HOME AND GIFT – THE PERFECT TIME, THE PERFECT PLACE TO DISCOVER NEXT SEASONS BEST SELLERS

 

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As the first show of the second season, set against the beautiful, summer backdrop of Harrogate, Home and gift 2018 is the perfect place to shop next season bestsellers!

With over 100 brands, five marquess, eight halls and even more local showrooms Home and Gift offers the biggest choice of new products, big name brands and emerging designers to satisfy all your buying needs.

For 2018 we’re also launching four new sectors: Taste, Design Now, Made and Design Home and interiors. There has never been a better time to visit home and gift.

Open for 4 days, and with 13 halls ram-packed with thousands of new launches, Home & Gift is well worth the trip!

If you have never experienced the unique Home & Gift buying experience then you are in for a treat. Quintessentially British, Harrogate offers the perfect summer buying trip for any new or seasoned buyer

To avoid disappointment and receive the best rates available book your accommodation and travel today.

We look forward to seeing you at #HomeandGift2018

 

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GIFT OF THE YEAR: OLD FAVOURITES RETURN

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The categories of product celebrated in each Gift of the Year competition change as time goes by, based on current trends in the gift market. This means we sometimes put a category away that has less significance than it once did, and other times we bring back a parked category to celebrate its recent growth.

We are bringing back two past categories for the 2019 competition, based on feedback from judges and entrants over the past few months: Ethical Gifts, and Pet.

The Ethical Gifts category is in essence the two former Fair Trade and Eco-Friendly categories merged into one. Increasingly, consumers are interested in buying products that are kinder to the planet: gifts made from upcycled and recycled materials; gifts produced under ethical working conditions; or gifts that help improve the environment. Gift of the Year project manager Luke says, “The competition is forward-thinking, and so are many manufacturers and suppliers in the gift industry. We should be celebrating those who want to make fantastic gift products without literally costing us the earth, and who set high standards of worker welfare.”

The Pet category covers anything from designer dog leads to cat cologne, parrot prosecco and goldfish glitter (okay, we made that one up). “People all over the country love their pets and want to pamper them during the holidays,” says Luke. “It’s a growing sector in the gift market, and some really wonderful – and quirky – products are showing up at trade shows this year.”

No categories have been removed since the 2018 competition, so there will be 17 categories in total, and 18 awards including the vaunted Judges’ Choice. This ultimate prize, chosen from among all of the category winners, comes with a free stand at Autumn Fair 2019. The awards will be given at a glamorous ceremony at Spring Fair – details to follow.

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We will soon be announcing the first few judges to sign up to our ever-growing panel of retailers, trade press and industry experts, but we did speak to Jenny Morrison of Top Drawer Gifts in St Andrews, who judged in the 2018 competition. We asked her for her thoughts on the competition.

“I’m looking for a product that stands out, and catches the eye. Something with a great look, but commercial appeal too,” Jenny told us. Reflecting on the benefit of the competition to retailers, she added, “You feel privileged to stock a ‘Gift of the Year’ winner or indeed a finalist. It’s an accreditation to the supplier.”

This year’s competition opens in July; look out for further announcements.

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WE MADE A BOOK…

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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 Simone.rose@ga-uk.org

 

 

RECENT TOYS UK ANNOUNCE LAUNCH OF EXCLUSIVE CONSTATIN PUZZLES RANGE AT SPRING FAIR 2018

 

Following their successful UK launch in 2017, Recent Toys UK have added Constantin Puzzles to their portfolio, with the first selection available to preview at Spring Fair. Managing Director, Stephen Woodman said ‘Constantin is unquestionably one of the most prolific puzzle inventors of the past 30 years. Between our Meffert range and Constantin range, our unique puzzle gift ranges have something for every retailer’.
Recent Toys confirmed additions to the Meffert range, with the new Gear Egg and Pocket Cube, as well as the XXL Gear Cube, a handful of a puzzle, in more ways than one.

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catch them at Spring Fair in Hall 6 stand 6N24. or visit their website here

To find out more about The Giftware Association click here or email us on enquiries@ga-uk.org

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THE SHORTLIST HAS BEEN CHOSEN …

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Are you one of the entrants to make it past the first hurdle for Gift of the Year 2018? It’s been a tough contest, with a high standard of entries, but it’s time to find out which brands and buyers have made it through to the 2018 shortlist?

The winners will be announced in front of 400 of the industry’s best and brightest at The Vox on Sunday 4 February 2018. Have you got your seat at the table?

Join us for an evening of excitement, glamour and laughs, hosted by celebrity impressionist Rory Bremner and celebrate the 40th anniversary of the awards and the winners of 2018 in style.