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Event experience | 22 December 2015

10 Gifts Sure to Delight Any Event Planner

Kathleen Smith

When shopping for the event planner on your gift list, bear in mind that they are often pressed for time, yet have incredibly high standards when it comes to personal gadgetry and services. It’s all part of having a type A, driven and perfectionist temperament. With that in mind we’ve compiled a list of 10 great gifts, from affordable to splurge-y items for your favorite planner.

1. Travel Steamer ($30-$57)

A compact, hand-held travel steamer is perfect for anyone who is constantly on the road or on the go, yet needs to always look sharp. Check out the ESTEAM Travel Series Jiffy Steamer ($57) or the Pure Enrichment PureSteam Travel Steamer ($30), both available on Amazon.

2. Espresso or Tea Maker ($14-$119)

Finding a perfect espresso can be challenging at the best of times. A personal French-made Handpresso espresso pump ($119) could make all the difference when miles from home and fussy about your crema. Just add hot water; no electricity or batteries necessary.  It can be used with Easy Serving Espresso (E.S.E.) pods or grounds and weighs only a pound. Tea lovers might prefer a David’s Tea travel mug with infuser and lid ($20) along with a collection of Energizing Teas ($14).

3. Portable Projector ($400)

A 1080p HDMI Pocket Projector ($400) is a perfect backup plan for any event/meeting presentation, but who wouldn’t want to have one of these for all kinds of domestic and professional applications as well? Brookstone makes a tiny gadget that projects images up to 60 inches (diagonally) and boasts 100 lumens of brightness. It has built-in speakers, focus control and a rechargeable battery that doubles as a USB.

4. Portable Electronics Charger ($50-$80)

Many event planners spend long hours away from their offices, on-site at events and meetings, or on the road. A solar charger, or backup phone battery, are both great options to keep the energy flowing. Check out the Poweradd™ Apollo 7200mAh Portable Charger Power Bank ($80) or the RAVPower 15W Solar Charger ($50).

5. Subscription Based Gifts (From $14.95)

The gift that keeps on giving, a subscription to a unique app or service will remind the event planner in your life of your affection with each use. We love Audible’s roster of digital audio books (14.95 per month), but there are tons of other business podcasts, e-book clubs or other useful monthly subscriptions to consider as well.

6. Video Drone ($1,169.99)

A trendy new way of collecting event footage is through the recordings taken by cameras attached to drones. Get your favorite event planner a professional grade drone capable of shooting 4K video. It will help him or her create stunning event marketing videos, and it can also be used while not at work to capture awesome images or videos inside or outdoors. The DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter ($1,169.99) is a great choice.

7. Top Shelf Alcohol ($32-$100)

Booze is a classic holiday gift for good reason. But there’s fun to be had in getting creative with pairing a fine bottle with a little something extra. Think single malt scotch, like The Glenlivet’s 18-year old $100 bottle, and dark chocolate. Alternatively, you can opt for an American craft gin such as St. George Dry Rye Reposado Gin ($50) or Breuckelen’s Glorious Gin ($32) and pair it with crystal martini or highball glasses ($50).

8. Gift Cards (Starting at $10)

Gift cards are an unexpectedly practical choice for type A event planners since it gives them the gift of staying in control. Picky recipients can choose their own treat – from dinner to booze to a book to read. An added benefit is the availability of gift cards for just about anything in every single price point. Of particular interest to event planners are Starbucks gift cards (min $10), a necessary evil for event planners away from their favorite coffee spot. Alternatively, the beauty care company for men and women, Birchbox, offers gift cards starting at $10 as well.

9. Robot Vacuum ($415.86)

One thing that irks many event planners is that they’re so busy they often don’t have time to keep their homes as clean as they’d like. Given that many are type-A this can become a real source of stress. That’s where the iRobot 560 Roomba ($415.86) comes into play. This self-guided robot can keep an entire house clean, all by itself.

10. Adult Coloring Books ($10-$19)

Adult coloring books are a genuine phenomenon this year. Most grown-ups won’t cop to nostalgia for this basic childhood activity, but hand them a copy of Sherlock: The Mind Palace ($17), James Franco’s Colour Me Good ($13) or Johanna Basford’s Secret Garden series ($19) and a bunch of colored pencils ($10-$30) and it could easily become their downtime guilty pleasure.

One More Free Gift 

Seeing that it’s the holiday season, we’re giving readers another valuable free gift. Click the button below to download a free copy of Bizzabo’s event marketing eBook. It’s filled with helpful tips for those in the events industry on how to properly market an event to ensure long term success.

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