Guests take home a lot from events: lessons from industry experts, business cards from networking contacts, notepads, pens and countless USB drives. But now they can take 3-D selfies. Staramba is revolutionizing the world of event photography by using mobile, full-body 3-D scanners to create minifigurines of attendees.

The best part? Planners don’t have to worry about any of the setup or takedown. The Staramba team will come to your event and take care of all the heavy lifting, operate the scanner, and complete all the postevent production. Then, the full-color, 3-D figurine will be mailed to attendees a few weeks after the event. Give guests a gift they will remember—the gift of themselves!

Patty Triplett West was a publicity executive at Warner Bros. searching for a meaningful holiday gift for colleagues, when she came up with the idea for Good Karmal. The elegant gourmet caramels come in six flavors—vanilla, sea salt, café caramel, caramel, apple, butter rum and chocolate sea salt. Each handmade confection is individually wrapped with an inspiring quotation, such as “Scatter Joy” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) or “Whatever you are, be a good one” (Abraham Lincoln).

 

MEDEA, an ultra-premium vodka that’s distilled in Schiedman, Holland, and distributed through corporate headquarters in Pleasanton, California, regularly takes top awards in the Los Angeles International Spirits Competition and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. And that’s just for its taste. MEDEA also enjoys distinction for its unique bottle: the only one in the world with a programmable LED message strip, which is design- and technology-patented.

 

It takes a lot to entertain sophisticated travelers these days, but leave it to San Francisco to translate some intriguing tidbits of history into an out-of-the-box, underground attraction that meeting planners may want to include in their off-site activity suggestions. Escape Alcatraz is a drop ride and show simulating an escape from the infamous prison, including a (safe) jump off “The Rock.”