Coming up with unique thank you gift ideas can be daunting, but if you make the effort, it’ll leave your supporters feeling greatly appreciated. And if they remember their event experience fondly, they’re more likely to tell colleagues, fans, and other influencers how much they love working with you. While a handwritten thank-you note is a great starting point, you can do better than that.
Gift idea for sponsors #1: Wireless headphones
A great gift for sponsors who are technology or music buffs! Bluetooth travel headphones come in a range of sizes and prices, and can be noise cancelling, making them the perfect gift for sponsors who want to block everything out and get in the zone.
Gift idea for sponsors #2: Beautiful notebooks
Go old school with a high-quality leather or suede-covered notebook, perfect for jotting down notes and brilliant witticisms.
Gift idea for sponsors #3: A charity donation
Sometimes, the nicest thing you can gift someone is a donation to someone else. Whether you know a cause close your sponsor’s heart, or one that aligns with their values, this gift is sure to impress. You can also opt for a more general business-minded charity like Kiva.
Gift idea for sponsors #4: Books
Yes, really. Books. This may seem old school, but people still love taking home books. Make sure the book is connected with whatever event you’re hosting — otherwise, it may seem out of place.
Gift idea for sponsors #5: Desk plants
Sometimes knowing where your gift will end up is a good place to start. Not only do desk plants brighten up the office, even those without a green thumb can manage a miniature plant. There are a variety of fun little desk succulents that’ll ensure your event stays on your sponsor’s mind throughout the year. Just be sure to offer plants that come in small boxes so that they can travel easily.
Gift idea for vendors #1: Superior coffee
Who doesn’t love great java? Local and national coffee makers from Starbucks to Blue Bottle have a range of bean options for every palate. You can also play it safe and go with a gift certificate or even a coffee subscription.
Gift idea for vendors #2: Personalized bottles of liquor
Some makers of fine spirits offer the option of ordering personalized or even engraved bottles. Check out the most popular liquor in every state according to Business Insider for some inspiration. Whether your event is on the West Coast (tequila) or in the South (whiskey), a personal touch is sometimes all you need.
Gift idea for vendors #3: Handy device accessories
Notice what kind of tablet or laptop your vendors use and gift them with a spare external battery or waterproof cover. These types of accessories are typically very appreciated but don’t tend to be the kind of thing we get around to purchasing for ourselves.
Gift idea for vendors #4: YETI mugs
A branded mug might be a tried-and-true idea, but you can differentiate yours from the rest by investing in something that’s nicer than the generic model. YETI Ramblers are designed to keep things hotter or cooler for longer and are known for their durability.
Gift idea for vendors #5: Goodies to share
Oftentimes there is an entire army of people working for your vendor that you might not see. Acknowledge their hard work with a special order of local baked goods, doughnuts, or a basket of fresh fruit.
Gift idea for talent #1: Bobbleheads
Did you know you can get a custom-made Bobblehead? This is one gift guaranteed to make your talent smile, and it’s definitely not something they already have.
Gift idea for talent #2: Custom caricature
Invite a caricaturist to your event to sketch the masses, and have the artist draw your talent, too. Once your event is over, you can give them the artwork to take home for a truly original gift.
Gift idea for talent #3: Experience vouchers
To really stay top-of-mind, give the gift of a memorable experience. Go with something specific, like a gift certificate to a new restaurant or an elegant spa. Or use a company like Experience Days that lets the recipient choose their own fun events like culinary tasting tours or race car driving.
Gift idea for vendors #4: Event survival kits
Make sure your talent is ready to handle anything by putting a branded notebook, pen, packet of Advil, Tide to Go pen, gum/mints, and some Emergen-C in a small fanny pack. Whether you send it to them beforehand or hand it to them as they walk through the door, it’s a small gesture that shows your talent that you’ve got their back.
Gift idea for talent #5: Carry on cocktail kit
The carry-on cocktail kit is a small tin container containing all the ingredients and tools needed to treat yourself to a cocktail for one. All you need to add is the liquor. Choose from a champagne cocktail, bloody mary, gin and tonic, margarita, Moscow Mule, and many more.
Thank you, come again
Now that you’ve got your sponsors, vendors, and talent gift ideas squared away, it’s time to set up your next event.