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Gift Focus magazine - Issue 121 - September/October 2020

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In this issue:

Christmas Products
We have product inspiration aplenty in the second part of our Christmas gifts showcase

Greetings Cards
With messages of love, condolences and congratulations happening even during the hard times of lockdown, greeting cards have remained steadfast sellers

Toys & Games
With family time more important than ever, these toys and games will be great gifting items in the lead up to Christmas

Meet the Autumn Fair exhibitors
With retail stores opening up, buyers and store owners are on the hunt for new product. To this end we're giving a platform to would-be exhibitors at Autumn Fair to preview their latest offerings

Posh Paws named as new plush licensee for Sesame Street

Posh Paws named as new plush licensee for Sesame Street

Bulldog Licensing, Sesame Workshop's agent for the UK and Eire, has secured a deal with plush...

Ultima Displays launches first self-sanitising stretch textile display solution

Ultima Displays launches first self-sanitising stretch textile display solution

Ultima Displays, one of Europe's leading one-stop visual...

Hames Chocolate launches new British chocolate range for festive season

Hames Chocolate launches new British chocolate range for festive season

Hames Chocolates, the experts in high quality chocolate and confectionery...

From the editor

Louise Prance-Miles, Editor

Show news

In normal circumstances I, like so many of you, would currently be gearing up to tread the aisles of Autumn Fair and Top Drawer, as well as all the other amazing trade shows that take place in the UK. However, as the implications of COVID-19 continue to hit the events industry hard, this year’s season isn’t going to take place as normal, with physical shows being replaced with virtual events. And while this isn’t ideal (coronavirus, it’s about time you took your leave), the positive to take from the chaos is the speed in which show organisers created a series of digital offerings, with a plethora of seminars, webinars, retail talks, product showcases and so much more, all available at the click of a button. Of course, we know it’s not the same as touching the items and building relationships in person – and the irreplaceable nature of those parts of the buying process is why we know the show circuit will come back bigger and better – but it’s definitely a wonderful and helpful interim offering. And while we’re looking forward to getting back to normal soon, the increased focus on the virtual offerings will undoubtedly continue to play a key part in the events industry going forward, giving visitors and exhibitors more bang for their buck!

However, while the shows may not be happening, retailers are now open for business, which means stock needs to be bought! To this end we have created features for Autumn Fair and Top Drawer to showcase the exhibitors that would normally have been showing their fabulous wares, check them out on pages 63 and 71 respectively.

Until we meet again, please enjoy the issue!

Louise Prance-Miles, Editor

PS. If you have any news you would like to submit to this site or Gift Focus magazine, please email editor@giftfocus.com

Editor loves...

Louise Prance-Miles, Editor of Gift Focus magazine
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It's no secret I'm a huge fan of green consumerism, which is why this new bottle from Tilnar Art has caught my eye.

The company worked with talented wildlife watercolour artist, Meg Hawkins, on the design of this H20 copper bottles, which are made out of recycled materials.

Not only do they reduce plastic pollution, are ocean friendly, fair trade and hand finished, recent studies have shown how the natural anti-bacterial properties of copper may help reduce the spread of viruses. So long, COVID!

They also look absolutely stunning - what's not to love?

Visit www.tilnarart.co.uk

 

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Gardening a lifesaver in lockdown, says Squires Garden Centre

Gardening a lifesaver in lockdown, says Squires Garden Centre

Squire's Garden Centres has released the results of its recent "Gardening during Lockdown" survey, with the results making for positive reading for the gardening industry.... read more

Message to sender

Message to sender

With messages of love, condolences and congratulations happening even during the hard times of lockdown, greeting cards have remained steadfast sellers, and its not hard to see why with this stellar lot... read more

Readers' Poll

Have you increased your online retail offering since over the last six month?

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Previous Poll Results

Here's the results of our previous poll where we asked...With many of the shows hosting virtual events, are you finding them useful?

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