If attendees loved the photo booth at your past events, try the flip-book booth, which turns a six-second video of guests into printed flip books for them to take home. A company logo can be printed on the front. Prices vary depending on the operator, but Fantastic Flipbooks in Tennessee (fantasticflipbooks.com) charges $400 to $475 per hour; vendors around the country can be found here: iloveflipbooks.com/locations
Divide and Color
At events at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando, attendees are "sorted" into groups named for the four houses at Hogwarts School and based on lanyard colors (garnet/gold for Gryffindor, green/white for Slytherin, yellow/blue for Hufflepuff and navy/cream for Ravenclaw). The lanyards cost $10 each. For any type of events, lanyard colors can help distinguish attendees from exhibitors, indicate distinct corporate divisions or divide groups for team-building activities. (888) 266-2121; uomeetingsandevents.com
Many acting skills -- focus, creativity and decision making -- are vital for business, too. Broadway Classroom, a subsidiary of http://broadway.com/groups, teaches acting skills to corporate groups in New York City (costs start at $20 per participant). Elsewhere, contact a local acting school or theater company; many offer one-day workshops or tailored corporate programs. (800) 276-2392; broadwayclassroom.com
There's nothing like an enormous, fragrant soap bar for saying thank you to the employees who clean up messes all year round. Claus Porto sells 12.34-ounce bars in a variety of scents for $18 here, and Bliss sells 11.1-ounce bars of its Mammoth Minty Scrub Soap, also for $18, here.
Fun With Magnets
It's hard to categorize Zoran Princevic's curvaceous metal sculptures, except to say that they make for unique and fun desk art. They're useful, too: The magnetic balls can be used to stick cards and notes to the stand. Cost, from $12. (604) 875-9232; constructive.ca
Clip the PageKeeper onto the back of a book, and a spring-loaded "finger" helps hold the book open and keeps your page when it's closed. Unlike a bookmark, it won't fall out. Cost, $7.99; discounts and imprinting are available for minimum order of 5,000. (Imprinting on smaller orders will be possible next year.) (336) 218-5002; pagekeeper.com
Chuao, a high-end Venezuelan chocolatier based in Southern California, makes bonbons with surprising flavors (chile pepper, vinegar and goat cheese), as well as with garden-variety fillings. The Elegancia, a two-tiered jewelry box full of chocolates, retails for $67; corporate discounts are available for purchases of $600 or more. (888) 635-1444; chuaochocolatier.com
Believe it or not, this isn't a hollowed-out 24-105mm Canon camera lens; it's a mug, perfect for photography whizzes, both professional and amateur. The Camera Lens Mug comes with a "lens cap" lid and rubber grips in the form of zoom and focus rings. Cost, $24.
Hatch a Garden
Print your logo on the egg-shaped Eggling; recipients crack the top off, add water and grow a tiny garden on their desk. Egglings cost $9.95 and are available here. For pricing on customized Egglings, go here. (800) 600-7216; notedco.com/eggling.html
For people who don't have time for breakfast at home, this BPA-free plastic bowl set keeps cereal and milk separate. The milk container is lined with a freezer gel pack, and a spoon snaps into the lid. Cost for EZ Freeze, $5.36 each for a minimum of 60, plus a $50 setup charge; included is a one-color imprint. (866) 890-5096; ideastage.com
Jog With Your Memory
Because of their steadily diminishing size, memory cards are getting harder and harder to keep track of. This keychain-size case, padded with sanoprene rubber, keeps two memory cards on hand and safe from the elements. The Jimi Digital Media Case costs $9.95 individually or $4.50 each for orders of at least 100. Logoing costs $350 plus 25 cents per item. (415) 839-7502; thejimi.com
Place the Driinn between a charger and an outlet, and it provides a shelf for the gadget while charging. One witty planner recently gave it as a promotional gift at a meeting focused on "empowerment." Cost, $3.17 each for a minimum of 50; includes a one-color imprint. (800) 331-6624; imc-miracles.com