Gift of the Year 2019 Finalists Announced

It’s that time of year again… Spring Fair is just around the corner and with the show comes the Gift of the Year 2019.

Gift of the Year is an annual competition to find the best new giftware products. With the winners announced in a celebration ceremony on the first day of the show.

Ahead of this weekends event competition organisers have announced this year’s finalists.

gift of the year 2019 finalists judging day

The Judging

Since the competition began in July last year there has been a flurry of the industry’s best gift makers competing to see their products crowned the year’s best gift.

Participants have been through 2 stages of judging, culminating in a live judging day held in Birmingham’s illustrious jewellery quarter.

This January the judges were gathered together for a top secret day of judging; held behind closed doors to ensure nothing is revealed before the big day!

In attendance was a host of industry experts, with judges from Dulex, John Lewis and The National Gallery to name just a few.

From over 1,100 products submitted, the judges had to pick winners in 20 categories. There were some tough decisions to be made but the judges were impressed with the quality and rated this year’s pick as some of the best yet!

Sarah Ward, CEO of The Giftware Association commented:

“Today has been amazing, as always, to see so many products all together representing all corners of the giftware industry. It’s also nice to see amongst the well-known names, a lot of smaller companies, that my team and I have spoken to over the many shows that we have attended the past year. Gift of the Year continues to go from success to success with more entries and variation than ever this year, we will continue to grow this competition as well as looking at our new consumer competition.”

 

The Finalists

Category

Product

Company

Beauty, Bath & Spa

Betty Hula Delicate Dusting Powder

Betty Hula

Craft Your Own Herbal Handsalve

Bathing Beauty

Morpheus Sleep Enhancing Range

Bathing Beauty

Branded Product

Frida Kahlo Boho Collection

Talking Tables

Harry Potter, Monster Notebook

BB Designs Europe Ltd

RNLI Build Your Own Lifeboat

Clockwork Soldier

Cards & Wrap

Hoot Parade Card Range

U Studio Design

Pin & Ink

The Handcrafted Card Company Ltd

Quilling Cards by Origamo

Blue Eyed Sun Ltd

Children’s Gift

Engenius Contraptions Marble Run

Cheatwell Games

Healthy Kids Cooking Kit

Little Cooks Co

History Heroes games

History Heroes

Commemorative & Collectable Gift

Design your own My Icon Story Print

My Icon Story

Sweet Memories Tins

Gibsons

The Book of You

Colour Chronicles Ltd

Contemporary Gift

Flightgiftcard

Flightgiftcard

Flip Click Clock

Gingko Electronics Ltd

LED Glass Fireball

Transomnia Ltd

Recycled Glass Plant Terrarium

Fallen Fruits Ltd

Design & Craft

Citygami London

Clockwork Soldier

Handcrafted Gift Wrap Sheets

Paper Mirchi

Horn Viking Mug

Abbeyhorn Ltd

Ethical Gift

Bathing Beauty Soap

Bathing Beauty

Bee Green Wraps

Bee Green Wraps

Ideas Range

VENT for Change

Fashion Accessory

Blade & Rose

Arora Design Ltd

Jex Colour-in Trainers

Jex Shoes Limited

Pusheen Cat Headphones

Thumbs Up (UK) Ltd.

Fashion Jewellery

Emma Lawrence Designs Necklace Collection

Emma Lawrence Designs

Isla

Billy’s Beach Hut

The Pink Link – part of the Airlinks Provenance range

Icarus Originals Limited

Festive & Occasional Gift

Christmas Street: 12 Days of Christmas Calendar

Gibsons

Festive Boozeballs

Gift Republic

Woodland Reusable Christmas Crackers

Kate Sproston Design Ltd.

Food & Drink

BBQ Hot Smoking Kit

Hot Smoked

British Roast Dinner Box

Ross & Ross Food

Cake in a Card

Bakedin

Garden & Outdoor

BBQ Hot Smoking Kit

Hot Smoked

Gardening Collection

Wrendale Designs

Robin Winter Care Pack

Wildlife World

Stationery

Bookaroo Pen Pouch for Books

IF (that company called)

Citygami London

Clockwork Soldier

Yes Studio Stationery Range

Wild & Wolf

Home Accessory

Cat Face Plant Pots & Vases

Parlane International Limited

Lexon mino

Stone

R Space Lamp

Gingko Electronics Ltd

Home Fragrance

Bitter Orange & Ylang Ylang

The Recycled Candle Company Ltd

Kasper Aroma diffuser

Europium World (UK) Ltd

Aromatherapy Range

purbeck candles

Hot Novelty

Affirmators

Abrams & Chronicle Books

NEW – Giant Handwarmers

Cozy Time Ltd

Weird Crushes

Bubblegum Stuff Ltd

Weird Things Humans Search For

Big Potato Games

Kitchen & Dining

BollyNice range

Apples to Pears

Gin Time

Dartington Crystal (Torrington) Ltd

T&G Ocean

T & G Woodware Ltd

Pet Gift

Fetch this gift

Leather Guild

Pet Party Kit

Talking Tables

The Bark Slice

The Sugar Shed

Under £10

Cake in a Card

Bakedin

Chocolate Box After Dinner Quiz

The Lagoon Group

Suck It

Really Good Ltd

Whisky Experience

Dartington Crystal (Torrington) Ltd

What Happens Next

The category winners will be announced at Spring Fair in a special ceremony to close the show’s first day on Sunday 3rd February.

Alongside each category winner, there will also be one Judges Choice Award Winner.

The Awards ceremony will take place in Hall 20 starting at 6.30pm and is free for anyone to attend.

To find out more about attending Spring Fair, please visit the official show website.