This holiday season companies are shying away from traditional pricey holiday gift giving, and sticking to an economical approach. With company budgets still tight for some, gift givers are looking for the most cost-effective, charitable, or personal gifts to send this year.
Though skipping client gift giving altogether is not recommended, experts say sending gifts can positively impact client and company relations, and leave a lasting impression on recipients. Saying thanks and taking a moment to spread some holiday cheer can be accomplished in less time than ever this year. It's even easier than ever to find gifts that can be personalized for your clients, and you may want to consider branding your gift. Both of these touches can help form an emotional bond with your customers.
Here’s a look at some of this season's most popular and easily accessible corporate gift giving products that will impress your clients and ensure a timely delivery.
By Jennifer Zabasajja
Posted 06 Decemebr 2011
Junior’s Cheesecake Sampler
Price: $37 to $45
Every major city has some local dish or flavor it calls its own. If your clients are spread throughout the world, one way to spread the holiday cheer is to share your favorite local flavor with the rest of the world.
For New Yorkers, one great taste is Junior's classic cheesecake. The landmark New York City restaurant offers corporate gifts and quick-order selections for those looking to send a memorable gift that will satisfy a sweet tooth.
Dean & Deluca Gift Basket
Gift baskets are a traditional gift-giving favorite, but feel free to be as imaginative as you’d like with these items.
Dean & Deluca allows customers to purchase either one of their ready-made baskets, or to assemble their own. With cooking shows and celebrity chefs aplenty, more people are comfortable experimenting with food. Put a spin on your gift basket and leave a good impression with the tasteful flavors you choose.
Slimline MP3 Mini Speaker
Price: $4 to $5
Everyone experiences times when they're hesitant to turn their MP3 players up a few notches for fear of disrupting others. A set of mini-MP3 speakers can enhance your listening experience and respectively keep the noise level down wherever you go. They’re also handy for toting around for presentations and meetings.
Lightweight and affordable, these speakers are perfect for clients. They even can be personalized with a company’s name and logo.
Ghirardelli Gift Set With Leather-Encased Thermos
Rarely can you go wrong with sweet treats. This attractive holiday package comes complete with multiple packets of hot chocolate and a stainless steel thermos wrapped in rich leather.
Christopher Radko Christmas Ornament, Let Freedom Ring Veterans Charity
Give the gift of giving this season and do a world of good. More companies are making products that allow people to send personalized cards and trinkets to their friends, family members, and colleagues, as well as donate to the charity of their choice.
This unique, memorable and seasonal ornament can be a constant reminder to the recipient of the support shown to U.S. war veterans.
To make the gift more personal, be sure to follow through with your clients to solidify your message of thankfulness and giving back.
Groupon Gift Cards
Give a gift of local adventure with these widely popular Groupon gift cards. These gifts can provide your recipient with a wide array of experiences, from a fun trip to a romantic restaurant to a great relaxation deal. The best part: Each gift will be worth twice as much as you paid, and you don’t even need to shop. Gift giving has never been so easy.
International Gourmet Assortment: Flavors of the World
Price: $78 to $93
The way to your recipients' hearts may be through their stomachs, especially if you’re providing them with gourmet edibles. This set — complete with an assortment of gourmet cheeses, spiced almonds, crackers, and a cutting board — gives companies the option of fire branding the board with a company logo.
Barbara Wells, senior vice president of Staples Promotional Products, recommends the idea of a platter such as this as a way of bringing offices and clients together during this holiday season. “You can utilize the board and share, but because it is personalized it is an opportunity to encourage company unity,” she says.
Tasting Room Wine Samplers
“Wine makes people stop for a minute and savor the moment,” Dana Holmes, public relations director and editor-in-chief at Gifts.com said. If you're looking to impress a client or partner, sending an elegant and lasting taste of wine is sure to do just that for any wine enthusiast.
Though the economy has forced many to shy away from typically pricier “Of the Month” clubs, Holmes suggests a new alternative for those with an eye toward economy. The Tasting Room has created miniature sampler packages, perfect for a sampling. The company offers a variety of package deals, with wines from around the world and personalized notes from each vineyard. And if you choose, you can add a gift card that lets recipients choose their favorite from the sampler and have it sent to them.
MoMA Click Ball Perpetual Calendar
Easy to carry and convenient to use, desk calendars can be branded with your company logo and are a great way to keep your name in front of your clients.
Clients will appreciate the usefulness and sleek design of this retro-looking Click Ball Perpetual Calendar from MoMa.
With long hours at work, it’s easy to lose track of your favorite shows or miss a good movie at the theaters. Help keep your clients entertained this year by introducing them to new shows, or get them back on track with the latest season of their favorite series, with a subscription to Netflix.
Amazon's Kindle e-Reader
If you are looking to splurge, you may want to invest in an e-reader. Gadgets such as the Kindle are easy to use, and can store more books than the average reader already owns. They even make newspapers and magazines easier to access, with convenient subscriptions.
Deluxe Executive Leather iPad and iPad2 Case Organizer
With the recently released iPad2 and the introduction of the iCloud, the iPad’s popularity and value have increased calls for more protection against damage. Though a variety of protective cases exist, this deluxe leather iPad case organizer features an adjustable fitting to secure both iPad editions, and also includes a cutout camera lens peep hole to make sure you always have direct access to all of iPad's features.
This case also comes complete with storage for business cards, pens, and other notes important to have on hand. Microfiber cloths included also prevent scruff on your iPad, and keeps it polished. E-corporate gifts offers this case at a discounted price if large bundles purchased.