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Gift of the Year


Winning gifts for 2015


The highest number of entries in recent memory were recorded at this year’s Gift of the Year competition, celebrating innovation and creativity in the industry. As always, the competition was


organised by the Giftware Association and awards were presented at Spring Fair. Louise Young, divisional director retail of i2i Events said: “I think what is really important is they have been judged by retailers – by the industry itself which makes it all the more potent.” Winning products are: The Judges’ Choice: Winner, Hinchcliffe and Barber Songbird Grey Ceramics (My Gifts Trade) Body, Bath and Spa:Winner, Waggledance Collection (Beefayre); highly commended, Compact Lenses (That Company Called If); highly commended, Modern Apothecary Candles (Stone Glow Candles) Branded/Character: Winner, Fascinations Star Wars 3D Metal Construction Kits (Professor Puzzle); highly commended, Rubik’s Cube Light (Paladone Products); highly commended, RSPB Singing Birds (Ravensden) Card and Wrap: Winner, FORM (The Art File); highly commended, Speedy Gift Wrap for Awkward Shaped Gifts (Lux-Wrap); highly commended, Coaster Cards (The London Studio) Commemorative and Collectable Gifts: Winner, Personalised Brass Travellers Compass (Treat Gifts); highly commended, National Geographic Picture Playing Cards (That Company Called If); highly commended, Iconic Bookchairs (Thinking Gifts) Eco-Friendly: Winner, Felt Animal Puppets (Sew Heart Felt); highly commended, Building Blocks (Lanka Kade); highly commended, WeWOOD Kappa Chocolate (WeWOOD UK) Fashion Accessories: Winner, Love the Glove (Burgon & Ball); highly commended, Compact Lenses (That Company Called If); highly commended, Collier Campbell Shoulder Bag (Quintessential) Fashion Jewellery:Winner, Branch Out (Martick Jewellery); highly commended, Keep Me Jewellery (Keep Me Jewellery); highly commended, WeWOOD Kappa Chocolate (WeWOOD UK) Festive and Seasonal:Winner, Skeleton Crew (Talking Tables); highly commended, Reusable Gift Box Crackers – Hellebore design (Keep This Design);


Drinks Cooler Range (Parlane International) Made in UK: Winner, Hinchcliffe and Barber Songbird Grey Ceramics (My Gifts Trade); highly commended, Spode Delamere Rural (Portmeirion Group); highly commended, Victor’s Drinks – Ciders and Ales (Victor’s Drinks) Occasions: Winner, Photo Booth Prop Range (Ginger Ray); highly commended,


Wild & Wolf


Parlane


Portmeirion


Apothecary Candles (Stone Glow Candles); highly commended, Art Collection Lime & Mandarin (Stone Glow Candles); highly commended, Fired Earth Earl Grey and Vetivert Large Twin Wick (Wax Lyrical) Hot Novelty: Winner, Rubik’s Cube Light (Paladone Products); highly commended, Comedy Bandana (Bluesky Designs); highly commended, King for the Day (NPW)


The Great Egg Hunt (Talking Tables) Garden and Outdoor Living: Winner, Citronella Wood Wick Patio & Picnic Candles (Enigma); highly commended, Sophie Conran Raspberry Collection (Burgon & Ball); highly commended, Milk Bottle with Straw (Parlane International) Gifts for Men: Winner, Battery-powered Paper Planes (The Lagoon Group); highly commended, Ridley’s Games Room (Wild & Wolf)); highly commended, Gentlemen’s Hardware (Wild and Wolf) Home Accessories: Winner, Vintage Light Bulb (Amber Bright Creations); highly commended, Goat Flower Vase (Quail Designs); highly commended, Woodland Trophy Hooks (Transomnia) Home Fragrance: Winner, Modern


56 Giftware Review & Home Interiors March / April 2015


Kids: Winner, Animal Toothbrush Holders (j- me); highly commended, Takes and Adders (House of Marbles); highly commended, RSPB Small Singing Birds (Ravensden) Kitchen and Dining: Winner, CrushGrind Optic Mills (T&G Woodware); highly commended, HOST Chill Cooling Pour Spout (Uberstar); highly commended,


WeWood


Blossom and Brogues (Talking Tables); highly commended, Christmas Origami (The Lagoon Group) Premium/Luxury: Winner, Cassini Terrestrial MOVA Globe (Turtletech Design); highly commended, BassBuds 24 Carat Gold Collection (Electro Box); highly commended, New Supersize Aztec Gem Terrarium (The Urban Botanist) Stationery:Winner, Ted Baker Ladies’ Stationery (Wild & Wolf); highly commended, Meal Planner (Busy B); highly commended, Set of 36 Pencils Mr Badger (Rex International)


Under £10: Winner, Animal Toothbrush Holders (j-me); highly commended, Essential


Tools (Burgon & Ball); highly


commended, Line Markers (Thinking Gifts)


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