Industry news from Gift Focus magazine

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Visitor registration open for Toy Fair 2024

Visitor registration is now open for Toy Fair 2024, the UK's largest dedicated toy, game and hobby exhibition. Taking place between the 23rd-25th January 2024 at Olympia London, the show returns to celebrate its 70th anniversary with a sold-out floorplan and extended footprint. Toy Fair is an unrivalled opportunity to forge new business and build on existing relationships. This will be the first opportunity of the year in the UK for visitors to see thousands of exciting new product launches in person across a vast range of categories including licensed toys, construction toys, board games and puzzles, tech toys, plush, arts and crafts, plus many more.

Posted: 28 September 2023

Kite Packaging launches hamper-sized ecommerce box

Leading online packaging supplier, Kite Packaging, has added a new, hamper-sized eCommerce box to their range due to growing demand. Designed with a crash lock base and adhesive peel-&-seal strip, this eCommerce-ready packaging facilitates quick assembly to support efficient pack and dispatch. It also comes with a tear strip for effortless unboxing to enhance end customer satisfaction. This new size is larger than the standard market offering, offering versatility, and provides ample space to accommodate both small and bulky items – particularly beneficial for businesses with a large product profile.

Posted: 27 September 2023

Statement from Autumn Fair on Connect

Spring and Autumn Fair and Glee, owned by Hyve Group, has announced that its connections programme Connect will not be running in 2024, while the business collaborates with the industry and key partners to create better shows and experiences for the future. Exhibitors have been contacted with full details on the adjustments to fees and contract details relating to both Spring and Autumn Fair 2024.

Posted: 26 September 2023

The Giftware Association joins forces with Birmingham Mind to drive mental wellbeing amongst members

The Giftware Association, the leading trade association representing the gift and home industry, has announced a significant partnership with Birmingham Mind, a prominent mental health charity serving the community with a wide range of support services.

This collaboration aims to create a positive impact by raising awareness of mental health issues within the industry and promoting mental wellbeing among its members.

The giftware industry has always been committed to enriching people's lives with thoughtful, meaningful gifts and home products. As the sector thrives, The Giftware Association recognises the importance of prioritising mental health and supporting the overall wellbeing of individuals working within the industry.

The GA has recognised this by creating a Wellness category within its Gift of the Year competition.

Posted: 25 September 2023

Eco Card Company teams up with Terracycle on recycling initiative

As well as offering cards with a "card-clasp" label, the Eco-friendly Card Co also offers cards, calendars and Christmas packs in compostable corn-starch bags certified with the compostable "Seedling" logo (EU composting standard EN13432).

The publisher can now take back any Eco-friendly Card Co compostable packaging for disposal through the Zero Waste bins offered by Terracyle.

Terracyale's bin will accept any type of biodegradable or compostable plastic goods (including PLA corn-starch bags) which is then sent for industrial composting. More information about Terracyle's Zero Waste boxes can be found at

Posted: 22 September 2023

New Countdown Characters from Numskull

Christmas is coming and Numskull can't wait and is already counting the days with brand new 'Countdown Characters®, a pop culture twist on advent calendars. Avoid last minute panics and get ready for the big countdown now! Building Up to Christmas Numskull's 'Countdown Characters® are so much more than an advent calendar and went down a storm last Christmas. They each feature a character from iconic games, movies and TV shows and all you have to do is build it. Presented in a stylish collector's box, you will find drawers that contain 24 smaller boxes to be opened each day. In each box is a piece of a character, clip them all together to build your own figurine which is for life, not just for Christmas!

Posted: 21 September 2023

Bring the festive spirit to life with Rex London

Rex London is the home of gifts that are perfect for every occasion, and every non-occasion, beautiful products that you can afford to give whenever you want. Not only because they'll bring joy, but because they're always equally beautifully priced. Check these must-have festive items. This beautiful wooden advent calendar can be used year after year as a great alternative to a chocolate advent calendar! This charming advent calendar features a wintry, festive scene with a trio of carol singers which can be lit up in the evenings - perfect for displaying inside a window. There are 24 little drawers that are ideal for notes, sweets or other small, thoughtful gifts. An ideal gift to help count down the days until Christmas!

Posted: 20 September 2023

Top Drawer sees double digit visitor growth!

The warm weather couldn't deter eager crowds of buyers from visiting Top Drawer at Olympia London last week, with the season's biggest trend-led retail event closing its doors on a high, having delivered a 10% increase in attendee numbers vs. the same edition last year. Strong pre-registration was reflected in the breadth of visitors across the past 3 days, with a veritable who's who of retailers present, including from the likes of Anthropologie, Argos Asia, ASDA, Avoca, Blue Diamond Garden Centres, Burford Garden Company, Capital Gardens, Card Factory, Cardzone, Clintons, DFS, Dunelm, FatFace, Fenwick, Fortnum & Mason, Frasers Group, Fron Goch Garden Centre, Garsons, Graham and Green, Habitat,

Posted: 20 September 2023

Female empowerment revitalises architecture & design scene

The panel discussion 'Women Leaders in Design: A Conversation with By Design TV' with Esha Gupta, founder and publisher of Design Pataki from India, Molly McGowan, partner of Ennead Architects from the USA, and Shida Salehi, founder and managing director of Customs Bureau from the UK, made it very clear: the international architecture and design industry benefits from female entrepreneurial spirit and leadership. On the one hand, the three pioneers stand for fascinating new projects and unique spatial designs with emotional added value. On the other hand, they convince with a strongly collaborative and inclusive leadership style. A mixture that invigorates the entire industry and is ground-breaking for the next generation.

Posted: 18 September 2023

Tourism brings cheer to the British economy

As we enter autumn and the start of a new school year, tourist resorts around the UK are counting the profits after another booming staycation season. Chief amongst these chosen destinations for holiday makers was the South-West* of England, home to the most important regional event of the trade show calendar, Giving & Living - taking place 14th to 16th January, Westpoint, Exeter.

Posted: 14 September 2023

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