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/GiftandHome.net editor Sue Marks.
For 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
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
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
Best Newcomer Gift Retailer
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
John Lewis & Partners
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
Best Garden Centre Retailer Of Gifts
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 (www.thegreatsawards.co.uk) – currently celebrating their 20th milestone year – organised and owned by Max Publishing, publishers of Progressive Gifts & Home/GiftsandHome.net.
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 Max-Tickets.net, or by contacting event organiser Createvents via firstname.lastname@example.org or 0118 334 0085.
To find out more about The Gift Awards and book tickets, visit www.thegiftawards.com
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.