It’s that time of year again—gift guide season! We know you’re busy planning year-end events and meetings for 2017, and some of you may even be tasked with coordinating your organization’s holiday party (oh, the misery). So we’ve taken the guesswork out of buying presents, rounding up our top gifts for 2016. Many of them are perfect for event profs, but might be just as well-received by a close friend, your son or even your mother-in-law. Whether it’s for easing your worries about leaving pets home alone, or fashion that’s both comfortable and stylish, we’ve got you covered. There’s nothing wrong with a “to me, from me” gift tag under the tree either. Happy holidays!
Outdo the standard BPA-free bottle handed out on site visits with this 27-ounce fruit infuser water bottle. In less than two minutes, you can transform plain water into a drink with flavor without sacrificing hydration. It’s a nice touch for a long day of hopefully fruitful meetings. $12
Google’s Chromecast Audio may make DJs obsolete, or at least provide an alternative for planners looking to save on AV options. The small device plugs into a speaker and allows for live streaming via Wi-Fi from your phone or tablet anywhere your network reaches—even if it’s a floor away from the speaker. Buy it quickly enough and it could be the hit of your company’s holiday party. $35