Belkin's new Conserve line is designed to save energy, and money, by shutting off automatically via timers and eliminating stand-by power usage. In addition to sockets and surge protectors, the line offers a valet which charges up to four mobile devices using one power cord and turns off automatically after all devices are fully charged. Cost: $39.99. (800) 223-5546; belkin.com/conserve
Zabar's NY Original Toasting Bagel Box from the world-famous bagel bakers will be a hit with any customer or group of employees you want to thank. Cost, $23.94 for a box of 18; 10 percent discount on corporate gift orders of 15 boxes or more. (800) 697-6301; zabars.com
Though we've been conditioned to think negatively about "zoning out" on
the job, recent studies reveal that letting our minds wander for even a
brief period can have a positive consequence on brain function. Our
favorite way to reboot during the day: donothingfortwominutes.com.
This simple rubber accessory keeps cords neatly separated and prevents them from slipping into the jungle of wires buried behind your desk. Cost, $12. (800) 793-3167; momastore.org
Instead of spending a bundle on floral centerpieces for lunch and a workshop during her recent event, Lindsay Reed Maines, founder of the Women Create Media conference (womencreatemedia.com), fashioned centerpieces using products from sponsor Poppin, a new office supply company. Since attendees could use the products (pads, pens) during the workshop, the sponsor received extra exposure.
Before guests arrive, link these interlocking platters made of bamboo (a very sustainable wood) together to make an attractive centerpiece; guests can break them apart and carry them as they mix and mingle. The hole securely holds a wine glass for juggle-free noshing and drinking. Cost, $14.99 for two platters. (760) 471-6600; totallybamboo.com
Way to Faux
If you want to reuse your centerpieces, opt for a faux floral arrangement with a twist. Jenny Jafek-Jones, owner of the Crimson Poppy, creates realistic flowers from paper. She can even create custom arrangements with your choice of maps, magazines, even company newsletters or stationary. Cost, from $35. (405) 743-9592; thecrimsonpoppy.com
These handcrafted candle holders, made from recycled oak wine-barrel staves, add a simple, minimalist touch to long banquet tables. Available in multiple wood varieties and with five or seven candle holes. Cost, from $69.99. etsy.com/shop/StilNovoDesign
Fill a unique container, such as this planter with a chalkboard front that doubles as a table marker, with aromatic herbs or succulent plants. Cost for planter, $28. (888) 942-4536; www.bhldn.com/the-shop
Cubes are so square. Trendy restaurants and bars, including New York City's Dutch Kills, are upping the cocktail ante by adding ice spears, cylinders and hollowed chunks to drinks. Ask your F&B contact about ice options available at the restaurant or venue. (718) 383-2724
Loud and proud. These singular bags will stand out on an airport carousel. The Tumi Vapor limited collection was designed by graffiti artist Crash. Cost, $445-$595; volume discounts available. (800) 669-3181
Stick it to 'em. Give tables, columns and bars a fancy grillwork look with these removable adhesives from Cort Event Furnishings. Luna Transformations, available in four patterns, work in conjunction with the firm's Luna Lighting collection of LED-lit furnishings. Call for price information. (888) 710-2525