Industry news from Gift Focus magazine

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Selbrae House's new Celebrate Love collection

Selbrae House prides itself on providing a wide range of hand-crafted homeware products that make unique presents for all occasions, and with the launch of the new Celebrate Love collection you couldn't ask for a more perfect range of gifts for weddings, engagements and anniversaries! The Celebrate Love collection features a delightful range of heart shaped accessories, as well as slate and oak tableware and serveware. Each slate and oak piece is engraved with a celebrate love design and are go-to pieces for dinner parties! Whether you're building a striking tablescape by incorporating the placemats, coasters and table runner into your décor, or serving your favourite canapes and selection of nibbles on the paddle and board, this range will guarantee you are doing it in style.

Posted: 12 June 2023

Brainstorm toys has a new range

BRAINSTORM Brainstorm toys has a wide range of products that will prove popular across multiple retail channels in 2023 particularly gift outlets. The EUGY collection continues to grow with new additions including Squirrel, Red Dragon, Moose and Spino taking the number of EUGY models to 54. Made from environmentally friendly, biodegradable card with natural eco-friendly ink and non-toxic glue, the craft 3D EUGY models can be built by following a simple number sequence and children will enjoy collecting the huge selection of animal, dinosaur and mythical models. The impulse price point makes it a perfect gift and Brainstorm Toys have a range of FSC certified POS available which will help gift retailers to showcase the collection with maximum impact.

Posted: 9 June 2023

Blade and Rose shortlisted in the Junior Design Awards

Blade and Rose has been shortlisted in the Ultimate Junior Design Awards 'Best Heritage Brands' category, whilst also celebrating its 13th anniversary.

Founder Amanda Peffer says: "Based in Cumbria, we design and supply our beautiful collection from our Kendal HQ. Ensuring our product is manufactured to the highest quality using only sustainable materials is key to our success and this recognition really means the world to us."

Posted: 9 June 2023

Registration LIVE for Connect @ Autumn Fair

Registration is now live for Autumn Fair, the UK's ultimate shop for shop, for wholesale Home, Gift, and Fashion. Taking place on the 3rd – 6th September at NEC Birmingham buyers now have access to register early for their free ticket. This August sees the launch of Connect @ Autumn Fair, the new meetings programme designed to transform the buying experience and offer a host of pre-show benefits for buyers to connect with hundreds of leading brands including Lesser & Pavey, Sass & Belle, Besp-Oak, Richard Cooper, Hill Interiors, Febland Group, The Satchville Gift Company, Edge Company, Bomb Cosmetics, Chalk UK, Heathcote & Ivory, Upper Canada UK, London Ornaments, Walton & Co, Wilde Java, Ancient Mariner, Final Touches, Indra Importer, McGowan & Rutherford & Originals, Kikkerland, Bookspeed, Joe Davies, Powell Craft, Richard Lang & Sons, Jellycat, Malini, Deluxe HomeArt, JJ Textile, Blooms by Samuel Baker, Hot Tomato, Inis - Energy of the Sea, The Art File, Paper Salad, Emotional Rescue, The Little Dog Laughed, Cardology, The Seed Card Company, RMS International, Ultimate Products, TY UK, Keel Toys, Sea Gems, Big Metal, Scream Pretty, My Doris, Jayley, Lighthouse Clothing, Lunar, and many more.

Posted: 8 June 2023

UK small firms kept at distance from overseas markets by complex customs procedures, new research finds

Small firms are being held back from international trade by excessive customs paperwork, soaring costs and supply chain issues, according to new research by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

The Customs Clearance report, which looks at small businesses' experiences of exporting and importing, finds that nearly one in ten (9%) small firms who used to trade internationally have stopped doing so within the past five years, in a real challenge to the UK's growth plans. The volume of paperwork (56%), overall cost burden (49%) and supply chain and logistical issues (29%) are cited as key drivers.

Posted: 7 June 2023

Independent gift shop wins high street hero award

Independent gift shop chain Maybugs in East Sussex has been crowned the UK's best small high street business at this year's Small Awards, which saw hundreds of the UK's most exciting small businesses brought together for a glittering ceremony in London.

'Maybugs' is a family-owned, independent gift and homeware retailer based in Sussex, which sells a range of unique gifts. It won the 'High Street Hero' award, sponsored by TSB, with the owners being presented with their award by presenter, writer, actor, and comedian Sue Perkins.

Posted: 7 June 2023

Mattel, Inc. has revealed the all-new line up

Mattel, Inc. has revealed the all-new line up for Disney Princess and Disney Frozen to consumers. The line delivers on consumer kid's insights on what they want, including more animal friends and sidekicks, reveal innovation, castles, houses and vehicles, hair play and colour change, and expanded storytelling opportunities. Offerings include Disney Princess and Disney Frozen characters accompanied by accessories heart, such as Queen Elsa and the Water Nokk. Toys on-shelves now, globally, include bright colours, true-to-character facial features, hair fibre tailored to the characters, and premium fabrics.

Posted: 7 June 2023

Wild Blossom new range from Joe Davies

Wild Blossom is a new range from Joe Davies featuring a range of beautifully decorated ceramic gifts. The design is a colourful array of watercolour spring blooms, bees and butterflies adorning a cream dimpled textured matt finish ceramic. Using all the bestselling shapes such as Mugs, coasters, hanging heart plaques, tealights and heart tokens combined with heartfelt sentiments for Mum, Nan, friends and family make this collection the perfect choice for gifts and home décor. This new addition to your shop is sure to set the spring season selling off to a great start.

Posted: 5 June 2023

Sarah Ward, CEO of the Giftware Association, makes the Powerlist of Women in Trade Associations

CEO of the Giftware Association, Sarah Ward, has been named on the Powerlist of Women in Trade Associations.

A collaboration between the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) The confederation of British Industries (CBI) and the Trade Association Forum (TAF) has today published a Powerlist of women in trade associations to coincide with International Women's Day 2023 which features The CEO of the Giftware Association Sarah Ward.

The list was compiled from over 200 nominations from the sector and a selection from the Trade Association Forum. CBI and FSB had the unenviable task of selecting the 100 women that make up the inaugural list.

Posted: 2 June 2023

Sue Ure Maison making a debut at Exclusively

The Exclusively Show returns to the Business Design Centre 13th and 14th June 2023 with the very best brands from the housewares, tableware, small domestic electricals and gift sectors in attendance. This year, Sue Ure Maison is making a debut at the show; inspired by mid-century design and the vibrant colours of the 1960s, Sue Ure Maison design beautiful and useful home accessories for contemporary interiors. In beautiful and durable white and black porcelain, the Ambit collection consists of mugs, jugs and bowls made to enhance the enjoyment of the most ordinary of daily activities. The range includes two mug shapes: 'tall & wide' perfect for hot drinks and 'small & tall handle-less cups' for espresso or long cold drinks, plus two new jugs and a very versatile deep bowl

Posted: 31 May 2023

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