We have been carrying out a bit of research about novelty gifts. We are not going to claim that our study is in anyway scientifically robust, or, indeed, especially unbiased. But we have found a trend that seems to suggest that more people are looking for gifts that are original yet poignant. Apparently, and this was actually reported in a newspaper, novelty gifts are the height of 21st century chic – and nostalgic sweets hit the nail on the head.
Why chose retro sweets for novelty gifts?
Everyone has their favourite retro sweets. From Penny Chews to Wham Bars, Sherbet Pips to Sherbet Fountains, Humbugs to Kola Kubes and Liquorice Comforts to Aniseed Twists, just a mention of a wide range of these old-fashioned sweets brings a huge grin to the face of pretty much anyone.
It’s that look that we have seen so many times… the one that says “scrumptilicious corner sweet shop memories” and “delicious after-school days”. We all have our “quarter of” stories and we all recall the prices back then of our favourite sweets. So it’s no wonder that retro sweets and their nostalgic connotations are a growing trend for buys of brilliant novelty gifts.
A case study in brilliant novelty gifts
Janey, of Glasgow, hit the jackpot in novelty gifts when she surprised her dad on his 66th birthday with a Loadsa Lovely Liquorice Hamper. Dad Jim has a minor addiction to Liquorice Allsorts and expects that a dutiful relative will buy him a box of his favourite sweets each birthday and Christmas. But he was quite overwhlemd to be sent a Quarter of Hamper of Loadsa Lovely Liquorice.
Janey said: “Dad isn’t normally one for emotional moments but you should have heard him when he opened the Luscious Liquorice Assortment. He seemed stunned and amazed that all his favourite boyhood liquorice sweets, like liquorice comforts, liquorice cuttings, Pontefract cakes, Mighty Imps and so many more were included. I can defintiely say it was the best present he’d received for years and is certainly a brilliant idea if you’re looking for unique, and poignant, novelty gifts for friends or family.”
What to choose for your novelty gifts
Of course, with more than 650 old-fashioned sweets to choose from we’re a one-stop chop of retro sweet novelty gifts. But how will you choose the perfect novelty present for your nearest or dearest? Ideally, you’ll choose according to the sweets and flavours they most like.
You might need to do a little retro sweet investigation. Here’s a suggestion:
“Mum, can you rmemember when we used to be able to buy hunners of sweeties for our 10p pocket money?”
“Oh yes, dear.”
“And I always bought Fruit Salads and Black Jacks because you got two for a penny.”
“Oh, I do. Yes, I remember…” Then wait a moment as mum floats off into a retro sweets dream. “Gosh, I’ve not had Fruit Salads for years,” she might say. “And those Flying Saucers and Palma Violets…”
See, now you’re on track to giving her the bestest of novelty gifts that you can.
Novelty gifts: You really can’t fail
If in doubt, however, just go for one of our bumper assortment boxes or hampers. These include dozens of delicious nostalgia-prompting chews, boilings and fizzes. If you haven’t yet checked out our Whopping Retro Sweet Hamper then do so as it’ll give you a host of great ideas. The bit we love is that this is one of those novelty gifts with real weighty relevance. It weighs as much as a cocker spaniel (15kgs), comes with a retro comic and will keep your loved one in nostalgic sweets for weeks or maybe months!
Then there’s our Decades Delights Boxes with sweets from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. To buy the perfect present simply work out the year that they were born and choose accordingly.
And remember that you don’t need to be over the age of 30 to enjoy novelty gifts that include a pile of retro sweeties.