To help you determine what are good client gifts this holiday season, we’ve put together a corporate Christmas gift guide for 4th quarter. We recommend that you start your search – and order early – for the best selection and guaranteed availability. After all, holiday gift-giving is not only a great way to show customer appreciation, but it also helps to build brand awareness.
Why You Should Shop Early for Gifts
You don’t want to wait until the last minute to start your holiday shopping. Christmas client gifts can have a huge impact. However, due to the volatility of the supply chain we’ve been experiencing, waiting until the last minute can be detrimental. Not to mention, there’s nothing more frustrating than having your plans upended due to extenuating circumstances.
Here are some of the major reasons to shop early for personalized gifts for clients:
Why Branded Gifts Make a Difference
Help foster your most valuable relationships, and boost marketing efforts, when you present your most valuable clients with a personalized gift.
Top reasons to give branded corporate gifts include:
Holiday Client Gift Ideas
When shopping early for Christmas, it’s important to take several factors into account. You need to know who you are buying for and what your budget is. Once you’ve determined these two things, you can then narrow down your list to distinguish between VIP clients and regular customers to decide how much you’ll spend on each.
After you’ve allocated the amount you want to pay for branded gifts, you’re ready to start your search for Christmas gifts for clients.
As you likely aren’t buying the same types of gifts for all your customers, we’ve broken down our corporate holiday gift guide into two main categories:
If you still need help deciding how much to spend, be sure to check out our tips toward the end of this post.
Gift Ideas for VIP Clients
These holiday gift ideas are perfect for VIP clients. Not only can these products be personalized, but they are also designed with quality in mind. Therefore, this entire collection of upscale client gifts will last a lifetime.
Following is a compilation of custom gift ideas for your most important customers.
Custom Holiday Gifts Under $50
Gift ideas in this section range between $25 and $50. So, they’re an affordable way to show gratitude to valued customers even if you’re on a budget.
While these gifts may not cost much, the quality and craftsmanship of these products make them appear more valuable. While quantity discounts save you even more!
Engraved Heritage Chest
These custom memory chests make beautiful mementos. Gift these durable keepsake boxes with a bottle of wine to compliment the tools included with this purchase. Gift recipients can then reuse the boxes for stylish storage or important souvenirs.
Keepsake Wine Box
Like our memory chests, our wooden wine boxes also make gorgeous keepsakes. Each of these boxes makes a wonderful gift when paired with a bottle of wine. They feature a custom engravable medallion on the front and include a stainless-steel drip collar, bottle stopper, aerator, and corkscrew with a bottle opener.
Acacia Keepsake Caddy
This wooden caddy is a useful tool for staying organized through every walk of life. Whether they’re used for crafting tools or pantry staples, these decorative containers can be customized for lasting client keepsakes. You can also pair a caddy engraved for tea with a selection of teatime tools and accessories for an instant upgrade.
Knife blocks are a kitchen necessity! Not only do they showcase our LifeLong cutlery in style, but they also keep blades protected from damage and accidents.
Serving Trays and Boards
Wood serving trays make stunning, personalized gifts for clients. Our personalized serving trays are crafted from cherry, while our large serving boards are produced from beautiful acacia. These sturdy, yet lightweight boards are excellent both as chopping blocks as well as casual serving.
Pair any of our trays with a cutting board display stand to further elevate your recipient’s gift experience.
Custom Cherry Cutting Boards
Our custom cutting boards are made from quality, American cherry and can be engraved with the design of your choice. These cherry cutting boards come in two styles. The rectangular board features a juice groove, while the other is a house shaped cutting board that also doubles as an attractive cheese board or charcuterie tray.
Personalized Coaster Set
Everyone can use coasters! Our personalized coaster sets are double-layered and professionally printed for long lasting durability. Available in a variety of stunning shapes and designs, these leatherette coasters can be customized with a personal message or contact information and come with an attractive display case.
Gift twelve or more sets of these and price drops below $25 each.
Home Essentials Tool Tote
Our tool totes make great REALTOR® client gifts for new homeowners. So, they’re perfect for the holiday season, or customer appreciation throughout the year. These tool bags feature a business card display pocket and come with lots of pockets for organizing. There’s also a collection of home essentials neatly tucked inside including a hammer, crescent wrench, vice grips, a box cutter, scissors, measuring tape and more!
Corporate Christmas Gifts Over $50
Make a statement with these eye-popping Christmas gifts. Price between $50-$100, these ideas will ensure your services aren't forgotten.
Anyone who loves to cook knows that there’s no substitute for a quality knife. Designed to last a lifetime, our custom cutlery marries functionality with an elegant design that’s sure to be noticed. Featuring free engraving for your name or brand, we offer among the best blades in the business.
If you need a truly unique client gift idea, our Ulu knives are the way to go! These revolutionary kitchen knives have a variety of uses from chopping nuts and herbs to tackling pizza, veggies, or meat! So, they handle the job of multiple knives thanks to their stunning curved blade and comfortable handle.
Choose from several styles of our Ulu Elite™ blades with optional add ons and quantity discounts available. (You can see this product in action here.)
Gourmet Grilling Set
While most of us aren’t heating up the barbecue in the middle of winter, this thoughtful client gift idea guarantees you’ll be remembered once grilling season rolls back around. This personalized grilling set is perfect for backyard cookouts or block parties.
In lieu of personalization, this product can also be branded with select Virginia collegiate team logos.
Client Gift Baskets
It’s easy to build a gift basket around our products for personalized gifts for top clients. Pair our custom, kitchen serving ware with cheese and crackers or coffee and sweets for creative food themed gifts. Or gift our 3-piece entertainment set with kitchen basics such as tea towels and potholders.
I also love the idea of including a 2-piece pizza set with the ingredients you need to make your own homemade pizza from scratch!
Upscale Client Gifts Around $100 or More
While we offer fewer options in this category, you can easily combine related products for higher value options. These ideas are perfect for your most valued customers and are a great way to show your appreciation for their business throughout the holiday season.
Like our other categories, the more gifts you buy, the more you save. So don’t be afraid to stretch your budget to make an impactful statement.
Our engraved cutlery sets can be customized for a lifetime of cooking memories. Carefully curated to impress clients and fill a need, these upscale client gifts are ideal for your top customers.
You can also take this client holiday gift to the next level by pairing a knife set with our beautiful magnetic wood knife block. Or gift our classic 13-piece rosewood knife block set.
Damascus Hunting Knife
This limited edition Damascus hunting knife is a must have gift for fishing or hunting enthusiasts. Featuring a stunning blade made from 67 layers of Japanese VG-10 steel, this durable knife also has a solid yellow-rosewood handle with room for customization.
Ulu Knives with Bowl Boards
Our rocking knife choppers are even better when paired with a bowl board! Match an Ulu knife with a bowl board for a creative client gift that won’t go unnoticed. Our engraved round, oval and square chopping boards are designed to complement the curvature of the Ulu knife while also doubling as storage for this indispensable tool.
Client Appreciation Gifts Under $25
Most corporations or businesses have a huge client base. While we want to recognize everyone during the holiday season, most of us are limited by budget restraints.
Following are several economical ideas for personalized corporate gifts for clients that you can gift en masse. As each of these gift ideas cost less than $25 each, they’re a great way show customer appreciation and take advantage of the full tax deduction.
Stainless Steel Soap
Kitchen odors are an inconvenient result of cooking with fish, onions, or garlic. Luckily, there’s a handy kitchen tool that solves this problem! Our stainless steel soap bars are made from heavy-gauge, sand-polished steel so they last for years even with regular use. Personalize these with a full color message on the back for as little as $15 each.
Safety Knife Sharpeners
We offer a variety of knife sharpeners that allow you to safely sharpen kitchen knives and other blades for as little as $5 each. Not do these valuable kitchen tools work great as a solo gift, they also make a lovely addition to a Christmas gift basket.
Personalized Key Rings
Personalized key rings are a useful gift idea that everyone can use! Made from high quality stainless steel or eye-catching carbon fiber, these essential tools can either be engraved or customized in full color.
Everyone uses calendars! Whether it’s to keep track of upcoming appointments or school schedules, calendars are a valuable everyday resource. For this reason, our magnetic themed calendars are a wonderful choice for all your customers!
Regardless of the style of calendar you choose, we offer themes that appeal to every walk of life. For example, our recipe calendars are a top seller year after year. Customers are so delighted to receive these, they make annual requests for them. Plus, they’re produced and printed right here in the USA.
Magnetic Bottle Openers
No home is complete without a bottle opener. Our custom magnetic bottle openers are among the best of the best. Featuring durable stainless-steel construction and a heavy-duty magnet, these handy church keys also double as a safety box opener tool. Choose from a huge array of designs, then add your personal message or information to complete your custom gifts.
Another great idea for fun and functional gifts are custom refrigerator magnets. Everyone has a fridge. Why not give them something to decorate it? Whether you create DIY magnets with your own artwork or choose from our customizable designs, magnets are always a hit!
Our super scrapers are not only a great addition to customer gift baskets, they’re also a valuable stand-alone, holiday gift for clients. Available in two sizes, these kitchen scrapers give the competition a run for their money. Cooks LOVE the vibrant imagery and kitchen conversions on our jumbo version almost as much how easily they make it remove stuck on food. Plus, they double as ice scrapers in the winter.
Engraved Wine Opener
These wine corkscrews pair perfectly with a bottle of wine for a simple yet effective way to wish customers a Merry Christmas. Available engraved with your message or contact information, these classic wine bottle openers are crafted from premium stainless steel.
How much should you spend on a client gift?
If you are looking for a holiday gift for token clients, we suggest gifts in the $25-$50 price range. For more important relationships, it’s recommended that you spend between $50 and $100. In some instances, the gift total may even go as high as $1000 for affluent clients.
To help you decide how much you spend on a client, here are some important questions to consider:
Are client gifts tax deductible?
The IRS has strict limits on the amount you can deduct for client gifts. In general, you can only $25 for gifts per recipient each calendar year. The exception to this is entertainment themed gifts, such as tickets. For this type of gift, you may deduct $50 per year for each client.
There are some exceptions to this, however. Gifts with your personalized branding can potentially be written off at 100%. This is because they are considered a promotional or advertising expense. However, we recommend that you check with a tax professional in your area or state for clarification before making any purchasing decisions.
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