The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes the ever-pressing question: how does one say “thank you” or show appreciation to clients? If your business dynamic is one for gift giving, try some of these creative and thoughtful gifts.
People like food. The options for food are pretty much limitless. Some businesses go for steak. Others give edible fruit arrangements. Homemade goodies can be even better. The personal touch of making the treats shows clients that time was specifically set aside to make the gift for them. Of course, then they get to eat it, too. Perfect!
Gift cards get a bad reputation as being impersonal or a quick fix to last-minute gifting, but this does not have to be the case. Gift cards to local stores and businesses can be a great way to show appreciation while also giving support to local community members. Get creative and offer a gift card to a local theatre production, brewery or winery, zoo or museum to help them break out of their normal routine. If you choose something that shows you did your research — if they have kids, a favorite place to eat, or the need for a date night — your thoughtfulness will make an even greater impact.
Terrariums are all the rage right now in décor and they can be implemented anywhere to bring a bit of the outdoors inside. Plus, they can be decorated with fun miniature garden fixtures for extra personalization.
If there’s one thing you know, it’s your client’s home. Use the knowledge you’ve gained about their personal style and preferences to handpick a piece of art for their home. Framed photography, wall hangings or art on canvas are a great start, but don’t be afraid to think outside of the box. If you’re looking for something inexpensive, turn your client’s own Instagram photos into magnets, a calendar or a photo book.
Check out websites like Pinterest, Etsy and Instagram to find more non-traditional ideas for gifts. Scope out local business websites as well for more options during the holidays. Remember, gifts of appreciation should be fun, personal and unique!