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by Jonathan Vatner | August 02, 2010

Gift bags are always fun to receive but time-consuming to put together. On top of that, the contents -- from the attendee perspective -- are often hit-or-miss. Instead, set up a "take one" table: Place all the gift items on a table by the registration desk, and tell attendees to take one of whatever they want. This way, participants will get the right-sized T-shirt, diabetics won't be given chocolate, and gender-specific items can be included in the options. Best of all, giving out fewer gifts saves money. Thanks to Brenda Jones, professional development coordinator for the National Association of Social Workers, Missouri Chapter (nasw-mo.org), for the idea.