A Comprehensive Gift Guide for Event Producers and Designers

The holidays have arrived! We’re ecstatic about the music, the lights, and most certainly the food, but shopping for presents can sometimes be a bit of a stress. While we can’t exactly compile gift ideas for your friends and family, we’re quite the experts on what to gift event professionals! We’re positive you’ll find something perfect for any event prof in your life.

Desk Necessities

When they’re not scoping out a venue or onsite for the big event, event producers spend a fair amount of time at their desks. Why not help them spruce up their home away from home?

  • Coffee Warming Coaster
    Ever been so focused that, next thing you know, your fresh cup of coffee is suddenly lukewarm and less than delicious? Event people know. And they’ll be ecstatic to receive a gift that keeps their caffeine at the tastiest temperature.
  • Bubble Wrap Calendar
    It’s no secret, working in events can be stressful. What better way to relieve stress than by popping some bubble wrap? With this calendar, anyone can find a calm moment of *POP* … zen.
  • Pocket Notebooks
    Between meetings, brainstorms, and unexpected ideas, producers and designers alike have a lot to scribble down. These Ames and Oates pocket journals are especially fantastic because, through their partnership with Pencils of Promise, 10% of every gift order is donated to provide children access to quality education.
  • Desk Plant
    A little green can go a long way to brighten up someone’s desk space. From succulents to ferns to fresh herbs, there’s bound to be the right plant for any event expert.
  • Votive Candles
    Still looking for relaxing desk accessories? Votive candles are the perfect fit for slowing down the day and taking a deep breath.
  • Silly Putty
    If desk decor is all covered, how about a more retro stress reliever? Silly Putty can be a calming distraction and a fun throw-back to younger years.

Office Upgrades

Every individual has personal desk preferences, but here are a few office upgrades the entire crew would enjoy.

  • In-House Masseuse
    Maybe clearing out space for a permanent masseuse is a little too much to ask for, but Soothe, the massage delivery app, makes it easy to bring the spa to the team.
  • In-House Manicures
    Similar to the above, a permanent nail artist may be a bit much, but Glamsquad will bring these services directly to the office door.
  • Fully Stocked Mini Fridge
    Winning a project. Wrapping up a successful event. Employee birthdays. Just because. All are valid reasons to have a fully-stocked mini fridge ready for any office celebration.
  • Branded Office Slippers
    On dreary days when half the team trudges in with soaked shoes, an office-wide supply of slippers would be a blessing. Even better? Bump it up a notch with some branding.
  • Cold Brew Keg
    Fuel the team (and save everyone a few dollars) with the office’s own cold brew keg.
  • T-Shirt Gun
    Every event professional has witnessed a t-shirt gun in action. And every event team has (probably) wanted their own.
  • Confetti Cannons
    For the crew that already has a fully stocked mini fridge, confetti cannons might just be the next-best addition to those office celebrations.

 

Onsite Essentials

The big event can often come with big stresses. Here are some gift ideas that just might save the day.

  • Discreet Phone Charger
    Ever been surprised by a 10% battery warning at 10AM? This sneaky bracelet comes to the rescue with an iPhone charger hidden inside.
  • Smart Water Bottle
    Event days are LONG days. Help someone ensure they’re still staying hydrated with a water bottle that tracks it for them.
  • Coffee Gift Card
    ’nuff said.
  • Tackle Box
    Event day survival kits are almost always a must, and a tackle box serves as the perfect container.
  • Laser Measure
    Being able to easily grab measurements and ensure event elements have the space they need is critical, and this little laser measure is just the tool for the job.
  • Multifunctional Phone Case
    Screwdrivers, tweezers, scissors, and a toothpick are all tools that could definitely come in handy onsite. With this, they’re all conveniently packed into a phone case.

Tech the Halls

The ever-exciting (and often quite pricey) tech section of the gift guide. But even event production experts have a fair share of gadgets they’d love to get their hands on.

  • Wireless Headphones
    Equipped with these, any event producer’s Beyonce-themed work session can always play on, even if they step away from their desk.
  • Bluetooth Speaker
    The right music for an event is essential, as are the tools for playing the tunes. With bluetooth, speakers can live anywhere. Plus, for every speaker sold, LSTN helps provide hearing aids to a person in need through the Starkey Hearing Foundation.
  • Wacom Cintiq Pro
    For the creative team at the agency, this Wacom product will help them take their craft to the next level.
  • Oculus Rift
    As an experiential marketing agency, we live in many different realities. So, naturally, much of our team wouldn’t mind a headset of their own.
  • Smartpen Transcriber
    Imagine wildly scribbled notes being automatically delivered to a device as clean digital text. Need we say more?
  • Portable Projector
    Meetings can take a team to an unpredictable array of offices. With this, no one needs to worry if the right presentation tools will be available for the big pitch.
  • Video Drone
    Have you seen drone captured footage? It’s SO COOL and incredibly useful for documenting big events.

Treat Yo Event Prof’

Because they deserve it. 🙂

  • Plane Tickets for a Getaway
    Event people often love to explore, so send them somewhere new and exciting. Trust us, they’ll probably return with a venue or two to bookmark for international events.
  • Spa Day
    There’s no going wrong with this classic treat.
  • Adult Coloring Books
    They’re insanely popular right now, and many people rave about the therapeutic benefits of coloring. Perhaps these should be in “Desk Necessities”?
  • Concert or Theatre Tickets
    Event professionals often have an insider’s understanding of what it takes to put on a show, so they’ll love the chance to indulge in being an attendee.
  • Drink of Choice
    This will vary by personal preference, but members of our team would love to be treated to margaritas, red wine, or Johnnie Walker Blue.

Pie in the Sky

While we asked our team for input on this entire list, these final suggestions seemed just a bit aspirational.

  • A Live, Rideable Dragon
    Probably not going to happen…
  • Police Escort Through Traffic When Running Late
    A presidentially inspired idea, but perhaps a more obnoxious alarm would be a cheaper alternative.
  • Bag of Cash
    It may be wishful thinking, but a bag of cash would never be a bad gift.

Do you have more gift ideas for the event producers and designers you know? Comment below!

We wish everyone a happy and bright holiday season. 🙂

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