Corporate events are a wonderful opportunity for employers to show their appreciation for all that their employees do, but they’re made infinitely better – for the staff at least – by the presence of some fun corporate swag. For most companies, corporate events only come around once, maybe twice a year, so it’s a fitting opportunity to give your workers a little something special as a token of appreciation.
Below we’ve compiled a list of 5 fun corporate event swag ideas, that run the gamut from practical to cutting edge, and everything in between.
1. Nicer Branded Attire
Most companies these days have branded gear for their employees to wear, but it’s often the budget-type t-shirts that are cool looking, but not the most durable or long-lasting. Ordering brand name items – say a heavier embroidered fleece if you’re in a cooler climate, or a higher-end zip-up trainer says that you put some thought, and cash, behind the gift. As a company you still get an opportunity for some “free” advertising, but your employees are much more likely to wear it, and love it.
2. Portable Make-Your-Own Cocktails
This one only applies to companies that don’t view a casual cocktail as something taboo, but these days it seems that a drink after – or at – work is becoming more and more commonplace. And for good reason! Portable cocktail kits are a fun, unique gift, great for companies whose employees are either remote or travel often. All they require is that you add a splash alcohol, and wa-la: a craft cocktail in your hands.
3. Collapsible Coolers
As we head into the warmer months, it’s natural to start thinking of the outdoors. Or perhaps, you’re based in a place where it’s warm year-round? Either way, collapsible coolers are a fun and practical choice. When empty, they compress down into nearly flat packages that are easy to pack or tuck into a bag, but they pop up into useful coolers in a matter of seconds. If you’re looking for something really practical that your employees are sure to get a lot of use out of, these are a great pick.
4. The Newest Tech
Whether you’re in the business of technology or not, cool new tech gifts are always a popular pick. If you’re on the smaller side (or have a generous spending budget), you might be able to splurge on something pricier like a tablet or e-reader, but even for larger companies, more affordable items like fitness trackers or quality headphones are sure to be a hit. You could even consider dolling out slightly sillier technology-related gimmicks like selfie-sticks, if your employees would enjoy that kind of (gag) gift.
5. A Philanthropic Gesture
Donations aren’t always considered a “gift” to everyone – it takes a very philanthropically minded individual to appreciate this kind of gesture. But these days, a lot of companies offer their employees such awesome perks on a daily basis – endless snacks, catered meals, unlimited vacation, beer on tap – that it’s a sensible, and generous, alternative to a material gift.
These are just a few of our favorite, less traditional corporate gift ideas. We’d love to know – what’s the best corporate gift you’ve ever received?
The success of an event is influenced by many different factors, but a few key details – venue especially – can really make or break your day. Say you’ve always dreamt of a summer wedding, the balmy ocean air on your face, toes in the sand, nautical details everywhere you look. If this is your dream, you wouldn’t pick a hotel with indoor-only space on your special day, right? No, you’d go for the resort with private beach access, stunning views of the coastline, and a beautiful blue backdrop to gaze out over as you exchange your vows.
In this case, and many others, where you choose to host your event makes all the difference. But how do you pick the perfect place? What factors do you need to consider? We’ll break it down for you, so you know the things to consider, and the questions to ask, to help your find the perfect place for your special day.
Location, Location, Location
This one is a no-brainer, but where, geographically speaking, will your event be held? Are you planning to be up in the mountains, surrounded by fresh air and abounding nature, or would you rather get married in a bustling city? Once you’ve narrowed down the general geographic region you’re targeting, your job gets much easier.
Getting married in the winter, in upstate Maine? Or in the heat of summer, out on Cape Cod? The season – and the locale – of your big day should help you to create a preliminary list of venue options to consider. Thinking about indoor vs. outdoor options is especially important in regions with inclement weather – either in places with temperature extremes, or the possibility of a surprise storm to mess with your plans.
What’s Your Management Style?
Deciding how involved or hands-off you want to be is another big factor. Planning to tie your own bouquets, offer a make-your-own slider bar, and bring in your own tables, chairs, and decor is one route. If this is your thing, then a blank slate venue where you can personalize every single detail is the best way to go.
Prefer something a little more managed? Then a resort or hotel is probably a better bet. You’ll be able to review several different package options, which generally cover everything you’ll need to consider for your big day, minus the extra special details like stationary, a photographer, and the always important wedding cake. This hands-off approach is better for those who want to leave the major planning to the pros.
Let Your Inspiration Lead
When you think decor, what do you think is beautiful? What colors do you gravitate towards? What backdrop will you love seeing in your photos days, weeks, and months after the big day has come and gone? These more personal details are what you consider once the bigger, more logistical factors have been factored in. Many brides have a vision in their minds of what the special day will look like, and if you can put the key features of that vision to paper, then it’s just a matter of finding the venue that evokes each of those sensations.
Wherever you end up, if you take these factors into consideration, and above all else, listen to your intuition, you’ll end up with the perfect space for your perfect day.
The Swank Team