Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Sneak Peek at our Thanksgiving Weekend Deals


We are so appreciative of our customers who share their stories of how they have been buying our ornaments for 30+ years. We love hearing how our ornaments have become a tradition in so many homes each holiday season. To show our appreciation and thanks to our loyal customers, we are offering some great deals this Thanksgiving Weekend.

Save 20% off everything on Black Friday by using the code TURKEY16 at checkout. (This discount does not apply to shipping charges)

Get FREE shipping on Cyber Monday on all orders by using the code GRAVY16 at checkout. (orders will ship via USPS)


Happy Thanksgiving from the whole team at Gloria Duchin!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Making a List and Checking it Twice: How to budget for a stress-free holiday season



November 1st unofficially marks the beginning of the holiday season. You have probably been getting emails already, promoting big sales, pre-holiday exclusives, and décor on clearance… Clearance! It’s not even Thanksgiving yet.

No matter how much the industry tries to hype-up and rush along the season, it’s important to keep the true spirit of the holidays in mind. One way to check in with yourself during this busy time of year, is to intentionally set some budgets, not only for your wallet, but for your time and energy. The holidays are a time to get together with friends and family and show your gratitude. Who wants to be worried about shopping when there are cookies to be made and carols to be sung?

Whether you are a planner or a last-minute shopper, here are some tips to get you through this holiday season as stress-free as possible:


Make a List, Make a Budget


Spend some time taking inventory of all the people you plan to buy presents for and write them down in a notebook, a spreadsheet, or even a napkin. Then, think about how much money you plan on spending on each person, and jot those down as well. Add up all of those amounts, plus any wrapping paper, Christmas cards, or décor and this is your holiday budget. If you notice that final number is way bigger than you had anticipated, see where you can make some cuts. Do you have left-over wrapping paper you can use from last year? Are you crafty? Consider making some DIY gifts or baking big batches of cookies for some of your loved ones. Do your best to stay within your budget so there are no surprises when the credit card statement comes in.



Do Your Research


If you have specific gifts in mind, planning ahead is very helpful in getting the best deal. Black Friday sales have extended to the whole weekend, and even into the following week in many cases. Keep an eye on the “spam” folder of your email for sales, coupons, and free shipping deals. Don't be afraid to shop around and check online retailers, or even ask if an item can be price-matched in the store. Also do your research on shipping during December. The United States Postal Service recommends shipping or placing an order by December 15 to ensure you get it by Christmas Eve. Avoiding rush delivery and overnight shipping charges will help you stay within your budget.



Set Aside Time


Think back on past holidays and remember what stands out to you the most. What are your favorite memories and traditions? Also, what tends to cause you the greatest amount of stress? Try to plan for these things by starting early, simplifying, and setting aside time to be with loved ones. If holiday baking is important to you, put a day on the calendar now to spend baking. Pencil in a Friday night to watch a Christmas movie with your family and drink hot chocolate. Get your tree up and decorated early so you can enjoy it for the whole month! Keep these warm fuzzy holiday memories in mind when you get stressed out, and remember what the most important things are this holiday season.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Angels of Gratitude

Gratitude is a word you hear a lot lately. From gratitude journals to daily #gratitude instagram posts, people are focusing their energy on being thankful for all the gifts they are already blessed with. This is why, for 2016, we thought Angels of Gratitude would be especially fitting. Each year, Gloria Duchin creates an exclusive line of Angel ornaments to be sold at CVS stores. Our Angels are collectible gifts, each with their own unique look and story on the back of their giftable boxes. Whether you are looking for a hint of inspiration for your tree, or a pick-me-up for a loved one who is going through a hard time, these ornaments make a great gift.

We present to you our 2016 Angels of Gratitude. You can find them at CVS stores nationwide.


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Looking to 2017: Meadow Trend


Our Meadow trend can best be described as fancy, floral, and feminine. It is a lighthearted feeling with bright pops of color. Pinks and greens take the focus by accenting white and neutral backgrounds. Florals, birds, and butterflies adorn fabrics and accessories alike.

Sundresses, maxis, and kimonos are all sporting bright flowers and ferns. Otherwise understated jewelry showcases pops of pink and teal in tassels and beads. Pastel crystals are featured on a floral brooch, and flower crowns adorn the hair of festival goers everywhere.

The Meadow trend takes its place in the home by providing a neutral palette where bright florals can shine. White tablescapes are decorated with a mix of vibrantly colored dishes and vases. Air plants, succulents, and lilies are the bright additions to a white room. Antique botany prints adorn the halls and birds, and branches are spotted on the curtains.

Florals and birds remain the focus when decorating for the holidays. Hummingbirds and doves, with their glitter accents, adorn Christmas trees, while butterflies and wheelbarrow ornaments make great gifts for your garden-loving friends. Cherry blossoms and daisies can be worn year-round on earrings and bangles.


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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Looking to 2017: Desert Trend

Bright, vibrant, and full of life, Desert is a celebration of multiple cultures in some of the world’s warmer regions. With a color palette consisting of reds, fuchsias, mustards, and teals, Desert takes its cue from Mexico to Morocco. Metallic bronze and gold filigree are woven into the patterns seen in this trend.

In fashion, reds and golds are the focus, with playful pops of teal and mustard accents. There is a cultural melding of patterns and silhouettes with influences of Latin America, Spain, India, and Morocco. Gold filigree jewelry adorns mixed-pattern outfits of burgundy, and hand-woven bags make the perfect accessory.

Warm colors and playful patterns decorate homes in the Desert trend. Bright reds, oranges, and mustard yellows can be seen in bedspreads and drapes. Mixing and matching tiles decorate kitchens and patios. Crosses of gold filigree are encrusted in brightly colored crystals, and bulbs of burgundy and bronze decorate trees and mantles.

The same red and gold focus is seen in holiday décor, with an added focus on sparkle, shimmer, and crystals. Crosses, nativities, and angels are important icons to this Latin American inspired trend, and high heel and cocktail inspired ornaments have us feeling the Desert vibe.


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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Looking to 2017: Mountain Trend


A darker take on a neutral trend, Mountain is a focus on cool grays, taupes, subtle metallic, and accents of burgundy and midnight sky blue. Since the color palette is limited, this trend is all about texture, many coming from nature. Feathers and fur pair well with Nordic and Scandinavian patterns, and aged silver finish is the metallic of choice.

The mixing and matching of textures that make up the Mountain trend can be seen in upcoming fashion. Natural feathers pair well with sparkling crystals, and faux fur accents can be seen in all manner of accessories. Cable knit cowls and Nordic-inspired sweaters are accented with chunky silver jewelry.

The neutral color palette is carried over to home décor, with a focus on creamy whites, natural burlaps and linens, and pops of sparkling chrome and silver. The cable knit motif can be seen in pottery, and furs take their place in pillows and bed spreads. Mountain and cabin-inspired inspirations can be seen on throw pillows for a pop of whimsy.

For the holiday, think pewter, chrome, glittery silver and pearls. The texture of feathers is seen on ornaments and jewelry alike, and crystals and glitter chiffon ribbon accent trinkets and packages. Snowflakes will be a popular icon for the Mountain trend.


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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Looking to 2017: Forest Trend

Forest is a mystical, enchanted departure from the “going green” trend of the past. With a focus on lush emeralds, teals, fern greens, and hints of jewel tone berries and eggplants found in exotic natural elements, Forest has a very rich and lux vibe. Sparkle, velvet, and live-edge wood are some of the elements that make this trend bold and unique.

In fashion, there is a definite focus on deep greens and teals, with pops of moss, eggplant, or berry to accent. Velvets, beading, and laser cut fabrics can be seen on evening gowns, and natural wood takes the shape of wristwatches and jewelry. Accessories can be seen in similar color palettes, creating a monochromatic look of varying greens and teals.

The lux fabrics carry over to home décor, with velvets and natural woods taking the main stage. Deep jewel tones paint walls and exotic florals and agate accessories add a pop of femininity. Live-edge hardwood tables make a statement in a dining room when decorated with emerald hand-blown glass and copper drinkware.

Elements of the Forest trend can be seen in holiday décor as well. Deep green glitters accent pewter ornaments and jewel tone ribbons decorate trees. Moose, reindeer, and owls make whimsical forest-themed gifts, and antlers and pinecones bring elements of the outdoors inside.


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