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School Holiday Shop Company at its Best

School holiday shops are a "no-risk" way for elementary schools who are planning to run a school santa shop during the holiday season. Most of the schools we work with run the shop as a fundraiser and they mark up the merchandise anywhere from 10% to 20% or more. These programs have been a large part of the elementary schoolchildren experience for decades and here at we have taken it to a new level by providing our "Gold Client Plan", cash register app, online ordering, UPS order tracking, gift certificates and more - we are regarded as a the #1 rated national provider of school holiday shop programs - which are referred to by a variety of names, such as: santa shops, in-school holiday shop, school holiday boutique, holiday shoppes, secret santa shop, school gift shop - the list of names is endless - but in the end, they are all a safe and risk free way for young children in your elemntary school to shop and have fun in a safe setting. Additionally it work as a holiday shop fundraiser where you can earn as much as you want - the decision is yours.

School holiday shops are are a safe, monitored, convenient and fun way for elementary aged school children to spend a few hours on, what are often times, is their first shopping experience. They are a wonderful way for your elementary school to provide a "good time" and fun-filled, well diciplined "shopping day" for the children. So, if your school is looking to run a "school holiday shop" then please give us a call at 800.645.6550 and we will address any questions or concerns you might have.

We have been working with schools for since 1965 - and we have taken the process to the next level. Regardless of how a "Santa Shop" is referred to, school holiday shops by is the way to go. And, furthermore, we have over 50 years of experience in working with schools in providing inexpensive gifts, party favors, fund raisers and holiday shop fundraising programs. And, don't forget we have some great special incentives for your school to take advantage of - so please take the time to review all that we have to offer your school in planning their upcoming school holiday shop.

New! "Gold Client Plan". Over 25 FREE services; they are all part of our program.

New! "No Count Inventory". Simply sell the merchandise and send it back to us - it does not get any easier than this.

New! For 2016 we now offer you the convenience of running what we call the "Wish List Shop" which is perfect for schools or PTA / PTO groups that find it hard to enlist enough volunteers or who are pressed for space or pressed for time. It is so convenient - we send you one sample of each item and then you give the children are given order forms, they walk through the shop - turn them in - and then we send you the merchandise. The wish list shop is the newest thing and it can reduce the stress of running a standard shop.

New! The expanded use of our "Gift Certificate" program, which allows you and the children to send emails to friends, family, associates who could then purchase gift certificates which you can print and they can be used as currency in the holiday shop. It is also convenient for moms and dads to simply print them for their children and pay via credit card. So you don't have to worrry about your child losing cash money. Each certificate comes with its own unique number so you don't have to worry if your child loses it.

New! Now your volunteers can accept credit cards through our "Cash Register App" - this is a great way to increase sales and make it convenient for for shops that run at night or on weekends. There are no fees or extra charges to use this component.

We now offer 24/7 online ordering - and a personalized web sites for all of our holiday shop clients. Simply log into your account at with your school code and pin in the upper right hand corner of our home page. There you will be able to track shipments, track orders, place re-orders, view shipments, order additional supplies and most importantly, you will be able to process your own invoice whenever you wish. offers an extensive selection of very reasonably priced gifts items – many of them priced for as little as $.25 each. We have a great selection of items to look at, view all of “School Holiday Shop” items”. If you have any questions feel free to cotact us at 800.645.6550 - and as a division of Tracy Hamilton Inc. ( we will be here to support you in your upcoming plans to run a school holiday shopper.

If your elementary school is interested in setting up and running a program then chances are we can assist you. We have a great array of resources and information about running a school gift shop program – you can find an extensive amount of support and best practices by reviewing our “Holiday Shop Planning Guide” page.  Alternatively, feel free to give us a call at 800.645.6550 and speak with a school holiday shop customer service person.  And, if you have questions about running an elementary school holiday gift shop then please visit our “Questions & Answers” page – and if you would like to send us a message then please visit our Holiday Shop Contact Us page.

Holiday shop for my school

The PTA / PTO / Parent Teacher Associations leaders who are responsible for setting up a school holiday shop and are the decision makers should never lose track on of very important concept - self funded holiday shops can be very difficult to manage and have a lot of "hidden" costs.

Primarily, a local store or online retail vendor does not specialize in "school holiday shops" and don’t provide you with the selling, online and marketing materials necessary to make your shop a success - we do.  And, although you may save some money purhasing your products locally at some discount store - when all is said and done - and you add up the extra costs, such as gas, time, unsold merchandise, storing the unsold merchandise, no inventory back up, no personalized products, etc - the choice to "go local" is filled with pitfalls. Whether you work with us or a competitor we urge you to choose a reputable school holiday shop vendor as apposed to trying to buy all the products independently. Below are some important "school holiday shop" pointers to keep in mind during the decision making process.

Run your "In School Holiday Shop" with a qualified supplier with experience - Review Reasons Below:

  • You will be stuck with what you don’t sell – but all our merchandise is on consignment
  • You will pay shipping when you buy your products up front – no shipping charges with us
  • You will pay shipping when you place re-orders – not with us.
  • You will not have selling and marketing materials; such as bags, tablecloths, posters, envelopes, etc – you get all that and more from us.
  • You will probably have a huge paperwork load – but not with us
  • You will wind up making numerous runs to local 99¢ cent stores to re-stock – need more goods, call us
  • Most 99¢ stores don’t carry customized items – we do.

Plan Your Holiday Shop

Key aspects to School santa shop planning is extremely important – like the adage goes “Good planning prevents poor Performance”. So, please make sure you take the time in planning your school santa shop or holiday shop, and if you need assistance or have questions on “best practices” the please visit our “Contact us” page and send us your "Holiday Shop" questions.

Best Practice for your School Holiday Shop

  • Estimate how much merchandise your school will require
  • Get proper approval or authorization from "school holiday shop" decision maker; such as principal or vice principal
  • Plan your shoppe dates way ahead of time - and sign up early to get a start date that "you" want
  • Reserve your space; room, auditorium, etc
  • Line up the appropriate number of reliable volunteers
  • Open boxes upon delivery – confirm all holiday shop inventory
  • Group your opened merchandise properly and use our free tent cards for pricing
  • Decide how you will mark up the merchandise - that decision is yours alone - not ours
  • Allow one extra day for snow day or other delays
  • Set up a “Preview Day”, for students to browse what they want to buy
  • Make sure you have enough change on hand for transactions

Run a Successful School Holiday Boutique

The success of your school holiday shop is, in large part, based on your choice of supplier / vendor. Make sure your supplier provides you with all the selling materials and customer support to make your shop a success – and remember, you have to take part in that process as well – but picking the right supplier will make all the difference.

How to Make your School Holiday Shop a Great Success

  • Volunteer and sponsor commitment is key - you have to be "hands on" and "involved"
  • Distribute parent letters to the children according to your schedule
  • Place shop posters in high visibility areas such as lunchroom and front office
  • Mark all tables properly for ease of shopping
  • Take advantage of the support materials, such as:
    • Tablecloths – help create a festive mood
    • Free tent cards - they can be pre priced with a 10% or 20% markup or you can customize them
    • Gift Bags – makes it easy for the kids; they come in three different sizes
    • Budget envelopes – urge parents to fill them out, especially for younger students
  • Display all products – try not to pre-judge what you think will sell – kids are fickle – and you would be surprised at how much money their parents give them to spend
  • Creative a festive mood. Play holiday music – have some volunteers wear Santa hats – have fun and enjoy...and remember it’s all for the kids.

Quality Customer Support from your Holiday Shop Vendor

Here at we offer a full compliment of trained customer service people to handle any and all of your inquiries - if you need further assistance call our "School Holiday Shop" hotline at 800.645.6550.

The Right Vendor Makes all the Difference – Make the Right Choice

  • We have been servicing school accounts for over 50 years
  • Our offices are open 9-5 Monday through Friday (E.S.T.) – always a live person
  • All staff call in for their messages if they are out or if we are closed for some reason
  • We check our email remotely – so send us a message, we’ll answer it promptly
  • We are well trained on questions about holiday shop sales
  • You can get support from both our corporate sales office and our logistics facility (Two for the price of one)


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