Founding Partner of the Christmas in July Festival, Rupa Ganatra, shares some favourite gifting brands on Instagram.

You might not immediately think of Christmas gifts in July but this is when journalists start planning their festive articles. Which will be the hottest gifts and brands to go to? The clever people behind The Christmas In July Festival have that sorted as their two day event on 12th and 13th July will host over 1,000+ media and influencers and showcase over 100 retail brands in Central London. Retail categories cover every type of gift, from luxury and designer, to children's toys, gadgets and technology to fitness, food and drink. What's more, the CIJ Portal is an online Gift Guide Portal,, designed by a user group of journalists from leading media publications, offering the press one destination to get all the information and imagery they need for gift guides.

Who better person to turn to than Founding Partner of the Festival, Rupa Ganatra, who shares some favourite gifting brands on Instagram with us.

The East India Company

For creating new tastes, foods crafted by artisans and unique recipes. I love that they offer the ability to personalise gifting hampers which makes it a more unique gift. And from a personal standpoint and being Indian by origin, I love to see a brand with such heritage and centuries of existance be revived into a modern day luxury brand.


For creating the best eyebrow product on the market and keeping me up-to-date on beauty and cosmetic trends. I also love the story behind this business and the rise of a brand that reached top seller lists everywhere and has become probably the most viral beauty product of all time.

R Chocolate

For always keeping me up-to-date on my favourite indulgence and keeping the calories firmly on every time I indulge ;). They also do great chocolate making experiences in their London stores which make great gifts.


I love how the Maplin brand is evolving, from flying drones to the smart home, Maplin always keeps me looking "on point" in the technology category when buying gifts for those that are more technology-advanced than I am (which happens quite regularly).

For bringing spontaneity back to gifting through a truly unique and surprise-driven short breaks and experience. The Instagram page gives me great inspiration for travel.

Emma Bridgewater

Whenever I'm giving a gift for a new home, Emma Bridgewater is one of the first places I'll go to find that unique gift for the home and the instagram account keeps me up-to-date on their newest seasonal designs.

Bramwell Brown

For bringing clocks back to life and awesome and innovative ways. They are mesmerising to look at and make a great gift for a new home and the man who has everything.

Wolf 1834

For creating the most awesome jewellery boxes for the home and for travel. Especially for gifting for friends who are on the go and are looking for a stylish and organised way to store their jewellery and watches.


For providing the best and most authentic personal wellness gifts, I love that I can recreate my favourite pampering experiences in the home from massage to manicures.


For always finding me the best quirky and unique gifts for friends and family. Especially when it comes to Secret Santa at Christmas time - this site is always a winner!

July 2017