December 2013 'from the Outset' Newsletter

Ho ho ho!  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone!  We wish you lots of joy in the season of giving.  If you would like to receive our newsletter in your inbox, just click here to join our newsletter.  Thank you!

 

 

Hold on to your britches, it's happening..a new year already.  Wishing you the best in 2014!
 
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Tis the Season!
What a year 2013 has been for Outset Media!  Hopefully you enjoyed every moment of the year as much as we did?  We're excited that many of our manufactured and distributed products won awards this year including Family Charades In-A-Box CompendiumPicWits! from Mindware, Catch the Thief from SmartLab Toys, Squigz from Fat Brain Toys, and Silent But Deadly (we were flabbergasted when we heard this won!).  Lots of other great things happened to us too, but if we brag too much, we may not make Santa's nice list...

..Instead, since our newsletter is read by consumers, retailers and our outside sales reps, we would like to take this opportunity to send a BIG THANK YOU to everyone for your continued support!  What a joy to serve all of you! Thanks for sticking with us, we look forward to doing more for you in 2014!
 

What an honour!
This was big, fun, exciting news for us!  Games and puzzles make sense in the Toy Industry.  But alerting the Gift Industry to our diverse product offering has taken a lot of time and dedication to prove our worth. We're honoured to be recognized by our Retailers and the Canadian Gift Association as Supplier of the Year!!  This means you like our "stuff", yesss!  We look forward to seeing our Retailers at the Gift Show in January!  And we thank them for making it easier for consumers to find our products!


Click the link to see a list of tradeshows we're attending.
 

Behind the Scenes of Professor Noggin's Award Winning Card Game (video)
Professor Noggin's card games were first introduced in 2001.  Each year we work to produce two or three new titles.  In total, we now have 39 Professor Noggin's card games.  And for the first time ever, we introduced a Special Edition Professor Noggin's card game: Fifty States.  In this "Behind the Scenes of Professor Noggin's Award Winning Card Games" video, we take a look at how Allegra illustrates the cards, what surprised Dave (the owner/inventor) about the demand, and how you can voice your opinion about what we should make for you next! 

Click here to watch the short video.
 
Stocking Stuffers from the Staff
Check out our Staff Pick for stocking stuffers! We have a lot of games that are perfect for the stocking and for traveling this season. Most of the games are under $10 US & CDN, with a few exceptions (Cross Cribb, Picture Charades, Kids Charades, and Scopa).  Prices may vary by retailer. 

 Click the link for games that fit in a stocking.
 

Easy to Enter Cobble Hill Puzzle Contest
'Christmas Balls' 1000 piece puzzle is a fun way to remember Christmas all year long once you get this fixed and framed.  How many stars can you count in this puzzle?  Visit our Cobble Hill Facebook page to see the full image.  Just click 'Like' on the 'Christmas Balls' post and you're entered for a chance to win a Cobble Hill puzzle of your choice!  You don't even have to be a fan..though we'll wonder why you aren't!  Contest ends on Monday, December 16th, so click the link now and get her done!
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