Retailer Excellence Awards & Educational Conference

AUGUST 3, 2021

70th Annual Retailer Excellence Awards

Gifts & Decorative Accessories has been celebrating retail excellence since 1951 with its Retailer Excellence Awards, and the tradition continued with our 2021 digital gala and award ceremony.

During our 70th annual Retailer Excellence Awards, we honored 21 retail nominees and seven retail winners for accomplishing the impossible during a tumultuous year. Attendees witnessed the best of the best in seven categories: Specialty Store, Multiple Locations, Visual Merchandising, Store Events, Store Design, Social Media Outreach and Online Initiatives and Socially Responsible.

In addition, GDA also gave awards to the Manufacturer of the Year and Sales Representative of the Year. As is tradition, a representative from Gift for Life, a charitable organization, announced the winner of its Industry Achievement Award.

Missed the gala? Watch it on-demand here.

Read more about the 21 retail nominees, the finalists for Sales Representative of the Year and the top 10 manufacturers of the year for 2021.

Together We Retail Educational Conference

For the first time ever, Gifts & Decorative Accessories hosted an educational conference, Together We Retail, in conjunction with the awards gala.

With the mission of helping the gift industry to achieve excellence, the virtual educational conference was a half-day event that featured experts on each topic and allowed attendees to ask questions live as well as network with other retailers.

The theme for this year’s conference was “mastering the digital landscape,” and sessions covered such topics as expanding into ecommerce, managing your online reputation, point-of-sale point of views and social media strategy. Although the live conference and networking has now concluded, you may watch the sessions on-demand by clicking here.

Gift for Life

Gifts & Decorative Accessories is partnering with Gift for Life to raise funds for World Central Kitchen.

  • $10 provides one meal
  • $100 provides 10 meals

Please donate what you can to help those in need.


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