Hello B Gifted followers! Well it's been an extremely busy time since a post was published! As you will have read from the last post I joined a fantastic Gift Company called 'Really Good' and 'Soul' as their Key Accounts Manager and am loving every minute. What a fantastic company! Seriously the team are fantastic and the products are innovative, design led, fun and great value. It has been a challenging 12 months for so many of us working within the gift industry while we all ride the "B Word"... what WILL happen after 29th March? Who knows? But what I can say is this, working in the gift industry is still amazing. We all need to think outside the box now, the digital era has well and truly landed for the retail sector, so we need to engage and embrace this movement. Supporting the shops on the high street is key but they too have started to engage with their customers through digital platforms. I have become a huge Instagram user! I love it! There are so many fantastic gift companies out there who have grown due to the digital era. There are a number who I have discovered on Instagram who I can honestly say are businesses that I enjoy shopping with. While at the same time I have found some great creators who produce the most stunning gift lines and accessories, I have been able to start collaborating with for B Gifted products that will be launched this year. I will post about them another time but felt I needed to catch up with my followers and give a little insight into what B Gifted has been doing and where has it been? B Gifted will always be in my life, I am using the digital platforms to share great gift lines from my day job at Really Good & Soul, while also sharing findings of independent gift retailers who deserve lots of shout outs. Along the way I have been conscious that B Gifted still needs to be seen so I have attended a number of local pop ups which have been fantastic (weekends only obviously as the week is filled with the day job!!). In 2018 I focused my gift selection on the "Bumble Bee Theme" which has been met with a great response. As a result of this, the pop ups I plan to attend this year will continue the Bee Theme. I have made a number of the products that have included cushions, door stops, home accessories and complimented them with Bee themed gifts from small independent creators who are on the path of growing their trade. So why not click onto the "Gift Fair" link to see where I will take B Gifted in 2019. Thank you for your support. B Gifted is just me, a working mum with a full time day job, a son, a daughter, a husband and the fluffiest cockapoo but never forgetting a passion for the Gift Industry. Every day I try to follow my favourite mantra. "Live the Life you Love.. Love the life you live".