Nov 022010
 

These corporate gift ideas will help you find the right holiday business gift for clients and colleagues. Choosing a business or corporate gift can be difficult, unless you know your clients or colleagues on a more personal level.

You may need to investigate a little before deciding what to give — but even if you don’t know much about your client or colleague, these corporate gift tips will help.

If you’re familiar with your clients’ waiting room or office, you might consider a black vinyl wall decal with a quotation, such as Wisdom is Knowing the Right Path to Take…Integrity is Taking It. This is a creative holiday gift idea that can make a lasting impression because it’s classy, creative, and thoughtful.

Here are more holiday gift ideas for clients and colleagues…

Corporate Gift Ideas – Holiday Business Gifts for Clients

Services or products that help your client’s business succeed. What is your client’s business, and how can it be improved? There may be practical things you can do to help. For instance, one of my colleagues in my small businessowners’ club hasn’t bought radio advertising, but keeps saying he wants to try it out. A nice holiday business gift for him would be a 15 second radio spot on a local station, or even some television time! Sometimes, the best corporate gift ideas are those that encourage success and achievement.

A subscription to an industry or hobby magazine. What hobbies or activities does your client or colleague pursue? A magazine or e-zine subscription is a holiday business gift that doesn’t cost much money. Or, you could give a gift subscription to a business or industry magazine — or even a general interest magazine, such as National Geographic (one of the most popular magazine subscriptions on Amazon).

Tickets to see an author, speaker, celebrity, or acclaimed business professional. If you own a publishing company and need corporate gift ideas for your authors and book sellers, you might give them tickets to hear Elizabeth Gilbert discuss her latest book (she’s the author of Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia). If you work for a corporation that makes widgets, you might give your clients and colleagues tickets to a celebrity in your field.

Gift cards to Chapters, Indigo, Amazon, etc. Even a $50 Amazon Gift Card can buy several items at these stores – and your recipients aren’t limited to books! Gift cards are versatile and easy — which is why they’re a popular holiday business giflt for clients or colleagues.

A business or industry conference. Is your client worth a major financial investment — and does he or she enjoy conferences? A corporate holiday gift package to a conference or retreat for three or four nights might be expensive, but worth it. Some holiday business gifts make impressions that last for years.

Business tools and software. If your colleagues or clients are into smartphones or kindle, find a corporate gift that enhances their experience. Holiday gifts like this require more familiarity than the average gift — but the more familiar you are with your clients, the more thoughtful your gift should be.

The gift of time. No matter how wealthy or important your colleague or client is, he or she has probably responsibilities that take time and energy, such as housecleaning, child minding, cleaning the car, gardening, etc. Can you hire someone to ease the load? A thoughtful “corporate gift idea” can involve six months of housecleaning or office cleaning services.

Gourmet gift baskets – wine, cheese, crackers, chocolates, nuts, etc. One of my favorite holiday gifts is a desk caddy of coffee and treats. Gourmet gift baskets aren’t all that creative, but they’re nonperishable, easy to share with colleagues and family, and highly appreciated. They’re also easy to “regift”, which increases their value. If you think gourmet food gift baskets are too rich for the holiday season (unnecessary calories), then try a spa bath and body set with a “reduce holiday stress” theme. Or, give gift certificates to a local day spa or for a weekend retreat.

If you have any thoughts on these corporate gift ideas, I welcome you below…

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  5 Responses to “Corporate Gift Ideas – Holiday Business Gifts for Clients”

  1. Always remember its much easier keeping an existing client than it is to find a new one. So by spending a little extra on a current client will mean that much more work for you in the coming year. It’s always nice to remember someone special, and to give them something you know they will enjoy.

  2. Thanks for your comments — and corporate gift idas. I agree; you can’t go wrong with a nice pen….or a gift basket.

  3. You can’t go wrong with a nice pen. You can buy one for a woman or a man, it comes in its own box, it’s classy, and it will definitely be used.

  4. This is a great list, thank you!

  5. Last year we got gift baskets from my company with Zebra pens in it. I think giving pens as a corporate gift is always a great idea. I looked into it for my employees this year and found great prices and selection at boardroomproducts.com.

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