Hindastry News - November 2013


Welcome to “Hindastry News” – the latest buzz on things at Hinda!

In this issue:

• Learn more about our new Digital Awards Collection

• See us at PPAI brand.®

• Meet Katrice McDuffie, one of our star customer service reps 

• Read some of the latest news on corporate gift trends 


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Your Monthly Check-Up: Vital Nutrients

Do you feel like something’s missing? Something important that you can’t quite put your finger on? Maybe a little vitamin D, iron or omega-3 fatty acids? What’s that? You don’t know if you’re missing any of these vital nutrients? Then keep reading.

One of the problems with nutrition in America is that people are getting plenty to eat; they’re just not eating enough of the right things. “Heavily processed foods full of refined flours and processed sugars provide plenty of calories but not a lot of nutrients,” says nutrition expert Alan Gaby, MD, quoted in the article “When Nutrients Go Missing” by Matthew Kadey, MSc, RD in October’s issue of “EXPERIENCE L!FE” magazine. “In essence, we are overfed but undernourished.”

In his article, Kadey points to five essential nutrients that are going missing from the American diet. Not only do these nutrients provide life-sustaining benefits and prevent health problems, but serious symptoms can potentially arise if the body becomes deficient. These nutrients, in alphabetical order, are iron, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D and vitamin E.


The function of iron is to help red blood cells transport oxygen from the lungs throughout the body – kind of important, right? An iron deficiency causes anemia, brittle nails, swelling or soreness of the tongue, frequent infections and affects memory and attention. Heavy menstruation, too much processed food, not enough red meat and sometimes endurance sports can all cause iron deficiency.


Eating a lot of processed grub? Then you’re probably short on this nutrient, which comes from plant-based whole foods. Each and every one of your cells needs magnesium for energy production and performing many other chemical reactions. A deficiency in magnesium may “exacerbate inflammation, which can set the stage for cancer, stroke and even type 2 diabetes,” according to Kadey’s article.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Many Americans are conditioned to steer clear of the word “fat,” but this is one you actually want to have in your body. Omega-3 helps with inflammation, which can “lower your chances for depression and dementia, reduce cancer and diabetes risk and improve joint health,” as stated in the article. Omega-3s come from fatty fish like wild salmon, sardines and mackerel, as well as grass-fed meats.

Vitamin D

According to Michael Wald, PhD, ND, an expert source Kadey quotes in his article, vitamin D is “necessary for every single cell of every single tissue in the body to work optimally.” Vitamin D acts more like a hormone than a vitamin and helps the body absorb calcium. The biggest source of D is from the sun, which is probably why three-quarters of Americans are deficient, so get out there!

Vitamin E

Found in nuts, seeds, olive oil, avocados, whole grains and dark leafy greens, vitamin E is an antioxidant and an enemy of bacteria and viruses that helps maintain your immune system and assists in the development of red blood cells. Though deficiency is rare, steering clear of processed foods wouldn’t hurt. Also, try to get enough sleep and avoid excess sugar and environment pollution.

While your best bet is to acquire these nutrients through their whole food source, sometimes this just isn’t possible, in which case supplements for all of these nutrients are generally widely available. Get all the facts by reading the “EXPERIENCE L!FE” article in its entirety here.

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Merchandise Tuesday: Creatures of the Haunted Warehouse!

The spookiest day of the year is coming up and we thought we’d treat you with some new merchandise to celebrate! While these items aren’t too scary, their names certainly make you think of things that go bump in the night! From monsters and skeletons to spiders and ghosts, we’ve got creepiness covered – but these are creatures you’ll want to keep around!

Disney Pixar’s “Monsters, Inc.” DVD or BD/DVD Combo

Experience the film that captured the hearts of critics and fans around the world in a breathtaking new way. Lovable Sulley (John Goodman) and his wisecracking sidekick Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) are the top scare team at Monster, Inc., the scream-processing factory in Monstropolis. When a little girl named Boo wanders into their world, it's the monsters who are scared silly, and it's up to Sulley and Mike to keep her out of sight and get her back home.

Disney Pixar’s “Monsters University” DVD

Ever since college-bound Mike Wazowski was a little monster, he's dreamed of becoming a Scarer – and the best Scarers come from Monsters University. But during his first semester, Mike's plans are derailed when he crosses paths with hotshot James P. Sullivan – "Sulley" – a natural-born Scarer. The pair's out-of-control competitive spirit gets them kicked out of the elite Scare Program. With their dreams temporarily dashed, they realize they will have to work together if they ever hope to make things right.

Kent Bikes Razor® Skeleton Eyes Board & Helmet Combo

The Skeleton Eyes skateboard combo is a fantastic package for the beginning skater. It features a real skateboard – not a toy – and a Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC)-approved safety helmet. The board features real maple construction with double kicktails and full coverage grip tape. Steering is handled by easily adjustable vinyl clad steel trucks, and the branded wheels roll on sealed steel precision bearings. The included helmet has adjustable straps.

LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes Spider-Man™: Spider-Cycle Chase

Venom™ has taken control of Nick Fury™'s S.H.I.E.L.D. flying car and is making a super-fast getaway. Send Spider-Man to the rescue in his cool Spider-Cycle! Help Spider-Man catch this venomous villain and return the car to the good guys! Watch out for Venom's vicious symbiont web attack! Use the folding wheels on both vehicles for the perfect high-speed pursuit in the air or on land. Includes Spider-Man, Venom and Nick Fury with weapons.

TaylorMade® Ghost Tour Daytona 12 and Fontana 72 Putters

Great putting requires complete confidence in your instrument. You have to love how it looks, feels and sounds. That was the goal with TaylorMade’s Ghost Tour Series. Each model is crafted with a level of refinement that’s readily apparent from every angle and engineered to deliver smooth, accurate roll and acute distance control. Gain confidence with a putter that’s at the apex of art and science and elevate your ability to get the ball in the hole. Are you brave enough to try the Ghost?

TaylorMade® Spider Mallet Putter

The Spider Mallet Putter features tremendously high motion of inertia (MOI) in a mallet-style head for outstanding twist resistance and distance control on off-center hits. The 130g grip counter-balances head weight to help you swing the head smoothly and on path. The counter-balanced Spider Mallet is 50 percent more stable based on overall club MOI values than a traditional putter. Plus, the PureRoll Surlyn insert promotes a soft-yet-solid feel and smooth roll straight off the face. Nothing creepy about that!

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Merchandise Monday: Shades of Hope

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and each year we do our part to help raise awareness by adding new pink merchandise to our assortment. Besides adding a fun pop of color to your day, proceeds from the redemption of our pink items go toward a variety of awareness organizations, including Susan G Komen for the Cure® and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.

Conair® The Power of Pink Infiniti Pro AC Hair Dryer

Ceramic technology safely dries and promotes healthy hair while ionic technology reduces frizz and enhances shine. The true cold shot button locks in curls, waves and style. Other features include three heat and two speed settings, a removable filter and two concentrator attachments to achieve a variety of styles. Look your best while feeling great about supporting a good cause.

Cuisinart® Smart Stick® 2-Speed Hand Blender

This sleek, high-performance hand blender makes quick work of puréeing soup in a pot or blending a pitcher of frothy hot chocolate – it can whip up lemonade and fruit smoothies in seconds, too. One-touch control and an ergonomically designed grip offer comfortable, convenient control while blending. Why not whip up something delicious?


Leatherman® Pink Micra®

The Micra® has been Leatherman®’s most popular keychain tool for years, and now it’s being offered in pink! The Micra offers ten useful tools and personal care features, including spring-action scissors, nail file, nail cleaner, tweezers, knife, extra-small screwdriver, medium screwdriver, Phillips-head screwdriver, ruler and bottle opener. Don’t leave home without this handy, all-in-one tool!

Pandora® Pink Leather Bracelet with Pink Ribbon and Silver Bracelet with Pink Ribbon Ball Charm

The Pink Ribbon Charm is paired with the Pandora Clasp Pink Leather Bracelet and the Pink Ribbon Ball Charm is paired with the Pandora Clasp Silver Bracelet to make the perfect start to a new wearer’s Pandora collection (bracelets sold separately). Pandora will donate 5 percent of the retail sales for the pink ribbon beads to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, with a minimum guaranteed donation of $1,000,000.

Tervis® 16-oz. Tumbler with Pink Ribbon Polka Dot Wrap and Lid and 24-oz. Pink Ribbon Water Bottle

Show your support for the cause wherever you go with these beverage holders from Tervis Tumbler (items sold separately). Tervis tumblers are strong enough not to melt, chip or crack and are great for both hot and cold drinks.  Unique double-wall insulation reduces condensation and keeps hot drinks hotter and cold drinks colder. Made in America and proudly supporting the cause. 


Wilson® Hope Pink Tennis Tote Bag

The exclusive Wilson® HOPE Tennis Tote features soft to the touch fabric, a main compartment for clothing and equipment with a middle zippered divider pocket for valuables, a side carry pocket to hold a racket and a front accessories pocket. Help support the cause and show breast cancer that backhand you’ve been working on! 

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Your Monthly Check-Up: September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Each year, over 22,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In 2013, approximately 14,230 women in the US will die from ovarian cancer. Known as a “silent” killer, ovarian cancer often shows no symptoms until it has entered its advanced stages when not much can be done.

Ovarian cancer is very treatable if detected early enough; however, it often goes untreated for long periods of time due to lack of or confusing symptoms or misdiagnosis. During September and all year, it is important to be aware of the symptoms of the disease that kills more women than other female reproductive cancers and what can be done to reduce women’s risk as much as possible.

If you experience any of the following symptoms for longer than two to three weeks, even if you think it’s minor, be sure to see your doctor to rule out ovarian cancer:

  • Gas or bloating, a feeling of fullness in the pelvis
  • Frequent or urgent urination
  • Nausea, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea
  • Menstrual disorders or abnormal pain or discomfort
  • Pain in the lower abdomen
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Unexplained back pain that gets worse 

The five-year survival rate is more than 93 percent if ovarian cancer is detected early enough. Get to know your body and pay attention to what it’s telling you. Don’t ignore the signs no matter how “minor” you believe they are. And follow these simple tips to stay healthy and reduce your risk of ovarian and other types of cancers and serious diseases: 

  • Adopt healthy eating habits; limit sugary, starchy and overly processed foods
  • Get plenty of sleep and relaxation
  • Don’t smoke
  • Minimize your alcohol consumption
  • Get regular exercise

Since the signs aren’t crystal clear, it is important to get the word out about this deadly but treatable cancer. During September and all year long, wear teal to show your support and raise awareness about ovarian cancer.

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Merchandise Monday: Falling for Fall

September means summer is officially winding down. The kids are back in school, pools are closing for the season and football is back on TV. The days may be warm still but the mornings are chillier. The leaves are changing colors. And the months ending in “b-e-r” allude to just that – brrr!

But let’s not think about that. Instead, let’s talk about all the new merchandise Hinda has added to help you prep for the months ahead. We covered some football-centric items in our last column, but Hinda’s got all that and more for fall and as we move into the final four months of the year!

Black & Decker® 36V Lithium Sweeper/Vacuum

The changing leaves are beautiful on the trees – but not so much on your driveway and patio. This sweeper/vacuum is ideal for blowing driveways, sidewalks, decks, garages and other hard surfaces of leaves, grass clippings and other lawn debris. It easily converts to a hard surface outdoor vacuum. Show your backyard who’s boss! 


Brookstone® Pure Bliss™ Quilted Sofa Comforter- Stone

Curl up on the couch or your favorite chair without your feet peeking out or drafts getting in with Pure Bliss’ built-in pocket. This quilt features ultra-plush fabric on one side with a lofty and warm comforter on the other. The ultra-plush side is irresistibly soft while the comforter side, with hypoallergenic Better Than Down® fill, offers down-like warmth. It’s more than a throw blanket, it’s Pure Bliss!

Frigidaire® Hanging Electric Fireplaces

Any piece in Frigidaire’s line of electric fireplaces makes a stunning addition to your home décor. The mesmerizing flame effects operate with and without heat to create a remarkable ambience in any season. These elite and stylishly designed fireplaces are simply fascinating and are must-haves for every home. 

Kalorik® Fun! Electric S'mores Maker

Now the enjoyment of roasting marshmallows over an open campfire can be brought to the comfort of kitchens everywhere! The Kalorik® electric heating S‘mores Maker has a charming appeal and is ideal to use inside the house. Just add graham crackers and chocolate squares to make a delicious s'mores treat. No need to wait until next summer – enjoy your favorite dessert all year long!

RCA® 19- and 22-inch LED HDTV DVD Combo

These LED HDTV DVD Combos are versatile quality digital TV/DVD players that fit any room. Features include LED backlit active matrix TFT screens, hi-res picture quality, 1000:1 contrast ratio, built-in DVD player, a variety connection ports, a headphone jack and a v-chip parental control. Don’t miss your favorite fall TV, movies or the big game! 

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Merchandise Tuesday: Time for a Touchdown!

As summer draws to a close, the dawn of a very important fifth season is upon us – football season! Whether you’re a die-hard fan or just go for the tailgating, Hinda’s recent merchandise additions include some great items you’ll want to pick up before you get too engrossed in the season.

i.Sound® 2.4A Car Charger with Lightning Connector

You might be ready for tailgating, but is your technology? The 2.4A Car Charger with Lightning Connector brings you professional audio processing technology in convenient, on-the-go charging. The high-powered 2.4A charger delivers the fastest, safest charge available. Made for iPhone®5 and other Apple® products with Lightning Connector. Never be without your favorite tunes!

Jawbone® Big Jambox™ Bluetooth Speaker

The big game deserves big sound! The Jawbone Big Jambox™ Bluetooth® Speaker/Speakerphone enables you to turn any mobile device (phone, tablet or laptop) into a portable, party-powering hi-fi sound system. Fill any space, indoors and out, with stunning audio, and never miss the game no matter where you are!


RCA® 3.5-inch Digital ATSC/NTSC Pocket LED TV

Not home to watch your favorite team?  Not to worry! The 3.5” Digital ATSC/NTSC Pocket LED TV features a bright LED backlit display and receives free off-air DTV RF channels and current analog NTSC channels. It also features real-time signal strength display and current program display, channel editing and search and smart power management. Cheer your team on from wherever you are!

Sklz® Football Training System

Ready to perform like your favorite players? The Sklz® Football Training System will help you elevate your game. Improve speed, acceleration and change of direction with the Quick Ladder. Use Reaction Belts for improving offensive and defensive. Maximize top end speed with the Speed Chute and refine hand-eye coordination with the Hi-Viz football. Game on!

Snapware® Assorted Food Storage and Transport

Looking for a way to transport your goodies to the party or store leftovers when the game is over? Look no further than Hinda’s assortment of Snapware plastic storage containers. From stackable trays and deviled egg holders to dry goods canisters and more, Snapware makes a size and shape for virtually any snack-saving or storage need you have. And just like football, Snapware is made in the USA.

Tervis Tumbler® 16-oz. Tumbler with Footballs Wrap and Brown Lid

Football fans will dream of game-winning touchdowns with this realistic football design. Whether you play or just enjoy the sport, show your love for the game with this football tumbler. Unique double-wall insulation reduces condensation and keeps hot drinks hotter and cold drinks colder. Fits most car cup holders. Strong enough not to melt, chip or crack – just like your unwavering loyalty.

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