Guest Post by Marlena Rich
Holiday Stress for Presents?
Holiday giving should be fun, and represent your thoughtful nature. But sometimes the holiday season creates “present stress,” especially when you are doing gift buying for your company or corporation. You may be asking yourself some of the following questions when pondering corporate gifts:
- I want to send a gift to my customer, with my logo on it, but I don’t want it to look cheap or tacky. What do I do?
- I need to send a gift to someone I work with, whom I don’t know well. How do I select a gift that they’ll like without running the risk of offending them?
- My boss has a huge list of customers he wants to send gifts to – but he’s set a budget that will only let me spend a about $20 for each person. What do I do?
- When should I send a holiday gift to my customers, vendors, and business partners?
Corporate Gifting Tips and Suggestions from a Gal Who’s Been There
It’s true that there’s a different etiquette for corporate gift giving than for personal gift giving; it all boils down to common sense. You’ve spent a lot of time (and money) building your business reputation, and you don’t want to ruin it with the incorrect gift. Liquor may offend some recipients, and clothing may be considered too personal.
Don’t forget that some companies prohibit employees from accepting gifts. A good rule of thumb is to keep the gift under $25. This keeps your recipient out of hot water – and avoids the embarrassment of having the gift returned.
Good taste is the standard for any item with your logo on it; I advise a small, tasteful logo. An inexpensive gift with a big logo on it may be perfect as a trade show hand-out but inappropriate as a holiday gift.
If possible, deliver your gift yourself, with your sincere thanks and good wishes. If your recipient is outside the U.S., do a little cultural research on careful gift giving to avoid offense. The fact is that while gifts are optional in the U.S. and U.K., they are anything but optional in some countries, and you can ruin a relationship with a gift that’s improperly given, given at the wrong time, or other unknowns.
Give a Unique, Afforable, Unisex Gift
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Sending a hearty “Happy Holidays!” message is the perfect end to the year, and a great way to start off 2013, too. So get those Aglove gift lists ready, and start sending some holiday cheer to the people who made a difference in your life in 2012.
Questions? Or want to order Agloves for your corporate gift? Contact Marlena at Marlena@Agloves.com.