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Merchandise Monday: Holiday Season is Just around the Corner!

Part III: Lifestyle, Housewares and Fashion

Although we could go on and on, all good things must come to an end. The third and final installment of our Holiday Trends Preview focuses on home and housewares, lifestyle and fashion trends. From jewelry and handbags to home entertaining and DIY, you’ll get great ideas for the fashionista, entertainer or outdoorsy in your life!

Ladies first! Jewelry, handbags and other accessories are always hot for the holidays. Hinda has a wide selection of Pandora® charms and bracelets to suit every taste and interest, including some season- and holiday specific charms. These make great stocking stuffers and are a beautiful addition to any woman’s wardrobe. And you can’t mention jewelry without talking about handbags! We’ve got a great variety of bags from clutches to crossbody and everything in between. Hot lines this holiday season include BCBGMAXAZRIA, Kate Spade, Vince Camuto and LAUREN by Ralph Lauren.

 

But looking great isn’t just for the ladies. We’ve got fashionable items for men, too, including watches, luggage and apparel! Fossil®, TAG Heuer and Bulova® are all big names in the watch world that make great gifts at the holidays and any time of year. On the travel front, hardside luggage and lighter pieces are making a splash. Check out pieces from carry-on to large wheeled luggage from popular brands like Samsonite® and Delsey® available at Hinda! The North Face® Thermoball™ Full Zip Jacket is also new on the scene this holiday season. Available for men and women, Thermoball is constructed with low-weight, high-loft clusters that retain heat even when wet. Stay warm and dry all winter long!

Moving on to housewares, home entertaining is still big in 2013. People are going for aesthetically pleasing table-top appliances featuring stainless steel, bamboo wood or crystal, wine and beer accoutrements to accessorize their home bars – like electric wine openers, beverage coolers and interesting drinkware – and retro kitchenware that makes a statement as well as serves a purpose. Celebrity-licensed cookware is hot due to the popularity of cooking shows – check out our lines from Rachael Ray, Emeril and Top Chef. Finally, single-serve coffeemakers, espresso makers and coffee accessories are still top sellers. Consumers seem to be getting used to not having to wait in line or pay upwards of $4 for their morning fix!

Last but not least, several great outdoor items have come through the merchandise pipeline just in time for the holidays. Are you a golf-lover or do you have a golf-lover in your life?  Check out the latest and greatest additions to Hinda’s already wide selection of golf gear, including the Sony® Action Cam Golf Training Pack, the Garmin® Approach S1 Golf Watch and the TaylorMade® Spider Mallet Putter – among many others. Too cold for golf? Not to worry – Hinda is here with plenty of new cold-weather toys as well! The Reebok® SicKick Junior Hockey Stick, Active Sports Burton Blunt Wide Snowboard and the Flexible Flyer® Aurora 36” Foam Sled will cure all of your wintertime blues! Get out there and enjoy the snow and ice!

And there you have it – Hinda’s 2013 Holiday Trend Preview! Of course, this is just a small sample of the many, many items we have available, and as you know if you keep up with the blog, we’re always adding new stuff monthly! But we hope this guide will help you to pick out the hottest and most in-demand gifts for your loved ones this holiday season. After all, if we don’t help you become the coolest, most fun and most stylish gift-giver out there, then we’re doing something wrong!

Happy shopping, and happy holiday season from Hinda Incentives!

 


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Part II: Home Entertainment and Technology

Another big trend we see for the coming holiday season is in the home entertainment and technology realm. Surprised? With so many great blockbuster films, engaging video games and evolving gadgets out there, neither are we. And we bet we’ll find more than one of these items on your holiday list!

DVD/Blu-ray™ and video games make great stocking stuffers for the movie buff or gamer in your life. Recent blockbusters such as “Life of Pi” and “Iron Man 3,” classics like “The Wizard of Oz” and kids’ movies including “Barbie® in The Pink Shoes” are all anticipated to be hot redeemers this season. New video games such as “Madden 25,” “NBA2K14” and “Disney® Infinity” are all expected to sell well, especially given the popularity of sports video games.

Smart gadgets are becoming more popular as functionality increases and price points decrease. TVs are working more like computers, with internet connectivity, streaming TV, 4K and combo TV/DVD units. Sound bars and wireless speakers are all the rage as people long to bring that big-screen experience to their own living rooms. 3D TV is also hot right now, as it supports the many 3D movies that are being shown recently – like the aforementioned “Life of Pi.” Some models even let you control how and what you watch from your tablet or smart phone. 

Speaking of smart phones, accessorizing your favorite device is becoming quite popular, especially since people love using the camera. LG’s Pocket Photo Printer is a great way to get your fave shots off of your phone and into the real world. The Sony® Smartphone Attachable Lens is the first-ever zoom lens and sensor combo that clips right to your smartphone. Mophie® and Datexx have both introduced external batteries to power your device on-the-go.

Finally, what kind of tech round-up would this be if we didn’t mention the latest headphones? Bose® is big this year as the company has started to advertise on-air. The QuietComfort® 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones let you hear as much or as little of the outside world as you want while enjoying your music. Sony®’s NFC Bluetooth® Wireless Headphones let you stream music from your smart phone or take a call mid-playlist. And Monster®’s Diamond Tears™ On Ear Headphones offer a fashionable, feminine answer to the popular on-ear headphones of today. Never be without your favorite tunes – the way you want to enjoy them!

As we mentioned at the conclusion of Part I, this is just a sample of the variety of different entertainment and electronic items available here at Hinda. Stay tuned Part III where we will cover trends in housewares, outdoor and lifestyle merchandise!


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Part I: Toys

It might still be early in the season, but now that Halloween is over and Thanksgiving in on the horizon, there’s no denying that the holidays are upon us! Whether or not you’ve finalized your shopping lists, we’re here to tell you all about the trends we’re seeing for this year’s gift-giving season. Get ready to make that special someone’s holiday extra merry!

Let’s start by keeping the kids happy and talk about toys. LEGO®, Barbie®, nabi® – a new brand at Hinda – and Power Wheels are all forecasted to be big hits this shopping season. Our wide selection of LEGO building sets includes Legends of Chima™, Star Wars™, Marvel Super Heroes and LEGO City. We’ve also got an assortment of LEGO Friends, geared toward girls and LEGO Duplo® – larger blocks for smaller hands!

Your favorite girl will love the new Barbie Color Chalk Hair doll. Barbie’s never looked better than when the young stylist in your life uses the included chalk pods to dream up the trendiest, most cutting-edge ideas in hair color. The blue, pink and purple pods contain enough chalk for 100 applications and the chalk washes out easily with soap and water. Let your kids’ imaginations run wild with this fun new Barbie toy.

Hinda is proud to introduce its new partnership with nabi®. The 16 GB Nick Jr.® Edition features the Wings™ Education System, which tailors courseware to the strengths and weaknesses of the child’s skill set level in math, reading and writing. Your kids will have fun with the apps, games, books and videos featuring favorite Nick Jr. characters like Dora the Explorer™, Ni Hao Kai-lan™ and Go Diego Go™.

Staying within the more educational vein, Hinda’s got a Vivitar® 30mm refractor telescope and 3-objective compound microscope set that will keep your favorite budding scientist busy for hours! This kit’s telescope includes a tripod as well as 20x, 30x and 40x eyepieces. The microscope is capable of 300x, 600x and 1200x magnification. The set includes specimen slide, blank slides, slide covers, specimen collection vials and tweezers.

When it’s time to get outside and burn off some of that seemingly endless energy, the Ford F-150 from Power Wheels® is just what your little one needs. With realistic side-view mirrors, built-in windshield and roomy truck bed, kids will feel like they’re driving a real truck! They can even lift up the hood to find a realistic-looking truck engine. With big, rugged tires, kids can take their adventures off-road, too!

This is just a small sampling of the wide range of toys and children’s merchandise we have here at Hinda, but these are some of the items we predict will be popular this coming holiday season. Stay tuned for the next installments of our 2013 holiday trends preview, where we’ll cover entertainment/technology, outdoor recreation, home and housewares and more!


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