Doug Self — jdouglas The Art of Living — was presented with the Gift and Home Trade Association/Gift for Life Honor of Excellence during the seventh annual ICON Honors on July 14, 2016, in Atlanta.


Doug Self founded jdouglas in 2001 with a small group of dedicated sales professionals and staff who formed the agency with a focus on quality and customer service. Today, he operates two flagship showrooms and an online showroom. jdouglas’ curated collection of top of brands and an extensive sales force creates opportunities to build relationships, foster industry collaboration and facilitate communication.

The essence of jdouglas is captured in its founder’s words: “One of the most beautiful things about what jdouglas has become is the melding together of what I feel are the best brands in the home industry, to become something way more significant collectively than any of us could achieve individually.” (Photo credit: ICON HONORS and AmericasMart)

DIFFA GFL LogosThe 25th Anniversary Party for Life will be held Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Boathouse at Central Park. The event will feature cocktails, New York fare, an exciting silent auction, dancing and more.

Learn more about how you can sponsor this year’s event.


For the fifth consecutive year, Gift for Life  partnered with the National Stationery Show (NSS) to participate in AIDS Walk New York, a charity fundraiser held May 15 – the opening day of the Show. The Gift For Life/National Stationery Show team walked to raise funds for the fight against HIV/AIDS by participating in both the actual 10K course in Central Park as well as in a “virtual walk” through the aisles of the Show, which runs May 15-18, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Donations are being accepted through June 1. Donate here.

Peter Schauben, founder of Gift for Life and partner at Appleman Schauben, recently shared his — and Gift For Life’s — “stationery story” as part of the National Stationery Show’s “Stationery Stories” campaign.

Peter Schauben_NssSchauben shared that he started exhibiting at the National Stationery Show in 1977. “That’s what got me into the market, and the National Stationery Show connected me to a lot of people in the industry,” he said.

He also shared that “in the late 1980s and early 1990s, our industry was losing many wonderful people to AIDS. I remember I was watching the Academy Awards and I saw everyone wearing red ribbons. There was no cohesive fundraising  or social effort in our industry to show that we cared.  I knew that almost all of our industry’s leaders attended the National Stationery Show. So, I wrote a letter to 60 of the top people I knew and asked them to join me in finding a way to help. I reached out to Patti Stracher and asked for a meeting room at the Show.”

Gift for Life launched at the National Stationery Show in 1992. That first meeting brought together a cross-section of the industry’s biggest publishers, market centers, sales reps, manufacturers and retailers.

Today, Gift for Life is approaching its 25th Anniversary, and the National Stationery Show continues to support the cause by partnering with the organization to participate in AIDS Walk NY, a huge fundraising event that takes place on the opening day of the Show. To date, the Gift for Life/NSS team has raised more than $80,000.

You can help raise funds for the fight against HIV/AIDS by walking — in the actual 10K course through NYC, or in a virtual walk through the Javits aisles — on Sunday, May 15.   To join the team, or donate, click here.

Read Peter’s full “stationery story.”

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