It’s the holiday season. Giving gifts is a good way to show your appreciation to friends and loved ones, but it’s also a great way to maintain and build positive relationships with your clients when you’re a solopreneur.
Giving gifts is great for building relationships with clients. It shows them that you are grateful for your relationship and that you keep them in mind. That’s why giving a good gift goes a long way in improving the relationships that you have with your clients. This article covers 16 great gift ideas that you can use for that unique client in your life.
Why is sending corporate gifts to clients important?
As we’ve mentioned previously, sending gifts to clients is a great way to build a professional relationship. It shows that you value them and your relationship enough to set aside the time and money to invest into a thoughtful gift. It’s a great way to thank them and generate continued interest in your services with the clients who are critical to your business’s future success.
Why give clients gifts as a solo talent?
Being a freelancer comes with its own set of challenges, and one of them is having to deal with keeping a tidy budget. A multi-million dollar corporation giving gifts is one thing, but you probably don’t have the same budget. So why give clients gifts? Well, here are some reasons that your solo business should be in the gift-giving business:
Gifts can add value to your client relationship
Gifts are a great way to show your appreciation and give thanks to clients who have meant a lot to your business. Thoughtful gifts shouldn’t be seen as bribes or cheap gimmicks but rather as a genuine token of your thanks. Giving thoughtful gifts reminds your client that they are valued partners in a mutually beneficial relationship.
Gifts can make clients feel appreciated
When you get a lovely and thoughtful gift from someone, it’s hard to get it out of your head. It’s the same for your clients. Giving a gift is a great way to show how much you appreciate your client and what your relationship means to you. It’s a great way of saying how grateful you are to have these valued clients, and you look forward to continuing your partnership.
Gifts can strengthen customer loyalty and increase customer retention
Taking the time to show your clients your appreciation does more than just give you brownie points. It leads to you building a deeper relationship with your clients and helps convince them to keep looking to you for your services. Clients that feel valued stay with the businesses that value them, so showing them how much you value them goes a long way.
Here are the best gifts you can give to your clients for the New Year
Now that we’ve convinced you why giving gifts to your clients makes good practical sense, we’ll help you find the perfect gift. Also, if you can possibly tie the gift to your business, like giving your client some amount of discount over your services for a certain period of time, that’s even better. Finally, remember to consider the person getting the gift and see if you can personalize it somehow.
Giving a donation to your client’s choice is a great way to make a heartwarming and considerate gesture. It can be particularly thoughtful when you are aware of a cause near and dear to your client. So, if you know that your client is passionate about the environment, then see if you can find a charity whose mission is to restore the natural habitat. It’s a great gift when you want to make a thoughtful impression on your client.
This will require that you understand your clients well enough that you’re comfortable with donating in their name. So, make sure you know them well enough to be familiar with their passions, so the gift has maximum effect.
Here are some sites that you can use to find charities that you can consider donating to:
Online classes are an excellent gift for someone that is always looking to improve. If you know that your client is interested in a particular field of study, either professional or as a hobby, then maybe look into this gift. There are plenty of options available for you to look into, so the only limitation will be your client’s interests.
What’s even better is that most of the sites where you can purchase these classes will offer discounts associated with the holiday season. What’s a better way to kick off the New Year than learning something new?
Here are some excellent places to look for when considering buying online classes:
Restaurant gift card
Restaurant gift cards are excellent presents for your client because you’re giving your client an experience, not just an object. It’s perfect for the client who loves dining experiences or the one you can’t figure out a gift for. It’s the ideal gift to encourage your client to go out to have a good time.
Restaurant gift cards are also a good way for your clients to support local businesses. All in all, it’s a great option; just make sure to find the dining experience that best fits what your client prefers.
You can purchase gift cards from major vendors like Amazon, but there are some specific places you can look to buy restaurant gift cards:
Terrarium or succulent garden
Everyone can appreciate a little greenery to brighten their lives, and a terrarium is a great way to do just that. Because it’s an autonomous system, it’s easy to maintain, and your client won’t have to read an encyclopedia to keep it going. Plus, terrariums are a great addition to anyone’s living room, bedroom, or home office, as a great decoration. Just make sure your client fancies themselves as a plant person before making this purchase.
Even more accessible than a terrarium is succulents. Succulents come in so many shapes, colors, and sizes that it will be easy to find something to suit your client. And just like the terrarium, succulents are friendly and easy to maintain, so it makes it easier for your client.
If you’re looking to buy a terrarium or succulents, it is probably easier to look for local options like gardens or plant nurseries near you. However, here are some places you can consider such as:
Coffee or tea blends
You’ve probably thought, “who doesn’t like a good cup of coffee?” And the answer to that is people who like a good cup of tea. Either one makes a good gift, however, for your favorite clients. You can give them high-quality coffee without having to go to the coffee shop. Giving your clients such a delicious gift is always a worthwhile option.
When considering getting this gift, be sure you know which your client prefers. Don’t give someone “hot leaf soup” if what they want is a strong cup of coffee. Find out what your client likes and provide them with a gift that can help start the morning off the right way.
Here are some sites to look for quality coffee and tea blends:
Coffee Table Book
A good coffee table book does more than just take up space. It is a source of entertainment, interest, a point of pride, and a great piece of decor if done correctly. Coffee book tables work best when you can tie the book to your client’s interests.
Find them a book that is tied to their interests, a place they love, or something related to their field of work. It will be a great addition to their tables or workspaces back home.
Here are some good sites to check out if you’re looking to buy your client a coffee table book:
Gourmet food basket
There isn’t a person in the world who loves good food. That’s why sending your client a gourmet food basket is a great option when looking for a gift. When considering whether you want to gift your client with a food basket, you should consider their diets and possible food allergies.
While it may seem a bit cliche, it's’ always worth sending a well-thought-out food basket, it’s sure to impress and will be enjoyed. Just make sure you know what your client might like to take a bite of.
Here are some places whose gift baskets won’t disappoint:
Portable phone charger
People are spending a lot of time on their phones, well maybe they’re spending all their time on the phone. It’s no secret that for some people, a phone is an integral part of their lives, and this includes your clients. For personal use or professional use, phones connect us to the world at large.
So, why don’t mobile phones feel so portable when they need constant charging? That’s why the mobile charger is a great practical gift; it allows people to charge the phone on the go whenever they need or want. It’s probably not the most glamorous gift your client gets, but it might get the most use.
You’ll be able to find most of your phone chargers online at places like Amazon quickly; however enough, however, we can suggest some of the best products.
Kindles are a great option for the client who’s an avid reader. Kindles offer so many practical benefits like the ability to use audible books and to fit an entire library worth of books in the palm of someone’s hand. They’re easy to use, offer a near-infinite selection of books to choose from, and even provide a backlight for those who read in the dark.
The Kindle is an excellent gift for people who love physical copies of books. It’s an easy enough gift to buy without any issues and gives your client countless hours of fun.
Buying a Kindle is simple enough; you can choose to buy online from Amazon directly or from any local electronics store near you.
10. A high-end water bottle
A water bottle may not seem like a great gift option, but once you consider it for a second, it makes a lot of sense. If your client is the kind of person that is always on the move, then a quality water bottle makes a perfect gift. Consider this gift for the client that loves being active either in the gym or in nature.
In addition to this, it’s a good option for those who want to avoid using plastic bottles. It’s a gift in the right hands that will get plenty of use, and you’ll have a grateful client.
Here are some quality reusable water bottle options that you can choose from:
11. Touchscreen-friendly winter gloves
We’ve all probably been there: it’s freezing outside, and you need to make a call or pull up Google Maps, but then you have to make a business decision. Do you take off your gloves, the sole things keeping your fingers from turning into popsicles to use your phone, or just hope that you can use your nose to cycle through the phone?
With these gloves, you won’t need to make that decision, nor will your client. These gloves are helpful for those of you who live in cold climates. The next time your client uses their phone with these comfortable gloves, they’ll be thinking of you.
Here are some excellent gloves that’ll be sure to keep your clients’ hands warm:
12. Smart home/office devices
The chances are that both you and your clients have been working from home now, thanks to Covid-19. Now that we’ve all been spending so much time at home, you’ve probably found things you can improve. Like maybe not having to get up to turn on the heater in the house, playing music without having to raise a finger, or adjusting the lighting.
Smart home devices don’t have to be just used at home; they can also be used at the office. Your clients can turn them into their very own virtual assistants to handle their day-to-day affairs. It will be a well-appreciated gift for your clients that need help around the home or the office.
You can buy most of these devices from the internet and vendors associated with the devices (i.e., using the Google Store to buy Google Home or Amazon to purchase Amazon Echo). Failing that, you can order them from most electronic stores.
13. Noise-canceling headphones
The modern world is hectic and loud. Sometimes we can all do with a bit of quiet, so why not offer that to your client with noise-canceling headphones. These headphones are perfect for clients that travel a lot or just need a bit of peace and relaxation.
Given the changes of the past few years, it's now more possible to do remote work from anywhere you want. With a good pair of these headphones, you can make anywhere an office space.
You can find quality headphones from vendors like Amazon, but there are other quality brands, including
14. Wireless speakers
Wireless speakers would make a great gift for any of your clients. Portable and compact, wireless speakers make for a practical but fun gift that your client can use at home or bring with them. When purchasing speakers, pay attention to the sound quality, and make sure they give your clients the best possible audio experience.
For all these reasons, wireless speakers are an excellent option for the client in your life, especially considering they'll be on the road a lot.
Of course, Amazon is a great place to look for your client’s speakers, but here are a few more suggestions:
15. A famous book
A good book is always appreciated. There's just something about having the physical book in your hand that makes it appealing. You can get your client a literary classic or the vital on top of the best seller's list. Don’t limit yourself to just business books, but instead consider your client's interests.
Consider getting a book for that client or freelancer friend that loves a good read because they’ll be sure to appreciate it.
The websites mentioned earlier for the coffee book makes for good places to find books for your clients:
16. A high-end air freshener
You never know how important quality air freshener is until you suddenly need it. Quality air freshener isn’t just useful for masking unpleasant smells; it can be used to improve the scent and the mood of any room you happen to spend time in. With this gift, your client can freshen up a room before having guests over.
There are countless options for scents that will make good gifts for your clients. If you give your clients the right fragrance, they’ll be sure to think kindly of you. There are several options to choose from when looking for quality air fresheners and scents, including Amazon and local options near you. But, here are some shops you can use to look for your client’s gifts:
If you take the time to personalize these gifts for the clients you’re looking to impress, the gift will be so much more received. One great way to accomplish this is by leaving personalized handwritten notes with the gifts. It’s sure to emphasize the time and consideration you put into these gifts and show that you see your client as a unique individual. Leaving a great impression is your main concern, and this is another way to add to the experience.
When you do solo work, it’s hard enough to manage everything on your plate, so adding gifts for your client seems like an extra headache. But trust us when we say it’s worth it. Buying these gifts and taking the extra effort to make them well thought and of good quality will be well received and pay off in a better relationship with your clients.
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