Lovely Gift Ideas to Wow Your Clients and Employees

Corporate gifting

In the past, corporate gifting used to be initiated by larger, more established companies as a form of appreciation to loyal, faithful clients and customers. Gift giving was limited largely to note pads, pens, key chains, and wines. Today, corporate gifting is an important practice for every company and is limited only by one’s imagination. 

The following ideas can put you back on track in case you are wondering what to gift your clients/employees for the next milestone celebration.

Why Corporate Gifting Matters

Chocolate bouquet

Corporate gifting is a thoughtful way to thank your employees for all the hard work, and celebrate important business deals or anniversaries with your partners or clients. The message incorporate gifting promotes is to encourage higher productivity, inspire cooperation, strengthen relationships and simply show that you care. You’d be surprised how much a small, thoughtful gift can positively affect both your employees and clients. 

Whether you’re running cooperation with thousands of employees or just a small company of five people, setting up a budget for corporate gifting should be part of your annual financial plan. Even if that budget is low, there’re a lot of creative ways to show appreciation. 

Don’t Wait Up for the Holidays

Your employees work for you 12 months a year, and your clients are using your services (buying your products) all year round. So, you don’t need to wait for the holidays and send gifts at the end of the year. By gifting outside of December, you can avoid disappearing in the crowd of break room corporate gift baskets. Instead, think of a creative gifting campaign that you can use all year. You can send gifts to your employees for their six months or one-year anniversaries. Also, make sure to have a list of all your employees birthdays, which are great occasions for corporate gifting. Celebrate new deals with clients, agreement anniversaries and achieved targets. Even the tiniest celebration can lead to employee/customer satisfaction and a more positive business atmosphere. 

Gift Basket

Corporate gift baskets are the safest gift option that everyone will love. Even though you think you know your clients and employees well, there’s a chance that you don’t know what size of shoes they’re wearing, what is their favourite book or hobby. So, clothing, shoes and books might not be the smarties choice here. A  gift basket, on the other hand, allows you to be creative, and include items that you know the gift receiver will use.

Chocolate corporate basket

Corporate food gift baskets are the safest options since, well, everyone loves food. They are versatile, fun gifts that you can use for multiple occasions. Also, there’re countless ways to configure a gift basket to keep the gift fun, interesting, and exciting year after year. Business gift buckets full of chocolate hearts, stars or balls guarantee a whole week of sugar work fun. They are perfect for any occasion: birthdays, anniversaries, new hire, successful business trip and more. Adding a champaign in the gift basket is appropriate for big celebrations such as exceeding the projected profit, a successful launch of a new product, the end of a productive year or a toast for new beginnings. There’s no rule here: you can include champagne, wine, beer and even water if you know what the gift recipient favourite is. 

Another great thing about corporate gift baskets is that you can personalise them, or use them as a little marketing trick. You can easily find chocolate baskets that feature personalised messages such as “You’re one in a million”, or come up with your own idea to show your clients and employees how much you care. If you’re trying to gain a new client, you can subtly include your company logo on the basket. Or, add a personalised ribbon with your company logo and slogan. 

Gift baskets don’t necessarily have to be food buskets. You can include other different items, such as office accessories and useful gadgets. Whatever your choice is, have in mind that a little bit of sweetness can drown out a whole lot of bitterness.

Office Plants

Office plant gift

Plants make for amazing office addition, and the benefits of having a plant on a desk reach way beyond the decorative aspect. Choose a small-size plant like aloe, cut succulents or any other low-maintenance office plant to make sure it lasts longer.

Gift Card

Gift cards are very popular corporate gifts nowadays. They are great because they are versatile, and suit everyone budget. A spa centre gift card or a gift card for fitness membership are great ways to show how much you care for your employees’ well being. You can also gift them an online course you know they are interested in, or a short wine tasting trip. Possibilities are endless, so is the fun. 

Office Planner

An office planner is a good gift that will be appreciated by everyone - your employees, investors, shareholders, partners and customers. Companies or individuals, everyone can benefit from this organisational tool that makes life easier. It’s also a great way to improve your marketing strategy, by including your company logo or slogan on the office planner.

Hand Sanitisers

Hand sanitisers were great gifts only for neat freaks in the past, but times have changed. Today, it’s imaginable not to have a hand sanitiser on your desk. You can opt for a mini hand sanitiser that can fit any desk drawer or purse. Make sure that it’s easy to use and made of natural ingredients so it doesn’t irritate the skin. 

Personalised Coffee Mugs

Personalized coffee mug

Everyone loves to have a hot drink at their work desk. Tea, coffee and hot cocoa are important routines of every workday. You can personalise the coffee mugs with inspirational messages or print out their names so they don’t mix them up. 

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Last edited: 06/10/2020