LAST CHANCE TO ENTER GIFT OF THE YEAR 2019

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It’s the final day of our competition!! Yes, you only have one day left to enter our Gift of the Year 2019 competition. Entries will close at 11pm tonight! so you still have a full day to enter and complete your entries.

Thank you to all those have entered and good luck for the initial stages of judging. For those that have not entered yet, what are you waiting for?…The competition is a great way for you to raise the profile of your products and businesses as well as all your hard work as you get them in front of our judging panel of industry judgesincluding, buyers, retailers, and key industry experts. To find out more about the benefits then speak to a member of the team.

If you’ve already filled in your product details, you might want to make sure your entries are all present and correct or even enter a few more categories out of the 20 we have in this year’s competition.

Take a look at last years winners…

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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 an all-inclusive, free to attend a special ceremony hosted at Spring Fair.

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The timetable for the competition is as follows:

  • The closing date is this Wednesday, the 5th November 2018 – 11PM;
  • Shortlisted companies will be notified w/c 13th December 2018;
  • Shortlisted samples will be required by 8th January 2019

We look forward to seeing what you’ve got in store for the judges. The Gift of the Year team is here to help, so if you need guidance please contact us on 0121 237 1142 or email luke.palmer@ga-uk.org.

Good Luck

The Giftware Asociation Team

GIFT OF THE YEAR DEADLINE EXTENDED

Competition Extension

To give entrants time to finalise their entries and due to popular demand, we have decided to extend the Gift of the Year entry deadline.

The competition will now close on Wednesday, the 5th of December.

That means if you have already entered and want to consider adding more entries, or if you haven’t got around to entering yet, you still have a full week. After that, the entries will close and be put in front of our panel of retailers, trade press editors and industry experts.

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 free-to-attend ceremony hosted by Spring Fair, on Sunday February 3rd.

The timetable for the competition is now as follows:

  • The closing date is next Wednesday, the 5th of December;
  • Shortlisted companies will be notified on Thursday, the 13th of December;
  • Shortlisted samples will be required by Tuesday, the 8th of January.

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 luke.palmer@ga-uk.org.

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GET AHEAD FOR 2019 BY SOURCING SOME INCREDIBLE NEW PRODUCTS AT SCOTLANDS TRADE FAIR

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Register now for Scotland’s Trade Fair from 20-22 Jan 2019 where there will be at least a third of all exhibitors who are new to the Show and many others showcasing their 2019 stock for the first time.

With a fantastic line-up of companies this is a ‘must visit’ show as it is the only chance in Scotland for sourcing gifts, homewares, crafts, jewellery, fashion accessories, textiles and clothing, and food and drink together in one venue.

To be launched at the Show is ‘Nessie’s Den’ where 3 prominent retailers – Nancy Smillie from Glasgow, Yvonne Carr from Visit Scotland, and Helen Crawford from the Old School in Beauly – will evaluate selected exhibitors’ products in a light-hearted session on Mon 21st, and another session for food producers with food retailers in the ‘Den’ on Tues 22nd.

Other workshops and seminars include social media to grow your business by Tuminds Founder Rene Looper; Ian Retallick on How independents can take on the giants and win; Harnessing the power of digital influencers by O Communications; Visual merchandising by Lynda Murray and many more.

The array of new exhibitors ranges from large, household names to niche producers but all will have dazzling displays. New for 2019 are Wrendale Designs, Galleon Jewellery, Channel Jumpers, Tartan Centre Wales, Susie Wright, The Highland Soap Company, James Galt, Sophie’s Wild Woollens, Pretty Pens, The BiGroup and Blue Eyed Sun with so many innovative products that will sell well.

Launching to the trade in the specially created Launch Gallery are Cubby’s Salve, Blackwater Barn Designs, The Divine Hag, Clarabella Christie, Midge Solutions, Urban Caledonia and Bart’s Balms.

The Craft Gallery, in association with Craft Scotland, has some truly creative exhibitors such as Kirsti Brown Ceramics, Helen Ruth Scarves, Tessuti Scotland and Vivienne Sillar Ceramics.

For the best in the Show, awards will be given on the opening morning. This year’s judges are Rhona Henderson from Gretna, Julie Pearson from Cloudberry Gifts in Edinburgh and Anne Boyd from Dornoch Jail. The winning products will be on display in the centre of the Show.

Adding a personal touch to your retail offering, whether its sourcing local products or giving the story behind it, will help attract customers and encourage purchasing. Becky Walker from The Green Gallery in Stirlingshire said: “It’s really important to keep changing stock and we find we thrive by adding a personal touch to our business through individual consultations or sourcing work for customers. We love finding new producers so we always feel the trade fair is a ‘must see’ twice a year for sourcing.”

Show Director Mark Saunders adds: “As we enter the most important trading period, everyone is hoping the year will close on a high with strong festive season sales. This would be the perfect backdrop for the show in January and retailers can start the hunt for new ideas with confidence off the back of a successful 2018. Whatever befalls we know that we are offering them a fantastic array of interesting and creative exhibitors.”

 

SHELLI GRAHAM’S AMAZING CHRISTMAS CARDS

With Christmas fast approaching, DesignGAP member Shelli Graham does not disappoint with her offering of unique and beautifully designed Christmas Cards. 

The Cards are more than what they seem and offer more than your average Christmas Card as well as being expertly hand-drawn and illustrated by Shelli, they also offer longevity.  Alongside her beautifully illustrative alphabet collection with a festive twist which features Yule logs, Christmas lights and Turkeys, she has also created desktop companions and games to keep you entertained throughout the Christmas period and a card that keeps on giving.

Have some fun this Christmas. Send a card that can be transformed into a fun, gingerbread themed board game for up-to 4 players. Simply fold the card flat, cut out the spinner and counters on the back of the card and you are ready to play. Why not make play a little more interesting? Winner gets to open the first present or the loser does the washing up after Christmas dinner!

Get crafty this Christmas and send a card that can be transformed into a beautiful desktop companion. This Christmas Card will give your recipient the rare opportunity to build a snowman that won’t melt and all they will need is a pair of scissors! (Two strips of self-adhesive tape is also included inside the card)

This Christmas Card will give your recipient the rare opportunity to build and decorate a christmas tree that will not drop needles all over the floor, it doesn’t need watering either! All your lucky recipient will need is a pair of scissors and a glue stick. (Two strips of self-adhesive tape is also included inside the card)

To find out more about Shelli Graham and her wider range of  products and cards check out her website out here

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LAST CHANCE TO ENTER GIFT OF THE YEAR

If you haven’t entered Gift of the Year yet, you still have a few days yet to enter and complete your entries: the competition closes on Friday the 30th of November. be in with a chance to get your products seen by buyers, retailers and key industry experts and influential figures, as well as winning a stand at Autumn Fair 2019 and a whole ramnge of promotion and exposure for your company and products.

    

The benefits of entering begin on day one; although of course you should be in it to win it, we will provide support for you all the way from submitting your entry to it potentially winning, with publicity on our social media, as well as branding you will be able to use online and in print. You have 20 categories to choose from to enter your products into from Branded Gift through to Gift Food and from Children’s Gift to Design and Craft, there is a category for everyone in the Home and Giftware world.

All of the information you need to enter is on the Gift of the Year website: www.giftoftheyear.co.uk, but if you are not sure of something, by all means, get in touch with one of the team who will be able to assist you.me.

    

We look forward to seeing what you’ve got in store for the judges.