Upcoming events

    • 18 Jul 2014
    • 21 Jul 2014
    • Los Angeles Convention Center

    NEW. REDEFINED. 
    You come to market to see what’s new, what’s different, what will set your store apart. The California Gift Show takes “new” to a whole new level. Since acquiring it in 2013, Urban Expositions has reinvented this show – bringing back even more of the top name lines, budding artisans and new resources that once defined its fashion-forward selection and trend-driven, Southern California style. So come back to LA in July. It’s all new here!

    THE LOCATION.
    This show brings together an unparalleled offering of local resources, destination lines and international fare in Kentia and South Halls at the award-winning LA Convention Center. In addition to its easy access and state-of-the-art offerings, the LA Convention Center is just steps away from L.A. Live, the sports/entertainment district surrounding STAPLES Center and the Nokia Theatre. Here you’ll find sports and music venues, night clubs, movie theaters, restaurants and more.

    THE SHOW.
    As part of the effort to continue building the revitalized show, we’re bringing you a significantly expanded exhibitor base in nine well-balance product categories, ideally suited to the West Coast retail audience, including:

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    • 20 Jul 2014
    • 23 Jul 2014
    • Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
    The nation's largest regional gift show keeps growing! Located just 5 miles from the King of Prussia area, the greater Philadelphia Expo Center is a convenient fly or drive-in destination for buyers across the mid-Atlantic region. Plus, with a show all on one floor, free parking and a casual setting, retailers can count on a relaxed and hassle-free shopping experience.

    Now in its 18th year, the Philadelphia Gift Show is known as the home to every main line with a growing selection of thousands of lines from hundreds of national manufacturers and leading sales representatives, so retailers can find an unrivaled selection of new product.

    Combine that with countless buyer services including free business-building seminars, goody bag giveaways, show specials and more, and you can be sure the Philadelphia Gift Show is where you need to be this summer.

    • 26 Jul 2014
    • 28 Jul 2014
    • Orange County Convention Center

    If you’re a Florida retailer, the Orlando Gift Show is the only one you need. Offering so much, so close, it is easy to reach and even easier to shop. In fact, it’s the only show custom-tailored to the Florida marketplace. The summer Orlando Gift Show offers a broad and deep selection of giftware, home accents, souvenir and resort resources that promise to make your shop the community’s center of attention. So join us to find your next best sellers. Only in Orlando.

    Click Here to pre-register for the JULY 2014 edition.

    ►As part of the summer Orlando Gift Show and Orlando Cash & Carry Show, buyers will benefit from the show's complementary educational programs. For a listing of full programming topics and descriptions please visit the Seminars & Events page.

    Be sure to navigate through this site to learn all about the exciting changes and new innovations you'll find in July.

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    • 26 Jul 2014
    • 29 Jul 2014
    • Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
    GET SWEPT UP!
    Get swept up in the excitement of the Chicago marketplace’s newest, largest and most important gift show! From its easy accessibility to its vast retail base to its incredible convention infrastructure, there are many reasons why the Chicago area is the perfect trade show location for the gift industry.

    Urban Expositions has launched an unprecedented sales and marketing campaign designed to bring it back to its former position as a premier gift show location. While you're at the show you can:

    ♦ Explore countless new resources
    ♦ Catch breaking trends
    ♦ Discover creative business ideas
    ♦ Find new resources


    Be sure to make plans to join us in July! You're sure to get swept up!

    THE MARKETPLACE
    Chicago is the third largest city in the US and the economic hub of the entire Midwest trading area. It’s an area filled with small, independent stores, larger, innovative retailers and home to major hardware buying offices.

    The Windy City Gift Show will provide the perfect meeting point for the industry. In addition, this show’s selection will be custom tailored to reflect the regional tastes and interests of the area– its strong seasonal business, great lakes and coastal towns, lodges and resorts.

    The Windy City Gift Show will feature the following product categories:

    ♦ Gifts
    ♦ Handcrafted
    ♦ Live In Style

    • 26 Jul 2014
    • 29 Jul 2014
    • Moscone Center -North Hall & Esplanade

    SAN FRANCISCO IS A MARKET ON THE RISE. The San Francisco International Gift Fair has fresh momentum through its growing reputation as a key resource for upscale designs and unique finds. And of course, there's no better setting for a show than San Francisco, America's most eclectic, exciting city. Join us August 2-5, 2014 at the SFIGF, it's a Market on the Rise!

    ► Click Here to see a sampling of some of the retail businesses that regularly shop the San Francisco International Gift Fair.

     Interested in exhibiting? Be sure to complete our Exhibitor Information Request form and we'll send you information on the August 2014 edition. You can also contact Show Manager Leanna John for more information.

    Looking to attend? Click here to pre-register online  for the August 2-5, 2014 edition. 

    ►To help you fine tune your business strategies and boost your profit potential, the SFIGF will also feature a full scale education program packed with free seminars led by industry experts and trend forecasters along with many other special events.

    ►For optimum buying convenience, all exhibitors will be featured in easy to work categories on the show floor. From Design, Gifts, and Handcrafted to Home & Garden, Museum, Personal Style, Treasures to Go and more, you'll find a convenient floorplan designed with your buying needs in mind.

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    • 16 Aug 2014
    • 19 Aug 2014
    • Washington State Convention Center
    The Summer 2014 edition of the Seattle Gift Show is set to return to the Washington State Convention Center from August 16-19, 2014. Perfectly timed to help you see all the new products and proven bestsellers that cater to the eclectic tastes of the discerning Pacific Northwest consumer. So come enjoy a show in the nation’s trend-defining city – all while staying close to home in the Pacific Northwest. Join us in August!

    Once again, the Seattle Gift Show will come together with the permanent showrooms of the Pacific Market Center to bring you Seattle Market Week. These two world-class, easy-to-shop venues give you an opportunity to explore 10,000 national and innovative new product lines.

    To maximize your buying schedule, all exhibitors at the Seattle Gift Show will be featured in easy-to-work categories on the show floor.

    From Gifts & Collectibles and Handcrafted to Home & Garden, Food Focus, Personal Style, Northwest Directions and more, you’ll find a convenient floorplan designed with your buying needs in mind.

    • 23 Aug 2014
    • 26 Aug 2014
    • 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316

    Set to return August 23-26, 2014 with more than 500 booths, the Fort Lauderdale Gift Show will showcase products in virtually every category, including: general giftware; greeting cards; paper goods and social stationery; destination, resort and tourist merchandise; shell items; jewelry and fashion accessories; toys and games; decorative accessories; tabletop; logo products; gourmet products; garden gifts and much more. The show will also feature a special section of jewelry and fashion accessories for immediate delivery to the trade.  

    Nestled on the Intracoastal Waterway, and surrounded by all South Florida has to offer, the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center is a high tech, 600,000-square-foot, three level meeting and conference facility equipped with state-of-the-art technological services. The Convention Center itself offers unlimited expansion opportunities for the show, as well as a consolidated show floor for attendees, a sophisticated telecommunications and networking infrastructure and more.

    Getting here couldn't be easier for fly-in or drive-in attendees. The Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center is easily accessible from I-95 or the Florida Turnpike. What's more, the center puts you in close proximity to a wide array of reasonably priced hotels, restaurants, plenty of parking, area amenities and more.

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    • 04 Sep 2014
    • 06 Sep 2014
    • 9899 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819

    ABOUT SURF EXPO

    Surf Expo is the largest and longest running board sports and beach/resort lifestyle tradeshow in the world. Produced in January and September, the show features more than 2,300 booths of apparel and hard goods and draws buyers from specialty stores, major resorts, cruise lines and beach rental companies from across the U.S., and more than 69 countries. Voted The Fastest Growing Show in the US by TSNN, Surf Expo hosts a full line up of special events, demos, fashion shows, and annual award ceremonies. For more information visit www.surfexpo.com or contact Kathy Wilkie, Buyer Relations Manager at kathy.wilkie@SurfExpo.com . All shows are open to trade only. 

    About Emerald Expositions

    Emerald is a leading operator of large business-to-business tradeshows in the United States, producing more than 85 tradeshows and conference events per year connecting over 525,000 buyers and sellers across ten diversified end-markets, including gift, home and general merchandise; sports; hospitality and retail design; jewelry, luxury, and antiques; e-commerce; photography; decorated apparel; building; healthcare; and military. Emerald is headquartered in San Juan Capistrano, California. The company’s shows are typically the most prominent and important for exhibitors and attendees within their various industries. For more information on Emerald, please visit www.emeraldexpositions.com .

    • 17 Sep 2014
    • 20 Sep 2014
    • Las Vegas Convention Center

    WHERE YOU'LL FIND YOUR FUTURE BEST-SELLER
    If you're in the souvenir and resort business, you cannot miss the Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show!  Whether you're looking for custom and name drop designs, impulse items, eco-friendly or USA-made resources, it's all here.  Under one roof.  At the Las Vegas Convention Center.

    UNRIVALED SELECTION
    This year, you can explore nearly 1100+ booths showcasing thousands of lines of souvenir and resort products in a wide range of categories, including destination, resort and tourist merchandise, souvenirs, green products, T-shirts, beach items, Made in America, coastal and nautical, lake, mountain and lodge, ski-themed products,  logo products, shell items, giftware, jewelry/fashion accessories, toys/gamesand more.

    UNBELIEVABLE HOTEL RATES
    With discounted hotel rooms for pre-registered retail buyers, there is no bigger deal anywhere in the country.  Head over to our travel page
     for more information on all the deeply discounted hotel rates.

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    • 13 Oct 2014
    • 15 Oct 2014
    • Galveston Island Convention Center

    The 2014 Galveston Gift & Resort Merchandise Show will return to the Galveston Island Convention Center at the San Luis Resort in Galveston Island, TX from Monday, October 13- Wednesday, October 15,  2014.

    Targeting the specialized buying needs of coastal and resort retailers from Louisiana to Texas, the October 13-15, 2014
     show will offer area retailers the ideal opportunity to gear up for the coming resort season in a cost-effective, convenient and casual setting.  You don't want to miss out! 

    Located on Galveston’s popular Seawall Boulevard, the facility’s beachfront resort setting puts exhibitors and attendees within walking distance of a wide array of restaurants, shopping and entertainment venues.  In addition, there are more than 750 hotel rooms adjacent to the center with another 700 within a two-mile area.

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    • 22 Oct 2014
    • 24 Oct 2014
    • Boardwalk Beach Resort
    GULF COAST GIFT SHOW IS ON THE MOVE!
    New Date Pattern and New Location for 2014 Edition
    The Gulf Coast Gift Show is moving to a Wednesday-Friday date pattern and we're also returning to the show's original location at the Boardwalk Beach Resort.

    Offering retailers from the Florida Panhandle and surrounding Gulf Coast areas to New Orleans an opportunity to buy last minute holiday merchandise and get a jump on their spring/summer resort buying, the Gulf Coast Gift Show returns October 22-24, 2014 to its original location at the Boardwalk Beach Resort.

    Panama City and surrounding area retailers will benefit from a tremendous selection of merchandise that's been truly customized to reflect the buying interests of the Florida Panhandle and surrounding Gulf Coast tourist trade. These buyers enjoy the fact that they can see such a great selection so close to home, including: destination, resort and tourist merchandise, souvenirs, beach items, resort wear, T-shirts, general giftware, logo products, fashion accessories, shell items, coastal and nautical themed products, toys and games and much more.

    • 02 Nov 2014
    • 06 Nov 2014
    • Sevierville Events Center 202 Gists Creek Road, Sevierville, TN. 37876

    IGES/SSS – The Biggest and Best is Getting Even Bigger and Better!

    The International Gift Exposition in the Smokies® will be celebrating its’ 15 Year Anniversary in 2014! “We are grateful for our outstanding and loyal buyers and exhibitors and for the overwhelming support they have shown IGES for well over a decade!” says co-owner Susan Mills.

    In 2000, with only 272 booths and barely more than 3,000 buyers, IGES was small but successful from the start! Today, with fifteen years of growth and with over 1,200 booths, IGES/SSS is THE LARGEST wholesale souvenir, resort and gift expo in the United States!

    “OUR BUYERS COME FIRST! From our very first show, IGES has put the needs of the buyers first. If buyers have successful experiences, exhibitors do as well… and… everything else falls into place! Everyone benefits! Our continued success is due in large part to our incredibly loyal group of buyers and vendors!” says co-owner Jerry Mayer.

    2014 boasts even MORE exciting news! Due to the overwhelming demand from buyers for Handcrafted and Made-in-America products in recent years, IGES will be showcasing special section at the Sevierville Convention Center focused on these exhibitor groups. Additionally, ALL Handcrafted and Made-in-America exhibitors will have signage displayed at both the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge and the Sevierville Convention Center, making them easy for buyers to locate.

    IGES will continue to host national buying groups, including ZAG (Zoo and Aquarium Gift Buyers), the NCA (National Caves Association), Museum Buyers, Campground Buyers, Water Park Buyers and Amusement Park Buyers as each group celebrates its’ annual networking dinner exclusively with IGES! Large or small, all retailers are welcome and invited to join the festivities in November 2014 as IGES/SSS celebrates Fifteen Years in the Smokies!





    • 03 Nov 2014
    • 06 Nov 2014
    • 234 Historic Nature Trail / Airport Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    For nearly 50 years, the Smoky Mountain Gift Show has been the most beloved show for the souvenir, resort and gift industry. Since 2011, we've worked hard to bring back the top-name product selection, buyer base, service levels and spirit of fun and hospitality that defined the show at its prime. This is the only show with roots that are deep and strong in the Smoky Mountains. 

    ► Interested in exhibiting? Be sure to complete our Exhibitor Information Request form and we'll send you information on the 2014 edition. You can also contact Show Manager Christina Bellfor more information.

    ► Interested in attending the show? Be sure to register online to receive your show badges and 2014 product preview guide in advance by mail. (You can also explore the 2013 Show Directory  to get an idea of the types of companies and lines you'll find on the show floor.)

    One Badge, Two Shows: For your buying convenience, Smoky Mountain Gift Show and IGES Buyer badges will be honored at all show locations. 

    ►In addition, we're also offering complimentary shuttle service for buyers between the Smoky Mountain Gift Show and the IGES Pigeon Forge Leconte Center available Monday- Thursday. Visit our Travel Page for more details.


    • 16 Nov 2014
    • 19 Nov 2014
    • Roland E. Powell Convention Center
    Returning to its traditional Sunday- Wednesday date pattern, the 2014 edition of the Northeast's biggest and most important souvenir and resort gift show is bigger and better than ever!

    Now coastal and resort retailers from Maine to Virginia Beach will find more than 450 booths filled with all the classic selections they have come to expect from the Ocean City Resort Gift Expo, as well as a number of newcomers.

    To get details on the business-building seminar, fun events and exciting giveaways happening during the show, please visit the Seminars, Events & Exhibitors page.

    • 07 Dec 2014
    • 10 Dec 2014
    • Myrtle Beach Convention Center

    Come see the latest trends at the largest and longest running coastal resort merchandise and gift show in the nation!

    From December 7-10, 2014, the Grand Strand Gift & Resort Merchandise Show will return to Myrtle Beach Convention Center in Myrtle Beach, SC, bringing the nation’s retailers an unrivaled selection of themed merchandise, resort apparel, gifts and souvenirs.

    Now featuring more than 800-plus booths, the event, known among exhibitors and attendees as the “Big Kahuna,” remains the largest, longest-running coastal souvenir, resort merchandise and gift show in the nation.  Retailers can now explore an even greater selection of products from the industry’s leading resort and gift manufacturers and sales representatives in every product category, including resort gifts, souvenirs, novelties, nautical/coastal items, licensed products, beachwear, general gift and much more.

    Complementing this extensive selection, the Sheraton Myrtle Beach, which adjoins the Myrtle Beach Convention Center at the first and second floors, provides optimum convenience  for exhibitors and attendees.

    In addition to product, the Grand Strand Gift & Resort Merchandise Show features an unrivaled selection of buyer services including: Goody Bag Giveaways and a Fabulous Show Party. See the Seminar & Events page for more details.

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