Gift of the Year 2019 celebrated its winners in style at the competition’s awards ceremony last night on the Main Stage at Spring Fair. The awards took place after the first day of busy trading at Spring Fair 2019 and saw the home and giftware industry come out in full force to celebrate the winners and finalists. The ceremony celebrated 20 category winners, with newcomers Hot Smoked taking home the coveted Judges Choice award, in addition to winning in two categories.
The competition, now in its 41st year, celebrates all that is new to market, innovative and design led covering the whole of the home and giftware world. Suppliers can enter across 20 categories and have to make it through two tough stages of judging by the industry’s experts, retailers and trade press to become finalists that are celebrated at the awards. This year competition saw a record amount of entries being put in from over 250 companies.
This year saw a rise in the number of ethical or eco-friendly gifts, not just in the Ethical Gift category but across the competition, proving the growing trend towards a more sustainable future and a socially conscious industry as buyers’ and consumers’ habits change.
The Gift of the Year winners logos are proven badges of honour to drive sales, as the competition continues to grow in both numbers and impact. All the finalists can winners can be seen on display at the Giftware Association’s stand in Hall 5C82 – D83. Come and say hi to the team and view the products in all their glory.
You can view the full list of winners and finalists on the Gift of the Year website.