Gift for Life has partnered with the Retail Design Institute of NY to create a holiday pop-up shop to be built and operated in Chelsea this December. Gift and home décor product donations are needed from the industry, for the student competition determining the store concept and design and for in-store retail sales during the holiday season. All proceeds will benefit DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, Gift for Life’s sole beneficiary.

Product donations are being sought from industry manufacturers and sales agencies. The number of items needed varies by price point. To learn more and to donate, contact Steven Williams by Oct. 9, at or 646-380-4202. Product donations must be shipped for receipt by Nov. 13.

Read more

Gift for Life has announced that three industry leaders will be honored during Gift for Life’s 24th Annual Party for Life, taking place Monday, Feb. 1 in New York. The honorees are: Suzy Batiz, the creator and CEO of Poo-Pourri; Howard Henschel, president and CEO of The Norman Group; and Arun Agarwal, CEO and director of Nextt.

Read more about the honorees and details of the Party for Life.

Learn about sponsorship opportunities.

The 5th Annual “Up on the Roof” fundraiser and reception will be held Monday, Aug. 3 in a spectacular setting: the WorldView Ballroom on the 16th Floor of Building B — showcasing stunning views of the Las Vegas skyline. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., party-goers will enjoy cocktails, appetizers, dancing, music and a Las Vegas-themed silent auction. Auction items will include hotel stays; restaurant vouchers; VIP services at top nightclubs; spa packages; show tickets; and much more.

Tickets for the benefit are $25 and can be purchased online.

Las Vegas Market will host the 5th annual “Up on the Roof” gala charity event benefiting Gift For Life on Monday, Aug. 3, during the Summer 2015 Las Vegas Market, running Aug. 2- 6, 2015.

“Las Vegas Market is pleased once again to offer the industry the opportunity to combine networking with social awareness, with 100% of proceeds from this special event benefitting Gift For Life,” said Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift & Home Décor, International Market Centers. “As the leading furniture, home decor and gift destination in the western United States, Las Vegas Market is doing its part to unite the industry against AIDS, and over the last four years Las Vegas Market’s special events have raised more than $40,000 to benefit Gift For Life.”

The “Up on the Roof” fundraiser and reception will be held in a spectacular setting — the WorldView Ballroom on the 16th Floor of Building B — showcasing stunning views of the Las Vegas skyline. From 6 to 8 p.m., party-goers will enjoy cocktails, appetizers, dancing, music and a Las Vegas-themed silent auction. Auction items will include hotel stays; restaurant vouchers; VIP services at top nightclubs; spa packages and many more. Tickets for the benefit are $25 and can be purchased online: Purchase tickets.

Read more about “Up on the Roof.”

RM Innovation — creators of RM Datalink, a program that automates retailers’ data product management process by streaming a vendor’s entire product catalog directly to a retail web store — was presented with the Gift and Home Trade Association/Gift for Life Honor of Excellence during the sixth annual ICON Honors on July 9 in Atlanta.  ICON 2015

RM Datalink greatly reduces the time- and cost-intensive data uploading and management processes and allows retailers to search and filter entire vendor catalogs online, giving smaller independent retailers the ability to compete with larger websites by greatly expanding web store product depth and breadth.

Gift for Life announced today that the Gift For Life/National Stationery Show team raised more than $27,700 for men, women, and families who are living with HIV/AIDS. With a generous $5,000 matching grant from DIFFA (Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS), the team is just shy of its new $30,000 target, and donations will be accepted through June 12 at

GFL AIDS Walk NY TeamThis year marked the 4th consecutive cooperation of Gift for Life and the National Stationery Show to participate in the AIDS Walk NY, which takes place in New York City on Opening Day of the National Stationery Show. One small, but mighty team, walked the 10K route through Central Park and the other conducted a “virtual walk” through the Javits Center aisles in support of Gay Mens’ Health Crisis (GMHC), beneficiary of AIDS Walk NY. Read More

Tom Mirabile PhotoGift for Life  has announced Tom Mirabile will be honored with the Gift for Life Industry Achievement Award during Gifts and Decorative Accessories’ 64th Annual Retailer Excellence Awards, taking place on Sunday, August 16, 2015, in New York. The award recognizes overall excellence and contribution to the gift and home industry.

Tom is currently Senior Vice President of Global Trend and Design for Lifetime Brands, Inc. where he provides creative direction and consumer insights internationally for some of the most well respected retailers and brands in the home, housewares and tabletop industries.

Read More


May 13, 2015 – Gift for Life has partnered with the National Stationery Show again this year to participate in the 30th annual AIDS Walk New York. In 2014 we raised $30,372, with an additional $5000 grant from DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids). The Gift for Life team placed 14th among the event’s top 25 fundraising teams overall — reaching GOLD status.
So far this year, the team ranks 17th, and it’s not too late to donate and help us reach our goal of $25,000 — or more. DONATE NOWAIDS WALK Heart Logo

Gift For Life, the gift and home industries’ charitable organization, has announced new leadership and new board members.

Frank Joens - Sr. VP and General Manager- headshotFrank Joens takes over as chairperson of the board, replacing Stu Teller who had served in that role since 2012. Joens is currently senior vice president, general manager of the LA Mart in Los Angeles following previous leadership positions with LA Mart in marketing, leasing, and tradeshows. Joens joined the Gift for Life board in 2003 and served as vice chair from 2012-2015.George Kacic

The newly elected vice chair is George Kacic, who was recently appointed executive vice president of retail services at AmericasMart in Atlanta. Kacic previously served as president of U.S. operations for Giftcraft Ltd. and at GANZ USA, where he was vice president for 20 years.

Recently joining the board are three industry veterans:

  • Kimberly Baker, publisher of the specialty retail division of Great American Media Services, overseeing the teams for Stationery Trends, Gift Shop, Museums & More, and Party & Paper Retailer.
  • Diane Falvey, editor-in-chief of Gifts and Decorative Accessories magazine, the premier trade publication and resource serving the gift industry.
  • Monica Loving, vice president of vendor relations for Ivystone, a national sales agency providing wholesale gift, home, and fashion accessories to retailers across the U.S.

New Board Members

Read more.

Tshirt Logo_AIDS WALK Heart LogoThe National Stationery Show and Gift For Life have renewed their partnership to participate in the 30th annual AIDS Walk New York to be held Sunday, May 17. As part of the fourth consecutive year of the collaboration, the joint Gift For Life/NSS team will recruit walkers to raise funds for the fight against HIV/AIDS, with participants either walking the actual 10K course that starts and ends at Central Park or taking a “virtual” walk through the aisles of the show.

In 2014, the Gift for Life/NSS team raised $30,372 and was ranked among the top 25 teams participating in AIDS Walk New York. Their total donations included a $5,000 matching grant from Gift For Life’s charity partner, DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. With DIFFA on board again with another $5,000 matching grant, the team has set a fundraising goal of $25,000 for 2015.

To join the Gift For Life/NSS team or to donate, click here.

Read more.

Chavez for Charity Partners with Gift for Life

Gift for Life has announced a partnership with Chavez for Charity, a leading fashion accessories company combining style with support of charitable causes. Beginning January 1, 2015, 25% of the gross profit from the sales of Chavez for Charity’s Signature Collection black bracelets, black necklaces and earrings will support Gift for Life. “Chavez for Charity was created […]

Read the full article →

Gift for Life’s Party for Life Raises More Than $200,000

Gift for Life, the gift and home industries’ charitable organization, announced today its Party for Life event raised more than $200,000. The 23rd annual event was held on Monday, February 2 at The Boathouse in Central Park in New York City and welcomed hundreds of attendees. The Party for Life featured numerous NYC-themed food stations, […]

Read the full article →