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By Claire Troughton, Jan 23 2017 11:10AM

Following my blog post from earlier in January I'm delighted to say I'm now a finalist in the Gift of the Year 2017 competition! Organised by the Giftware Association the awards aim to reward forward thinking companies and highlight innovative products.


This year there were 1100 entries across 22 categories ranging from the traditional occasions led gifts to food & drink, fashion jewellery and even a category for Gifts for Pets! Entrants firstly submitted photographs of their products for judging and from these 6 or 7 products were shortlisted in each category. My 'Lovey Dovey' collection was shortlisted in the Fine Jewellery category. Each shortlisted company then had to submit samples for live judging.


'The Gift of the Year judging panel is selected to ensure a broad cross section of the industry is covered, from the quirky one-off local gift shop through to elegant independent galleries, the UK's most respected department stores and everything in between. During the rigorous, week long process of judging the judges forensically review and evaluate the submitted product constantly measuring against the criteria and standards. The secret judging room is a hive of activity, thought, discussion, hard work and of course fun!'


Last week I was informed I am one of three companies selected by this live judging panel as finalists. The winner will be announced during a presentation evening on 5th February during the 'International Spring Fair' at the NEC. Once again, fingers crossed! xx


By Claire Troughton, Jan 13 2017 12:32PM

You may not have heard of 'Gift of the Year' before or even The Giftware Association, but for those producing or marketing goods in the UK for the home and gift sector it's a big name. The GA have been around for 70 years offering help, advice and support to UK businesses. They run the industry's most prestigious award scheme, crowning the achievements of the most innovative products new to market each year. There are 22 categories covering most of the gift industry including fair trade products, best novelty, gifts under £10, kitchen and dining, home accessories, best pet product, cards and wrap and each receiving hundreds of entries. This year I was delighted to be nominated in the Fine jewellery category for my new 'Lovey Dovey' collection. This hasn't been launched on my site yet, but has been well received by a few key retailers and is set to launch on Not On The High Street in the next few weeks - watch this space! The collection features sentimental jewellery designed to be given at key moments in life, like the twin dove and heart pendant, a perfect gift for a bride on her wedding day. There are hearts that can be personalised with letters and birth stones and the gorgeous dove carrying a heart could denote the birth of a new baby. I'm hoping to upload the full collection soon, but for now here's a sneak preview. Please do leave a comment to let me know what you think.

On 3rd January I was delighted to be informed I had been shortlisted for 'Gift of the Year 2017' along with 6 other companies in the Fine Jewellery category. Samples of the collection then had to be posted off to GA headquarters for live judging. The judging panel consists of a broad cross section of the industry from the quirky local boutique to the UK's most respected department stores. During the rigorous, week long process of judging the judges forensically review and evaluate the submitted product constantly measuring against the criteria and standards. The secret judging room is a hive of activity, thought, discussion, hard work and of course fun! This year there are 27 judges, including a representative from John Lewis and The National Gallery, so even if I don't progress any further I'm delighted to get the chance to show them my work. Keep your fingers crossed for me all the same though! xx


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