I plead guilty to enjoying a cold beer or two, and I’ve watched with amazement as the decade-long bull market in the craft beer industry shows no signs of abating.
You’re aware of the benefits of giving business gifts at the holidays and you may have reasons of your own as well. It never hurts to review some of the more important gift-giving tips to maximize their effectiveness. We found these, oddly enough, at the website of the Journal of Dental Technology (jdtunbound.com). Smart gift-giving should put a smile on everyone’s face.
• Know your company’s gift-giving policy as well as your clients’ gift policies before sending a gift. Many companies have a formal or informal policy of “no gifts” for a variety of reasons.
• Plan early in the fall by updating your business contact mailing list and finding your gift suppliers. We help you get started with this product review. Other great sources can be found in our electronic directories of incentive merchandise and gift card suppliers at SalesandMarketing.com.
• Mail your business gift early, preferably immediately after Thanksgiving. Food or wine gifts will be especially appreciated if mailed early, as they can be used for holiday entertaining.
• Personalize your business holiday gift with a note. Mention a word of appreciation, an accomplishment by the client, or a task you’ve accomplished together during the year.
• Give a business gift that reflects the individual’s interest only if you are certain it will be appreciated. If you’re uncertain, stay with the most popular business gifts, which include food gifts, wine and restaurant gift cards.
Caravelle by Bulova
This line of stylish entry-level watches celebrates Bulova’s 50th year with an Anniversary Collection in silver (style 43L113), gold (style 44L109), rose-gold (style 44L108) and two-tone (style 45L132) finishes, each featuring 40 Swarovski elements® crystals. Priced to hit the same business gift sweet spot as gourmet food baskets. For more information, call Bulova at 800-228-5682.
All Wrapped Up Combo
The All Wrapped Up Combo features some of Omaha Steaks’ most popular selections including the Private Reserve® Top Sirloins, juicy Omaha Steaks Burgers, Boneless Chicken Breasts, Gourmet Franks and Signature Gift Wrap. What better way to say “Happy Holidays”? For more information, call 800-228-2480 or visit OSincentives.com.
Globe Cruiser™ on-ear wireless headphones
For the frequent business traveler, Denon’s Globe Cruiser™ On-Ear headphones provide exceptional sound quality, Bluetooth 3.0 wireless connectivity, advanced noise cancelling, ear cup control wheel, integrated microphones, and folds up for easy storage. Includes a free travel app and leather carrying case. For more details, call Jeffery Brenner of Rymax Marketing Services at 973-582-3201 or e-mail email@example.com.
A gift with spa-tential
Spa & Wellness Gift Cards by Spa Week® are valid year-round at over 5,000 spas and wellness facilities across North America. They are easy to redeem, never expire and have no added fees. eGift Cards are also available. Founder of the popular biannual Spa Week® event, Spa Week Media Group connects millions of wellness-conscious consumers with thousands of spas across North America.
For more information, call Heather Abbott at Spa Week Media Group, 212-352-8098, Ext. 118, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nikon COOLPIX L610
The super-fast, super-easy Nikon COOLPIX L610 makes taking great photos and videos seamless. The L610 is packed with Nikon’s latest and greatest imaging technologies, including a 14x optical Zoom-NIKKOR ER glass lens for incredible clear and vivid shots even from far away, a 16-megapixel CMOS Sensor for blazing fast action, and full 1080p HD video for the best video quality available. This camera is ready for any action and any situation, making it the perfect reward for anyone on your list.
For more details, call 888‑547‑8684 or visit rewards.nikon.com.
Let them eat great
Whether to celebrate a special occasion or just for a weeknight getaway, dining gift cards from National Gift Card Corp. (www.ngc-group.com) are sure to be a holiday hit with employees and customers alike, including two of NGC’s newest restaurant offerings, P.F. Chang’s and California Pizza Kitchen. Contact Joan Travelstead of National Gift Card Corp. at 888-472-8747 to learn more.
Holidays are for music lovers
Your music-loving gift recipients will be able to listen to holiday songs and their favorite tunes all year long in every room — wirelessly. This Sonos system allows users to wirelessly manage all of their music, create playlists for anywhere in the home and organize everything they listen to in one place. They also can individually control the volume in every room. For more information, call Chris Hoffman of Links Unlimited at 866-465-4657, or email email@example.com.
SuperSonic 2.1 wireless Bluetooth® speaker
This holiday season, give the gift of music. SuperSonic’s 2.1 wireless Bluetooth 24W portable speaker connects to any Bluetooth enabled device such as an MP3 player, tablet, notebook, smart phone and more. The built-in 12W subwoofer produces rich, deep bass sound and the 3.5mm auxiliary input connects most wired external audio devices. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-431-2127.
Just Rewards® holiday cards
Just Rewards® Holiday cards allow you to recognize and reward employees, peers and clients with a gift they truly deserve — one they choose themselves. Recipients use their card to redeem for exciting gifts from QIC’s extensive merchandise and travel selection. Customize with your logo at no additional charge. For more details, contact Bill Gregory of Quality Incentive Company (goqic.com) at 901-367-8250 or e-mail email@example.com.
Cool and fun
You can always say, “Remember that year we gave away Lamborghinis for the holidays?” This cool blue RC 1/10th scale Lamborghini Aventador hits high speeds just like the real thing (well, almost). Features designer wheels. Available on three frequencies for competitive racing, and includes rechargeable battery pack and charger. For more information, call Marsha Cannonie at Toy Incentives (toyincentives.com) at 214-533-0118.