Gift Focus inc Attire Accessories - March/April 2023

29 GOTY FINALISTS After an exciting live judging event at Spring Fair, the judges’ votes have been counted, with The Giftware Association revealing which six products are the official finalists in each category for the Gift of the Year (GOTY) 2023 awards. The Winners and Highly Commended products will be announced at The Gift Awards, to be held at London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel on 11th May 2023 for the second year running marking a significant unified step forward for the UK gift industry. The Live Judging Event held at Spring Fair for the second year running was a resounding success with it being held for four days for the first time, allowing judges to come and go when they had completed their time at Spring Fair and the GA recording a braking total of over 60 judges, which is a record for any of our live judging days. It also attracted non judges to the area who were on the look out for the next best products that were featured in the shortlist, with a lot of trade contacts shared and interest in all the shortlisted products. Chris Workman said of the live judging: “It was great to be back at Spring Fair to live judge again and for longer, allowing more judges to complete their in-person judging which we know is so important. What we learnt from this year was that it attracted a great deal of attention to the area of no judges who were looking for great products, so we hope that businesses who were exhibiting got traffic from our stand as well as those non exhibitors still getting interest and follow ups - being able to hold the judging during Spring Fair – the most important exhibition on the gift industry’s calendar - makes perfect sense for the future and speaking to judges on the day we found that this was a great time for them to buy from the competition and GOTY The Giftware Association unveils the Gift of the Year 2023 finalists – check out the next issue of Gift Focus to see the winners! Finalists Little Green Paper Shop - Eco Plantable Seed Paper Calendar Nicole Elders - The Gentleman’s tea towel collection