The holidays are nearly here which means it’s time to start thinking about gifts for your clients. And while it might be easy to give the same old generic gifts you give every year, it’s in your best interest not to do so. Here’s the thing about sending holiday gifts for clients: it’s a great business tactic and relationship builder. It’s an opportunity to let your clients know that you’re thinking of them and to show appreciation for their ongoing business and collaboration.
For most clients, the thought alone is what matters most – they appreciate the consideration and effort. But that doesn’t mean you should send a thoughtless gift. If you want to make a great impression and set a positive tone for the coming year, send a gift that’s a little less generic – one that won’t find itself buried in a drawer as soon as it’s unwrapped. Giving a great gift that your client enjoys and finds frequent use for means you’ll be top of mind for them on a recurring basis.
Best of all, you can find a wide variety of gifts your clients will actually like without breaking the bank.
Here are our 10 favorite client gift ideas, all for under $100.
High-tech doesn’t have to be high-price. Amazon’s Echo Dot is a great – and helpful – holiday gift idea for a busy client. It can act as a speaker for calls and music, connect to various Smart Home or Smart Office items, read emails aloud, answer questions, set reminders and alarms and even help manage schedules.
And for under $40, it’s a great bet. Available online from Amazon.
Philips Hue Starter Kit
Here’s a bright idea. Give a fun and high-tech smart home gift that allows your clients to have a little more control over the lighting in their home or office. Controlled using a smart phone app, the Philips Hue Starter Kit transforms regular lights into smart lights that can be operated from anywhere. They can even be set to different “scenes” optimized for work, relaxation, bedtime or to ease wake-ups.
Available on Amazon for under $80.
A Great Read
The world’s most successful people read a lot. In fact, most CEOs read 4 to 5 books per month. This year give your clients the gift of a great read – something that will stimulate thought and will be relevant to their interests and industry. The right book will show your clients that you understand what’s important to them and can position you as a forward-thinker in their eyes.
Best of all, this will almost certainly run you under $50.
Aeropress Coffee Maker
The typical office coffee offering isn’t always optimal. And sometimes, you just want a good cup of joe but don’t have time to run out to a coffee shop. With the Aeropress coffee maker, a unique and innovative system that uses immersion and gentle pressure to create coffee with amazingly rich flavour, you can give your client the gift of easy and delicious traditional coffee or espresso.
Available online for around $40.
Terrariums or Succulents
Natural elements in work environments have proven benefits on our well-being, happiness, and productivity. Terrariums and succulents are easy, stylish and low-maintenance ways to add a little green to any office in a modern, well-designed and visually appealing way.
Options range from $20 up to $100 and are available online, at florist shops and in boutiques stores near you.
A Great Portable Coffee Mug
Portable coffee mugs make for a perfect, useful gift idea. And if you can find one that fuses practicality with a great design and aesthetic, then it’s all that much better. The Zojirushi Stainless Mug is compact, unique, well-designed and keeps drinks piping hot or freezing cold for up to 6 hours. For added impact, consider customizing with your company branding.
Available online for under $40.
We’ve all got a dog lover in our lives. For your clients with four-legged companions, BarkBox is a great way to give them a thoughtful and unique gift that keeps on giving. With monthly deliveries full of treats and toys, you’ll save your client the trip to the pet store to stock up on necessities – all the while providing a box full of happiness for their best friend on an ongoing basis.
Available via the BarkBox website, a three-month subscription will cost you a little less than $100
Coffee Table Books
Look for a great coffee table book that will act as an interesting point of conversation in their home or office. A book they’ll proudly display on their desk or in the office sitting area will serve as a conversation piece for years to come – and so will your name if you include a personalized message inside. Humans of New York is one fascinating and insightful coffee table book option.
Available via Chapters for $34.50.
A Wine Tool Set
Any gift that adds a unique touch to a client’s usual routines is a good bet. A great wine tool set will act as a great conversation piece every time they host company and crack a bottle of vino.
Check out this beautiful Rabbit 6-Piece Wine Tool Kit, available from Bed Bath & Beyond $69.99.
The holidays are the time for giving – and when it comes to gifts, this can simply mean giving back. Consider making charitable donations on behalf of your clients to a cause that’s close to their heart. It will show how well you know them and the causes that are important to them and will make for a feel-good alternative to traditional gift-giving options. Best of all, charities often send ongoing updates to showcase the good your donation is doing – a perfect, yearlong, feel-good reminder for your clients.
This holiday season, make yourself memorable year-round by giving your clients something they’ll really love and use – without breaking your bank account to do it. Personalized gifts that offer practical applications outside of the holidays ensure you and your business remain top of mind all year long.