33 Virtual Gift Ideas for Events, Speakers & Attendees

May 29, 2021

Gautam Singh


One of the things that everyone loves about attending a physical event is receiving a goodie bag, to save as memorabilia for the future. It helped form a pleasant bond between the host and the event’s attendees, speakers and guests. Presenting speakers and attendees with gifts is a social etiquette accepted and practiced widely across business verticals and industries, whenever events are conducted. 

Table of contents

Why virtual gifts for events

The COVID-19 pandemic turned the world upside down, and prompted an immediate, almost overnight shift to virtual platforms for the purpose of hosting events of all types. This begs the question – does the etiquette of gifting come to a halt with a shift to a virtual medium?

Absolutely not! The delight and joy of sending out gifts can certainly continue, albeit digitally. This brings us to the question: what should you pick as the gift? Here, we have curated a list of some excellent and valuable physical & virtual gift ideas that will bring smiles to the faces of the recipients, and help in building your brand name. The appreciation will be spread ahead on social media, which will generate goodwill and a positive sentiment around your brand or business. So go ahead, make your virtual event a memorable one for everyone participating!

What is the ideal event gift?

Stop buying lame generic corporate gifts for your events. Answer these questions besides budget and we promise you they’ll want to keep you gift for life 

  1. How memorable will the gift be 5 years from now? 
  2. What is the quality of the material? Does it look impressive? 
  3. Would she or he be excited to post the gift on their social media?
  4. Will the gift last for 5 years? Will it get outdated? 
  5. Is there a story the gift can tell or be told?
  6. How adventurous or out-of-the-box are you willing to go?
  7. Have your co-workers, family or friends used  the gift – would they vouch for it?

Always get a sample of your gift especially if it is a bulk order. Use the gift for a week or two. Give it to your co-workers or close family and friends. Let them give you feedback. 

To help you we’ve created a curated list of gift ideas to consider for different occasions. Keep reading. 

17 brilliant gift ideas for speakers

1. High-quality Webcam

We kick off the list with an essential peripheral forever – A high-quality web camera! Virtual events, online meetings, remote work require high quality streaming for sessions. Most default web cameras produce poor video. Based on your budget, web cameras range from $35 to $500. A few must-have features are 720p+ resolution, 30 fps, Auto-focus and low-light correction.  We assure you, they will love it for its huge utility value. Plus, a good quality webcam will not only enhance their presentation but also reflect on the overall experience of your event. 

Webcam[Image credit: Nytimes]

2. Professional Mic

Most people tend to use headphone mics or even worse webcam mics. But there is no comparison to a professional mic setup especially for event speakers. Good-quality mics & audio setups are no longer limited to audio professionals. You can gift a great mic to your speakers, to help improve the attendees’ experience as they are able to enjoy crisp and clear audio from the speakers’ end, and bring great delight to the recipient of your gift. This is one gift that will change their speaking experience forever. 

Mic[Image credit:Dmitry Demidov]

3. Fitness tracker band

What better way to say we care about you than a fitness tracker. With fitness on the rise this is a great way to say thank you and take care. There are plenty of trackers out there, so ensure you read the reviews and choose according to the budget. Also worthwhile checking or observing if your speakers already have one. 

Fitness band[Image credit : Ketut Subiyanto]

4. Mobile Battery Pack

We all know virtual events can stretch up-to great lengths. It isn’t possible for everyone to be seated near a charging port. Hence, a portable charging pad would be highly convenient in a scenario like this.Choose either this or the wireless charger later on this list.

Battery pack[Image credit: Steve Johnson]

5. Mobile/Tablet Stand

On an average an adult spends almost 5 hours on their mobile phone. It ranges from social media, tv shows, online meetings and of course virtual events & webinars. A portable sturdy stand can go a long way to make phone/tablet usage more convenient. They can use at home, at office and even while cooking their favourite receipe.

They also get to comfortably view your livestream in your mobile event app

This is our favorite practical gift which comes in a wide price range. You can always use stickers to brand it. 

Tablet stand[Image credit:Yohaan]

6. Wifi Router

Yes we know not the coolest gift to give, but on an average a US household has over 10 connected devices. With IoT a lot more smart devices would need the internet. A better and faster wi-fi will be the need of the hour. Your speakers would remember you forever to end their struggles with spotty wi-fi.

7. Wireless chargers

Technology continues to evolve and so should your gifts. A large number of devices today support wireless charging but very few use them. What better gift to give them than a wireless charger. It will be much appreciated for having introduced to cutting age technology

Wireless charger[Image credit: PCworld]

8. Smart Bluetooth tracker

Bluetooth trackers are small gadgets that you attach to things to help you locate them. Another underrated but extremely useful utility device to get organized. It screams of new age technology that they will fall in love with. Whether it is car keys, bags, cameras or event pets. Here is a guide that can help you choose the right smart tracker

Smart bluetooth tracker

9. Portable book reading light

We are certain your speakers are avid book readers. This gift isn’t a gadget, but a book light is the perfect companion for late night reading. Ensure it is portable, adjustable brightness and has good LED lighting. A USB charging is a plus. This might our most thoughtful gift recommendation in this list

Reading light[Image credit : Glocusent]

10. Branded Padfolio

This makes for an excellent choice to present to the speakers or guests. A very thoughtful gift, indeed.After all, the speaker will have every necessary thing in one place. Having your company logo on the front cover would increase brand awareness as well as maintain a strong brand identity! 

Padfolio[Image credit: Etsy]

11. Bluetooth Wireless earphones

Since we started using wireless earbuds there has been no turning back. It is a blessing in disguise for people on the move. Ensure they work well both with iOS and Android devices. A pro tip is to check on how well the mic cancels noise. The cheaper ones we have noticed barely work well as mic, but still do a great job with sound. 

Wireless headphones[Image credit:Artem Podrez]

12. Insulated tumblr

The next item on the list is a tumblr. While mugs are a common gift, your speaker deserves something unique. Not only can this gift be used for coffee, but for other warm drinks. Don’t forget to check insulation for both cold and hot drinks. With custom branding this is a great token of appreciation. Take it a step further and ingrave the speaker’s name to personalize.

13. Travel duffle bag

Yes we know. In 2020-21 this may be an ironic gift to give due to travel restrictions. But once we are past the pandemic it is a perfect gift. A leather bag personalised with their name is premium and fashionable. The hidden incentive is that your brand travels worldwide for free.

Duffle bag

14. Fashion gifts (for women)

Caught you by surprise didn’t we? That’s exactly how you can surprise your keynote speaker. A nice watch? A chic hobo handbag? A home spa kit? luxurious scarfs? earrings? A nice fragrance? Get creative. She will be thrilled. Pro Tip : Avoid gifts like tops, shoes, bottoms, jackets.

Women's fashion[Image credit : Vennzi]

15. Fashion gifts (for men)

This will for sure take them by surprise. We can promise you they will have a story to tell. The fun part is that you can get creative with it – shaving kits, leather wallets, analog watches and more . Check out an exhaustive list of luxury gifts for men. Our recommendation is branded cufflinks. 

Men's fashion[Image credit: Rene Asmussen]

16. Local handicrafts

Moving on to our next gift, which is handicrafts. Each city/country has a story that is told by their artisans. In addition to supporting the local economy, most are eco-friendly and unique. They never go out of date and can become a part of your speakers’ home or office decor. A very beautiful & meaningful gift.

Handicrafts[Image credit : Julia Volk]

17. Hand-written thank you card

Needless to say you have thanked your speaker on stage, in-person. But nothing will beat a special thank you, written by you with a genuine message. They will cherish it forever. Pro Tip : Frame it.

Thank you note[Image credit : Panos Sakalakis]

18. Airfryer

We know! We know! Sounds a little too adventurous, but hear us out. It’s trendy. It’s healthy. It’s unique. It’s simple to use. It’s versatile. It’s addictive. Here’s a good guide on air fryer’s to help

9 unique gift ideas for attendees

1. Food vouchers

Food voucher[Image credit: Caleb Oquendo]

A food voucher from a food delivery service is a great gift. It allows guests to order a meal of their choice during breaks in the event. Sending a digital food voucher for an on-boarded exhibitor or sponsor will not only promote that key exhibitor or sponsor, but also boost your revenue & sponsorship fee due to the exposure they receive from such an activity.

2. Swag box

swag box

Going virtual shouldn’t limit you from sending across personalized, branded swag, to your delegates. Companies like Swag or Caroo customise their swag box based on your brand. So pick the craziest promotional items you can think of and enjoy the appreciation from your virtual event’s delegates! You can never go wrong with a swag bag. It is tried and tested which works every time. 

3. Book giveaway of your speakers

Books[Image credit]

Here is a two for one gift. Most of your speakers may have authored books – have a giveaway for it. Use gamification to find winners and present them with a signed copy of your keynote speaker. Both your speaker and attendees will enjoy the gift forever because of you. 

4. Cable organiser

Cable organiser[Image credit : Goodhousekeeping]

Have you seen the number of wires around us? Cable quacks keep tables organised, neat and tidy. It is one thing almost everyone wants to buy but keeps getting overlooked in our shopping carts. They not only are useful, but affordable. Check with your supplier since they are easy to brand. The fun part is they come in different shapes and sizes – some can get real quirky 

5. Stickers and patches

Stickers patches magnets[Image credit: Christina Morillo]

Not everything needs to be big and flashy. Small things create a bigger impact. Almost everyone out there loves sporting stickers on their laptops or patches on their backpacks. You not only get to brand it but give another opportunity for sponsors to promote. They also travel well to increase your brand awareness. Ideally you want to have a good collection of 6-8 stickers/patches. 

6. Sponsor tester gift boxes

Gift box[Image credit: Mareefe]

Another version of swag box except this one can be curated by you from your sponsors. This a must-have gift for exclusive VIP events. It almost is expected for your guests to get samples not just from your sponsors, but you. After all, you are the one who invited them over. 

7. Discounted tickets

Create brand loyalty by investing in, and developing a good relationship with your audience. Offering them a discount for your next event is one way to go about it. Every virtual goodie bag sent to the attendee upon registration can have a discount code that they can redeem for a future event of their choice. A gift that will surely be appreciated by some! 

8. Web camera covers or shields

Webcam cover


[Image credit: Igeeksblog]

With the increased concern of privacy a web camera cover is a must-have. You never know who is snooping around. These small devices are affordable and easy to install. They show to your attendee that you are concerned about their privacy. Your brand gets to be on their laptop forever

9. Gifts for pets