Find Your 2020 Calendars from these Top Publishers
Have you stocked up on 2020 calendars?
With the Autumn shows just a few weeks away you might not even want to think about the new year, but, scary as it might seem, it might be worth thinking about calendars very soon.
The sheer variety of designs in the market (including many licensed designs and pop-culture based themes) means that Autumn is a great time for retailers to stock up on calendars.
By holding off on ordering your 2020 calendars you can ensure you’re on top of all the latest cultural & consumer trends when choosing the designs you will stock.
August-September is, therefore, an ideal time to explore the world of calendar designs.
Consumers are Looking for Calendars Earlier
By taking a quick look at the Google Trends report for the search term “2020 calendar” (see below) we can see that interest in this product is on the increase.
A look at how the term “calendar” does in the search results since 2004 (see below) gives us a little more context.
Showing us when consumers are most interested in purchasing calendars.
As you can see from the graph consumer interest in calendars has a high point every year.
Between 2004 and 2013 this peak in interest came in December each year. The exception to this rule was 2010-11 when shoppers were a little late, with most wanting calendars in January.
In 2014 however, the results change. For the last 5 years interest for calendars has peaked in November.
This means that retailers selling 2020 calendars should consider ordering stock now for marketing campaigns through November and December.
With this in mind, I wanted to share some of the best calendar publishers (listed below in alphabetical order).
Whether you’re looking for licensed calendars or artistic calendar designs; a funny desk calendar or a cute wall calendar these publishing companies can help you find a unique offering for your customers.
A Countdown on the Best Calendar Publishing Companies
Founded in 1949, ABRAMS was the first company in the United States to specialise in publishing art and illustrated books. ‘Abrams Noterie’ is the company’s gift and stationery division, which collaborates with carefully selected authors, artists, and brands to make gift-worthy paper goods, including calendars.
Look out for artistic and pop culture designs from Keith Haring to Pokemon.
Andrews McMeel is the partnership of Jim Andrews and John McMeel, who share a passion for publishing original talent and delighting their readers with innovative books and gifts worth sharing. Their calendar collection has a wide variety of designs from The Good Advice Cupcake to a wall calendar of Johanna Basford’s hugely popular, colour-In designs.
Look out for their collection of Day to Day boxed calendars.
Avonside Publishing specialise in a variety of premium quality calendars from everyone’s favourite dog breed and animal calendars to our unique one-off designs. They are the first company to offer an extensive range of individual dog breed calendars with over 120 breeds to choose from in the current collection.
Look out for their 2020 Teddy Bears calendar.
BrownTrout is at the forefront of the UK’s calendar publishers with a staggering collection of over 1,000 titles. If you’re keen to find a specialist calendar, Browntrout are sure to have a solution.
Look out for their Science, Nature and History calendars, which offer some inspiring designs for kids.
Carousel Calendars was formed when the Otter House Group combined with Jarrolds Calendars and Infocado to create one of the industry’s strongest collections of licensed and generic calendar titles. Their aim is to create an unbeatable range of calendars for the UK retail sector. With over 500 calendars and diaries amongst the current collection (and more added each year), they have a wide selection of designs to suit every taste.
Look out for family designs by Emma Bridgewater and licensed ranges such as the Where’s Wally 2020 calendar.
Danilo is a family-run company that has been operating for over 40 years, publishing greetings cards, gift wrap, calendars and diaries. Their range includes a variety of official titles from Marvel, Sherlock and the Great British Bake Off.
Look out for 2020 calendars from Disney, Harry Potter and Star Wars; including deluxe calendar and diary gift box sets.
Based just outside Nottingham City Centre, Emma Ball was founded in 2001 with a range of limited edition prints. Since then, the company has grown and now delivers gifts, stationery, homewares and textiles to retailers worldwide. Their collection of 2020 calendars combine bright colours and nature, captured in Emma’s distinct illustrations.
Look out for calendars dedicated to the counties of England.
English Graphics is a luxury greeting and stationery brand based in the New Forest. They print, design and hand glitter (with biodegradable eco-glitter) their collection of greeting cards, stationery and calendars. Each of the 2020 calendar collection features a hand-glittered cover, for an extra touch of sparkle.
Look out for the 2020 Dogs calendar.
Flame Tree Publishing is an independent publisher of books, calendars and stationery items, based in Fulham, London. With a number of license arrangements with museums, galleries such as the Tate and the V&A, Flame Tree Publishing has a calendar collection that focuses on art, music, lifestyle and fiction.
Look out for the Alice in Wonderland 2020 Wall Calendar featuring iconic scenes for Lewis Carroll’s novel. Also the 2020 Moomin Wall calendar, which has 12 illustrations of the much-loved characters of Moominvalley.
For four decades, Graphique de France has developed their passion for creating beautiful collections of stationery, gifts and homewares. The result is a forward-thinking and dynamic range, which combines fashion and function.
Look out for the 2020 Chalkboard Quotes and Life is Sweet wall calendars.
Established in 2009 Orange Circle Studio is a boutique publisher of artistically designed calendars and planners. Recognised for its collaborations with up and coming illustrators, their collection favours fresh, engaging products that are eco-friendly.
Look out for their Pocket Plus and Studio Redux calendar designs.
Pomegranate is a publisher of award-winning books and gift products. With a focus on fine art and illustration, Pomegranate collaborates with individual artists as well as museums, galleries, and libraries across the world. Since 1968, they have been focused on creating a wealth of unique products, from books and calendars to home décor and games for children.
Look out for the Inuit Art mini wall calendar.
Established over 25 years ago and based in Bath, Portico is an independent publisher of quality design-led stationery, gifts, calendars & greeting cards. Their collection includes both ‘in-house’ original designs and licensed brands. Their current collection includes a variety of titles from designers such as Caroline Gardner and Alice Scott to popular licensed designs including Simon’s Cat and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Look out for 2020 calendars from Edward Monkton and David Olenick.
Sellers Publishing is a New England-based publisher who focuses on all of the joys of life’s milestones and moments. Since 1993, they have aimed to create products that celebrate a life well-lived. Today Sellers Publishing has a wide collection including calendars, greeting cards, books, and stationery.
Look out for their collection of Daily Boxed Calendars for 2020, which have excellent gift potential.
Based in Bath, The Gifted Stationery Company is a fast-growing business creating a wide range of popular stationery. Currently producing over 500 new products every year, their range incorporates gift stationery, calendars and diaries.
Look out for their range of 2020 Home Organiser Calendars.
Working with some of the world’s leading cultural institutions and best-selling authors, Universe Publishing offers a wide variety of art, entertainment, sports and children’s calendars in Wall, Engagement, and Day-to-Day formats.
Look out for their Day to Day collection of boxed calendars for 2020.