The holiday season is a wonderful but stressful time. The task of finding thoughtful gifts for everyone in your life is a daunting one. This is especially true for finding client gifts. You want your gifts to leave a lasting impression on your clients, keeping your brand on their mind, but you don’t want to overstep your professional relationship by giving them something too personal.
This is why corporate gifts have become plagued with safe and boring items each holiday season. In the pursuit of reinvigorating the gift-giving tradition, we’ve put together our own little gift to you in the form of this article. Here’s a list of great client gift ideas to kickstart your holiday season, making this joyous time of year a bit less stressful for you.
1) Subscription Gifts
Subscription services are available for just about anything you can think of nowadays. Whether your client is a dog lover, a beard connoisseur, or a huge video game nerd - there’s a great subscription service out there that can deliver neat, useful, and unique gifts year-round. Subscription gift services can be especially great presents as they remind your client of your relationship every time a new box arrives at their door.
Subscription services allow you to personalize the gift to each client’s tastes without having to seek out individual items on your own. The boxes and services come in many varieties, price ranges, and regularities. This allows you to give a gift that keeps on giving without breaking the bank.
2) Handwritten Snail Mail Letters
This idea may seem cheap (and it is inexpensive!), but handwritten letters are so seldom received today that they can be a treat to receive. A personalized letter can go a long way in showing someone that you care and is such a rare occurrence that it’s bound to leave an impression on the recipient. You can also add a gift card with the letter, but make sure it’s thoughtful and tied to the content of your letter.
3) The Gift of Education
Don’t worry, we’re not talking about a full ride scholarship or anything! Give your client a learning experience related to their interests. A cooking class might be well received by that gourmand client, or a rock climbing class could be perfect for the adventurous types. This idea requires some careful consideration and a bit of research to find options available in your client’s area but providing them an experience they’ll remember is a great way to solidify your relationship.
4) Portable Phone Chargers
Everyone and their uncle carries around a phone with them these days, and battery life can be a real sore spot for heavy users. Despite the fact that cell phones are so ubiquitous today, not that many people own or are aware of pocket-sized portable chargers that can help give your phone that extra boost it needs on a long day. This gift idea is especially good for clients that travel often or spend a lot of time outdoors.
5) Charitable Donations
It’s hard to go wrong with a donation made to a cause that is close to your customer’s heart. This option is particularly great for clients that are more socially conscious and have personal stock in the cause you are gifting to on their behalf. This gesture is a meaningful way of demonstrating your company’s values while also showing a personal interest in your client.
6) Fuel for the Team
Gift baskets filled with food can be nice, but a catered lunch sent to your client’s office for their whole team might leave more of a mark. In the same vein, paying for a food truck to stop outside their office for an hour or two can create a memorable break from an otherwise standard day of work. Find out what kinds of food are popular in your client’s area and “take them all out to lunch” without leaving your own office.
7) A Good Read
Books are a great gift idea for providing your customers with something that will spark their interest and demonstrate your familiarity with their tastes. You can take this idea a step further by giving them a Kindle packed with numerous books they might enjoy or that are related to their industry. You could also provide them with the e-reader and a gift card, so they can purchase their own books.
E-readers are a great gift for clients with long commutes or travel-heavy schedules that find them spending a lot of time on the road.
8) Desk Toppers
Desk companions like terrarium kits, succulent arrangements, or coffee table books are all great gifts that can be personalized with each client’s individual personality in mind. An interesting desk puzzle or even an old-school Rubik’s Cube might be best for the more playful and brainy types.