Choose Room Gifts Like This and Win Every Time

Room Gifts Can Make a Day

There is nothing worse than giving one of the standard crap room gifts like bottles of wine, plates of cheese or those God awful chocolate covered strawberries.You know it, I know it. I hate to give these gifts and they make me feel like crap even thinking about having one delivered.

When we give a bad room gift, our attendee knows that there was ZERO thought put into the choice.

Making Better Choices

I came across this Bocci Set at a local gift shop the other day and thought wow, for the right group, this would be a great room gift. This is the perfect size to take home, it is actually fun to use and you can tell the quality just by picking up the can.

The Game Includes: 

  • Two sets of heavy, shiny 32mm balls
  • A  jack, tie-break measure and full instructions
  • Perfect for indoor/outdoor use and works very well on carpet
  • Metal/wood/cotton string
  • Approximately 1¾ x 1¾ x 7¾”

Here is the downside. If I want a room gift like this, I would have to order it ahead of time, I would have to make the effort to go and pick it out long before the event was to happen. This could not be a last minute decision.

When you have VIPs, speakers or guests that need to receive a room gift, go the extra mile and pick gifts that they will actually like because they make people feel special. Learn a little bit about the person by calling their assistant or their co-worker so that you can find out what they like. If you hear that Rebecca, your keynote is totally into fly fishing, pop for a really nice set of flies or a really nice fly fishing rod. If you know that your number one sponsor is a fan of the Ford Motor Company, find a piece of memorabilia and have that delivered to their room rather than some piece of crap that is going to get thrown in the garbage or poured down the drain.

Nothing says you appreciate me like a well thought out gift.

Please resist the urge to take the easy way out because there is nothing worse than giving a stupid T-Shirt with the destinations logo on it or even worse, a coffee table book.

Think about this….people are picky about wine, they are picky about what they wear and do they really want a GIANT book that tells them about a place that they won’t get to see because they  are cooped up in the hotel for 5 days?

The answer is no, so do the right thing.


Keith Johnston

Keith Johnston

Keith is the Managing Partner of i3 Events but is most widely known as the outspoken publisher of the event industry blog PlannerWire. In addition to co-hosting the Bullet List and Event Tech Pull Up Podcasts, he has been featured in Plan Your Meetings, Associations Now, Convene, Event Solutions, and has appeared on the cover of Midwest Meetings Magazine.

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