Christmas is a time for good will and optimism, and this was certainly reiterated at Harrogate Christmas & Gift 2019 which experienced an increase in visitor numbers for the seventh year running. Whatever world politics has in store for us, retailers and buyers attending the show made it clear that they are planning for a bumper 2019 festive season with many exhibitors reporting a record number of orders taken.
Piers Croke of Gisela Graham said: “We had an excellent show, picking up several new customers and seeing just about every regular customer we hoped to see and took some good orders. We had expected a rather low-key atmosphere, bearing in mind the general Brexit-related uncertainty, but were agreeably surprised that there was quite a buzz in the air – maybe because Christmas is a long way off? Altogether a well-managed show.”
Alan Pimm of exhibiting company Sifcon commented: “We had a very good show with orders taken up on last year. We were particularly impressed with the quality of the buyers who attended. It was good to see some new customers as well as our existing regulars.”
The Cello home fragrance collection of candles, reed diffusers and accessories will lead the charge for one-stop shop Xystos with a raft of new products. The spring/summer launch sees the addition of three new scents, Ginger Fizz, Cucumber Spritz and Poppy Blush in different sized jars, as well as wax medallions, scent cups, standard and hourglass reed diffusers and essential oils.
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Celebrating the best in home and gift retailing, the Gift of The Year Awards are some of the most highly-coveted accolades in the industry. This year saw more judges and more categories.
The competition, now in its 41st year, celebrates all that is new to market, innovative and design-led across the home and giftware world. To become finalists, suppliers can enter across 20 categories and must make it through two stages of judging by the industry’s experts, retailers and trade press. This year competition saw a record amount of entries from over 250 companies.
In keeping with the Fair’s theme of ‘Power of One’ (a movement designed to encourage greater sustainable action across the industry), there was a significant rise in the number of ethical and eco-friendly gifts suggesting indeed there is a growing trend towards a more sustainable future and a socially conscious industry.
The ceremony, held on the first night of the Fair, celebrated 20 category winners with newcomers Hot Smoked taking home the Judges’ Choice award, in addition to winning in two categories.