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Are Wine, Spirits or Alcohol a Good Corporate Gift?

30 May

For those who enjoy alcohol a thoughtfully selected bottle may seem like the perfect gift.

And while that might be true for people in your personal life, it’s tricky when it comes to corporate gifts.

Alcohol is a controversial gift for reasons that may not be obvious. Consider how much you know about the person.

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Assumptions can be risky when you don’t know any of the following information:

  • Personal struggles with alcoholism or addiction. Many recovering addicts aren’t necessarily open about their battles with alcohol, especially in their professional environments.
  • Challenging family history with alcohol. People with relatives that have a history of alcoholism may have strong aversions to alcohol.
  • Religion. Some of the religions that may avoid alcohol include branches of Christianity, Muslims, Jainism and Buddhists.
  • Personal preference. Some people avoid alcohol for weight loss, health, mental wellbeing and athletic goals. Others only like certain types of alcohol.
  • Corporate policies. Some workplaces have corporate policies about receiving alcohol.

Build Better Relationships With The Right Gift

Gifts are about building and nurturing relationships and you jeopardize that if the gift offends the receiver.

When gifting alcohol it’s important to be 100% certain that it will be well received. In a professional setting, it’s always best to err on the side of caution.

When selecting a gift for someone consider the purpose for the gift:

  • Is it for a business or personal milestone?
  • Are they a client or employee?
  • Is it going to a group or individual

By customizing the gift so it’s appropriate to the occasion, you’ll create a more meaningful experience.

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If the gift will be received in the person’s workplace, it’s an opportunity for them to also receive public recognition and feel special.

Obviously we are big fans of gift boxes. The experience of receiving a box, opening it and finding beautifully curated items gives people a prolonged experience of joy compared to opening a gift bag that obviously has a bottle inside.

What ever you decide, put yourself in the receiver’s shoes, how would you feel if you received the gift? Does it feel meaningful?

If you need help selecting a gift for any occasion, check out our gift guide below to help you decide the right type of basket for the occasion.

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Eliminating the noise – Canadian chocolate legend Thomas Haas

17 Sep

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When we met Thomas Haas in person, he was warm and welcoming. His chocolate shop is a thoughtfully designed space where you can feel comfy and at home. When chatting with him, we discussed how important it is to be yourself and never waste time comparing yourself to other people.

 

 

Being authentic is one of Thomas’ secrets to success. It is interesting that this attitude is extended into how he works with chocolate. We are delighted to feature some of Thomas’ delicacies in our chocolate gifts and we are fascinated by how and why these chocolates are so delicious. The following is a review that dives into the details of Thomas Haas treats – thoughtfully prepared by local chef and writer Charles Macurdy.

 

Thomas Haas practices a very direct approach to chocolate.

 

Consider his dark chocolate bark. It is simply a disc of 79% cocoa dark chocolate, studded with dried fruit and a few nuts. That cocoa mass is substantial enough that you have a very rich dark chocolate, but not enough that it throws the whole thing out of balance.

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The orange rind and dried cranberries play off the bitterness in the chocolate, but also emphasize some light, fruity notes which might otherwise go unnoticed. Meanwhile, a few blanched almonds and slivered pistachios help to draw out the more earthy tones. So, at first blush, it might appear a bit simple. But it becomes a more and more elegant presentation of chocolate’s true character the more you eat it. When you have a perfectly handled piece of chocolate like this, all you need is a little something to help the chocolate speak for itself.

 

Letting chocolate speak for itself

 

His hazelnut crisp shows you another look entirely. Here, you have a small bite of exceptionally smooth milk chocolate paired with a big hazelnut flavour. Again, it is a very familiar combination. Anyone who has ever tasted Nutella will understand it immediately. Except that here, the hazelnut is in a crispy praline, so there is a delicate crunch when you bite into it.

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The creamy texture of the milk chocolate wraps around the crispy praline and the flavours of hazelnut and chocolate pair with a light caramel flavoured backdrop. Suddenly, a familiar thing has become a subtle surprise.

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And what this all illustrates is the way that a skilled hand can manage chocolate without feeling the need to make it complicated. You can almost hear him saying “I don’t have to wow you. The chocolate will take care of that.”

 

Flavours as a counterpoint

 

His focus is on more familiar pairings, presented in with a delicate and refined touch. Of course, there are still a few surprises, like ginger, cardamom, thyme, and even matcha green tea. But they all seem to make sense.

 

Consider the chai bark. It is basically the same thing as the dark chocolate bark, except that the base is a spice infused milk chocolate. And as you eat it, within the smoothness of the chocolate, the spices of chai present themselves. So as you taste the cardamom and cinnamon, you get an almond or a cranberry and, just like with the dark bark, they round out and counterpoint the other flavours.

 

But as you taste the spices, the chocolate, the fruit, and the nuts together, you start to realize that this is not only the flavour of chai, but the whole thing together starts to take on the character of fruit cake. And once you notice it, you start to see how much sense it makes. Almost like the comparison was always obvious. Simple things, executed with restraint and skill, can make for truly novel surprises.

 

 

Artisanal entrepreneurship – a delicious plot twist

08 Jul

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It was an unexpected plot twist when Catherine Anderson became an artisanal entrepreneur. It came about during motherhood, when she decided to shift gears. As a hard working lawyer and mother, the fast paced rhythm of entrepreneurship was something that she was ready for. The decision to transition into her new role was partially motivated by a desire to build something. She loves how every task she completes in her work day helps build the future of her business.

 

Catherine’s exciting new professional chapter began when she discovered that her children were not avid fans of vegetables. She decided to get creative and hide vegetables in foods that her kids couldn’t resist. This solution became a big success and Catherine gave life to Hidden Garden. These moist and delicious gluten free cookies contain servings of veggies. Kids and adults far and wide have become die hard fans of these innovative morsels.

 

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Shifting from law to entrepreneurship requires a high tolerance for risk and uncertainty. It was a brave leap and Catherine has embraced this new chapter with focus and dedication. In addition to Hidden Garden, Catherine adopted an adorable line of artisan products called Trugs.

 

You may have tasted their delicious salsa that we feature in our Vancouver gift baskets or you may have met the folks of Trugs at the Whistler Farmer’s Market. Catherine has also been nominated for an award from the BC Food Processors Association and featured in Business in Vancouver.

 

We fell in love with Trugs salsa, because it is fresh and full of delicious tomato chunks. The ingredients are pure and simple (tomatoes, onions, vinegar and spices). It does not contain tomato paste or additives that you find in most commercial salsas.

 

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The Trugs line of handmade products also include preserves, salad dressings, condiments and syrups. The salad dressing is a great addition to a dinner party. These vinaigrettes have a look and quality that is reminiscent of a high end bottle of wine. You can also use the salad dressings as an incredible marinade. We recommend marinating fresh BC seafood in the Limoncello Herb Vinaigrette.

 

We hope that this artisanal chapter will continue for many generations. It is local entrepreneurs like Catherine that inspire innovation in our local economy and keep BC fresh and delicious.

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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