Items to Include in a Guest Speaker Goodie Bag

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Items to Include in a Guest Speaker Goodie Bag
Always include a thank you card that details why the speaker was important to the audience. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Thank each guest speaker for his collaboration with your organisation. Buy quality gift bags and matching tissue paper in bulk and make a list of what each speaker should get to remember the organisation. Check to see if gifts for speakers can be tax free for the institution or if there are limits to what and how much the office can spend. Duke Law School, for example, has a £65 limit. Be sure to file all receipts for gifts.

Thank You Card

Thank you cards should be written in advance and with thoughtfulness in the message. Think of why the speaker came and express a specific sentence or two of why the organisation is appreciative for the message, how it will help the audience and that future collaboration is anticipated.

Quality Pen

Invest in purchasing quality pens with the organisation's logo for the sole purpose of giving them to guest speakers. Choose pens that are retractable, in aluminium and that can be ordered at the beginning of each financial year. Their cost should be around £6 to £19 each depending on the budget.


Choose a relaxing book for a gift. Find out if the speaker is particularly passionate about a certain author, place, artist or cause. Choose a book that is easy to read or a good coffee-table book such as one with quotes or one of their favourite destination. Order the book online, as it is often much cheaper and lessens the hassle of taking time to shop in person.

Restaurant Gift Token

Most institutions have a limit on how much can be spent on gift tokens and considers them cash equivalents. Restaurant gift tokens are considerate gifts because they relieve speakers who often lead busy lives. Choose a gift token based on the type of person the speaker is. If she frequently eats out for lunch, choose a gift token for her favourite lunch restaurant. Otherwise, make sure that the restaurant delivers and is a chain restaurant so that she has more options.

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