Harrogate Christmas & Gift 2014 finished on an absolute high this year with a significant increase in visitor numbers, an atmosphere of positivity and an overall consensus that the recession is finally behind us.
The halls of the Harrogate International Centre were packed with buyers for the entire duration of the show and figures confirm that overall unique visitor numbers for extent of the four days were up almost 12 percent on last year and 16 percent in total. This indicates that not only were there many new buyers attending, but they were staying for longer spreading their visit out over two or three days.
Show organiser, Simon Anslow, comments: "It was obvious from the moment the doors opened on the first day of Harrogate Christmas & Gift that 2014 was going to be a busy show. Visitors were literally queuing to get in and the halls remained packed for pretty much the entire duration. The majority of exhibitors have confirmed that business was brisk and reported that there was a notable upturn in buying attitude. Retailers came in with open minds and open order books and are now fully stocked for next Christmas - and in fact the entire year ahead."
Harrogate Christmas & Gift 2015 takes place from 11th - 14th January 2015 - exhibitor bookings are now open. For more information contact the organisers at 01902 882 280 or click here to your book a stand.
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Another great day at Harrogate Christmas & Gift with visitor numbers more than 10 per cent up on last year and a vibrant atmosphere throughout the halls of the Harrogate International Centre.
Many garden centre buyers and exhibitors had a fabulous evening last night at the Greatest Christmas Awards which took place at the Majestic Hotel, organised by Garden Trade News. There were lots of celebrations as winners were presented with awards; more than £2,000 was raised for the charity Make A Wish; plus great food and lots of dancing.
Tonight exhibitors and visitors will enjoy another great networking event with free drinks, entertainment and midnight snacks at the Majestic Hotel.
Christmas & Gift is open tomorrow (Tuesday 14th) from 9am to 6pm and Wednesday from 9am to 4pm so don't miss the opportunity to come along and see some amazing new product launches.
Harrogate Christmas & Gift has seen the biggest first day turnout for many years with the halls of the Harrogate International Centre packed to bursting with visitors from the moment the doors opened at 9.00am this morning (Sunday 12th January).
Show organiser, Simon Anslow, comments: "Visitor numbers at the show have been increasing year-on-year, however, footfall has been exceptionally high today with a notable increase in retailers seeking out innovative new home and gift lines. Whilst Christmas remains the dominant theme for the show, there has been a significant increase in exhibitors displaying home and gift items for all occasions and this is proving a big pull for not only garden centre buyers, but retailers from gift stores across the board."
Harrogate Christmas & Gift is open to trade from 9.00am until 6.00pm on Monday and Tuesday and 9.00am until 4.00pm on Wednesday. Entry is free and if you haven't already pre-registered, you can do so on the door. Visitors and exhibitors staying in Harrogate are cordially invited to join the organising team for free drinks, entertainment and midnight snacks from 10.00pm at the Majestic Hotel.
The halls of the Harrogate International Centre have been transformed into a dazzling array of the largest, most diverse selection of products ever seen at Christmas & Gift Fair before.
As well as the biggest selection of Christmas decorations, trees and festive goods of any UK trade show, this year sees a notable increase in gift lines from ceramics, floral, felt and fur to Halloween paraphernalia, toys and even barbecues and food items.
Doors open from 9.00am until 6.00pm Sunday 12th January (tomorrow) until Tuesday 14th January and from 9.00am until 4.00pm on Wednesday. This is a not-to-be-missed event for retailers involved in seasonal, gift or garden centre sales.
The Milford Collection is celebrating its 29th year of trading and will be showing its top selling range of scented pine cones at Harrogate Christmas & Gift for the very first time. Don't miss its Stand A30a where a warm and aromatic welcome awaits.
Jette Frölich's 2014 collection consists of a poetic Flower Fairy in delicious pink, purple, silver, gold and white translucent tones, a flower wreath in gold or silver, and beautiful stylistic flowers in soft paper tones and elegant details in shining brass. To crown the collection, Jette Frölich has created a 3-dimensional star to top the Christmas tree or to use as a hanging ornament, and a fairy-go-round in gold-brass. The new products feature the poetic soft colour scheme that has become a hallmark of Jette Frölich's designs.
Visit Jette Frölich Design on stand C10
Weiste of Finland has been trading since 1924 and is probably one of the largest manufacturers of tinsel, garlands and shatterproof ornaments in Europe. Operating out of three eco-friendly factories in Finland the company now exports to over 40 countries. Visit Weiste on Stand M28.
'Your Name in Lights' personalised flashing LED baubles exceeded all expectations for Gaeltag Keltika for Christmas 2013 and independent endorsement of the success of the product came from Progressive Greetings in December with the reaction of one of its delighted retailers canvassed in the 'What's Hot' feature on best sellers with Kim Taylor of The Card Shop, New Addington, Croydon volunteering: 'These are just whizzing out the door! Personalised with the names, but also supplied with letter sheets so you can add names or customers can make up their own special message.'
Come and see this fabulous new product idea for yourself - visit Gaeltag Keltika on Stand A34
Fair to Trade Ltd is launching new designs and sizes of its popular cinnamon wood decorations at including a collection of woodland animals. Developed alongside a recognised fair trade group in the south coast region of Vietnam, the decorations are carved from the bark of the locally grown Saigon cinnamon trees that has been soaked, pressed and dried in the sun. The company's range also includes hand painted papier-mâché from Kashmir, olive wood from Bethlehem, capiz decorations from the Philippines, ceramics from Vietnam and hand embroidered zari from India.
Visit Fair to Trade on Stand C04
With the tinsel packed away and the last of the festive chocolates eaten, you are hopefully all filled with positive vibes for 2014 and planning for even better sales next year than ever before.
Harrogate Christmas & Gift promises plenty of inspiration with some fabulous new product ranges from around the world. Don't forget, if you haven't pre-registered, it's free to attend simply click on the registration link HERE.
This is the third year that Riffelmacher returns to Harrogate having gained an excellent reputation as a strong all round Christmas specialist, particularly to the garden centre trade. This year's collection is the most comprehensive in the company's 92 year history with top quality tinsel products in a range of colours. The company also offers a beautiful range of colour co-ordinated mouth blown and hand decorated glass baubles, plus customer's own designs are welcome with screen or stamp printed logo balls available with low minimum quantity requirements. Highlights also include design coordinated porcelain plates and coffee mugs, paper serviettes, candles and tree decorations.
Visit Riffelmacher on Stand A03
Helen Moore is the premier brand for hand finished faux fur products using the softest and most luxurious fabric available. The company's products include throws and cushions for the home and fashion accessories such as bags, scarves, hats, collars, slipper boots, coat cuffs, boot toppers and fur topped boot liners. Everything is designed and made in England.
Visit Helen Moore on Stand A29.
Revel in the seasonal delights of Heaven Sends, with its quintessentially Christmas collections and charming new additions to its eclectic everyday ranges.
Visit Heaven Sends on Stand C37.
Beautifully packaged luxury food items make wonderful gifts for all occasions and Terra Rossa's top quality award-winning Middle Eastern extra virgin olive oils, dips, herbs and sauces make perfect impulse purchases in numerous different retail settings.
The company's new range of Hampers are particularly popular at Christmas, attractively presented and packed with a range of 'goodies' according to taste. For example, the Classic Arabian Hamper has a selection of authentic sauces and herb mixes, extra virgin olive oil, pomegranate molasses, two hand painted traditional Jordanian dipping pots plus sweet sugared almonds.
Visit Terra Rossa at Harrogate Christmas & Gift on Stand A31.
With just a week until Christmas, retailers are bracing themselves for the last minute rush and will no doubt be taking note of current buying trends. There is already a notable penchant for Christmas themed jumpers this year with both adults and children adorning everything from Christmas puddings to reindeer on their fronts - but the big question is: what will be the hot products next year?
A great place to find out is Harrogate Christmas & Gift from 12th to 15th January at the Harrogate International Centre. A trade only show and a must attend event for anyone involved in the home, gift, visitor attraction or Christmas sectors.
Everyone loves the sparkle and twinkle of Christmas and SnowTime's licenced exclusive Thomas Kinkade Fibre Optic tapestries were a best-selling product for the company in 2012 and 2013. SnowTime is part of the Trans Continental Group and has retained a partnership with Manual Woodworkers and Weavers Inc, a licensed Thomas Kinkade company and this enables the Thomas Kinkade designs to be brought to life with fibre optic lights perfect for the Christmas market. With new designs for 2014, the popularity of this range will continue to grow with Christmas festivities illustrated in the artist's famous paintings and once again being the hit of the season.
SnowTime returns to Harrogate with an extensive choice of Christmas 'must-haves' including artificial trees, blossom trees, fibre optics, indoor and outdoor lighting and Christmas accessories.
Visit SnowTime on Stand D11.
The Playwrite Group is a number one stopping point not only for Santa but Garden Centres, Heritage sites and visitor attractions looking for a fabulous selection of grotto toys and seasonal stocking fillers. Once again this year, visitors to Harrogate Christmas & Gift will be blown away by Playwrite's outstanding new range of toys - all available gift-wrapped in good quality paper or unwrapped in eye-catching packaging.
Playwrite goes back 130 years to a time before plastics, television and our fast moving consumer scene, and has distributed literally millions of Christmas toys. The 2014 assortment is bigger and better than ever before and Santa's grottos across the country are guaranteed to be filled to bursting with millions more!
All Santa's gift-wrapped grotto toys are gender and age graded and clearly labelled to make Santa's work easier - and don't miss Playwrite's huge assortment of stocking fillers as well as plush and felt hats, stockings and Santa Suits.
Visit The Playwrite Group on Stand C41
Crumble Cottage returns to the Harrogate Christmas & Gift for a second exciting year. The company has been very busy in the cottage this year and has delightful new products across its burgeoning range of cards and gifts. Now there is much more than Christmas at Crumble Cottage - with stylish products created in the UK - and it can't wait to share its exciting new ranges with visitors at Christmas & Gift. Visit Crumble Cottage on Stand C25.
The Satchville Gift Company is a brand of Teal International and has a beautiful range of products coming in for 2014 from spring through to Christmas. Items will be on the company's stand at Harrogate Christmas and Gift on Stand C16.
On Thursday 5th December, the lights of the ultimate British Christmas tree were turned on in Trafalgar Square, an annual gift from Norway in thanks of Britain's support in World War II. For many families across the UK, this weekend also marked the start of their own festivities and Christmas trees, both artificial and real, put in pride of place and adorned with lights and baubles. Retailers will be in wait for the last minute rush to replace broken Christmas lights, replenish tinsel and add a new decoration or two - and hopefully be tempted by some impulse gift purchases at the same time.
Many of those tempting products will have originated from Harrogate Christmas & Gift in January 2013 when gift retailers from across UK and Europe flocked to view the latest new product launches. In just over a month, they will return to the Harrogate International Centre with a view to stocking their shelves for Christmas 2014. A trade only show, this is a not to be missed event for anyone involved in Christmas, gifts, home and garden ware.
Santa's Christmas Presents wrapped, labelled and delivered ready for Santa - Padgett's is the largest Christmas grotto toy supplier in the country with a vast array of presents to choose from. All presents are individually wrapped by the company's 'elves' and with appropriate age groups and have literally hundreds of presents to choose from. The company caters for every price point, from those on a budget, to those wanting that little bit extra.
Padgett's is a major importer of children's toys and gifts and supply amazing value for money. All of its toys conform to the highest EU safety standard. Come and find out more at Harrogate Christmas & Gift - Stand B34.
Raspberry Rose offers delightful felted wool Christmas and Easter decorations as well as gifts, accessories and homeware. Everything is designed in the UK and ethically handmade in Nepal using fine quality wool and with careful attention to detail. The Christmas Collection creates a festive atmosphere from tree to table, the gifts collection is perfect for stocking fillers, the leather trimmed satchels are a must-have present. The new Easter collection brings a welcome touch of spring to any home and provides the ideal alternative gift to chocolate. The homeware collection, including cushions covers and tea and egg cosies, has been expanded to include some exciting new pieces that will be launched at Christmas and Gift 2014. Prices start from £0.95. Visit Raspberry Rose on Stand D03.
Due to the worldwide health concerns over Phthalates in plastics, Anglo American Distributors is introducing Phthalate free suction cups to its entire range of Adams Christmas decorating accessories for 2014. As the World's largest producer of exceptional quality suction cups, Adams USA will have the World's first Phthalate free range of suction cups as standard.
Adams products will be on show at the Harrogate Christmas and Gift Show 2014 - Stand C3.
Harrogate Christmas & Gift is not only ultimate trade show for every gift retailer in the UK - offering the opportunity to see the very first new product launches for 2014, but is also a time for celebration with the Greatest Christmas Awards and Party night. This takes place on the first day of the show (12th January) at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate. Judges have been traveling the country far and wide to see which British garden centres have the most spectacular Christmas displays and everyone involved will eagerly be awaiting the announcement of the winners - as well as enjoying a fabulous night with great food and entertainment.
To register to attend the show click here.
Tilnar Art, a Fair Trade supplier, has teamed up with charity WWF to present a special WWF collection for its popular soapstone range which includes hearts, key rings, fridge magnets and Christmas decorations. All of these will come in beautiful white branded WWF display boxes from January 2014 and the Tilnar Art will be donating part of the revenue from this WWF branded range direct to the charity which is dedicated to conservation and environmental issues.
Tom Hawes, managing director of Tilnar Art, comments: "It is with great personal pleasure and satisfaction that we are linking up with WWF. It was always my intention when setting up Tilnar Art to help disadvantaged artists, particularly from Africa, but also across the developing world. We are slowly making a difference and I am thrilled to help the environment and conservation by donating part of the revenue from this range direct to WWF."
Come and see Tilnar Art's WWF collection at Harrogate Christmas & Gift - Hall A Stand A37.
Luxa is introducing an amazing new Air Lamp - which lights up, floats and rotates in mid-air - at Harrogate Christmas & Gift in January. This patented system of top-end electronics produces an electro-magnetically repulsive column above the centre the lamp base, supporting the shade against the force of gravity. To top it all, the electronics have been programmed to make the shade gently rotate so that light, colour and movement are all achieved from just one lamp.
The shades of the lamp are mounted on a small magnetic disc which can carry weights of up to 100g. This means that when the shade isn't being used, other objects can be rotated in mid-air - little presents, messages reminders etc - the possibilities are endless.
Available with white, red or silver lampshades and with silver metal or red lacquered stand, this enchanting light source will take pride of position in any home. Visit Luxa in Hall C Stand C24.
Danish designer Jette Frolich is driven by an inquiring mind and true belief that beautiful things nurture our souls. Her 2014 collection pays justice to this with a poetic Flower Fairy in delicious pink, purple, silver, gold and white translucent tones; a flower wreath in gold or silver; and beautiful stylistic flowers in soft paper tones and elegant details in shining brass. To crown the collection, there is a 3-dimensional star to top the Christmas tree or use as a hanging ornament and a fairy-go-round in gold-brass.
Visit Jette Frolich on Stand C10 at Harrogate Christmas & Gift.
On a visit to the local garden centre last weekend, I was pleasantly surprised by the amazing array of products on offer all beautifully displayed and ready to tempt not only planned, but impulse Christmas purchases too. Long gone are the days where people visited the garden centre simply to buy plants and pet products (although there were lots of these too), but Christmas decorations and ornaments, gifts and books, toys and children's products, cooking and baking accessories and lots of gorgeous luxury food items from chocolates and biscuits to olive oils, cheeses and even bespoke ready meals.
It's hardly surprising that Harrogate Christmas & Gift is not only proving popular with retailers looking for Christmas and everyday gift ranges, but for garden centre buyers it provides a one-stop-shop. The product ranges on display at the show have grown considerably in recent years to encompass almost everything you could need for the home and garden including BBQ's and garden ornaments to home furnishings and flower arrangements. Don't miss the opportunity to check the show out for yourself from 12th to 15th January at the Harrogate International Centre.
After an overwhelming response to its exciting animal collection launched at Harrogate Christmas & Gift last year, Felt so good has expanded its range to include a host of adorable new characters. The company is also launching its collection of new products including stylish new mobile phone cases, ipad cases, pencil cases, make-your-own kits for all ages, a London-themed range as well as a completely new and stunning Christmas range for 2014.
All of Felt so good's products are ethically produced by community based skilled workers in Nepal using traditional techniques and each item has been lovingly created without the unnecessary environmental damage of mass production.
Visit Felt so good on Stand C05
Exhibiting for the first time this year, Florist Supplies UK will display a fantastic new range of artificial flowers, Christmas decorations and memorial products. The company has been trading for over 15 years and is now recognised as one of the UK's most prominent importers and wholesalers of artificial flowers and sundries to garden centres and the florist trade. Its key focus is supplying popular products that represent excellent value for money and the range on offer at the show will be carefully selected from over 4,000 inspirational products.
The team at Florist Supplies UK look forward to welcoming you onto Stand B35.
The clocks have turned back and the dark evenings definitely herald that Christmas is now on its way. But whilst gift retailers across the UK are busily preparing enticing festive displays, exhibitors at Harrogate Christmas & Gift are getting ready to launch their 2014 ranges to ensure that trade buyers have exciting new products to fill their shelves next year.
However, don't be fooled by the word 'Christmas' because whilst the show will be packed to the brim with every type of Christmas tree, tinsel and bauble imaginable; there will be an abundance of other exciting gift ranges too. Recent years have seen the arrival of home and garden products from furniture, pictures and ornaments to floral arrangements and novelty items for special occasions such as Halloween. With numerous garden centre buyers attending the show, you will even be spoilt for choice with summer items from barbecues and solar lights to gum boots and garden ornaments.
The show runs from 12th to 15th January at the Harrogate International Centre. Visit www.harrogatefair.com for more information and to register for a free trade ticket.
One of the only Christmas tree factories to produce recycled Christmas trees all year round, Oncor will be exhibiting in the UK for the first time at Harrogate Christmas & Gift. Established in 1980, Oncor is alleged to be the oldest Christmas tree factory in China and all of its trees are made from 100% recycled PVC plastics which consumers can re-use for a minimum of 20 to 30 years. The company accepts orders of just one tree per style and its aim is to make Christmas not only joyful, but eco-friendly too.
Visit Oncor on Stand C21
Once again, Premier will be transforming Hall H of the Harrogate International Centre into what is effectively an exclusive showroom with all of the company's 2014 ranges including Christmas, Halloween and Summer and Outdoor. New and exciting products are currently being developed and sourced by Premier's designers and buyers including a not-to-be-missed exclusive licensed product - and of course the company's leading range of LED Supabrights.
Premier is renowned for its hospitality, so be sure to come along to visit the team - a warm welcome awaits you in Hall H.
The majority of gift and garden centre retailers are preparing for the busiest time of the year with Christmas fast approaching and the perfect time to take note of up-and-coming trends before heading off to one of Britain's fastest growing trade shows - Harrogate Christmas & Gift in January 2014.
The UK's largest Christmas specific trade show, buyers looking for exciting new products for the 2014 festive season will be spoilt for choice with all of the biggest, well known Christmas brands returning once again such as Gisela Graham, Festive Productions, Sagedecor, Kaemingk and Premier which will be filling Hall H in its entirety for the third year running.
There is a host of new exhibitors at the show too, some showing products in the UK for the very first time including Oncor International - China's oldest Christmas tree factory - with its range of recycled Christmas trees. Also Benross with an array of Christmas lighting; and Willow Brooks Secret Christmas with a collection of seasonal items and giftware.
The dynamics of Harrogate Christmas & Gift has been changing over the last few years with a notable increase in non-Christmas gift and homeware ranges joining the show, giving visitors a greater choice of products than ever before. Helen Moore will be presenting her luxurious range of Faux Fur products from cushions and throws to Christmas stockings and slippers; Mosley Trading will introduce its bespoke oak furniture; whilst Tilnar Art brings its quality Fair Trade products from Africa.
The show has also been attracting a large number of garden centre buyers in recent years and catering to this trend new exhibitor Florist Supplies UK will be joining the show with its range of artificial flowers and florist sundries; whilst on a practical level Derco will be displaying shopping trollies.
Simon Anslow, show organiser, comments: "Harrogate Christmas & Gift has seen considerable growth and change in the past few years and is now not only the main port of call for buyers seeking Christmas products, but is attracting more and more visitors from increasingly diverse sectors. We have had a number of exhibitors and visitors comment that they prefer to attend trade shows in Harrogate and this, together with the timing which is perfect for stock planning for the entire year has injected new life into the show."
Harrogate Christmas & Gift takes place at the Harrogate International Centre from 12th to 15th January 2014.
After a hugely successful Harrogate Christmas & Gift Fair in January, companies are biting the bullet and securing their 2014 exhibition space early for what is becoming one the UK's fastest growing trade shows in the sector.
Simon Anslow, show organiser, comments: "Despite the challenging economic climate, Harrogate Christmas & Gift has continued to defy all odds with a steady increase in visitor numbers over the last three years and notably from garden centre and tourist attraction sectors. Whilst there is a number of gift related trade shows in the UK throughout the year, none target this specific audience quite as effectively.
Chris Krall of IEP Wholesale, which stocks products from artificial flowers and vases to wall art and home décor products, said: "Whilst we don't actually have Christmas products, pound for pound Harrogate Christmas & Gift is one of our best shows and is perfect timing for buyers planning for Mother's Day. The calibre of visitor is extremely high and we get to meet more garden centre buyers here than any other trade show."
Previous exhibitors have just until Friday 10th May to secure their same stand space from last year, or request an alternative location. After this date, bookings will be open to companies.
For more information contact Simon Anslow at email@example.com or call: 01902 882280.
The doors to the 64th Harrogate Christmas & Gift closed last week, having paved the way for a fabulous start to 2013 for exhibitors and visitors alike with full order books and exciting new stock lines for the coming year.
Despite severe weather warnings (which fortunately didn't reach fruition until after the event), buyers confirmed that Christmas & Gift is too important to be missed regardless of weather.
John King of Krebs Glas Lausha said: "We had a very steady flow of visitors to the stand across the four days and a healthy increase in business on the previous year. The show was particularly busy on Sunday and we thought this was because buyers may have chosen to travel earlier with the prediction of bad weather. Thinking this would tail off we were pleasantly surprised when they just kept coming. This indicates that despite the weather, the Harrogate Christmas and Gift is still considered important to attend to get an early feel for the brand new product and colour trends."
A delighted John Strode, managing director of Artificial Images, confirmed this saying: "On Sunday we had trebled our figures compared to 2012 and on Monday had quadrupled them. We have some very solid enquiries from a number of major accounts and are delighted with our location in hall D'."
As well as all of the big brands which return to the show year after year such as Festive Productions, Gisella Graham, Hill Interiors and of course Premier Decorations, which filled Hall H in its entirety for the second year running; Christmas & Gift welcomed a number of newcomers to the show and all reported an excellent first time experience.
Kym Yorke, creative director of Christmas at Crumble Cottage said: "Our product range has been incredibly well received and in just a short space of time we have already taken lots of orders. We really enjoyed our first time at Harrogate Christmas & Gift and found the atmosphere very warm and welcoming - it's a really friendly show."
Simon Anslow, show organiser for Harrogate Christmas & Gift for the third year, comments: "Once again, Harrogate Christmas & Gift 2013 has exceeded all expectations and the show is definitely on the map as the UK's largest dedicated Christmas trade event. The diversity of new exhibitor ranges and product lines, which cover pretty much every occasion throughout the year as well as numerous house ware and gift lines, makes it the first port of call of the year for gift buyers from almost every sector."
Visitors to Harrogate Christmas & Gift arrived in a flurry of snow this morning. However, this cold snap certainly isn't affecting footfall and the halls of the Harrogate International centre continue to bustle with business activity and order books are filling fast.
In fact for one company, the order books are so full it now has enough work to keep busy for almost an entire year. Mike Baillon of Celtic Wood Crafts which has a range of unique hand-crafted wooden reindeer explains: "As a new start-up company, this is our first trade show and we have been overwhelmed by visitors' response to our products. We currently have capacity to produce around 3,500 pieces a year and have already taken orders for 2,700."
However, buyers appear to not only be looking for Christmas ranges, but gift items to fill their shelves the entire year round. Gill Hare of Zig Zag Cards and Gifts of Knaresborough commented: "Harrogate Christmas & Gift is ideal for us as it is not only nearby but gives us the opportunity to see new product launches whilst Christmas is still fresh in our minds. As well as buying, we collect exhibitor catalogues so that we can plan our purchases for the whole year."
This fact was also confirmed by Chris Krall of IEP Wholesale which stocks products from artificial flowers and vases to wall art and home décor products. "Whilst we don't actually have Christmas products, pound for pound Harrogate Christmas & Gift is one of our best shows and is perfect timing for buyers planning for Mother's Day. The calibre of visitor is extremely high and we get to meet more garden centre buyers here than any other trade show."
With the winners of the Garden Trade News Greatest Christmas Awards announced during an evening of entertainment and celebration at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate last night, garden centre buyers have certainly arrived at the show on masse today. Click HERE for more information about the Awards and details of winners.
The forecast for snow has thankfully not materialised today and has certainly not perturbed visitors to Christmas & Gift Fair, which have literally flocked through the halls of the Harrogate International Centre. In fact, visitor numbers midway through the first day are already significantly up on the final first day figures for last year - leading the organisers to predict yet another increase in overall visitor numbers for the third year running.
As well as the well-known, regular brands at the show such as Premier, Festive and Salco, there is a number of first time exhibitors with some exciting new products ranges which buyers appear to be snapping up.
Ambiente is a Dutch manufacturer with an attractive range of printed paper napkins and matching accessories. Richard Weitzkorn of the company comments: "This is the first time that we have exhibited at Christmas & Gift and we are delighted with the quality and amount of leads that we have already made - especially being Sunday. We have also found the show incredibly friendly."
Another new name to the show is Christmas at Crumble Cottage - a charming little book full of nostalgic illustrations and quaint humorous stories giving a glimpse of Christmases past. Kym Yorke, creative Director of the company said: "Our product range has been incredibly well received and in just a short space of time we have already taken lots of orders. We are really enjoying our first time at Harrogate Christmas & Gift and find the atmosphere very warm and welcoming - it's a really friendly show."
If you missed the show today, there are still three more days to go so if you are looking for some unique new product ranges be sure to come along. Opening times are 9.00am to 6.00pm Monday and Tuesday and 9.00am to 4.00pm on Wednesday.
Are you already missing mince pies, mistletoe and mulled wine? Then the great news is you can have it all over again at Harrogate Christmas & Gift which takes this coming Sunday 13th to Wednesday 16th January 2013.
The halls of the Harrogate International Centre will be brimming with Christmas trees, decorations, novelties, gifts, furniture and everyday living ranges for the home and garden, in fact every conceivable product to ensure a successful 2013 festive season.
Click here for a full list of exhibitors - but here's a taste of what the show has to offer:
If you thought Harrogate Christmas & Gift was only about Christmas, you couldn't be further from the truth as the show has expanded in recent years to encompass a whole host of product ranges to sit comfortably on shelves of garden centres, DIY stores, gift shops and independent retailers. Woolbro (Distribution) Ltd's range is no exception and the company specialises in personal care needs, household goods, DIY products, car accessories, stationery items and much more. Visit Woolbro's stand QS17 to view Mean Machine - an all-encompassing range of automotive and bicycle valeting, maintenance and protection products; Rapide DIY - with everything for the handyman from hardware to chemicals and fixings to décor; and the Paint Factory - ground breaking range of household paints and specialist coatings.
Zebra Pen (UK) Ltd is a new exhibitor to the show this year and will be displaying an eclectic range of gift related pens. Zebra manufactures a full range of writing instruments and is renowned for its quality and affordability. Visit stand C8 to see a selection and take advantage of the company's special show offers.
The Christmas and New Year festivities for 2012 are a thing of the past and most of us have arrived back at our desks refreshed and ready to tackle the coming year.
We look forward to seeing you at Harrogate Christmas & Gift - a not to be missed event for anyone involved in the home, gift or Christmas retail trade - next weekend from 13th - 16th January 2013. Show opening times are 9am to 6pm Sunday to Tuesday and 9am to 4pm on Wednesday.
Don't forget to forward this newsletter to any like-minded colleagues who would also like to attend - entry is free, simply register online by clicking here
Due to the overwhelming success of its signage range, Heaven Sends will be launching a fantastic new coir mat collection at Harrogate Christmas & Gift next week. "Our signage range has gone from strength to strength," commented Fiona McAllister, managing director of Heaven Sends. "That's why we wanted to extend the slogan themed collection with 20 quirky designed floor mats. They are sure to be a best seller in 2013!"
Visit Heaven Sends at Harrogate Christmas & Gift at stand C37
Harrogate Christmas & Gift welcomes Christmas at Crumble Cottage to the show for the very first time as the company launches its brand new range of quality Christmas products.
Inspired by the book Christmas at Crumble Cottage the company has re-created the tales of Rosemary and Sedgewick and their recollections of Christmases past. A Christmas where it always snows, where log fires crackle and candles glow. A world of mistletoe, mince pies and mulled wine. You'll discover original stunning designs including Christmas cards, prints, gift-wrap and gift tags and a range of aprons, tea towels and shopping bags - and of course books!
So step into Christmas at Crumble Cottage on Stand C25 and be the first to sample some charming, original festive cheer.
With its 2013 collection, Jette Frolich has created a new, totally unique and beautiful series of Christmas products with classic Scandinavian design and created with the heart of the everlasting Christmas fairy tale. This year's theme is 'The Fairy's Tale'. Dressed in a beautiful dress of transparent paper, the ethereal fairy dances in the air whilst gently swinging her wand and bringing joy to all Christmas scenes. The fairy comes in two colours, white and purple and appears in a new tea light holder as well as in the new Fairy Go-Round.
All products are in beautiful gift packages - visit Jette Frolich on Stand C11.
Hopefully, you have all of your Christmas preparations in place and can put your feet up this Christmas Eve ready for a relaxing festive break with family and friends.
If you haven't brought your tinsel and lights - it's probably too late now as many retailers have packed away the decorations and are busy preparing for the January sales. Hopefully this has been a bumper season for all in the Christmas trade - but if you want to plan for an even more successful 2013 season, make sure you don't forget to join us in Harrogate in just two weeks' time. Look forward to seeing you there!
A very Merry Christmas from the Harrogate Christmas & Gift Team.
Celebrating 25 years as a doll artist, Birgitte Frigast has perfected the art of capturing the personality and soul of every doll she creates and visitors to Harrogate Christmas & Gift can view some of her finest creations to date.
From pixies, angels and princesses to favourite characters from H C Anderson's fairy tales, each doll's face is full of expression with such realistic eyes they could almost come alive.
Don't miss Birgitte's new collection on Stand C16.
To view an exciting range of Jingles Coloured Pop Up Christmas's trees, ensure you visit Mercer Agencies at Harrogate Christmas & Gift. The company is also exhibiting its new Snow Blowing Snowman - a must have for all garden centres wishing to create some winter snowing magic. Mercer Agencies extends a warm welcome to all customers old and new to visit its extensive 15,000 sq feet showrooms in Ireland to see its full Christmas collection including articial trees, lights, floral, navitity, animation, light up and decorations - many of these are exclusive to its customers.
Visit Mercer on Stand C21.
The judges for the Greatest Christmas Awards have been busy travelling the length and breadth of the country in search of the very best Christmas displays of the season. The winners will be announced at a party night held at the Majestic Hotel Harrogate on the eve of Sunday 13th January, 2013, but here is a taste of some fabulous entries.
Pictured are two of Santa's elves from Ruxley Manor which entered the Greatest Grotto category. Children are taken through a number of rooms before meeting Santa and each room has an activity to participate in. This includes singing, colouring pictures of Santa and making up bags of reindeer feed. For every activity, the child receives a stamp on their 'passport' and finally meet Santa to receive a present which is delivered down a chimney. Ruxley Manor had over 27,000 tickets pre-booked for its grotto making it one of the busiest Christmas retailers in the South East.
Also pictured is the fabulous reindeer display at the entrance of Garden Pride in Burgess Hill.
Whilst glass baubles are the Christmas tradition, one of the longest established manufacturers of glass ornaments worldwide - Krebs - will be bringing an exciting array of very different glass ornaments to Harrogate Christmas & Gift this year.
As well as its regular boxed and loose glass collection with over 100 colours to choose from, Krebs will be presenting its Inspiration collection which has been extended to over 100 items such as tractors, fire trucks, planes and cars. There is something to appeal to everyone from mobile phones, robots and UFO's to a jet ski, golf bags and even a guitar and every item is made from glass with crown caps and hangers.
So, if you want to put fun into your Christmas buying and have products that create not only a talking point but also good revenue, visit John at Krebs Glas Lauscha in Hall A, Stand 08.
Beautiful candles create the perfect finishing touch to every Christmas dining table and they certainly don't come much finer than the elegant range from Ester and Erik Moller which are made using traditional dipping methods.
Ester and Erik is a family-owned company and now in its second generation remains firmly rooted in Danish candle-making traditions. Each cotton wick is dipped repeatedly into hot paraffin of the finest quality until a candle is created. It is then coloured and lacquered by hand. This method ensures exceptional quality and perfectly shaped candles which burn with a clean, steady flame until they finally extinguish.
Visit Ester and Erik on Stand C14.
With just 15 days until Christmas, the recent sprinkling of snow across much of the UK has certainly made us feel festive, if a little on the cold side! If you've been brave enough to venture out you will hopefully have experienced some fabulous Christmas displays and according to the judges of the Greatest Christmas Awards - there are some pretty spectacular Santa's grottos to be seen around the country this year. We will be highlighting a few of the entries in next week's newsletter - so watch this space!
Everyone loves the sparkle and twinkle of Christmas and SnowTime's exclusive Thomas Kinkade Fibre Optic Tapestries provide exactly that - so it's hardly surprising that they were a best-selling product for the company in 2012. With new designs for 2013, the range grows to capture more of the Christmas festivities illustrated in the artist's famous paintings. The perfect choice for retailers; the Tapestries make eye-catching displays and complement SnowTime's range of Christmas essentials.
SnowTime will return to Harrogate Christmas & Gift in 2013 bringing an extensive choice of Christmas must haves, including artificial trees, blossom trees, fibre optics, indoor and outdoor lighting and Christmas accessories.
For something special with a touch more Christmas shimmer visit SnowTime in Hall D, Stand D11.
Award Winning Flame Homeware will be launching its exciting Christmas 2013 range at Harrogate Christmas & Gift. See these fabulous new designs in Hall A on Stand A36.
Retailers seeking versatile, low energy Christmas tree lights are advised to take a look at the latest in a long list of product advancements from the National Tree Company which will be exhibiting at Harrogate Christmas & Gift. The company's Dual-Color Low Voltage LED Lights system incorporates one of the most advanced lighting systems available on the market. The bulb colour on the pre-lit trees can be changed from soft white to multi-colour and back again with the tap of a foot switch - however, this is not a tree with two sets of light strings, but a single string with colour-changing bulbs.
The Low-voltage LED bulbs are energy-efficient, each 100-bulb string uses approximately 1.15 watts of power compared to the 44 watts of conventional lights sets. They are also long lasting, up to 25,000 hours of service compared to about 3000 hours from incandescent bulbs. Plus, because of the low energy consumption, low-voltage LEDs are cool to the touch and pose no risk of shock or fire. Visit the National Tree Company on stand D09.
Whilst many of you opened the first door of your Advent calendar yesterday, the first day of Advent is actually today, Sunday 2nd December and the Sunday closest to St Andrew's Day. This date marks the start of the church year and it also marks the start of the Christmas season for many people in the United Kingdom.
The origins of the Advent calendar come from German Lutherans who, at the beginning of the 19th century would count down the first 24 days of December physically - often by simply drawing a chalk line on the door each day. The first known Advent calendar was handmade in 1851 according to the Lower Austrian Landesmuseum, the first printed Advent calendar was produced in Hamburg in 1902 or 1903.
If you are looking for some great new Advent calendar ideas at Harrogate Christmas & Gift Fair 2013, don't miss Fair to Trade Ltd on Stand C04 and Riffelmacher & Weinberger GmbH on Stand A03.
Few could resist the gorgeous selection of vintage style decorations for all seasons from RJB Stone Ltd which includes everything from hanging hearts and wall plaques to functional hooks and memo holders. Customers will be flocking to not only purchase these as thoughtful gifts for others, but to adorn their own homes too. Best sellers include the impressive signature owl cushions which are available in even more new styles using vintage print fabrics and the collection of tea light holders which are perfect for brightening winter evenings.
Visit RJB Stone on Stand A6.
Luxury food items make perfect add-on impulse purchases for all gift retailers, be it department stores, traditional gift shops, visitor attractions or garden centres and Terra Rossa has some irresistible gift sets originating from the Levant and the Holy land of Jordan which are guaranteed to tick all the right boxes the whole year round.
Choose from elegantly packaged selection boxes of either three or six of Terra Rossa's finest plain and infused olive oils or from a range of Dipping Kits which include not only the highest quality olive oils with herb mixes, but traditional hand-painted dipping pots presented in an attractive jute bag. The ultimate gift for every foodie is a traditional Arabian Hamper, packed with mouth-watering treats such as Anglo-Arabian sauces, a fabulous assortment of sweets and of course olive oils, herb and spice mixes, complete with dipping pots.
Visit Terra Rossa on Stand A32.
It's just four weeks until Christmas and many families will be making the most momentous decision of the year - will it be real or artificial? According to Wikipedia, an astounding eight million natural Christmas trees are expended in the UK each year. However, retailers in the Christmas sector will be pleased to know that around two thirds of all British families still opt for artificial and consumers will soon be flocking into stores to choose the specimen which will adorn their room this Christmas.
Interestingly, the very first artificial Christmas trees were developed in Germany during the 19th century and were made using goose feathers dyed green! Things have certainly progressed since then so be sure to visit Harrogate Christmas & Gift Fair from 13th to 16th January 2013 to see some of the finest artificial Christmas trees the world has to offer.
Puleo is excited to present many new and beautiful tree styles at Christmas & Gift 2013 and promise an expanded range of full size and slim trees, traditional and fashion colours, potted trees, as well as matching wreaths, garlands and swags. Also, don't miss its fabulous range of fibre optic and LED trees. With more than 50 years' experience in the industry, Puleo has built a very strong reputation for providing a complete package to its customers; excellent service, on-time delivery, market-beating product design and quality - and all at very competitive pricing.
Visit Puleo on Stand C22 in Hall C.
Santa's elves are busily seeking extra special Christmas gifts and are guaranteed some exciting finds on Padgett Bros (A to Z) Ltd.'s Stand B34. The company will be exhibiting its ranges of spring and summer toys, pre-school toys, hardware, kitchenware and its ever popular Christmas wrapped presents for Santa's Grotto. These can be chosen and wrapped to order catering for all age groups. The company will also be showcasing its ever popular Funtime range of pre-school toys.
Buying Christmas lights in the hope that they will last for more than one season can be quite a gamble, but according to Consumer advisor Which? you won't go far wrong with Premier Decoration's 200 Multi-Action Supabrights White, deemed a Which Best Buy scoring a respectable 87% in its rigorous testing.
The company tested 16 brand-leading outdoor fairy lights with white LEDs and were tested on a variety of criteria including:
Which? commented: "These outdoor fairy lights have brighter LEDs than most and still worked well in our tests after being subjected to rain and freezing temperatures. They also withstood being packed and unpacked 10 times without breaking or getting into too much of a tangle."
Visit Premier Decorations Ltd in Hall H.
If you haven't already booked your train ticket to visit Harrogate Christmas & Gift in January, you may want to check out flights with BA which are currently just £105 return from London to Leeds - just a stone's throw away from the show.
Also, don't forget to reserve your tickets for the Greatest Christmas Awards which take place at the Majestic hotel on Sunday 13th January - a great opportunity to network, dance, have fun and celebrate some of the most outstanding Santa's Grottos the garden centre sector has to offer. For more details contact Pat Flynn on 01733 775700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Playwrite Group is a favourite stopping point not only for Santa but Garden Centres, Heritage sites and visitor attractions looking for a fabulous selection of Grotto toys. Once again this year, visitors to Harrogate Christmas & Gift will be blown away by Playwrite's outstanding new range of toys - all available wrapped in good quality gift paper or unwrapped adorned in super bright packaging.
Playwrite has distributed more than a million Christmas toys and with its 2013 assortment bigger and better than ever before, Santa's grottos across the country are guaranteed to be filled to bursting with millions more! All Santa's grotto toys are graded from 12-36 months, 3-5 years and 6-9 years and rated for girls, boys or unisex. In addition, don't miss Playwrite's great selection of stocking fillers as well as stockings, felt hats and of course no Christmas morning would be complete without a Felt Santa Suit!
Visit The Playwrite Group on Stand A25.
Germany's oldest producer and importer of Christmas and seasonal decorations, Riffelmacher returns to Harrogate Christmas & Gift in 2013 bringing its extensive range of products based on traditional themes and classics right through to trendy new colours and designs.
Riffelmacher's stand will be a showcase of Christmas basics, 'must haves', high quality tinsel and lametta plus an exciting new collection of mouth blown decorations in a multitude of beautiful designs. Baubles are made in Germany and available in all colours and lacquers and for purchases over 300 pieces, can be personalised with bespoke designs. There are even baubles with LED lighting - and all products are attractively packaged with eye-catching displays making them the perfect choice for retailers.
Visit Riffelmacher in Hall A on stand 3.
If you are looking for imaginative, personalised gift items for fundraising, museum and general gift shops, then a visit to Heritage Source's stand is a must. The company's creativity can be seen in a range of 3D products that include greetings cards, notebooks, rulers, bookmarks and eye-catching items that command a good sales margin. In addition, Victorian-style cut out handmade cards take this art form to a new level, using colour and design to produce outstanding greeting cards. Other personalised items include Teddy Bears, unbreakable pocket/handbag mirrors, scarves and ties. If you have specific items that you want to buy, ask Heritage Source for a price and you'll be pleasantly surprised.
Visit Heritage Source on Stand C7.
Stop press ... Which? has just announced that Premier Decoration's 200 White Supabrights Christmas Lights have won a 'BEST BUY' award scoring 87% - see next week's newsletter for more details.
If like the majority of gift retailers you are now in full Christmas mode, hopefully reaping the benefits of wise product choices made earlier in the year, you are probably also taking note of buying trends and planning ahead for the 2013 festive season. A not-to-be-missed date for your diary is Harrogate Christmas & Gift which takes place from 13th to 16th January - giving you the fantastic opportunity to see exciting new product launches months before the crowds arrive at trade fairs in the spring.
Harrogate is one of the fastest growing shows in its sector catering not only for Christmas with probably the greatest selection of trees, lights and festive decorations in the entire UK; but novelties and gifts for every occasion from Halloween and Mother's Day right through to furniture, ornaments, flowers and giftware for the home and garden.
In fact, Harrogate Christmas & Gift has seen a steady increase in all gift and homeware ranges attracting discerning buyers from large department stores, novelty and souvenir shops, traditional gift stores, as well as numerous DIY stores, garden centres, museums, country estates, castles and farm shops. Be sure to join them in 2013!
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No festive table would be complete without the trimmings and Ambiente Europe BV has everything to ensure that Christmas dinner is off to a flying start. This Dutch manufacturer has a superb range of printed paper napkins in over 300 designs, plus a feature range of complimentary matching table accessories including napkin holders, table runners, matches and gift porcelain.
The company's latest exciting addition to its collection is a range of high quality printed gift bags in four sizes. Be sure to visit Ambiente on stand A02.
Mezu is delighted to be returning to Harrogate after a phenomenal inaugural year of activity and will be showing its stunning range of flowers with many new flowers and colours.
Personally sourced and selected by the company's creator and managing director, Donna Zurcher, the collection offers some of the most realistic and beautiful flowers than can be found in the marketplace today.
Gorgeous Old English and Hybrid tea rose range, in an array of natural colours will be on show alongside a stunning collection comprising peonies, dahlias, hydrangeas, gerberas, delphiniums and ranunculus to name a few - all in a striking array of colours and shades.
All flowers, which are competitively priced, are hand painted and crafted to make the perfect bloom.
Silk flowers are the perfect alternative to fresh flowers, they never wilt, die or fade; are easy to care for and with the modern materials now used they are deceptively lifelike - as well as being the great alternative for allergy sufferers.
Commenting on the past year, Donna said: "Mezu's unique offering has proved a real hit as the versatility of silk flowers means they can be enjoyed in many ways from decorating the home or the office to wedding bouquets and as thoughtful gifts. Our on-going search for perfection is unrelenting as is our dedication to work with our customers to meet their individual needs."
Please visit come and visit us on Stand C17.
The nights are drawing in and the clocks going back this coming weekend certainly makes us feel that winter is with us (even though officially it doesn't begin until 21st December!). Christmas is just around the corner and supermarkets are already stocking their shelves for the festive season giving gift retailers and buyers food for thought when it comes to planning new in-store ideas for next year.
As we all know, planning ahead is essential and anyone involved in Christmas products, home and garden and gifts for all occasions should make Harrogate Christmas & Gift from 13th to 16th January 2013 a firm date in their diary. Exhibitors at the show will be launching numerous fabulous new ranges giving visitors a head start in their buying as they can view all of the latest 'must have' items months before other gift trade shows open their doors in the spring.
Salco is one of the most prominent homeware and gift companies in the UK and the company will be bringing some exciting new products to Harrogate Christmas & Gift including new additions to its Christmas collections. Whatever your preference, you will be spoilt for choice from glitzy gold, red festive and contemporary silver and white collections with new hand-crafted figurines, drinking glasses and decorative flowers right through to highly fragranced candles and room diffusers.
Also, Landon Tyler - a well-established brand - has been extended to incorporate a colour palette to suit everyone. The fresh, modern style incorporates hearts and pearls, accented with soft lemon against pure white and reflective surfaces creating a crisp and refreshing style. In contrast, the black and silver range creates a luxurious atmosphere for any home, with innovative designs for sumptuous jewelled tea light holders, Morrocan style lanterns and the luxury fragranced collection 'Boutique du Parfum.'
Don't miss Salco's diverse and stylish ranges for the home and garden which offer something for everyone from contemporary statements for urban living, natural ranges of understated style and sophistication, outdoor items for alfresco living and festive Christmas lines.
Stand B16, 20
Whilst Christmas is certainly the name of the game - Harrogate Christmas & Gift has seen a steady increase in all gift and home-ware ranges attracting discerning buyers from novelty and souvenir shops, traditional gift stores, as well as the numerous DIY stores, garden centres, Museums, Country Estates, Castles and Farm Shops.
Amongst the baubles, tinsel and Christmas trees you will find an array of fabulous products to fill your shelves the whole year round from silk flowers, pictures and chinaware to garden furniture, barbecues and outdoor ornaments. In fact, whatever your retail focus, you can guarantee to find a whole host of exciting new lines to ensure your customers keep on flooding through your doors.
Make sure you put 13th to 16th January 2013 firmly in your diary - and register early for free entry to the show.
Premier was a huge success story for Harrogate Christmas & Gift 2012, filling the entire new Hall H at the Harrogate International Centre with its extensive product ranges: Christmas, artificial trees, Halloween and summer. Visitors flocked to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and great buying environment with Wi-Fi and a seating area for buyers' convenience.
Going forward - Premier is building on this experience with added new features for 2013 and looks forward to welcoming all customers, old and new, once again.
In the meantime, nothing stands still for Premier and the company is soon opening its new Southern Showroom in Ruislip, Middlesex reflecting its growing success in all divisions in the last few years and in particular trees. It is also launching the first phase of its new website, so to keep abreast of up and coming exhibitions and events, or to find out more about the company visit: www.premierdec.com
Don't miss Premier at Harrogate Christmas & Gift 2013 - Hall H.
Autumn is fast approaching and buyers and retailers who attended Harrogate Christmas & Gift last January will soon be reaping the benefit of their visit, filling shelves with fabulous new products to tempt customers and bring an added bit of festive cheer to their stores this Christmas.
However, now is also the time to start planning ahead for the 2013 season and next year's show, which takes place from 13th to 16th January 2013 at the Harrogate International Centre, is for most buyers in gift related industries the first port of call of the year. The show is one of the fastest growing in its sector catering not only for Christmas with probably the greatest selection of trees, lights and festive decorations in the entire UK; but novelties and gifts for every occasion from Halloween and Mother's Day right through to furniture, ornaments, flowers and giftware for the home and garden.
Register now with our website where you will also find information about what's on and where to stay. Also, please feel free to forward this email to any colleagues who haven't yet discovered the UK's favourite gift show which offers a relaxed and friendly trading environment as well as plenty of social and business networking opportunities to boot!
Brink Nordic of Denmark, which specialises in high quality glass ornaments inspired by Grandmothers, Nordic traditions and Fabergé Eggs received lots of enquiries about its beautiful range of products at Harrogate Christmas & Gift 2012 and returns to the show in 2013 with some exciting new ranges created in close cooperation with highly skilled glassworkers in Europe. Following last year's show, Helge Brink of the company commented: "The whole atmosphere at Harrogate Christmas & Gift is so warm and friendly and the organising team go out of their way to be helpful."
Be sure to visit Brink Nordic on Stand C26 or visit www.brinknordic.dk