Nurturing client relationships becomes particularly important at this time of year. You want to choose thoughtful gifts that thank them for supporting your business. At the same time, though, you don’t want your gifts to come across as a bribe!
Striking that balance can be a tricky one, along with the challenge of being sure about their personal tastes and preferences. But, if you’re organised and think about Christmas early, there’s bound to be an opportunity to quiz them about their favourite tipple, for example, without it appearing too obvious.
To keep client gifting from becoming too much of a headache for you this year, we’ve put together a Christmas gift guide for every type of client.
The caffeine fiend: Cheer up their December morning with a delivery of Pact coffee. The beans are roasted in small batches in Herefordshire, ground to order and shipped directly to the recipient. Available blends include ‘Praline Espresso’ and ‘Cinder Toffee’, which are sure to appeal to any coffee connoisseur. Gift vouchers are available for the number of bags of coffee you think your client is worth. Price: £6.95 per 250g bag.
The busy businesswoman: Beauty boxes can be the perfect gift for the busy female client, and subscription-based gifts in general can be a great option for clients. Birchbox is a lovely option, containing a monthly pick of luxury beauty and lifestyle samples, delivered straight to the recipient’s door. The three-month starter package, priced at £30 plus p&p, is an affordable, thoughtful present which will help to keep you front of mind with your client well into the New Year.
The discerning gentleman: Not to leave out the men, a sock subscription could be the perfect stocking filler (excuse the pun!). Two pairs a month will set you back just £69 for the year with Socked, and a variety of other subscription options are available.
The chocoholic: Chocolate is always going to be a safe bet, and we have taken the job of taste testing for you very seriously. If it’s an extravagant chocolate gift you’re after, the Godiva faux croc hampers range from £125 – £200. If that’s a bit outside of your budget, The Christmas Luxe box from Hotel Chocolat contains 43 indulgent festive nibbles, which are perfect for sharing around the office. Price: £32.
The foodie: If you’re stuck over what to get your client, a Christmas hamper is undoubtedly the way to go. It’s traditional, but never gets old. The Silent Night Basket from Virginia Hayward hampers is packed with edible treats, in a traditional wicker hamper. Priced at £80, it is likely to be very well received. If budgets are a bit tighter though this year, Smith and Kinghorn’s Christmas hampers which are full of products sourced from Great Britain, are currently available on a buy-one-get-one-free basis, and at just £49.99 each, they won’t set you back too much. But if you’d prefer something less traditional, how about a macaron subscription from La Dinette, starting at £45 for three months; or membership to a monthly brownie club, which can be delivered once monthly for one, three or six months, which starts at £9.75 for one month.
The tippler: If you suspect some alcohol will hit the spot, it can sometimes be nice to break away from the traditional bottle of wine or bubbly. Perhaps a Gin Tower, comprised of three stylish 250ml stackable bottles containing a selection of Demijohn’s gin-based liqueurs and spirits. On the top is its boutique house spirit gin, while sandwiched in the middle is rich Damson Gin Liqueur from East Lothian and on the bottom is Seville Orange Gin. Priced at £53.30, it is a fun present for the gin-loving client.
The health fanatic: Not everyone wants to overindulge at Christmas. If your client is particularly health conscious, then a gift voucher for healthy snack company Graze could be a cracking idea. Why not set them up with 10 boxes to enjoy in the New Year, for £39.90.
The Stilton-fool: The Godminster Heart Cheese Selection is sure to bring a smile to the face of any cheese-loving client. Containing a medley of Vintage Organic Cheddar (400g), Vintage Organic Oak Smoked Cheddar (200g) and a handmade traditional Organic Brie, there will be something for every palate. Price: £23.95.
The geek: What better gift for the gadget obsessed client than an indoor office drone, with a birds eye HD camera attached? Perfect for keeping an eye on unruly staff! The Minidrone Rolling Spider is the latest smartphone-controlled drone from French Bluetooth specialists Parrot – and is probably the most fun it is possible to have with a £90 indoor flying toy.
The philanthropist: If you’d like to give something a little bit more meaningful and different this Christmas, then Traidcraft offers a variety of interesting options. This development charity helps people to trade their way out of poverty, and works to bring about trade justice. Browse the ‘Gifts for Life’ section of their site, and see what as little as £10 to £15 can buy.
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