Themed novelty balloons are popular complements to all kinds of gift-giving occasions. Balloons for birthdays, anniversaries, baby showers, and holidays come in several shapes and limitless colors, and they can be filled with ordinary air or helium for a buoyant effect.

One of the most popular types of novelty balloons is the "foil" balloon, which is made from metalized plastic film. These balloons have shiny, reflective surfaces that make them particularly eye catching. Since these balloons are very light, they can retain helium for weeks at a time.

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Another type of themed novelty balloon is made from latex. These are available in a rainbow of colors and can have slogans or pictures printed on them. Besides air and helium, these types of balloons can be filled with water.

Since balloons are suited to so many different types of occasions, dollar stores should showcase them accordingly. For example, small balloons that can be used as water missiles can be displayed alongside water guns and pool toys. Other balloons with birthday or holiday themes can be placed alongside gift wrap or greeting cards.

Dollar Store Merchandise offers a comprehensive balloon program and advice to dollar stores. This supplier offers more than 100 different balloons as well as support services and equipment. The company can be contacted at 1-877-549-5210 or Those who are interested in opening their own dollar stores can contact BuckStore, Inc., which can help people build and operate retail outlets at cost.