Thousands Peruse Latest Trends at Toronto Gift Fair
The Canadian Gift Association’s Toronto Gift Fair, Canada’s most expansive home and lifestyle gift show, hosted its Fall 2017 market August 13-16 at The International Centre and Toronto Congress Centre. One million square feet became home to more than 750 exhibitors showcasing new trends and innovative products across the housewares, décor, gourmet, giftware, fashion, accessories, and bed, bath and linen categories—drawing more than 10,000 seasoned and savvy buyers in search of the hottest must-have items to hit retails shelves next season.
Among those shoppers: Chantelle Hitchcock, owner of Pizazz! Florals and Balloons in Chatham, Ontario. A longtime gift show attendee, she goes to draw inspiration for visual merchandising and finding new and popular inventory. “There’s something more meaningful about seeing a tangible product rather than looking at a catalogue. It mimics the customer experience,” she said. “I know if I’m drawn to it at the show, my customers will be more interested in my shop!”
A few trends she detected during her recent shopping trip include birch, wooden crates, and natural looking containers. “The ‘country chic’ theme was everywhere!” she said. Lanterns, too, will be big for 2018. “They are beautiful and functional, which is great for gift giving.”
Since 1976, The Canadian Gift Association has been the voice and entrepreneurial spirit of Canada’s $10 billion giftware industry. As a not-for-profit association, CanGift works hard to empower its members to be more competitive and successful by bringing its members together with buyers at its bi-annual trade-only fairs in Toronto, Edmonton, and Montreal.