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GOTY Winners Celebrate

Winners were grinners as the Gift of the Year winners were announced

The winners and highly commended for the Gift of the Year 2020 competition were announced on Sunday night at the annual awards ceremony on the first day of Spring Fair. The awards announcement held on The Inspiring Retail stage attracted a crowd of buyers, retailers as well as the eagerly awaiting competition entrants.

CEO of The Giftware Association, Sarah Ward said, “The standard of the entrants and products was very high this year, with many of the judges struggling to find their favorites with so much quality on offer, and there were a few very close calls for the winners. It’s great to see so many companies who made the shortlist stage using the marketing collateral already on their products, and I know this has been echoed by some of the judges of the competition.”

First-time entrants and small enterprise Squelch Wellies took home three awards for Children’s Gift, Fashion Accessory and beating off all the other category winners for the coveted Judges Choice Trophy.

From You to Me picked up the top prize in the Cards and Wrap category for their Wow! You’re…Birthday Books. In the Stationery category, Wild and Wolf won for their Yes Studio Stationery Collection and 1 Tree Cards came out on top in the Festive and Occasional category for their Tree Planting Cards – Tree Wishes Festive Box.

Billy’s Beach Hut with her Islas Jewellery Collection and Ross and Ross with their veggie roast dinner kits have both returned triumphantly to the competition to take the crown in the Fashion Jewellery and Gift food categories respectively.

Sock Academy fought off tough success in the under £10 category with their mega cute ‘Mummy and Me’ socks from their cucuomelon range.

Other winners included Aery, Talking Tables, Professor Puzzle to name a few.

All winners received a specially designed, ethical wood trophy in recognition of their hard work and success but the highly commended didn’t go home empty-handed with their successes also being toasted with their own special trophy as a huge achievement as to get to this stage of the competition is no easy feat.


JUDGES CHOICE – SQUELCH WELLIES

CARDS AND WRAP
Winner - Wow! You’re…Birthday Books – From You to Me
Highly Commended - Paper Shakies – James Ellis
Highly Commended - Pyramid Gift Boxes – Decorasian
Highly Commended - Sophie Corrigan for Wraptious – Wraptious

STATIONERY
Winner - Yes Studio Stationery Collection – Wild and Wolf
Highly Commended - Pen Bookmark – Thinking Gifts
Highly Commended - Sakana Daily Planner – Hello Day
Highly Commended - Busy Life Planner – Busy B

FESTIVE AND OCCASIONAL
Winner - Tree Planting Cards – Tree Wishes Festive Box – 1 Tree Cards
Highly Commended - Christmas Planer – Wrendale Designs
Highly Commended - Plasticine Christmas Advent Calendar – The Lagoon Group
Highly Commended - BoHo Bride Activity Book – Talking Tables


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