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Gifting: 5 tips for timing & etiquette

06 Nov

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If you want to craft a gift experience that is memorable and meaningful, it is valuable to think of your gift as a great story and your recipients as your captive audience. When you demonstrate thoughtfulness, your generous gesture will make you and/or your company much more memorable.

Tip #1 Send your gifts early

Early December is the ideal timing to send out your corporate holiday gift baskets. The weeks leading up to the holidays can get pretty hectic. So why share the stage with your competition? Being first is a great way to be memorable. We encourage clients to avoid sending out gifts in the last week of December.

Tip #2 Hand-deliver whenever it’s possible

When was the last time you closed a deal without some eye-contact and a handshake? Nothing consummates a relationship like face time. So, do what you can to present your gift personally.

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Not only does it demonstrate genuine appreciation, it’s fun too: you get to share in the gift experience and build the relationship. That’s what it’s all about.

 

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Tip #3 Understand if the gift is for a group or an individual

One of the first questions we ask our clients is if their gifts are being given to groups or individuals. Why? Because gifts for groups should be easy to share. And by sharing we don’t mean dividing up the unopened goodies. You want to avoid the “who wants the tapenade? I’m taking the crackers” scenario.

 

The ideal group gift experience involves a bunch of people gathered around, enjoying their treats and talking about how great it’s been working together.

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Tip #4 Be mindful of diet restrictions

It is helpful if you have information about food sensitivities, allergies, diet restrictions etc. When you select gifts that acknowledge diet limitations, it shows an additional level of thoughtfulness that can really go a long way. Ask us about our gluten free gift options. They are delectable and indulgent. 

Tip #5 Know if it is appropriate to gift alcohol

Lots of people enjoy a nice bottle of wine. Alcohol can be a gift that is truly appreciated but (there’s always a but) when gifting alcohol as a corporate gift you need to be 100% certain that it will be well received. Corporate gifts are about building relationships and the last thing you want to do is make someone uncomfortable or feel insulted by your gesture.

Variables to consider when gifting alcohol:

  • Religion
  • Family history
  • Alcoholism/addiction
  • Personal preference

Bottom line: If you’re not 100% sure your gift recipient is going to enjoy the bottle of wine, beer or spirits, leave it on the shelf.

 

Investing in Appreciation

17 Jun

Appreciation in business and corporate gifts

Appreciation is an art that creates tangible value for your business. It is an investment that strengthens team performance and continually enhances your professional relationships. Meaningful gratitude can be as simple as an announcement at a meeting or a thoughtfully written card. In the book “The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace,” co-author Paul White cites that 88% of employees leave their company, not for money, but for feeling unvalued. Here’s a few tips for how to appreciate your staff, teammates and key accounts:

3 Tips for Meaningful Appreciation & Corporate Gifts:

1) Make it Specific & Personal

An extraordinary corporate gift is more than an obligatory gesture. It is an opportunity to nurture meaningful and memorable connections. Make the gift experience all about the recipient and get specific about why you are recognizing them. If you are appreciating your hard working team, it is great to focus on what they specifically did and how this created value for you.

Example:

Joe – Thank you for the excellent design work that you did on our latest project. Your creativity and attention to detail helped me build rapport with our clients.

2) Be Public When Appreciating Your Team

Appreciation is best done publicly and criticism is best done privately. A lot can shift when you set time aside and make appreciation a priority for your business. It encourages this behaviour, so that your team is more likely to echo gratitude amongst themselves. It can help dissolve office politics and prevent turnover of employees.

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3) Always Include a Memorable Greeting Card

Personalize the message by using the recipients name and by using “I” statements. This creates a sense of direct personal connection. You can further personalize your message by referencing a shared experience or a specific attribute of the recipient.

Example:

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