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Gift Focus magazine - Issue 128 - November/December 2021

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In this issue:

Fairtrade
With a rise in consumer awareness of sustainable shopping, gifts with fairtrade and ethical credentials are in high demand...

Valentine's Day
The perfect Valentine's Day gifts to stock...

Gifts for under £10
Perfect pick-up gifts retailing for under £10

Fanattik wins best Family Business at the Business Masters Awards

Fanattik wins best Family Business at the Business Masters Awards

Fanattik, the pop culture specialist is ending 2021 on a high, winning a Business...

Top Drawer doubles in size

Top Drawer doubles in size

Top Drawer is set to double in size from its AW edition, to take over the whole of Olympia London this coming January.

Registration opens for Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring

Registration opens for Scotland’s Trade Fair Spring

It's time to register to attend Scotland's Trade Fair, which opens in under eight weeks at the...

Enesco’s Peter Rabbit baby collection achieves Best Preschool Gift Range award

Enesco’s Peter Rabbit baby collection achieves Best Preschool Gift Range award

Enesco's Peter Rabbit baby collection achieves Best Preschool Gift...

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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Louise Prance-Miles, Editor of Gift Focus magazine
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Cinnamon Aitch has an abundance of lovely new items launching in January. Over 30 gorgeous new greetings card designs have been added to the bestselling 'Margo' range, which now includes ages and exam captions alongside more fantastic birthdays and blanks. Featuring more furry friends and adorable critters, each colour popping design is printed on 350g FSC approved board and made entirely in the UK. From perfect poodles to banjo playing cats, what's not to love! Look out for eight new stunning melamine coaster designs that complement the card range. All are beautifully made to in the UK and retail as singles or bundles of four tied up with string and finished with a recycled tag.

www.cinnamonaitch.co.uk

 

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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

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