4imprint, LLC

| Updated: October 20, 2021

Conference gift bag ideas:

  • Food and drink
  • Branded rain gear
  • Items to help them sleep
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Portable chargers
  • Custom wireless trackers
  • Post-conference relaxation items


Did you know that the global business events industry supports over $2.5 trillion in total business sales every year? And while events may look different and feature more virtual components than before, people are excited to get back to in-person events. This means memorable conference gift bag ideas will create opportunities to make a lasting impression.

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Whether you’re a doctor or an educator or work for a corporation or a nonprofit, there are countless gatherings where your brand can make a big impression with conference giveaways. According to PPAI, 41 percent of people hold onto promotional items between one and five years (PDF), with 18 percent keeping the items for 11 years or more.

Side by side of woman by a 2010 calendar and woman by a 2021 calendar.

Eleven years is a long time!

We’ve put together a list of extremely popular conference gift bag ideas—a mini conference survival kit, if you will—that people will use and talk about throughout the conference and for many years to come. Here’s how to help them brave their next conference with handy gift bags.


Food and drink

You might be surprised to learn that many people—millennials in particular—list water bottles as their favorite piece of branded swag. The Fold Flat Water Bottle with Carabiner can be easily stored in a bag, purse or pocket when it’s empty or clipped to a bag or belt loop when it’s full.

And conference attendees need more than just water. Folks on the run often don’t get a chance to eat. Help them keep their energy up with a packet or two of Tasty Bites – Gardetto’s® Snack Mix.


Rain gear

Conference-goers sometimes have to brave the elements to reach their destination, particularly if hotels and conferences are in different locations. When Mother Nature is uncooperative, help keep visitors warm and dry with a Mini Folding Umbrella or Pronto Poncho.


Items to help them sleep

Traveling to a conference and sleeping in an unfamiliar place can make anyone weary. Put a Sublimated Sleep Mask in their gift bag. This sleep mask will help attendees get the rest they need, allowing them to get the most out of their day at the conference. Couple this conference gift bag idea with a Zen Essential Oil Roller Bottle in lavender to promote your brand along with a good night’s sleep!


Hand sanitizer

Meeting many people, spending the day on the run and not getting enough rest can increase the odds of catching a cold. Add a Howdy Hand Sanitizer to your conference giveaways. This unique sanitizer will get people talking about your brand while helping them stay healthy.


Portable chargers

Eighty-five percent of Americans own a smartphone, and all of them need to keep their phone charged and ready for use at the conference.

Smartphone and charging cables.

Consider giving them a Union Light-Up Logo Duo Charging Cable that allows them to charge either an Apple® device or a mini-USB device. Or offer an On The Go Flashlight Power Bank, which can be used to charge their phone or light their walk back to the hotel.


Custom wireless trackers

Conferences are often hectic, and it’s easy to lose track of a bag or briefcase when heading from one presentation to another. The Seek Wireless Tracker allows users to find lost items using a smartphone. This custom tracker can even help trace lost phones.


Post-conference relaxation items

After a long day of walking from room to room, talking with dozens of strangers and sitting in uncomfortable chairs, a Star Shaped Massager will help soothe attendees’ sore and tired muscles.


The best gift is a gift they’ll use—and talk about!

Ultimately, you’ll want your conference giveaways to reflect your brand and your budget. By using one or more of the items in our list of conference gift bag ideas, you can build a memorable grab bag that will keep your brand on hand for years to come.