I'm trying to think of some good registration gifts and prizes that will help make this tournament stand out. I want to give away things that bridge players will actually want and use; not just random crap with our logo stamped on. We joked that the Hunt Valley Regional gave away body bags this year -- actually they were travel bags for dresses and coats, but then I can't really see how these are useful gifts. People who need them already have them, don'tcha think?
So some ideas I've had for registration gifts:
- Pens or pencils -- boring, I know, but definitely useful.
- Pencil extenders -- don't know what these are actually called, but they're basically little things you can stick the ACBL golf pencils into to make them easier to hold, and they have erasers, too. Not sure they'd be a huge hit or anything, but I think a lot of people would use them.
- Discounts at the booksellers' table -- say, a $2 off coupon for section tops. Now, I know not everyone would use these, but even if they don't want to buy books, they could buy pencils or convention card holders and such. This would help the bookseller, too, who is a friend of ours.
- $2 bills -- not really original, but definitely a Charlottesville prize.
I'm interested in some feedback here. What's the best registration gift you've ever received at a tournament? What do you think makes the best section top prizes (not overall prizes -- those are handled by the MABC and are usually just free plays)? Remember, these prizes and gifts need to be something I can get for ~$2 apiece, or less.
Leave your suggestions in the comments here, or email me at Meg@DoubleSqueeze.com. I'm looking forward to your ideas!