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Progressive Gifts & Home February 2023 Issue Out Now

Welcome to the February 2023 issue of Progressive Gifts & Home! With Christmas undeniably the most crucial period for retail, we asked a selection of gift retailers for the full lowdown. For many, despite the cost of living and postal strikes, it was far from the predicted doom and gloom. Click through to pages 19-21 to discover the highs and the lows that was Christmas 2022.

Above: Hugs & Kisses in Tettenhall was among the gift retailers that enjoyed a great festive trading period.
Above: Hugs & Kisses in Tettenhall was among the gift retailers that enjoyed a great festive trading period.

Meanwhile, with the countdown to Spring Fair (February 5-8, NEC) now underway, we take a look at some of the exciting new launches at the show, and have a face-to-face chat with the sourcing director of brand new, global show Source Home & Gift which is co-locating with Spring Fair. Click through to pages 33-35.

Above: Among the jewellery items from India’s Asha Handicrafts that will be showcased at Source Home & Gift at Spring Fair.
Above: Among the jewellery items from India’s Asha Handicrafts that will be showcased at Source Home & Gift at Spring Fair.

Suppliers meanwhile, discuss how societal changes are impacting on products and product choices (click through to pages 85-87), plus, we take a look at what’s trending in the home fragrancing marketplace (click through to pages 77-79), and in the jewellery and fashion accessories sector (click through to pages 67-71). In addition, the winner and finalists in last year’s Greats Best Display category reveal where their inspiration comes from.  Click through to pages 57-59.

Above: Puckator’s rainbow Somewhere range.
Above: Puckator’s rainbow Somewhere range.

We also catch up with the entrepreneurial Oliver Tress, founder and managing director of Oliver Bonas, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year (click through to pages 48-49), and talk to Katie Loxton, co-founder and creative supremo of her eponymous company and Joma Jewellery. Click through to pages 52-53.

Above: Oliver Tress, founder and managing director of Oliver Bonas, is shown at the company’s brand new Chichester store.
Above: Oliver Tress, founder and managing director of Oliver Bonas, is shown at the company’s brand new Chichester store.

Elsewhere, wise words come from Sarah Ward, ceo of The Giftware Association,(click through to page 25), who, along with six leading gift companies, highlights the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the industry. Click throughto Feedback pages 29-31. But first, catch up with all the latest news and views (click through to pages 9-15), and see what our columnists Rob Hutchins, editor and community manager of Products of Change, and Libby Holden, owner of Lovely Libby’s in Rayleigh, Essex, have to say. Click through to pages 23 and 89 respectively.

Above: Products of Change’s Rob Hutchins and ceo Helena Mansell-Stopher.
Above: Products of Change’s Rob Hutchins and ceo Helena Mansell-Stopher.

And finally, don’t forget that the closing date for Greats Awards entries is 21 Februarynominations need to be with us by 31 January – with a downloadable entry form available on www.thegreatsawards.co.uk.  Alternatively, entries can be emailed directly to me at suem@max-publishing.co.uk. We know that there are lots of exceptional gift retailers out there and we want to hear from you! Click through to page 9.

To read the full issue of Progressive Gifts & Home February 2023 click here.

 

Enjoy reading!

Sue

Sue Marks

Editor

Progressive Gifts & Home/GiftsandHome.net

 

Top: The February 2023 issue of Progressive Gifts & Home is out NOW!

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