Not Socks Again

Gifts with a Difference!


Upcoming Trends for 2019

Helen Turner

It’s the time of year again when the trade shows are in full swing - we love going to them to discover new brands and source exciting new products that we think you’ll love. Each year, experts in the gift industry make their predictions for which trends are going to emerge and these are the big ones for 2019!

  1. British Handmade Goods

    We’re so happy to see this trend appearing this year, as we love to champion local makers here at Not Socks Again. We’re really proud to stock so many products that are designed here in South Wales and we always look to buy from other small businesses in the UK whenever we can.

  2. Mindfulness and Wellbeing

    Self care has been discussed more and more in recent years, especially as we seem to be living with more uncertainty which can take a toll on our mental health. One of our favourite products that we stock in this category are I Can Cards - positive affirmation cards covering a range of topics such as self love, depression and anxiety. They were a complete sell out just before Christmas and we’re looking forward to stocking up on them ready for our reopening. We’ll also be introducing the new I Can Children’s Cards to our product range.

  3. Personalisation

    This seems to be a trend that is here to stay as the personalised gifts market just keeps growing and growing! We’ve got some exciting plans in the pipeline in this area so watch this space!!

  4. Sustainability

    The UK continues to be determined to do the right thing in terms of environmental issues and this is leading to an increased demand for reusable and repurposed products. We have a great range of reusable mugs, water bottles and shopping bags, including Shop Penarth products.

    For more details on the Shop Penarth scheme, visit

It also looks like some of last year’s trends are sticking around this year - cactus, tropical and panda designs seem here to stay for now!

We can’t wait to launch all of our new product lines for Spring/Summer 2019 - check them out online and in store from late February.