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Temptation Gifts Ltd has been in business since Mothers' Day 1983 and we've been trading online since July 2000. We now have six large high street stores and two busy websites. This year we'll serve almost half a million customers online and in store.

We have won the award for Best UK Online Gift Retailer for four consecutive years: 2011, 2012, 2013 and in 2014, proving we are truly the place to be for all your gift needs.

2015

Online Retail Awards - Finalist in Gifts Sector Category

FINALIST

Temptation Gifts

Category: Gifts

ORA Online Retail Awards 2015

We're delighted to announce that we've been short-listed for the 2015 Online Retail Awards in the Gifts category! Click here for details (a page will open in a new window).

TemptationGifts.com has been short-listed as a finalist within the Gifts category for the Online Retail Awards (ORA) 2015. The Online Retail Awards describe themselves as “international, impartial, independent business awards that seek out web, mobile and tablet sites that offer great online shopping experiences for customers”.
This is the first time we have entered into these awards, which attract entries from internet retailers and digital agencies of all sizes and across all sectors, and so simply being named amongst the finalists is a huge endorsement of our website and the great customer service we provide online.

The awards ceremony itself takes place on September 15th in London, where all the individual category winners will be announced, and we will find out if we have beaten the likes of TheBodyShop.co.uk to the ORA title of Best Online Gifts retailer.



UK Best Specialist Multiple Retailer of Gifts

WINNER

Temptation Gifts

UK Best Specialist Multiple Retailer of Gifts

"The Greats"

Awarded by Progressive Gifts and Home, 7th May 2015

Temptation Gifts was the announced the winner in the category “UK Best Specialist Multiple Retailer of Gifts” at the recent Greats Gift Retailer Awards, at The Savoy Hotel London, making it our tenth national award in the last eight years.

The Greats Awards are organised by publishing group Max Publishing, through their specialist trade journal Progressive Gifts & Home. They are designed to reward the top gift retailers in the UK on a regional and national basis. Now in their thirteenth year, The Greats Awards have become the most prestigious symbol of success and achievement within the gift industry.

Mike Adams, Managing Director said “To be independently acknowledged as being at the top of your profession is a fantastic recognition of what is, to all intents and purposes, a life’s work. It is 32 years since Temptation first opened its doors in Berkhamsted, but with annual turnover now approaching eight figures, and a payroll in excess of a hundred this is now a substantial business. We never ever forget though, that the only thing that really matters is the opinion of our customers. They judge us daily, on our range, our prices and the quality of our service, and each time they return, it is an acknowledgement that we are getting it right. That is what drives us on.”

Below, a few photos from the night.

Link: http://www.thegreatsawards.co.uk/categories.html

Press Links

THE GREATS GIFT RETAILER AWARD WINNERS 2015- list of finalists in all categories

Best Independent Retail Buyer 2015

WINNER

TemptationGifts.com

Best Independent Retail Buyer

Awarded by the organisers of the Spring Fair, i2i Events Group

Temptation Gifts was the recipients of “Best Buying Awards” at the UKs largest buying fair at the NEC exhibition centre in Birmingham in February 2015. The organisers of the Spring Fair, i2i Events Group, designed the prestigious Buyers Power List to give recognition to influential individuals and buying teams across the sectors represented at the Spring Fair. Nominees were assessed on their contribution to the industry, rapport with suppliers, and their ability to differentiate their retail business in the marketplace. The industry then voted for the retailers they considered to have the greatest buying prowess.

Gill Leahy, Head of Buying for Ocado won the individual award for most influential buyer, and the two company awards went to John Lewis and Temptation Gifts, with Temptation Gifts picking up the award for Best Buyers in the independent Sector, and John Lewis collecting the award for the Department Store sector.

Our Managing Director, Mike Adams, expressed his delight at winning the prestigious national award. “We are proud and honoured to be recognised alongside John Lewis for the excellence of our buying. As buyers we act on behalf of our customers, seeking out quality and value for money and we have always taken that responsibility seriously”.

Temptation Gift Buying Team

You can watch a quick video about our win!

2014

We did it again! TEMPTATION GIFTS WINS 4 AWARDS IN 4 YEARS!

We are thrilled to announce that TemptationGifts.com has been named the UK's Best Online Gift Retailer for an unprecedented fourth consecutive year! 'The Greats' awards recognise the best in the gift retail business, and are awarded by a panel of industry experts.


Winner of Best Online Retailer of Gifts 2014

WINNER

TemptationGifts.com and CampusGifts.co.uk

Best Online and/or Mail Order Retailer of Gifts

"The Greats"

Awarded by Progressive Gifts and Home, 8th May 2014

What we said about "The Greats" :

Last Thursday, 8th May, the whole e-commerce team from Temptation Gifts Ltd descended, suited and booted, upon the Savoy Hotel for the gift industry’s lavish annual awards ceremony – and came away with the accolade of Best Online Gift Retailer for the fourth consecutive year!

Hosted by Progressive Gifts and Home magazine, “The Greats”, as this event is known, is now in its 12th year of celebrating the best gift retailers in the UK. “With each passing year, the competition at The Greats gets tougher, so to win our fifth Online Retailer award was as surprising and as exhilarating as winning our first in 2009”, said Temptation Gifts co-founder Mike Adams. “This is a brilliant day for Temptation and in particular for our web teams, but overall a brilliant day for our entire industry, with the bar being pushed higher and higher in all categories."

This is an unrivalled achievement for the whole team. From the web marketing staff who painstakingly ensure that over 10,000 products are well photographed and accurately described on the websites, to the fulfilment team who tirelessly pick, pack, and then promptly dispatch the orders all over the world.

"Our thanks go, of course, to all of our loyal customers – be they local or from further afield. With over 30 years’ experience selling gifts through our stores in and around the Home Counties we have developed a love for great products from innovative brands, and a firm old-fashioned dedication to customer service which we strive to replicate online at TemptationGifts.com and CampusGifts.co.uk."

Below, a few photos from the night.

Link: http://www.thegreatsawards.co.uk/categories.html

Press Links

THE GREATS GIFT RETAILER AWARD WINNERS 2014- list of finalists in all categories

2013

TEMPTATION GIFTS WINS 3 AWARDS IN 3 YEARS! Named "Best Online Retailer of Gifts" at national awards ceremony

We are thrilled to announce that TemptationGifts.com has been named the UK's Best Online Gift Retailer for an unprecedented third consecutive year! 'The Greats' awards recognise the best in the gift retail business, and are awarded by a panel of industry experts.


Winner of Best Online Retailer of Gifts 2013

WINNER

TemptationGifts.com and CampusGifts.co.uk

Best Online and/or Mail Order Retailer of Gifts

"The Greats"

Awarded by Progressive Gifts and Home, 8th May 2013

Finalist for Best Specialist Multiple Gift Retailer 2013

FINALIST

Temptation Gifts

Best Specialist Multiple Gift Retailer

"The Greats"

Awarded by Progressive Gifts and Home, 8th May 2013

What we said about "The Greats" :

On Thursday 8th May 2013, at the gift industry's annual awards ceremony at the prestigious Savoy Hotel in London, Temptation Gifts were delighted to be named the Best Online Retailer of Gifts in the UK... for the third consecutive year!

"The Greats" awards, organised and presented by industry magazine Progressive Gifts and Home, recognise excellence in the gift industry, and Temptation are proud to be past winners of the awards for Best Independent Gift Retailer, Best Online Gift Retailer, and overall Best Gift Retailer in the UK.

This year our e-commerce department was thrilled to be named *Best Online and/or Mail Order Retailer of Gifts* for the third consecutive year. This is an unparalleled achievement and one that we are extremely proud of, especially given the fierce competition from the likes of notonthehighstreet.com. This would not have been possible without a large team of people, working together as a team, from the people who wrap and pack our packages to those that design the website. Winning the award three years running is a tremendous show of consistency, and proof that we continue to offer the best possible gift shopping experience - and will strive to do so throughout the years to come.

Temptation was also nominated for the Best Specialist Multiple Gift Retailer, and while we were pipped to the post for this award, it was still a huge success to be short-listed as a finalist. We faced tough competition from national retailers, with the likes of John Lewis and Selfridges nominated for awards. Despite not getting the win this year, it acts as a great incentive for any independent businesses, proving that it is possible to compete with the biggest and the best.

A final thank you, though, must go to you, our customers. Some of you may have only used us once or twice; many of you shop with us every month. Whatever your shopping habits, we would literally not be able to keep going if it wasn't for your continued interest, enthusiasm, and kind-hearted nature that makes you want to buy someone a gift in the first place! So thank you for believing in Temptation Gifts. We hope you continue to enjoy shopping with us as much as we enjoy doing what we do.

Below, our trophy and photos from the night (click on the images to enlarge) or read more about it on our blog here.

Link: http://www.thegreatsawards.co.uk/categories.html

Press Links

THE GREATS GIFT RETAILER AWARD WINNERS 2013- list of finalists in all categories

2012

WINNER

TemptationGifts.com and CampusGifts.co.uk

Best Online and/or Mail Order Retailer of Gifts

"The Greats"

Awarded by Progressive Gifts and Home, 17th May 2012

WINNER

TemptationGifts.com and CampusGifts.co.uk

Best Gift Retailer

"The Greats"

Awarded by Progressive Gifts and Home, 17th May 2012

FINALIST

Temptation Gifts retail stores

Best Non-specialist multiple retailer of greeting cards

"The Retas"

Awarded by Progressive Greetings

Winner to be announced 11th July 2012

What we said about "The Greats" :

On Thursday 17th May 2012, at the gift industry's annual awards ceremony in London, Temptation Gifts were thrilled and tremendously proud to discover we had won not one but two prestigious national awards.

"The Greats" awards, organised and presented by industry magazine Progressive Gifts and Home, recognising excellence in the gift industry and Temptation are proud to be past winners of the awards for Best Independent Gift Retailer, Best Online Gift Retailer, and overall Best Gift Retailer in the UK.

This year our e-commerce department was thrilled to be named *Best Online and/or Mail Order Retailer of Gifts* for the third time in four years. We believe this is a truly remarkable achievement. We're extraordinarily proud of our team, and humbled to have been rewarded so consistently for all our efforts to create the best possible online gift shopping experience.

But the night's excitement didn't end there, since as a category winner Temptation was then eligible to win the overall "Greatest of the Greats" award: the *Best Gift Retailer in the UK*… AND WE WON!!

This makes us the first and only business to have won this ultimate accolade twice, having also been thrilled to win in 2008. So while we congratulate our incredibly hardworking team who are all equally responsible for winning this title, we would of course like to thank all of you, our customers. Because as thrilling and humbling as it is to have received the commendation and congratulation of our peers in the industry; your recognition and praise is what we really strive for. So thank you for your continued support, your loyal custom and your kind words; and thank you for helping us build our little family business from one small shop in Berkhamsted, into a fast-growing award-winning chain which has once again been recognised as the Best Gift Retailer in the UK!

Our trophy and photos from the night (click on the images to enlarge) :

Link: http://www.thegreatsawards.co.uk/categories.html

Press Links

THE GREATS GIFT RETAILER AWARD WINNERS 2012- list of finalists in all categories

2011

WINNER

TemptationGifts.com and CampusGifts.co.uk

Best Online and/or Mail Order Retailer of Gifts

"The Greats"

Awarded by Progressive Gifts and Home, 19th May 2011

What we said about "The Greats" :

Extraordinary pressures of work in January sadly prevented us from finding the time to put together a submission for the 2010 awards of which we could be suitably proud. But in 2011 Temptation Gifts Ltd. put forward several arms of the business as prospective nominees for the "Greats" gift retail awards orchestrated by Progressive Gifts and Home.

We were pleased to find that our online marketing team won the UK Online Gift retailer of the year the Greats awards.

Our trophy and photos from the night:

Link: http://www.thegreatsawards.co.uk/thegreats-winners11.html

2009

WINNER

TemptationGifts.com and CampusGifts.co.uk

Best Online and/or Mail Order Retailer of Gifts

"The Greats"

Awarded by Progressive Gifts and Home, 21st 2009

What we said about "The Greats" :

Last night at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London, the gift industry hosted its seventh annual awards night, sponsored and organised by leading trade magazine Progressive Gifts. The Temptation Gifts online department, comprising of temptationgifts.com and our sister site, campusgifts.co.uk, scooped the prize for best online and/or mail order gift retailer against fierce competition from some major national brands like JD Williams.

Link: http://www.thegreatsawards.co.uk/thegreats-winners09.html

2008

WINNER

Temptation Gifts Ltd.

Best Gift Retailer

"The Greats"

Awarded by Progressive Gifts and Home, 22nd May 2008

WINNER

Temptation Gifts, Berkhamsted

Best New Gift Store

"The Greats"

Awarded by Progressive Gifts and Home magazine, 22nd May 2008

Temptation Gifts Ltd. named UK Gift Retailer of the Year!

What we said about "The Greats" :

In a dramatic upset for shortlisted household names like John Lewis and Clinton's Cards, the biggest award of the evening, for "UK Gift Retailer of the Year 2008", went to well-loved local gift chain Temptation Gifts Ltd, of Amersham, Beaconsfield and Berkhamsted. Temptation also picked up the award for "Best New Gift Shop" for their reopened Berkhamsted store, and only just missed out on "Best Gift Website" as well.

Temptation Gifts Ltd is owned and run by married couple Mike and Sheena Adams. The business began in March 1983 with one little high street shop in Berkhamsted, Herts. Since then Mike and Sheena have worked tirelessly to develop the company, in the process building up a core team of enthusiastic staff and a loyal following of customers from all across the Home Counties. Twenty-five years on, the company enjoys a turnover in the millions, generated by 3 large stores and 2 websites, and fuelled by its separate central warehouse. Not content to rest on their laurels however, Temptation Gifts have ambitious expansion plans, to double in size again over the next five years.

Currently celebrating the company's 25th year in business, Temptation Gifts' co-owner and finance director Sheena Adams enthused: "The hard work of everyone in the team is what has earned us this award and it's a pleasure to work with such a dedicated group of people. I'm so proud of them. But we all know that really it's our customers we have to thank for this- for their support, their advice and their loyalty over a quarter of a century."

Her husband Mike added: "We have never stopped working on getting the big things right, for our customers. Great stock, great prices, great service. I'm absolutely thrilled that's been recognised with this award."

The company website, TemptationGifts.com, only just missed out on a huge award of its own, as one of five finalists for the "Best Gift Website" award. The Adams' son Joel, 24, joined the business recently to expand the online operation and said: "Just getting the nomination is incredible. This is saying that temptationgifts.com is one of very best places to buy gifts online. I've always thought that of course but it's great that it's official now!"

Link: http://www.thegreatsawards.co.uk/thegreats-winners08.html


What they said:

Local MP and Tory front-bencher Cheryl Gillan was one of many local dignitaries to pile on the praise. "Many congratulations to Temptation Gifts on winning the award of UK Gift Retailer of the Year. It's a great achievement that a local enterprise should have won through in competition with national chains. Now that Temptation Gifts are expanding their online shopping service, many more people will be able to share the experience which so many local shoppers already enjoy".

Press Links

Gift shop beats the big boys to pick up prestigious award - Hemel Today

2007

WINNER

Temptation Gifts Ltd wins award:

Best Independent Gift Retailer, South/South-East Region

"The Greats"

Awarded by Progressive Gifts and Home magazine

WINNER

Temptation Gifts Ltd wins award:

Best Independent Greeting Card Retailer, Home Counties and East Anglia

"The Retas"

Awarded by Progressive Greetings

What we said about "The Greats" :

We're the "Best Gift Website" - it's official!

LOCAL community leaders joined Amersham, Beaconsfield and Berkhamsted shoppers in congratulating the high-street side of the Temptation Gifts family on being named Independent Gift Retailer of the Year, South/South-East, against stiff competition in a region which covers more than a dozen counties.

Glitzy Ceremony

The award was presented by TV funny man Tim Vine, at a glamorous ceremony in London earlier this month. Receiving the award, company chairman Mike Adams sounded understandably delighted: "We are extremely proud of this trophy, but we know that really, the award belongs to our customers." he said. "Their continued support, friendship, and loyalty have been our inspiration throughout our 25 years in business".

Local Family Business

The business began in March 1983 with one tiny shop at the end of Berkhamsted High St. Since then married couple Mike and Sheena Adams have worked tirelessly to develop the company, in the process building up a core team of enthusiastic and hard-working staff and a loyal following of customers from all across the Home Counties, and now of course online.

Twenty-five years on, the company enjoys a multi-million pound turnover, generated by 3 large stores and 2 websites, and fuelled by its own huge central warehouse. Always seeking to move forwards, Temptation Gifts now has ambitious plans to double in size again over the next five years, including a 5-fold expansion of the web operation.

Praise from Community and Business Leaders

The awards, now in their fifth year, cover the whole UK and are presented by leading trade magazine Progressive Gifts & Home. Speaking on behalf of the magazine, publishing director Ian Hyder said: "This was a richly deserved award. Temptation Gifts have been setting the highest standards in gift retailing for 25 years now, and we're thrilled to recognise their unique contribution to the gift business in the south of England over nearly a quarter of a century."

Alan Watson, Chairman of the local Chamber of Commerce, added his praise: "Temptation Gifts is a stand-out example of the high quality local businesses which make Amersham such a vibrant, enjoyable place to shop. It's a beautiful store and the staff are always extremely friendly and helpful. I hope this award will help them bring even more people into the town."

Chiltern District Council Leader-in-waiting, John Warder, was extremely proud: "We all know that this District has some of the best shops in the country, but it's always nice when someone goes and proves it! My warmest congratulations to Temptation and their staff, and to all the people of this area for supporting their local businesses."

Even local MPs were happy to take the time to congratulate Temptation. Cheryl Gillan (Amersham & Chesham) was fulsome in her praise: "Temptation is a delightful shop, very useful for gifts and an asset for Amersham". Berkhamsted MP David Gauke added: "The strength and quality of our local businesses is something we've always been extremely proud of, here in Hertfordshire. Temptation is a well-loved shop and it is great news for the company and the staff but above all for Berkhamsted, that their success has been recognised in this way."

So from all us here at Temptation, retail or "e-tail", a huge thank you to you, the customer. We're all part of one big team here but we all know that neither side of the operation would be here at all, if it weren't for your support. This award belongs to you!

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Top gong is deserved gift for Temptation - Hemel Today





What do these awards mean?

About The Greats

Brought to you by Progressive Gifts & Home, The Greats awards, over the past decade were created to recognise excellence, professionalism, innovation and commitment within the gifts industry. Many people think of the Greats as the ultimate accolades - the 'Oscars' of gift retailing.

Now established as the premier awards event of the year, The Greats bring together the entire industry for a night of celebration and recognition.

"The Greats"

Award Category - Best Online Gift Retailer to include Mail Order

Criteria - Open to all mail order and online retailers that demonstrate a commitment to gifts.

Award Category - Best Specialist Multiple Gift Retailer (4 or more shops)

Criteria: Open to all specialist gift retailers with 4 or more shops

Award Category - Independent Gift Retailer of the Year, South/South-East

About The Retas

The Retas were formed to celebrate and recognise the outstanding contribution that both large and smaller retailers make to the overall success of the greeting card industry. Launched by Progressive Greetings magazine and is now in its seventh year, The Retas have cemented themselves as the summer event for the greeting card industry.

The Retas recognise and celebrate not only the established top independent and multiple greeting card retailers regionally and nationally, but also the new generation of retailers and employees of outstanding excellence.

"The Retas"

Award Category - Best Non-Specialist Greeting Card Retailer - Multiple

Criteria: Open to all varietal stores, gift shops, fashion outlets, garden centres and mixed multiples

Judging criteria: The Judges look for excellence in all areas across the retail spectrum over the past year including:

  1. Range of products
  2. Marketing and Display
  3. Customer service
  4. Competitive edge
  5. Overall retail environment

Retail Definitions:

An Independent Retailer - is a single shop or up to four branches which is/are independently owned.

A Small Multiple Retailer - is a group or chain of more than four branches.

A Multiple Retailer - is a group or chain of more than 25 branches.

For the regional awards please refer to the map for the geographical boundaries.