winter gift show preview
The country's top upcoming gift shows have plenty on tap for your business.

by Kelsey E. Smith


The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market®

Jan. 9-16
(Temporaries Jan. 11-15)
(800) ATL-MART (285-6278)
Permanent showrooms: more than 1,400
Temporary exhibitors: more than 2,500
Highlights: Complementing an extensive array of product selections, including temporary exhibits across more than 30 product categories, this market edition boasts more than 80 events and opportunities for networking and education. “Customize Home Décor with Ribbons and Flowers Year-Round,” presented by Lion Ribbon Company, and “Holiday Splendor: Decorating for Entertaining,” presented by Sage & Co., are among the educational seminars. The market also includes celebrity speakers such as Kathryn M. Ireland of Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators, who will present “Timeless Interiors” based on her new book of the same name, and David Bromstad, host of HGTV’s Color Splash, who will discuss his ideas for adding color to any room. Patricia Norins, publisher/CEO of Pinnacle Publishing Group, Inc., which publishes GIFT SHOP Magazine, will share “50+ Low-Cost Marketing Ideas to Boost Your Bottom Line.”
The January edition of this market continues as the touchstone market for the Holiday & Floral/Home Décor center, which encompasses five floors where manufacturers and designers launch innovative ideas and new lines and products. The Artisan Showcase offers a platform for retailers to see the old-world craftsmanship in holiday products. See ad on Page 55.


The Chicago Market
Jan. 17-22
(Temporaries and Beckman’s Handcrafted Show Jan. 19-22)
The Merchandise Mart
(800) 677-MART (6278)
Permanent showrooms: 100
Temporary exhibitors: approx. 450
Highlights: The Chicago Market will once again welcome the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD), with several of the institute’s members offering floral design seminars, business and trend reports, and events on how to market your business. New and expanded categories will join the market’s temporary floor, including Boutique, a curated collection of products with unique style, savvy design and inspired points of view. Beckman’s Handcrafted Show (, featuring an extensive array of distinctive artisan products, will take place within this market and is joined by an expansion of global handmade and a new emerging artists section. Free trolley service is available to and from all host hotels.


Total Home & Gift Market
Jan. 16-22
(This market includes Dallas Temp Show featuring FINDS Jan. 18-21 and Dallas Holiday & Home Expo Jan. 16-22)
Dallas Market Center
(800) DAL-MKTS (325-6587)
Permanent showrooms: more than 2,000
Temporary exhibitors: approx. 1,000
Highlights: John Gidding, host of HGTV’s Curb Appeal: The Block, is among this market’s headliners. He will speak about “The Role of Accessories in Curb Appeal” and will present at the 24th Annual ARTS Awards gala, the premier awards program for the home industry, on Saturday, Jan. 19.
The Design Stage in the World Trade Center Hall of Nations will feature floral and Christmas product demonstrations by J Schwanke, aifd, aaf, pfci; Corey Harbour, aifd, pfci; Sandy Schroeck, aifd, pfci; and others. Topics will include “Christmas Tree Decorating Tips,” “Rustic Luxury Christmas,” “Holiday Designs in Glass” and “Extreme Giftwrap Makeovers.”
Retail author, consultant and speaker Rick Segel will present a daylong “Boot Camp for Successful Retailers” on Wednesday, Jan. 16, covering breakthrough marketing, visual merchandising, financials, salesmanship and technology. Three packages are available, starting at $99. For more information, contact Rick Segel & Associates at or go online to
On tap for the Holiday & Home Expo is a “Jingle Mingle” party on Thursday, Jan. 17, in the D15 Lounge, located on top of the World Trade Center. All buyers, manufacturers, showrooms and sales reps in the Christmas industry on the Dallas campus are invited to this festive evening event.

las vegas

Gift + Home at Las Vegas Market

Jan. 28-Feb. 1
World Market Center Las Vegas
(888) 416-8600
Permanent showrooms/Temporary exhibitors: more than 800 combined
Highlights: Gift + Home at Las Vegas Market will offer “more on every level” this winter, with new and expanded showrooms, a new collection of high-end home décor suppliers and the strategic reorganization of the market’s temporary exhibits into 10 themed product sections. Business-building seminars will address in-store marketing, display and merchandising, social media, and mobile marketing while design-related seminars will explore the use of color and accessories to freshen interiors.
A first-of-its-kind Gift + Home CEO Summit will take place Jan. 31-Feb. 1 alongside this market. The summit will offer keynote addresses by Claire Shipman, best-selling author and senior contributor for ABC News; Jon Huntsman Jr., former ambassador to China; and Robert Reich, one of the world’s leading economists, as well as panel discussions and other topical presentations designed for executives in the gift-and-home industry. See ad on Page 87.

los angeles

CMC Gift & Home Market
Jan. 22-29
(featuring VIEW temporary gift & home tradeshow Jan. 24-27)
California Market Center
(800) 225-MART (6278)
Permanent showrooms/Temporary exhibitors: undetermined at press time
Highlights: The CMC recently became industry partners and members of the Gift & Home Trade Association (GHTA), Accessories Resource Team (ART) and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), furthering its mission to expand the Gift & Home showcase and cement the CMC’s position as the premier destination for fashion and lifestyle design industries on the West Coast. VIEW, a juried showcase of temporary exhibitors, will debut during the winter edition of this market and will be featured at the California Market Center every January and July. VIEW will bridge the gap between fashion, kids, and gift and home, offering even more resources in the CMC’s loft-style penthouse, adjacent to the premier showrooms hosting the CMC Gift & Home Market.

 L.A. Mart Gift + Home Market
Jan. 23-28
L.A. Mart Gift & Home Center
(800) LAMART4 (526-2784)
Permanent showrooms: more than 100
Highlights: Showroom expansions, new product launches, and educational and social events combine in this market. Industry veteran Cinda Baxter will present The 3/50 Project, with a reception to follow, in which all proceeds go to Gift for Life, on Thursday, Jan. 24, and “Late Night Shopping” is available in all showrooms until 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25. Sixty-five artists and live bands will come together for an evening of networking and introducing painting lovers to new works during a special market party, MAS: ATTACK, on Saturday, Jan. 26.
The L.A. Mart and Urban Expositions, owners of the California Gift Show, are partnering to make buyers’ market experience as accommodating as possible, with shared amenities including a single badge and one directory for both shows as well as complimentary shuttle service between the L.A. Mart and the Los Angeles Convention Center.

California Gift Show
Jan. 25-28
Los Angeles Convention Center
(678) 285-EXPO (3976)
Temporary exhibitors: undetermined at press time
Highlights: Now under Urban Expositions management, the winter edition of the California Gift Show will feature an expanded exhibitor base, including two new product categories tailored to the Southern California lifestyle—Boardwalk and Outdoor Living. A new “Launching Pad” product preview area will offer a preview of introductions and best-selling designs on the show floor. And special “Green By Design” and “Handcrafted” resource lists will be featured on the show’s website and in the official show directory to help retailers quickly locate the many eco-friendly and handmade products they’ll find. Free seminars will include presentations on marketing and selling “Made in America” products, social media marketing strategies, innovative and effective visual merchandising, buying strategies and inventory management, and more.
The California Gift Show will offer several joint opportunities under its partnership with the permanent showrooms at the LA. Mart. In addition to an unprecedented collection of leading lines and resources, each location will honor the other location’s admission badges, and complimentary shuttle service will run between the Los Angeles Convention Center and the L.A. Mart.

new york city

New York International Gift Fair

Jan. 26-30
Jacob K. Javits Center and Passenger Ship Terminal Piers 92 and 94
(800) 272-SHOW (7469)
Temporary exhibitors: approx. 2,800
Highlights: More than 40 educational sessions, special events, displays and product awards will be offered for attendees and exhibitors during this gift fair. Seminars will cover topics such as design and color trends; social media; sustainability; and retail strategies such as merchandising, marketing and in-store events. Education begins in advance of the market, however, with a free “NYIGF Orientation” webinar on Thursday, Jan. 10, at 2 p.m. ET.
There will be increased numbers of new handmade and gourmet housewares resources at this edition of the market—the last before NYIGF’s “Focus Forward 2013” strategic reorganization debuts in summer 2013, with the introduction of four comprehensive market collections: Home, Craft, Lifestyle and New.
Special events include Gift for Life’s 21st Anniversary “Party for Life” fundraiser on Sunday, Jan. 27, and NYIGF’s “Night on Broadway,” featuring specially priced tickets for two-time Tony Award winning musical Newsies, on Monday, Jan. 28.
The second semiannual edition of Artisan Resource, which launched last summer, will showcase a curated collection of overseas artisan enterprises offering handmade products from more than 20 countries. Complimentary shuttle service is available between market venues and participating hotels. See ad on Page 92.

7 W New York Gift & Home Textiles Market Week
 Jan. 26-31
(212) 279-6063
Permanent showrooms: more than 100
Highlights: Information not available at press time.

san francisco

San Francisco International Gift Fair
Feb. 16-19
Moscone Center
(678) 285-EXPO (3976)
Temporary exhibitors: more than 650
Highlights: Business-building educational programs will help attendees gain a competitive edge. Technology-driven topics include “Social Media Marketing: Turning Posts into Profits” and “Shopping Isn’t What It Used To Be: New Consumer Tools Require New Selling Rules,” both presented by Lynn Switanowski-Barrett, founder and president of Creative Business Consulting Group (CBCG). In addition, Caroline Kennedy, editor in chief of Gifts & Decorative Accessories, will present “Directions 2013,” offering a firsthand look at what’s on tap for the year ahead in gifts and homewares. Significant expansions in key categories also offer reasons to attend this gift fair. ■

Information is subject to change. Visit the gift shows’ websites for further details. Look for complete listings of gift shows as well as national, international, regional and state floral conventions in our online Sourcebook at

Contact Kelsey Smith at or (800) 367-4708.


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