The holiday season is fast approaching, and it’s time to find great gifts for everyone, including your valued customers and clients. Whether you’re the owner of a small business or the CEO of an international corporation, client relationships are important, and the holidays are a great opportunity to show your customers that you care. The perfect gift will remind people that your company is not only great at what it does, but also values its clients beyond just business.
Finding a gift can be pretty stressful, especially if it’s a gift that should reflect your entire business. Not to mention, traditional client gifts can be kind of boring and lack meaning. Is the essence of your business conveyed in a fruitcake? Probably not. Here are some functional gifts that will prove your worth and loyalty to your clients—and won’t bore them to death.
The Gift that Keeps on Giving
Don’t you remember that delicious tri-flavored popcorn tin that you received last Christmas? Yeah, neither do I. Most business gifts are pretty unremarkable. But, there are some business traditional options that are also memorable. Plants are a staple in the business gift-giving world, and it’s easy to see why. They last for years! Send your client a plant, and he will have it in his kitchen window for the next 5 years. Every time he looks at it, he’ll think about your company and how your relationship has grown and blossomed over the years.
You can keep it super traditional and go with the Peace Lily, a virtually carefree and very long-lived plant. Or, you can show your client that you care with a more colorful bloom, such as a Christmas Cactus, Cyclamen, or Amaryllis. The Amaryllis is a classic Christmas plant, probably because it blooms naturally in the winter, but has all of the beauty of summer. A little Christmas cheer from these stunning plants will definitely be welcomed in those
dreary winter months.
Beauty is great, but sometimes in business, functionality matters more, especially to a customer. To keep with tradition and add functionality, an herb garden is perfect! Your customer will appreciate the sentiment of a live gift, and the functionality of herbs that can be used in the kitchen. Not to mention, herbs like Rosemary and Lavender smell
If you want to go a little more out of the box, and give an unexpected gift, a Bonsai Tree is a cool option. They are often found in the office because they’re easy to take care of, and they bring some life to the work space. Plus, they’re a symbol of tranquility. Who doesn’t need a little tranquility and serenity at work?
Even more unexpected and trendy, you can give a terrarium. Terrariums are “in” right now because they usually house succulent gardens, which are interesting to look at, but don’t require much effort to stay alive. Plus terrariums come in so many shapes and sizes that will make the gift seem that much more personalized. There are even DIY Terrarium kits that will give your employees a creative outlet, relieving stress and leaving them refreshed after the holiday season!
Give into Their Guilty Pleasure
Everyone loves chocolate. You love chocolate. Your clients love chocolate. Chocolate is great. We give chocolate to our loved ones on Valentine’s Day, Anniversaries, and even as a “Get Well” gesture when they’re not feeling their best. Chocolate gives us a sense of pleasure and comfort. Why not have that pleasure and comfort associated with your company? Every time your client takes a bite of those chocolates, she’ll think about your company, and how doing business with you has been sweet and easy. If that doesn’t keep clients coming back, we don’t know what will.
And there are so many options! You can choose from various assorted boxes with toffees, caramels, and bark. Maybe you overheard your client talking about how much he loves macadamia nuts. Give him an entire pound of his favorite treat in toffee-form. He’ll realize how great of a listener you are, and how your company continually gives him exactly what he wants. You can even get a pack of chocolate-covered apples, which taste amazing and are cost-effective. Go above and beyond, and give an entire Indulgence Tower Gift Set—your client will appreciate the go-ahead to enjoy almost 5 pounds of sweet, sugary happiness.