Do’s & Don’ts: The Art of Corporate Gift Giving

The first rule of corporate gift giving is, it’s NOT personal gift giving. It’s crucial to keep in mind that the kind of gift you send will reflect directly on your business.

There certainly is an art to this client management practice and once you hit the nail in the head, your business is sure to benefit exponentially.

do's and don'ts of corporate gift giving

No logos on holiday gifts

While it might be tempting to add your logo on a premium holiday gift, sincerity can be best achieved if you leave it out. Instead, we recommend attaching a personal hand-written greeting card with your name and business. Adding printed materials like custom holiday cards, paper bags, or tote bags are acceptable locations for logos on business gifts.

Things to consider when gifting food items

Candies, pastries, artisan goods, and fruit baskets are popular corporate gifts all year round. When deciding on food gifts, be mindful of clients’ allergies and factor in how and when the package would arrive. Make sure that the gift arrives at optimum state.

The IRS Factor

Some companies are not allowed to accept gifts and your brand has to know which clients are covered by this rule. Business gifts are tax-deductible up to $25 per person for the tax year. Packaging, shipping and delivery are not part of this total. This is not a one-size-fits-all guideline. IRS publication 463 can offer more specifics.

Cultural Sensitivity

Be aware of images and symbolism placed on packaging and on the gifts themselves. Doing basic research about other cultures goes a long way and pays off. If you’re sending to a substantial number of clients, choosing a more generic gift like the Michelin Guide to Restaurants is a safe but high-value gift.

Make a list

Take note of who received gifts, what the gifts were and their costs, and whether they were sent via courier or hand-delivered. This will be helpful for your business’ documentation of spend in case a report needs to be submitted to the finance department.

We at Brand Spirit pride ourselves in providing personalized customer support to help our clients find the best corporate gifts that follow best practices in for many industries. Let’s connect! Contact us or Follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagram, & Pinterest.   

Delight Clients with a Customized Copy of The Michelin Guide 2018

Looking for a premium gift for real estate clients, fundraising donors, new investors, and other VIPs? The 2018 Michelin Guide to New York City restaurants is the perfect add-on to your gift set. These also make wonderful additions to a PR kit for the press and special guests for company events.

In the past, people relied on the Zagat Guide to show them the top restaurants in the city but publishing will be discontinued for good starting next year. This means The Michelin Guide will be flying off the shelves even before the year ends so better hurry and get copies for your promotional campaign!

promotional michelin guide 2018 nyc you can customize with your logo to give as gifts to clients
Other Michelin Guide books for other cities available for custom order at brandspirit.com

This book is the ultimate foodie guide for all the biggest cities in the world. Add your company’s logo or choose a nice photo to go along with your business name. Below is an example of how you can personalize and brand this premium business gift.

sample custom design

Other featured cities with a Michelin Guide include London, Main European Cities, Chicago, Washington DC, and more. Ready to guide your customers on the best gastronomic trail of 2018? Order today, loves!

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Get Early Inspiration for This Year’s Corporate Holiday Gift Ideas

Summer is over and the holidays are almost here! It’s that time of the year again and everyone will soon be scrambling to find that perfect corporate gift to send to clients or employees. Since everyone is in extra giving mood, putting in more time (and budget) for a business gift is well worth it to set the mood of the last few months of the year.

We’ve put together some really cool, premium corporate gift ideas you can customize, personalize, and jazz up just in time for the holidays.

corporate gift ideas and other business gift ideas for the holidays
All products are available for bulk order at brandspirit.com

Can’t spend the holidays without wine. Get them a customized WINE GIFT SET. Presented in an elegant gift box with a bow on top, this must-have set comes with all the essentials for maximum vino enjoyment, including two 8.5 oz. Nuance wine glasses, a corkscrew, an aerator and a foil cutter. What a perfect gift for the holiday season or corporate incentive to promote increased productivity! Raise a toast to your brand today.

Set the mood with some nice holiday music using the BLUETOOTH SYMPHONY SPEAKER. This superpower 9W RMS powered speaker with time and alarm clock features mobile hands-free communication, digital display, supports TF card play, FM radio, USB, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 2200 mAh rechargeable battery. It’s perfect for your corporate management or employee incentive.

Be sweet and give’ em sweets. Create a custom package and gift your clients with the GODIVA MILK CHOCOLATE GIFT SET. This delicious gift comes with two 4 oz. packages of Godiva milk chocolate packaged in an elegant leatherette gift box. Add a note and make it a little more personal.

Looking for business gift ideas or corporate giveaways for the holidays.
All products are customizable and available for bulk order at brandspirit.com

Feed the hungry techie side of the corporate team by giving them the SYNTHETIC LEATHER BLUETOOTH KEYBOARD CASE. This synthetic leather keyboard will turn your iPad into a notebook. The Bluetooth keyboard is removable, making it perfect for carrying with you separately from your electronic device. With your company name or logo imprinted on this electronics accessory you’ve got a sound marketing tool for your business! 

A relaxation gifts basket like the TRANQUIL DELIGHT SPA BASKET is a heavy hitter when it comes to corporate gifts. Indulge in spa luxury with jumbo wicker basket with Cru de Provence 8 oz. Body Wash, 8 oz. Cru de Provence Body Lotion, and 12 oz. Bath Sea Salts. Wash away stress with a bath sponge, two 1.7oz botanical soap bars, and a wooden bath brush/massager combo. Cozy heatable neck wrap will help you to unwind. Tuck the lavender sachet under your pillow and enjoy sweet dreams! Lotion and Body wash have lavender & green tea blend fragrance.

A little sparkle for the holidays is a must. The METALLIC SLURPY TUMBLER WITH OREOS GIFT SET has all the fuzziness and glitter of the holidays. It comes in a customizable box which makes it a wonderful premium business gift for the office.

Is your brand ready for the holidays? Start the planning as early as now!

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Make Customers & VIPs Feel Special with These Spa Gift Sets

Client relationship building is a crucial part of growing your business. It’s important to maintain client interest and regularly engage with your network to remind them that you’re always a quick email or phone call away for their needs.

Sending personalized business gifts is a great way to do this. Even with the advent of digital communications like IMs and social media, nothing beats a nice and thoughtful package filled with luxe goodies every person can enjoy.

Give your VIPs the gift of some “me time” and relaxation with a beautifully crafted spa gift set. We’ve put together a short list of recommended kits you can easily customize.

spa gift sets for corporate gifts or business gifts, trade show giveaway idea
All gift sets are available for custom order at gobrandspirit.com

The BATH AND BODY SET is great for men and women. It comes with 4 oz. bottles with a shampoo, conditioner, lotion, liquid soap, and a cylinder of bath salts. Change up the label with your own branding. Add a nice “food for thought.” You also have the option of selecting a preferred scent for the products. 

Bring the comfort of a nice hotel to your clients with the ENDLESS WEEKEND GIFT SET that comes with a customizable set of hotel-style slippers. Promote your brand by labeling the items with your logo and colors. The set also comes with bath salts, soaps, 3 essential oils and, boy butter. Don’t forget to personalize the wooden box it comes with.

Give them the warm and fuzzy feeling of staying in and chilling with the WARM AND FUZZY GIFT SET. It’s a gift pack with direct print electronic diffuser with 15 mL Dropper Bottle Essential Oil and a 50″x60″ micromink blanket. Now that’s relaxing!

Go all-out with the DELUXE SPA BASKET. It’s a yummy basked with embroidered waffle weave robe, screen printed slippers, essential oil infused bath bomb & bar soap, 8 oz. lotion, and 4 oz. essential oil diffuser with diffuser reeds in a wicker gift basket. They’ll be smiling ear to ear with this fancy business gift.

PURCHASE WITH A PURPOSE

On top of perfecting the art of client management, every $100 purchase on these gift baskets means we’re sending 1 vaccine to a child in need. This is in partnership with our charitable partner from the UN Foundation.

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Employee Gift Idea: Fidget Toys for Productivity

There have been recent studies on the positive effects of fidget toys in the workplace. Spinners, cubes, and seven silly putty have been flying off the shelves because of the increased demand from people working 8 to 10-hour office jobs.

As a business or brand who believes in supporting and developing good talent and productive employees, why not take this trend and translate in into employee gifts on your next company event. This is not only a thoughtful gesture as a business owner and leader but it’s also an innovative way of creating a positive company culture.

While fidget cubes and spinners have been around since 2015, developers have continuously created new designs with more fiddles and switches to help your team cope with crunch time.

fidget toys as custom employee gifts
All fidget toys above are available for custom order at gobrandspirit.com

The MOKURU FIDGET REVOLVER is the perfect desktop toy for the fidgety employee. This specific customizable toy lights up too! Add a short message in addition to your logo to make it more personal for the team. Here’s how it works.


 

FIDGET PENS just came out this year and it has all the bells and whistles of a very awesome fidget gadget. It can be bent, rolled, and used as an actual pen. It’s made of stainless steel and you can easily customize it by screen printing. Check it out in action below:

Finally, check out the 12 SIDE FIDGET CUBE which technically makes it a dodecagon (the more you know!). It has 6 more addictive fun tactual sensations your employees will love. They also come in fun pop colors that adds an additional stimulating appeal to the fidget toy. Customize it with your logo via screen print. Watch the demo to see its cool new features:

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Health Trackers as Premium Promotional Gifts for Your VIPs

Health consciousness has been a recurring lifestyle trend over the past 5 years. More and more businesses are getting into the craze with increasing demand for wearable technology to help them achieve their health goals. 

Why not use this trend and apply it to your marketing and client relations strategy. This is especially a great idea for brands who work with other health related businesses like organic produce farmers, fitness institutions, and others.

We’ve been noticing a great demand for health trackers over the past months and we’d like to share a few hot promotional items you’ll love. These make for great corporate gifts and employee incentive programs to keep your brand engaged with all the right people.

Check these cool health trackers you can fully customize:

health trackers fitbit promotional gifts and corporate business gifts
All products are available for order and customization at gobrandspirit.com

The FITBIT BLAZE SMART FITNESS WATCH is a super premium promotional gift for important clients and business partners. The price point obviously shows how much you value you peeps! This nifty smartwatch monitors heart rate, sleep, workout schedule, your “get pumped” music, GPS, and is water resistant. Customize with our logo with by getting in printed on top of the band or inside the strap.

For a more affordable alternative to the Fitbit, we have the FITNESS TRACKER SMART BRACELET. It functions as a wrist watch, heart monitor, 3D pedometer, temperature, and sleep. Laser engrave your branding to leave a lasting impression.

Help your VIPs stay hydrated by giving them the THERMOS CONNECTED HYDRATION BOTTLE. It measures the intake and temperature of your beverage (not for hot liquids) while tracking and monitoring your daily, weekly, and monthly progress. It connects to Fitbits so you can gift this plus the watch as a set!

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Give These Terrific Tumblers as Business Gifts

Corporate and business gifts need to have more value than the usual giveaways. These gifts are going to people your brand has a relationship with or is trying to build one with. Drinkware are popular  corporate gifts because they’re practical, easy to customize, and they come in so many variants that allow you to express your branding.

We’ve put together some of the latest tumblers that not only look fantastic with your logo, but have also been designed with great technology to make anyone’s beverage consumption a lot easier for travel and temperature control.

drinkware tumblers for corporate gifts and business gifts
All products are available for order and customization at gobrandspirit.com

The VALHALA COPPER TUMBLER has a cork bottom to prevent slippage and scratching your your work table. It’s also vacuum designed and insulated, making sure your coffee or tea is kept warmer for longer. The matte finish has a very premium look that’s perfect placement for your logo. 

If the people you’re gifting don’t drink coffee, then the JOEMO VACUUM TEA TUMBLER is the way to go. Your business partners will love the inclusive tea basket and leak-proof lid feature. They’ll be steeping and sipping on tea with your brand wherever they are.

The GEOMETRIC VACUUM TUMBLER is a wonderfully designed tumbler with a cool grip and matte metallic finish. If a premium look is what you’re after, then this drinkware is for you. Like the others, it has a vacuum feature and spill proof lid with multiple printing options to get your logo on the tumbler.

Now, if you really have the budget to spare for corporate gifts, especially if you’re looking for items for VIPs, then choose the AVIANA SEQUOIA STAINLESS STEEL MUG. The handle is certainly an added convenience during travel. The mug also comes with it’s own straw so they can sip away on their fave drink!

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