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Major gift market trends and highlights - a second look from the gift industry's most knowledgeable editors through pictures and words, highlighting developments in color, product and lifestyle.
  • NAHFA Call for Speakers

    ROSEVILLE, CA—The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) is accepting submissions for speakers in its Retailer Resource Center at the October 2014 High Point Market. More

  • Direct from Market: Atlanta, Part 2

    ATLANTA - As the days went on the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market got busier. Thursday and Friday saw heavier traffic with more buyers lined up at the registration desks. As Gifts and Decorative Accessories editors made their way around the buildings, it was clear that this market was filled with plenty of new products and new trends.

  • Market Runup: Summer '14

    News from the upcoming summer markets. More

  • Focused Sales Closes; Imagine That! Takes on Lines

    Coral Springs, FL, and Las Vegas – Sales agency Focused Sales, which served customers west of the Mississippi, recently ceased operations. More

  • Video Coverage of Summer Las Vegas Market

    In addition to reporting on the upcoming Las Vegas Market in print and online coverage, Gifts and Decorative Accessories' editorial team also will film a series of videos from the market. Until our coverage starts on 28 July, we have posted videos below from our Winter Market coverage. More

  • Direct from Market: Atlanta July 2014

    ATLANTA – It seems like only yesterday it was January and we slogged our way to Atlanta through snow storms and freezing cold temperatures. But now, you could say that things are hot in Hotlanta — it is July and the heat is reaching 90-plus degrees. At Americasmart, the summer 2014 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market got into full swing More

  • American Made Show to Join Dallas June 2015 Market

    BALTIMORE and DALLAS – In a joint announcement, the Dallas Market Center and the Rosen Group, producers of the American Made Show, revealed plans for the American Made Show to debut in Dallas as part of the Total Home & Gift Market. More

  • Young Gift Executives Launch Membership Drive

    ATLANTA - Young Gift Executives (YGE), an industry organization formed in July 2013 to provide a unified voice for the Millennial generation working in the gift and home industry, has launched a membership drive. More

  • Atlanta Exhibitor News

    International Arrivals has new booth location and products; it;s a beach party at Ganz; The Link Companies host charity event at Hard Rock More

  • Harry Barker to Host ‘Canines for Veterans’ Event

    Harry Barker Canines for Veterans line

    ATLANTA - Harry Barker, a pet products giftware company, is hosting an event during the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market on Thursday, July 10, to raise awareness for a “wag-worthy” cause, Canines for Veterans. More

  • Aunt Sadie’s to Host HOTlanta Santa Party

    LUNENBURG, VT – Candle manufacturer Aunt Sadie’s will host its annual HOTLanta Santa Party during the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Show. This year’s party will take place on Friday, July 11 More

  • Direct from Market: Dallas June 2014

    Big Bend Bags

    The mood was upbeat as the Dallas Market Center kicked off the summer gift show season with its Total Home & Gift Market. To the casual eye, things looked busy with lines at registration and busy showrooms. While buyer traffic was reportedly down, business was brisk. “We’re having a really, really good show in Dallas,” stated Debbie Jo Spencer of Imagine That!. “It’s a good sign for the rest of the season.” More

Retailer Excellence Awards

REA Awards

63rd Annual Retailer Excellence Award Gala

August 17, 2014


Retailer Webinar Series

GDA Webinar

If you missed the chance to attend Gifts and Decorative Accessories' live webinar, "Merchandi$ing for $ucce$$," you can view a recorded version of the event. This session featured Liz White, owner of retailer Mason & Madison, and Casey Simmons, owner of retailer STUFF.  Both speakers discuss the best ways to grow and market your retail business.

Click here to view.


  • What Works Online

    October 14, 2011

    Tips for Online Promotion While At Market

    Most advertisers I work with finish their advertising programs the week leading into a market and move on to showroom set up. But Web statistics from our own sites show that online traffic continues at a steady pace during a market and even goes up slightly during the event. Readers looking for the latest news, new product launches and special offers check in from their mobile devices throughout the event. Those who can't get to market, view market news videos and special market newsletters. Here are some quick tips to keep driving customers to your showroom or website throughout ...

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  • Caroline Kennedy

    Dancer in the Aisles

    Caroline Kennedy

    June 25, 2007

    A 'Murphy' Kind of Day

    Last Thursday evening, as I am packing and getting ready to leave for the Dallas gift market, thunderstorms raged through central New Jersey where I live. Lucky for me, I think to myself, that I am not flying out tonight. I know what thunderstorms can do to flights trying to depart or arrive.   Friday morning and I am up and out before the crack of dawn to catch my 6:50 a.m. flight for Dallas. I have a full schedule set up to hit the ground running as soon as I arrive, starting with one appointment, followed by a ...

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