The competition has closed, and even now our panel of 50 judges are combing through every product to vote them onto the Gift of the Year 2018 shortlist.

Already we have had comments from several of the judges praising the quality of the entries, with one saying that the category they were reviewing was “better than any other… competition entry pool [they]’ve ever seen.” It’s a ringing endorsement and absolutely deserved across all of our product categories. Look out for nominated products shown on our Twitter and Instagram feeds in the coming weeks.

Also watch this space for word of the shortlist, which will be announced at around 1pm on Thursday, 14th of December. After that, it’s an exciting time for us and entrants alike, as sample products will start steaming their way toward us in preparation for the final stage of judging, which will happen here in Birmingham on the 11th of January.

Don’t forget that the retailer categories are still open, for retailers and buying teams who have done well over the past year or so. If you want to nominate yourself or suggest to one of your stockists that they put themselves forward, take a look at the categories.

In the mean time, keep your fingers crossed!

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Trade Show - Scotland

Its time to register now to attend Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring, which is bursting with new innovation, fantastic products and exciting exhibitors. Taking place from 21-23rd Jan at SEC in Glasgow, this Show is the main buying platform for retailers in Scotland and the north of the UK.

Here’s every reason why this Show must not be missed:

  1. A third of all exhibitors are new to the Show such as Cape Mohair, Berber Bags, Ablekids, Cardology, House of Tweed, I Drew This, Noble Wilde knitwear, Steiff teddy bears, Oubas knitwear, Tif Tiffy and Neon Magpie.
  2. A new layout gives greater prominence to the Launch and Craft Galleries, as well as Showcase Scotland and allows easier navigation around the Show for buyers.
  3. Launching themselves in the Launch Gallery is a group of young, innovative companies chosen for the quality and originality of their products. These include Hey Ewe cards, Bangin’ Beards, Nutdust, Iris Artisan Jewellery, ISLES Scotland maps, Sandra Vick gifts, Love Scottish Candles, Neon Gray, Slated and Truly Scotland.
  4. Textiles and clothing are particularly strong this year with newbies Cadenza Italy wraps and jumpers, Noble Wilde New Zealand, as well as new ranges from companies such as Eribe knitwear, Black Yak, Glencroft, BAKKA, Outdoor knitwear and Lona Scott Cashmere.
  5. The Craft Gallery, with its new more prominent location has a spectacular line-up of craft exhibitors such as Olive Pearson Designs, Carla Edwards, Kathryn Williamson, Mixter Maxter and Beastie Assemblage.
  6. This Show is traditionally the place where many companies unveil their new season ranges. Established exhibitors include Isle of Skye Candles, Siabann toiletries, Sea Gems, Brook Taverner, Bookspeed, Selbrae, Ashleigh & Burwood, Snow Paw, Belltrees Forge, Brook Taverner and Xystos. In total there will be about 500 exhibitors across Home, Gift, Fashion and Craft.
  7. Independent research has shown that Scotland’s Trade Fairs is one of the highest performing trade gift shows in the country with visitors particularly impressed by the high quality and range of products available.
  8. The Orkney Aisles – a huge group of producers from the Orkney Isles including Sheila Fleet, Ortak, Quernstone knitwear, Aurora jewellery, Hilary Grant and Hume Sweet Hume will have a specially designated ‘corner’.
  9. Learn something new with a very comprehensive programme of talks, seminars and workshops. These include social media for business, getting good Trip Advisor reviews, how to become digitally-savvy, Brexit and Retail, motivating customers to buy through clever selling techniques and a practical look at using video to promote your business, as well as many more relevant topics.
  10. Best Product Awards will be given to the best in Show, with judges Anna Taylor from Brodie Countryfare, Gemma McQue from NTS and Jenny Morrison from Top Drawer gifts..
  11. Find fine food too – Scotland’s Trade Show is run in conjunction with Scotland’s Speciality Food Show where about 150 top fine food producers will be on display, allowing buyers a ‘one-stop’ buying platform.
  12. Held at the SEC, in the centre of Glasgow, it is easy to access from motorway, train and airport with many large hotels close by.
  13. One large hall houses both Shows in a clear block layout makes for a more enjoyable visitor experience.
  14. As Scotland’s only gift and accessory trade Show many exhibitors from Scotland and the north of England will only exhibit at this Show so it is a unique place to source some artisan products.
  15. This is the first opportunity in the year for many buyers to see the new ranges and place orders before the big southern UK shows.

Wendy Ross from Ruby Red and Driftwood in Glasgow said: “I come to this Show to find my little gems that are perfect for my shops. I’m now not going to any other Shows as I find it all here.”


With so many good reasons to attend make sure you register now for free entry –


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Our ‘Gift of The Year’ competition closes this Friday so this is your last call for entries!

We have over 50 judges in this year’s competition, almost twice as many as ever before. That means your products will be going up in front of our largest ever panel of retail buyers, trade press and industry experts, giving them the recognition they deserve

All entrants will receive branding they can use online or in print, with even more exclusive marketing goodies if your products are shortlisted, become finalists or even win. The winners will be announced at a special ceremony hosted by Spring Fair, and led by our celebrity compere Rory Bremner, on Sunday February 4th.*

The timetable for the competition is now as follows:

  • The closing date is this Friday, the 1st December 2017;
  • Shortlisted companies will be notified w/c 11th December 2017;
  • Shortlisted samples will be required by 8th January 2018.

To enter, visit the Enter Now section on the Gift of the Year website.

The Gift of the Year team is here to help, so if you need guidance please contact us on 0121 237 1142 or email



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Top Drawer 2018

Defining a clear brand story is essential for retailer success”. That is the theme behind the new Spring/ Summer 18 (S/S18) campaign for Top Drawer, the creative powerhouse for inspired retailers.

“Brand identity is increasingly important so a differentiated offer with clear brand values is vital for retailers” states Alejandra Campos, Event Director of Top Drawer. “The store concept, the brand – these are the stories you tell the world hoping to create resonance with customers and generate a desire to associate with your brand.”

Gone are the days when retailers simply stocked products. Now stores – online and physical – are lifestyle partners, entities with which consumers can build relationships. Creating an in-store experience that reflects your brand identity and brings it to life are significant steps in telling your story and enabling customers to connect with it, to live it.

By providing access to the latest trends and an expertly curated selection of over 1,500 design-led lifestyle brands from the UK and abroad, Top Drawer is the perfect platform for retailers to create and define those stories.

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The S/S18 edition, held during 14-16 January, brings thousands of new, original and commercially appealing design-led products into one stunning space: Olympia London. Encompassing the dynamic worlds of Home, Gift, Fashion and Craft, and showcasing new talent as well as leading brands, Top Drawer provides unique access to this season’s hottest new products giving buyers the ultimate choice for a successful new season.

For more information visit

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Help your small business make the most of Small Business Saturday on Saturday 2nd
December 2017.

Hang the poster and window sticker in a prominent place to show your support for
Small Business Saturday and attract customers through your door. You can pick up a
poster from the Small Business Saturday Bus Tour or download a digital version of the
poster to use on your website and social media via

It would be great to see the poster in your small business. Take a photo and share it
with the campaign:

Tell the world what your business will be doing on 2nd December to celebrate.
Be creative and make your business stand out!

Encourage more customers to your small business by getting yourself on the Small
Business Finder via It is
available on the website and mobile app.

About Small Business Saturday UK
Small Business Saturday is a grassroots campaign that highlights small business success
and encourages customers to support small businesses in their communities. The day
itself takes place on the first Saturday in December each year and the campaign aims to
have a lasting impact on small businesses. In 2017 Small Business Saturday will take place on Saturday 2nd December. Small Business Saturday was originally founded by American Express in the U.S. in 2010 and it remains the principal supporter of the campaign in the UK, as part of its on-going commitment to encourage consumers to shop small.

In October, Small Business Saturday will once again hit the road on its annual Bus Tour.
Follow Small Business Saturday on social media to see when it is coming to a town near
you. Want to join the bus at a stop? Get in touch:
With thanks to Vistaprint for supporting the printing of the flyer and poster /SmallBusinessSaturdayUK @SmallBizSatUK @SmallBizSatUK As a company dedicated to supporting 17 million small businesses globally, we strongly believe in the vital role you play, both in the local community and the national economy. Every day we are inspired by your passion, drive and creativity, and are motivated by seeing your businesses achieve their full potential. Campaigns like Small Business Saturday UK play a crucial role in encouraging customers to shop local and support businesses in their community. We are proud to once again be supporting Small Business Saturday by printing this flyer and the poster contained in this marketing pack. You can use these materials to promote your involvement in the campaign, spread the word and show solidarity with other small businesses in your community. On behalf of all at Vistaprint, I wish you the best of luck and a successful Small Business Saturday 2017.





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Perkins & Morley soar to success in the Guardian’s Christmas Round-up

Perkins & Morley have raised the bar this Christmas with the placement of their ‘Collective Nouns’ 2018 Calendar in the Guardian Weekend’s coveted Christmas Gift Guide on the 25th November 2017.

The product placement in the popular national newspaper has seen the British based Design Duo receive orders for more than 300 units between the publication date and the 27th November 2017, grossing over £1.2k in calendar sales alone on their online shop, and with more sales in the pipeline once stock is replenished.

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Jan Morley, Co-Founder, Perkins & Morley says “The reaction has been absolutely amazing – orders were coming in from the minute the newspaper hit the shelves till late at night – we are blown away by the reaction of the public to our ‘Collective Nouns’ calendar and also our other products too. This has shown us there is a big demand for our designs.”

Perkins & Morley will be showcasing their new collection for 2018 – the ‘HUGG’ range – at The Scotland Trade Fair, SEC, Glasgow, 21-23 January 2018 (Stand C27).

To find out more, and to view the calendars visit the website, Perkins & Morley:






Giving & Living 2018 – presenting you with what your business needs.

 If you’re looking for exciting new products for your customers, then look no further. Giving & Living is the largest Gift and Home trade show in the South West, and presents a sensational selection of products and lifestyle inspiration for retail buyers, from bags to books, cards to clothing, maps to mugs, soaps to sculpture, and tea to toys, at a wide range of price points. The 2018 show, which takes place at the Westpoint Exhibition Centre, Exeter, and runs from Sunday 14th January to Wednesday 17th January, will bring together up to 250 exhibitors and 4000+ retail buyers.

As the first show of the season, Giving & Living provides visitors with the perfect opportunity to see and purchase the very latest new and exclusive 2018 product ranges before anyone else. Packed full of inspiration, and with an impressive lineup of exhibitors, you’ll get a real insight into current and new trends for the coming seasons. Restock successful lines and enhance your offering with new gifting options to get ahead of the competition before Easter, Mothers’ Day, the Summer and beyond.

Regular visitors to the show will recognise familiar faces such as Berserks Glass Works, Bomb Cosmetics, Bramble Foods, Cole, Dolphin Minerals, Elgate Products, F & J Collection, JBA, KandyToys, Melamaster, Nauticalia, Puckator, Santoro, Quay Traders, Talbot Fashions, and TY UK. Making their debut at the show are many first-time exhibitors – new faces to meet, with products not seen at the show before. Try out the contemporary garden furniture & wind sculptures from Jonart Design, admire the beautifully gift boxed collections of necklaces and collectable bracelets from Life Charms, check out the award-winning tablet stands from iBeani, and relax with the cocktail-inspired, alcohol themed body care gifts from Boozi Body Care. And that’s just for starters!

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In addition to the exceptional array of general gifts and homeware for all occasions on display, the show covers more Coast than anyone else. For buyers from retail outlets and attractions on or near the Coast, and for those that are keen to order coastal merchandise to target the holidaymaker, it’s THE show to visit. Once again Giving & Living’s Coastal Path will lead you around the show to find exhibitors that are perfect for your business. This dedicated path will lead you to Claire Vaughan Designs, Glass Relief, Gone Crabbing, Small World and many more, and you’ll discover an exciting variety of unusual products, niche suppliers and fresh ideas

Other special show features include a Newcomers’ area dedicated to new companies that have never done a trade show before. The show offers special rates for these companies, giving them a chance to showcase their products to retailers that they might not otherwise be able to afford. It’s your chance to spot emerging design talent and pick up beautiful & original new products that will delight your customers.  Discover the gifts & prints from Paul Liggins Art, the beautiful, handmade Hammam towels from Ebb & Flow, the enigmatic Preseli Bluestone jewellery from Out of the Blue, the farmhouse soap made with sheep’s milk by New Ewe, and much more, before anyone else.

The Designed and made in Britain area is dedicated to unusual products of high quality and authenticity that reflect the UK’s unique heritage, such as the intricate decorative terracotta wall plaques from Black Dog, the creative crystal gifts from Wild Things, the artisan confectionery from Buttermilk Confections, and the stunning range of coastal themed household wares from Iona Buchanan. Many of these exhibitors only exhibit at Giving & Living, giving retailers exclusive access to locally produced items that shrewd customers will love.

The show also attracts a range of exhibitors with a strong ethical and/or environmental background, such as Cadwyn Fair Trade Gifts, Gringo Imports, Purbeck Candles, and Silver Jewellery Cavern. These “Naturally” companies will be clearly identified at the show, offering retailers the chance to track down products with the right credentials, in keeping with their brand values.

Get your 2018 off to the best possible start, and make your way to Exeter in January.  With two halls to explore, and four days in which to do so, Giving & Living makes buying an enjoyable experience. In fact, 92% of visitors to last year’s show would recommend it, while 87% placed orders at the show or shortly afterwards. Meet existing suppliers, discover new ones, place orders for the coming year, and build partnerships for the future.  From pocket money toys and gifts that can be personalised for your venue, to one off pieces for the customer in search of something a little more unique, Giving & Living has it all.

For more information about the show, to book a stand, or pre-register to attend, please call 01934 733433, follow @giving_living, or visit

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