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18 Giftware Review July/August 2014

Clear demand for value for money Design-led gifts

The rise of the canny customer in recent years has meant a clear sighted demand for value for money. Crucially that means good quality and

design at a fair price, beautifully packaged, and displayed with style. Recent years of austerity have produced

consumers who know how to shop around and order online and for traditional retailers it is a constant challenge to source the lines that will make a difference and keep

customers loyal. To stay

...look for

design-led at trade shows...

current there is no substitute for visiting as many trade fairs as possible – the renowned Harrogate Home & Gift is next, see Page 16 and at the forthcoming September Autumn Fair ‘design-led’ product platforms will be increased across a number of platforms, according to organisers. First stop should be Contemporary

Home & Gift in Hall 3 where the WGSN Homebuildlife supported by TB is a great

place to find leading-edge design direction. The Summerhouse showcase will this year include home and gift products from 36 designers chosen from around the world. More cutting edge gift and homewares

and other products can be found in the Designlab section of the show which is again in Hall 3 and includes the likes of In-space’s, Colourful Dove, Magic Craft, Fab Funky, Fab Studio, Creature Clothes and Victoria Armstrong.

Contemporary and glamorous

By Elise (Home & Gift Stand DP3-30) will be showcasing the new Druzy Collection, as well as the Brilliance Collection for Autumn/Winter 2014. These two Collections are complementary to her existing Pearl Gallery and Valletta Collection. The Druzy Collection is in a variety of colours from midnight blue to shimmering gold and consists of rings, earrings and pendants in 14ct acid gold. The designs are both contemporary with a glamorous touch. Visit: t: 01757 633239

Fresh prints

This fresh print tablecloth is part of New Overseas Traders’ (Home & Gift Stand DP1-61) ‘Summer Paisley’ range this season. Handmade by a Fair Trade group in India, the cloth features mitred corners on the border and is made from 100% cotton. Part of a large range of design-led fair trade home and gift items. Available in tablecloths, cushions and quilts. Also available in cosmetics bags, glasses cases and wash bags. Visit: t: 01672 851 166

Undeniably elegant

The Ahmad Tea range of gifts and caddies includes the perfect present for every discerning tea drinker. Whether your customers are looking for a gift for a special occasion or simply want to treat themselves, Ahmad Tea has created a range of caddies and gifts that are quintessentially English and undeniably elegant. The company’s gift range also encompasses those natural complements to your customers favourite beverage, namely the finest preserves and the most delicious shortbread – the perfect gift for those for whom afternoon tea is an essential ritual. Visit: t: 023 8027 8910


Kitras Art Glass’ Tree of Enchantment is the perfect gift for indoors and outdoors. Each one is handcrafted in Canada with recycled glass. The colour is melted right into the glass so it will never chip, fade or peel. All Kitras Art Glass products can be enjoyed indoors or outdoors in all seasons. Each comes in a gift box and with a sentiment story tag. Visit: t: 01243 780501 (UK distributor White Pebble)

Boheme Collection

The Boheme Collection, from The Fragrance Lounge, is all about enhancing the décor of homes with a little Boho style. Paddywax’s signature soy wax blend has been scented with five botanical inspired fragrances and hand-poured into stunning hand-painted ceramic bowls. The collection offers two sizes and ten beautiful designs, allowing your customers to mix and match to their heart’s content. RRP’s from £17.50. t: 01829 730028

e: New for Autumn

See the fabulous new Autumn ranges from Bewitched Accessories (Home & Gift Stand QS23, AFI Hall 4 Stand K28) at Harrogate and also Autumn Fair. This season the company is also launching a brand new range of hats to complement its very successful glove, scarf and bag ranges. Bewitched Accessories has an extended range of its hugely popular touch screen gloves and some really eye-catching new bags. Together with the company’s own design scarves, this really is a one stop shop. Visit: t: 01488 649520

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