10 Great Holiday Gifts Independent Professionals Can Give to Their Clients

By MBO Partners |

Updated Tuesday, December 3, 2019


The holiday season is always one of the busiest times of year, and taking time to find the perfect little something for your client can be an added stress. Rather than settling for a last-minute gift card or fruit basket, take advantage of our annual holiday gift guide.

We’ve scoured the web and polled our team members to find some of the most creative and thoughtful gifts you can give to clients that will be both unexpected and appreciated. View our top 10 list below, and check out our home office gift guide as well!

1. For Frequent Travelers

Clients who are constantly on-the-go, make their travel a bit easier. Away suitcases (from $225) boast a TSA-approved lock, phone charger, interior compression system, 360-degree spinner wheels, and are guaranteed for life. Or, consider a pair of compression socks (from $9.95) to prevent swelling on long flights, a portable charger (from $29.99) to keep devices powered up, or a travel pillow ($29.99) for ultimate comfort on flights.

2. For the Tech-Savvy

Do you have a client who loves gadgets and is always in-the-know on the latest technology? If so this Philips wake-up light alarm clock that simulates the sunrise ($89.95), temperature control smart mug ($129.95), or portable Bluetooth speaker ($21.99) is sure to please.

3. For Networkers

Networking is an essential part of your job as an independent professional, but it’s also likely a big part of your client’s business as well. This sleek business card holder ($9.99) is great for networking events, or keep their desk looking sharp with a sophisticated Waterford crystal version ($80).

You may also consider doing some networking of your own. 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.

4. For the Eco-Friendly

Today, it’s easier than ever to shop sustainably, so why not give a gift that is environmentally friendly? This waxed lunch bag ($23), set of straws (from $11.50) or beeswax food wraps ($18) are useful for on-the-go food and drink. Or, this smart, reusable notebook (from $34) lets you take notes, scan the page with an app, save it to the Cloud, and erase the page for endless reuse.

5. For Foodies

For clients who love the latest food trends, an old-fashioned gift basket with a twist might be just the thing. This gourmet box ($124) includes toffee peanuts, salted bourbon caramel, peach chutney and more. Or, a coveted Bon Appétit sweatshirt ($60) or t-shirt ($30) might make their day.

6. For the Fitness Fanatic

Prioritizing fitness, especially around the holidays, is a priority for many. This high-tech water bottle ($44.96) connects with an app via Bluetooth to track your water intake for the day and sends to text notifications to keep you on track. Or, bring a new twist to workouts with fitness dice ($19.97) that help you build a fun workout anywhere for any amount of time.

7. For the Reader

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.

8. For the Activist

If you’re unsure of what to get your client, you can’t go wrong with a gift that supports a good cause. Proceeds from Fire Department Coffee (from $8.99) go to support ill or injured firefighters and first responders. The purchase of each One Grid Candle ($28) sends a solar light to someone living without electricity, helping to eliminate dangerous and harmful kerosene lamps. And these gourmet cookies (from $29.99) support research at the nation’s leading pediatric cancer centers.

9. For the Green Thumb

Do you have a client who loves to garden or simply appreciates a beautiful house plant? This handmade wild olive wreath ($60) makes for beautiful holiday décor. Or, this unique planter ($69.50) provides plants with just the right amount of water each day using clean, filtered water by condensing moisture in the air.

10. For the Brand-New Client

Choosing the right gift for a new client who you don’t know very well can be a challenge. Luckily, there are many thoughtful choices that you can’t go wrong with. This wood and marble catch-all tray ($59) is an eye-catching piece that can even be personalized with a monogram. Or, take some time to do a bit of research to find a well-loved store in your client’s town—perhaps a local bakery, florist, or chocolate shop—and send something their way. They will appreciate the personal touch and you’ll be supporting a small business!

*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.

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