Let’s talk about corporate gifting first of all. It`s helpful to become familiar with the company/organization’s protocol around gifting & if you’re not sure, phone and ask.
In Canada and America, associations and government generally don’t accept gifts unless they are consumable & even then it’s dicey. You want to avoid the awkward situation of having your gift returned to you because you didn’t do your homework.
So what gifts have you really appreciated? I’ll bet it wasn’t the most expensive ones? Weren’t the best ones those that demonstrated that the giver knew you and what you’d enjoy? It’s no different when it comes to corporate gifts.
When you know your clients well, you can personalize your approach. A fellow speaker sent a Tiffany gift certificate to a colleague that recommended her to a client – what made this special is a that the colleague loves Tiffany but would not indulge in it herself.
But gifts don’t have to be expensive, just personalized.
Some low cost, high touch gift ideas:
Gifts to avoid:
Finally, be sensitive to the cultural diversity of your clients. Not everyone celebrates Christmas, however sending a corporate gift or card wishing them a happy holiday season or for the New Year or holiday they celebrate would be appreciated.