Industry news from Gift Focus magazine

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Scent of Christmas in the home

Welcome the scent of Christmas into your home with Spiced Citrus & Clove from Henry & Co Fragrance. This aromatic and spicy fragrance opens with bright citrus notes orange and lemon, followed by warming, rich notes of spiced cinnamon and clove. This fragrance really is the scent of the season. Henry & Co Fragrance Company takes pride in crafting high-quality wax products in Melts and Candles plus Reed Diffusers and oils. Jo Stubbs, Creative Director says, "We recognise that people get excited as the nights draw in and are looking for fragrances for cosy nights in and that celebrate the festive season."

Posted: 6 November 2023

New products for annual Star Wars Day

In celebration of Star Wars Day, the annual fan holiday that takes place on May 4 each year, Royal Selangor will be launching new additions to its extensive Star Wars themed collection, featuring dioramas and figurines. Limited Edition Speeder Bike Chase Diorama On Endor, Rebels pursue Galactic Empire Scout Troopers in a speeder bike chase to destroy the Death Star. Weaving through the forest at breakneck speed, Luke Skywalker leans hard into each bank with every swerve, as he pursues a scout trooper on a full-throttle speeder bike chase, barely missing the composite resin replicas of Endor's trees.

Posted: 3 November 2023

Source Home & Gift, continues to go from strength to strength

The only international sourcing platform of its kind, Source Home & Gift, continues to go from strength to strength with over 430 exhibitors expected to be at its third edition from 4th – 7th February 2024 at NEC Birmingham. Uniting global manufacturers and artisan makers who all pride themselves on responsible manufacturing and sustainable production, with key retailers, brands, and contractors, Source Home & Gift increases in size by 25% with producers from UK, China, India, Philippines, Nepal and many more showcasing their wares. Debuting at the show will be pavilions from Senegal and Ghana. Suzanne Ellingham, Director of Sourcing says, "We are changing the perception of sourcing in the UK, doubling down on quality products and championing not only the large-scale global manufacturers but also the makers and social enterprises that are really making a difference to communities around the work. I continue to be blown away by the work people are doing and some of the incredible stories behind the products. Buying from these makers has an enormous impact on their lives.

Posted: 2 November 2023

Registration opens for Top Drawer’s Spring/Summer Retail Wonderland

Top Drawer's Spring/Summer edition is set to open the doors of Olympia London from the 14-16th January 2024, welcoming visitors into a curated retail wonderland as it returns with another jam-packed show absolutely bursting with newness and design. Visitor registration has now opened, and retailers can expect to kick-start the new year with another show-stopping edition, bringing together the best brands, products, speakers and more all under one roof.

Posted: 2 November 2023

Exciting times for Puckator

Puckator has been trading in the wholesale gift and homeware industry for over 30 years supplying fantastic products to customers in the UK, Europe, and beyond, offering everything from in-house designs to licensed products, all at fantastic prices. It's an exciting time over at Puckator this Autumn, with a newly opened (as of September) European showroom in Paris, in addition the company's collaboration with Moomins. This collab continues with a whole host of new beauty products ideal for carrying around with you, from hand creams, to manicure kits, all with bright and colourful Moomins designs on them. There's even a Moomin door stop coming out, letting people pop a bit of fun into their homes! The Moomin range fits nicely into its portfolio by carrying on the trend of bright, engaging designs on everyday products.

Posted: 1 November 2023

Spring Fair 2024 - New Campaign

Spring Fair, the inspirational show that puts thousands of new products for Home, Gift & Fashion at the forefront of UK retail, has revealed a thrilling snapshot of what visitors can expect at the next show in February 2024 as it kick-starts its new campaign focused on the magic of discovering new products and the people and stories behind them .

Posted: 31 October 2023

Source Home & Gift goes from strength to strength

The only international sourcing platform of its kind, Source Home & Gift, continues to go from strength to strength with over 430 exhibitors expected to be at its third edition from 4th – 7th February 2024 at NEC Birmingham.

Uniting global manufacturers and artisan makers who all pride themselves on responsible manufacturing and sustainable production, with key retailers, brands, and contractors, Source Home & Gift increases in size by 25 per cent with producers from UK, China, India, Philippines, Nepal and many more showcasing their wares.

Debuting at the Source Home & Gift show will be exciting new pavilions from Senegal and Ghana.

Posted: 31 October 2023

New character for popular range of ‘Little Couz-IN’ kits

Avenue Mandarine, part of the Exacompta Clairefontaine Group has launched a new character to its popular range of 'Little Couz-IN' kits, with the addition of Noah the Penguin. Little Couz-IN kits are CE marked and suitable for children of 6 years and over, having been developed to engage youngsters in crafting activities, whilst introducing them to the joys of sewing. The kits act as an easy all-in-one sewing initiation to the craft of haberdashery, with each containing pre-holed felt and fabric pieces, adhesive felt sections, wadding, a plastic needle, 3-4 spools of thread and a set of step-by-step instructions.

Posted: 30 October 2023

Ancient Wisdom's new raw gemstone tea strainer collection

A true fusion of elegance and functionality, Ancient Wisdom's captivating Raw Gemstone Tea Strainers are the perfect addition to your store, sure to enthral your customers and boost your sales. These enchanting accessories are not only a delight for gemstone connoisseurs but also make for a stunning addition to any tea lover's collection. Each tea strainer features a genuine raw gemstone at its core, making them truly one-of-a-kind. Displaying these gemstone tea strainers in your shop will create an eye-catching focal point that attracts passers-by. The raw gemstone tea strainers have a story to tell, engaging your customers with the unique properties and meanings associated with each gemstone can turn the shopping experience into an interactive and memorable one.

Posted: 27 October 2023

AI to revolutionise customer experiences, says business leaders

Exclusive data from Kin + Carta, the global transformation consultancy, and Google Cloud has revealed that more than half of the UK's largest consumer facing brands see customer experience being the biggest area for AI innovation.

Business leaders from a range of consumer-facing brands, including Sky, EasyJet, ASOS.com and Tesco, came together for Gen.IE, an event co-hosted by Kin + Carta and Google Cloud to discuss the future of customer experience powered by AI technology.

Whilst there, attendees were asked: "What area do you see as the biggest opportunity for leveraging AI in your business?" with "enhancing customer experiences with innovative AI-driven solutions" coming out on top at 51 percent.

Posted: 26 October 2023

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