Football season has started in the UK – soccer for my US friends – and if you are or you have a football fan or two in your life, football memorabilia such as a mug, print, book, is an ideal solution for birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries or “Just Because”. Official football merchandiser, Glamorous Gifts, have a fabulous range of gifts from all the teams in all the Leagues … and I’m chatting to David, founder of Glamorous Gifts, about his business and his love of football. Hi David!
Hi, I’m David and I live in Leyland, Lancashire (unfortunately) with my wife and my two sons, aged 11 and 8.
What inspired the founding of your company, Glamorous Gifts?
I was inspired into setting up Glamorous Gifts as I really wanted to run my own business. I also felt that I hadn’t really used my knowledge in computing that I’d gained at university so it was a chance to put those skills to use in building and maintaining a website. It’s also nice to be self-employed, though I do miss a regular salary and I hardly ever get a day off!
Although you sell a variety of gifts, you are also an approved retailer of Official Licenced Football Club memorabilia. What is currently the most popular type of football memorabilia and/or, dare I ask, the most popular football team?
We do sell a variety of gifts, but our speciality is that we are an approved retailer for Official Licenced Football Club memorabilia. This means that we are one of only a small number of retailers that have products featuring the official club badges and photos. Our mugs are the most popular product and there are many different designs. But we also see that our framed prints are popular as they make such unique presents for the recipient. We have all the top football clubs, though of course the big names such as Manchester United, Liverpool etc are the most sought after.
I’m a Tottenham Hotspur fan, my husband & youngest sons support Ipswich. What’s your favourite football team?
I’m a Liverpool fan, so I’m used to suffering and pain! It was a difficult slog for the most part of the last 30 years until things got much better last year with several trophies. Sadly, this season has seen a return to a more familiar pattern.
Can the football products be customised like your other gifts?
All our personalised football products can be customised. Most can have a name added of course, but we also have many products where the recipient’s name and a chosen number appears on the teams’ shirt alongside the other real players in the dressing room or being held up by the teams’ manager. We also have a large range of non-personalised official merchandise.
Do you cover other sporting memorabilia apart from football?
We have a small range of rugby league clubs merchandise but we are hoping to expand this and other sports in the future.
When deciding gifts to add to your collections, do you select by what has proved popular with other gift outlets, current trends, customer requests, personal preferences or all of those things?
We occasionally add new product designs, based on trends and events, such as when a team has just won a trophy (so no new Liverpool FC products recently sadly!)
As Glamorous Gifts is based in the UK, are your products on the website available to purchase & ship worldwide?
Glamorous Gifts is based in the UK, where all the products are shipped from. At the current time we are not shipping abroad due to brexit uncertainties and delays caused by the current global situation. We will be looking to do this again once things have settled down.
Personal now – what outfits and shoes would you normally be found wearing?
For me personally, I find I’m starting to settle into a typical middle aged fashion sense where I basically live in jeans the whole time and wear something as comfy as possible. No skin-tight clothing for me thank you!
Do you have any favourite shops or online sites?
I typically shop at the likes of Next, Topman, Burton etc
What’s next on your clothes/shoe wish list?
The next thing on my clothes wish list, is probably yet another pair of jeans!
Boots or Shoes?
I wear my trusty brown or black shoes pretty much everywhere, though summer gives me a chance to break out the Converse’s !
Links you would like to share e.g. website/facebook etc so that readers can find out more about Glamorous Gifts
The range of products I’ve mentioned can be seen at: https://glamorous-gifts.co.uk/collections/personalised-football .
All photographs have been published with kind permission of Glamorous Gifts – apart from the Pinterest/Featured Photo which is by Linda Hobden ©