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Gift House International is proud to introduce a host of musically-inspired products, each new for 2014.

 

You've sung in the shower; now beatbox in the bathroom with the Microphone Toilet Brush!

 

Bring a rock concert thrill to your barbecue grill with our IGGI BBQ Rocks line!

 

And initiate the Vinyl Countdown with our selection of IGGI Record Collection LP Wall Clocks.


If you're seeking gifts with a rock and roll twist, these products will be music to your eyes!


The Microphone Toilet Brush accurately replicates the authentic design of a real microphone; making it an ideal gag gift for any singer, MC or karaoke enthusiast.


A surefire talking point at any party, give your guests the brush-off with this novelty 45 x 10cm bathroom accessory, available here.


If you're more of a guitar fan than a mic man, the IGGI BBQ Rocks range offer a pair of choice additions for any outdoor feast.

 

With their distinctive shapes and fretboard designs, our spatula and tongs (sold separately) will transform your barbecue into a summer rock festival of food!

 

Your lunch may be hotter than hell, but these stainless steel axes will let you remain the coolest cook on the block!

 

Finally, you might not be able to turn back time, but our retro IGGI Record Collection LP Wall Clocks will keep things ticking along just nicely!

 

A timely gift for any music lover, you’ll never be late again after becoming absorbed in that favourite album. 

 

Instead, just sit back, pump up the volume, kick out the jams and let the latest addition to your record collection keep you on schedule.

 

A choice of four different designs are available; meaning you’ll be rockin’ around the clock in no time, whatever your groove of choice!

 

With these fresh and funky musical products available to pre-order now, Gift House International aims to hit the right note once more - at home and outdoors!

 


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The all-new IGGI Snow Scooters have proven to be the wipeout hit of the winter, with stockists far and wide clamouring to secure their stock.

In the short period since the product was launched, IGGI Snow Scooters have been dispatched across the continent at rapid speed.

As a result, our first batch of IGGI Snow Scooters sold out within a fortnight; with retailers in the United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland and the Netherlands among the first to seize their supply.

Last week, our sales team had to reluctantly inform new customers that the IGGI Snow Scooter product is a pre-Christmas sell-out.

However, there’s great news all those disappointed - a veritable slew of IGGI Snow Scooters are now speeding their way across the slopes to Gift House International for the New Year!

This means there will be plenty of opportunity for international stockists to bring this exhilarating new product to their region in early 2014.

The IGGI Snow Scooter has captured the imagination of our customers since its November 18th launch; this hybrid product combining the handle-based control of a traditional scooter with the single, flat base of a snowboard.

A 21st-century innovation, the IGGI Snow Scooter makes all the fun of snow sports accessible to novices; the sturdy hinged handle appealing to those more familiar with traditional scooter design than with a regular snowboard.

With the handle offering added stability, IGGI Snow Scooters are set to provide an attractive alternative for adrenaline junkies, as the interest in snow sports intensifies this winter.

With February 2014 seeing the XXII Winter Olympic Games take over television screens worldwide, such enthusiasm is expected to grow significantly in the surrounding months.

Conventional snowboarding is a relatively young sport, first becoming part of the Winter Olympic schedule at the Nagano Games in 1998. 

This development ushered in the sport’s ascension to phenomenon status; riding an avalanche of popularity, bolstered by the success of Nintendo’s ‘1080° Snowboarding’ series and other pop culture tie-ins.

The new-fangled craze of snow scooting seems a logical next step; much like snowboarding itself replaced skiing as the winter sport of the choice around the turn of the century.

To that extent, November 2013 saw an indoor snow centre in Manchester, England begin to offer ‘Snowscoot’ sessions; a firm indication of the projected popularity of snow scooting moving forward.

The simplified design of the IGGI Snow Scooter specifically allows snow enthusiasts to experience a taste of the action whatever their location; and it is expected that users will have ample opportunity to ride their IGGI Snow Scooters across the coming months.

Indeed, the surge of interest in IGGI Snow Scooters has come at a time when significant amounts of snow have been forecast for an extended stretch of the New Year.

In the UK, the heaviest winter snowfall in more than half a century has been predicted; with experts anticipating “heavy and persistent” snow for as long as three months.

With regular scooters and bicycles unable to cope with such conditions, the IGGI Snow Scooter is set to take the upper hand, as consumers seek out for new and enthusing ways to stay active outdoors.

As such, stockists far and wide are readying themselves for strong winter sales, as the international landscape turns white, under a carpet of snow. 

With this in mind, and considering the exceptional wholesale price on offer, we expect demand for the second batch of the exhilarating IGGI Snow Scooters to be substantial and widespread.

Reinforcing this theory, a cavalcade of red and blue IGGI Snow Scooters has even been dispatched as far as Greece; traditionally one of Europe’s reliably warmer climates.

Therefore, we encourage everyone interested in taking this new product to scoot on over to the Gift House International website, where pre-orders can now be made. 

Please note that due to the popularity of this item, that stock will likely be limited; as a result, we require customers having placed a pre-order to finalise their purchase promptly once their stock becomes available.

Packed in retail mailer boxes, the IGGI Snow Scooters will be ready to ship immediately, on arrival at our 40,000 square foot warehouse facility.

Our second batch of IGGI Snow Scooters are set to arrive at Gift House International around 15th January 2014.

In the meantime, for a host of other seasonal gift and gadget ideas, Gift House International has the stock to transform your shop or online store into a real winter wonderland!

Among their number are consistent favourites the IGGI Touch Screen Gloves and the all-new themed Christmas Snug Rugs - a fun and festive addition to our popular Snug Rug range. 

Please be advised that snow sports are dangerous activities and carry the risk of serious injury.

All users of the IGGI Snow Scooter should wear appropriate protective clothing, including a helmet, goggles and the proper footwear at all times. 

The IGGI Snow Scooter has no brakes, meaning speed and snow conditions will affect the handling and the ability to stop quickly if needed.

This product should only be used in safe areas – please do not use near roads or footpaths, on icy surfaces, or around trees, cars or other obstacles. 

Finally, please note that children using an IGGI Snow Scooter should be supervised by an adult at all times.

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Gift House International is set to race into summer with a procession of adrenaline-fuelled gifts, gadgets and noisy novelties for motor car enthusiasts.

  

Revving up in pole position is the Supercar Musical Mug. Pick up the mug and the car engine will roar, with recognisable supercar sound. As realistic headlights switch on, enjoy the sound of a vehicle accelerating to race speed, before you settle down for your tea or coffee-based pit stop!

 

Next up on the starting grid is the Flat Out Alarm Clock - a sonic solution for flat-out sleepers to speed flat-out into life! Choose your start time and wait for the V12 engine to fire up each morning, waking you up in the process! With automatic light-up headlights, start the day in fifth gear and never look back!

 

Tearing through the field, the Vintage Racer USB Hub lets you maximise your computer connection port space. The wheeled wonder with working headlights provides a fun and retro place to link your phone charger, memory stick or iPod to your PC or laptop. Simply lift the bonnet to connect your gadgets, or pull back and release to watch the Vintage Racer car speed away!

 

Meanwhile, jostling for position are two choice additions to the successful SoundRacer brand. The new V10 Lamborghini and Lexus editions bring Italian and Japanese supercar sounds to your vehicle – transforming your RPM while driving into authentic engine noises that change as your accelerate. These feted newcomers join the existing Shelby Mustang and Ferrari versions to compete for a podium finish.

 

Beyond the chequered flag, Gift House International is currently expanding a number of our other brands, with the Reva Vase range another set to grow in 2013. Blossoming to 8 unique designs, the new Bird-style offering looks set to fly off the shelves in the sunshine months. A sweet treat in the age of the Tweet, this new expandable vase is landing just in time for summer - simply set up in seconds and fold away when used, whatever your location.

 

The Innovative Gifts and Gadgets (IGGI) line is another poised to develop, with the IGGI Key Bottle Opener joining a selection of bottle-opening gadgets sure to be welcome at your barbeque, party or summer s soirée. This stainless steel item, sized and shaped like a regular key, blends cunningly into your key set, attaching to your ring or chain with convenience and ease.

 

Finally, Gift House International will soar to new heights with the IGGI Magic UFO – a spellbinding saucer that lights up, revolves and launches, hovering beneath your hand in flight.

 

For the full variety of forthcoming products, visit our ‘Coming Soon’ page, where you can also pre-order stock for dispatch upon arrival.

Gift House International has acted to highlight the implications of strict RoHS/CE regulatory standards across the giftware industry.

 

RoHS explained

 

The purpose of the RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) directive is to limit certain substances commonly found in electronics and electronic equipment

 

By highlighting and restricting substances deemed harmful, the goal is that manufacturer and distributors’ products do not contain these substances over the maximum concentration values outlined.

 

This is done both for the benefit of the environment and those that may come into contact with the materials after the products are eventually discarded.

 

An industry standard since its introduction in 2006, the RoHS directive has reduced the amount of high-tech trash in the environment.

 

However, its full effects on the giftware industry may only now be being truly felt.

 

The process and costs

 

In recent years, gift and gadget distributors have occasionally fallen foul of this new regulation – more often than not due to an over-reliance on guarantees from suppliers or a lack of sufficient knowledge of the certificates and test reports required.

 

In order to avoid this and fulfil the outlined criteria, Gift House International has installed a process consistent with the directive’s requirements.

 

The following is an insight into that process; one now necessary across the board in our industry, regardless of company size.

 

Firstly, a sample is sent from China to be tested in the UK (£350 for RoHS, with further CE and battery tests).

 

When these tests are complete, the reports are sent across to China to ensure the mass production of the order complies with all of the tests.

 

Once the order has been finished, it is a further requirement to send an independent company (at significant cost) to inspect the goods.

 

This company will randomly select several samples from the production run which will be sent to the UK for additional testing (another £1,000), before the goods can be shipped en masse.

 

The consequences

 

Unfortunately this process, and the time and costs involved, has imposed considerable strain on a number of giftware distributors, particularly small and start-up operations.

 

To summarise, the RoHS directive has added around an extra four weeks on the production time of every new product; in addition to approximately £2,000 before one unit can be offered for sale.

 

This high cost of compliance may not be felt by the household names, but to a smaller business such as our own it has considerable effect on the number of products we are able to offer.

 

With these additional costs taken into calculation, a vast number of exciting lines we had hoped to launch in recent times have been deemed no longer viable.

 

In all, the RoHS directive has limited the products many manufacturers are able to offer.

 

The effect is a smaller pool of choice for the retailer and, in turn, a downturn in trade – which can ultimately only restrict the choice of the consumer.

 

Costs aside, the timescale of this process is also killing off a number of products before they can even hit the market.

 

With the test period lasting roughly a month, it is easy to miss the boat on a product in this - particularly with an on-trend product that might have a limited shelf life.

 

Essentially, gift distributors are paying to miss the boat - leading to reduced risks on product investment, something much detrimental to a business driven by innovation.

 

Lead pellets

 

Several voices within the industry have expressed frustration with the stringent RoHS rulings; particularly when drawing comparisons with the lead-laden materials used in shooting.

 

A number of high-profile studies, from the 1970s to recent times, have documented that shooting ranges are sources of significant levels of lead pollution in the environment – exactly the kind that the RoHS directive is seeking to eradicate.

 

The legacy of harm caused to significant numbers of waterbirds, for instance, from abandoned, fallen lead pellets is startling - particularly when considering these pellets take over 10,000 years to dissolve in temperate climates.

 

While there is currently a movement towards using non-toxic alternatives, a recent BASC (British Association of Shooting and Conservation) survey revealed almost half of those obliged to use non-lead ammunition had failed to comply.

 

Furthermore, 2009’s Stroud and Hunt essay ‘Gunshot Wounds: A Source of Lead in the Environment’ claimed that bullets containing toxic lead are “still widely used” – posing ongoing risk to wildlife and health implications for humans.

 

While we do not believe this justifies similar levels of excessive lead in gadget electronics, the Gift House International team recently had one product failed by RoHS due to a small quantity of components being covered with a few millimetres of lead solder.

 

It is instances like this that lead us to believe that the RoHS directive is excessive.

 

What we’re looking for

 

“We are looking for greater financial support for start-ups and small companies, who are so often the driving force in this kind of business”, a GHI spokesperson stated.

 

“The RoHS directive came in in July 2006, before the recession hit businesses hard in every field”.

 

“We feel that the minefield of regulation and particularly the costs involved is halting new products, and hurting new companies in our field – and this is hurting the marketplace.

 

“It can’t be doing the economy any favours, not to mention young inventors”.

 

“As it stands, the time and financial commitment of RoHS compliance, on top of the ongoing task of educating staff and suppliers, is making our everyday job a lot harder to do well”.

 

“We’re fully supportive of RoHS concept, and reasoning behind supplying compliant products. We just want it to be viable.”