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February 18, 2019
International Gift Exposition in the Smokies will celebrate 20 years in November

The 2019 International Gift Exposition in the Smokies (IGES) will take place on Nov. 5-9, 2019, celebrating its 20th year anniversary, at the Sevierville Convention Center in Sevierville, Tennessee, and the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge,... more »

February 18, 2019
Top Toy Trends of 2019 Announced at Toy Fair New York

New ways to explore the unboxing craze, compounds including slime, putty, and sand that foster creative play, and toys that prepare and inspire children for the future are just a few of 2019’s biggest toy... more »

February 15, 2019
Gift for Life celebrates in New York with Party for Life

Mixing and Mingling The industry mixed and mingled on Monday night to benefit DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. More than $202,000 was raised through sponsorships, ticket sales and silent auction bidding. If you missed... more »

February 15, 2019
USAopoloy summons three new wizarding world-inspired games this year

USAopoly (The OP) today announced two new Harry Potter-inspired, themed tabletop games – SCRABBLE: World of Harry Potter and Harry Potter Defence Against the Dark Arts – and teased an unannounced Wizarding World cooperative game... more »

February 15, 2019
New signing glossary apps designed to enhance museum access of visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing

If you are a family with at least one member who is deaf and hard of hearing, these new signing glossary apps might be for you. Each glossary provides access to thousands of signed terms... more »

February 15, 2019
NY NOW reveals Best New Product Award winners at winter market

Winners of the “Best New Product” Awards were announced at NY NOW, the Market for Home, Lifestyle, Handmade and Gift. NY NOW’s “Best New Product” and "ECO" Awards recognize and celebrate the extraordinary product offerings... more »

February 6, 2019
Share the gift of play with kids in need: donate toys & games at the close of Toy Fair

Every child deserves a chance to hug their favorite stuffed animal or pretend to be their favorite superhero, but not every child has toys to call their own. That’s where The Toy Foundation (TTF) comes... more »

February 6, 2019
Enesco to purchase Things Remembered

Things Remembered, Inc., an omnichannel retailer of personalized gifts and merchandise, has executed an agreement to sell most of its business to Enesco, LLC, a business in the giftware, home décor, and accessories industries. Enesco... more »

February 6, 2019
Editor’s Picks: Seen at winter Las Vegas Market

The products at this year’s winter edition of Las Vegas Market were full of character, with lots of individuality and personality. Check out these finds to add a little character to your shelves. Anju Jewelry... more »

February 6, 2019
Retailers’ top priorities for 2019

“Who said apocalypse?” At a session on the Innovation Stage at NRF 2019: Retail’s Big Show, Forrester retail analyst Sucharita Kodali presented a sneak peek at findings from Forrester’s upcoming survey (see last year’s State... more »

February 6, 2019
Special exhibition open at National WWI Museum and Memorial

The 1903 edition of Cassell’s New French Dictionary defines “souvenir” as “remembrance, recollection, memory, reminder, keepsake.” “Remember Me.” “Souvenir de France.” “Mother Dear.” “Merci!” These and countless other sentiments are expressed in the fabric art... more »

February 6, 2019
Greeting Card Association collaborates with BookExpo

In a move to expand opportunities for creative “makers” at smaller and emerging greeting card companies, the Greeting Card Association has agreed to collaborate with Reed Expositions, producer of BookExpo, to offer its popular “GCA Village”... more »

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