SIX ON-TREND GIFT CATEGORIES FOR EASY MERCHANDISING

Christmas is right around the corner and the hunt for the perfect gift is well underway. Delight your customers by establishing displays in themes that are right on-trend and make gift giving a breeze. These are our top six on-trend gift categories to get you started!

If gifting is not part of your end-of-year promotional strategy, the food options double as great last-minute entertaining options for those with special diets!

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THE VEGAN FOODIE

This plant-based selection offers something for every taste.  You could suggest customers’ create a gourmet hamper, use a few treats as stocking fillers, or cater to their vegan guests with delicious options ready in a flash. 

  1. East Bali Cashews – Chilli Lime Cashew Snack 
  2. Upton’s Naturals – Thai Curry Noodle Real Meal Kit
  3. Vego Chocolate Bar – Hazelnut, White Almond Bliss and Dark Nuts & Berries
  4. J. Luehders – Red Berries
  5. The Whole Foodies – Native Cashews Turmeric & Black Pepper
  6. Dandies – Vegan Marshmallows
  7. Bubba’s Fine Foods – Savoury Original Grain Free Snack Mix
  8. The Fresh Chai Co – Vegan Original Blend Long Soaked Chai

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THE ADVENTURER

For the outdoor enthusiasts, weekend warriors and adventurers at heart. These items are designed to support an active way of living, no matter where life takes you. Ideal to highlight for holiday season, you could easily switch this category to be ‘Travel Essentials’ if that resonates with your target customers more.

  1. Ever Eco – Silicone Bent Straws
  2. CLIF Bar – Crunchy Peanut Butter
  3. Protein Supplies Australia – Raspberry Lemonade Hydration Recovery Drink
  4. Cheeki – Coffee Mug Topaz
  5. Nelson Naturals – Crush & Brush Mint Charcoal Tablets
  6. Hydro Flask – 32oz Wide Mouth Black (946ml)
  7. Eco – Face Sunscreen

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THE ECO WARRIOR

Catering to the eco-conscious consumer, this collection offers planet-friendly alternatives to everyday items without skimping on style or quality. Add them to your existing eco-friendly display or showcase them in a creative display of their own. 

  1. Niulife – Coconut Shell Bowl Natural and Polished
  2. Apple Green Duck – Reusable Shopping Bag – Grocer
  3. Fruity Sacks – Reusable Fruit & Veg Shopping Bags
  4. Ever Eco – Reusable Bamboo Facial Pads
  5. Woohoo – Deodorant & Anti-Chafe Stick
  6. Honeybee Wrap – Beeswax Kitchen Collection Pack
  7. That Red House – Stainless Steel Pegs 316 Marine Grade

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THE ACURE OBSESSED

This number #1 natural seller in the US is consistently popular, offering simple, cruelty-free, skin, body and hair care products that work. The packaging is ideal to create a standout colour blocked display and the price point makes these items perfect for adding a little something extra to finish off a gift. 

  1. Radically Rejuvenating – Under Eye Hydrogel Mask
  2. Seriously Soothing – Blue Tansy Serum Stick
  3. Brightening –  Facial Scrub
  4. Foil-Time Mask – Firming Gold Foil Mask
  5. Seriously Soothing – Seriously Soothing Solid Serum 3 in 1 (Reviewed in Bondi Beauty!)

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ECO-HOME & KITCHEN

Bring the kitchen to life with these funky dishcloths, DIY essential oil cleaning kit, and all-in-one Grow Kits for out of the box gift ideas that bring a sense of accomplishment and happiness – no green thumb required! Grow a kit in store to showcase how easy it is and generate interest in these living gift ideas!

  1. RetroKitchen – 100% Biodegradable Dishcloth – Cow
  2. RetroKitchen – 100% Biodegradable Dishcloth – Bees
  3. RetroKitchen –  Stainless Steel Cutlery Set – Colour Splash
  4. RetroKitchen – Make Your Own Cleaning Kit
  5. Urban Greens – Grow Your Own Tea Kit – Peppermint
  6. Urban Greens – Grow Kit – Culinary Flowers
  7. Urban Greens – Windowsill Grow Kit – Microgreens

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PAMPER DIY

From organic sheet masks and DIY clay masks to Australian nature-inspired wheat bags, sleep kits and magnesium that helps you sleep like a baby. These gift ideas are perfect to treat someone to a little TLC. Add some of them together to create a pamper hamper. Or switch on a diffuser with relaxing scents nearby for a multi-sensory shopping experience that gets shoppers in the self-care mood!

  1. Orgaid Organic Sheet Mask – Greek Yogurt, Anti-aging, Vitamin C
  2. Amazing Oils – Magnesium Pro Sleep Lotion
  3. My Magic Mud – Calcium Bentonite Clay
  4. Wheatbags Love – Sleep Gift Pack – Waratah
  5. Wheatbags Love – Wheatbag – Seaside
  6. Wheatbags Love – Eyemask – Banskia

You can order all of these and more great gift ideas 24/7 in our online store or via our friendly sales team on 1800 787 904. Simply look for the ‘Gift Ideas‘ banner on the store homepage to go straight to all of the products listed above.

Not yet registered with us? No problem! You can get started here.

HEALTHY HOME STAPLES

Healthy home. From the medicine cabinet and kitchen pantry to office desk essentials and recipe inspiration, there’s an array of healthier alternatives for customers wishing to make the switch to a more eco-friendly, natural way of living. Expand your customers’ options with these great finds.

 

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HONEY HEALERS

Medihoney Adhesive Dressings are a waterproof, latex-free hydrogel dressing infused with antibacterial, medical-grade manuka honey. These dressings help to speed up the healing process by maintaining a moist environment for optimal healing of minor wounds, burns, cuts, grazes and blisters. A must-have for the first aid kit and perfect for the whole family!

Available in two sizes – small and large!

SKIN SOOTHER

UV Natural have introduced Chill Skin Cooler, formulated to moisturise and soften the skin after sun exposure. The light, pure lotion is fragrance-free, cruelty-free and vegan-friendly, boasting naturally derived ingredients that soothe and nourish the skin.

BULK BATH FLAKES

Pure Amazing Oils Magnesium Chloride Bath Flakes are organically sourced from the pristine salt lakes of Australia. Now available in 2kg and 5kg sizes, customers will love the buckets of value!

PORTABLE PAIN RELIEF

Both the winning combination of Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil 50% with MSM Ultra, and the Full Strength Magnesium Oil, are now available in smaller, 118ml sizes. Perfect for the gym bag or desk drawer, these oil sprays are ideal for customers on-the-go!

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KLEAN COLOURS

Freshen up your klean kanteen display with a rainbow of vibrant new colours! The new colours include a mix of the original BPA-free stainless steel bottles as well as insulated bottles, travel mugs, tumblers and an insulated food canister – perfect for keeping warm during the cooler months!

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LARGER BOTTLES & SPARE LIDS

The popular Cheeki range now includes replacement lids for their coffee cups and mugs, two new bottle colours – Teal and Ocean, and larger sizes of their Lavender stainless steel bottle and Pistachio White insulated bottle.

 

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CLASSIC NEUTRALS

JOCO Cups are flying out the door! Add a couple of classic neutral tones to your display for a chic addition that will never go out of style. Available in Folkstone Grey and Sandstone.HNP-Healthy-Home-Staples-Blog-01

BOOKSHELF MUST-HAVES

Four new cookbooks that can power up your sales with on-trend topics, healthy recipes, and hormone saviours!

  • Power Vegan Meals by Maya Sozer offers exciting new flavours and delicious ideas for the competent plant-based eater.
  • Pete Evans is back with his latest, Lunch Box, where paleo, grain-free lunch options are plenty!
  • Lee Holmes brings us a total gut healing bible with Supercharge Your Gut.
  • Plus, Kirkpatrick and Johnstone shed light on managing hormones with their educational cookbook, Healthy Hormones.

Order these great healthy home items and thousands more via our online store! Not yet registered with a wholesale account? Sign up here!

LEADING BOTTLED WATER BRANDS ‘CONTAIN HUNDREDS OF PLASTIC PARTICLES’

WORLD-FIRST RESEARCH SHOWS MAJOR BOTTLED WATER BRANDS ARE CONTAMINATED WITH TINY PLASTIC PARTICLES, RAISING CONCERNS FOR CONSUMER HEALTH.

259 bottles from 11 different brands across 19 locations in nine countries were bought and tested in a world-first study conducted at the State University of New York. From the bottles tested, an average of 10.4 plastic particles were found in every litre. Of the 259 bottles tested, only 17 were free of plastics, according to the study.

Mark Browne, an ecologist that works with the University of New South Wales told 9News.com.au, “(It’s difficult to say) whether or not the particles have come in (to the bottled water) from the procedures that scientists have used to sample the plastic or whether they’ve come in from the procedures used to make the bottles in the first place.”

93% of the samples from all of the tested leading brands of bottled water – including Evian, Nestle and San Pellegrino, which are sold in Australia – were contaminated with microplastics including polypropylene, nylon and polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

Due to a lack of funding, scientists are unsure how these microplastics could affect the human body, but it has been acknowledged that ingesting them could potentially cause inflammation and scar tissue.

“Australians should be worried and should be asking industry and government to fund the appropriate studies to determine whether or not there is a possibility that our health may be damaged by this,” Mr Brown told 9News.com.au.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has now announced a review into the potential risks of plastic in drinking water as the research revealed the number of plastic fibres in popular bottled water brands could be twice as high as those found in tap water.

Go Plastic-Free!

Support your customers making the switch with a range of reusable, stainless steel and eco-friendly water bottle options.

 

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CHEEKI

No plastic touches the water! Cheeki is Australia’s leading brand of reusable products and was established with the aim of supplying a healthy, fun and environmentally responsible range for today’s world. Cheeki products are manufactured from Premium Food Grade stainless steel with no inside lining, non-toxic inks and are BPA-Free.

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ENVIRO

Enviro bottles are made from the highest quality BPA-Free plastic. The large 2.2L bottle is perfect for staying hydrated as it holds the average daily requirement of water. Great for cleanses or supplement regimens that require close monitoring of water intake. The handle makes it easy to take along on long hikes, camping trips, to the gym or for a day at the beach. The strong nylon strap and durable stainless steel cap are attached to the bottle… so no more lost caps!

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KLEAN KANTEEN

Pioneers in the space, Klean Kanteen introduced the first stainless steel, BPA-free, reusable water bottle in 2004 because they wanted a non-toxic solution to single-use plastic water bottles. Now they have a huge range of colours and styles to suit every customer’s needs. Using sustainably harvested bamboo, stainless steel, and food-grade silicone. You won’t find any paint or plastic.

Need to restock your reusable water bottles? Visit the Unique Health Products online store. Don’t have a wholesale account? Sign up here.

4 Sustainable Brands to Grow Greener Sales

CUSTOMERS ARE EXPOSED TO THE WORDS SUSTAINABLE AND SUSTAINABILITY ALMOST DAILY. SO WHAT EXACTLY DOES IT MEAN TO BE SUSTAINABLE AND DO CUSTOMERS ACTUALLY CARE ENOUGH TO BE BUYING SUSTAINABLE BRANDS?

Sustainable living is following a lifestyle that doesn’t harm society or culture by living within the means of the environment. It’s about taking what we need to live now, without jeopardising the needs of future generations.

Customers may think grabbing a plastic bottle from a café seems like a great idea for today, but fast forward hundreds or even thousands of years and that same plastic bottle is still sitting in landfill, still not decomposed. It’s not a very environmentally conscious decision. Many do know the hard truths. It’s simply that consumers want what benefits their needs today.

Sustainable advocates want customers to think more about where their food, clothes, energy and other products come from and where they’ll end up. In an ideal world, priority would lie here, over price or customer benefit. Although we know this is not the case with the majority.

Most customers make purchase decisions based firstly on the benefits that a product can offer them. However, what’s great news is that sustainability is also high on the list of what consumers want.

65% of customers say “they feel a sense of responsibility to purchase products that are good for the environment and society”.*

Not only are they opting for products that benefit themselves as well as the environment, consumers are also willing to pay more for sustainable products.

A recent Nelson survey identified that 50% of global consumers would choose a brand that have implemented programs to give back to society over non-sustainable competitors, even if the price was higher.

So what does this mean for sustainability and more notably what does it mean for you and your business?

It’s clear consumers are interested in sustainable products, but be selective with what you offer to ensure it first benefits the customer, then benefits the environment. Four brands that do this extremely well are Acure, Eco Store, Cheeki and Organic Essence.

 

AS ACURE SAY ‘IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO BE NATURAL, IT ALSO HAS TO WORK’.
Acure’s range offers customers high quality facial, body and hair care, combining natural ingredients with the latest in plant stem cell science. On top of offering quality products, Acure is committed to sustainable practices.

They have planted over 20,000 trees, the office is ‘paperless’ and is 100% solar and wind powered. All Acure products are 100% biodegradable, with green packaging and are free from harmful plastic microbeads.

On top of this, the brand supports many charities that are dedicated to protecting our environment such as Teens Turning Green, Trees for the Future, Water.org and BEAT THE MICRO BEAD.

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ECOSTORE HAVE EARNT THEIR NAME AS AN ECO-BRAND
Ecostore offer a huge range of natural and sustainable cleaning, body and
baby care products.

When developing their products, they use sustainably-sourced plant and mineral based ingredients over petrochemical ingredients whenever possible. All of their ingredients are assessed for sustainability, biodegradability, safe environment ratings and suitability for septic tanks and greywater systems. On top of this, the packaging is made from a mix of recycled and recyclable materials.

Ecostore also carry ISO14001, Diamond Enviromark and carboNZero certifications that guarantee that their products are made with respect and care for
the environment.

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IT’S ALWAYS A GREEN DRINK WITH CHEEKI
Behind these Cheeki, brightly designed re-usable bottles is a sustainable solution to one-use plastic bottles. Healthy, environmentally friendly and cost effective, Cheeki bottles are great example of a brand that benefits the consumer as well as
the environment.

The brand offers BPA free, reusable stainless steel bottles, insulated bottles, sports bottles, protein shakers, coffee mugs and insulated flasks in heaps of different
eye-catching designs. Cheeki has also been working with charities such Take 3 and Two Hands, who are committed to cleaning up our environment and
reducing plastic.

Cheeki Blog Post

 

 

ORGANIC ESSENCE IS MAKING DEODORANT THAT SMELLS CLEANER
THAN EVER
The USDA certified organic range of deodorants from Organic Essence are free from synthetic chemicals, GMOs, nanoparticles, parabens, propylene glycol, synthetic colours, synthetic fragrances, aluminium, EDTA, Triclosan and petro-chemicals.

Organic Essence products are also completely cruelty free and packaged in eco green, biodegradable, home compostable packaging.

On top of their countless efforts to develop a highly sustainable deodorant, Organic Essence offers customers all day protection with natural bacteria fighting, odour neutralising and natural conditioning ingredients.

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Passionate about sustainability ourselves, Unique loves to support eco-friendly brands. Browse on our brands page to discover them all.

We also follow sustainable practices throughout our entire business, from using recycled toilet paper from Who Gives a Crap, through to printing our catalogues using vegetable-based inks on paper sourced from sustainably managed forests.

* Sustainable Advantage Group Australia, 2015.