The 2016 Gift of the Year Award Winners are Here.

The 2016 Gift of the Year Award winners have been announced at this year’s Spring Fair trade show.

As in previous years, the awards shine a light on the most original and innovative ‘new-to-market’ gift products that we’ll be seeing in the shops and online stores in the months ahead.

The winning designs are hand-picked by a panel of judges; industry experts from independent gift shops, large department stores and online retailers.

The awards are organised in a series of rounds. The first round features online product reviews, creating a shortlist of chosen gift products. A second round then sees all the judges reviewing real samples of the shortlisted products. From this judging process a winning product and 2 highly commended entries are chosen for each of the 20 gift categories.

The panel judge each gift by several criteria including innovation, originality, quality, viability and wow factor to name just a few.

The Judges then choose one of the 2016 Gift of the year Award Winners to take the extra honour of ‘The Judges’ Choice’ Award.

The winners were announced at the show by this year’s Ambassador of the Gift of the Year Awards, Cath Kidston.

In today’s post we’re showcasing all of the 2016 Gift of the Year Award winners, which will be followed by the full run down of highly commended products tomorrow.

The Judge’s Choice Winner & Winner of the Occasions Category.

2016 Gift of the Year Award - OCC - Ginger Ray, Heart Drop Guest Book

Heart Drop Guest Book Frame by Ginger Ray. RRP £19.99.

Use this gorgeous Frame Guest Book at a wedding as a unique alternative to the traditional guest book. Guests can write messages on the wooden heart pieces which then slot into the frame.

Winner of the Under £10 Category.  

2016 Gift of the Year Award - UND - Dunk Trading, Glo Bottle Lamp

Glo Bottle Lamp from Dunk Trading. RRP £8.99.

Glo reuses standard size drinks bottles – turning them into a cool lamp. Glo simply replaces the lid of any standard bottle (glass or plastic) to turn your drink into a lantern of the same colour as your beverage. Glo completely seals the bottle so you can use it with fizzy or still drinks.

Winner of the Stationery Category.

2016 Gift of the Year Award - STA - Wrendale Designs, Letter Writing Set

Letter Writing Set by Wrendale Designs. RRP £5.99.

A beautiful letter writing set containing 20 sheets of illustrated paper and ten illustrated envelopes, packaged in a gorgeous wallet making this perfect for a gift. It is all printed on FSC paper in the UK. The set come in 6 different designs including: hare, peacock, fox, pheasant, stag and duck.

Winner of the Home Accessories Category.

2016 Gift of the Year Award - HOM - Wraptious, Vegan-Suede Cushions

Vegan Suede Cushions – Splatter Range by Wraptious. RRP £30.00.

These super-soft vegan-suede cushions are what Wraptious believe a cushion should really feel like – velvety, lush and luxurious. Made in the UK, the Splatter range by Katherine Williams was created using pastels and inks, and due to their vibrancy you would be forgiven for thinking the artwork was painted directly onto the cushions.

Winner of the Kids Category. 

2016 Gift of the Year Award - KID - IF, Teeth-Marks

Teeth-Marks by IF (That Company Called). RRP £4.99.

A set of six jaw-droopingly cute creatures who love to read with you. Read and get your teeth into a good book! The layered cared construction clips onto hardback and paperback books alike; with the dangly tail keeping your page. Elasticated to fit all book sizes. Teeth-Marks are available in 6 loveable characters.

Winner of the Eco-Friendly Category. 

2016 Gift of the Year Award - ECO - Cubic, Magpie Modern Home Bamboo Trays

Magpie The Modern Home Bamboo Trays by Cubic Products. RRP £16.00.

This set of trays in part of Cubic’s ‘The Modern Home – A-Z of the Atomic Era’ range. Featuring a distinctly retro feel and witty alphabetical compendium of 36 of the last century’s most iconic designs illustrated in a beautiful vintage screen-print style.

Winner of the Festive and Seasonal Category.

2016 Gift of the Year Award - FES - Talking Tables, Peel the Sprout

Peel the Sprout Game by Talking Tables. RRP £8.00.

The sprout with a difference! Where would Christmas be without one? Peel away 25 layers of tissue paper to reveal surprising trinkets, toys, jokes and trivia. As versatile as it is entertaining peel a layers away a day for an alternative advent calendar, or simply pass the sprout at the dinner table on Christmas Day.

Winner of the Kitchen and Dining Category.

2016 Gift of the Year Award - KIT - Thumbs Up, Microwave Popcorn Maker

Microwave Popcorn Maker by Thumbs Up. RRP £9.99.

A retro-style Microwave Popcorn Maker to remind you of classic cinema trips of yesteryear. Makes delicious and healthy home-made popcorn in a microwave and dishwasher safe container.

Winner of the Fragrance Category.

2016 Gift of the Year Award - HOF - Wax Lyrical, Fired Earth Candle Tin in Assam and White Cedar

Wax Lyrical and Fired Earth Collectable Tin Candles by Wax Lyrical. RRP £12.00.

The partnership between two Great British brands, Fired Earth and Wax Lyrical continues to grow with the introduction of ‘collectable’ tin candles featuring the exotic designs of Fired Earth wallpapers. Each candle contain an exquisite blend of essential oils in tea-inspired scents including the new fragrance Assam and White Cedar.

Winner of the Garden & Outdoor Living Category.

2016 Gift of the Year Award - GAR - Burgon & Ball, Sophie Conran Seed Collection

Sophie Conran for Burgon & Ball – Seed Collections by Burgon & Ball. RRP £9.95.

Three seed collections hand-picked by Sophie Conran exclusively for Burgon & Ball; Sophie’s Wildflower Garden, Sophie’s Edible Flower Garden and Sophie’s Herb Garden. Each collection contains four packets of seeds, full growing instructions plus tips and recipe ideas from Sophie. Attractively packaged in high quality, beautifully illustrated, keepsake gift boxes.

Winner of the Made in UK Category. 

2016 Gift of the Year Award - MAD - Vineyard Candles, Prosecco Candles

Prosecco Candle by Vineyard Candles. RRP £19.50.

Cornwall’s Vineyard Candles produce luxury natural wax candles with drink inspired fragrances. A unique blend of on-trend Prosecco branding, high quality artisan glassware is fashioned from re-purposed wine and champagne bottles with the rims polished for a perfect finish.

Winner of the Branded / Character Category.

2016 Gift of the Year Award - BRD - Paladone, Batman Eggcup and Toast Cutter

Batman Egg and Toast Cutter by Paladone Products. RRP £7.99.

Batman and Robin. Egg and Spoon. Some things are just meant to be together. So here it is, at last, the great combo … Batman and Spoon! Or at least, here’s the Batman Egg Cup and Toast Cutter – complete with its own spoon. So if you like to take your breakfast seriously, stick your egg in a mask and cape and have some Batman shaped toast on the side. Kapow!

Winner of the Hot Novelty Category.

2016 Gift of the Year Award - HOT - Ginger Fox, Star Wars Millennium Falcon Multi-Tool

Star Wars Millennium Falcon Multi Tool by Ginger Fox. RRP £10.00.

12 functions, one pocket handy for any Jedi Master this is. Everything from a screwdriver to a wire stripper perfect for fixing your pod racer! Made from stainless steel and styled in that “hunk of junk” the Millennium Falcon, it’ll earn you more geek crews than your average wallet-sized tool.

Winner of the Commemorative and Collectable Category. 

2016 Gift of the Year Award - COM - Treat Gifts, Baby Keepsake Box

Baby Personalised Oak Photo Keepsake Box by Treat Gifts. RRP £39.99 (for link, see premium & luxury category below).

A large oak keepsake box for celebrating a newborn baby, for naming ceremonies or for birthdays. The lid of the box is engraved with personalised artwork including the baby’s name and a special date. The recipient then adds their photos to the box, which display on each side to make their box something treasured for a lifetime.

Winner of the Body, Bath and Spa Category. 

2016 Gift of the Year Award - BOD - Wild-Olive, The Great British Bathe Off

The Great British Bathe Off by Wild Olive. RRP £10.00.

Quirky, fun bath melts inspired by some of the world’s favourite cakes. The cherry Bakewell, lemon drizzle, berry crumble and Wild Olive’s love of chocolate cappuccino all make for delicious bath melts, which are thoroughly relaxing and moisturising. They are designed and made by hand here in the UK from only the finest ingredients, even the packaging is local.

Winner of the Premium & Luxury Category. 

2016 Gift of the Year Award - PRE - Treat Gifts, Adventurer Sundial and Compass

Adventurer’s Personalised Sundial and Compass by Treat Gifts. RRP £65.00.

This personalised Brass Compass features a unique sundial below which is an operational nautical compass. However, it is the personalisation on the lid that transforms an already beautiful pieces into a special keepsake gift that will be kept and treasured for a lifetime. Customers choose from six icons and provide a personal message to finish the gift in style.

Winner of the Gifts for Men Category. 

2016 Gift of the Year Award - GFM - Arora Design, Ultimate Gift For Man

The Ultimate Gift for Man by Arora Design. RRP £28.99.

Gift packs contain three cooking utensils with branded handles, the spatula bearing a logo relative to the sport or pastime, and an apron which details information about the subject and in some cases the quirks of the game. The first collection includes: Football, Rugby, Cricket, Golf, Cycling, Angler, Petrol Head and Best Dad.

Winner of the Fashion Accessories Category.

2016 Gift of the Year Award - ACC - Carrie Elspeth, mycolourband

mycolourbands by Carrie Elspeth. RRP £10.00 (link below).

mycolourbands are wide soft and colourful elastics which are gentle on your hair; wave goodbye to tangles and fuss! Not only are they ideal for your hair but they also double up as a funky wrist band, keeping them close at hand for when you need them. Handmade in Wales.

Winner of the Fashion Jewellery Category.

2016 Gift of the Year Award - JEW - Carrie Elspeth, Agate Medley

Agate Medley by Carrie Elspeth. RRP £9.99 – £24.99.

The Agate Medley range is a sumptuous selection of smooth semi-precious agate sphere. Each bead is unique in its patination and texture has a beautiful frosted finish. This medley is reminiscent of a galaxy of moons and planets making it the perfect accessory for any occasion. Handmade in Wales.

Winner of the Card and Wrap Category.

2016 Gift of the Year Award - CAR - Really Good, Showtime Card

Showtime Card by Really Good. RRP £5.99.

Showtime are innovative and design-led light up cards. 36 cards encompassing the alphabet, high ages, a star and heart to cover all celebratory occasions. It’s a card that’s a git in itself!

See the highly commended products from this year’s awards.

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