It’s the holiday season, which is a great time to give back to the clients who have supported your business throughout the year. In this holiday gift giving guide for small business owners, I’ll share a variety of ways you can gift your clients. All gifts are under $100, and one is even free. 🙂
When selecting what to give, remember that the gift is about your client, not you. This is not the time to send out purely promotional items. Yes, you should include a personalized note with your name and company name so the receiver knows it’s from you. However, your entire gift should not be a promotion. That means no gift baskets full of pens with your logo, company calendars and your corporate stationery.
Here are things you can give instead. Which item is your favorite? What’s the best gift you’ve received as a client?
Give a Gift Card
GiftCards.com – Price depends on number of cards and value chosen
If you know you want to gift your clients but aren’t sure what they’d like, give a gift card. GiftCards.com allows you to purchase a Visa or MasterCard debit card. You can use a photo of your own or pick one of the pre-designed holiday themes. This is perfect for a combination gift. Perhaps you can create a personalized card and slip this inside. 🙂
Lotion and Perfume Gift Set
For the client who appreciates smell goods, try one of these gift sets from Bath & Body Works. These sets come pre-packaged in festive gift boxes and bags. Just pick the scent you like and ship it directly to your client.
Wine and Chocolate
Wine and Treats Gift Set – $79.99
If you have a lover of wine on your list, this gift set from FTD is perfect. It pairs Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon with cheese, summer sausage, mustard, crackers, Spanish olives, spicy cocktail, and chocolate chip cookies.
Custom Holiday Cards
Canva Holiday Cards – FREE to design
Rather than picking up a pack of generic cards this year, create custom Christmas cards with Canva. With Canva’s free Christmas card maker, you can design your own custom Christmas cards even if you’re not a designer. Once your card is designed, you can share it via email or social media or print it out to send by mail. This is also a great combination gift and can be packed along with other holiday items you send out.
Chocolate Covered Fruit
These large, ruby red strawberries from Shari’s Berries™ are dipped in premium dark or white chocolate and then topped with chocolate drizzles, sanding sugar and poinsettia candy. This is a great gift for clients with a sweet tooth.
This journal by Robie Rogge and Dian Smith is the perfect gift to kick off your client’s New Year resolutions. Each day contains a fear-facing prompt, such as pitching an idea, changing your hair or admitting a mistake, and gives you room to write how you acted on it that day. This year-long journal is not in calendar form, so you’re free to start small and work your way to the bolder challenges.
Gourmet Gift Baskets
These gift baskets contain snacks that can be shared with the entire office. Each one is packed with sweet and salty treats that are sure to delight. I’ve tried many of these treats from Gourmet Gifter. They are high quality, and I’ve even reviewed them here on the blog.
Gourmet Gift Basket #1 – $34.95
Gourmet Gift Basket #2 – $69.95
Basket includes salty sweet kettle corn, flavored puffs, a caramel crispy treat, granola bar, salt water taffy, butter toffee peanuts, marshmallow poles, mint nonpareils, chocolate covered gummy bears and ½ lb. of peanut brittle.
Donate in Your Client’s Name
For your socially conscious clients, consider making a donation to their favorite charity in their name. Figuring out which organization to support is a matter of going over previous client interactions. Do they love their college and always talk about their days there? Donate to their alumni association. Are they passionate about helping underprivileged children overseas? Try WorldVision. Do they want to help women and children? Look for a local women’s shelter to support.
Candle Gift Set
I love aromatherapy and have either candles or a warmer running in my home office every day. My husband and I have so many Yankee Candle items here, you’d think we were opening our own store. 🙂 If you have clients who are scent lovers, too, these Yankee Candle gift sets would be perfect for them. Unsure of what they’d like? Try one of these samplers that feature the scents of the holidays.
Holiday Samplers® Gift Box – $11.99
This contains one each of Balsam & Cedar, Red Apple Wreath, Christmas Cookie™, Sparkling Cinnamon and Mistletoe™.
Holiday Sampler Clutch – $30.00
This reusable clutch contains one Small Jar Candle in Berry Trifle, one Samplers® Votive Candle in Balsam & Cedar, one Fragrance Spheres™ in Sparkling Cinnamon and one Smart Scent™ Vent Clip in Winter Glow.