Festive Gift Fair 2016 at the NEC // Blogmas 2016

The Festive Gift Fair was celebrating its 21st anniversary this year, and I went along to visit the fair to see what Christmas gifts I could pick up for family and friends.

This was my first year attending the event, held at the NEC in Birmingham, and I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. I love Christmas so anything festive is good for me, but I knew the gift fair would just be a big shopping experience - I was hoping to spot some bargains to make my Christmas shop a bit easier this year!

When I arrived at the fair, I was surprised at the lack of festive decorations. I think I was expecting it to be a bit more like an exhibition, like the Clothes Show, but instead it actually more like a huge marketplace of endless stalls. There were so many people there shopping and carrying huge bags that it made it quite difficult to navigate.

The Fair itself had a complete range of products - honestly, there was a gift for everyone. I liked that there was a range of gifts and a large selection of Christmas decorations available to buy. Many of the stalls offered customized products too, which is nice if you're shopping for a large family or for kids. Despite this, I didn't end up buying much except for a few bits of food (including a load of Fuffle which, if you haven't tried it, I highly recommend buying yourself some now). The reason I didn't spend much was because the stands were too busy and it was a little overwhelming! I'd recommend going on a weekday rather than the Saturday like I did. The Fair had provided entertainment for its visitors. I managed to get a quick glimpse of The Mo-Sound Sisters who were going down well with the crowd.

I'm not sure if I'd go to the Festive Gift Fair again. I think, because I didn't have many people to buy for, it wasn't quite suited for me but I'd recommend going if you are buying for children or looking for personalized, unique gifts you can't find on the high street. If you do go, try and get their early or on a weekday, and grab a map at the start of the day to plan your shop. Make sure you take plenty of sturdy shopping bags to carry all your Christmas bargains!

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*Disclaimer: I was given the tickets to the Festive Gift Fair as press passes. All opinions are mine.


  1. I've not been to the Festive Gift Fair, but sounds like a similar experience to a lot of similar exhibitions at the NEC - I went to one of the craft fairs on a Saturday and it was hell with people running over your feet and bashing into your legs with those trolleys. I usually go to the Good Food Show and just book a day off work and go on a week day, as it's quieter and you have the time to mooch without battling to get in and see the stalls.

    Does sound like the Gift Fair is a good place to get ideas though, even if there might not be a lot of shopping.

    1. It was good for ideas - I saw a hot chocolate subscription box I'd like to have a look at again! But, like you say, it was just people in a mad rush to buy everything :( x

  2. I went to this fair too. It was utterly rubbish! So small and filled will lots of people. I wondered how people bought anything it was so busy, not an enjoyable Christmas experience at all :( xo

    1. My boyfriend hated it, I thought it was OK but had virtually no chance of buying anything! x


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