Terms & Conditions


  1. The qualifying product or products must be available to market throughout 2025, We are looking for brand new products, but if they haven't been rented before or are variations then they are eligible for the awards.  Any questions about whether your product or products are eligible then please get in touch with Chris on awards@ga-uk.org.

  2. Companies may enter as many products into as many categories as they wish. Each entry will be treated as a separate entry (although you can enter a range (6-8 products), which counts as one entry) and relevant costs will apply. 

  3. One credit = one entry in a category. Once a category has been chosen it will be deducted from your credit balance. You can enter one entry into multiple categories, or multiple entries into one category.      
  4. Payment can be made via credit or debit card and all payments will be acknowledged by a paid invoice, which we aim to send as soon as you have made your purchase.

  5. Entry costs are non-refundable. Entrants should make sure they are paying the correct rate for their membership status before making payment. Please get in touch if the membership rates are not reflected on your dashboard.

  6. All costs associated with entering into the competition are the responsibility of the entering company.

  7. The entrant warrants to The Giftware Association (GA), in respect of each product which it enters, that the product (and any associated packaging) is its own work and has not been copied from any third party work and that the manufacture, importation and any other dealing in the same does not infringe the copyright, design right, trade mark or any other intellectual property right of any third party.

  8. The GA cannot accept responsibility for the late arrival of entries, or the loss or breakage of products at any stage.

  9. Entry samples for the live judging day must arrive by the deadline given on the 'Key Dates' page and subsequent emails. There is no guarantee that entries arriving after the deadline can be added to the display though we will always chase products up.

  10. Entry samples MUST NOT qualify as 'commercial samples' according to the HMRC definition: "an imported item that can only be used in the UK as a demonstration sample of goods in soliciting orders for the types of goods they represent from potential customers of that product." Definition given at www.gov.uk as of 2nd July 2018.

  11. Please ensure adequate insurance of product samples.

  12. The judges cannot judge incomplete or inaccurate entry submissions, any such entries will therefore be disqualified. We will do our best to notify anyone with missing or incomplete information,

  13. The judges and The GA reserve the right to reallocate an entry to a different category if appropriate. If this results in the creation of additional entries, entrants will not be charged.

  14. There will be no feedback given on entries, as the judges have to go through a vast amount of entries we can't ask them to give specific feedback.

  15. The judges’ decision is final and there will be no opportunity for appeal.

  16. All judges of the Gift of the Year awards follow a voluntary Code of Conduct covering confidentiality, conflicts of interest and contact with entrant.

  17. From time to time The GA will request samples (free of charge) to use as part of the marketing and promotional campaigns. Winning companies must agree to provide these in a timely manner.

  18. Product samples sent in are donated to the Benevolent Society, an industry charity, once they are no longer being used for promotional purposes. -  https://www.thebenevolentsociety.co.uk/

  19. For all winning and highly commended products, companies commit to participating in all GA activities and promotions to enhance the profile of their products to retailers, trade and consumer press and provide free of charge samples when requested by the GA.

  20. By providing the GA with images of products, the entrant gives permission for the GA to use these images in promoting the Gift of the Year competition.

  21. All logos awarded by the GA to the nominated, shortlisted, highly commended and winning entries must not be displayed with any products other than the product that received the award.

  22. The GA or Gift of the Year logos must not be edited.

  23. The entrant shall indemnify The GA in full, and hold The GA harmless, against all liability, loss, damages, costs and expenses whether direct, indirect or consequential (including without limitation legal expenses) awarded against or incurred or paid by the GA as a result or in connection with any breach of the above warranty or any claim that the product (and/or any associated packaging), or the advertisement of or any other dealing in the same, infringes the copyright, design right, trade mark or any other intellectual property right of any third party.

  24. Entrants are advised not to use the same password on this website as they use on any other website.


  1. Free Membership Duration: All companies that enter the awards will receive a complimentary Full Membership to The Giftware Association valid until 31st December 2024.

  2. Discovery Meeting: As part of the free membership, companies can book a complimentary Discovery meeting. This meeting is essential for understanding the benefits and opportunities available through membership.

  3. Business Mentoring Session: Each company is entitled to one free business mentoring session. This session will provide insights and guidance tailored to your business needs.

  4. Access to Industry Professionals: Members will have access to relevant industry professionals for advice and networking opportunities. This benefit is aimed at enhancing your business growth and industry connections.

  5. Spring Fair 2025 Exhibitors: Companies exhibiting at Spring Fair 2025 could be eligible for up to a 5% rebate on their stand space. The exact rebate will be calculated based on your stand space, employee number, and ongoing membership subscription with The GA.

  6. Meeting Availability: All meetings, including the Discovery Meeting and the Business Mentoring Session, are subject to availability. Members are encouraged to schedule these meetings as early as possible to ensure availability.

  7. Non-Transferable: The free membership and its associated benefits are non-transferable and are intended solely for the company that entered the awards.

  8. Amendments: The Giftware Association reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions at any time. Members will be notified of any changes via email.

    By entering the awards and accepting the free membership, you agree to the above terms and conditions. If you have any questions or require further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact us.