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Gift Focus magazine - Issue 127 - September/October 2021

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In this issue:

Company profile
Directors Sara Burford and Sarah Fitzpatrick discuss Cinnamon Aitch's evolution from fabrics to an extensive giftware collection covering everything from cards to soaps...

Autumn Fair
Head to Autumn Fair for a show brimming with newness, exclusive and sustainable brands, and inspiration aplenty

RHS and Annie Sloan partner for decorative products for the home

RHS and Annie Sloan partner for decorative products for the home

The Royal Horticultural Society and Annie Sloan, one of the world's leading...

Enter Gift of the Year Awards 2022

Enter Gift of the Year Awards 2022

The time has come to enter your product into the Gift of the Year Awards 2022. Over the course of its 45-year...

BlueFinity launches Evoke‘s new advanced 360° virtual tour facility

BlueFinity launches Evoke‘s new advanced 360° virtual tour facility

BlueFinity has released the latest of its enhancements to the Evoke low-code app...

The Assay Offices of the UK announce Platinum Jubilee commemorative mark

The Assay Offices of the UK announce Platinum Jubilee commemorative mark

To commemorate the occasion of Her Majesty The Queen becoming the first...

From the editor

Louise Prance-Miles, Editor

Show season!

With the show season now fully under way, many of you will have enjoyed the delights of visiting Home & Gift in person, and will no doubt be reaping the benefits of the unrivalled opportunities that come from meeting and greeting face-to- face, and being able to physically touch and see the products you want to stock in store. And with Boris Johnson having pressed the button on freedom day back in July, we’re delighted to be previewing Autumn Fair this issue, which will also be taking place as a physical show. Check out our profile on page 43, as well as a spotlight on some exhibitors from page 45. Of course, the shows don’t end there, and we also delve into the goings on of Top Drawer, London Stationery Show, GLEE, HOMI and Brand Licensing on pages 53, 59, 63, 64, and 67 respectively. This issue also plays host to our second bumper feature on Christmas products. A profitable time for most retailers, it will hopefully be a different ball game from last year when stores were forced to close at the worst possible time. To that end, head to 78 to get a glimpse of what to stock during the festive period!

We also take a look at toys and games, greeting cards and women’s jewellery and accessories, as well as a bumper new product showcase to whet our appetites for all the amazing British design coming to market.

Louise Prance-Miles, Editor

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There's nothing quite like handmade, and these felt appliqué hoop kits make for a wonderful gift experience. Inspiration comes from folk art, flora and animals in their natural habitat.

Corinne Lapierre is a felt craft kit company based in the heart of Yorkshire that ships worldwide and yet retains its handcrafted ethos. Every care is taken with production and presentation so that the kits are a joy to open and make.



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Rex London celebrates turning 40 years old!

Rex London celebrates turning 40 years old!

August 2021 sees Rex London celebrate its 40th anniversary. With humble beginnings on a market stall in Portobello Road in 1981, the giftware company has since gone on to become a hugely successful, international online retailer and wholesaler, creating Gifts of Random Kindness at affordable prices.The company began with items that it had simply stumbled upon on their travels around the world. Before long these were on the shelves of high street institutions like Habitat and The Body Shop.For the next two decades, Rex London continued to discover and deliver these Gifts of Random Kindness, until the company decided it was time not only to choose products it liked but also to design them. From floral patterns to adorable animals, Rex has loved creating colourful and playful prints that stand out and bring joy.... read more

How to grow and develop your business

How to grow and develop your business

Setting up a new business is no easy feat, it takes planning, time and dedication. Once you have made a bit of a name for yourself, have started to build up some brand awareness and a customer base, as well as a comfortable number of sales every month, it's only a matter of time before you start thinking about the next step. in this article, Sara Davies discusses business strategies that will help grow your confidence and grow your business.... read more

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