The Best of the Best at this Year’s Gift of the Year Awards
Every year Spring Fair’s Sunday night is dedicated to the Gift of the Year awards.
“Gift of the Year is a barometer of trends in the gift and home market. These are the products of the moment.” Sebastian Conran, Gift of the Year Ambassador.
The awards are a celebration of the most original and innovative ‘new-to-market’ products. Winners are chosen by a carefully selected panel of judges; industry experts from independent gift shops, large department stores and online retailers.
The first round of reviews is conducted online, creating a shortlist of around 10 items per category. The second round of the process sees all the judges reviewing samples of the shortlisted products. From the shortlist the panel choose the winning and highly commended entries across 20 categories.
The panel judge each gift by several criteria including innovation, originality, quality, viability and wow factor to name just a few. In today’s post you can see all of the winners. Come back later in the week to see a gallery of the highly commended products.
Winner in the ‘Under £10’ category and ‘Kids’ categories:
Animal Toothbrush Holders by J-Me. RRP £8.00.
Diego, Bella and Grace turn the boring tooth brushing ritual into a fun safari. With a choice of green dinosaur, orange giraffe or pink bird, these Toothbrush holders add a touch of the wild side, helping the little people of our world to enjoy cleaning their gnashers.
Winner in the ‘Occasions’ category:
Photo Booth Prop Range by Ginger Ray. RRP £7.50.
A brand new range of photo booths for all birthdays, birthday milestones and hen parties. Each photo booth props kit comes with 10 props all on a stick, ready to strike a pose. Props include a #selfie prop, champagne bottle, lips and various other props to bring photos to life.
Winner in the ‘Home Accessories’ category:
Vintage Light Bulb by Amber Bright Creations. RRP £8.00 – £15.00.
Vintage incandescent light bulbs are a pure joy. Illumination to inspire, they draw you in and take you some place new. Simple but effective. Changes your mood and the ambience of their location. Simple joys and pleasures from yesterday providing new wonders today.
Winner in the ‘Eco-Friendly’ category:
Felt Animal Puppets by Sew Heart Felt. RRP £15.95.
Sew Heart Felt hand puppets are skilfully blanket stitched by hand with carefully needle-felted faces, ears, and paws. Each characterful puppet comes with gorgeous little animal snacks in paw, making them truly irresistible! The puppets are made with organic felt and coloured with eco-friendly dyes.
Winner in the ‘Fashion Accessories’ category:
Love the Glove Collection by Burgon and Ball. RRP £14.95.
Gardening gloves with a difference! Technically advanced gloves printed with on-trend patterns, bright colours, metallics and decorative leather trim. All of the gloves in the range have ergonomically designed padded palms, breathable mesh fourcettes and adjustable wrist straps. Each design is available in two sizes: S/M and M/L.
Winner in the ‘Kitchen and Dining’ category:
CrushGrind Optic Mills by T G Woodware. RRP £29.99.
Full of design, function and quality, the perfect tool and gadget for the kitchen and dining table. T&G’s CrushGrind Mills are designed in Britain. The optic mills contain a superior CrushGrind ceramic mechanism which effortlessly grinds not only salt and pepper but also whole dried herbs and spices. The perfect tool to create your own spice blends.
Winner in the ‘Stationery’ category:
Ted Baker Ladies’ Stationery by Wild and Wolf. RRP £12.95.
Vintage inspired feminine florals meet sumptuous shades of pinks in Ted’s new enchanting Autumn / Winter 2014 stationery and travel accessories collection.
Winner in the ‘Home Fragrance’ category:
Modern Apothecary Range by Stone Glow Candles. RRP £20.00
A modern twist on a classic favourite. The Modern Apothecary range is created with Stone Glow Candles new natural wax blend. Better than paraffin wax, the blend offers improved appearance and fragrance. Each candle is a blend of harmonious ingredients, brought together to create a selection of scents that cover all natural fragrance types.
Winner in the ‘Garden and Outdoor Living’ category:
Citronella Candle by Enigma. RRP £3.95.
A new, innovative approach to outdoor table top candles. Enigma’s long burning wood wick citronella candles are designed to offer safety, style and value. Presented in a printed tin for a unique gift idea.
Winner in the ‘Body, Bath and Spa’ category:
Waggledance Collection by Beefayre. RRP £10.95 – £26.00.
Beefayre’s body and bath collection features rich and luxurious products that are free from parabens and sulphates, vegan friendly and PETA certified. Each product moisturises the skin, leaving it feeling sumptuous. 3% of all profits are donated to bee conservation projects in the UK.
Winner in the ‘Branded / Character’ category:
Fascinations Star Wars 3D Metal Construction Kits by Professor Puzzle. RRP £12.00
Eight amazingly detailed Star Wars steel construction kits including the Millennium Falcon and R2-D2. Unique gifts from one of the most in demand licences on the market.
Winner in the ‘Hot Novelty’ category:
Rubiks Cube Light by Paladone. RRP £29.99.
Pick up this innovative desk light and start twisting and turning it just like a real Rubik’s cube. Rechargeable, the Rubik’s Cube light will allow you two hours fully lit playing time once charges. When not is use it can be mounted on a triangular base and connected directly to a power sources using the USB cable.
Winner in the ‘Commemorative and Collectable Gifts’ category:
Personalised Brass Travellers Compass by Treat Gifts. RRP £37.99.
This high quality brass nautical compass comes presented in a fine mahogany stained wooden box. Customers can choose to have engraved the brass plate of the box with their initials, to engrave their message onto the compass itself, or both. Great as a romantic gift or as something to give someone who is travelling.
Winner in the ‘Made in the UK’ category:
Hinchcliffe and Barber Songbird Grey Ceramics by My Gifts Trade. RRP £30.00 – £108.00.
The latest ceramic collection designed by renowned British designers Hinchcliffe and Barber. Working from their studio in rural Dorset, the Songbird Grey print was created using the traditional craft skill of hand-cut , block printing. Each ceramic design captures the serenity of an English country garden and the birds that feed there.
The Hinchcliffe and Barber ceramic collection was also chosen as the judges’ favourite gifts across all winning products.
Winner in the ‘Premium / Luxury’ category:
Cassini Terrestrial MOVA Globe by Turtletech Design Inc. RRP £160.00
Each MOVA globe is constructed by hand from the inside out with expert craftsmanship. The luxurious globe sources its energy from ambient light and the Earth’s magnetic field, rotating perpetually on its own without batteries of electric cords. This old-world map evokes the grandeur of antique cartography through lovely colours and authentic detail.
Winner in the ‘Gifts for Men’ category:
Battery Powered Paper Planes by The Lagoon Group. RRP £12.00.
A fantastic gift for the man who has everything. This great kit includes six planes which you make by folding the paper along the folds indicated. Then attach the propeller and power for 20 seconds with battery included. You are then all set to launch your plane and watch it soar – will fly for up to 200 feet.
Winner in the ‘Card and Wrap’ category:
‘FORM’ from The Art File. RRP £4.00.
FORM, the contemporary collection of folded greeting cards, each lovingly made from a single piece of paper. There is no glue, springs, or plastic fasteners, just beautifully created forms, each hand finished. Every card comes packaged within its own paper sleeve to make them even more special. FORM is paper at the cutting edge.
Winner in the ‘Fashion Jewellery’ category:
‘Branch Out’ by Martick Jewellery. RRP £38.00.
This tiny bird sitting on a twig is a beautiful, intricate design. Available in either 18ct yellow gold plated or sterling silver. ‘Branch Out’ is Martick Jewellery’s best selling design and now a gift of the year winner too.
Winner in the ‘Festive and Seasonal’ category:
Skeleton Crew by Talking Tables. RRP £3.20.
Showing that Halloween isn’t just for kids, the Skeleton Crew is a range of fun products designed to appeal to little ones and young adults alike. The collection boasts unique decorative pieces including skull heads, paper lanterns and canapé sticks.