Exhibitors displayed 500,000+ toy, gift and lifestyle products, including holiday decorations.
It may have been the dog days of summer outside, but inside at the 2016 Toronto Fall Gift Fair, it was all about Q4 and the coming gift-giving season.
Owned and operated by the Canadian Gift Association, this was the 40th edition of Canada’s largest gift trade show. It featured approximately 750 domestic and international exhibitors throughout two GTA venues, the International Centre and the nearby Toronto Congress Centre.
Over the show’s four-day run (August 7-10), thousands of retailers, including many toy buyers, came from across the country to peruse the more than 500,000 products.
Retailers use this late summer opportunity to top up shelves with favourites, take advantage of show specials, and to find new products that will attract customers during the all-important festive season. Over 40 product categories were showcased, ranging from art and bed linens to garden ware, stationery and souvenirs.
Not surprising, many of the exhibitors focused on holiday-themed decorations and furnishings — jolly Santas, and winter berry wreaths abounded.
Meanwhile, other suppliers, such as the toy industry’s Outset Media, Imports Dragon, Autruche, and D’Artagnan Distribution, displayed a wide variety of entertaining product — collectibles are especially hot this year — that most kids would be overjoyed to find under the tree or in their stockings.
Toys & Games visited on Day 3 of the show and found loads of great items. Here’s a look at just a few.
Mad Matter: New from Waba Fun, Mad Matter is super-soft modelling dough that stretches, flows, molds and shapes easily. It features gluten-free and dust-free, non-toxic ingredients, it’s easy to clean up and comes in a handy resealable bag with six colours that can be mixed together. From Auralim
Slapzi: This fast-paced, easy-to-learn game is designed for kids, six and over. Compactly packaged and great for travel, Slapzi includes 120 double-sided image cards and 65 clue cards. It challenges players to race to be the first to “slap” down one of their image cards in response to the clue card. From Zibbers Inc.
Tulio Dream Light: The battery-free Tulio is a plexi-glass night light/reading light featuring energy efficient LEDs that stay cool. The Tulio comes with a USB power cable and a remote control that features a timer, plus lets the lamp cycle through a rainbow of colours. Ten cheerful animal styles are available. From Next Generation Distributors Inc.
CK Huggers: Wild Republic’s CK Huggers are plush characters that double as a cute slapwrap and a huggable friend. Designed to go anywhere, kids will want to collect all twelve animal Huggers. From K & M Toys Canada Inc.
Puppet Mitts: These adorable, soft fleece mittens will keep boys and girls, two to six years old, warm and dry, plus the animal-character styling offers fun puppet play. Featuring water-resistant, safety palm grips and snug wristbands, kids will want to collect all 12 characters. Matching reversible hats are also available. From Flapjack Kids
Mini Animal Puzzles: Kids will want to collect all 10 animal images available in D-Toys’ new line of mini boxed puzzles. Made in Romania, each puzzle features 54 tiny pieces that encourage dexterity and offer challenging puzzle fun anywhere and anytime. From Outset Media
Style Lab LED Watches: Fashion Angel offers the perfect stocking stuffer for boys and girls, seven years old and over. These light-up silicone watches come in 10 trendy themes and colours and feature a touch-screen digital display that lights up when tapped to show the current time. Watches also feature an adjustable band. From Imports Dragon
Orbit: Orbit makes a great stocking stuffer for that hard-to-buy-for tween or teen in the house. Good looking and functional, Orbit is an electronic fob and app that helps teens keep track of keys and personal devices, like cell phones. Six colours available. From Kroeger Inc.
For more information about CanGift’s other fall shows in Edmonton (August 14-17) and Montreal (August 28-31), contact the Canadian Gift Association.
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