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An Entry-Level Guide to Corporate Gifting

If you’re in charge of handling gift-giving at work, there are a few guidelines that can make the process run smoothly. Even if you’re brand new to buying business gifts, you’ll find that it’s fun and easy with a little preparation and planning. Check out these tips for entry-level corporate gifting:

Know the Rules

The first guideline of gift-giving in the workplace is perhaps the most important and can save you a big hassle. Make sure you check with your human resources department or refer to the employee handbook for rules regarding corporate gifting in your workplace. Some companies might have restrictions on how much gifts can cost or even which types of gifts might be prohibited. For example, you might be restricted from giving food items or cash as a gift, so it’s very important to get a clear understanding of all gifting rules when buying for employees, clients, or other business associates.

Go Moderate with Cost

You don’t want to be too extravagant when it comes to corporate gifts, which brings us back to the first guideline—make sure you’re clear on the monetary limit for buying gifts for work. The good news is that there are lots of great gift items that don’t cost a fortune but are thoughtful and appropriate for the workplace. Most of them can be branded with your company name and/or logo for a personal touch. You can even find gift items in hues that match your logo’s color palette.

Gift Promotional Products

One thing to remember is that it’s usually perfectly acceptable—even expected—to give promotional products as gifts. It’s a great way to remind people of your business while saying thanks for their work or patronage. There are so many different items available that you are sure to find something that’s right for your company and its clients.

For example, if you know that you have a client who loves to golf, a branded golf ball set or golf towel would be a thoughtful gift. Perhaps you could give your clients or associates custom company notepads, which are items they can use every day. If you’re in a business where you serve lots of customers each day, handing out branded pens is a great way to say thanks for their patronage.

Of course, you can give custom company work apparel as a gift, but you may want to keep it to items that are one-size-fits-all. That way, you don’t have to worry about giving someone an item in a size they can’t wear. One example would be a branded hat or cap, as they come in one size that’s designed to fit most everybody. Custom company caps are promotional items that are also stylish and useful.

Give Employees Identical Gifts

It’s a good practice to give each member of your workplace team the same item. This prevents any conflicts between employees and keeps things fair. When it comes to what kind of gift to give an employee, there are many different options. For example, you could go for a tech gift, such as a wireless charger or charging pad. These items can be used every day and are able to be branded with your company name.

If you’re looking for a more traditional employee gift, you can’t go wrong with a custom logo mug. There are mugs in various colors and sizes that make excellent gifts for your team members and associates. Even a custom umbrella could be given as a holiday gift to your employees.

Even if you give each person the same item, there are ways to make each gift a bit more personal. For example, you could choose a different color item for each employee. And the gift wrap you select can also put a personal touch on an employee gift.

Say Thanks

When giving a corporate gift, include a notecard that expresses your gratitude. It doesn’t matter if you’re giving a small gift or something larger—it’s the thought that counts. If you’re writing cards to employees, personalize them with their names and thank them for their work. If you can specifically refer to something they did well or something you really appreciated in the previous year, do so. The same goes for clients and prospective clients—a brief thank you card enclosed with a gift lets them know they’re appreciated and demonstrates your goodwill and professionalism.

Whether you’re buying Christmas gifts for employees or celebrating a company milestone by gifting your team with something special, branded items are always a good choice. With so many options available, it’s easy to find gifts that are thoughtful and useful and reflect well upon you and your business.

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