Sourcing the products we curate in our gift boxes is a process that we take very seriously. We buy products that are not only useful and universal, but beautiful and relevant. That’s why we sent our lead merchandiser, Kurt Petonke, to the Las Vegas Market.

In essence, the Las Vegas Market is a large trade show where buyers can discover and source the latest products. Kurt’s been a global merchandiser for years, so he’s an expert when it comes to spotting the hottest trends, themes, and styles. Over the course of a week, Kurt identified nine gifting trends that will lead into the 2018 holiday season.

Curious to know what gifting trends are up-and-coming? Here’s what Kurt predicts:

Gifting Trend #1

Angular, grid-like patterns were an evident theme running throughout the Las Vegas Market. A few of Kurt’s favorite products included hand-painted planters, leather-bound journals, printed tea sets, and hand-woven clutches.

“Geometric shapes and patterns are an easy way to instantly add interest to just about any setting or outfit.  Whether executed as subtle textures, bold prints or mixed and matched, the linear elements and symmetry of geometry can make almost anything a focal point.” – Kurt

Gifting Trend #2

From hand-blown whiskey glasses to elegant martini shakers, texture was a theme worth noting. Textured products often have unique characteristics, which makes for the perfect one-of-a-kind gift.

Gifting Trend #3

The biologique trend emphasizes the natural goodness of the Earth. Several kiosks boasted a variety of botanical prints, nature-inspired color palettes, and organic materials. Nature-lovers are bound to appreciate these highly detailed items.

“Bees, birds, butterflies and botanicals seemed to adorn everything for the home including pillows, dinnerware, wall art, stationery and desk accessories.” – Kurt

Gifting Trend #4

Gold, bronze, and silver-toned pieces dominated the entertainment and home decor products. Kurt predicts holiday hostess gifts will contain a variety of metallic products including: candle votives, napkin ring holders, cheese knives, and trendy gift bags.

Gifting Trend #5

All that glitters is gold! A fun, festive holiday trend for the upcoming season is gilded products. Travel tumblrs, portable chargers, cocktail glasses, and golden candle votives caught Kurt’s eye.

Gifting Trend #6

Move over, millennial pink! Deep hues of indigo were prominent at several kiosks, which emphasized a bohemian aesthetic. Hand-dyed textiles, tiled picture frames, and handcrafted ceramics were among the most memorable items.

 “Inspiring a relaxing mood reminiscent of lazy days on a tropical beach under brilliant blue skies, indigo lends a sense of familiarity and tranquility to everything it touches.” – Kurt

Gifting Trend #7

Kurt spotted several products created with rustic burlap, woven canvas, and soft leather. For farmhouse lovers, products with raw materials will be a go-to for holiday gifting.

“Following the lifestyle trend to disconnect from the constant demands of our digital lives, neutral tones and raw, tactile materials remind us of simpler days and help connect us back to the natural world.” – Kurt

Gifting Trend #8

Statement lettering and clever sayings were printed on everything from tea towels to mugs. For quick-witted individuals, these products will serve as great hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, or just-because gifts.

Gifting Trend #9

Inspired by Nordic design, rough hewn products embrace simplicity. Several kiosks showcased natural wood tones, clay ceramics, and handcrafted designs. Kurt believes rough hewn gifts are ideal for individuals that yearn for an escape from their hectic schedules.

“An extension of the Raw Materials trend, raw edges and the unprocessed look and feel of natural elements is like bringing the peace and calm of a hike through the woods right into your home.” – Kurt