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Working from home and vacationing nearby are a reality for many of us now. Show appreciation to winners, VIPs and employees with gifts — which are also popular alternative prizes for cancelled or postponed incentive trips, according to Incentive's latest survey — that make homebound realities more comfy and enjoyable. Among our picks are a low-tech bike; beautiful and practical tableware; a sleek desk; delicious fixings for an incredible cookout and a trattoria-worthy meal, and more.
Perfect for a walk, run or social-distancing gatherings, this ingenious water bottle also stashes snacks. The dual-chamber container from FLPSDE (pictured at top) holds beverages in an insulated compartment, while the other side has a removable insert you can fill with granola, trail mix or other nibbles. Cost: $35.
Shades of Blue
Tiffany & Co. elevates winners' home bars with these shot glasses from the famed purveyor's Diamond Point collection. The blue-hued set includes four 2-ounce crystal glasses. Cost. $175.
Solé Bicycle Company's motto is "It's not about going for a bike ride, but living a life by bike." The Venice, Calif.-based company can create custom cruisers your top performers will proudly ride in style. Cost, contact the company.
Treat VIPs to better sleep with Sunday Beddings's luxurious sateen cotton sheets. The wrinkle-free linens are available in three soothing colors and patterns. Cost, from $135.
These portable speakers from Bose create an instant party at the pool, park and patio. The water-resistant Bluetooth speakers feature a soft-touch silicone exterior and come in a cheerful rainbow of colors. Cost, from $90.
Elevate their work-from-home experience with the gift of the mod Nelson Swag Leg Desk by HermanMiller. The sleekly designed desk, crafted of wood veneers, fits in a variety of spaces. Cost, $2,795.
Select Shades doesn't just offer stylish, high-end sunglasses for premium incentive programs. They also schedule virtual fittings and selection assistance. Arrange a Zoom consultation with a personal shopping concierge for your VIPs to help them choose the perfect pair of sunnies, such as these classic Wayfarers from Ray-Ban. The wide array of other brands includes Oakley, Tom Ford, Gucci and more. Cost: Glasses start at $75 a pair.
No work space is complete without a printer. The Canon PIXMA TS9520 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One is a practical, easy-to-use device home-based employees will use to create professional documents and crisp photos. Cost, contact Canon.
All About the Bass
These compact and light Sony MDR-XB650BT wireless headphones provide an acoustically tight seal for superior sound isolation and deliver punchy "Extra Bass" sound. Cost, $130.
Dining a la Casa
Incentive trips to Tuscany might not be possible now, but winners still can experience the culinary delights of an Italian country kitchen with this magnifico gift basket from Williams-Sonoma (pictured up top). The reusable rustic crate is filled with goodies such as aged Modena balsamic vinegar, cold-pressed olive oil, semolina pasta, olives and more. Cost, $110.
Meat and Greet
Recipients of Omaha Steaks' Grand Grilling Assortment will be set to host the perfect summer barbecue. The gift pack contains something for everyone: filet mignon, chicken breasts, pork chops, burgers, hotdogs and more. Cost, $179.
Pretty Place Settings
Dining at home becomes a restaurant-like experience with cheerful tableware by Kate Spade. The Charlotte Street four-piece place settings, rimmed in rich blue, work for casual patio suppers as well as formal meals in the dining room. Cost, $80.