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Celebration and Festive Market Overview
From Valentine’s Day to Christmas, UK consumers spend a fortune on gifts, trinkets, treats and cards for celebrations and special occasions: the industry is worth £40 billion overall. Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day, Easter, Halloween and birthdays complete the busy special occasions calendar in Britain, offering retailers who gear their produce to these annual events great opportunities to cash in.
Though Valentine’s Day and Easter are big deals in the UK – over half of British consumers buy something for February 14th – Christmas remains the centrepiece of the special occasion cycle in terms of spending. Increasingly, consumers are choosing to avoid the chaos of the country’s high streets in the run up to Christmas, instead buying their gifts online. This year, Sage Pay has estimated the UK’s collective online expenditure for the festive season – a great deal of it going on socks and daft jumpers, presumably – will top £13 billion for the first time, a rise of 18% from £11 billion in 2013. Never has it been more crucial for retailers to have a web presence during this important season.
We offer the full range of goods for special occasions and celebrations: as if the ones already mentioned weren’t enough, there are also weddings, parties – for any, or no, reason - and anniversaries and christenings to be thinking of. Whether you want something to wear, disposable tablewear, a camera to catch all the happy moments on, or a glowstick to wave in the dark just for the hell of it, you’re in the right place.
A veritable cornucopia of wholesale party and celebration products can also be found, for example, at the Autumn and Spring Fairs at the NEC, Harrogate Home & Gift in July and in various trade magazines such as Progressive Gifts and Gift Focus.
Important UK Dates (2018)
Valentines Day - Wednesday 14th Feb
St Patricks Day - Saturday 17th Mar
Easter - Fri 30th Mar to Mon 2nd Apr
Halloween - Wednesday 31st Oct
Christmas Day - Tuesday 25th Dec
- Harrogate Christmas and Gift - Jan
- Spring Fair NEC Birmingham - Feb
- Harrogate Home and Gift - Jul
- Autumn Fair NEC Birmingham - Sept
- NABAS - The Balloon Association
- British Costume Association
- Gift Focus
- Progressive Greetings
- Progressive Party - Max Publishing