Too often, event swag gets stashed, trashed or forgotten. It goes without saying that event gift giving’s ultimate rule, whether a thanks-for-attending-treat-bag filler or more fulsome prize, is to choose items recipients will actually wear, use and display long after receiving.
Here are five gift ideas that will make a lasting impact:
Give Great Bling
Jewelry carries a high-perceived value. Eye-catching design and everyday wearability ups the post-event keepsake factor. “Jewelry is a conversation starter,” says Jennifer Ger of Foxy Originals, which does a brisk custom design business for brands, events, gifts and giveaway promotions. Think stylish key chains, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, brooches, cufflinks and more bearing your event brand, often priced at not more than that of a promo t-shirt. Made in Toronto, the company’s eco-friendly casting process requires only supplied artwork and three-to-four week lead-time.
Put It In The Hood
Tuck Shop Trading Co.’s City of Neighbourhood’s toques, tees and backwoods gear enjoy collector-item cred for their Made-in-Canada quality and stylish shout-out to local streets, hoods and cherished cottage-country regions. Order online or visit Tuck Shop’s Toronto boutique for Canadiana-inspired apparel and accessories including vintage pennants, caps, capes and scarves. Personalize through the company’s City Knits program, which offers private-label branding and custom-design collaboration with 150- to 200-unit order minimums.
Make It Reflect Them
Maybe not a giveaway for the masses, however, a 3-D Selftrait session by Sculptraits Studios definitely makes a uniquely memorable VIP gift, thank you, award and more. A fun photo session starts the mini-me creative process with 30-minutes inside a scanning booth equipped with over 140 synchronized cameras to capture the individual’s likeness and movements. The chosen pose is digitized, enhanced then 3-D printed as a 5-in. to 6-in. figurine, so lifelike it captures muscle definition and clothing movement. Branding options are available with the digital addition of props and mounting on pedestal bases. A mobile event unit is in the works.
Button Up Wearability
Don’t underestimate the power of cheap and cheerful buttons. A button with their mug on it is one that guests will jauntily show off beyond the event. That’s priceless promotion! The folks at People Power Press customize buttons in 23 different sizes and shapes along with magnets, coasters, mirrors, keychains and bottle openers. They also offer an interactive on-site booth and event team for instant production of on-the-spot guest photos imprinted onto a pre-logoed button template. Guests can even design their own buttons to express ideas, make a statement or show support.
Gift Useable Gadgets
High-quality drinkware, office accessories and tech tools like USBs make welcome gifts with excellent potential for showing up in everyday circulation. The trick is making them stand out from the usual offering. Hi 5 Canada’s carefully curated collection of brandable gifts recently caught our eye. New to the gifts and promotions scene, the company’s offering is limited to a few well-chosen, sleekly functional items displayed on their website in crisp, clean photos under a handful of categories including health and fitness, car and driver, and lifestyle. Top sellers are a pill organizer water bottle and a stylish e-flask water bottle.