Gift Shop Plus Summer 2024
From the Editor: Making an Impact By Carly McFadden

Carly McFadden headshotIn what feels like the blink of an eye, trade show season is once again upon us.

I am positively elated that, as I write this ahead of press time, I will soon be hopping on a plane and attending some of the top buying destinations for retailers. I’m also excited to share that a new face joins the magazine staff on the trade show floors this summer: Ellen Wagner, the new managing editor of Gift Shop® Plus and Stationery Trends. Ellen is an excellent editor and eager to meet the industry. If you see us perusing the markets, please say hello.

This summer edition of Gift Shop® Plus is curated to be a source of inspiration as you stroll through this season’s booths and showrooms. We feature new-to-market product debuts on page 94. If you’re buying for the upcoming holidays, take a look at our Holiday Ornaments showcase on page 24 and our Holiday Entertaining, Tabletop & Gifting feature starting on page 74.

For those looking beyond the holidays and into 2025, consider referring to our Living Alfresco Trend Report (page 29), our Apparel & Accessories feature (page 66) and our Products with Purpose article (page 88) — just to preview a few.


The gift industry loves to celebrate — and we’re right there with you! Gift Shop® Plus has opened nominations for the 2025 Spotlight Awards, which showcases 12 individuals who are making an impact on our industry with exemplary leadership, vision and innovation. This group is composed of retailers, manufacturers, designers, sales managers and executives.

We honored our dozen 2024 Spotlight Awards winners at Atlanta Market in January with a breakfast ceremony that drew nearly 70 excited (and hungry) attendees looking to cheer on their peers who are making a difference. We’re accepting nominations through Aug. 23 at

Ultimately, I encourage you to seize the opportunities to make your impact. I cannot wait to visit with you all in the coming weeks as market season unfolds. Keep your eye on our socials and website as we identify the hottest trends, reunite with industry friends and, per usual, have a ball.

Until next time,

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Carly McFadden

Carly McFadden is the editorial director of Gift Shop Plus, Stationery Trends and Lawn & Garden Retailer.

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