While the holiday season is supposed to be filled with family, friends and fun, things can get a little stressful. The stores are packed, the lines are huge and your wallet is looking a little thin, and that’s just from half of your shopping list.
When trying to find gifts for your clients there are many factors to consider. The size of your client list, the line of work you are in, and most importantly, your budget, are all aspects to consider when trying to find that perfect gift.
Here are some examples of great holiday gifts to give to your clients:
Often enough a simple holiday card is an appropriate gift for your clients. Whether it is because your client list is too large or this is all your budget allows for, a holiday card is always a safe bet. It is important to note however, that sending your clients a generic card with a basic message may not get the best response and may leave your clients feeling unappreciated.
Get creative with your holiday cards. Design your own; add your logo and a unique message that reflects the tone of your business. Personalize each card by including your client’s name, why you are thankful for their business and wish them a safe and wonderful holiday season. Have each staff member sign the card to add that extra level of personalization.
If you are looking to get really creative, encourage staff to wear a festive holiday sweater on the next casual Friday and have a photo taken of everyone. This is a great addition to the design of your holiday card or can be used as an insert.
Gift cards are a great gift for your clients. Whether it is for a book store, liquor store, shopping centre or restaurant, everyone loves receiving something for free. The amount of money you put on the gift card is entirely up to you which makes this gift very flexible as it fits any budget. This also makes a great addition to your holiday cards.
If you are giving a gift card to a restaurant it is important that you choose a restaurant that is close to your client so that they don’t need to travel too far to use it. If your gift turns out to be a chore for your client, it will lose its charm. If possible, it is a good idea to select a restaurant that you have been to or have heard positive reviews about. The last thing you want to happen is to send your client to a bad restaurant where they have a bad experience. If you happen to know your clients favorite restaurant this is a huge bonus and you will be sure to gain brownie points.
Make Your Own Wine
This is a great gift idea for all the wine lovers out there. Making your own wine to give to your clients is a great way to show that you care, as this gift does require some planning. It usually takes between 4 – 8 weeks to put together depending on the type of wine you wish to make.
Making your own wine also gives you the ability to design your own wine label. This is a great opportunity to get creative and add your own logo and a nice holiday message. Your clients may appreciate this more than a gift card to the liquor store as it is a unique gift and requires a bit more effort.
Each batch of wine usually makes 30 bottles and can cost anywhere between $125 and $200. That’s around $4 to $7 per bottle of wine, a much better deal than purchasing wine at your local liquor store.
If you are located in the GTA,I recommend having your wine made at Winexpert Pickering. Not only was it chosen as the Readers Choice Diamond Award Winner in 2010 for the best wine making facility, but the friendly and helpful staff will guide you through the entire process.
Ornaments/ Holiday Decorations
Giving your clients holiday decorations is a great gift if you are on a tight budget. Whether it is a set of bulbs for the Christmas tree, a holiday wreath or any other form of decoration, your clients will gladly accept this token of your appreciation.
Your client may use these decorations at home or at their office, and will be sure to keep them for many years to come.
This is also a great idea if you are on a tight budget. Now this doesn’t mean you should go to your local convenience store and grab any chocolate bar off of the shelf. Go for something with a little more class, Ferrero Rocher or Pot of Gold are great options and usually offer a nice presentation. This is also a great gift to send to your clients’ offices as it can be shared amongst many people.
Since nut allergies are fairly common, it would be a good idea to find out if your clients are allergic to any type of nut.
Gift baskets may be on the higher end of the price range, however sending a gift basket to your clients’ office can be enjoyed by all.
There are many different types of gift baskets available so it’s entirely up to you in terms of what goes inside. If you are going to be sending a gift basket to your clients’ office, it is a good idea to fill it with something that can be shared. A gift basket full of different kinds of coffee, tea, or holiday treats is always a hit.
Have any other great gift ideas to send your clients? Feel free to share!
Happy Holidays from Trew Knowledge