What's a good giveaway for a business meeting?
May 25, 2013 1:13 PM   Subscribe

What's a good giveaway for attendees of a mid-sized business meeting (50 people) to mark the "beginning of a new era"? May be symbolic or something useful, as long as it's not tacky. Maximum value ~25 USD.
posted by lord_yo to Work & Money (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I think the most well-received business presentation we've ever done was 32G Flash Drives with the company logo. Two years later, I still see them in use all around the office.
posted by halfbuckaroo at 1:22 PM on May 25, 2013 [2 favorites]

Little flashlights for keychains to 'light the way'? Sunflower seed packets? Compasses? Towels a la Douglas Adams? Little trees? Acorns?

Coffee, for the 'new day'?

Is cheesy the same as 'tacky'?
posted by A Terrible Llama at 1:43 PM on May 25, 2013 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: There's a fine line between tastefully symbolic and tacky (which I equal to cheesy). Flashlights, seeds, compasses, trees and coffee are all good ideas. They wouldn't understand the towel/Adams reference.
posted by lord_yo at 1:47 PM on May 25, 2013

Best answer: How about branded moleskin notebooks? Just add business logo/name.
The symbolism would be the blank pages, I guess.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 1:49 PM on May 25, 2013 [5 favorites]

The company where I used to work gave out travel mugs at a similar type of presentation. They were very popular.
posted by SisterHavana at 2:09 PM on May 25, 2013

I like the Moleskin idea - anything branded can be the sign of something new, of course. For usefulness, few things beat a USB stick.
posted by chrisinseoul at 2:10 PM on May 25, 2013

A really nice, boxed pen with "Writing our own new story" or whatever on it. It may be that I'm just a nice pen slut, though.
posted by xingcat at 2:10 PM on May 25, 2013 [1 favorite]

A nice clock?
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 2:17 PM on May 25, 2013

The flash drive with your logo is possibly the most welcome give away. A pen with your logo and contact data is a great gift. When the original giftee loses it, the pen will advertise your business to the new owner.
posted by Cranberry at 2:18 PM on May 25, 2013

Response by poster: The moleskin idea is interesting, as it can be combined with "to write down your ideas for the future" etc. On the other hand, USB sticks and pens are in my opinion overused as giveaways, and nice pens especially have an air of "parting gift".
posted by lord_yo at 2:21 PM on May 25, 2013

Star Trek communicators
posted by Jacen at 3:15 PM on May 25, 2013 [1 favorite]

Just came back to say that travel alarm clocks would be awesome! Either old-school and fancy in a leather case, or something really futuristic.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 3:19 PM on May 25, 2013

You should get a quote from that (or another, I didn't search very deeply) notebook site, I'd guesstimate that it'd be around 20 a pop for an order of at least 50, but it's worth a check, just for argument's sake.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 3:28 PM on May 25, 2013

If you want something that people are going to actually be excited about, rather than just considering it to be sort of hokey and likely useless, I'd go with something like $25 Amazon gift cards. If you want to brand it with your business name or logo, you can put your own logo or image in an email, or you could do printed cards with your chosen message and logo. Either way, I think that letting people get something they actually want, instead of one more branded piece of nonsense that at least half of them are going to consider junk, sends the right message. It would certainly tell me that the company was embarking on a new era of not wasting money and of rewarding real work with real compensation.
posted by decathecting at 3:49 PM on May 25, 2013 [7 favorites]

I love the Moleskine (or just nice journal in general) idea.

Please don't do seeds.
posted by radioamy at 8:01 PM on May 25, 2013

Bump up the price just a tad and look at Leatherman utility knives. Constantly used. A tool for the new era of solving problems. Fix it. Never be without a solution. Go with quality, not cheap knockoffs. Leatherman Squirts are less than $30. Might make a nice, quality, useful gift.


I use mine for the occasional tracheotomy and skinning the mighty moose here in wild Vermont, and/or earring repair, bike adjustment, casual field machining. Handiest thing I own next to my brain.
posted by FauxScot at 3:12 AM on May 26, 2013

Response by poster: Moleskine it is - we ordered 50 today! Thanks for all your great ideas!
posted by lord_yo at 10:51 AM on May 27, 2013

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