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Toronto Gift Fair Delights and Inspires

More than 25,000 buyers, representing Canadian retailers of all sizes, descended on The International Centre and Toronto Congress Centre August 12 through 15 for the Toronto Gift Fair.

As the leading national trade show for giftware, the Toronto Gift Fair offered buyers access to thousands of brand new products in a range of categories, including housewares, home décor, gourmet items, and fashion accessories.

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For more than 25 years, the show has attracted like-minded business professionals interested in networking, celebrating ideas, engaging in new business opportunities, and learning how they can make their retail business succeed. The show was not open to the general public.

More than 650 exhibitors participated this year. “They worked hard to bring shoppers an innovative product selection,” said Anita Schachter, President & CEO of the Canadian Gift Association, which oversees the event.CanGift_2

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Complementing the shopping experience were seminars presented by the country’s top experts in merchandising and sales including Erica Kirland, editor and publisher of InStore Magazine; Ani Nersessian, a retail solutions coach; entrepreneurs Patrick Leroux and Michel Falcon; and acclaimed designer Andrew Pike.

In addition, the fair included three special sections:

Welcome Home: Toronto Gift Fair Ambassador Andrew Pike and his team designed these cozy living and dining room-inspired vignettes styled with some of the most interesting and innovative exhibitor products featured at the show

On The Runway: At these gallery-like displays, attendees got up close and personal with on-trend products
inspired by fashion runways around the globe, as well as new favorites to excite and delight Canadian consumers.

St. Nick’s Holiday Shops: Creative merchandisers found inspiring ideas for store displays and windows filled with unique products, innovative display ideas, and whimsical merchandising concepts.

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For more than 40 years, the Canadian Gift Association has been the voice of Canada’s $10 billion giftware industry. As a not-for-profit association, CanGift works to empower its members to strive and thrive in today’s competitive marketplace by introducing exhibiting members to buyers bi-annually at the Toronto Gift Fair.

Katie Hendrick
Katie Hendrick is the editor-in-chief of Canadian Florist.
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