“Corporate Swag.” We have all heard the phrase before. A branded fleece, a logoed koozie, it all starts to pile up in the office desk drawer. As conference and meeting season ramps up, keep in mind that 91% of event managers surveyed last year said that they measure the success of their event based on attendee satisfaction, and 81% stated their highest concern is finding innovative ideas for their corporate events1. One way to accomplish both is through gifts that leave a lasting positive impact on both your attendees and the community. Here are some ideas for attendee gifts to make your next conference more sustainable, engaging, and of course, memorable.

 

Welcome Attendees

What is one of the greatest benefits of attending a business or professional event? Networking. In fact, 82% of corporate event planners in 2018 found that the number one priority for their attendees was networking2. Ever tried making meaningful networking connections without a business card? It’s hard. Our At Your Best gift includes a sleek wood business card holder. Made by our Purposeful Purveyor, Woodchuck, this card holder will impress attendees and support the environment through Woodchuck’s “buy one, plant one” program where a tree is planted for every product sold. Paired with a durable notebook made from 100% recycled materials, and a beautifully packaged premium dark chocolate bar, this trio will delight clients and employees, and leave a positive impression.

Thank Engaged Employees

What is the most frustrating part of packing and unpacking when traveling for work? All of those electronic chargers getting tangled up. Phones, laptops, tablets, headphones…all of the “helpful travel tips” blogs recommend plastic baggies to solve the problem. How about something more sustainable, and more practical? This Everyday Inspiration gift has a portable cord organizer crafted with soft, durable leather. This unique item comes from Oowee, a company providing employment and a supportive community to adults on the autism spectrum. Combined with artisan chocolate, a stylish notebook, and a luxury wood pen, your conference attendees will enjoy these useful and impactful items for years to come (okay, maybe not the chocolate, that will be gone within a week).

 

Delight Conference Speakers

One of the most important goals to keep in mind when planning your next conference? Going green3. One of the easiest (and most engaging) ways to accomplish this mission is by ditching the plastic water bottles4. Chances are, your attendees and speakers are already thinking about this issue, as sustainability and corporate social responsibility are top of mind for most companies and people today5. However, they may not have invested in their own luxury water bottle yet. The bamboo-wrapped insulated tumbler in our Everyday Exploration gift is beautifully designed by our Purposeful Purveyor, Welly, who partners with the nonprofit Charity:Water to provide clean water to global communities. This gift also includes a handcrafted leather luggage tag so everyone can travel in style. Not only will your speakers thank you for their new favorite traveling tumbler, they will also appreciate being part of making a positive impact around the world.

We hope you are inspired to make an impact at your next company conference.

 

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1, 2 https://www.eventmanagerblog.com/event-statistics
3 http://www.meetings-conventions.com/News/Features/Sustainable-meetings-green-budget-affordable-trends/
4 https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2018/05/plastics-facts-infographics-ocean-pollution/
5 https://greenerideal.com/infographics/how-to-make-your-office-more-sustainable/