Gifts Today magazine

Giving & Living 2020

The Exeter showcase is a gift for West Country retailers

The Westpoint Exhibition Centre at Clyst St Mary, just outside Exeter, is the setting for the South West’s largest gifts and merchandising event – a magnet for everyone keen to get a sneak preview of the very latest trends in personalised gifts and home accessories set to hit the shops in 2020.

Everything from cups to cards, fossils to furnishings, jewellery to jams and silver to sunglasses will be on show, enabling canny trade buyers to spot the goods that will drive their sales in 2020.

Giving & Living takes place between 12-15 January, and over 200 exhibitors from across the West and further afield will be showcasing a huge range of beautifully crafted gifts and unusual home accessories, as well as testing out the water with new ranges of 'all things coast'. The show provides a uniquely relaxed and convivial environment where some 4000 retail buyers can meet with suppliers and manufacturers to make those all-important buying decisions for the year ahead and build valuable personal relationships.

Some popular features will also add to the mix: 'Speakers Corner' will provide a platform for trade experts to impart their knowledge; sustainable and fair trade items will figure large, marked as 'Naturally'; an exciting range of new exhibitors will be presenting their wares for the very first time in the ‘Newcomers' area; there’s a 'Designed and Made in Britain' category for those keen to source local; and the 'Coastal Path' is perfect for retailers searching for gifts and accessories inspired by sun, sand and sea.

'This is the 56th Giving & Living trade event,' says Mike Anderson, MD of show organisers Hale Events, 'and like every year before it we’ll have a huge array of proven best sellers on show. I’m delighted that visitors will also see a host of exhibitors whose work will be new to them. This is really important if retailers are to refresh their offering and keep ahead of the competition.

'Many of our exhibitors don’t attend any other shows – so it really is a one-off opportunity for retailers to gain exclusive access to items that they would otherwise miss. Sourcing products online can never compete with seeing and feeling products that will appeal to your customers – and the only way to do that is at Giving & Living.'

Registration for the show is free.

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