By Amanda Cleary Eastep
I like to skip the pre-packaged holiday baskets from the superstore when it comes to gift-giving season.
So what do you give your clients to thank them for their business? My rule of thumb is simple: What would I like to receive?
(OK, that’s not foolproof. Thankfully my most loyal client still continued to request work after I mailed that box of dried fruit.)
Client gift ideas
Handwritten card (w/o the awkward family portrait)–Granted I don’t have so many clients that I need to buy pre-printed holiday cards. But that also presents the perfect opportunity to send a card with a greeting and heartfelt note of thanks in my own hand (or my 5-year-old nephew’s since he has better handwriting.)
Food (the ‘undried’ variety)–I’m skipping the dried fruit this year and sending Shari’s Berries. They are a bit pricier but say “You’re worth chocolate-covered strawberries in the middle of winter.”
Something unique–Home-baked goods are not a good idea for obvious reasons, but I have never been so tempted as I have this year to send homemade Ninjabread men. What could be more fitting for a Word Ninja?
One for the team–Although I haven’t done this for clients, I did buy a “brood of chickens” for a group of colleagues. My interest in microfinance and the knowledge that all of these colleagues are very service minded made this a perfect gift. Other nonprofits offer similar opportunities, especially during the holidays, but that year I chose Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian international relief organization.
Do you send gifts to your clients on the holidays? If so, what gift-giving suggestions do you have?