BlogApr 07, 2023

Conference giveaways - 12 swag gifts

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Conference gifts, be sure to stand out from the crowd by offering qualitative and meaningful gifts.

Attending conferences, trade shows or a trade fair can be an exciting experience, where attendees have the opportunity to learn from industry leaders, network with like-minded professionals, and gain insights into the latest trends and innovations.

However, one of the most anticipated aspects of attending a conference is the free goodies, known as conference giveaways or conference swag, that participants get to take home with them. These can range from branded pens and notepads to tote bags and t-shirts, all designed to help conference goers remember the event and the companies or organizations that sponsored it.

Conference swag not only serves as brand exposure for the companies involved but also as a way to show appreciation to the attendees for their participation. In addition, offering promotional products as conference gifts can also attract potential clients or partner. That's why it's important to target customers the right way by offering the best conference swag.

In this article, we will explore the importance of conference giveaways and the different types of swag that are commonly offered at conferences. Giving conference gifts has never been easier with this list of 12 sustainable and quality products featured in our catalog.

Giveaway ideas:

The classic conference giveaways - Tote bags

Tote bags are a classic conference giveaways that has stood the test of time. These versatile bags are not only practical but also stylish and eco-friendly. Event guests can use them to carry around important papers, conference materials, and personal items, making it easy to keep everything they need in one place. Bags can also be customized with the conference logo or other branding elements, providing a long-lasting marketing opportunity for the sponsoring organization.

Moreover, since tote are reusable and durable, they can serve as a reminder of the conference and the positive impact that the organization is making in promoting sustainability.

On merchery.co, you will find many options of natural cotton tote bags, but also some cool alternatives that changes from what we are used to see such as the recycled utility tote or the Osprey tote bag.

Visit the site and take a look at our wide selection of [tote bags]for more giveaway ideas and corporate gifting in general. (https://us.merchery.co/shop?bags=bags-totes).

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Everything needed to take notes - 5 Personalized Pens

When it comes to conference swag, branded pens are one of the most popular and enduring gifts that are given to attendees making them good in person conferences giveaways. They are practical, cost-effective, and easy to customize with company's logo, slogans, or contact information. Participants love those free stuff and can use them to take notes during sessions on the conference table, sign important documents, or simply jot down ideas.

Additionally, pens are lightweight and compact, making them easy to carry around in a pocket or bag during a conference event. Branded pens come in a variety of styles, from basic ballpoint pens to high-end fountain pens, allowing organizations to choose the option that best suits their budget and branding needs. Remember, when selecting custom merch and corporate gifts, it's essential to ensure that they resonate with your target audience preferences and values to make a lasting impression.

We have a wide variety of pens on our site but we have selected here 5 options that we think are the best conference swag giveaways.

  • Swiss know-how - Caran d'Ache With its hexagonal shape, its aluminium body and its 100% Swiss Made manufacture, this emblematic ballpoint pen from Caran d’Ache guarantees unique writing comfort. A perfect event giveaways item.

  • The stylish one - Craighill pen Heavy enough to offer a stable grip and smooth writing. Simple, minimalistic and durable. Craighill products never disapoint when it comes to find gift ideas for vip clients.

  • The qualitative and timeless one - Parker jotter A legendary pen made in France. For many of us it represents good memories. For others less so.

  • VIP event giveaway swag - CW&T everyday pen Luxury at its best. Straight from Brooklyn, New York, the CW&T Type-B everyday pen is the ultimate gift. Target audience

  • The greenest option - Karst pencils Made of 100% pure graphite for a smooth writing and matte coating to keep your fingers clean. This is the perfect pencils set.

Check out our complete range of pens.

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Notebooks - Bring your notes back home

The perfect trade show swag ideas are notebooks.

Notebooks are a classic and practical conference gift that your guests can use long after the event is over. From our catalog, we have a wide range of sustainable and high-quality notebooks that are both functional and eco-friendly. For example the one from Karst made from recycled stone or the one from All weather. Those are made with sustainable materials and feature a durable design that can withstand daily wear and tear.

For a quality and timeless notebook, prefer one with a leather cover like the Moleskine. With plenty of pages for note-taking, participants can use them during the conference and beyond, making them a practical and useful item that they won't throw away.

In addition to their functionality, our notebooks can be customized with your company logo or branding. Whether used for work or personal use, our notebooks will remind participants of your conference and the value they received from attending.

Have a look at our selection of notebooks.

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Another classic, but make it stylish - Textile

At Merchery, we know that conference gifts can sometimes be uninspiring. Let's be honest, who needs another boring t-shirt that'll only be worn as a pyjama? That's why we take a different approach when it comes to textile gifts. We believe that conference attendees deserve quality garments that they can wear with pride long after the event has ended.

Our t-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodie are made from the highest quality materials, with the best fits, so they're not only comfortable, but they'll also last.

Plus, with a cool design, your conference t-shirt will be the next trendy item everyone wants to wear. Whether it's a fun graphic or a sleek logo, we work with you to create a design that captures the spirit of your event and makes a statement.

So, let's ditch the boring t-shirts and elevate your conference gift game with Merchery and our unique client gift ideas!

Have a look at our selection of stylish textile.

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Stay energized - coffee mug for on-the-go

One popular conference giveaway that is both practical and appreciated by conference attendees is a coffee mug for on-the-go. With conferences often spanning multiple days and people needing a caffeine boost to power through sessions and networking events, having a reliable coffee mug or tumbler can make all the difference.

These mugs can be made of durable materials like stainless steel or ceramic, and may feature insulated walls to keep beverages hot or cold for longer periods. Offering branded on-the-go coffee mugs not only provides participants with a useful tool to keep them going throughout the event, but it also serves as a long-lasting marketing opportunity for the sponsoring company.

So, whether a person prefer to sip on hot morning coffee, iced tea, or a refreshing smoothie, a branded on-the-go coffee mug is a practical and appreciated conference giveaway.

Check out our selection of mugs & tumblers corporate gifting programs to get inspired!

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For the smokers - light the fire

For conference participants who smoke, having a designated smoking area can be a welcome relief during a long day of sessions and networking. However, it's important to ensure that smoking-related waste is disposed of properly, and that's where conference swag for smokers comes in handy.

Zippo lighters are practical giveaways that can actually make smokers as well as other attendees. Indeed, even if you don't smoke, those can always be useful to light candles for example.

Giving out branded swag for smokers is not only a cool way to promote responsible smoking, but it also shows that conference organizers care about all attendees, whether they smoke or not. It's a friendly gesture that makes everyone feel included and appreciated. So, why not spread some love (and some cool swag) at your next conference?

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Keep your computer safe - Laptop bags

With technology being such a big part of conferences these days, giving out laptop cases or bags as swag giveaway is becoming increasingly popular and often considered as one of the best conference swag these years. And it's not hard to see why - a good quality computer sleeve not only protects your precious device but also makes it easier to lug around from session to session. With conference goers often having to walk long distances between sessions or to networking events, having a reliable laptop sleeve can make all the difference in terms of comfort and convenience.

They can be made of various materials, from durable nylon to stylish leather, and can feature multiple compartments for accessories like tech item, chargers, power bank, usb flash drives.

Additionally, customized sleeves offer a great brand recognition for the sponsoring organization, as they will be seen by attendees and others in their workplace, further promoting the conference and the organization behind it.

Check out for example the puffy & stylish one from Baggu, or the one from Felt made from Merino wool.

Go for the laptop sleeves and protect all the computer screens!

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Easy and practical conference giveaway - Custom Branded Water Bottles

We all know how important it is to stay hydrated, especially during conferences when you're running around from one session to another. And what better way to stay hydrated than with a fancy drinkware that you can refill throughout the day?

Not only are water bottles practical but they're also a sustainable choice. By giving out reusable water bottles as swag giveaway, conference organizers can help reduce the amount of single-use plastic waste generated.

And the best part? In our catalog, there are so many different types of bottles to choose from - from stainless steel to glass to BPA-free plastic - so you can find one that fits your budget and style. And if you really want to make an impact, customize it with your company logo or message.

So, if you want to keep your guests hydrated and the planet happy, water bottles are a no-brainer as sustainable conference swag ideas.

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Always look good - Travel pouch

Attending a conference abroad? It can be exciting, but it also means packing and organizing everything you need for the trip. That's where pouches come in as a thoughtful and practical swag gift. Pouches can be customized with a company logo or event name and can include a variety of items such pens, hygiene gel or travel-sized toiletries. You can even offer a hair brush, toiletries organizers or other items to put inside. These items can be especially useful for attendees who are traveling from out of town and may have forgotten to pack something.

The pouches can be made of different materials, from sustainable cotton to durable nylon or recycled polyester.

Plus, the pouch itself can be reused for future trips, serving as a useful reminder of the conference and the company or event that provided it.

By offering pouches as swag gifts, conference organizers can not only give a useful item but also provide brand exposure in a subtle and practical way.

Have a look at our selection of customizable pouches.

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Small Carabiner or Key Ring with your company logo

Are you looking for a practical and affordable conference giveaway that your guests will love? Consider carabiners and key rings! These small but mighty items are perfect for holding keys, badges, and even small items like flash drives or bottles. And way better than cheap lanyards if you ask us.

They come in a variety of colors and styles, so you can choose one that matches your branding or theme. And since they're so useful, attendees are sure to keep them long after the conference is over.

Plus, every time they use the carabiner or key chain, they'll be reminded of your conference and your organization. It's a win-win!

So if you're looking for a not too expensive swag option that still packs a punch, consider carabiners and key rings.

Browse our website and find the best carabiner & key rings options.

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Hands-free network - Backpacks

When it comes to selecting a conference gift idea, backpacks are an excellent option that provides both practicality and style.

On our website, you can find backpacks in a range of materials, sizes, and styles, making it easy to find one that fits your budget and matches your brand's aesthetic.

From sleek leather designs to eco-friendly options made from recycled materials, there's a backpack for every attendee's preference. We love the ones from CamelBak for their sporty design or the more eco-friendly options like the Patagonia backpack or the Recycled polyester backpack.

With the added bonus of being a reusable item, a backpack is a thoughtful and practical gift that will be appreciated by all.

Have a look at our selection of backpacks.

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Best items for virtual conferences

As more conferences move to a virtual format, it's important to adjust the conference swag to reflect the changing needs of attendees. The good news is that the gift ideas presented above, such as pens, notebooks, laptop bags, backpacks and textiles can easily be adapted for virtual events.

Create a small package for the people attending your virtual event and send it out beforehand.

By offering practical and customized swag items for virtual events, conference organizers can show appreciation for attendees, while also promoting their organization in a unique and memorable way. These classic items like desk accessories, pens, and computer sleeves still have a place in virtual events and can be made even more valuable with customization and practicality.

Think about it for your next virtual event.

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Conference swag gifts are a great way to show appreciation to participants and promote brand recognition for sponsoring organizations. From practical items like laptop sleeves and water bottles to more unique and sustainable gifts like seed bags and Pela phone cases, there are many event swag options to choose from to fit any budget and event theme. By selecting high-quality, sustainable and useful gifts, conference organizers can ensure that attendees will remember their experience and continue to use the branded gifts long after the conference has ended. Additionally, conference swag gifts can contribute to a more eco-friendly and responsible event by promoting sustainable and long lasting branded products. With the right selection, conference swag gifts can be a memorable and positive aspect of any event, conference or trade show.

All the awesome promotional product we've mentioned in this article aren't just perfect for conferences or trade show but also for a range of company events, including office parties, holiday gatherings, and team-building activities.

Think about it for your next event or your next conference and choose the right gift. Your event attendees will thank you.

At Merchery, as a sustainable corporate gift supplier, we look for the best possible products for you. Discover our offer in our catalog.

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