I did the Gift Show this week. I went with someone so it was fun to look at the show with a completely new set of eyes. We both actually came to the exact same conclusion.
The place was empty. Years past, you can barely move going up and down the aisles. The other thing is that there wasn't anything new and different. Everything looked tired. It has been a few days and I have heard that consistently from everyone that I know who went.
The only booth that had a lot of new and interesting stuff was Jonathan Adler. He has really created quite a brand. Impressive.
I have been a trooper in years past where I walked everything. It didn't take long for us to cess out the situation. We came, we looked and we left.
Nobody is going to be buying new goodies when they look like purchases of yesteryear.