Announcing The Greats 2022 finalists

Gift retailers line up for glory at inaugural The Gift Awards as GOTY People’s Choice vote goes live


After a nail-biting few months, the 66 finalists of The Greats gift retailer awards 2022 can now be announced.

And the winners of the 11 categories, plus the recipient of the prestigious Outstanding Achievement award, will be revealed at the inaugural The Gift Awards* taking at London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel, with all strands of the gift industry invited to share in this exciting, very special day for the gift and home industry.

“The bar has been set very high this year, and every one of our finalists – full list below – excelled in their category,” commented Progressive Gift & Home/ editor Sue Marks.

pic 2 gift-of-year-1For the first time The Gift Awards will bring together The Greats and the Gift Of The Year Awards, run by the Giftware Association – and the People’s Choice Award is now open for voting, with everyone invited to wave the flag for their favourite from the 2022 GOTY finalists and shortlisted products.

With publisher Blue Eyed Sun taking the inaugural People’s Choice award 2021, there are plenty of card, wrap and stationery products worthy of this year’s trophy, including Cardology, From Me To You, Lola Designs, Love Country, Makers Cabinet, Martha Brook, Origamo, Rocket68, Say it with Songs, Shroot, Vent For Change, With Creative, Wrag Wrap, and Wrendale Designs.

It’s easy to vote – simply find your favourite product on the category shortlist  on the GOTY website and make your choice. You can only vote for one product per category. Click on the vote button and you will be asked to complete your vote by entering your email address to validate the section. Your vote will then be counted. Voting closes on May 1, 2022.

The Greats 2022 finalists are (in alphabetical order):

Independent Gift Retailer Of The Year – London, South, South East & East Anglia

Bill & Bert’s, Colchester

Etcetera, Hitchin

Gifts With Love…, Middleton-on-Sea

Jumping Bean, Beckenham, East Dulwich and Honor Oak

Little Boat Gifts, Brightlingsea

Maybugs, Eastbourne and Hailsham


Independent Gift Retailer Of The Year – Midlands & Wales

The Celtic Company, Welshpool

Hugs & Kisses, Tettenhall

Joco, Nuneaton

Marmalade Meringue, Hinckley

Nest, Broughton Astley, Stoneygate and Thurlaston Garden Centre and Tearoom

The Silver Pear, Ludlow, Shropshire


Independent Gift Retailer Of The Year – North, Northern Ireland & Scotland

The Bottom Drawer/The Bottom Drawer Kids, Portadown

Cardhu Gifts & Interiors, Troon

Doodle & Boom, Bangor

The Keekin’ Glass, Prestwick

Presentation Cards & Gifts, Barrowford

Williams Of Audlem, Audlem


Independent Gift Retailer Of The Year – West & South West

Cranbornes, Dorchester and Shaftesbury

Jo Amor, Tiverton

The Pod Company, Clifton

Raven Lifestyle, Totnes and Tavistock

The Rowan Tree, Budleigh Salterton

Surprises, Cirencester


Best Newcomer Gift Retailer

Becalmed, Leek

Driftroom, Reading

Gems, Clevedon

Hearts And Hugs, Titchfield

Gifts Of Wales, Welshpool

The Lemon Tree, Beverley


Best Specialist Multiple Retailer Of Gifts

Brocante (5 shops)

House Of Cards (7 shops)

Keepsake Scotland (4 shops)

Mooch, Ealing and Fulham (4 shops)

Lark (7 shops)

Vinegar Hill (10 shops)


Best Department Store Retailer Of Gifts

Austins, Newton Abbott

Jarrolds, Norwich

John Lewis & Partners

Morleys Stores

Nicholls, Crickhowell

Rossiters Of Bath


Best Non-Specialist Retailer Of Gifts

About Living, Newton Mearns

The Denby Shop & Gift Emporium, Denby Pottery Village

Loch Levens Larder, Kinross

Lovely Libby’s, Rayleigh

Mrs Robinson, Crystal Palace and East Dulwich

Oliver Bonas


Best Garden Centre Retailer Of Gifts

Blue Diamond

Garsons, Esher and Titchfield

The Mains Of Drum, Banchory

RHS Bridgewater, Bridgewater

Rosebourne Garden Centre, Aldermaston, Weyhill and Hampton-in-Arden

Yarnton Home & Garden, Yarnton


Best In Store/Window Display

The Bean Hive, Kettering, for its jungle-themed anniversary window

Etcetera, Hitchin, for its award-winning Christmas window

Highworth Emporium, Highworth, for its Christmas Room

Mooch Gifts & Home, Bewdley and Stourport-on-Severn, for its Halloween and Christmas windows

MiMi, Hartley Wintney, for its Christmas window

The Curious Fox, Chorlton, for its front window displays


Best Retailer Initiative

Brocante, for its online friends supper party evenings

The Celtic Company, Welshpool, for its Jellycat Red Dragon schools’ competition

Garsons, for its 150th anniversary campaign

Lovely Libby’s, Rayleigh, for its online Friday Night Lives

Paper Tiger, Edinburgh, for its Chinese Year Of The Tiger fundraising initiative

Yarnton Home & Garden, Yarnton, for its Under Our Wing pop-up space


Outstanding Achievement Award

No finalists are revealed for this special award. The winner will be announced on the night.


*The Gift Awards event ceremony will bring together, for the first time, The Giftware Association’s Gift Of The Year Awards and The Greats gift retailer awards ( – currently celebrating their 20th milestone year – organised and owned by Max Publishing, publishers of Progressive Gifts & Home/

At the lavish awards event, both retail prowess and gift product excellence will be recognised and rewarded with the winners and highly commended products announced for each of the GOTY categories plus the People’s Choice and the Judges’ Choice.

Tickets and tables for the awards event on 12 May can be booked via the Max Publishing digital box office event at, or by contacting event organiser Createvents via or 0118 334 0085.

To find out more about The Gift Awards and book tickets, visit


The Gift Awards 2022 enjoys a strong roster of sponsors including Spring Fair and Autumn Fair as headline supporter, plus Abysse Corp, Brand Licensing Europe, British Allied Trades Federation (BATF), Candlelight, Cardzone, Carte Blanche Group, Gift Republic, Gisela Graham, Home & Gift Harrogate, Joe Davies, Lesser & Pavey, Life Charms, Progressive Greetings Live, Talking Tables, Top Drawer, and Widdop And Co.

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