‘Tis the Season to give. The holiday season is an opportunity to pause and reflect on the past year, and take notice of those that helped us achieve big and small successes, and know the struggles along the way. If you are questioning whether you should give your loyal customers and employees gifts this season, the answer is a resounding YES! Trust me on this. Need more?

Gifts for Customers

In our increasingly virtual business world, it’s difficult to create the trusted relationships that we used to build in person. It makes building strong bonds with customers challenging and sustaining them even harder. So, when we take time to send or present a gift, it is really a material expression of our commitment and values. It reflects a level of generosity and implies that you care about individual relationships. Your small act of kindness has major implications on your brand perception and the likelihood of repeat business and increased referrals.

And, don’t forget, it is also tax deductible.

Gifts for Employees

Teamwork does make the dream work! None of us achieve our goals in a vacuum, whether it is the spouse picking up slack at home, the employee that stays late to meet a customer need or deadline, or a supplier that ships material overnight so you can meet a deadline. It is the team that makes the magic happen. So don’t miss any opportunity to say thank your team.

“People desire appreciation for the personal value they bring,” says Shawna Clark, founder and executive coach at Clark Executive Coaching. So apply the same care and thought you do for client appreciation into gifts for your valued employees. After all, where would your business be without them?
 

 

Now for the fun part, read on for our curated list of uncommon customer and/or employee gifts. If you want your business to be set apart, then you should be personal and unique in how you reward and recognize those out in front and behind your brand.  

Keurig Coffee Maker

It’s not gravitational pull that keeps our world moving, it’s actually coffee! So you need a cool coffee maker that comes in 10 colors and gives instant gratification. Click here to give this beauty!

Pro Business Planner

Staying organized is essential to professional success. The Panda Pro Planner has over 1500 recommendations on Amazon. Business owners, entrepreneurs, and project managers would be well served by the the daily focus on priorities, tasks and project sections.  Click here to get the Panda Pro Planner for yourself and employees.

Power On

Small Business owners are always on the move. Keep them powered up with this sleek mobile device power bank that is 5-star rated. And, as of this publication, has a $16-off coupon!!  But hurry to save big and buy here.

A Washable Keyboard

Brilliant! At last, a keyboard made for the messy creative that spills her coffee too often. Great features like slim design, plug- n-play, and laser printed keys, so that stay put. Gift this one to employees, family, and customers too. Click here to purchase.

Leather Padfolio

This stylish business professional. With its handsome mahogany brown color and durable distressed leather, this padfolio is ideal for modern professionals and graduate students who wish to be taken seriously. This functional leather portfolio cover will withstand many years of use while remaining in beautiful condition. Click here to purchase.

Apple AirPods Pro

Active Noise Cancellation for immersive sound is the Pro differentiator. Offering transparency mode for hearing and connecting with the world around you. A more customizable fit for all-day comfort. Sweat and water-resistant. All in a super light, in-ear headphone that’s easy to set up with all your Apple devices. Get 4 months free Apple music when you buy here.

For Every Leader in America

Admiral William H. McRaven, Retired wrote this #1 best-selling book to share the life lessons he learned in his thirty-seven years as a Navy SEAL and commanding at every level. “Should be read by every leader in America… [MAKE YOUR BED] is a book to inspire your children and grandchildren to become everything that they can.”— Wall Street Journal  Pick up for anyone on your list here.

Read for Awesomeness

With more than 3 million copies in print, Jen Sincero’s You Are a Badass has inspired even the snarkiest of skeptics–encouraging them to embrace their awesomeness, give fear the heave-ho, and start kicking some serious ass. Now it’s dressed up in a deluxe hardcover edition, with a new foreword by the author. Click here to purchase for yourself! employees, and small business clients. 

Trendy Slim Business Laptop Backpack

Beloved by road warriors! A unique multi-pocket design keeps disarray at bay. Padded and adjustable shoulder strap is comfortable and breathable, ease the pressure on the shoulder, have never cover the sweat when you carry it a long time. Click here to purchase.

Road Warriors Rejoice

The Briggs & Riley® Rolling Cabin Bag is ideal for all kinds of travel. This unique bag keeps you mobile while storing all of your essentials while on the go. Perfect for carrying on board to store flat under your seat or in the overhead compartment. Receive a 20% Cash Back coupon and Free Shipping on all Briggs & Riley purchases! Grab this quality made bag here.

For Foodies on the List

You can never go wrong with chocolate of any kind, but Brownies are especially prized. I speak from first-hand experience these brownies are bite-size pieces of heaven! Made with rich, dark Callebaut Belgian chocolate that will be your new standard. Gift these Magic Morsel brownies to anyone that you want to be remembered by. Click here to purchase.

Holiday Breakfast - Check

Be a hero to your customers, employees, and friends by gifting this bountiful box of festive treats. Among the goodies are scrumptious cinnamon rolls, 1910 original recipe super-thick English muffins, a cranberry kringle, yogurt-covered snowflake pretzels, and more. It all arrives in a beautiful gift box decorated with a snowy house scene, tied with a green ribbon for a special touch. Heros click here.

It is the relationships we build throughout the year and years that put the true magic into whatever holiday you celebrate. I hope this gift list helps you spread cheer to all of those that make your business and life richer.