Chemical conference-goers are always partial to a free gift or two. The ICIS suite at EPCA is piled high as usual with small toys and executive gizmos bearing the ICIS logo, and suitably sized to be easily stuffed into a conference delegate bag. I'm very impressed with this year's tastefully discreet ICIS passport covers, which are just the right size for my children's crumpled passports.
One previous freebie that proved very popular was the selection of USB sticks. In contrast to the ICIS USB connections, always in the best possible taste, I see that Electronics Weekly's blog has been writing about some really pointless, tacky USB rubbish, including a USB greenhouse, a parrot that repeats what you say at intervals and a mosquito repelling USB stick. Not at all suitable for the Blog's stylish readers then.
(A free premium gift to anyone who stops me and says the magic line: "I read your blog.")