Gift of the Year finalists announced

GGR Publisher, Charlotte Cowell, was thrilled to once again participate in the Gift of the Year Awards judging, which took place close to The Giftware Association’s Jewellery Quarter HQ in Birmingham. This year there were double the number of judges and what looked like the best-ever selection of entries, with many suppliers focusing on ranges with an eco-friendly, organic or fairtrade selling point, alongside plenty of handmade gems. Four products have been selected as finalists in each category, with the winners being kept top secret until the big reveal at Spring Fair:

BEAUTY, BATH AND SPA
Kushboo Soaps – Kushboo Soaps
Oil Infused Hair Turbans
Bathing Beauty Gift Tin
Botanical Range – Fikkerts Limited

BRANDED GIFT
Beatrix Potter Baby Collection – Enesco Limited
Blockbuster – Big Potato Games
Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak – Wow! Stuff
Mr Men Little Miss Love Couples – My Icon Story

Charlotte with GA CEO, Sarah Ward

CARDS AND WRAP
Paper Shakies – James Ellis
Wow! You’re…Birthday Books – From You to Me
Pyramid Gift Boxes – Decorasian
Sophie Corrigan for Wraptious – Wraptious

CHILDRENS GIFT
Squelch Wellies – Squelch Wellies
Build a Bee Hotel – Apples to Pears
Slipfree Shoes – Slipfree
The British Woodland Den Kit

COMMEMORATIVE AND COLLECTABLE
Things to do when you are… – A Year of Dates
VE Day 75th Anniversary
Sherlock Holmes – The Case of the Priceless Coin
Woohooyoo – Woohooyoo

CONTEMPORARY GIFT
Host your own Escape Room – Talking Tables
Ice and Slice – Nobile Glassware
Squireme – Stone
New Parents Date Box – A Year of Dates

DESIGN AND CRAFT
Baby Bunny Needle Felting Kit – The Crafty Kit Company
Banjo Robinson – Banjo Robinson
Citygami Berlin – Clockwork Soldier
Pocket Hearts – Berserks Glass

ETHICAL GIFT
Children’s Earth Lover Beeswax Wraps – Stib
Planet Happy Giftware range – Milly Green Designs
Tikiri – Tikiri
Space Station – Playpress Toys

Henri Davis enjoying the day!

FASHION ACCESSORY
Donuts – Sock Academy
Squelch Wellies – Squelch Wellies
PoM Recycled Polyester Scarves – Peace of Mind.925
Yvonne Ellen Eclectic Glamour Beauty Range

FASHION JEWELLERY
Isla Jewellery Range – Billys Beach Hut
Heart Chain Bracelets with Real Flower Charm – Shrieking Violet
Rosey Rabbits – Life Charms
Spring Millefiori – Carrie Elspeth

FESTIVE AND OCCASIONAL
Tree Planting Cards – Tree Wishes Festive Box – 1 Tree Cards
Christmas Planer – Wrendale Designs
Plasticine Christmas Advent Calendar – The Lagoon Group
BoHo Bride Activity Book – Talking Tables

GARDEN AND OUTDOOR
Personalised Garden Printed Hanging Slate Plaque – Personalised Memento Company
Squelch Wellies – Squelch Wellies
Wonderland Games Queen of Hearts Croquet
Year in the Garden – Garden Planner – The Great British Card Co

GIFT FOOD
Veggie Roast Dinner Kit – Ross and Ross Gifts
COCO Twelve bar Collection – COCO Chocolatier
Devon Coastal Negroni – Tom Savano Cocktails
Gin Botanicals Tin with Silk Sari Wrap

HOME ACCESSORY
Orbital Candle Holder – Aery
Anatomy Vegan Suede Cushions by Sophie Corrigan – Wraptious
Handmade Flat Candles – Flaty
Leopard Pot Hanger – Parlane International

HOME FRAGRANCE
Aromatherapy Range – Blend No. 5 – Purbeck Candles
Olly – Europium World
Yvonne Ellen Stacking Candles – Wax Lyrical
Aromatherapy Collection – Aery

HOT NOVELTY
Resteazzz – Puckator
Animal Suitcases – WITH Creative
Bubble Bath & Bubble Blowing – The Somerset Toiletry Co
Vegan Not Vegan – Bubblegum Stuff

KITCHEN AND DINING
Bread Warmer – Iona Buchanan
W&P Porter Seal Tight Containers – Stone
Wooden Bladed Cheese Knife – Whispers of Wood
Wonki Ware – Clayspoon

PET GIFT
Dog Lovers Gift Range – Apples to Pears
BowDangle – Wren & Rye
Colour in Animal Houses – Norfolk Industries for Disabled People
The Haypigs! Guinea Pig Circus Range – HayPigs!

STATIONERY
Pen Bookmark – Thinking Gifts
Sakana Daily Planner – Hello Day
Busy Life Planner – Busy Bee
Yes Studio Stationery Collection – Wild and Wolf

UNDER £10
Mini Me – Sock Academy
Fair Trade Vegetable Rattles – Best Years
My Little World – Airport – My Little World
History Heroes Art Game – History Heroes