A Visit To The Toronto Gift Fair

Twice yearly the Canadian Gift & Tableware Association hosts The Toronto Gift Fair, the country’s largest wholesale show for retailers, designers and media to see what new products and trends are coming onto the retail market. The Toronto Gift Fair was a 5-day long event, from January 31st to February 4th 2016 at the International Centre & Toronto Congress Centre in Toronto. It showcased products such as tabletop, gourmet foods, garden accessories, art, home decor and much, much more- over 500,000 products were on display!

This guy looks pretty happy; he’s an exhibitor that one a Best Booth award! Awards were given out by celebrity designers Glen Peloso and Jamie Alexander.


I had a great time this year; my VIP visit was hosted by top Toronto designer dreamteam Glen Peloso and Jamie Alexander who acted as ambassadors for the show. These two designers/store owners were very knowledgeable of the show and the latest/greatest products being offered.


Here’s a few things I found at the show. All of these items will be coming shortly to a home decor retail store near you.

A statement piece is always in fashion and what a better way to add some colour and a touch of tradition to a modern space than with a painted clock? I loved this one from Mercano; imagine it standing in a master bath; holding rolled towels and magazines; all while telling you it time to get out of the tub and on to work!

Mercana 1

Retro was hot; and what a better way to greet your guests than with a marquee sign hanging in the kitchen! This one from My Cinema Lightbox comes with many slide-in letters so it would be easy to customize a message and coloured lightbulbs for dinner guests!

My CInema LIghtbox

And I am certainly picking up this baby… the Anchor Clock (from Mercano) as my guest room on the 3rd floor of my townhouse is decorated with a subtle nautical theme.


Here’s a few trends seen at the Toronto Gift Show:

-Lots of grey/beige neutrals.

-Hits of black were coming in to replace the grey.

-Pale, dusty pink was an emerging colour on modern elements.

-Gold metallic tones were taking over the silver metallics.