Amid the busy holiday season, selecting the perfect little something for your client can be an added stress. Rather than settling for that last-minute gift card, take advantage of MBO Partners’ annual 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 10 list below, and check out our home office gift guide as well!
1. A Good Cause
If you’re unsure of what to get your client, you can’t go wrong with a gift that supports a good cause. Sydney Hale Co. donates 10% of their profits to a local animal rescue—their soy candles ($30) make a great gift with scents including elderberry rose, fig + vanilla, and bourbon + brown sugar. FEED provides nutritious school lunches to children across the world and each of their products tells you how many meals you are sponsoring. A bag of La Colombe coffee ($17) will provide 10 school meals and this stylish leather bag ($195) will provide 100.
As an independent professional, you know how valuable your time can be. Help your client keep track of their time with this elegant marble wall clock ($70) or unique flip clock ($140).
Your client’s desk will be the envy of the office with this stylish brass business card holder ($28) or sophisticated Waterford crystal version ($100).
BeanBox’s coffee sampler (from $24) includes four bags of gourmet coffee from Seattle’s top roasters and will keep your client thinking of you when they receive an order each month. If your client isn’t a coffee drinker, opt for this winter tea sampler ($26) from DAVIDsTEA instead.
5. The Unexpected
Surprise your client with a beautiful glass terrarium (from $24) that include an air plant and assembly kit. Or, frame a copy of a recent article about their business. Framebridge offers a wide variety of affordable, custom framing options.
For a client who loves gadgets and is always up-to-date with the latest technology, the new Amazon Echo ($99.99) or Sonos voice-controlled smart speaker ($199) are sure to please.
7. Go Local
Take some time to research 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!
8. Helping Hand
You provide great services to your client, but there are always other little tasks they could use help with. Fancy Hands is a virtual assistant company (from $29.99) that can help out your client with everything from organizing their calendar to making reservations.
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.
10. A Break
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.
*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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