Winning ways at inaugural The Gift Awards

Good showing for greetings and stationery as industry’s hard work and resilience is honoured

 

Notable greeting card retailers as well as several publishers did the industry proud as they picked up trophies in the recent inaugural The Gift Awards 2022.

Uniting The Gift Of The Year Awards from the Giftware Association with Max Publishing’s The Greats Awards, this glittering first-ever event saw over 400 retailers, publishers, suppliers, manufacturers, reps and agents attend the evening celebration, held at London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel that was hosted by comedian Charlie Baker.

Above: All winners of the UK Gift Awards on stage with their trophies
Above: All winners of the UK Gift Awards on stage with their trophies

Paper Tiger in Edinburgh, Presentation in Barrowford, Mooch Cards & Gifts in Bewdley and Stourport-On-Severn, Nest in Leicestershire, Cranbornes in Dorset, Maybugs on the South Coast, and Brocante in the South West were among the worthy Greats gift retailer winners.

Andrea Pinder, owner of Presentation Cards & Gifts in Barrowford, admitted she felt: “Totally shocked, with an overwhelming sense of emotional achievement,” when her shop was announced as the winner of the North, Northern Ireland & Scotland category.

Andrea added: “Also, having the opportunity to share it with my colleague Lisa Thomason made it very special indeed. It’s a night I won’t forget, that’s for sure – and our trophy is standing very proud in our widow.”

Above: Andrea Pinder, owner of Presentation Cards & Gifts, was presented with her Greats trophy by David Cree, sales manager of category sponsor Joe Davies
Above: Andrea Pinder, owner of Presentation Cards & Gifts, was presented with her Greats trophy by David Cree, sales manager of category sponsor Joe Davies

Greg Rose, co-owner of Maybugs in Hailsham and Eastbourne, winner of the Greats London, South, South East & East Anglia category, exclaimed: “We’re over the moon to have won this award! It means so much to everyone at Maybugs to have been recognised at such a high level within the industry that we love.”

Above: Phil Verrills (right), sales director of category sponsor Gift Republic, presented the Greats trophy to Greg Rose, co-owner of Maybugs, with comedian and compere Charlie Baker (left)
Above: Phil Verrills (right), sales director of category sponsor Gift Republic, presented the Greats trophy to Greg Rose, co-owner of Maybugs, with comedian and compere Charlie Baker (left)

From her three Nest stores in Broughton Astley, Stoneygate and Thurlaston, owner Samantha Gibbs, winner of the Greats Midlands & Wales category, enthused: “We’re all thrilled and still on cloud nine! It is such a huge honour to be part of such an amazing bunch of contemporary forward-thinking shops! We will continue to champion bricks and mortar retailers and the energy and positivity they bring to our local High Streets.”

Sam added: “With The Greats success behind us, I feel like you have given us a wonderful boost, as if to say, you know what Sam, keep going, you’re doing okay!”

Above: Dan Illingworth (right), head of independent and export sales at category sponsor Widdop And Co, presented the winning Greats trophy to Nest owner Samantha Gibbs
Above: Dan Illingworth (right), head of independent and export sales at category sponsor Widdop And Co, presented the Greats trophy to Nest owner Samantha Gibbs

In the GOTY product categories, Shroot’s Greens & Greetings Collection won the Best Card & Wrap Product Or Range award; Rocket68 won Best International Product Or Range with its London Calling Global Collection; The Merry & Bright Village Advent Calendar DIY Craft Kit from Two For Joy Illustration took the title in Best Festive & Occasions Product Or Range, while Vent For Change’s Sucseed Notebook won Best Stationery Product Or Range.

The night’s biggest winner was The Plantable Children’s Book from Willsow, which won both the Best Ethical & Sustainable Gift Product Or Range and Best Children’s, Educational & Pre-School Product Or Range categories as well as taking the overall Judges’ Award.

A fitting finale to the awards ceremony saw Lesser & Pavey founder and chairman Ronnie Pavey’s longstanding and continuing contribution to the gift industry be presented with The Greats Outstanding Achievement Award.

Above: Winners all – Jill White of Rocket 68, Paper Tiger’s Michael Apter and Two For Joy Illustration
Above: Winners all – Jill White of Rocket68, Paper Tiger’s Michael Apter and Two For Joy Illustration

In her welcome speech Sarah Ward, ceo of The Giftware Association, told guests: “This is a special birthday for The Greats, which celebrates its 20th birthday and, indeed, for the Gift Of The Year Awards, as we’re now in our 45th year. Both awards this year have been bigger than ever before – no mean feat given the current circumstances.

“Yet it is exactly in challenging times that we need to come together, that awards like ours here this evening gain even greater prominence. Why? Because this is where we show strength, where we connect the whole industry. Because this is where we shout from the rooftops about you all – each finalist here who deserves to be buoyed by an industry coming together to champion your excellence. Because this is where change comes, this is where business is done, this is where you are propelled into a future with more people knowing your name and knowing what makes your brand special. This is where we futureproof each other and our industry.”

Above: The amazing ticket for the Gift Awards was made by The Seed Card Company, and included a plantable seed element
Above: The amazing ticket for the Gift Awards was made by The Seed Card Company, and included a plantable seed element

Joining Sarah on stage was Sue Marks, editor of Progressive Greetings’ stablemate Progressive Gifts & Home/GiftsandHome.net, who added: “With so much uncertainty at the moment it’s important to celebrate any uplifting moments, with both the Gift Of The Year and The Greats awards recognising and rewarding achievements during 2021, a year massively affected by Covid, with both retailers and suppliers demonstrating just how resilient the gift sector has shown itself to be.”

Above: The event’s stunning menu designed by Cardology
Above: The event’s stunning menu designed by Cardology

The winners of The Gift Awards 2022 are:

The Greats Awards 2022 – Retail Awards Categories

London, South, South East & East Anglia (sponsor: Gift Republic)

Maybugs, Eastbourne and Hailsham

Midlands & Wales (sponsor: Widdop And Co)

Nest, Broughton Astley, Stoneygate, and Thurlaston Garden Centre

North, N Ireland & Scotland (sponsor: Joe Davies)

Presentation Cards & Gifts, Barrowford

West & South West (sponsor: Abysse Corp)

Cranbornes, Dorchester and Shaftesbury

Best Newcomer Gift Retailer (sponsor: Life Charms)

Gifts Of Wales, Welshpool

Best Specialist Multiple Retailer Of Gifts (sponsor: Lesser & Pavey)

Brocante

Best Department Store Retailer Of Gifts (sponsor: Carte Blanche Greetings)

Austins, Newton Abbot

Best Non-Specialist Retailer Of Gifts (sponsor: Talking Tables)

Lovely Libby’s, Rayleigh

Best Garden Centre Retailer Of Gifts (sponsor: Enesco)

RHS Garden Bridgewater, Salford

Best InStore/Window Display (sponsor: Gisela Graham)

Mooch Gifts & Home, Bewdley and Stourport-on-Severn

Best Retailer Initiative (sponsor: Candlelight)

Paper Tiger, Edinburgh

The Greats Outstanding Achievement Award (sponsor: British Allied Trades Federation)

Ronnie Pavey, founder and chairman of Lesser & Pavey

 

The Gift Of The Year Awards 2022 – Product Award Categories

Best Beauty, Bath & Spa Product Or Range (sponsor: Ankorstore)

Remedial Aromatherapy Candle Collection from ChilliWinter Isle Of Wight

Best Branded Gift Product Or Range (sponsor: Brand Licensing Europe)

Peter Rabbit Collection from Blade & Rose

Best Card & Wrap Product Or Range (sponsor: Progressive Greetings Live)

Greens & Greetings Collection from Shroot

Best Children’s, Educational & Pre-School Product Or Range (sponsor: The Insights Family)

The Plantable Children’s Book from Willsow

Best Commemorative, Collectable & Charitable Product Or Range (sponsor: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home)

Guide Dogs For The Blind Association Accessories Range from Just Trade

Best Contemporary Gift Product Or Range (sponsor: Spring Fair)

Smart Moon Lamp from Gingko Design

Best Design & Craft Product Or Range (sponsor: Yodel)

RecycleMe Kits from Inside Out Toys

Best Ethical & Sustainable Gift Product Or Range (sponsor: Products Of Change)

The Plantable Children’s Book from Willsow

Best Fashion Accessories Product Or Range (sponsor: Top Drawer)

Whistler Tree Cork Collection from Blank Canvas Eco

Best Festive & Occasions Product Or Range (sponsor: Progressive Gifts & Home)

Merry & Bright Village Advent Calendar DIY Craft Kit from Two For Joy Illustration

Best Food & Drink Product Or Range (sponsor: Pringles)

Indian Spice Tin and Silk Sari Wrap from Spice Kitchen

Best Home & Garden Product Or Range (sponsor: Creative Industries Association)

Window Dressing from Fallen Fruits

Best Home Fragrance Product Or Range (sponsor: Cardzone)

Memories Candles Collection from FYG

Best International Product Or Range (sponsor: Faire)

London Calling Global Collection from Rocket68

Best Kitchen & Dining Product Or Range (sponsor: HousewaresNews.net)

Halo Cotton Dish Covers from Clayspoon

My Gift Of All Time (sponsor: Wallace & Gromit)

The Modular Collection from Concrete & Wax

Best Novelty Product Or Range (sponsor: Autumn Fair)

Heinz Tomato Ketchup Grow Your Own Tomatoes Kit from Kimm & Miller

Best Own Label Product Or Range (sponsor: Sourcing Support Asia)

Wetland Wildlife Origami Kit from Clockwork Soldier

Best Pet Gift Product Or Range (sponsor: The Giftware Association)

Doggy Baking Co’s PawLicking Baking Kits from The Bottled Baking Co

Best Stationery Product Or Range (sponsor: PGBuzz.net)

Sucseed Notebook from Vent For Change

Best Tech &/Or Gadget Product Or Range (sponsor: Aspin)

Arcade In A Tin Collection from Fizz Creations

Best Gift Under £15 (sponsor: Method UK)

Dunked Collection from Dunked

Judges’ Choice (sponsor: Home & Gift)

The Plantable Children’s Book from Willsow

To flick through The Gift Awards 2022 photo album visit www.thegiftawards.com; www.giftoftheyear.co.uk; www.thegreatsawards.co.uk. Plus, you can watch some of the highlights on https://youtu.be/XRSjZVhgvyE

 

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