Ignite a Sp@rk of inspiration. December 2, 2010 Issue

DECEMBER 2, 2010
Ignite - a spark of inspiration

Finish your corporate gift-buying today, and start checking off your own holiday planning list! We’ve gathered a few ideas that may inspire you to find the perfect year-end gift to thank your best clients, staff or advisors.

Bowl them over. As individual as a fingerprint, these unique Canadian Burl Bowls are carved from burl growths removed sustainably from live trees without damaging the trunk. They range from five to eight inches in diameter and have a food-safe finish. Packed in a two-piece gift box with black shred and an enclosure card you can customize, starting at $126 each from Idea Incentives.
Symbolize your thanks. Increasing in prominence as a national symbol, the Inukshuk figure pays tribute to our Arctic cultures, and is always popular with international audiences. These artistic glass interpretations from The Great Canadian Gift Company can place your name on its base, as a classic recognition gift. Cost range up from about $33, depending on size and quantity.
Plan for growth. If you’re concerned about waste, but still want to send a message of thanks and good wishes for the season, it’s not too late to send a plantable holiday card, seeded with wildflowers from Winnipeg’s Botanical Paperworks, customized with your logo and message. Use the code "FestiveFreight2010" when checking out orders of $75 or more before December 10 for free standard shipping.
Don’t moose out. We like Alberta artist Debra Cherniawsky-Durrer’s whimsical Artables Canada line: production pottery with hand-painted art appeal for a personal touch. From the moose collection, this fish platter comes in a crate you can put your logo on, for easy gifting and safe delivery. Volume orders from $53 each, available from The Great Canadian Gift Company.
Be socially conscious. You could always redirect holiday swag dollars to a charity in someone’s name. Options are limitless, but global charity World Vision Canada offers a hands-on approach through its gift catalogue, where you can opt to buy chickens and livestock for a village, help start a business, or get medical supplies to those in need. “Corporate buyers tend to pick gifts that relate to their business,” says spokesperson Jane Bargout, and gift cards let recipients apply your donation to their own choice.
A last word on last-minute. There is still time to customize holiday gifts with your logo or brand, according to our supply experts, but a word of advice on rush orders: “Have your EPS logo file ready to send your supplier when you confirm the order along with your Pantone colour and brand requirements to ensure consistency with your corporate logo on your gift pieces,” says Juliette Sale, president, Idea Incentives.

Look for more corporate gift ideas at ignitemag.ca to wrap up the year. To share a great gift-giving tip, or ask for advice, meet us on facebook or at IgniteMeetingsConnect.

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The Neuroscience of Effective Events

When: December 8, 2010, 11 a.m. CDT
Where: On your desktop via an online webinar
Why go:
This is your brain on meetings, in a free webinar hosted by IMEX America
What’s in it for you: Hear how discoveries founded in neuroscience and human biology can increase your meeting effectiveness and shape meeting design principles

More industry events at Ignitemag.ca

good to know
How to rock a meeting planners’ meeting
Organizers of the inaugural Americas Incentive Business and Travel Exhibition (AIBTM), set to take place in Baltimore in June 2011, have added a hot ticket to their agenda: Reed Travel Exhibitions and partner Visit Baltimore will make more than 1,000 U2 tickets available to exhibitors and buyers when the band plays in the city on June 22 as part of the group’s global 360° Tour. Corporate and professional planners can apply here for the hosted buyer program.
A tool to choose the best travel reward card
With more than 60 travel reward credit cards to choose from in Canada, the task of finding one with the best perks for a particular small business or executive traveller is a growing challenge. Patrick Sojka, founder of frequent flyer travel site rewardscanada.ca, has launched a new tool that can help: a handy flow chart that can help match traveller preferences with the most beneficial rewards card. The chart can be found online at rewardscanada.ca/topcreditcard2010.
Travel destinations with the biggest draw
China, Africa and Hawaii top the list of most up-and-coming destinations as rewards for performance in motivational marketing programs, according to the Site International Foundation’s Focus on Destination Selection study. The report, released this month, reviews factors that determine which locations are chosen by incentive planners. According to the survey, budgets are on the rise, but many respondents are still choosing to stay closer to home, limiting travel time to between three and nine hours. The Site Index annual survey and interim report results can be seen at siteglobal.com.
Share your event news, case studies or story ideas with us here at ignitemag.ca.
Prepare for takeoff in this sponsorship job
Think about packing your bags for 30 to 40 days of travel a year as part of the job of Sponsorship Coordinator for Westjet in Calgary. For someone with three to five years of event marketing experience,  projects would include on-site event marketing and consumer interaction, consumer promotions, advertising and employee incentives. See the job posting here and apply before Dec. 7, 2010.
A made-in-Canada event opportunity
Canada’s largest industry and trade association, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), is searching for a Senior Events & Marketing Specialist to plan and organize all of its Ontario Division communications and events. This means nurturing relationships with CME members, speakers, hotels and suppliers. Apply online at Workopolis or work any contacts you might have directly at CME.


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