Craft Focus - December 2022/January 2023 (Issue 94)

26 Cracking Christmas With just four months until the doors of the UK’s favourite festive show opens to the trade, Harrogate Christmas & Gift has a wealth of exhibitors signing up for the show, including favourite returning companies and many new names too. Once again, presented at the Harrogate Convention Centre from 15th to 18th January 2023, Christmas retailers and buyers will be spoilt for choice with six halls packed with the latest, up and coming products from trees, lights and decorations, to gifts, garden and homeware. The 2022 show marked the return after two years of COVID restrictions and it was apparent that buyers were keen to see products first hand with many exhibitors stating that it was their best trade show ever. Simon Anslow, show organiser comments: “Unlike many other product types, Christmas and gift items tend to be less brand related and retailers and buyers rely on seeing, touching and even smelling items to see if they will fit well on their store shelves. Visitors in 2022 were keen to get business back on track and placed valuable orders with many exhibitors at the show. We are looking forward to a similar vibe next year.” The 2023 event welcomes the return of numerous well-known names including DCUK, Festive Productions, Floral Silk, Florelle Imports, Gisella Graham, Kaemingk, Lesser & Pavey, Noma and Sage Décor (to name just a few). Alan Pimms, Managing Director of Sifcon International (SIL), confirmed his promise to return to the show in 2023 after stating that the company had a fantastic experience. He said that his stand was continuously busy and the value of orders placed far exceeded expectations. Exciting new brands include Ashleigh & Burwood with a portfolio of fragranced products including lamps, reed diffusers, candles and premium gift packaged home fragrance ranges: Boltze Gruppe with a huge range of new home collections for spring and summer 2023; Mulberry Studios leading the personalised gift market with innovative gift products; The Seasonal Group – creators of bespoke environments and magical experiences with virtual reality rides and animatronics; and Vivid Squid which personalises and brands lots of quirky items such as power banks, smartphone cases, promotional items, souvenirs, pens, signs and much more. There is still stand space available for companies wishing to expand their portfolio of retailers including large multiples and smaller independents. Harrogate Christmas & Gift is also the favourite buying portal for numerous garden centre buyers seeking seasonal products; plus tourist attraction and heritage centres, theme parks, cathedral shops and many more. IN BRIEF: Who: Harrogate Christmas & Gift, Where: Harrogate Convention Centre, Kings Road, Harrogate, HG1 5LA When: 15th-18th January, 2023