Sitting at a traditional desk all day can be downright uncomfortable. Ergo Desktop's "Kangaroo" desk allows users to easily adjust their workspace from seated to standing position. Cost: from $259. (866) 232-7988; ergodesktop.com
Gifts for the Good Life custom creates bento boxes -- filled with things like journals, writing implements, hand-painted sugar cookies and mints -- for events. Cost: from $75 per box. giftsforthegoodlife.com
Jamali Garden's white birch vases, which come with glass vase inserts, add a touch of natural beauty to winter white floral arrangements. Cost: from $7.99. (212) 996-5534; jamaligarden.com
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Can't locate that speaker's headshot that was e-mailed to you months ago? Lost Photos (compatible with both MAC and PC computers) mines your e-mail and recovers any and all photos that you've sent or received. Cost: $2.99. lostphotosapp.com
To boost attendance, consider creating a preview trailer (here's an example). The team at the Ritz-Carlton, Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel), recently created a short video featuring their events staff and partners discussing wedding trends to promote a bridal expo at the property; the video was posted on Facebook, Twitter and the hotel's website and was also played during the event. For budgets that can't accommodate a professional videographer, consider assigning a talented staffer or member to create one at little or no cost with an iPhone or inexpensive handheld recorder (Kodak makes several models); online editing programs, such as iMovie, are free. (312) 266-1000; fourseasons.com/chicagorc/
Behind the Magic: The Ritz Carlton Wedding Professionals from Jeff Goldstein on Vimeo.
BrightBox is a cellphone-charging station that lets users charge their mobile devices in secure mini lockers (which are paid for and opened by users' credit cards). The stations' video screen can also be used to run exhibitor ads, sponsor messages or event information. Cost: rents for $175 per day, for up to six days (minimum rental, two days). (646) 756-0056; brightboxcharge.com
CamCard, an app compatible with iPhone, iPad, Android, Android Tablets and Blackberry, snaps an image of a business card and automatically adds the information to a new contact profile. camcard.com
For holiday events, the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, pairs sweet canapés such as gingerbread spice with nougat cream and pistachio stollen, along with savory bites such as butternut and sage soup shots, and mini turkey burgers with cranberry sauce and gingerbread and citrus fruit-marinated shrimp. (65) 6737 3644; shangri-la.com/singapore
Who says chicken has to be boring? Chef Jordan Mackey of Restaurant Cuvee in Napa, Calif., suggests serving chicken pops (small slices of chicken breast wrapped and served on a skewer) stuffed with figs, olives and spices. (707) 224-2330; cuveenapa.com
For a unique holiday (or any time) bite, chef Todd Webster of Miami's Front Porch Cafe recommends tostones -- thick slices of flattened, fried green plantain topped with pulled pork (or pulled duck or dark turkey meat) and pico de gallo. (305) 531-8300; frontporchoceandrive.com
Dress up deviled eggs with ahi tuna, bacon and black truffle vinaigrette for an unexpected burst of flavor. The recipe is a favorite of John Howie, chef at the two Seattle-area Seastar Restaurants and Raw Bars (seastarrestaurant.com) and author of Passion & Palate: Recipes for a Generous Table.
Graham Harrop, a cartoonist for the Vancouver Sun, creates humorous custom cartoons for groups that can be used during meeting presentations or imprinted on giveaways. McDonalds is among the firms he's done work for. Cost for an original color cartoon: $350. grahamharrop.com