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10 year anniversary captures our interest

Released 9th February 2017

We all love a birthday celebration and the great family stories created around birthdays are always worth remembering … and one company who has been helping everyone capture their own life stories is now celebrating a big birthday.

from you to me, based in Bradford on Avon in the south-west of England, are 10 years old this month and they have spent the last 3653 days creating award-winning gifts to help everyone, from the young to the not so young, capture cherished moments and memories, gifting a sentimental legacy for the future.

Neil Coxon, founder of the company, was caring for his ill father when it struck him that there was so much that had been left unsaid and undiscovered about his father’s life. A keen public interest in family history was evident with the success of genealogy websites & the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are programme. However,

Neil recognised that it is less easy to find interesting facts and stories about the names featured on your family tree.

He, and his partner Helen, set about creating a business that believes in inspiring and bringing people together by making it easy for them to capture and share their own real and amazing life stories from every step of life’s journey. From falling in love, to pregnancy, to exploring childhood holidays or schooling. From being a parent, grandparent, sibling or just celebrating a special family event, the from you to me range has it covered.

Neil said “I really can’t believe how time flies, it seems like only yesterday we produced our first journal, but with so much that has happened it is hard to remember it all. I should have used a journal to capture our own story! What I do know though, is that our success has been due to the fantastic team we have, wonderful products and amazing loyal customers and we are delighted to recognise this as we celebrate our tenth birthday.”

“It’s great to celebrate a milestone,” said Helen, who is known by the team as Creative Design Super Hero, “and I am extremely excited about the future. We have some really wonderful and innovative products planned for launch over the next couple of years, and to borrow a phrase from my old corporate employer – the future is extremely bright.”

The Company has now created over 100 journals in English and other languages which are available around the World, and last year sold its 1 millionth copy. Laid end to end these would now reach from Land’s End to John O’Groats …

Some of the questions in the from you to me journals take you on a real journey, so how would you answer some of these?

• What was the first piece of music you bought?

• What is the biggest change you have seen in your life so far?

• What is your biggest regret – and can you do anything about it?

• What are some of your favourite things?

• If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

• Who has been the biggest role-model in your life?

• What would you most like to do to have fun with someone in the next year?

To celebrate the birthday, from you to me are running a competition on their Facebook page to encourage us to share some of our own great family stories … stories that might not make blockbuster movies or make it to the national newspapers, but ones that to our own families make us smile, laugh and cry.

We all love a good story.

For more information contact: Neil Coxon  


from you to me celebrates 10th anniversary 

26th January 2017

10th anniversary photo Neil and Helen

from you to me, gift publishers of the successful Journals Of A Lifetime range are celebrating their 10th anniversary this February. MD Neil Coxon set up the business in 2007 with partner Helen Stephens.

At the time HR director for a large international company, Neil was inspired to set up from you to me by the realisation that there was so much that had been unsaid and undiscovered about his own father’s life. His father was terminally ill and Neil realised that many of his father’s own life stories might disappear forever, with many of the questions he wanted to ask remaining unanswered. This experience lead Neil to come up with the Dear Dad concept for his own father. Neil and Helen went on to publish Dear Dad and Dear Mum, which sold out fast and led them to publish two further titles Dear Grandma and Dear Grandad.

from you to me have continued to grow steadily over the last 10 years, publishing a wide range of thoughtfully designed gift journals that capture special moments from every step of life bringing people closer and enriching lives. The company firmly believes that capturing memories in handwriting is important for families and receive frequent thanks from consumers, who say that the completed journals are the most important possession they own:

‘To me, this reminder of my Nanna’s life is worth more than any possession. So whoever bought this amazing idea to life, thank you so much.’ 

The company has seen much acclaim for its products and won a wide range of awards for its innovative gifts. The business has gone from strength to strength in 10 years with titles now available around the world and recently seeing the company expand to publish children’s gift books alongside its journals. 

For more information contact: Helen Beesley  


from you to me launches Welcome To The World & You're The Biggest 

19th January 2016

 Welcome To The World & You're The Biggest  

  Gift of the Year 2017 Shortlisted

Welcome To The World & You're The Biggest are two brand new children’s keepsake gift books from from you to me, available now to pre-order and coming into stock in February. The gift publisher first branched out to publish children’s gift books in 2016 to complement their existing parent & baby gift journals, and 2017 sees them grow their range of children’s books with Welcome To The World and You’re The Biggest by Lucy Tapper & Steve Wilson – both of which have been shortlisted in the Occasions category of the 2017 Gift Of The Year awards. 

Welcome To The World is a delightful gift book celebrating the arrival of a new baby, with the story exploring all that is special about our world through the eyes of a charming baby elephant. You’re The Biggest complements this perfectly– a touching gift for an older sibling celebrating their unique role now they are ‘The Biggest’.

These beautiful hardback books are both written and illustrated by award-winning authors Lucy Tapper & Steve Wilson and make wonderful keepsake gifts. In the front of each book there is a lovely illustrated space for the giver to write a personal message. Perfect presents for baby showers or on the arrival of a newborn, these books have been exquisitely designed with Spot UV on the covers to highlight the text and the images so they are sure to stand out on the shelves of any shop.

 For more information contact: Helen Beesley  


from you to me launches Guest Wishes

11th November 2016

Guest Wishes

Guest Wishes is a brand new range of colourful, landscape guest books from from you to me. Best Wishes, Bride To Be and You’re Welcome are the three designs in the range, perfect for capturing messages and thoughts at important celebrations or from visitors at home. Best Wishes is ideal for guests to complete at anniversary, birthday or leaving parties while Bride To Be makes a welcome addition to any engagement party, bridal shower or hen do, and last but by no means least You’re Welcome is the perfect guest book for visitors to complete either at home or in a holiday home.  

For more information contact: Helen Beesley  



from you to me wins local business award

31st October 2016

Neil Coxon receiving BOA Business Award

from you to me were winners of the award for Best Manufacturer / Exporter in their local business awards which were presented at an awards ceremony in October. The Bradford-on-Avon Business Awards took place for the first time in 2016, with the aim of recognising and emphasising the breadth of business that takes place in the small town in Wiltshire, just outside of Bath. Pictured is MD Neil accepting the award from Town Mayor Alsion Craddock.

For more information contact: Helen Beesley 



from you to me launches A to Z of Christmas

30th June 2016

A to Z of Christmas

from you to me are launching a new children’s rhyming book for Christmas in July, which accompanies the recently published A to Z of the United Kingdom, offering two new children’s titles from the from you to me publishing brand.

A to Z of Christmas is a fun and engaging colour illustrated children’s rhyming book featuring four loveable characters, Fox, Owl, Hedgehog and Badger, as they discover the magic of Christmas. These same characters also feature in the accompanying A to Z of the United Kingdom in which they travel around famous sights across the UK learning the alphabet.

In A to Z of Christmas children will love discovering what owl would like for Christmas, icing the cake and seeing if they can find the13 hidden robins. This delightful book makes a lovely Christmas gift and is perfect for reading aloud or for beginnner readers to enjoy by themsleves. A to Z of Christmas includes a chimneys and sleighs board game as well as 4 pop-out decorations with one side full colour and the other side to be coloured in by the child.

 For more information contact: Helen Beesley   


from you to me launches A to Z of the United Kingdom to the book market

1st February 2016

A to Z of UK

from you to me are launching a new children’s rhyming book, the first title under the from you to me publishing brand.

A to Z of the United Kingdom is a fun and engaging colour illustrated children’s rhyming book featuring four loveable characters, Fox, Owl, Hedgehog and Badger, as they travel around famous sights across the UK learning the alphabet.

The book takes children and their parents on a trip to explore sights that make the UK so unique. From taking a trip to Stonehenge, a Punch and Judy show on the beach, to playing at the Royal Albert Hall. This charming book makes a lovely gift and is perfect for reading aloud or for beginner readers to enjoy by themselves. The book also includes a pull-out A to Z of the UK poster which is perfect for decorating a child’s bedroom and to reinforce learning.

For more information contact: Kerri Littlefield    


from you to me writes the next chapter with new brand 'Journals of a Lifetime'

10th November 2015

Journals of a LifetimeAward-winning journal publisher from you to me has invested in a brand review to build on their growing success, and will celebrate the new brand, Journals of a Lifetime, at the Spring Fair on 7-11 February. 

After eight years’ selling award-winning products all over the world, from you to me have conducted research to see how they can build on their success. The results showed that the journals sell best where customers fully understand the meaning and value that the products bring. This led from you to me to consider how they help their trade customers increase their profit selling more journals to the consumer.

The outcome is the launch of a new consumer-friendly brand, Journals of a Lifetime, which best describes the offer and clear benefits to the consumer, plus a new improved website with secure trade area, easy to use ordering, incentives for trade customers, newsletters with advice from industry experts, and new point of sale solutions

Neil Coxon, MD, said: “By talking to our stockists we learned that once their customers understand the value of our journals they are hooked, and sales follow. Our research showed that Journals of a Lifetime is the perfect brand name to describe how our products lead people on a journey of discovery through a lifetime, and the clear benefits to the consumer. As well as investing in this more customer-friendly brand name, and adding made with love, from you to me as the strapline to reinforce from you to me’s strong roots, we have also redesigned our online presence to support and help develop our loyal trade customers.”

from you to me are the publishing company behind Journals of a Lifetime – a collection of award-winning journals to help everyone find a way to capture and share amazing life stories. For parents to record childhood moments, to encourage children to have fun writing their own tales, and for family and friends wishing to capture stories and memories.

For more information contact: Kerri Littlefield    

from you to me launches a new range, Messages For You

10th November 2015

Messages For YouAward-winning gift journal publisher, from you to me are adding a new range, Messages for You, to their Journals of a Lifetime brand at the Spring Fair on 7-11 February 2015. The new range inspires a mother, father, family, colleagues or a bunch of great mates, to create a collection of precious messages to be passed on to a lucky recipient.

Messages For You is a range of message gift books with bound-in envelopes for collecting treasured words and mementos, creating a unique gift for a loved one to enjoy forever. Available in three titles:

  • While You Grow: a gift for any child. Write messages to your child as they are growing up, keep mementos of their childhood – photos, tickets, birthday cards, postcards and more. 
  • While You're Away: for those travelling away, moving on or leaving work. Create this wonderful gift by collecting messages and good wishes to mark the end of an era and the beginning of something new.
  • On Your Special Day: for any special occasion such as a wedding, christening or a big birthday. Invite friends and family to contribute to create this delightful keepsake.

All titles in the range feature a collection of 16 illustrated large bound-in pocket envelopes, each containing a decorative sheet of writing paper, ready for those who care to capture special messages or letters, plenty of space for keepsakes and photographs. Tucked at the back of the book is a set of charming stickers to personalise the cover, for many occasions and recipients.

Creative Director, Helen Stephens said, "My family has used this idea for many years for big birthdays, to the challenge at from you to me has been creating a product which is accessible for many occasions and for everyone. I am delighted with the result and can't wait to see the products on shelves and to hear stories from those who receive one."

For more information contact: Kerri Littlefield  



Spanish rights success for from you to me

1st September 2015

Dear Mum (Spanish)Following commercial success in the UK, US, Canada, Australia and South Africa, from you to me have made foreign translation rights available and have sold their first rights licence to a Barcelona-based publishing company.

Cuentame Tu Vida SL have acquired the licence to translate from you to me products into Spanish and Catalan, for print and distribution in Spain. The translated titles will be available at later in 2015.

from you to me limited are the publishing company behind Journals of a Lifetime – a collection of high quality  journals to help everyone find a way to capture and share their own amazing life story. For parents to record childhood memories, to family and friends wishing to capture stories and memories, the multi award-winning journals are fast sellers with real inherent value, ensuring they sell in high volumes throughout the year.

Neil Coxon, MD, said, “We are thrilled to announce our first foreign language rights partnership with Cuentame Tu Vida. Already they have pre-sold over half of their products before taking delivery of the stock – an encouraging sign for them and other potential partners interested in language rights.” Kim Redling, Managing Partner at Cuentame Tu Vida, said, “It's been a pleasure to work with from you to me to bring this project to life. The journals are now on sale across Spain with a very positive response from retailers.”

from you to me is interested in partnering with foreign publishers to make their books available in local languages throughout the world. They are exhibiting at Top Drawer, 13-15 September (stand J46) and the Spring Fair 7-11 Feb (stand 3J50). They are also taking appointments at the London Book Fair, 12-14 April 2016.

For more information contact: Kerri Littlefield       

Rant & Rave about #MyWildLife with from you to me & the Wildlife Trusts

1st September 2015

My Wild Lifefrom you to me have been exploring new territory to launch a new product in partnership with experts at the Wildlife Trusts. The new title is an addition to the award-winning Get Kids Writing range, Rant & Rave.

As part of the Wildlife Trusts’ #MyWildLife campaign at, Rant & Rave, My Wild Life has been designed to get children and teenagers engaged in nature and the environment, whatever that means to them – riding their bike, walking the dog, camping under the stars, or a nature walk. The activity journal has a fun twist. Two covers allow kids to write, draw and doodle about their wild life, then twist the journal over to rant about how to protect our amazing environment.

Helen Stephens, from you to me’s Creative Director said: “It has been inspiring working with such an amazing charity. We all wanted to create a product that inspires children to leave their electronic devices at home and get outside – their lives are better if they are a little bit wild!”

Retailing at only £9.99 and available at, this is a meaningful gift or self-purchase for any child from 7 years to early teens and fits well alongside other Rant & Rave titles, My School and My Holiday. The range won Gold in the Best Art/Activity category at the Loved by Children Awards 2014.

Briony Baxter, Community Conservation Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust said: “Inspiring young people to engage with and love nature is a vital part of Dorset Wildlife Trust’s work, helping to ensure that subsequent generations want to look after Dorset’s natural environment. The new Rant & Rave, My Wild Life journal could be the spark to encourage youngsters to begin a lifelong passion for nature.”

For more information contact: Kerri Littlefield       

from you to me launches Early Years journal for busy parents 'on the go'

22 April 2015

early years journalsfrom you to me are adding a new title to their award-winning Parent and Child range – Early Years, a wonderful packaged gift set for parents-to-be and new parents.

Early Years is a hand-illustrated journal and companion notebook set, to inspire parents to capture the first precious five years of their child’s life. Available in two delightful woodland designs: pink mouse and blue owl. The journal is filled with prompts to help capture all those delightful moments of childhood – from arrival in the world, first words and steps, key celebrations, to first day at school. A 15-page section for each year takes parents on a journey from birth to their child’s fifth birthday, with space for photos and writing about all those precious firsts. The accompanying pocket-sized cute notebook Notes & Quotes is small enough to keep handy for recording precious moments as they happen, even when out and about.

The Journals of a Lifetime Parent & Child range has recently won several prestigious awards: Loved by Parents 2012, Bizziebaby Awards 2012, Shortlisted for Gift of the Year 2015, IPPY Awards 2014 and Practical Parenting & Pregnancy Awards 2013.
Busy parents need all the help they can get to easily capture those gorgeous moments of parenthood. Even when they are out and about, it’s lovely to write down those easy-to-forget little stories, cute moments and funny quotes that make those early years so unique, said Neil Coxon, Managing Director at from you to me, the publisher of Early Years.

For more information contact: Kerri Littlefield       

from you to me Crowned Small Business of the Year at the enterprising Wiltshire awards 2015

24 March 2015

Enterprise Small Business Award

Bradford on Avon based gift publisher from you to me, who publish award-winning Journals of a Lifetime have been crowned Small Business of the Year at the Enterprising Wiltshire Awards 2015. 

Over 200 Wiltshire entrepreneurs enjoyed a gala ceremony at Bowood Hotel on 20th March. The awards, backed by Wiltshire Council and run by the Wiltshire Business Support Service and now in their 3rd year, celebrate business success throughout Wiltshire.

Neil Coxon, managing director and founder of ‘from you to me’, spoke of the team’s joy at the award success: "We are a growing international business but it still means a great deal to be recognised by our local business community. Thank you to Wiltshire Council for backing the awards.”

For more information contact: Kerri Littlefield

 from you to me wins Gold at the Loved by Children Awards

19 November 2014

loved by children awardThis week multi award-winning gift journal publisher from you to me are celebrating more product award success – this time at the Loved by Children Awards 2014 where this year’s best children’s products are honoured.

A panel of children of various ages spent a day putting a shortlist of children’s products through their paces and decided that the From You to Me ranges were worthy of a Gold Award. Rant & Rave and & Me impressed the young judges and the products came top in the Art and Creative Activity category.

from you to me's MD, Neil Coxon said: We’ve already received plenty of positive feedback from our trade customers, but to hear that the young judging panel love our Get Kids Writing products really is the highest accolade. With Christmas sales accelerating, these products are sure to make meaningful, fun and affordable gifts for children.”

The award winning products are part of the Get Kids Writing range.

Rant & Rave will inspire kids to write, draw and doodle about the things they really care about. A unique journal with a fun twist: a double cover that lets you rave about the good bits, then twist the journal over to rant and let off a little steam! This innovative journal, available in My School and My Holiday, will not only create relaxed and enjoyable moments, it will help the child to let their feelings flow and discover their own uniqueness.

& Me is made up of a range of four fun and interactive journals to inspire any parent or grandparent and their child to have a great time getting to know each other better by writing, drawing and doodling in tandem, sharing and learning about each other along the way. Available in Mum & Me and Dad & Me, – and in Grandma & Me and Grandad & Me from April 2015 – this innovative journal will not only create intimate and enjoyable family moments, it will help adult and child share memories, experiences, hopes and fears. Spaces to draw and fun activity prompts make the & Me journals easy to use and ideal for a wide age range.

For more information contact: Kerri Littlefield       

from you to me scoops top international publishing award

8 May 2014

ippy awardThis week multi award-winning gift journal publisher from you to me are celebrating international award success – this time at the Independent Publisher Book Awards 2014 (The IPPYs) where the year’s best independently published titles around the world are honoured. 

Bump to Birthday: Pregnancy & First Year Journal impressed the panel of judges where it was awarded Gold in the Gift category. The award will be presented at a ceremony in New York on 28th May. Jim Barnes, Editor and Awards Director described Bump to Birthday as Original, clever, and beautifully executed.” 

With years of UK success as the leading family memory brand, from you to me has now launched the award-winning products in North America. With the support of UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) the gift publisher has established warehousing and distribution channels in the USA.

The award winner, Bump to Birthday, is a colour illustrated guided memory journal with researched week-by-week information about the growing baby, and prompts which take mum-to-be on a journey through pregnancy and the child’s first year, and enables parents to tell their own remarkable story, capturing unique, unrepeatable moments.

Neil Coxon, CEO said “We have only recently launched our business in the USA and early sales of all our products have been encouraging with this title proving very popular. This recognition gives us great confidence in our investment in this new market. This award will really help to open many more doors and also gives us the confidence to launch the foreign language rights shortly.”

For more information contact: Kerri Littlefield       

 Journals of a Lifetime to help connect adult and child shortlisted for Gift of the Year 2015

27 January 2015

shortlisted gift of the year 2015The UK Giftware Association has just unveiled the shortlists of its prestigious annual Gift of the Year Awards, revealing that from you to me has been shortlisted in the 2015 competition.

One of the Company’s Get Kids Writing range of journals, ‘& Me’ has been selected for the Occasions Award category. The full range can be seen at Journals of a Lifetime.

The ‘& Me’ range – already highly commended at the 2014 Stationery Awards, and Gold winner at the Loved by Children Awards 2014 – offers parents and grandparents the priceless opportunity to share precious time with their child or grandchild to strengthen their connection. These double-ribboned journals inspire them to write and draw in tandem, sharing memories, experiences, stories as well as hopes and fears. A lasting gift offering a wonderful family experience, bringing families closer. 

The popularity of the first titles, Mum & Me and Dad & Me, launched in 2014, has led to the introduction of two further titles, available from February 2015, Grandma & Me and Grandad & Me.

Neil Coxon, MD at from you to me believes that it is the combination of product quality and the huge amount of thought and research that goes into creating the journals with careful prompts and inspiring design which has ensured their place on the list of the nation’s most exciting gifts for 2015:

“We are delighted to have been shortlisted this year, particularly given the competition has been fiercer than ever for these highly coveted awards. These journals create meaningful human connections in today’s digital world - capturing memories, stories and gifting a legacy for generations to come.”

For more information contact: Kerri Littlefield       

Press Coverage

Click the links below to view selected recent press coverage:


Gift Focus Jan/Feb 2017 Editor's Picks

 Family affair in Editor's Picks [Gift Focus Jan/Feb 2017]

Mother's Day range ad in Gift Focus

Gifts for every mum [Gift Focus Jan/Feb 2017]

Dear Mum in Gift Focus Jan/Feb 2017

Dear Mum [Gift Focus Jan/Feb 2017]


BOA Business Awards Winner [Gift Focus Jan/Feb 2017]

Business Awards Winner [Gift Focus Jan/Feb 2017]

The Week December editorial

& Me - Write a diary editorial [The Week December 2016]


The Week Christmas Gift Guide

 & Me - Christmas gift guide [The Weeks December 2016]

The Week December Ad

 Children's titles advert [The Week December 2016]

Dear Me 2017 [Plannerisms, December 2016]


Dear Me 2017 [Plannerisms, December 2016]


 Top of its game Gift Focus Sept/Oct 2016A to Z Range - Top of its game [Gift Focus, September/October 2016]



 Gifts to grow up with Gift Focus Sept/Oct 2016A to Z Range - Gifts to grow up with [Gift Focus, September/October 2016]



 Christmas is coming Gift Focus Sept/Oct 2016A to Z of Christmas - Christmas is coming [Gift Focus, September/October 2016]



Rant and Rave Holiday Gift Focus MayRant and Rave My Holiday [Gift Focus, May/June 2016]  



Messages for you on your special dayMessages For You, On Your Special Day [She's Eclectric Blog, May 2016]




Export in Gift FocusNeil Coxon talks about Export [Gift Focus, April 2016]

 Dear Dad Gift Focus Mar/April 2016Dear Dad [Gift Focus, March/April 2016]



Messages for You While You Grow Giftware ReviewMessages For You, While You Grow [Giftware Review Newsletter, March 2016



 Gift Focus comapnay profileCompany Profile [Gift Focus, Jan/Feb 2016] 



 Gift Focus company profile 2016Company Profile [Gift Focus, Jan/Feb 2016] 



Prima Jan 2016
Messages For You, While You Grow [Prima Magazine, Jan 2016]



Early Years in the Cheltonian

Early Years in the Shopping Guide [Cheltonian Magazine, May 2015]



Messages for You in Gift Focus

Messages For You in the Top Drawer preview [Gift Focus, September 2015]



Early Years in Crummy Mummy

Early Years featured in parenting blog [Crummy Mummy blog, September 2015]



Gift Focus Feb 2015

"Read all about it": Kerri Littlefield at from you to me investigates how gift products are playing a leading role in the book industry [Gift Focus, February 2015]



from you to me wins gold"Industry news": from you to me wins gold [Gift Focus, Febuary 2015]



Love stories celebrate"Celebrate!": Love Stories featured in wedding feature [Gift Focus, February 2015]



brand spanking newGrandma & Me featured in "Brand spanking new" article [Gift Focus, June 2015]



early yearsEarly Years featured in "Baby Gifts" article [Gift Focus, June 2015]