Well folks, Thanksgiving has officially passed. The turkeys have been eaten, the potatoes mashed and slathered in gravy and the pumpkin pies all devoured (even when we all thought it impossible to eat dessert—way to persevere).
Now that Thanksgiving is over, the winter holiday season is officially in full swing (cue: Jingle Bell Rock). This fact makes now a perfect time to start planning your corporate holiday gifts—because your clients deserve a gift that’s thoughtful and not last minute.
Here are some holiday client gift ideas that will make your company stand out. Remember, it’s important to show your clients that you appreciate their business, even if it’s with a small little something.
A set of coasters. Everyone has this special work drink (be it coffee, tea, water or whatever). Recognizing this fact and giving a nice, thoughtful gift can go a long way. Just beware selecting anything with too much personality. Opt for neutral colors and shapes with a simple pattern.
A set of letterpressed thank you notes. Practical and affordable, our favorite combination. The letterpressed quality adds a little something extra that they couldn’t pick up at a discount store.
Gift certificates to the coffee shop down the road. If they’re coffee drinkers, this nice gift can be as large or small as you’d like. Perhaps package the gift card in a nice travel thermos.
Party drink recipe handbook. With the holidays upon us, many of your clients will be hosting gatherings. Give them a nice collection of drink ideas (perhaps ask your office employees to contribute their favorite holiday drink and have a book printed and bound) and they’ll think of your company each time they reach for it.
Gourmet food basket. Food is always a fantastic option. Look for something unique that you think they’ll find appealing (perhaps a basket of unique olive oils, a collection of local cheeses or a sampling of baked goods from your favorite local bakery).
Bottles of regional wine. Show off your local winery by ordering a bottle (or case) of regional wine. Just be sure to know if a) your client drinks wine and b) if they prefer red or white.
Donation in the name of their favorite charity. Include some personality in delivering this message if it suits your company’s brand (“We donated the equivalent of four paperweights and two deluxe fruitcakes to Heifer International in your name.”) This philanthropic approach can warm hearts everywhere, and makes your clients look great.
Hire a barista for their office for a morning. Looking for something a little more creative? This gift idea will surely show your appreciation—and it offers them a specialty drink, rather than the black coffee offered in their break room.
Send the office to a reserved movie theater for a special showing just for them. December brings about great holiday flicks. Rent out a theater room or buy movie passes for their office and send them out for a nice treat.
Funsherpa gift cards. An “experience gift site”, Funsherpa offers every unique experience you can think of—from skydiving to spa days to French cooking classes, your clients get to pick whatever experience they’d like to partake in. (Note: these experiences are for 14 cities around the United States—ensure that your client is nearby one of them.)