I did an article back in 2010 about Graceland’s 12 Days of Christmas in July promotion. They offered two Elvis items each day. I praised the items I liked, and here’s one of my favorites
Clean and simple – just the SUN Records logo and young Elvis.
But I wasn’t shy about knocking the items I hated.
This is one of the lamest T-shirt designs I have ever seen. Usually they put Elvis’ name in letters or signature on the T-shirts, but I’m glad they didn’t on this one.
This is anything but clean and simple. It’s got six different things on it: Elvis, Welcome to Las Vegas, and Dale Earnhardt’s picture, signature, and his number 3. I think the blur on the left side of the bill is Elvis’ signature. Too much.
This is my all-time least favorite Elvis product foisted on his adoring fans. It would be hard to design a more stupid-looking lamp than this one.
I really haven’t been keeping track of whether Graceland has been doing Christmas in July promotions in any of the years since 2010, but when I scrolled through the offers this year, a couple of things caught my eye.
First, Christmas tree ornaments. There are several dozen different designs offered, but these two are the best of the bunch. They are five inches tall and made of shatter resistant plastic. They are called the Blue Peacock Drop Ornament and Red Drop Ornament, respectively. There is also a Gold Lamé one, but that image is so overused. All three options are $6.99.
Second, Christmas wrapping paper. Maybe this has been available before, but it is new to me. I think they came up with a great idea. Here are the six designs with brief comments.
This design is called Groovy Tree. If you look real close, you can see the repetition of pyramids that sort-of look like Christmas trees. Some of the other selections don’t have any connection with Christmas, but they are still pretty cool.
Here we have Elvis Profile Signature. This design could be used to wrap presents for birthday, anniversary, baby shower, etc., so it probably ought to be offered year-round.
This is Graceland Metallic wrapping paper. Maybe those are snowflakes mixed with musical notes in the design, so there is a tenuous connection to Christmas. I wonder if the actual paper has the same blurred spot in the middle of the Graceland logo and name.
This is the second one with an Elvis silhouette in the design. Also a similar name – Groovy Wave.
Bet you can figure out what they named this one – I Love Elvis.
And finally, a third Elvis silhouette design, cleverly titled Silhouette Snow. I like Elvis framed by large snowflakes. There’s green and red in the design, so this works best for me as a Christmas wrapping paper.
Each roll is 30 inches wide and nine feet long. The price is $6.99, but as it says in the blog’s first picture, there is 20% off, which brings it down to $5.59. NOTE: The sale ends Sunday July 22. That is this coming Sunday, so get moving if you like any of these.
These wide rolls cost more in postage if you buy just one – $6.89 to my zip code. An order of two or three rolls has the same postage of $7.18. The best deal is to buy four or five. The $8.22 postage isn’t too bad spread over several rolls.
Graceland covered all the bases by also offering two designs of Elvis tissue paper.
The sheets are 20” by 26”, and you get three sheets of each for $5.99, or $4.80 with the discount. Up to four packs ship for $6.89 postage.
There are also three designs of gift bags available for $4.99 each, or $4.00 with discount. They are in the TCB design above, and the Graceland Metallic design, plus one with Elvis wearing the turtle-neck sweater from the pool scene in Jailhouse Rock.
So, you can tell I’m pleased overall with Graceland’s Christmas In July promotion. The only things I’m not crazy about are the eleven Graceland ornaments, most of which don’t even mention Elvis. Like this 4½” L x 3″ H x 2¾” D hand-crafted glass ornament that costs $48.00.
Not for me. I’d break it for sure. The shatter resistant plastic Blue Peacock Drop Ornament will suit me just fine.
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