The Gathering West is an exclusive event that brings together the nation’s top Gift & Souvenir Retailers in the western United States for three days of buying, appointments, and sophisticated networking with like-minded retailer and leading suppliers of hard goods, soft goods, apparel, and custom products. Held in scenic San Diego, California, this event offers the perfect balance of business and pleasure.

The event is by invitation only and is reserved for buyers who have annual sales of over $1M and have open-to-buy during the event. The show floor is curated by product type to ensure excellent buyer to seller connection and includes appointment setting and exclusive networking.



  • Your time is valuable and for that reason, this appointment-based event will help you accomplish months’ worth of meetings in just a few days. As a hosted buyer, attendees receive exclusive perks including complimentary hotel accommodations, all planned meal functions, including breakfast, lunch and dinner and VIP concierge services by our Key Accounts Team 


    • Boost your ROI and connect with quality buyers in an intimating setting. Vendor slots are limited to ensure that every participant has the best possible opportunity to showcase their products and capabilities. We’re looking for exhibitors in apparel, jewelry, food, souvenir & resort, toys and gifts.

See What Industry Professionals Say About The Gathering

The Show was amazing and run by management to perfection. It is clear they really care about the buyers and sellers and assuring that everyone is well taken care of. The campus format creates a close-knit environment that enables the creation of real and sincere relationships, thus making the work we do for our buyers all the more fulfilling! The quality of the buyers and sellers alike assures the quality of the overall experience, every meeting is important and valuable, and the size of the show assures that we have the proper quality time to focus on every client. It is the Tradeshow Masterpiece of the Industry.

– Anthony Prisco, CEO, MX Apparel

My attendance at The Gathering for over 20 years in positions of Retail Director, Buyer and Merchandise Manager are always productive and financially successful. Where could I develop relationships year-after-year? The preparation which goes into the show, the cost savings for buyers and the beautiful location are pluses that keep me returning. I call it "civilized buying" because the pace keeps the work productive and fun and the quality and setting are simply amazing!

– Greg Cain, Director of the Retail Sales and Distribution oo Atlanta Gift Shops


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General Inquiries

For all general inquiries about applying to attend or exhibit, please email thegathering@clarionevents.com

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