Industry news from Gift Focus magazine

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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, 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

Charity Christmas cards from Eco-Friendly Card Co

New from the Eco-friendly Card Co is a small collection of charity Christmas card packs for The Wildlife Trusts featuring artwork by illustrator Ralph Steadman. Best known for his satirical cartoons in the New Statesman and Rolling Stone magazines, the Christmas designs originate from the Gonzovation Trilogy, books written by Ralph Steadman and Ceri Levy which tell the stories of the dangers faced by so many creatures today and the work being carried out to help and protect them. The Christmas cards are printed on 100% recycled board and come with 100% recycled envelopes packed in compostable cornstarch bags.

Posted: 25 October 2023

New Tiny Tatty Teddy height chart with Personalised Memento Company

This adorable personalised Tiny Tatty Teddy® height chart from Personalised Memento Company is a wonderful way to record your little one's height as they grow! Made from a durable vinyl material, this height chart can be used and treasured year after year. Adorned with a cute design, it makes a functional display piece in any home. Keep an eye out for the full product range coming soon! With a wide range of styles to choose from – all available to be effortlessly personalised, PMC supply gifts for all occasions, all year round.

Posted: 23 October 2023

New reactive glaze range from Ladelle

With its earthy finishes and rustic appeal, the Terra range introduces a brand new reactive glaze with a calm Ecru and Sage base. Firing at high temperatures has naturally incorporated Terra's signature scorched speckles, giving each individual piece a unique look. This well-rounded collection includes everything you need for the kitchen and table, ranging from serveware to baking dishes. Featuring fine diagonal ribbing and vintage look short stems, our Katrina glassware range is sure to become a customer favourite! We've made sure to include all of the best-selling shapes, and they are dishwasher safe, making them practical as well as gorgeous. Each glass is mouth blown by skilled craftsman, making every piece unique.

Posted: 20 October 2023

Autumn trends with Joe Davies

Toadstools and Mushrooms are back in trend this season and Joe Davies have embraced this trend with two exciting new ranges – Glow Mushrooms are a collection of mushroom shaped LED lamps in various sizes with a wood look base and pretty pastels, grey and white tops making them ideal to go with any home décor. These lights add a magical touch to your home, especially as nights start to get longer in the Autumn. In addition to the LED light up mushrooms Joe Davies also offer the Magical Mushroom range. These ceramic mushrooms come in different shapes and sizes and feature a mottled finished glaze, the unique finish in stunning colours such as reds, greens, blues and greys give each mushroom a distinct appearance, making each one look different. These decorative pieces will look good in the home or garden, there is even a mushroom bird house to hang in the trees

Posted: 18 October 2023

Report reveals Lego as the most prominent toy store in 2023

According to the latest annual report on the toy sector, Lego is the UK's most prominent toy store in 2023. The report, conducted by Salience Search Marketing, analysed 11 crucial performance indicators, including year-on-year visibility, search volume trends, and brand awareness, for toy stores to reveal the names dominating the industry. Through analysing the number of monthly searches for each brand and calculating an owned social score which combines the number of followers and engagement rate across major social platforms for each brand, the report unveils the most prominent brands in the sector.

Posted: 16 October 2023

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