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After a nail-biting few months, the finalists of the Greats Gift Retailer Awards 2019 have been confirmed!

The Greats continues to go from strength to strength, with an exceptionally high standard of entry received in every category,” comments Sue Marks, editor of Progressive Gifts & Home, published by Max Publishing, which organises and owns The Greats.

“Once again, the Greats Awards have revealed the passionate gift retailers and gift departments who really get behind their shops, their products, their displays, their websites, their marketing, their social media, their communities and their local charities.”

The Giftware Association is a proud sponsor of The Greats sponsoring The Honorary Achievement award.

The Greats 2019 finalists are:  (in alphabetical order):

Retail Employee Of The Year 2019

-Mark Alexander, retail manager, National Memorial Arboretum, Airewas

-Louise Franco, shop manager, The Present, Barnet

-Marion Johnstone, sales assistant, Spirito, Glasgow

-Linda Tandy, manager, Joco Interiors, Nuneaton

-Marjory Wilson, head of customer services/store manager, Between The Lines, Farnham

-Beverly Yates, shop manager, Maddisons, Harborne


Independent Gift Retailer Of The Year – London (Inside M25)

-Caxton, Temple Fortune

-Giftbox, Uxbridge

-Lily King, Willesden Green

-MAP Gift Shop, Holloway

-My Favourite Things, Raynes Park

-The Present, Barnet


Independent Gift Retailer Of The Year – Home Counties, South & South East

-Arrowsmiths, Broadstairs

-Bert’s Homewares, Brighton and Hove

-Etcetera, Hitchin

-No 14, Ampthill

-Papillion Living, Brighton

-Threads Gift Shop, Harpenden


Independent Gift Retailer Of The Year – East Anglia

-Daisy Lanes, Rayleigh

Cloud Nine, Market Deeping

-EmZo, Bacton

-Little Boat Gifts, Brightlingsea

-Loft & Spires, Bury St Edmunds

-Myriad & Mundfords, Mundford


Independent Gift Retailer Of The Year – Midlands & Wales

-Bentleys, Stourport, and Maddisons, Harborne

-The Celtic Company, Welshpool

-Chi Chi Gifts & Interiors, Lickey

-Joco Interiors, Nuneaton

-Mooch Gifts and Home, Bewdley and Stourport

– Nest, Stoneygate


Independent Gift Retailer Of The Year – North & Northern Ireland

-The Bottom Drawer, Portadown

-Hand Picked by Henrietta, Chapel-En-Le-Frith and Poynton

-The Lion Gallery, Penrith

-Pure Inspiration, Ramsey

-Williams of Audlem, Audlem

-Within Reason, Sheffield


Independent Gift Retailer Of The Year – South West

-Brocante, Fowey, Mavagissey, St Ives

-Daisy Park, South Molton

-Jo Amor, Tiverton

-Number 36, Penzance

-Paprika, Bath and Chippenham

-Soukous, Bristol


Independent Gift Retailer Of The Year – Scotland

-Baxter’s of Stranraer and Gallery 34, Stanraer

-The Lion’s Paw, Renfrewshire

-Orsay, Oban

-Papyrus, Glasgow

-Ruby Red, Milngavie

-Spirito, Glasgow


Best Newcomer – South & Wales

-Barefoot Living, Norfolk

-Highworth Emporium, Highworth

-Huus, Halesworth

-Josies Interiors, Bideford

-Maybugs Gifts and Home, Hailsham

-Sunshine And Snow, Bideford


Best Newcomer – Midlands, North & Scotland

– The Hummingbird at Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury

– Kemps General Store, Malton

– Kimora Fashion & Lifestyle, Barrowford

– Magenta Trends, Annesley Woodhouse

– Mooch on St Giles Street and Mooch, Bell

– Walter and May, York


Best Specialist Multiple Gift Retailer (4 Or More Shops)

Between The Lines

-House of Cards

-The Lemon Tree


-National Trust

-Vinegar Hill


Best Department Store Retailer Of Gifts

-Daniels of Windsor

-Fenwick, Newcastle

-John Lewis

-One Forty, Cranleigh

-Selfridges, Oxford Street, Birmingham, Manchester

-Tudor Williams, New Malden


Best Non-Specialist Retailer Of Gifts

-The Baobab, Reading

-Gower Gallery, Mumbles

-Hartley Coffee House and Farm Shop, Cranbrook

-House UK

-Oliver Bonas

-Papilio at Heritage, Thornbury


Best Lifestyle And Homewares Retailer Of Gifts

-The Emporium Interiors, Clitheroe

-House & Garden at Snape Maltings, Snape

-Love Thy Interiors, Thirsk

-The Java Store, Norwich

-Orange Tree, Topsham

-Treehouse City, Aberdeen


Best Gift Retailer Of Jewellery & Fashion Accessories

-Bijouled, Harrogate

-Melbury Gallery, Sherborne and Dorchester

-MiMi (hw), Hartley Wintney

-The Nancy Smillie Shop, Glasgow

-The Silver Shop, Bath

-Uno, Mumbles


Best Garden Centre Retailer Of Gifts

-Bents Garden & Home, Glazebury

-Burford Garden Centre, Burford

-Garsons, Esher and Titchfield

-Longacres, Bagshot

-Otter Nursery, Ottery St Mary

-Woodcote Green, Wallington


Best Museum Or Visitor Attraction Gift Shop

-Blenheim Palace, Blenheim

-Imperial War Museum, London

-National Memorial Arboretum, Airewas

-Sledmere House Gift Shop,

-Royal Opera House, London

-V&A, London


Best In-Store Or Window Display

-Brit Maison, Cockfosters

-Chi Chi Interiors, Lickey

-Highworth Emporium, Highworth

-Lulu Loves, Stubbington

-Pure Inspiration, Ramsey

-Soukous, Bristol


Best Online Or Mail Order Gift Retailer


-JD Williams

-Oliver Bonas

-The Present Finder




Best Retailer Initiative

– Feathering Your Nest, Rayleigh

for its Angels Wings window/initiative

-Hand Picked By Henrietta, Chapel En Frith and Poynton

for its Henrietta Selfie Saturday promotion

-Josies Interiors, Bideford

for its Happy Home Makers Loyalty Club promotion

-Oliver Bonas for its collaboration with UK Youth

-Mooch Gifts and Home, Bewdley

for spearheading a 2 hour parking initiative campaign and a Festive Trail

-Swagger, Chipping Sodbury

for its Swag Bag initiative


Best Service To The Independent Gift Retailer

-Ashleigh & Burwood

-East of India


-Gisela Graham

-History & Heraldry

-Joe Davies

-Lesser & Pavey

-Nemesis Now


-Widdop and Co


The winners of the Greats Gift Retailer Awards 2019 will be announced at London’s glittering Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, on Wednesday May 15, with all strands of the gift industry invited to share in this very special day for gift retail.

Tickets to the event are available from event organiser Clare Hollick e:; tel: 01183 340085. To read more about being at the hottest ticket in the gift industry’s calendar, visit

The event is currently being highlighted online via, and #Greats19.


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