As the leaves continue to fall and the last apples at your local orchard are picked, it is time to start thinking about the upcoming holiday season. In today’s diverse business world it can be difficult to know who celebrates which holiday and how to be culturally aware of each person’s background. With all the stress that the holiday season brings, here are some tips for making gift giving in the business world a little more simple:
1. Be Inclusive
When it comes to employee gifts it is important to include everyone, even those who are not celebrating a holiday during the winter months. The same can be said for client gifts. A good way to be inclusive is to pick an end of year employee appreciation gifts such as custom mugs, apparel, Bluetooth speakers, or assorted treats.
2. Don’t Be Too Promotional
Employees and clients already know your brand, no need to make it the center of attention during the holiday season. A small logo on your holiday gifts is tasteful and not overpowering.
3. Make it Personal
Going the extra mile by personalizing your holiday gifts with each recipient’s name shows your employees and clients that you took the time to think of them. It is, after all, the thought that counts!
4. Pick a “Wow” Product
The holiday season is the perfect time of year to show your employees how much you appreciate their year-round hard work and to show your clients how much you appreciate their business. It is not the time to count pennies. Your gift should be high-quality and demonstrate to the recipients that they are worth the value. For example, skip the stress squeezers and order classy wine and cheese sets.
5. Have Fun With It
The holidays are for parties and fun, so get creative with your gift ideas! Do your employees love music? Give a backpack with a built-in Bluetooth speaker. Are your clients big golfers? Order customized golf balls. Create a personalized calendar with photos of your staff from around the office, at events, and team functions to ring in the new year. Put a little life into lunch breaks with board games or table-top corn hole. The possibilities are endless!