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Gifts for a Cause

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | February 27,2015
These monthly gifts satisfy in two ways.
Budget

Spreading Blooms

These flowers fill space and save dollars.
Business Travel

Packable, Practical Fashion

This stylish clothing line is perfect for travel.

Noise Blocker

Light sleepers will want to travel with this.
Career

Web University

These free online classes can help you move up the ladder.

Smart Sounds

Let the power of music refocus your attention.
Charity

Gifts for a Cause

These monthly gifts satisfy in two ways.

Interactive Giving

Give donors a say in what charity to support.
Corporate Social Responsibility

CSR Central

Stumped on how to give back? Check out this clearinghouse for volunteer activities.

Savvy Skill Set

This unique fund-raising model is ideal for miniscule budgets.
Decor

VIDEO: Stay Juiced

This snazzy set of conference furniture will keep attendees charged and networking.

Cocktail Candles

These candles look as good as they smell.
Entertainment

Spokes People

Guests provide their own pedal power with this unique transportation idea.

Star Sessions

This firm brings top-name celebrities to your events.
Food and Beverage

Gifts for a Cause

These monthly gifts satisfy in two ways.

Long Island Bubbly

Try this domestic sparkling wine for a celebratory occasion.
Gifts

Gifts for a Cause

These monthly gifts satisfy in two ways.

VIP Gift Packs

These meticulously handcrafted gifts will impress top performers.
Green Meetings

Boxed Water

This H2O packaging is better for the environment.

Personal Water Filter

Green Gatherings (4 of 5): These eco-friendly bottles make make great meeting gifts.
Guest Meetings

Family Affairs

Does your summertime conference meet with chronically low attendance? Next year, try this.
Incentives

Rank and Recognition

These handcrafted awards double as works of art.  

Into the Wood

This incentive gift card isn't made of plastic.
Negotiation

Easy Find

Book a boardroom at the last minute with this Expedia of event spaces.
Networking

Savvy Scanner

This time-saving app is great for trade shows and networking events.
Programming

Foodie Farm Tour

Out-of-the-Box Outings (2 of 3): Give groups a true agrarian experience.

Glow Sports

Out-of-the-Box Outings (1 of 3): Spark teamwork with nighttime versions of traditional games.
Social Networking

Instagram for Events

Add a real-time photo slide show to liven up receptions and breakout sessions.

GIF Booths

This service is a new take on the photo booth.
Speakers

Star Sessions

This firm brings top-name celebrities to your events.

App Class

Help attendees break down the tech barrier with this savvy speaker.
Special Events

Star Sessions

This firm brings top-name celebrities to your events.

Farm and Fork

Bring the outside in with this green event theme.
Staffing

Hop to It

Is D-Day for your event nearing? Hire extra hands to help tackle your to-do list.
Team Building

Foraging Activity

Fit in 2015 (3 of 4): This walk in the woods lets participants pick their dinner.

Group Boxing Lessons

Fit in 2015 (1 of 4): This bonding activity includes throwing punches.
Technology

VIDEO: Stay Juiced

This snazzy set of conference furniture will keep attendees charged and networking.

Virtual Keyboard

This keyboard is ready anywhere, and anytime, you need it.
Theme

Party Pop

Delight attendees with this clever event theme.

Hands On

Creative Theming (Part 5 of 5): Get attendees involved with do-it-yourself elements.
Trade Shows

Payment App

App Happy (1 of 3): Use this app to collect payments anytime, anywhere. 

Fully Charged

Appease sponsors and attendees with this sure-to-be-popular kiosk.
Transportation

Are We There Yet?

In-transit attendees will love this special perk.

Pool Pitch

Meet Green (Part 4 of 5): Cut down on transportation with carpooling.
Travel

Antiperspirant Wipes

These handy wipes make on-the-go hygiene easier.

Sealed Shut

This bag will shield precious items from the elements.

Features

Taste Makers

M&C contributing editor Cheryl-Anne Sturken takes part in a back-to-school boot camp for chefs from Dolce Hotels & Resorts, with delicious results.

State Support for Destinations

State tourism offices, which usually focus on the leisure market, increasingly are focusing on meetings. Here's how three such agencies are reaching out to...

DMO Outlook: Trends to Watch

Here are expert predictions on the challenges destination management organizations are likely to face in the near future.

Medical/Pharma Meetings: Keeping Up With Change

How new rules are challenging medical meeting planners Michael J. Shapiro Planning meetings and conventions  for health-care...

Research

How Helpful Are Online RFPs?

What do planners think about online requests for proposal? Our latest poll reveals all.

What You Hate About eRFPs

Planners sound off on how the process could be improved.

Why We Keep Our Crazy Jobs

Yes, planning meetings is a crazy profession -- and planers love it, per M&C's latest exclusive survey.

Planners Sound Off on Their Jobs

M&C asked some open-ended questions and got some interesting answers.
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