WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT THE VERY FIRST GIFT AWARDS IN LONDON.
Last night the great and the good of the giftware industry gathered at the Royal Lancaster Hotel for the inaugural Gift Awards, recognising the very best products and retailers in the UK. This wonderful event marked a significant, unified step forward for the UK gift industry, with the Giftware Association’s Gift of the Year awards and The Greats gift retailer awards joining forces in one glittering ceremony.
The not-to-be-missed black tie awards event was attended by suppliers and retailers, making it one of the largest events in the home and gift calendar. We celebrated 22 category winners from Gift of the Year, as well as the finalists for The Greats, with the fantastic Willsow taking home the coveted Judges’ Choice Award after winning in two other categories.
A full list of the finalists and winners can be found on the Gift of the Year website. If you haven’t discovered these brands before, we are certain that you will know them in the coming months, as they represent the very best in UK giftware.
Sarah Ward, CEO Of the Giftware Association, said “The two award programmes have seen both gift product excellence and retail prowess recognised and rewarded, and I can safely say that all the finalists here have made our whole industry proud. I am excited to see how the awards now shape the future of the finalists and winners, as they deserve every success coming their way. After such a tough few years, these awards have shown how resilient and creative our industry is.”
She continued, “Awards like Gift of the Year and The Greats are vital for the health and prosperity of our industry, and there is no doubt that we are stronger together. By connecting both sides of the industry in such a meaningful way we provide added value to all those who enter and host a fantastic opportunity for those who attend to network, connect, and celebrate.”
The competition, which celebrates all that is new to the giftware world, has grown significantly over the past 45 years since it began, and this year showed no sign of it slowing down, with the awards containing more entries than ever before, Spring Fair hosting the live judging, and the huge, combined awards event.
Willsow’s overall win with their plantable children’s book, reflects the sustainable focus of businesses as whole in this year’s competition. In fact, most of the category winners have a clear sustainable policy that informs all aspects of their production. It will be interesting to see how this develops in the next few years.
The Gift of the year winners will each receive logos and point of sale, which they can use to promote their fantastic wins, and boost their profiles to grab buyers’ attention. The Gift of the Year website allows you to view all the finalists and winners and connect with them to do business with them. We can’t wait to see what the 2023 competition will bring.
Full list of 2022 winners:
|Beauty, Bath & Spa||Remedial Aromatherapy Candle Collection||ChilliWinter Isle of Wight Ltd|
|Branded Gift||Peter Rabbit Collection||Blade and Rose|
|Cards & Wrap||Greens & Greetings||Shroot|
|Children’s, Educational and Pre-School||The Plantable Children’s Book||Willsow|
|Commemorative, Collectable and Charitable||The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association Accessories Range||Just Trade|
|Contemporary Gift||Smart Moon Lamp||Gingko Electronics Ltd|
|Design & Craft||ReCycleMe||Inside Out Toys Ltd|
|Ethical Gift||The Plantable Children’s Book||Willsow|
|Fashion Accessories||Whistler Tree Cork Collection||Blank Canvas Eco Ltd|
|Festive & Occasions||Merry and Bright Village Advent Calendar DIY Craft Kit||Two for Joy|
|Food & Drink||Indian Spice Tin with 9 Spices and Silk Sari Wrap||Spice Kitchen|
|Home and Garden||Window Dressing||Fallen Fruits Ltd.|
|Home Fragrance||Memories Candles Collection||FYG|
|International||London Calling Global Collection||Rocket68|
|Judges Choice (Bling)||The Plantable Childrens Book||Willsow|
|Kitchen & Dining||Halo Cotton Dish Covers||Clayspoon Ltd|
|My Gift of All Time||The Modular Collection||2Som Ltd T/A Concrete & Wax|
|Novelty||Heinz grow your own tomatoes kit||Kimm & Miller (UK) Ltd.|
|Own Label||Wetland Wildlife Origami||Clockwork Soldier|
|Pet Gift||Doggy Baking Co – Baking Paw-Licking Treats For Your Dog||The Bottled Baking Co|
|Stationery||SUCSEED Notebook||VENT for Change|
|Tech & Gadgets||Arcade in a tin||Fizz Creations Ltd.|
The Gift of the Year website allows you to view all the finalists and winners and connect with them to do business with them. We can’t wait to see what the 2023 competition will bring.
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