GIFT OF THE YEAR: NOW OPEN

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Gift of the Year is an annual competition celebrating the best new products in the gift and home market.

It is celebrated each year at Spring Fair, when the final winners are announced, but being a Gift of the Year winner lasts throughout the year (and beyond!).

In this newsletter we look at profiles of winners and their products, announce and interview our judging panel, and share other news about this prestigious award.

Winner Highlight:
Paper Mirchi

Gift of the Year:
Two Weeks to Go

Judge Profile:
Tracey Bearton

The competition is now open, and will remain open until the end of November. Don’t forget that an early bird entry discount of at least 20% awaits those who enter before the end of September!

 

 

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GIFT OF THE YEAR NEWSLETTER

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Did you catch our Gift of the year newsletter? The news comms will be going out monthly to keep you up to date on all things Gift of The Year including past winners interviews and stories, Judges profiles of the 2019 judges to enable you to see what next year’s judges are looking for and big names that you can get yourself in front of as we have seen in the past, its not just the winning that counts as some of the judges have been introduced to new products that they may never have found elsewhere, with one judges interested in the  whole category of entries.

With the big news this year of Fair Trade and Eco Friendly being reinstated as one category: Ethical Gift. We are also reintroducing the popular Pet Gift category.

Find out more from our first newsletter here.

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GOTY FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

IMG_4013.JPGThe finalists have finally been announced. The Gift of the Year live judging day took place at The Button Factory in Birmingham on Thursday 11th January, in the home city of The Giftware Association.

With industry judges ranging from retailers like Mark Jones and Lindsey Adams to group buyer Mike Cook from Choice Marketing.  The judges arrived early to judge the 15 categories and chose their favorites of the day and choose the ultimate judges choice winner too, The products were put through their paces and some tough decisions were made.

With a hard to choose from selection of gifts ranging from Stormtrooper speakers, make your own beer kits and teddy bears. The judges whittled down the entries and selected the finalists for the awards night in February.

Sarah Ward CEO Of The Giftware Association, said of the day ” Today was a great success and we got some great feedback from the judges with the general consensus being that the companies are upping their creativeness year on year which is making the judging day harder and harder, also to see all the products in one room is great to recognise all the hard work that has gone into this year competition”

All the finalists can be viewed here

LAST CALL FOR ENTRIES IN THE GIFT OF THE YEAR COMPETITION

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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 luke.palmer@ga-uk.org.

 

GIFT OF THE YEAR – TWO WEEKS TO GO

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Time is flying, and there are now only two weeks left for you to take the crown in Gift of the Year 2018.

As the Gift of the Year competition hots up, as the weather cools down, we are loving seeing the sheer amount of entries we have received and also the variety of products entering the competition too.  Gift of the Year awards – which will take place on the evening of Sunday 4 February 2018 at Spring Fair – have announced top TV impressionist and comedian Rory Bremner as the host of the glitzy ceremony. the well-known comedian and impressionist will ensure that the evening will be a huge success and the awards are presented in a  true comedic manner that will reflect the fun-loving nature of our industry.

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If you’ve already filled in your product details, you might want to make sure your entries are ship-shape, or even enter a few more categories. If not, you still have plenty of time – but the days keep marching on!

We have around 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, Here are a select few.

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Lauren has more than 25 years’ experience as a senior brand developer within the arts and museum sector.

As Head of Business Development & Licensing Lauren is responsible for the V&A’s international brand and image licensing programmes and book publishing distribution.  The V&A’s extraordinarily diverse collections inspire and excite designers, retailers, manufacturers, publishers and broadcasters in multiple categories and territories.

 

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Heidi is the  Owner and Director of Detail Retail Limited. She has had a long and passionate affair with design and all things creative from a young age before moving into the Gifting Industry with detail retail. Ten years on the Detail brand is now established and a proud showcase in all areas of design. We have grown and seasoned to settle again close to my original roots in Cumbria, selling beautifully designed gifts and stationery. Our continued support for small businesses is constantly rewarding and exciting.

I love art in all its forms; I am an avid gallery goer and actively seek out the curious and quirky, trying to give our shoppers an insight into the unordinary.

 

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Nikki Straw has worked in the industry for ten years – the last six having been spent at A Fly Went By – her shop in Southwell, Nottinghamshire. The shop provides a unique, eclectic and wonderfully eccentric mix of products along with some of those long-forgotten items from our childhood.

Nikki is passionate about finding products that are different and yet still appealing to her ever-growing customer base, with this in mind A Fly Went By sources one off vintage finds, as well as searching out smaller artisan makers and buying from well-established brands

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 on Sunday, February 4th.*

The timetable for the competition is as follows:

The closing date is 24th November 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 luke.palmer@ga-uk.org.