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How to Give Corporate Gifts Your Employees and Clients Will Love

With the holiday season fast approaching, now is the perfect time for businesses to purchase corporate gifts for employees, bosses and clients. However, gift giving at the office can be challenging due to important constraints regarding budget, different personal preferences and originality. ePromos has created a list of tips with help from both givers and receivers alike to ensure your gifts will be appreciated and remembered.

1. Make it Personal

The secret to any successful gift is sincerity and thoughtfulness, which is no less true in the workplace. When giving gifts to employees, Lisa Chu, the Owner of Black n Bianco takes personalization one step further.

“My employees play a major role to the success of my business and I always enjoy giving them a gift during the holidays to show appreciation for their hard work and contribution. Every holiday season I would give my employees a personalized gift. The gift would always include a handwritten letter acknowledging their accomplishments they achieved throughout the year, highlighting and expressing appreciation for their contribution to my business.”

She also adds that a higher price tag doesn’t necessarily make a better gift. “You can give the most expensive gift to your employees, but it will make little to no difference if they feel it’s not genuine.”

Personalized gifts are great for clients as well. Sean Allan, the Digital Marketing Manager for SiamMandalay, says that his clients love receiving personalized wine bottle carry cases (with a nice bottle of wine included, of course).


2. Give Something Useful

Prevent your gift from being forgotten in an office drawer by making sure it is something that will be used every day. David Riescher, CEO of LegalAdvice.com prefers giving functional gifts.

“Our organization has given promotional mugs, key chains and pens to our customers and employees. They all were well received by our employees, especially our sales team that utilizes the gifts to open new accounts. Our sales team appreciates the extra edge they have when trying to open a new account and can offer promotional items to potential new customers who appreciate a practical gift that can be used daily.”

For more handy product options that can be custom printed, check out the list of our Top 100 Best Selling promotional items.


3. Know What Not to Give

It’s bad enough receiving ugly sweaters from distant relatives for the holidays. Justin Lavelle, Chief Communications Director for PeopleLooker, thinks that there’s no need to complicate corporate gift giving further by taking a guess on personal preferences.

“Avoid giving clothes. Ties, hats, scarves, and gloves make for simple yet appropriate gifts for colleagues and bosses you have a stronger relationship with, but you should avoid buying them sized clothing like shirts, pants, and shoes. Not only are the chances high for buying something outside their typical styles, but also you may (more likely than not) buy something that does not fit. Plus, there’s the possibility you may offend someone by buying a size that is too small or too large. Talk about awkward.”


4. The Gift of Food

Our Gourmet Favorites Gift BasketGiving gourmet snacks during the holidays are a classic option that is hard to get wrong. Nate Masterson, the CEO of Maple Holistics, remembers his favorite gift from being an employee.

“The best gift I ever received from my boss was an elaborate fruit basket. It was simple, sweet (literally), and beautiful. It was truly the perfect, respectable way for them to tell me I’m doing a good job and they appreciate my work.”

For a truly unique treat that clients and employees will love, try Tipsy Scoop, which brilliantly combines two of everyone’s favorites: ice cream and cocktails.


5. Check the Data

Instead of taking a wild guess on what to give and how much to spend this year, take a look at some helpful data from Captivate’s Office Pulse, compiled from a survey of 6,000 professionals. Some of our favorite points include:

  • Most workers don’t plan to buy a gift for their co-workers, and even if they do, they won’t be spending much. Just 33% will get their co-workers a gift, with most purchases under $25 (46%).
  • Only 30% of respondents plan to buy a gift for their boss, and most plan to spend between $25-50 (48%). Just 3% will spend more than $100.


6. Shop Local

Recently, supporting local business has become increasingly popular. Debra Carpenter, Marketing Manager at Nathan Oulman Realty, proves that people appreciate a gift that gives back to the community.

“We’ve given a ton of gifts to clients and colleagues – trust me on this, there is no better, more thoughtful gift than a locally sourced gift basket. There are small businesses all over your town that make products perfect for gift-giving, from the basket itself to edible treats, mugs, gift certificates, wines, local beers, and handmade items like pottery, utensils, textile goods and more. They always go over amazingly. People love receiving these baskets, and you can set your budget as low or high as is comfortable.”


7. The Versatile Gift Card

When you need to choose gifts that will please everyone in everyone in a large organization, gift cards become are a simple but obvious choice. Harris Brown, the Founder of HFB Advertising, adds a twist to giving gift cards with a thoughtful touch.

“I usually give mugs and gift cards that go in the mug itself. These are well received by everyone because they can use both gifts. Everyone likes a good cup of hot chocolate during this time of year.”

Gift cards are the ultimate adaptable gift and remove the potential for a dreaded post-holiday return and exchange experience. The Office Pulse survey also reveals that gift cards are still a popular pick, with 56% of professionals saying that it was their favorite holiday gift to receive.


8. The Gift of Convenience

Our Travel Stick Promotional Lint BrushAnything that eases the stress and pressure of the modern business world can be a great gift. Jessica Higgins, the Chief Marketing Office at Digits.io, says it’s important to consider the needs of women in the workplace.

“Any gift that helps me on the go. Mobile hairdryers, brushes, and any product that is travel sized. Working women appreciate any gift we can throw in our purse. Time is our most valuable resource!”


9. Give the Gift of Giving Back

Show clients and employees that your business cares by supporting important causes in your community or abroad. Packed with Purpose is a b2b gifting company whose mission is to transform the practice of business gifts by combining it with corporate social responsibility.

They offer curated gift boxes with products from organizations that help support employees with barriers to the traditional workforce, including granola made by victims of abuse or candles that help support young mothers.


10. Think Outside the Box (or Cup)

Don’t be afraid to try some of the latest and greatest technology as an interesting gift, especially when it’s specifically designed for the workplace. One of our favorites is the Coffee Cookie, a portable and rechargeable device that keeps to-go coffee nice and hot for double the normal length of time. It’s perfect for your typical Starbucks-loving employee, or busy clients that are always on the road.


Hopefully our corporate gift giving ideas help make the holiday season less of a trial-and-error experience. The most important part of picking gifts for clients, bosses or employees is that they feel truly appreciated during the holidays. The more personal and useful your gift is, the greater chance recipients will remember it (and your business) many years later.


6 Holiday Gifts That Make a Sweet-and-Savory Statement

Nothing says “tis the season” quite like a festive bite (or two…). From sweet treats to savory snacks to DIY cookies perfect for your clients, customers and their families, these holiday favorites ring in the season in a big way – and, this year, we’re counting down the days until we can whip up a batch, crack open a tin and sink our teeth in. This holiday season, we’re starting with a few classic faves, adding in some new must-eats and sprinkling in some super festive snacks and sips we can’t get enough of. As you’re making your list and checking it twice, start here.

Brand these fun, festive holiday food gifts and make a serious seasonal statement.

#1. S’mores Kits

Think s’mores are only for camping trips? Think again. These Gable Box Kits are perfect for holiday gifting. Want to go big? These larger kits come complete with everything you need to make three full-size s’mores.

#2. Hot Cocoa Kits

Everyone loves a stainless-steel tumbler – but, as the holidays roll in, everyone especially loves a tumbler topped off with some festive hot cocoa. This Ghirardelli® Cocoa Kit is the best of both worlds, with a custom tumbler that keeps cocoa, coffee or tea hot, and their famous double chocolate cocoa.

Another perfect pick? This LEEMAN® NYC Tuscany set includes cocoa, two cups and a sleek faux leather-bound journal perfect for making those naughty and nice lists.

#3. Hot Chocolate on a Spoon

Want to go cup-less? Fun and festive, Hot Chocolate on a Spoon is it. Each spoon features a delicious Belgian chocolate square topped with mini marshmallows, all packaged for holiday gifting. Simply stir into a cup of hot water or milk for an instant cup of hot cocoa and marshmallows.

An alternative to the spoon? These all-in-one cups – simply add hot water, stir and sip.

#4. Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

Speaking of mixing it up, this branded Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix is the perfect gift for the baker or non-baker on your list. Not only does this mix deliver the perfect “a little bit chewy/a little bit crispy” cookies every time, but it only require two ingredients (butter and an egg – easy!) to complete.

#5. Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Kit

Another DIY fave is this new classic – make-your-own chocolate-covered pretzel rods. As easy to perfect as the cookies, these pretzels are destined to become a seasonal must-have around your office. Simply melt the chocolate, dip a pretzel and top with a favorite candy – or candies. It’s all included –  everything your clients and customers need to make a sweet and salty holiday treat.

#6. Towers, Tins, Totes and Crates

Want to really wow recipients? These towers, tins, totes and crates are the perfect place to start.

Two gallon popcorn tins contain three seasonal favorites – butter, cheddar and caramel. Sink into these gourmet kernels and you’ll never go back to regular popcorn – trust us.

Want popcorn – and then some? We don’t blame you. And that’s why this Gourmet Treats Custom Gift Tote is a holiday classic and a popular choice in the “off-season.” Not only is this tote packed with everyone’s favorites – lemon cookies, berry and fruit nut mix, peanut crunch, butter toffee caramels and, yes, that amazing caramel popcorn, but the branded tote is the perfect carry-all once the snacks run out.

If you’re all about the cookies, this jam-packed crate of crisps and cookies is the way to go. With classic seasonal flavors including chocolate, lemon meringue, snickerdoodle, mixed berry, cranberry shortbread and, of course, chocolate chip, this oversized cookie delivery will keep your clients and customers snacking all season – and thinking of you with every bite.

And if it’s all about making the ultimate snacking statement, this is it: the Gourmet Snacks Gift Box Tower – yes, tower. This four-tier tower is overflowing with tons of treats perfect for every palate – think lemon cookies, honey mustard pretzel nuggets, peanut brittle crunch, shortbread, chocolate-covered almonds, wafer cookies and more. Tie it all up with a custom ribbon and your tower is good to go – and sure to be the favorite gift this season.

We’ve rounded up even more amazing holiday food gifts here. Have questions? Get in touch to discuss your holiday gift order now!



The 10 Best Corporate Gifts For The Holidays

10 Corporate Gifts On Your Clients Wish ListThink it’s too early to focus on holiday gifting? Think again. Between production time, approvals and, of course, getting your gift out ahead of the December crush – which, as we know, ensures your gift has a greater impact  – waiting until the temperature drops is a surefire way to miss the mark, miss the deadlines and miss giving your clients, vendors and partners something truly special.

But that’s not you – and that’s not happening this holiday season. This holiday season you’re ahead of the curve and ready to dive in. This holiday season you’re locking down the hottest gift that speaks to your business, your clients and your shared relationships. This holiday season you are knocking it out of the park, with a gift they’ll remember and a gift that will help pave the way for your best year yet. Any of these Must-Haves will do the trick…

10 Holiday Gifts Topping Your Client’s Wish List

#1. Aluminum PopSockets®

PopSockets are the “It” item of 2018 and, with one “POP” it’s easy to see why. Affix one of these engravable aluminum PopSockets to your smartphone and, instantly, gain better control for typing, texting and more. Or, pop it out to create a stand – perfect for hands-free calls and even, impromptu movie nights. Yes, PLEASE.

#2. Stainless Steel Wine Tumbler

Stainless-Steel-Wine-TumblerCheers to a favorite vino literally anywhere. These Stainless Steel Wine Tumblers are sleek, chic and totally shatterproof, making them ideal for anything from weekends away to fireside dinners to last-minute happy hours – in the office or out. Engrave yours with a special message commemorating the year and you’re ready to give a toast (or two…).

#3. Wireless Charging Pad/StandWireless-Charging-Pad

Let’s face it – who doesn’t constantly need to charge their phone? With this Qi Wireless Custom Charging Pad, it’s easier than ever. This compact dock fits anywhere and is perfect for desk or nightstand charging. Simply pop a smartphone on top and this handy device gets the job done, while serving as a constant reminder of you, your business and all the “charged up” benefits you bring to the table.

#4. Leeman® NYC Tuscany Collection

Leeman-Office-Gift-SetLooking for a low-cost, high-impact gift that goes anywhere your clients do – literally? From cell phone wallets to leather journals to luggage tags, this collection has something for everyone, with pieces starting at less than $2.00 each. Each piece is perfectly crafted and designed to withstand the elements while tagging along for your recipients’ latest adventures – and, continually giving a nod to your business.

#5. Igloo® Cooler Tote BagIgloo-Cooler

This bag redefines “chill.” Perfect for tailgating, road trips, or office potlucks, this durable tote can hold up to three 12-packs – 36 cans – and offers tons of pockets for storing anything and everything. This is one gift your clients will use over and over, ensuring you get even more bang for your promotional buck.

#6. Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Triple Insulated Best Selling Water BottleHelp your client achieve their New Year’s resolution – to drink more H2O in 2019. Staying hydrated has tons of benefits  – when giving this best selling Triple Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle  to your clients, you’re acknowledging your partnership and helping to improve their health and hydration in the months ahead. Cheers to that.

#7. Satin Finish Executive Pen

There’s something about a great pen. When you find one, it feels like you can tackle the world – or, at the very least, that enormous pile of purchase orders in your inbox. Our Satin Finish Executive Pen is the perfect go-to, with sleek silver accents, black ink and a medium point – check, check and check. The best part? This is an affordable gift your office can send in bulk, ensuring everyone gets one. Better yet, plan to leave pens in a high-traffic spot so your clients and their clients can grab and go, expanding your reach and getting your message out long after the holidays are over.

#8. Elevate Two-Tone Knit Half-Zip Jacket

Two-Tone-Elevate-Mens-JacketBaby, it’s cold outside – and that’s why everyone loves these half-zip jackets. Cozy, versatile and completely on-trend with a two-tone finish, these jackets are the perfect gift for any client on your list. We love the sweater knit feel and the bonus pockets for storage. Your clients will love being thought of and love having a jacket they can toss on whenever they’re feeling a chill, whether it’s in the office, on the sidelines or anywhere in between.

#9. Gourmet Treats Gift ToteGourmet-Treats-Gift-Tote

Two words: DIG. IN. Getting this Gourmet Treats Gift Tote is like an invitation to indulge – one your clients will no doubt take. Packed with lemon cookies, berry and nut mix, caramel popcorn, almonds, walnuts, peanut crunch and butter toffee caramels, this gift has it all – all packed in a portable carrier that makes it easy to smuggle off-site if they don’t want to share…

#10. Plaid Blanket

This blanket redefines COZY. Not only is it huge – 50” x 60” – and made from Australian wool and acrylic, but this Twisted Fringe Plaid Wool Custom Blanket is easy to fold up and bring anywhere. And, no doubt, your clients and vendors will. Do yourself a favor and order a few extra for yourself and the team. Once you lay a hand on these comfy blankets, you’ll no doubt want a few for your own collection.

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Contact our expert corporate gifting team to talk holiday presents and premiums. Now is prime time to get orders in motion and ensure your gifts make it to the top of the pile. We are, after all, the Promo Know-How People!



4 Reasons to Keep on Gifting (and PLENTY of Things to Gift…)

4 Reasons to Keep Gifting. And PLENTY of Items to GiftWe get it – your holiday gifting is locked and loaded. Maybe you give the same thing every year – who doesn’t love a full-bodied Chianti around the holidays? Or, maybe you mix it up and opt for the season’s most on-trend must-have. Regardless, you know your gifts are welcome and warranted. You are, after all, thanking your clients, partners and/or employees for helping your business knock it out of the park this year.

That said, the holidays aren’t the only optimal time to reach out and say “thanks!” Now, more than ever, decision-makers are inundated with holiday gifts from early December straight through to the New Year. While that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook for a holiday gift, it does mean non-seasonal mailings will likely work a lot harder. Why?

#1. Because you don’t “have to”

Not only will a gift outside of this present-heavy season cut through the clutter of junk mail and promotional emails, but your clients will appreciate the thought even more – when it’s not the holiday season, these “thinking of you” nods feel less forced and, hands down, will likely resonate more.

“It’s natural to think of sending a gift around the holidays,” says Giftology author John Ruhlin in a recent Forbes interview. “But, you may want to reconsider…the holiday season is ironically the least effective time to give a gift…if you take the time to appreciate your clients when they least expect it, you’ll stand out.

#2. Because they’re going to get in touch…

Having a tough time getting a call or email back? Send a gift. Unless it’s truly a throw-away – which, let’s face it, you wouldn’t waste your money on – that client or prospect is almost always going to respond and thank you for the thought. It’s good business and, besides that, it’s common courtesy. So, do yourself a favor and stop the endless email/voice mail barrage and pop something in the mail.

Our Heritage BackpackOne final pro tip: while any gift should warrant a call or email acknowledgement, this is often a good example of “go big or go home”. Sending something larger really can’t be missed, even if it gets shuffled in with the day’s mail and call-back notes.

This Heritage Supply Laptop Backpack is a perfect example. It’s sizable, versatile and completely usable – who doesn’t hate hauling their laptop back and forth every day? And besides that, backpacks are having a serious moment. With so many adults dealing with back issues, many are turning to backpacks to help distribute the weight of their daily haul. In other words, double points for thoughtfulness.

#3. Because continuity builds relationships

Showing appreciation and fostering a feeling of familiarity and mutual respect is essential to building any business relationship, clients included. By establishing a more regular “thank you/thinking of you” cadence, you’re fostering good will year-round and not just during the holidays or when they sign on the line. Again, it feels more genuine and more personal, which helps ensure your clients feel valued and appreciated.

Our Marble Click Action PenThe trick, then, is to come up with corporate gifts that 1) are universally in-demand/useful 2) don’t break the bank but still have some serious oomph to them and 3) are in-sync with the clients’ wants and needs or, minimally, with some moment in time.

For example, send this Marble Click-Action Pen around New Year’s, letting them know that, as they’re writing their resolutions list they should add “coffee with you” to their to-dos. Or, as summer approaches, pop these Faux Leather Power Banks in the mail as a vacation essential – there’s never a charger poolside when you need one. When temperatures start dropping, brand and send an Elevate Two-Tone Knit Half Zip, or this Thermos® Stainless King Travel Mug, perfect for something hot.

#4. Because it’s about THEM, not you

Let’s face it – the branded fleece picnic blanket you sent last year was useful but, really, it was equally about getting your name and logo front-and-center with your latest and greatest client. Layering in an additional gift or, even, a continuity gifting program gives you an opportunity to focus on that essential partner and what makes them tick.

Our Moleskin Gift SetA perfect go-to? This Moleskin Hardcover Journal Set. Moleskin journals are a classic that – bonus – are super on-trend right now. Whether your client is a serial journal-er, closet poet or, simply likes to jot notes down in something that feels a bit more elevated, this is the perfect gift. Bonus points for leaving a little personalized note on page one…

The goal? Come up with some ongoing gifting program that goes beyond just Christmas and Hanukkah. Done right, this is the ultimate relationship-builder and booster, which can position you and your brand for success now and in the future – not just during the holidays. Think about your customers, what makes them tick and when you aren’t hearing from them as much as you should. Then, use that intel as your jumping off point to create a powerhouse corporate gifting program for your business.

Call us, the Promo-Know How People, to get started incorporating Corporate Gifts into your marketing budget, today!


Just Released! ePromos’ 8th Annual Top 10 Corporate Gift Picks

Here it is! Hot off the presses, it’s ePromos’ newest edition of our annual Top 10 Corporate Gift Picks! Each year we put together this list of business holiday gifts to show you some interesting new options and get the creativity flowing. Like previous lists, the 2011 picks feature a wide range of price points and product categories. In other words, there’s something for everyone!

Here are the unique promos that made the cut this year:

  1. Sherpa Home Throw (SKU: 8838395 – As low as $28.99). As last year’s Snuggie cools off, this micro mink is heating up. Your clients will have no trouble staying cozy with this ultra-soft blanket.
  2. Tablet Keyboard with Case (SKU: 8838490 – As low as $130.99). An ideal corporate gift for the tech-savvy recipients. This protective case also includes a full Bluetooth keyboard compatible with most tablets.
  3. Peppermint Sedici Tumbler (SKU: 8838455 – As low as $3.99). Building on the success of the year’s best-selling tumbler, this popular drinkware item features a fun peppermint theme that makes it a perfect choice for the season.
  4. Gourmet Popcorn 1 Quart Tin (SKU: 8838491 – As low as $10.49). A mouth-watering choice that will put a smile on anybody’s face! This popcorn tin is great for sharing, and brings holiday food gifts to a new level of yum with four delicious flavors.
  5. Belagio Four-Piece Wine Gift Set (SKU: 8838361 – As low as $9.65). A beautifully-presented, elegant wine gift set with high perceived value. Great for connoisseurs or anyone who likes to relax with a glass of wine after a hard day at the office.
  6. Custom Long Sleeve Thermal Shirt (Women’s SKU: 8838492, Men’s: 8838495 – As low as $10.49). A stylish pick, especially for fall or winter weather. Looks great with layers or on its own. Both men’s and women’s sizing available!
  7. Cell Phone/PDA Speaker (SKU: 8838493 – As low as $14.69). Can you hear me now? A great hands-free option in the office, at home, or on the go. Powered by USB or AA batteries and works with most cell phones and smart phones.
  8. Americana Leather-Wrapped Journal (SKU:8837438 – As low as $23.49). This full-grain, leather-wrapped journal is elegant and inspiring. A modern throwback that will let recipients record notes, numbers, or their next big idea.
  9. BUILT Cargo Travel Organizer by Prime (SKU: 8838494 – As Low As $20.90). An stylish travel organizer with four compartments to help organize delicate electronics. Stretches to fit and protect a range of gadgets and comes with 5 stylish print options.
  10. Tablet/iPad Stylus Pen (SKU:8837790 – As low as $5.49). Soft rubber tip mimics fingertips for accuracy and precision. Works perfectly with the iPad® and other tablets and cell phones! No more annoying fingerprints or oily smudges.