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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

RHS to launch its first rosé wine in time for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

RHS to launch its first rosé wine in time for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced a partnership with...

Gibsons hosts virtual trade show

Gibsons hosts virtual trade show

With the sad news that Toy Fair and Spring Fair 2021 are no longer taking place, Gibsons, the 101-year-old jigsaw...

Asmodee to take Asmofair to the next level with January show

Asmodee to take Asmofair to the next level with January show

Asmodee, a UK board game supplier, has announced a new iteration of AsmoFair, the...

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

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Louise Prance-Miles, Editor of Gift Focus magazine
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Baby gifting is one of my favourite things to do, and I'm not alone. Luckily there are a plethora of products to satiate the appetite for spending on the little ones, such as these beautiful alphabet letters from Enesco. But don't just take my word for it, the company has recently won a slew of awards for its Peter Rabbit ranges!

Visit www.enesco.com

 

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Readers' Poll

The UK's second lockdown has been more controversial than the first. Do you agree with the Government's implementation of store and hospitality closures?

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Previous Poll Results

Here's the results of our previous poll where we asked...Have you increased your online retail offering since over the last six month?

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