Gift Of The Year Finalists Announced

Following a ‘live’ judging that took place last Thursday (January 9) at The Button Factory in Birmingham, the Gift of the Year finalists have been announced, with the winners revealed on the Inspiring Retail Stage at Spring Fair on Sunday February 2. 

The finalists in this year’s competition are:

Beauty, Bath And Spa

Bathing Beauty: Gift Tin

Danielle: Oil Infused Hair Turbans

Fikkerts: Botanical Range

Kushboo Soaps: Kushboo Soaps

 

Branded Gift

Big Potato Games: Blockbuster

Enesco: Beatrix Potter Baby Collection

My Icon Story: Mr Men Little Miss Love Couples

Wow! Stuff: Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak

 

Cards And Wrap

Decorasian: Pyramid Gift Boxes

From You To Me: Wow! You’re…Birthday Books

James Ellis: Paper Shakies

Wraptious: Sophie Corrigan for Wraptious

 

Children’s Gift

Apples To Pears: Build A Bee Hotel

Slipfree: Slipfree Shoes

Squelch Wellies: Squelch Wellies

The Den Kit Co: The British Woodland Den Kit

 

Commemorative And Collectable

A Year Of Dates: Things To Do When You Are…

Moocow Studios: VE Day 75th Anniversary

Professor Puzzle: Sherlock Holmes – The Case Of The Priceless Coin

Woohooyoo: Woohooyoo

 

Contemporary Gift

A Year of Dates: New Parents Date Box

Nobile Glassware: Ice and Slice

Stone: Squireme

Talking Tables: Host your own Escape Room

 

Design And Craft

Berserks Glass: Pocket Hearts

Banjo Robinson: Banjo Robinson

Clockwork Soldier: Citygami Berlin

The Crafty Kit Company: Baby Bunny Needle Felting Kit –

 

Ethical Gift

Milly Green Designs: Planet Happy Giftware Range

Playpress Toys: Space Station

Stib: Children’s Earth Lover Beeswax Wraps

Tikiri: Tikiri

 

Fashion Accessory

My Gifts Trade: Yvonne Ellen Eclectic Glamour Beauty Range

Peace of Mind.925: PoM Recycled Polyester Scarves

Sock Academy: Donuts

Squelch Wellies: Squelch Wellies

 

Fashion Jewellery

Billys Beach Hut: Isla Jewellery Range

Carrie Elspeth: Spring Millefiori

Life Charms: Rosey Rabbits

Shrieking Violet: Heart Chain Bracelets with Real Flower Charm

 

Festive And Occasional

1 Tree Cards: Tree Planting Cards: Tree Wishes Festive Box

Talking Tables: BoHo Bride Activity Book

The Lagoon Group: Plasticine Christmas Advent Calendar

Wrendale Designs: Christmas Planner

 

Garden And Outdoor

Personalised Memento Company: Personalised Garden Printed Hanging Slate Plaque

Professor Puzzle: Wonderland Games Queen of Hearts Croquet

Squelch Wellies: Squelch Wellies

The Great British Card Co: Year in the Garden – Garden Planner

 

Gift Food

COCO Chocolatier: Twelve Bar Collection

Tom Savano Cocktails: Devon Coastal Negroni

Ross and Ross Gifts: Veggie Roast Dinner Kit

Spice Kitchen: Gin Botanicals Tin With Silk Sari Wrap

 

Home Accessory

Aery: Orbital Candle Holder

Flaty: Handmade Flat Candles

Parlane: Leopard Pot Hanger

Wraptious: Anatomy Vegan Suede Cushions by Sophie Corrigan

 

Home Fragrance

Aery: Aromatherapy Collection

Europium World: Olly

Purbeck Candles: Aromatherapy Range – Blend No. 5

Wax Lyrical: Yvonne Ellen Stacking Candles

 

Hot Novelty

Bubblegum Stuff: Vegan Not Vegan

Puckator: Resteazzz

The Somerset Toiletry Co: Bubble Bath & Bubble Blowing

With Creative: Animal Suitcases

 

Kitchen And Dining

Clayspoon: Wonki Ware

Iona Buchanan: Bread Warmer

Stone: W&P Porter Seal Tight Containers

Whispers of Wood: Wooden Bladed Cheese Knife

 

Pet Gift

Apples To Pears: Dog Lovers Gift Range

HayPigs!: The Haypigs! Guinea Pig Circus Range

Norfolk Industries for Disabled People: Colour in Animal Houses

Wren & Rye: BowDangle

 

Stationery

Busy Bee: Busy Life Planner

Hello Day: Sakana Daily Planner

Thinking Gifts: Pen Bookmark

Wild & Wolf: Yes Studio Stationery Collection

 

Under £10

Best Years: Fair Trade Vegetable Rattles

History Heroes: Art Game

My Little World: Airport

Sock Academy: Mini Me

 

It was a fantastic year for the Gift of the Year competition,” The Giftware Association’s ceo Sarah Ward told GiftsandHome.net. “More companies than ever entered, with an increase in the number of products that were shortlisted. We also saw many more new companies entering, plus we had 41 judges this year, our largest ever judging panel. It was incredible to hear the feedback from the judges and how they were finding it hard to choose from so many quality products.”

Above: Sarah Ward, ceo of The Giftware Association, is shown at last week’s Gift of the Year judging.
Above: Sarah Ward, ceo of The Giftware Association, is shown at last week’s Gift of the Year judging.

Among the Independent gift retailer judges this year was Louise Prydderch, owner of Forget-Me-Not and Lulu Loves in Stubbington. “I especially loved judging the categories that are outside the box for me such as pet gifts,” she told GiftsandHome.net. “I took lots of photos of the shortlisted products and will be feeding back to the team.” At Alligator Pear in Tadworth, owner Maggie Thornton said: “There was a huge selection of gifts and in some categories it was difficult to choose a shortlist, as there were quite a few products that I really liked.”

Above: The judges are shown browsing the shortlisted products.
Above: The judges are shown browsing the shortlisted products.

Added Rachel and Paul Roberts who have three gift shops in Northamptonshire and one in Olney: “We were very impressed with the shortlisted products and there are several suppliers that we will be making contact with. It was a good edit of the best products in advance of  Spring Fair.” Also full of praise was Helen Crawford, co-owner of The Old School Beauly in Beauly: “The quality was through the roof and innovation was top class.”

Other retail judges at the ‘live’ judging included John Lewis’ gift buyer Sara Allbright, Jo Williams, owner of Joco Interiors in Nuneaton and Karen Ebers, owner of Something Special in Edenbridge. Returning as a judge was Sue Marks, editor Progressive Gifts & Home/GiftsandHome.net, sponsors of the Judges’ Choice award.

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