As a small business owner, you budget for a lot of different things. Software. Travel. Educational resources.
But what about client gifts? Or gifts for people in your network?
Whether you’re trying to get a headstart on your holiday shopping or just want to send your client or a connection something to show you appreciate them, it can be tricky to nail down the perfect gift.
Relationships vary from one to the next, which can make the search even more challenging. What’s an appropriate gift? How much should you spend? Do you get them something they can use or does a card suffice?
Never fear. We’ve pulled together a list of great client gifts no matter your relationship. But before we get started, here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to professional gift-giving:
- Don’t overdo it. You don’t have to roll out the red carpet to impress your clients or connections. Meaning, you don’t have to spend tons of money on an elaborate gift to show that you appreciate them.
- Personalize by the client; be thoughtful. As tempting as it may be to get every client a gift card and call it a day, get creative with your gift ideas. Now, there’s nothing wrong with giving a gift card, but personalization goes a long way and can help build the connection you have with your client or peer.
- Think it through. Once you land on a gift idea, take some time to consider if the gift is appropriate for the situation. Gag gifts, cologne or perfume, and clothing may give off the impression that you are closer than you are and aren’t really suitable client gifts. Of course, relationships vary, but it’s important to err on the safe side in this case.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few stellar gift ideas for all the professional connections in your life. Let’s dive in.
11 Gifts That Will Impress Any Client or Connection
Need help deciding who to shop for? This list should help you narrow it down:
- Current clients
- Connections that refer work your way or that you want to stay in touch with
- Past clients that you’ve remained in contact with
Amazon has a variety of gift card options to choose from, making this gift easy and customizable. Browse by occasion or categories such as style and beauty, travel, and more. If your client would rather have a dedicated gift card, like to Starbucks or Nordstrom, those options (and many others) are available as well.
As cheesy as it sounds, Greetabl brings a new meaning to the saying, “good things come in small packages.” These compact gift boxes are entirely personalizable to fit any client’s taste. It’s simple to get started, too.
First, choose your box design (they have patterns for every occasion). Then, choose a gift or two that will go inside the box. Lastly, write a short note that your client will see when they open the box. Thoughtful gift status: Achieved.
Sometimes it’s best to let your words do the talking for you. And what better way to do that with an e-card that a) saves you time, b) saves paper, and c) saves you money on postage?
Pick from several beautiful templates and create a stellar card that your clients and connections will love. This may become your new favorite way to send cards.
For the client that consumes books like the air they breathe, this is the perfect gift. Audible makes on-the-go listening easy with its free Audible app and can be accessed on popular devices such as Apple, Android, and Kindle.
Gifting a business book is great, but letting your clients choose their reads is even better.
You can’t go wrong with gifting coffee or tea. You just can’t. You can take it a step further by curating a collection yourself with blends both you and your client like. Or leave it up to a company like DAVIDsTEA to do the selecting for you.
Pro tip: Include a few non-caffeinated flavors in case your client is trying to cut back on their intake or cannot consume caffeine.
Breaking news: It is possible to gift high-quality art without breaking the bank. In addition to wall art, Society6 has an assortment of cool gifts and home goods to choose from, which may make your decision easier or more difficult depending on who you’re shopping for.
You can shop by artist, keyword, product, and color. Society6 makes it easy to find the perfect gift for any and every client or connection.
For the client with a sweet tooth, what’s better than receiving a bento box full of specialty candy? Nothing, probably. But this isn’t your childhood candy shop selection.
Sugarfina is like Greetabl, but with more customizable options—and it’s all candy. You can choose your box size and design, but there’s a variety of other choices as well, including “cocktail candies” that come in champagne and bourbon flavors, cold-press candies for coffee lovers, and even a “candy for breakfast” collection.
Notebooks are always an excellent gift idea, especially for clients in marketing and design. This quality-made leather notebook from Beechmore Books will please anyone in the creative industry. This particular notebook comes in three colors and three different page styles, including grid, bullet, and ruled.
Bonus points for writing a note on the inside cover thanking the recipient for your working relationship. You may even want to pick one up for yourself!
A coffee table book makes for a great addition to and office or home. Amazon has a great selection of titles to choose from, but other notable books include In The Company of Women and The Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big & Small.
A gift card to Udemy or Skillshare
For clients who are always learning or looking for ways to sharpen their skills, a gift card to a skills-building site like Udemy or Skillshare is a great idea. Clients can use this gift to strengthen a skill they already have or can use it to learn an entirely new one.
Both Udemy and Skillshare have a wide range of courses to choose from, making this gift ideal for any client.
For your plant-loving clients, a DIY terrarium kit or succulent is an excellent gift idea. This gift is small enough to fit on a desk, which is always something important to consider.
Whatever gift you decide to buy for each person on your list, make sure there is thought and effort behind it. These gestures help build your relationship, so make them count.