Gift of the Year Awards 2018: winners announced

The winners of the Gift Of The Year Awards 2018 were revealed at a ceremony held on Sunday February 4 (during the Spring Fair) at The Vox Conference Centre, adjacent to the NEC in Birmingham,

Product entries for 15 categories were judged by a selection of buyers from retailers including John Lewis, Ocado, Steamer Trading Cookshop, Notonthehighstreet.com, Jarrold, Blue Diamond Garden Centres, Fortnum & Mason, Haskins Garden Centres and Brookfields Garden Centre.

Henri Davis, chairman of The Giftware Association which organised the event, said: “This year stands out both for the number of entries and the wealth of innovative and exciting products that were entered.”

 

The 2018 Gift of the Year winners are:

BODY, BATH & HOME FRAGRANCE PRODUCT

Winner

Great British Bee Co Handcare Range, Great British Bee Co

Highly Commended

Animal Shaped Soaps, The Somerset Toiletry Co

Barber Pro Skin Revival Kit, BeautyPro

Home Solutions Range, Heyland & Whittle

 

CHILDREN’S GIFT

Winner

Fantastic Dragon 3D Colourables, OOLY

Highly Commended

Compendium, Widdop & Co

Little Nature Explorers, Emma Lawrence

Sweet Baby Dinosaur Rattles, Best Years

 

CONTEMPORARY GIFT

Winner

Octagon One Desk Light, Gingko Electronics

Highly Commended

10 Things… Loving Tree, Giggle Beaver

Great British Bee Co Handcare Range, Great British Bee Co

Urban Words, History & Heraldry

 

DESIGN & CRAFT

Winner

Handmade Artisan Gift Wrap Sheets, Paper Mirchi

Highly Commended

DIY Greenhouse Model Kit, Salveo

‘Love You to Pieces’ Cufflinks, Oh So Cherished

 

FASHION ACCESSORY

Winner

Sara Miller Silk Accessories, My Gifts Trade

Highly Commended

Beau & Elliot Lunch Totes, Navigate

Wrendale Scarves, Wrendale

 

FESTIVE & OCCASIONS

Winner

Christmas Roast Dinner Box, Ross & Ross Food

Highly Commended

Folksy Reindeer, Roger La Borde

Hoppy Easter Range, Ginger Ray

O-Deer, House of Marbles

 

GARDEN & OUTDOOR

Winner

Green Picnic Collection, Fallen Fruits

Highly Commended

Cow Watering Can, Apples to Pears

The Quintessential British Bird Range, Deco-Pak

Wildflowers for Wildlife Seedball Range, Project Maya

 

GENERAL GIFT

Winner

Hand-painted Gin Glass, Sunny by Sue

Highly Commended

Bookminders Page Markers, That Company Called If

Engraved Wallets, Leather Guild

My Memories Personalised Journal, Signature Gifts

 

GIFT FOOD

Winner

Indian Spice Tin with Handmade Silk Sari Wrap, Spice Kitchen

Highly Commended

The Ultimate Cheese Making Kit, The Big Cheese Making Kit

The XL Homemade Curing Kit, Bacon, Ross & Ross Food

 

GREETINGS & STATIONERY

Winner

Mono and Pastel Greeting Cards, Peace & Blessings

Highly Commended

Don’t Be Blue, Scratch and Smile, I Am A

The Nikki Strange Collection, Go Stationery

Write a Letter, Two Little Boys

 

HOME PRODUCT

Winner

Limited Edition Brighton Pavilion Print, I Drew This

Highly Commended

Elgin, Dartington Crystal

Emporium Agate Coasters, Talking Tables

So Cosy Dag Throw, So Cosy

 

HOT NOVELTY

Winner

Prosecco Pong, Talking Tables

Highly Commended

Buzz and Dotty Kneelers, Burgon & Ball

G&Tea Cocktail Set, Root7

Mystery Message Mug, Wow Stuff

 

KITCHEN & DINING

Winner

Recycled Apron Made from Old Denim, Ian Snow

Highly Commended

Big Peeler, New Soda

Orbit Centre, Sue Ure Maison

Sara Miller –  The Chelsea Collection, Portmeirion Group

 

LICENSED PRODUCT

Winner

Natural History Museum Gift in a Tin Range, Apples to Pears

Highly Commended

David Walliams Most Curious Challenges Game, Lagoon Trading Co

Game of Thrones Dragon Egg Shot Glasses, Nemesis Now

Mystery Golden Snitch, Wow Stuff

 

UNDER £10

Winner

Gin & Tonic Handbag, Bath House

Highly Commended

Flamingo Bottle Opener, Gift Republic

Mr Beard Soaps, The Somerset Toiletry Co

Ultimate Pub Quiz, Paladone

JUDGES’ CHOICE

Described as ‘the winner of all the winning products, as chosen by the judges’, this award was scooped by Gingko Electronics for its Octagon One Desk Light: a lamp that combines a wood-effect finish with a touch control button and in-built rechargeable battery.

 Speaking after the event, Spring Fair managing director Louise Young said: “This year’s Gift of the Year Awards was the best one yet and really highlighted the sheer breadth and depth of fantastic quality in the gift and homewares industries.”

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