Selecting the perfect holiday gift for your client can be overwhelming. This year, you don’t have to settle for a last-minute gift card, thanks to the first annual MBO Partners holiday gift guide.
We've searched the web and polled our team to find some of the most creative and thoughtful gifts you can give to clients that go well beyond the fruit basket or bottle of wine.
View our top ten list below, and stay tuned for another guide featuring items independent professionals might want for themselves later this week!
A charitable donation on your client’s behalf is always a safe bet. Find a charity related to their interests, and check here to ensure your contribution is going to a vetted organization. This year, MBO Partners donated to the Red Cross on behalf of all Associates.
Put a creative touch on something you know will be meaningful to your client. A monogrammed journal (from $14) for the writer, or one-of-a-kind Wrigley Field wood seat cufflinks ($180) for the sports fan will give them something to show off and talk about. MBO Partners uses Pride Products for all of our swag—they can personalize just about anything.
High-quality stationery is a timeless gift you can never have enough of. You can’t go wrong with a set of simple, personalized notecards (from $120). Also consider sending a thoughtful, hand-written note. It’ll show your sincerity, make your client feel valued, and doesn’t cost a dime.
A print or digital subscription to a publication that’s interest- or industry-specific makes a great yearlong gift. If you’re unsure what to choose, The New Yorker, The Economist, Bloomberg Businessweek, or Wired are reliable choices that offer a number of subscription options.
Think beyond your typical fruit basket and opt for thoughtfully chosen artisanal goodies from New England purveyors (from $150), or this wine and cheese gift box that provides weekend meals for a child (from $49.99).
Business cards are a pretty personal choice, so let your client design how they want to showcase their trade with a gift card to Moo, which can print a different image on the back of each card at no upcharge, or Jukebox, which features unique cardstock like cotton, bamboo, and cork.
Take an hour or two to reconnect with your client by treating them to brunch or coffee. You’ll give them a much-needed break from their busy day, and have the opportunity to talk about the coming year.
One of the most iconic and versatile writing utensils, the Fisher Space Pen ($58) is always a good conversation starter. If only the cream of the crop will do, this Montblanc Meisterstück Gold-Coated fountain pen ($580) may be just the ticket.
*Remember, federal employees may not accept gifts valued at $20 or more, and may not accept more than $50 in aggregate gifts from the same outside source in a calendar year.
Ensure you fully understand your rights and responsibilities when it comes to verbal independent contractor agreements.
News and notes for independent professionals and their clients. This is the July 24, 2017 edition.