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Gisela Graham
Giving & Living
by Molly&Izzie Ltd
Blue Eyed Sun

Gift Focus magazine - Issue 123 - January/February 2021

Latest issue of Gift Focus magazine is available now

In this issue:

Bunny Hop
Easter Gifts

Mum's the word
Mother's Day

Top trends
What's hot in 2021

Date in the diary
Anniversary gifts

Spring Fair
Take a look at the would-be exhibitors

Joe Davies implements retailer support for a return to trade

Joe Davies implements retailer support for a return to trade

Joe Davies has announced extra help for independent retailers in preparation for a...

Enesco launches new soap range

Enesco launches new soap range

Enesco has extended its Myros Soap Collection with the massage soap bars, supplied in a decorated tin and made in...

ExaClair brings the past to life with Neo Deco collection

ExaClair brings the past to life with Neo Deco collection

ExaClair, the UK supplier of Clairefontaine, continues to bring back '20s designs into the...

Puckator launches virtual showroom

Puckator launches virtual showroom

With no tradeshows currently available, the team at Puckator has launched a virtual showroom.The company says, "We...

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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With Mother's Day just around the corner, nothing says 'I love you' like a piece of jewellery. This heart necklace by Scream Pretty would make any mum feel loved on her special day.



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