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Publishers on GOTY 2023 shortlist

Check out finalists at Spring Fair with winners announced at The Gift Awards in May

 

At least 17 greetings, wrap and stationery folk have just received great news – they’ve made the shortlist for the Gift Of The Year 2023 Awards!

The announcement came yesterday, 4 January, when awards organisers The Giftware Association revealed all the finalists in the 19 categories, with extras in some due to demand from the online judging panel of over 100 retail experts.

Above: All GOTY finalists will be on display at Spring Fair
Above: All GOTY finalists will be on display at Spring Fair

The full shortlist is available here – in the Cards, Wraps & Stationery category, 15 products made the cut from 14 companies, with a further three from the industry appearing under other headings:

Cards, Wraps & Stationery shortlist

Acid Drops cards from Wendy Jones-Blackett

Boxed Sterling Silver Jewellery cards from Crumble & Core

Dinkies cards from Paper Salad

Eco Plantable Seed Paper Calendar from Little Green Paper Shop

Eco Plantable Seed Paper Crackers from Little Green Paper Shop

Fabulously Flat Paper Pens from If

Happy Birthday In A Matchbox, World Is Your Oyster Range from Marvling Bros

Just to Say… candles from Cotton & Grey

Miniature World pop-up cards from Alljoy Designs

My Magical Journal from Essential Choice

Nebula gift wrap from Wendy Bell Designs

Painting With Words cards from Nicole Elders

Punderful Fun cards from Citrus Bunn

Vent Refillable & Recycled Weekly Planners from Vent For Change

Wildlife Botanical Wiro-bound notebook organisers from Lola Design

Above: Cards, Wraps & Stationery finalists Alljoy Design, Citrus Bunn, Cotton & Grey, Crumble & Core and Essential Choice
Above: Cards, Wraps & Stationery finalists Alljoy Design, Citrus Bunn, Cotton & Grey, Crumble & Core and Essential Choice

Other greeting card industry finalists include:

Filthy Gorgeous Box Sets from Go La La! in Beauty, Bath & Spa

Peter Rabbit pop-up card collection from Cardology in Branded Gift

Belly Button Ceramic Mugs from Belly Button Designs in Contemporary Gift

Boxed mugs from Belly Button Designs in Contemporary Gift

Funny Smells from Go La La! in Home Fragrance

All the finalists will be on display at Spring Fair, which runs over 5-8 February at Birmingham’s NEC, where the next round of judging will take place, before the winners are revealed at The Gift Awards, in partnership with Max Publishing’s The Greats Gift Retailer Awards, on Thursday, 11 May, at London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel, where the GOTY Judges’ Choice overall winner will also be announced.

Above: Cards, Wraps & Stationery finalists If, Little Green Paper Shop with two products, Lola Design and Marvling Bros
Above: Cards, Wraps & Stationery finalists If, Little Green Paper Shop with two products, Lola Design and Marvling Bros

Chris Workman, marketing and pr manager for The GA, said that, despite the challenges faced globally, the creative industry has shown no signs of slowing down, and this year’s competition is the biggest yet.

With an incredible amount of innovation and creativity on display, the judges had a tough time choosing their favourites for the first round of judging, which took place online throughout December, and the new system saw “some standout products receive record votes in each category”, he said.

Above: Cards, Wraps & Stationery finalists Nicole Elder, Paper Salad, Vent For Change, Wendy Bell Designs and Wendy Jones-Blackett
Above: Cards, Wraps & Stationery finalists Nicole Elder, Paper Salad, Vent For Change, Wendy Bell Designs and Wendy Jones-Blackett

Chris added: “This year has been a fantastic year for us, as we have grown the competition, attracted brand-new companies to the awards and refined our categories. The consensus is that it was the hardest to judge to date because of the amount of quality on display.

“Some of the products that have been entered are very exciting and we can’t wait to showcase this year’s shortlist at Spring Fair and celebrate the incredible entries in this year’s awards competition.”

Top: The GA has unveiled the Gift Of The Year 2023 shortlist

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