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From hundreds of entries just a handful of products are chosen each year by our panel of award-winning retailers and retail journalists as worthy of a Retail News Best Gift Award. Awarded prior to the summer trade show season, the award-winning products are highlighted in special feature areas throughout the Fall Toronto Gift Fair. A distinctive Retail News Best Gift Award seal of approval helps distinguish these products in the marketplace, increasing their credibility in the eyes of consumers. In addition, the award-winning products are promoted to media across Canada and retailers who sell the products benefit from this exposure too.



The 2013 Retail News Best Gift Award Winners!

Best gift for the kitchen   BEST GIFT FOR THE KITCHEN   logo-kitchen

This bamboo cutting board doubles as a lid for a storage caddy that includes five nesting measuring bowls. Cut and prep food ingredients and then store them for a later date. Includes two 1-cup, two 2-cup and one 3-cup measures.

Umbra, $40 retail, 800.387.5122,



Best gift for the kitchen   BEST GIFT FOR THE TABLE   logo-kitchen

The DiPotter Paper Table Collection is a line of paper lamp shades designed to be used over wine glasses and champagne flutes. Insert a flameless candle to transform the shades into beautiful table decorations. The colours and patterns in the line change seasonally and are complemented with chargers and candle bands.

Board 'n Batten, $23.95 retail for six, 519.426.3402,


Best gift for the kitchen   BEST DESIGN INNOVATION GIFT   logo-design-innovation

Designed by store owner Terri Dutka of The Willows Casual Home in Calgary, Alta., the Fairy Fastener is an ergonomic jewellery clasp which allows the customer to attach their favourite bracelet or watch easily. Designed for both right and left-handed people, the Fairy Fastener is ideal for customers suffering from arthritis or other painful joint conditions.

Fairy Fastener, $24.95 retail, 403.500.0377,


Best gift for the kitchen   BEST JEWELLERY & FASHION GIFT   logo-jewellery

A stylish and ingenious way to organize scarves, the Little Black Dress Scarf Organizer holds 26 scarves and rotates 360 degrees on the hanger, making it super easy to find - and seriously chic to showcase - a scarf collection.

Umbra, $20 retail, 800.387.5122,


Best gift for the kitchen   BEST KID'S GIFT   logo-kid's-gift

Blankz provide kids with endless opportunities for creativity. The create-your-own animals arrive blank with a package of five non-toxic washable markers. When the child is ready to create their next masterpiece, throw the animal into a washing machine for a blank slate!

The Tate Group, $13.95 retail, 416.504.8047,


Best gift for the kitchen   BEST NOVELTY GIFT   logo-novelty

This unique collection of trendy bicycle seat covers lets the style-setting cyclists gussy up their bike seat with a Bike Cap in a variety of fabric choices. Not only do they dress up a two-wheeler, but they also keep the seat dry in inclement weather.

Chic & Savvy, $14.95 retail, 888.462.9131,


Best gift for the kitchen   BEST GIFT FOR BODY & SOUL   logo-novelty

Luxurious and therapeutic Mustard Bath from Barefoot Venus relaxes the body with eucalyptus, rosemary and wintergreen. We love that the company's products are made in Canada from all-natural ingredients.

Barefoot Venus, $21 retail, 888.490.1756,


Best gift for the kitchen   BEST GIFT FOR THE BAR   logo-novelty

Expanding on the popularity of the Redneck glasses, the brand has launched a collection of wine bottle stoppers - Redneck style of course: hammers, screwdrivers and faucets.

Edenborough, $10.99 retail each, 800.265.6398,