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Each new season the team at the Pantone Colour Institute creates the Pantone Fashion Colour Trend Report; a colour overview highlighting the top colours that are to be featured in top designs through that coming season.  The Pantone Fashion Colour Trend Report is your easily accessible guide to the season’s most important colour trends.

The continued transition away from cyclical trends, combined with a strong focus on self-expression and more exuberant colour mixes makes for some surprisingly delightful colour surprises in the autumn/winter palette. Exploring nuances within colour families and experimenting with the mixing of materials and textures freshens and reinvents the seasonal colour story.

Many of these unique shades easily stand on their own, however mixing and combining unexpected colours can help create a signature style or look. Adding an unexpected element allows for the artistry and originality that optimizes individuality.

About the Autumn/Winter 2018 Top 12 Colour Palette

Autumnal hues that evoke the feeling of leaves on the forest floor, rich plumage and twilight reveal a modern fall palette of deep and rich tones with outbursts of colourful surprise. With the addition of Pink Peacock and Mellow Rose to the London palette, we see an enhanced feeling of playfulness and a color range whose greater variety offers more opportunity for intriguing color combinations.








Meer the Buyer

The Giftware Association has been hard at work securing buyers for our ‘Meet The Buyer’ events throughout the year, and we are excited to bring you not one but two events, on the 8th March and 15th March, both being held in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, bringing together buyers from The National Gallery, Choice Marketing, the Royal Mint and many more, each event has slightly different requirements, so please check below and decide which one, or indeed both, would be suitable for you. This offer is only open to Giftware Association members only.

March 8th 2018

Meet The Buyer March 8

The event will be held at The Button Factory in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter and will feature Choice Marketing, The Royal Horticulture Society, Scout Shops and The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust who are all eager to see your lovely products.

The cost for the event will be £150 to see all four buyers and a chance to meet some of The Giftware Association’s service providers too.  Products looking to be sourced, but not limited to, are as follows:
–  Jigsaw & Games
– Hat/glove sets
– Jewellery & Watches
– Gift Food
– Nursery and children
– Homewares

Good Luck as places will be limited and fill up quickly

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March 15th  2018

Meet The Buyer March 18

This event will also be held in The Button Factory in Birmingham and will feature The National Gallery and The Royal Mint, as this will be a more targeted event, we will require you to complete the following Meet the Buyer – The National Gallery & The Royal Mint, with lucky members being selected from the The National Gallery and the Royal Mint.

The cost of the event will be £125 to meet one buyer, or £200 to meet both companies. Products looking to be sourced, but again not limited to, are as follows:

– Personalised gifting
– British and Heritage brands
– Jewellery, Leathergoods and textiles
– Food and Drink (specifically high end and hampers)
– Stationery and Homewares

If you have any further queries or would like more information about each event, travel arrangements, accommodation or if you would like to speak to a member of the team, then please get in touch with us at Alternatively, if you are a buyer and would like to take part in our further events then please also get in touch.

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London Stationery Show

The London Stationery Show regularly attracts the UK’s biggest retailers, influential buyers and brands in the stationery, gift and fashion sectors and is on target to deliver its biggest number of exhibitors this April when it opens at the Business Design Centre in Islington, north London.

A key part of the visitor offer are the show’s Stationery Awards which last year attracted 400 entries across 11 product categories from exhibitors.  Now in their seventh year, a panel of senior stationery buyers, chaired by independent retail advisor and Giftware Association chairman, Henri Davis, and including Cult Pen founders Amanda and Simon Walker and Papersmiths founder Sidonie Warren, will undertake the task of judging the products on the first day of the show, with the results announced that evening.

What’s new for 2018

All the products are gathered in one central display for visitors to review themselves and, for the first time, as part of the show’s 2018 design initiative, will include a new ‘Good Design’ Award.

The new design initiative has focused on encouraging designers and design-led brands to take part in the show.  This will use a new part of the exhibition hall and include a new ‘On Trend’ product display, curated by trend forecasters Scarlet Opus.

The Scarlet Opus team has identified three key global consumer and design trends they feel will be particularly relevant to the stationery sector and will select product from exhibitors that illustrate these trends to create their ‘On Trend’ display.  Exhibitors were able to attend a free trend briefing back in early January to find out what Scarlet Opus is looking for and ensure their products are considered.

“Sharing and explaining the impact of global trends and their effect on our sector is vital information for our exhibitors and visitors – it means they can make key commercial decisions about new product development and purchases with confidence,” says Hazel Fieldwick, the show’s event manager.

The display area will include trend ‘mood boards’ and the Scarlet Opus team will be on hand to talk to retailers about how they can interpret the trends and merchandise them in their own stores.

The ‘On Trend’ display will be supported by new ‘Trend Tours’ of the show. Each Trend Tour is a 25-30-minute tour of 8-10 products around the show which Scarlet Opus feels sum up the key consumer trends that will be playing out in the stationery market in the coming months. Visitors can request their own ‘team tour’, or they can simply book a place on a timed tour. Places are limited to 6-7 people on each tour.  Any visitors interested in booking a tour place should email to receive the timetable.

“Stationery is closely influenced by the fashion industry and has a wide retail appeal.  We represent the sector in depth and weave in, not only the current product ‘hot spots’, but look ahead to what will be popular in the future.  We want our visitors, whether they be looking for gifts, fashionable accessories or smart essentials, to be able to review the industry’s full product mix and all the price points available to them,” says Hazel.

“In seven years the London Stationery Show exhibitor and product mix has shifted from primarily office product to retail and gift stationery.  The line-up for our eighth year continues to reflect this shift and proves the continuing popularity of writing and paper products and their broad appeal,” Hazel added.


AGM Save The Date

Save the date for this years AGM, for a day of informative talks, networking, and education. This year we would like to hear from you about what you would like to see at this year’s event, please get in touch with us at enquiries



As Spring Fair is one of the biggest shows that we exhibit at throughout the year and has so many great opportunities for us, we thought this year we would try something a little bit different, by teaming up with ‘Buy From Shropshire’, a similar organisation who share the same ethos in helping small businesses thrive and succeed in their business goals. This enabled us to create a mini exhibition space on our stand featuring the best from Shropshire. With designGAP now under our umbrella as well we created a gallery space over in the contemporary halls where we featured four exhibitors who all new to trade shows.

After months of planning and preparation, stand designs and stand re designs we got the concepts right and put our plan into action, even though this plan had a lot of moving parts and a lot of people involved, it came together with the help of team work and the pure excitement to pull this stand idea off.

After days of hard work, prepping the areas and many trips to and from the NEC from our offices in central Birmingham down the road, we painstakingly created the stand in the eyes of our designer we left our ‘exhibitors’ to create their own displays ready for opening day, which looked amazing when all the products were in place.


The Buy From Shropshire team were very excited about this plan and helped out amazingly throughout the show photographing all our member’s stands and being experts on our social media.

The exhibitors on our stand were also pleased with the show and how it went and also the amount of interest their products received.

The designGAP area over in hall 6 was a bit more of a labour of love, as we had to curate the space with four different artist work of various size and category, from ceramics to classic art through to greetings cards and high-end stationery, but we felt we pulled of the gallery feel and stayed true to designGAPs roots created by Shirley Frost in the 1990s, she sometimes created shared spaces like this with various artists and designers makers for them to get their products to market.


Sarah ward The CEO of The Giftware Association stated “This idea has been a small itch which I have finally got to scratch and it has been amazing to see all the different suppliers together in one space and also on our stand, Its great to see them learning how a big trade show works as well as helping each other out. The Buy From team are amazing and helped out incredibly to realise our dream”

If you didn’t manage to visit our stand at Spring Fair and meet some of the exhibitors, then take a look at their beautiful products online.


Anne Reeves

Distinctive, yet very wearable, Anne Reeves Jewellery reflects Anne’s love of nature, animals and romance. Her collections of contemporary solid silver jewellery and giftware incorporate exciting textures and effects. She has used traditional silversmithing techniques to create a stunning range of pieces, taking familiar shapes and giving them a modern twist.



PrintOur leather goods are hand made by a small team of local people whose crafts have been led by generations, our products are built with care, to last and get better with age. With 30 years experience and stocked all over the globe, even worn by celebrities, Bradleys Tannery is a quintessentially British,  with quality at its heart with a little sprinkle of fun and eccentricity.




Champion & Reeves, are manufacturers of premium confectionery,  their products are 100% natural with no artificial additives or flavorings and are gluten free and palm oil free. Their aim is to produce the finest 100% natural confectionery money can buy, and to create a joyous confectionery experience with satisfying, complex taste structure, packaged in premium, silver foiled presentation boxes, lined individually with wrapped pieces of delicious confectionery.



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We here at Cherie Did This are thrilled to be exhibiting at Spring far through the Giftware Association. The exposure to our brand and meeting suppliers will be an invaluable experience. Cherie Did This is a design based greetings card and gift company founded by illustrator, Cherie Jarrard. They aim to produce colourfully cool cards, pins, patches and prints to bring joy and positive vibes





Emma Lawrence had a successful career in the NHS before pursuing her passion for illustration and design.  She has always been inspired by the natural world and the beautiful Shropshire countryside where she lives.  Her unique and recognisable style is fresh, fun and appealing with hand drawn lines and a soft colour palette.  Following her popular children’s series of books, the Little Nature Explorers series, she has recently launched a range of children’s stationery and gifts which have been shortlisted for Gift of the Year 2018.



I am a mum of two young girls who love to wear children’s perfumes, however they couldn’t due to skin allergies. My children enjoyed dressing up and wearing jewellery and so I decided to create a bangle that not only looked good and was fun to wear but was also scented allowing my children to wear perfume without having a reaction to it. Although my previous career had been in the hospitality industry I have always wanted to run my own company.  So, with the help of a colleague, who had knowledge of the retail industry, the Lish d’lish Scented Jelly Bangle range was born.


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British watercolour artist and homeware designer Meg Hawkins established Meg Hawkins Art in 2013. Inspired by her travels and the countryside surrounding her Shropshire home, Meg’s work is a timeless blend of contemporary and classic.

“We are delighted to be part of the GA stand at Spring Fair this year. Being part of the GA over the past few months has opened many opportunities to my brand and new invaluable experiences for my business”



Risdon & Risdon are two generations designing and making a new breed of workwear from their workshop in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

The mother and sons handmake luxury adults and children’s aprons in a choice of finest quality canvas, high grade denim or full-grain leather all with removeable leather straps and metalware fastenings cast in a British foundry. Also catering to the vegan market with beautiful cork straps carefully sourced from Portugal.

With a strong belief in sustainability their aprons are built to last backed up by a Lifetime Guarantee.


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The Tipsy Tart is a family run business producing fabulously fruity, funky and fun luscious liqueurs. We also sell other Tipsy Tart branded products such as gin glasses, champagne flutes, juice bubbles and shimmer so that you can Pimp Your Prosecco to the next level.

We have twice been awarded Best Alcoholic Drink and have now been shortlisted at the Giftware Association for our White Chocolate Vodka.

Some of our unique flavours include Mango and Passionfruit Gin, Blood Orange Gin, Violet Vodka and our awesome Rose and Raspberry Vodka.





Here at the Giftware Association, we are super excited to announce that we made a book! A yearbook specifically of all our lovely members. The book which will be distributed to our buyer contacts and will highlight members with what they do and all their contact details to be contacted by.

Simone Rose, Business Development manager of the GA said “ We are so excited that we have this tool for both our retailer members and out supplier members as it allows us to start the conversation with buyers we are targeting whilst at the same time promoting our members. The book has been fun to put together but also a lot of work and we would like to thank our printers and designers for doing such a great job in putting together this beautiful book”

Featuring 90 of our members in a full colour 130-page book, this is a great opportunity for us to approach more buyers and shout about our members more, they will be distributed around at Trade Shows we visit, our Meet The Buyer days and any other contacts we have with buyers. We are hoping this is the first of many but will also be chasing up success stories from people who have featured in the first ever GA Yearbook.

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We would like to thank everyone for taking part and the hard work in putting the put together. If you are a buyer and would like a copy then please get in touch with





Recognising the best in retail: the highly-respected Gift of the Year reveals its top-talent award winners

Gift of the Year 2018 was a huge success this year, and as many of you will now know the winners have been crowned at a glamourous awards night. The glitzy ceremony, which included a champagne reception and three-course dinner, was hosted by top TV impressionist and comedian Rory Bremner and held at The Vox, part of Resort World’s entertainment complex, where retailers and brands from across the UK gathered to see who would scoop this year’s top awards.

After months of collecting entries, speaking to new entrants and old friends, creating the  shortlisted products, judging the shortlist (both online and person) There were 15 hotly-contended product categories, with entries under the scrutiny of a panel of highly-respected industry judges, alongside magazine editors and key buyers from major retailers including John Lewis, Ocado, Dobbies,, Fortnum and Mason, Beales and Haskins Garden Centres.


Speaking at the event, judge Judith Harris from Sherriff’s Foods said: “What I’m pleased to see this year is male-orientated gifts, which is really hard to catch and to buy for – that was really pleasing”. Judge Mark Jones from Occasions Retail added: “I’m really pleased to see a big influx of design. I’ll definitely take away at least two or three suppliers from this contest.”


The Judges Choice award which is the ultimate winner chosen by the judges as is the winner of all the winning products, this year goes to Gingko s Octogan Desk lamp combining the best in design and practicality with industrial aesthetics with a literal modern touch with its touch base controls. We hope this accolade will the light the way for further success.

Other winners include The Spice Kitchen with their tin of Indian spices with a sari wrap and the beautiful handmade wrapping paper from Paper Mirchi and Ross and Ross NOT winning in the food category but being successful in the Festive and Occasions category with their Christmas Dinner Kit.

This year has been about the newcomers, with more companies that have never entered the awards before walking always with the coveted prizes, such as ‘I Drew This’ for her screenprint of The Brighton Pavilion, to the innovative children’s Gift from OOly with their colour in and play dragon and Peace and Blessings design led all-inclusive greeting cards in the greetings and stationery category.


The awards designed by Simon Denver’s reflected the creative industry that we are in, with a laser cut wood design highlighting our log and all the winners and finalist receiving an award too which is a Gift of The Year first and resulted in many happy faces around the show the next day who were proudly showing off their awards.


Louise Young, Managing Director of Spring Fair speaking after the event said: “This year’s Gift of the Year Awards was the best one yet and really highlighted the sheer breadth and depth of fantastic quality and innovation in the gift and homewares industries – the judges were certainly taken to task in having to choose category winners from so many incredible entries. This was the ultimate celebration of our forward-thinking and creative industry and of course, offered everyone attending an excellent opportunity to network and entertain customers. The atmosphere in the room was electric as the winners were revealed and I know it was a night everyone will remember for some time to come.”

The 2018 Gift of the Year winners are:

  • Home Product: Limited Edition Brighton Pavilion Print from I Drew This
  • Kitchen & Dining Product: Recycled Denim Apron from Ian Snow
  • Festive & Occasional Product: Christmas Roast Dinner Box from Ross & Ross Food
  • Contemporary Gift: Octagon One Desk Lamp from Gingko Electronics
  • General Gift: Hand Painted Gin Glass from Sunny by Sue
  • Gift Food: Indian Spice Tin and Handmade, Silk Sari Wrap from Spice Kitchen UK
  • Greetings & Stationery Collection: Mono and Pastel Greetings Cards from Peace & Blessing
  • Children’s Gift: Fantastic Dragon 3D Colourable from Ooly
  • Fashion Accessory: Sara Miller Silk Accessories from My Gifts Trade
  • Body, Bath & Home Fragrance Product: Great British Bee Co Handcare Range from Great British Bee Co
  • Under £10 Product: Gin & Tonic Handbag from Bath House
  • Garden & Outdoor: Green Picnic collection from Fallen Fruits
  • Licensed Product: Natural History Museum Gift in a Tin range from Apples to Pears
  • Hot Novelty Product: Prosecco Pong from Talking Tables
  • Shirley Frost Award (for designer-makers) Handmade Artisan Gift Wrap from Paper Mirchi

Awards sponsors this year included: Libra for the best of the best, The Giftware Association’s Gift of the Year, as well as the Festive/Seasonal category, John Lewis for the Home Fragrance category, Henri Davies for the Greetings/Stationery Collection, Ashleigh & Burwood for Contemporary Gift, RJB Stone for the Shirley Frost Award (design and craft), Progressive Gifts & Home for the Children’s Gift of the Year and Licensing Source Book for the Licensed Product category.