Besides products, the show provides educational opportunities for retailers to learn about trends and ideas to help their businesses grow. One of the highlights once again was international color expert Leatrice (Lee) Eiseman, whose prescience on color trends influences housewares designers and suppliers everywhere. She presented Pantone's color palette for 2013. Consumers want the practical and the novel to blend these days, which leads to the magic of sales, she says.
Giftware News was there as well. Here's a sample of what we saw.
A first-time exhibitor at the show, Sferra offers linen napkins in a multitude of colors.
Tervis presents colorful drinkware, which offers its traditional properties, in a variety of shapes and choices.
New design and color choices are displayed by Candle Warmers.