offered by Sport Collectibles:

Diamond Paperweights
Gold Stadium Replicas
Microchip Globes
Platinum Stadiums
Wind Up Globes

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Sandy USA

Sandy USA focus in meeting the needs of the African Americans and Native Americans through their unique gift selections. All gifts are thoroughly researched and created by ethnic artists who present their vibrant cultures with dignity and joy.

The following collections are offered by Sandy USA:

Boxes
Candleholders
Crosses
Dolls
Figurines
Frames
Magnets
Neighbor-Hood
Ornaments
Rosebud Hats
Suncatchers

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Roman

Brighten your holidays with a set of these creative Roman lights. Whether there is a new baby in the family, a christmas celebration, or a fun party, these lights will be a perfect embellishment to your home and your occasion.


The following collections are offered by Roman Lights:

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Christmas Yard Lights
Halloween Lights
Other Lights
Tropical Lights

Roman introduced the Seraphim Classics Collection in 1994, shortly before a contemporary renaissance of angels in art began. Inspired by more than 2,000 years of writings and works of art, Roman partnered with Master Sculptor Gaylord Ho, one of the world's foremost artists, to create modern interpretations of the most beautiful angels. The result was the Seraphim Classics Collection. Ho also created Impressions; heavenly messengers with unequaled grace and elegance.

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Reidel

Founded in 1756, Austria's Riedel Crystal is the world's premier manufacturer of wine glasses and has always catered to the fine wine connoisseur. The Riedel family has been in the glass business for 300 years, with 11 generations keeping the family business intact. In Riedel lingo, the glass is the "messenger of the wine" and each glass is a "tailored suit for the wine."

The following lines are offered by Reidel:

Flutes
Decanters
Liquor and Spirits
Martini and Cocktail
Other Items
Tumblers and HiBalls
Water Glasses
Wine Glasses

To view by collection instead of item type, please visit this page and scroll down.

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Ragar Jewelry Boxes

Ragar has been providing competitively priced, excellent quality packaging and giftware for nearly 15 years to the jewelry, watch & cosmetic industries. Their products rival all others in quality and will compliment your precious jewelry.

You can view the entire line of Ragar jewelry and watch boxes here

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Pendelfin

Pendelfin began their "hobby" of producing figurines in 1953 and their firm commitment to quality and excellence has not changed since those days when it was still just a hobby. A tribute to this continuing handcrafted quality is that, though many have tried to copy the design, no one has been succesful in doing so!

The following collections are offered by Pendelfin:

Christmas
Easter
Fun and Games
Home Decor
In the Garden
Professions
School
Sports
Sweet Home


We're always in the process of updating our site to remove discontinued pieces and add new stock. However, you can always view the current listing of Pendelfin figurines here

Mar. 3rd, 2008

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Orrefors Crystal

The Swedish company Orrefors is known worldwide for creating inventive glassware items that blend practicality with an aesthetic beauty. Founded in 1898, the company soon after hired a team of designers to lead this innovative endeavor of crystal craftmanship. Today Orrefors employs a diverse group of full-time artists to create original glassware products for the table and home.

The following lines are offered by Orrefors:

Barware
Bowls
Candleholders
Collectibles
Desk Items
Stemware
Tablware
Vases


By visiting the website, you can also view the Orrefors by collection, vs item type. Simply scroll down this page to view the collection names.

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Ornament Central

Ornament Central creates unique and whimsical holiday ornaments with a contemporary twist that will suit the households of our ever-changing culture. These ornaments will brighten your modern Christmas tree with spirit, familiarity, and cleverness.

The following lines are offered by Ornament Central:

Children and Pets
Couples
Holidays
Other Interests
Professions
Sports

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Noritake China

Since 1904, Noritake has been bringing beauty to dinner tables around the world. Superior artistr, craftsmanship, attention to detail and uncompromising commitment to quality made Noritake an international trademark during these 100 years.

Please visit Noritake's page on our website to view all of the 60+ patterns and collections that Noritake has to offer.

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