The GA’s 2019 Yearbook is now available

After the success of last year’s Giftware Association Yearbook, we are proud to present the updated edition for 2019, which launched at Spring Fair.

The Yearbook features over 100 GA members and service providers, giving information on their history, products and services. It’s a fantastic directory no matter what sort of gift products you are looking for, or where your business fits into the vast and diverse gift and home industry.

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It is a beautiful image-led yearbook with all members featured on a double-page spread to show off their products, and of course all of their contact details. We heard only good things from buyers who ordered a copy of last year’s Yearbook, so we are confident this latest edition will be even more popular. Order yours while stocks last.

Copies of the Yearbook are available for £10; please get in touch with Simone at simone.rose@ga-uk.org with your details if you would like to order one.

Participation in the 2020 Yearbook is open to all GA members, so if you’re interested it’s never too early to let us know. Contact Simone today to book your place; there’s no commitment from you at this early stage.

GIFT OF THE YEAR WINNERS ANNOUNCED

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.

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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.

CELEBRATE THE 2019 GIFT OF THE YEAR WINNERS AND HIGHLY COMMENDED

 

Gift Of The Year Banner 1The Giftware Association will be hosting it’s 41st Gift of the Year awards at Spring Fair 2019.  Come and join the GA in Hall 20 on Sunday 3rd February at 6pm,  for a drink and canapes to celebrate the winners and highly commended in style.

The invitation is open to all. We want to extend the invite to the whole of our industry so come and raise a glass of champagne, network with your peers and celebrate the best new products and winning companies. Starting with a drinks reception from 6pm then onto the main awards.

To continue on with the celebrations, The Giftware Association is hosting a ‘Curry Night’ at Pushkar Indian Restaurant in Birmingham.  but be quick as there are only 15 places left. The fine dining Indian restaurant is located on Broad Street, about 20 mins journey from the NEC*, in the centre of City and will begin at 8.30pm. Birmingham is home to the curry, so it would only be right to celebrate with our cities favourite dish.

We would be delighted if you could join us, the cost to attend is £40 + VAT, which includes a three-course dinner and drinks. Please book here, once we have received your booking, we will send over the menu options and request any dietary requirements.

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THE GIFTWARE ASSOCIATION AT SPRING FAIR 2019

 

The Giftware Association will once again be exhibiting at the largest trade show in The UK. The GA loves to champion smaller businesses and help them in front of buyers, we have seen success throughout meet the buyers events and now we want to help them exhibit at trade shows to be seen by multiple and international buyers. Once again, we have partnered with Buy From Britain who share the same ethos as The Giftware Association in helping SMES thrive and bring their products to markets. The GA will be hosting 10 exhibitors on their stand in Hall 5 who are brand new to trade shows and act as an incubator and sounding board in the hope that they will exhibit on their own in the coming years.

Exhibiting on stand 5C82 D83 will be:

JEX SHOES

At Jex, we believe the imagination of children is amazing and something that should always be encouraged. Kids are so creative and should be allowed to express their ideas at every opportunity; they’re only kids once!

Fed up with the limited choice of shoes for children that allowed them to express their individuality, Emily, founder of Jex, decided it was high time that somebody did something about it! So, she set about putting together a great team of designers and experienced shoe makers to make her dream of Jex a reality.

We believe that kids’ creativity should be given every opportunity to shine. That’s why we offer a unique range of colour-in trainers for children. With exclusive eye-catching designs, every boy and girl can have the chance to personalise their footwear and stand out with Jex.

Jex trainers look great in black and white but it’s when they’re coloured in that they really come to life. But Jex isn’t just about style; the trainers are built for comfort too. The shoes are rugged and durable, built to be kid-proof and endure the rigours of rough-and-tumble.

 

TICKLE TOTS

We design innovative, eco-friendly cloth nappies and accessories.

Launched on a kitchen table in Shropshire the business has grown internationally.

This year will also see the launch of our cloth sanitary products and our range of GOTS certified and intertek assured, organic baby and toddler clothing range, handmade in the UK.

The environment is at the heart of Tickle Tots, form our designs and materials that we use to our rural inspired, hand illustrated fabric prints. We believe small changes made by many can help make the World a little greener.

For every 1000 nappies we manufacture we plant a tree.

 

 

 

BUILD AND GROW

Build & Grow.co is the newest member of the Grow Sow Simple family, with the aim of getting children growing fresh herbs and vegetables. The range of 3D Puzzle Gardens is fun, engaging and educational and is the perfect way to introduce the little ones to growing their own.

Launching with five different varieties, each 3D Puzzle Garden comes as a complete all in one make and create set. The components and characters for each scene pop out and come with easy to follow instructions for simple assembly. Also included in each set is the miniature garden section with soil and seeds to get kids growing straight away.

All Build & Grow.co products are designed, printed and manufactured here in the U.K. Using components sourced as locally as possible, each product is hand-packed in our warehouse prior to dispatch. Working closely with our supply chain partners enable us to deliver consistently high-quality products at affordable prices to retailers and directly to customers.

 

FOREVER PB

In 2018, we launched a range of unique tea gifts including Wedding Cake Tea, Birthday Cake Tea, Gin Tea, Mummy-to be Tea and Brussels Sprout Tea. We simply combine Britain’s favourite past time (drinking tea) with moments we love to remember! We encapsulate the flavours that conjure memories of celebrations in a hot brew! Our teas capture the aroma and the taste of the flavour so accurately. Our Gin Tea has been one of our bestsellers. We worked tirelessly creating the perfect blend to recreate that classic gin flavour in a non-alcoholic loose-leaf and customers love it!

WHAT A PICKLE

Beautifully and clearly branded products that seriously earn their place in any retail environment.  Small hand produced batches that are undeniably special and extremely delicious!

BENNETT AND DUNN

Bennett and Dunn cold pressed Rapeseed oil is produced by husband and wife team Rupert and Tracey Bennett. Rupert takes great pride in producuing a superior quality product. The rapeseed is cold pressed, triple filtered ad the hand bottled by Rupert on the farm. Our oil is GM free, Gluten Free and our production is chemical free, this ensures our rapeseed oil retains all of its health benefits and delicious flavour. Its full of natural goodness.

THE WOOLEY STORK

The Woolly Stork began as an infatuation with knitting, blossoming into a luxury baby giftware company offering blankets, booties, bonnets and soft toys hand made in the softest alpaca and merino wool. Presented beautifully in gift boxes the items are luxurious keepsakes perfect for snuggly babies and parents alike.

 

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ARTICHOKE CARDS

I’m Claire Gutsell, a designer based in beautiful Somerset. I design every single card sold by Artichoke Cards. My aim is to bring a bit of colour and fun into people’s lives via a high quality and attractive range of cards. My designs reflect the things I love and as you’ve probably noticed many of them are inspired by the seaside, the countryside and… gin.

I’m always working on new designs, so check back soon to see what inspires me next!

Why Artichoke Cards?

Artichoke Cards is named for the artichoke plants in my garden and keep my family fed with our favourite vegetable all summer, before turning a glorious purple in the early autumn. As you’ve probably worked out, I love artichokes!

 

ICARUS ORIGINALS

Having been established by the joint efforts of a Royal Air Force engineer and a Retired Royal Navy engineer, we stand to celebrate the most iconic of British engineering, by blending the very latest technical innovations with the highest quality British craftsmanship in order to create a superb selection of unique, bespoke, premium products.
We are passionate about giving back to those who are directly associated with the designs that we are celebrating through our products. That’s why for every product we sell, we pass a proportion of the profit to the military and preservation charities, in an effort to thank them for the tremendous work they do to support the people and machines that we seek to commemorate through our products.
Every product we produce has been painstakingly researched, designed, manufactured and hand finished within the UK. All of our products are designed in close consultation with the manufacturers to ensure that every single detail is captured and framed using the latest technology that makes each one a masterpiece; centred around inherently unique designs.

Our mission is to make the world that little bit more special by making these unique and perfect pieces of design, available to the people who deserve them the most.

So, if you’ve ever crewed in, crewed out, supported or even just waited around in a wet Welsh valley hoping to hear the noise of a jet, our products have been made with our immense gratitude and with you in mind.

 

 

Exhibit at Hong Kong

British Jewellery & Giftware International in conjunction with the Giftware Association will once again be organising a group pavilion at the Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair in April 2019, with support from the Department for International Trade. 

 A grant of £2500 may be available for eligible companies.

In 2018 this major international trade show featured approximately 4,300 exhibitors from 35 countries and regions presenting their products to some 48,500 International buyers.*   

For 2019 the UK pavilion retains its enviable front of hall location in Hall 3.  Standard booth sizes are 9sqm, stand costs will be sent to you on receipt of your registration of interest.