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The Gift of the Year 2019 competition is now open for entries and will remain open until the end of November.

The largest and most prestigious product competition in the gift industry run by The Giftware Association, Gift of the Year celebrates the best products that will be on the market in late 2018 and throughout 2019.

Winning and highly commended products are featured in the beautiful Winners Brochure which is distributed at all major trade shows throughout the year, and to GA retailer members. The top prize, courtesy of Autumn Fair, is a free stand for the winner of the Judges’ Choice award – the winner among winners.

It isn’t just about the winners, though. Nominating one of your products for a Gift of the Year award will give you access to special logos you can use on your website, social media and even in print. The same goes if you are shortlisted, and you may even find your products featured on the Gift of the Year social media channels on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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On top of the publicity that entering can provide, every single entry placed in the competition is put before the panel of judges during the online stage of judging in December. It’s a fantastic chance to put your new products in front of buyers, and every year judges ask to be put in touch with entrants to talk more about their products.

Entries cost £75, or £50 if entrants are members of the GA, JDA, GCA, BTAA or NAJ, and entries after the first cost even less. There is a 20% ‘early bird’ discount cutting those costs even more, and that applies until the end of September. There is no limit to how many products you can enter into a category, or how many categories you can enter a single product or range into.

You can enter online at If you have any questions, you can call the Gift of the Year team on 0121 237 1142.


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