Gifts Today magazine

Gift Of The Year Judging Takes Place

Lema editors Sally Norton and Tracey Bearton head to Birmingham for live judging day for GA awards,

Thursday 12 January saw the Gift Of The Year live judging event, where the biggest entry yet was whittled down to 21 winners – and the overall Judges’ Choice award.

The names are being kept under wraps until the opening day of Spring Fair to find out who has come out top in the accolades organised by the Giftware Association, as all will be revealed at the GOTY ceremony on Sunday, February 5.

Gifts Today editor Sally Norton and her colleague Tracey Bearton from Greetings Today were among judges who compared everything from giant inflatable unicorns and musical cards, through fairy tutus and an insect hotel, to beer for dogs, odd socks and handmade lambswool scarves.

The stellar panel of judges also saw John Lewis's Sara Allbright, Jarrold’s Suzi Abel, Ocado’s Martin De La Fuente, retail consultant and GA Chairman Henri Davis, and Nathaniel Mobbs from the National Gallery, help pick the winners at the Birmingham venue following the original online judging.

GA CEO Sarah Ward said: 'This year GOTY grew by over 35 per cent. Last year we had the best entry for years with 721 products so that was something to be very proud of, however this year we had a staggering 1,100 entries.

'Previously we had 138 companies enter, this year it was 229 which is great, but there are many more people out there who we would love to take part.

'For just £65 for non-members to enter, the exposure is great. It’s not about Spring Fair, it’s not about us, it’s about the industry showing off the wonderful product that’s out there.'

As a reminder, the full 2017 shortlist is below, and the winners will be revealed on Sunday, February 5, at the presentation ceremony which takes place at the end of the opening day of Spring Fair at Birmingham’s NEC.

2017 Shortlist

A5 Page a Day Illustrated Diary – Wrendale Designs
Memo Mug – Mustard
Sarah J Perry designs – Holy Mackerel
Scratch to Reveal Range – Ginger Ray
Save The Date Magnet Invitations – Ginger Ray
Polaroid Stationery – Wild & Wolf
Notebooks – Paper Salad
Music Box Cards – My Design Co
The Family Yearbook – Two Little Boys
Disney Magical Beginnings Photo Albums – Widdop And Co

Bailey Laine, Throws – The Great British Exchange
The Lobster Apron – Lobster Homeware
Lakes Collection Boxed Candle – Wax Lyrical
The Treat – Thanks, I Love It
Simon Carter Traditional Wooden Shaft Umbrella – Simon Carter
Personalised Haynes Explains Manuals – Signature Gifts
Detta Shortie Lambswool & Boucle Scarf – Detta
Carrie – Carrie Elspeth
Cushions – Wrendale Designs

Personalised Time For Tea! Box – Treat Gifts
Fair Trade Fairies Range – Believe You Can Designs
Greenfrog Botanic Bodywash Range – Greenfrog Botanic
Fair Trade Fairy Tutu – Believe You Can Designs
Seedball – Project Maya
Animal Capital Letters – Lanka Kade

Personalised Eco-Friendly Ash Wood Tablet Holder – Treat Gifts
The Tower Insect Hotel – Deco-Pak
Glove Box Car Car Kit – RKM Nushine
Honey & Co Face Mask & Roz Mixing Set – Iam By Nature
Greenfrog Botanic Bodywash Range – Greenfrog Botanic
Seedball – Project Maya

VW Campervan Pet Carrier – The Monster Factory
Beer For Dogs – Woof&Brew
Animal Adventures – Paladone Products
Butch Leather & Peach Bum Pet Perfumes – Hownd
Alfie the Airedale – Dora Designs
Dog Ear Bookmark – If (That Company Called)
Personalised Paw Print Pet Bowls – Signature Gifts
Creaturewares mugs – Burgon & Ball
Mid Century Poppy Poop Bag Holder – Rex London

Kin Vodka – The Great British Exchange
The Homemade Curing Kit... Salmon – Ross & Ross Food
Drinks Cider Stocking – Victor's Drinks
Mog Bottled Beer For Dogs – Kimm And Miller
Chocolate Pool Balls – Kimm And Miller
Camellia Tea Magnet & Infuser Set – Charles Viancin
Bakedin Christmas Mug Pudding – Bakedin
Dip And Dress – The Gift Of Oil

Cafe Spa Coffee Scrubs – Wild-Olive
Oh K! 12 Days of Beauty – NPW
Gift Ocean – Stone Glow Candles
Roz Mixing Set – Iam By Nature
Greenfrog Botanic Bodywash Range – Greenfrog Botanic
Luxurious Body Scrub – Heyland & Whittle
Box of 3 Modern Man Soaps – Rex London
Oh K! Mask Edit Range – NPW

Volkswagen BBQ Hamper – Fizz Creations
FloraBrite Range – Burgon & Ball
Concrete Bee Planters – Parlane International
Colobri Single Travel Hammock – La Siesta
Apple Totseat – Totseat
Mini Golf – Professor Puzzle
Magpie Flora Foraging range – Cubic Products
Mini Potted Plants – Parlane International
SplashMaps Stretch Neck Warmer – SplashMaps

Designers Guild Collection – Heyland & Whittle
Candlemaking Kit – Northumbrian Candleworks
Wax Lyrical Lakes Collection 100ml diffuser – Wax Lyrical
New Scented Candle – Marmalade Of London
Sara Miller London – Home Fragrance Collection – Canova Home & Fragrance
All Natural Beeswax Honey Blends Candle Collection – Root Candles
George ScentandSound Electronic Fragrance Diffuser – Heart Of The Country
Candle – Heyland & Whittle
Citrus or Floral Votive Candles Gift Set – T/A Branche d'Olive
New Luxury Hand-Poured Scottish Candle – Jo Macfarlane

Volkswagen Toaster – Fizz Creations
Beer Cap & Wine Cork Collection Boxes – Transomnia
Go Ahead, Take Your Top Off Bottle Opener Sign – Transomnia
Millie Marotta Home Gifting Collection – Milly&Flynn
Big Fork – New Soda
Matt Sewell – Gift Republic
Construction Coasters – Gift Republic
Personalised Olympic Glass Range – Signature Gifts
Rosie Bento Box – Rex London
The Lobster Apron – Lobster Homeware

Polaroid Home Accessories – Wild & Wolf
10 Reasons I Love You – Personalised Light Box – Giggle Beaver
Buckden 3 Stag Wall Hook – The Libra Company
White Deer Head with Coloured Birds – Bentley & Bo Interiors
Best Dad City Cushion – Jola Designs
Trolley Bags Cool – Evo Lifestyle Products
Starlight Bottles – Boxer Gifts

Freestanding Flamingo Umbrella – Fallen Fruits
Flower Rings – Shrieking Violet
Perfect Pouch, All that Glitters – Katie Loxton
Polka Face – United Oddsocks
United Oddsocks Armwarmers – United Oddsocks
Beauty Junky Beauty Bag – NPW
Hybe, 4in1 Hybrid Bags – Bag Reborn
Abstract Range – Carrie Elspeth
British Wildlife Collection – Martick Jewellery
Changers – Goodlookers

Wellybix, Bake At Home Dog Biscuit Baking Kit – The Great British Exchange
Baby Sock Fairy Cakes – The Bump Company
Mutt Hound Dog – Originals International
Felt Rocking Horse Kit – Corinne Lapierre
Fairytale House Mobile Sewing Kits – The Crafty Kit Company
New Range Of Unisex British Lambswool Scarves – Detta
Detta Shortie Lambswool & Boucle Scarf – Detta
Chef Mouse Feltie – Originals International

Personalised Christmas Eve Box With Treats – Treat Gifts
Music Box Cards – My Design Co
Matt Sewell – Gift Republic
Einstein House Puzzle – Professor Puzzle
Power Pets – Gift Republic
Houdini Lock – Professor Puzzle
Mutt Hound Dog – Originals International
British Colour Standard Mugs – Designed In Colour

Dino For The Day – NPW
Personalised Christmas Eve Box With Treats – Treat Gifts
Anisnap Watches – Melting
Dinner Winner Kids Dinner Tray – Kitchencraft
Discovery Channel Smartphone Microscope – Paladone Products
Behaviour Book With Reward Stickers – Really Good
Animal Modelling Kit – The Lagoon Group
The Mashers – United Oddsocks
Animal Book Cushions – Thinking Gifts
Ministry Of Defence Build Your Own Windups – Fizz Creations
Unicorn Nail Polish – NPW
KA* In The Kitchen – The Lagoon Group
Keepsake Lockets – Interplay UK

Zippy Bandana Bibs – Zippy Baby
Baby Sock Fairy Cakes – The Bump Company
Best Baby Bib – Jola Designs
Charlie the Sausage Dog Pull Along Toy – Rex London
Rufus Rabbit Bunny Bonnets – The Little Dog
The Peter Rabbit Little Guides – Signature Gifts

Emergency Tea Bag Stash Tin – Really Good
The Really Useful Magnifying Bookmark – If (That Company Called)
Wine Labels – Thumbs Up
LED Bottle Light Kit – Transomnia
LED Mini Dinosaur Origami Lamps – House Of Disaster
The BFG Dream Jar Reading Light – If (That Company Called)
Oh K! Character Lip Balm Duo – NPW
Lizzie's Fizzies Drink Markers – NPW
Rocket Timer – J-Me
Soap Book: To Beard Or Not To Beard – Heyland & Whittle
Discovery Channel Smartphone Microscope – Paladone Products
Build A Mega-Bot – Clockwork Soldier

Personalised Ladybird Books For Grown-Ups – Signature Gifts
Canned Laughter – NPW
Toilet Award – Thumbs Up
Only Fools & Horses Washbag – The Monster Factory
Inflatable Unicorn – The Monster Factory
The Really Useful Magnifying Bookmark – If (That Company Called)
Star Sharing Cracker – Talking Tables
Chocolate Biscuit Ceramic Money Box – Half Moon Bay
Pocket Bowling – NPW
Lightsaber Heat Change Mug – Paladone Products
Tweexy – The Original Wearable Nail Polish Bottle – (Tweexy)
CouchCoaster – Hit Products

Star Wars Millenium Falcon Picnic Rug – The Monster Factory
Stanley – Wild & Wolf
Ted Baker Mens Autumn/Winter 2016 – Wild & Wolf
Personalised Haynes Explains Manuals – Signature Gifts
Personalised Ladybird Books for Grown-Ups – Signature Gifts
Moleskine Harry Potter Limited Edition Notebook – NPW
BFG Jump-Squiffling Giant Jigsaw – The Lagoon Group
The Great British Bake Off Jigsaw Puzzles – Gibsons

Bearr Man Gift Box – The Ochil Skincare Company
Christmas Eve Kit – Ginger Ray
Santa Footprint Stencil – Ginger Ray
Christmas Entertainment – Talking Tables
12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar – Mad Beauty
Bakedin Christmas Mug Pudding – Bakedin
Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh Gifts for Christmas – Heyland & Whittle
The Family Yearbook – Two Little Boys

Build a Block Guest Book Alternative – Ginger Ray
#justbecause – Lifecharms
Save the Date Magnet Invitations – Ginger Ray
Hidden Message Candle – Melting
Welcome To The World And You – From You To Me
Crayon Candles – Boxer Gifts
Eggcellent – Widdop And Co
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