Q. I am planning a conference where one of the gifts will be a wine bottle opener, but I am worried that I might offend some of the recipients. Is there a good way to forewarn them about the nature of the gift?
A. If everyone receives the same gift, it should not cause offense. Those who do not use such an item will probably just “regift” it to someone who would. Conference favors do not fall under the same guidelines as a gift you give personally, where you would consider the individual recipient’s tastes and sensitivities.