Bowl Made of Magazine Pages from DDB Chicago
This one wins the prize for the most unusual swag, and most environmentally conscious. The bowl is constructed of carefully folded and woven strands made up of what appear to be magazine pages, yet is surprisingly sturdy. We're not sure if DDB Chicago is making some sort of statement about the precariousness of print, or was just really into recycling. In any case, we did get some boxes of fruit from Harry & David, and the apples and pears will look quite fetching in the bowl.
Gourmet Gift Basket from the Disney Television Group
As we've already mentioned, we've been well fed, and journalists always like free food. But the Disney Television Group's enormous basket of goodies had us salivating over the artichoke lemon pesto, the panzanella, the twist and crack almonds, the gourmet nut mix, the mocha chocolate wafers and the chocolate covered cherries.
Soup Tureen from Lopez Negrete
Hispanic ad agency Lopez Negrete sent this impressive ceramic soup tureen, with a recipe for a traditional Christmas Eve chicken soup. We're not sure we'll get around to making the soup, but it does give the magazine DDB bowl some competition.
For our cubicle walls, Campbell Ewald sent two Chevy-themed calendars, "An American Revolution" and "Year In Rock." They'll have to share space with Kendall-Jackson's postcard perfect tour of wine country. And so we seem more than ready to dive into 2006.