The Australian Gifts and Homewares trade fairs information site provides retailers with details of the locations and times of the Australian Trade fairs and gift fairs and home products expos for retailers. Also how to get to the exhibitions with directions, maps and parking information to enable you to get to the trade fairs easily. Also details of what to expect, where to start and which are the best venues.
Australia has two main trade fairs annually that are gift fairs or home expos exhibiting a wide range of home decor, giftware , stationary, furniture and homewares for shopkeepers and other retailers. They also present smaller, expositions, home shows, displays, and demonstrations of products to the retail trade within these events.
The Sydney Gift Fair February – Sydney Showgrounds Homebush
One of the largest Gift & Homewares trade fairs, is the Sydney Gift Fair in February. The GHA (Gift & Homewares Australia) and Reed Gifts Fairs conduct the Sydney trade fairs simultaneously at Sydney’s two major exhibition venues. They are the Sydney Showground at Sydney Olympic Park Homebush, in the Dome and Exhibition Halls as well as other buildings and at the Exhibition Centre at Darling Harbour temporarily at Glebe Island, (although a large portion at Reed gift fair is only Jewellery and handbags). For full details of theses trade fairs, see the February Sydney Gift Fair Information page.
The Melbourne Gift Fair August – Melbourne Showgrounds Ascot Vale.
The GHA (Gift & Homewares Australia) with the Home & Giving fair and Reed Gifts Fairs jointly present the August Melbourne fairs simultaneously in two Melbourne venues in August, the Melbourne Showgrounds with additional exhibitors at the The Melbourne Exhibition Centre. The MEC is just 8 kilometers from the Showgrounds venue. Continuous FREE shuttle buses will operate between the two venues during the fair from either end of the MEC to ensure buyers can easily visit all exhibitors. For full details of this trade only event, see our Melbourne Gift Fair Information page.
GHA publishes a beautiful full colour trade fair catalogue titled Home & Giving for each trade fair. Home & Giving provides a brief description, product listing and contact details of all exhibitors. Home & Giving will be mailed out to buyers who attended the corresponding trade fair for the prior year, shortly before the fair commences. Reed Gift Fairs despatch a similar catalogue. Any spare Catalogues can usually be purchased at the GHA Counter near the entry on the first day or until they run out, so be early. If you miss the catalogue you can find contact details of most gift and homewares wholesalers and distributors in our Australian Wholesalers Directory
Trade Fair Registration
Trade fairs are only open to Gift & Homewares industry retailer/buyers. Proof of ID is required to register and no children are allowed access. The GHA & Reed Exhibitions issue all buyers visiting trade fairs with a Gift Industry Card, which must be retained to allow the holder access to any of their Trade Fairs. At each fair you attend, your Gift Industry Card will be scanned to check its validity and then you will be issued with a Show Card, valid for that fair only. A registered buyer may bring one guest except on the last day.
Tips for a Successful Trade Fair Event
Pre-registration can be a good time saver on the day and can be completed up until 2 weeks before each Fair. See the GHA website for full details of registration and pre-registration.
Print off the maps on the event’s page, to take with you, if you haven’t been to the venue before.
If your coming from out of town and staying overnight, stay at a motel near the venue
Start each day at the venue with the easiest access and, cheapest Car parking (Sydney Showgrounds and Melbourne Showgrounds) because there is always a free shuttle bus between venues.
Review the catalogue before the fair and map out those exhibitors you must see, before you get to the fair.
Days will be long, with lots of distance to walk, so wear a sensible pair of shoes and get an early night before every day of the fair.
There will be plenty of cafes at the event however if you have a fussy tummy then take a cut lunch.
Other Australian Fairs
The main Australian Gifts and Homewares trade fairs are listed above. These events by far outweigh all others and attract the most retailers, and as a result, by far the most exhibitors. If you are serious about finding new designs and better stock that will sell well, then you really should be attending at least one of these four major Australian gifts and homewares trade fairs every year. Other smaller local events might also suit you, as might some specialised events which are listed in the Australian Trade Fairs Directory .
Australian Trade Fair & Retailer Resources Links
In right column of our Gift Fairs category pages (Top Right) are some key links to help you find general trade fair information as well as make contact with suppliers before or after you attend a trade fair. Our Wholesalers directory includes most Australian gifts and homewares suppliers (categorised), who may not exhibit at the fair that you attend.