Unique gifts, logoed giveaways, food-and-beverage tips, travel gadgets and more come to planners' email inboxes daily through our sister publication's newsletter, Meetings & Conventions’ Hot Idea of the Day. The following are the top 10 for 2019 (thus far). Keep these favored gifts, gadgets and giveaways in mind as you plan your 2020 meetings. Sign up for the mailing here.
1. To-Go Cup With a Twist
This 14-ounce insulated tumbler has a unique twisted shape that will make it -- and your logo -- stand out. Choose from white or black, and pick one of five colors for the spill-resistant lid.
Cost: Setup fee, $59; $7 each for a minimum order of 50, with discounts available for larger orders.
2. Keep Your Bag Off the Floor
The Clipa2 is a deceptively simple, spring-action metal ring with a hook to keep your bag off the floor; the ring can clip onto the handle of your purse or messenger bag when not in use.
3. "Print" Your Logo on Event Drinks
Ripples, a company that invented a method to print images and messages directly onto foam-topped drinks, has launched an events division so planners can rent the Ripple Maker device to decorate their event's beverages with brand imagery or even photos.
Cost: Contact the company.
4. Lighted Cocktail Tables
Cort Events' Luna Lighting collection features pedestals in translucent acrylic that can be customized with graphics or logos of your choice. These accent tables are lit from within (using AC power or a battery) to create a dynamic visual impact.
Cost: Starts at $54.
5. Local Welcome Gift
A customized confection or local treat is a great way to welcome guests and give them a sense of place. At the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, guests can sample Fontainebleau Sapphire Noir, a proprietary dark chocolate developed by executive pastry chef Brielle Fratellone that is only available on-site.
6. Sanitize Your Smartphone
Phones can get grimy — really grimy. The PhoneSoap UV sanitizer uses ultraviolet light (at levels safe for mobile-device exposure) to banish germs from your smartphone, keys or other small objects. The portable device has two ports to both recharge and clean your phone.
7. Do-It-All Duffel
Paravel's foldable weekender was on Oprah's Favorite Things list last year, and no wonder: This sturdy bag, which makes a great VIP gift, weighs less than a pound, packs flat and includes handy features like a two-way zipper and a trolley sleeve. Personalize it with up to three initials for an extra $15.
8. Bar Cars
Get Cozy's vintage vehicles (pictured above) have been transformed into charming mobile bars, outfitted to serve beer, wine and sparkling wine on tap, as well as craft cocktails. The bar carts are available in six cities across the United States.
Cost: Starts at $1,250 for vehicle rental alone; $1,600 for five hours of draft-service staffing.
9. Rough-Weave Conference Tote
Instead of the same cookie-cutter tote, upgrade your gift game with this chic jute bag. The neutral hue of the rough fiber and understated herringbone pattern are an elevated platform to feature your logo.
Cost: Setup fee, $33.50; $6.30 each for a minimum order of 50, with discounts available for larger orders.
10. Do-It-All Device Charger
This multifunctional gadget basically has it all: It's a phone stand with four USB-A charging ports and an integrated, dual-ended cable with both USB-A and USB-C connectors. The best part? Your logo, all lit up.
Cost: Setup fee, $55; $6.20 each for a minimum order of 50, with discounts available for larger orders.