The World’s Leading Home + Housewares Show

March 5—7, 2022 | McCormick Place | Chicago, IL

The World’s Leading Home + Housewares Show
March 5—7 | McCormick Place | Chicago, IL

gia Excellence in Product Design

Be Inspired By Never-Before-Seen Products

Excellence in Product Design

IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia)

The IHA Global Innovation Award (gia) for Product Design honors exhibitors’ latest creations and cutting-edge innovations with award recognition, distinguishing five finalists in 14 categories.

Gia Product Design

20 Years of Excellence

How it Works

To be considered for a gia Award, products must be entered into the New Product Showcase. Winners are announced prior to the Show, with one winner in each of the 14 categories.

New Product Showcases are located inside the limited-access Buyers Clubs—your new product is seen by a captive audience of buyers and media only, and not your competitors. 99% of key U.S. housewares buyers attend the Show, with 80% stating plans to visit the showcases. You also can enjoy additional media exposure as 45% of participating companies have been featured in print and TV coverage of the show.


  • Bath + Personal Care
  • Cleaning
  • Cook + Bakeware
  • Home Décor + Gifts
  • Home Organization + Storage
  • Household + Home Electronics
  • Kitchen Electronics
  • Kitchen Hand Tools + Cutlery
  • Kitchenware
  • Personal Electronics
  • Pet Products
  • Smart Home
  • Sustainability
  • Tabletop

Evaluation Criteria


Product presents an original concept, employs new technology or materials or offers unique functionality or benefits compared to existing products.


Product appearance differentiates an appealing alternative to existing products in form, color, texture or material.

User Benefits

Product demonstrates enhanced functionality and additional user comfort, safety or convenience over existing products.

Ecological Responsibility

Product is distinguished because of the materials or processes used in production, distribution or packaging, because of its impact on user behavior for conserving natural resources, or because of its contribution to improving social conditions.

Market Impact & Positioning

Product offers unique price/value alternative in its market positioning.

Watch the 2020 gia Excellence in Product Design Awards!

The Global Innovation Awards (gia)  Winners were announced on Thursday, April 23, 2020, during a livestreamed broadcast. Watch the Awards!

2020 Finalists & Global Honorees 

The Product Design finalists for 2020 were chosen by a panel of experts that includes designers, retailers and news media. Winners will be announced the Friday before the Show, and at the gia Awards Gala!

Bath + Personal Care

Germ Shelf UV Sanitizer for Toothbrushes
TAO Clean

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Cook + Bakeware

Stainless Steel Microwave Safe Mixing Bowls with Airtight Lids
Elkay Home

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Home Decor + Gifts


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Home Organization + Storage

Breeze – Stackable Mesh Dryer
Polder Products, LLC.

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Household + Home Electronics

Soleus Air Patented and Exclusive Saddle Air Conditioner
Soleus Air West

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Kitchen Electrics

Pakt Coffee Kit
Pakt, Inc.

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Kitchen Hand Tools + Cutlery

Betty Bossi Veggie Sheet Slicer
Betty Bossie AG

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Multi-Prep 4-piece Salad Preparation Set
Joseph Joseph Inc.

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Personal Electrics

Luxury Towel Warmer
Zadro Products, Inc.

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Pet Products

Dexas MudBuster with Travel Lid
Dexas International, Ltd.

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Smart Home Products

Cube GPS
Cube Tracker

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Sustainable Products

Igloo Recool 16-Quart Cooler
Igloo Products Corp.

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LifeStraw Home — Water Filter Pitcher, 7-Cup BPA-Free

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inShield Wiper
inShield Wiper, LLC

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Personal Electrics

Weighted Warmth – Weighted Throw Blanket with Heat
Bear Down Brands

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