Gifts Today magazine

Celebrations at Gift of the Year

The awards took place at Spring Fair last week, with Hot Smoked winning the Judges’ Choice award

The companies who triumphed in all 20 categories were announced last week with Hot Smoked’s BBQ Hot Smoking Kit taking the most honours as the Judges’ Choice overall winners as well as picking up both the Food & Drink and Garden & Outdoor awards.

There were special celebrations in Festive & Occasional Gift as Gibson’s marked their 100th anniversary picking up the trophy for their 12 Days Of Christmas jigsaw advent calendar to add to the Commemorative & Collectable prize.

Run by the Giftware Association, the Gift Of the Year Awards are in their 41st year and the winners were revealed at the ceremony at Birmingham’s NEC introduced by GA CEO Sarah Ward, who spoke of a bright future for retail – if people look in the right direction.

'I can proudly state the industry we all love in in a very good place indeed, despite reports about the failing High Streets, empty shopping centres, rising operating costs and the B word.

'I want to replace Brexit with other B words, which I think are more relevant to this trade show and this evenings celebration – bold, brave, brilliant and British.

'Inside Retail’s authoritative guide to the UK retail market provides us with some convincing reasons for focusing positively on the UK. We, as the GA, are engaging with, supporting and providing opportunities for the industry – all, of course, driven by a very positive outlook, if we look in the right direction.'

The ceremony was compered by GOTY project manager Luke Palmer, with the trophies presented by GA marketing manager Chris Workman.
The awards were judged by a panel of industry folk, including Gifts Today's editor Sally Norton, John Lewis buyer Sara Allbright and Dulux creative director Marianne Shillingford.


Judges’ Choice overall winner – BBQ Hot Smoking Kit, Hot Smoked

Cards & Wrap
Winner – Pin & Ink, The Handcrafted Card Company
Commended – Hoot Parade Card Range, U Studio Design
Commended – Quilling Cards By Origamo, Blue Eyed Sun

Gift Stationery
Winner – Citygami London, Clockwork Soldier
Commended – Bookaroo Pen Pouch For Books, If (That Company Called)
Commended – Yes Studio Stationery Range, Wild & Wolf

Beauty Bath & Spa
Winner – Craft Your Own Herbal Handsalve, Bathing Beauty
Commended – Betty Hula Delicate Dusting Powder, Betty Hula
Commended – Morpheus Sleep Enhancing Range, Bathing Beauty

Branded Product

Winner – Frida Kahlo Boho Collection, Talking Tables
Commended – Harry Potter, Monster Notebook, BB Designs Europe
Commended – RNLI Build Your Own Lifeboat, Clockwork Soldier

Children's Gift

Winner – Engenius Contraptions Marble Run, Cheatwell Games
Commended – Healthy Kids Cooking Kit, Little Cooks Co
Commended – History Heroes Games, History Heroes

Commemorative & Collectable Gift
Winner – Sweet Memories Tins, Gibsons
Commended – Design Your Own My Icon Story Print, My Icon Story
Commended – The Book Of You, Colour Chronicles

Contemporary Gift
Winner – Flip Click Clock, Gingko Electronics
Commended – Lightgiftcard, Flightgiftcard
Commended – LED Glass Fireball, Transomnia
Commended – Recycled Glass Plant Terrarium, Fallen Fruits

Design & Craft

Winner – Handcrafted Gift Wrap Sheets, Paper Mirchi
Commended – Citygami London, Clockwork Soldier
Commended – Horn Viking Mug, Abbeyhorn

Ethical Gift
Winner – Bathing Beauty Soap, Bathing Beauty
Commended – Bee Green Wraps, Bee Green Wraps
Commended – Ideas Range, Vent For Change

Fashion Accessory
Winner – Blade & Rose, Arora Design
Commended – Jex Colour-In Trainers, Jex Shoes
Commended – Pusheen Cat Headphones, Thumbs Up

Fashion Jewellery
Winner – Isla, Billy's Beach Hut
Commended – Emma Lawrence Designs Necklace Collection, Emma Lawrence Designs
Commended – The Pink Link (Airlinks Provenance Range), Icarus Originals

Festive & Occasional Gift
Winner – Christmas Street: 12 Days Of Christmas Calendar, Gibsons
Commended – Festive Boozeballs, Gift Republic
Commended – Woodland Reusable Christmas Crackers, Kate Sproston Design

Food & Drink
Winner – BBQ Hot Smoking Kit, Hot Smoked
Commended – British Roast Dinner Box, Ross & Ross Food
Commended – Cake In A Card, Bakedin

Garden & Outdoor
Winner – BBQ Hot Smoking Kit, Hot Smoked
Commended – Gardening Collection, Wrendale Designs
Commended – Robin Winter Care Pack, Wildlife World

Home Accessory
Winner – Lexon Mino Bluetooth Speaker, Stone
Commended – Cat Face Plant Pots & Vases, Parlane International
Commended – R Space Lamp, Gingko Electronics

Home Fragrance
Winner – Bitter Orange & Ylang Ylang, The Recycled Candle Company
Commended – Kasper Aroma Diffuser, Europium World
Commended – Aromatherapy Range, Purbeck Candles

Hot Novelty
Winner – Weird Things Humans Search For, Big Potato Games
Commended – Affirmators, Abrams & Chronicle Books
Commended – Giant Handwarmers, Cozy Time
Commended – Weird Crushes, Bubblegum Stuff

Kitchen & Dining
Winner – T&G Ocean, T&G Woodware
Commended – Bollynice Range, Apples To Pears
Commended – Gin Time, Dartington Crystal

Pet Gift
Winner – Fetch This Gift, Leather Guild
Commended – Pet Party Kit, Talking Tables
Commended – The Bark Slice, The Sugar Shed

Under £10
Winner – Whisky Experience Glass, Dartington Crystal
Commended – Cake In A Card, Bakedin
Commended – Chocolate Box After Dinner Quiz, The Lagoon Group
Commended – Suck It, Really Good

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