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by Jonathan Vatner | April 26, 2010

Speakers and other VIPs gracing your event probably have gotten more plaques, pens and other paraphernalia than they will ever want. Instead, show your appreciation with these much less expensive gift ideas, suggests Greg Jenkins, partner of Bravo Productions in Long Beach, Calif. (562-435-0065; bravoevents-online.com):
• A contribution to their favorite charity, or membership to an organization that supports a cause they care about
• A framed certificate of appreciation signed by the client's executive staff
• A nicely packaged video of the presentation
• An invitation to attend another of the company's major events