‘Tis better to give than to receive, or so the old saying goes. When it comes to business gifts, the fact is that if you play your cards right, you can have it both ways. Showing your appreciation to a client or business partner or recognizing important events and milestones can all be an important part of building a relationship of mutual trust based on goodwill. Ultimately, the giver wins by ensuring a healthy long-term relationship. Part and parcel of letting your business contacts know that you care is selecting the right gift. Here are a few ideas that are sure-fire winners for any occasion:
Reusable Coffee Cups
Sometimes it feels like the world pretty much runs on the sweet, dark elixir of life: coffee. Our love affair with the mighty bean shows no signs of abating. However, the expanding consumption brings with it environmental impacts in the way of disposable packaging. Reusable coffee cups are a perfect all round solution. Your clients will love you for making their morning coffee that much more enjoyable, and you will be protecting the environment one latte at a time!
Message in a Bottle
Wine consumption per capita in the US has grown by over 46% since the year 2000. The health benefits of moderate wine intake are well documented, and let’s face it, who doesn’t love a great glass of wine with family and friends over a lovely meal. It’s no wonder that a bottle of wine has fact become a go-to option for business gift giving. It pays to do your homework before hitting the cellar, however. Alcohol is a strict no-no in some religions, while others might have restrictions on what wines they can drink. Do some homework first, and you should be good to go.
Experience the Appreciation
The market for experience gifts has exploded in recent times. Why waste time and money on another trinket, polo shirt or baseball hat, that will simply gather dust. Whether it’s skydiving, wine tasting, whale watching or whatever your preference, you can be sure that your clients will be ecstatic to receive an experience that they will remember for a lifetime. There are numerous online companies specializing in experience gifts, so it’s definitely worth browsing to find the perfect option.
A Sporting Chance
For the more active members of your business fraternity, sporting goods are likely to be well received. Most promotional products companies offer wide ranges of golf, jogging, gym and other gear that you can personalize with your company logo so that you can remain front-of-mind when they are working up a sweat. For a more upmarket gift, sports memorabilia is a fantastic option for the sports fan. Having your gift take pride of place on their office wall will be a powerful reminder of your positive relationship.
Food Glorious Food
Food is one of life’s great pleasures and a wonderful way for people to connect. What better way to express your thanks than with a delightful hamper. Hampers come in a staggering array of shapes, sizes and varieties to suit every possible taste. From standard fare, all the way through to exquisite gourmet collections, the abundance of options available from a host of online providers will ensure that you can find the right mix. Whatever you choose, the way to that important client’s heart may indeed be through his or her stomach.
Business can be tough. For all our technological advancements, relationship building remains the most important facet of commerce. With the right corporate gift, you could be well on your way to winning that deal.