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Industry Magazines You Need to Know

On this page you’ll find a list of trade magazines for the greetings & giftware industires; as well as magazines which focus on complimentary but distinct industries such as stationery and toys.  These magazines are great resources for learning about the industry, as well as providing useful promotion potential for your card & gift business. 

Progressive Greetings Worldwide

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Progressive Greetings Worldwide has aimed to be the eyes and ears of the greeting card industry for more than 26 years. Created by a team (led by Editor, Jakki Brown) with over 85 years industry experience between them, they are passionate about the greetings card sector, and ensuring the magazine is at the forefront of every development.  Published monthly, Progressive Greetings delivers a mix of news, retailer insights, industry issue articles, trendspotting pieces, & great columnists.  The magazine boasts subscribers in over 40 different countries, as well as a strong readership from retail buyers from right across the retail spectrum.

Progressive Gifts & Home

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Progressive Gifts & Home is a trade bible for everyone who is interested in the world of gifts. From suppliers, manufacturers and wholesalers to independent high street retailers, multiples, supermarkets and niche retail sectors – Progressive Gifts & Home is a go-to magazine for the giftware and homeware sector. Published 7 times a year, Progressive Gifts & Home delivers up to date, insightful news, in-depth, thought provoking features, and a wealth of new product information.

Greetings Today

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Greetings Today is one of the UK’s widest-read magazines focusing on the greetings trade.  The print version of Greetings Today is published 11 times a year and well in advance of all the major trade shows, so it can provide the latest information on new product releases and industry news.  Greetings Today is sent out to more than 6,000 subscribers; comprising independents, high street stores and multiples buyers.  Amongst its readership you will also find more than 1,000 Cardgains members, as well as publishers and suppliers to the greetings industry.

Gift Focus

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Gift Focus magazine is a UK-based, bi-monthly publication for the giftware industry. Distributed to independent retailers, high street multiples, department stores, garden centres, heritage outlets and all other gift stockists. Each issue contains detailed information on influential trade shows and reviews hundreds of new or innovative products, enabling retailers to make informed and profitable buying decisions.

Stationery Matters

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Stationery Matters is a UK-based news and opinion service aimed at professionals working in the paper and writing instruments industry. The magazine’s editorial aims to speak directly to a wide community of manufacturers, retailers, suppliers, distributor, publishers and licensing companies. The magazine is created by a team that has worked in the stationery industry for several years as part of Stationery Show London and National Stationery Week.

Independent Retailer

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Independent Retailer is a trade publication for independent retail store owners. Dedicated to business professionals who manage or own a brick & mortar retail establishment as well as to those with an online store, each monthly issue of Independent Retailer offers expert advice on wholesale buying and selling. Offerings from America’s leading importers and manufacturers are showcased in dozens of product categories, and buyers across the country use each issue as their supplier resource of choice. Each month, Independent Retailer delivers in-depth news and feature stories targeted to everyday business needs like new products, merchandise and technology trends, marketing, management and much more. 

Professional Jeweller

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Professional Jeweller aims to be a one-stop source for breaking news, comment, trading insight and buying inspiration, serving the multi-billion pound British jewellery and watch industry. The monthly magazine and associated website provide global jewellery and watch trends; expert business advice from retailers, wholesalers and designers; facts and figures on the state of the industry; and a forum in which all opinions can be aired and heard. With a UK focus but a global outlook, Professional Jeweller reaches out to forge connections across the world.

Licensing Sourcebook Europe

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The Licensing Source Book collection includes
  • The Licensing Source Book Europe – published in the Spring (January).
  • The Licensing Source Book Europe – Summer (June, for Licensing Expo in Las Vegas).
  • The Licensing Source Book Europe – Autumn (September).
  • Additionally, The Art and Design Licensing Source Book is (April).
The Licensing Source Book titles are high circulation publications that cover the entire licensing industry.

Total Brand Licensing

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Total Licensing was founded in 2003 by professionals with over 40 combined years of experience in the licensing industry. The team at Total Licensing front worldwide publications; maintaining a presence at every relevant trade show. Currently, they distribute Total Licensing publications in North America, Europe, Asia, Australasia and Latin America. Total Licensing’s magazines are published in both digital and print formats, with a readership of well over 80,000 individuals in 107 countries.

Progressive Housewares

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Progressive Housewares is the trade bible for everyone who is anyone in housewares. Independent cookshops and housewares retailers, multiples, department stores, supermarkets, multi-channel retailers, suppliers, manufacturers, designers, and sales agents. The magazine focuses on a comprehensive look at housewares news. The team covers everything from hard-hitting issues to uplifting human-interest stories and inspiring initiatives. Progressive Housewares has a carefully targeted circulation of 3,500. This includes virtually every independent cookshop in the UK, as well as the Cookware and Housewares buyers from multiples, varietal chains, supermarkets, garden centres and department stores.

Progressive Party Europe

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Progressive Party Europe is the only trade magazine outside North America to cover the party and costume trade. Published 6 times per year, it is a central voice of the industry and is edited by a team with over 50 years experience in the party products world. The focus of the magazine is based on delivering information and keeping readers up to date with important topics from the industry. New products for retailers and wider industry news and comment for suppliers and distributors. Progressive Party Europe is distributed to over 6,000 retailers, suppliers, distributors, and wholesalers across 26 countries from the UK to Europe, as well as key contacts in the United States.  The magazine is published in print and digital formats. 

Progressive Preschool

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Progressive Preschool magazine is a unique trade press publication. As the only cross-category trade publication covering the preschool sector, Progressive Preschool Magazine has a circulation of 8,744 in print, plus a further 12,086 in digital format. The magazine is edited by a team with decades of industry experience across toy, nursery, gift, apparel, licensing and more. Their combined industry knowledge is used to keep the industry up to date on important topics while offering unique promotion opportunities to its readership. 


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ToyNews is a market-leading toy industry magazine and website edited by Robert Hutchins. The ToyNews magazine serves the toy trade – licensing, marketing, distribution, retail, toy wholesale, inventors and more, with a focus on editorial quality. Covering both the UK and international toy markets, the magazine is the UK’s most-read monthly toy trade publication. The ToyNews magazine is available in print and digital editions, reaching over 71,000 retail, toy and licensing business readers every month.

Toys ‘n’ Playthings

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Toys ‘n’ Playthings is a monthly trade magazine, which features, news and insights from across the toy industry. With a circulation of over 4,000 readers, Toys ‘n’ Playthings magazine is seen by suppliers, manufacturers and retailers at every stage of the toy world. 

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