13 Unique Corporate Gift Ideas Your Clients and Customers Will Love
Looking for unique corporate gift ideas that your clients and customers will love?
Well, you’ve come to the right place. We know you’re tired of sending gifts destined for the dusty corners of your client’s office, so we’ve scoured the internet to come up with a list of gender-neutral corporate gifting ideas with enough originality and thoughtfulness to wow your clients and partners.
When they thank you for the gifts below, they’ll also thank you for not subjecting them to another cookie tower.
1. Give them a memorable experience
Too often, status quo client holiday gifts like fruit baskets and gift cards fall flat because they’re not memorable and don’t inspire connection. On top of that, companies spend weeks collecting addresses, physically shipping gifts (and hoping they arrive in one piece), with no insight into their impact. Sound familiar?
This holiday season, consider sending top customers a personalized experience of their choosing from our friends at Blueboard. By gifting an experience, you’re giving a lasting memory, whether the recipient chooses to challenge their comfort zone, indulge their passions, or try something new. Experiences like rock climbing lessons, rocking out a concert or trying their hand at Thai cuisine, form positive memories that the client associates with your company. Blueboard makes sending experiential gifts easy, and keeps you in the loop with notifications as their event gets scheduled (giving you the perfect excuse to follow-up).
The Blueboard experience was a lot more meaningful to me than other company gifts I’ve received. It’s often said that experiences are a lot more memorable than things, and Blueboard makes it easy.” – Vinay, Pure Storage
2. Give them healthy snacks
Here’s an idea your clients will never forget: making their employees happier and more productive with a tasty snack box delivered straight to their office. With SnackNation, you can send a gift box to your favorite client’s office. A SnackGenius puts together a box of healthy snacks based on the preferences you select, and then they deliver the snacks straight to your client. Besides the delicious experience of enjoying healthy snacks, you’re also giving your clients the gift of not worrying constantly about fueling their ravenous employees. When your clients see how happy the snacks make their employees and how much time they’re not wasting on snack runs, they’ll have you to thank. And since snack time is pretty much a daily occurrence, they’ll be thinking of you fondly nearly every single day. In fact, a study run by Staples a few years ago estimated employee snack and coffee runs drain 2.4 billion hours of potential productivity from U.S. companies every year. So your partners won’t just thank you for the snacks—they’ll thank you for a more productive office! Here’s a quote from one happy SnackNation customer:
“I know what ever they send me is going to be a healthy snack that our team is going to enjoy. People literally scream YES when they see it!” Greg, Co-Founder Horizon Trust
With a corporate gift from SnackNation, you could be responsible for giving that kind of office happiness to your clients…and they’re sure to love you for it.
3. The gift of fitness
When it comes to corporate gift ideas for clients that yield serious long-term benefits, fitness tools take the cake, providing the giftee with major habit-changing benefits long after other gifts have been forgotten. And thanks to awesome technology, you can essentially give the gift of fitness in a compact, cute and wearable package with fitness trackers like Fitbit. Fitbits make perfect individual gifts, and if you’re purchasing for a whole office team, this gift doubles as an employee productivity booster for your client’s office. The idea is that Fitbits make employees more fit, and fit employees make more productive workers—a piece of common sense confirmed by science. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, healthy employees are typically more productive and take fewer sick days than their less healthy counterparts. If you’re in the market for an even larger gift on a grander scale, you can even sign your clients up for a Fitbit corporate wellness package.
4. Give the gift of giving
5. Give them more time
“The whole experience was terrific! There is nothing like coming home from work and seeing your house look and smell so great. Kelly and Jen did such a terrific job and I can’t thank them enough for all their hard work.” -Heather A., West Chester, OH
Give the service as a gift, and your partners will be giving you a similarly sparkling review for your expert gift-giving.
6. Give them a taste of other cultures
We would all love to send our clients and business partners on swanky trips, giving the gift of memories that last a lifetime. Even if you can’t afford such luxuries, you can give your clients a taste of travel with a Kitchen Table Passport trial or subscription. With this service, you can choose from a variety of different gift boxes that are designed to give the recipient a special taste of a faraway place with information, photos and even foods from different locales. For example, the Tunisia package featured in the unboxing video below, comes along with:
- Welcome cards with information about Tunisian culture
- A taste package with herbs, spices, and an easy-to-follow recipe card
- A momentos pack with local souvenirs
- Discovery cards with photography and factoids that let you explore Tunisia from your home
What are current customers saying? This reviewer says:
“Overall, I love this program and would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to get adventurous. For $19.95 a month, this is an inexpensive way to learn about other cultures, sample exotic flavors, and learn more about the world around us. I look forward to my next monthly box to see where my next destination will be.”
Kitchen Table Passport makes a perfect gift for the world traveler on your list, or even a curious family-man looking for some fun dinner time activities.
7. Give the gift of a good night’s rest
You have to imagine the leaders of the world’s largest companies know something about corporate gifting. When Arianna Huffington, owner of the Huffington Post, needs to do some giving she looks no further than sleep…and helping people get the good stuff with the gift of cozy pajamas. We think she’s onto something. Sleep has about a million benefits, it happens every single day, and everybody does it…so business gift ideas related to it make pretty safe bets. That’s why pajamas make it onto our list of unique client gift ideas, especially the fresh options for men and women from BedHead. Why Bedhead? They epitomize everything that comes to mind when you picture classic pajamas. In fact, you might consider BedHead pajamas the celebrities of dreamland. They’ve popped up in episodes of Friends and recent episodes of The Mindy Project. With the wide ranges of styles and prints BedHead offers, you also have the perfect opportunity to show your partners how well you know them…or even share an inside joke!
8. Write it out
Here’s a corporate gifting idea that’s not only cost effective, it’s so unique, your clients will surely get nothing like it from anyone else: a handwritten note. While this gift is inexpensive and incredibly personal, it could be the most time consuming; because if you’re going to do it, you have to do it right. That said, there isn’t a gift out there to match a thoughtful handwritten note—especially if you include personal details that remind the receiver of your relationship. Once you have the letter down, it’s up to you if you want to supplement it with a gift card. But be sure to make your choice as thoughtful as your letter, centering it around your client’s specific interests. Try an Uber gift card for the traveler, Amazon for the reader, and maybe REI for the explorer. You can even explain the choice in your letter! You might still fear this option might make you look cheap, but don’t worry…people love receiving handwritten letters in the mail. It seems to be a dying, but much appreciated, art form. Check out the infographic from R&B Printery below for some reasons why. To summarize, people love receiving old-fashioned letters in the mail and even find them more meaningful than other forms of communication.
9. A crossed out “to-do” list
If you’re looking to make an impression that really does keep on giving, look no further than Fancy Hands. This company of digital assistants exists to tackle the tasks you don’t have time to do…or really don’t want to do. Here’s how it works as a gift: you pay for one of Fancy Hand’s service packages…and your client gets the gift of a finished to-do list. All they have to do is send in their list, and someone will take care of it, no matter what time of day they send the request. Fancy Hands offers monthly and yearly plans—all surprisingly affordable. As a gift-giver, you can choose to purchase the service for even just a month, so you can give this incredible gift without breaking the bank. You’ll also be amazed by the range of tasks Fancy Hands assistants are ready to take on. Whether it’s researching a novel, tracking packages at the post office, scheduling dates with friends and even coming up with ideas for things to do with kids, these power-house assistants have done it all. Here’s a few examples of some real to-do’s they’ve scratched off their customers’ lists:
“My co-worker is in the hospital after a bad car accident. Can you call the gift shop there and ask them if they sell fun things to do to pass the time that they could send in a gift basket type of thing to him? Crossword puzzles, trashy magazines, stuff like that. I’d like to spend about $50. If they don’t do that sort of thing, please find a place that can.” “Can you call The West Village Animal Clinic and tell them that my cat Hoho seems really angry lately? She’s howling a lot and hissing and is just generally grumpy, but I can’t find anything else wrong with her. If they think I should bring her in, I can do a Saturday appointment anytime.”
10. Give Zen
It’s a sad truth that no matter who your client is or what they do, they probably suffer from stress. In fact, one survey found that as many as 8 in 10 people are stressed about work. Wouldn’t the gift of alleviating some of that stress be pretty much the best corporate gift idea ever? We agree. That’s why the tenth item on our list is the gift of meditation—with classes or even a private instruction. There isn’t a neat, pre-packaged version of this gift, so you’ll need to do your research and maybe even put in a few calls to make sure it works. Luckily, a tool like Meditation Finder will make this research easy. Meditation Finder is essentially a massive online directory of meditation centers, classes, and professionals. You just search by keyword, meditation type, and location to return a list of resources. Again, many of the listings you get probably don’t offer gift cards, so get ready to pick up the phone—an amazing gift for your favorite client is worth it after all. Finding gifts for clients can be difficult – this makes a little easier. While this gift is incredible in the moment, the real gift is the chance to get hooked on meditation, a practice proven numerous times to have incredible benefits, like decreasing stress, increasing self awareness and even managing high blood pressure.
11. Give a membership
Everyone loves being in the know, part of the club, lucky members of an exclusive group or organization. Memberships make impressive gifts because they truly keep on giving, and unlike that donut maker someone sold you on last year, people are pretty much guaranteed to use a membership because it’s just too compelling to ignore. Treat your artsy customer or clients to a membership at a local art gallery or museum. Please athletic associates with memberships to local gyms, yoga studios, or batting cages. If you know your recipient likes fine food (doesn’t everyone?), then a gourmet club membership could be just what you need to make an impression. Consider all the conversations you’ve had with the person you’re shopping for; have they ever mentioned a favorite museum or maybe amazing memories made while patronizing a local theater? You know what to do!
12. Offer a premium learning experience
Your sophisticated clients and customers might have it all, but who doesn’t love learning something new? By offering the gift of a premium learning experience, you might actually give your associates something they don’t already have. Not to mention the experience itself is the perfect chance to make memories. What gift basket, even the best of the best, can make that claim? While some learning experiences will please nearly everyone, offering something thoughtful and personalized, will make a much longer lasting impression. Your options may be limited by what’s available in the recipient’s area, but many of the ideas below are available in most areas. If you can’t find class information online, try calling your place of interest; they might be willing to work something out, and that would make an even more special experience.
- Improv class. A few hours of laughter might just be the best gift your recipient gets all season. Improv classes are designed to bring out the inner comedian in even the most serious executives.
- Painting class. Sipping and painting classes may be trendy, but they’re also classic, something everyone will enjoy even if they have no prior painting experience or strong artistic aspirations.
- Cooking class. Everybody eats, and most people would love to improve their cooking skills. During a quality cooking class, your customers or clients will gain skills they might use daily, and they’ll have you to thank for that.
- Public-speaking class. Most people, even seasoned executives, could probably improve their public-speaking skills and composure. This class is perfect for recently promoted people who suddenly face more time in the spotlight.
13. Give local
Locally sourced goods and services have a certain magic, making even the biggest cities seem like tight-knit communities. By giving locally sourced gifts, you remind lucky associates that they live and work in a thriving, colorful place full of talented individuals. This gift saves the day if you don’t know much about a person on your list; local pride is something everyone has, even if they keep it hidden. Here are some creative client gifts ideas to please everyone on your list:
- Local honey, which is delicious and might benefit allergies. According to the Farmers’ Almanac, the quercetin in honey has been shown to reduce inflammation and other troubles caused by pollen.
- Offerings from local farms, including produce, eggs and dairy. Choosing local farm-sourced foods significantly cuts down farm-to-table transit time, so the food retains incomparable flavor and tons of nutrients.
- Local art. Local artists produce some of the best conversation pieces—pieces your recipients will love showing off to family and friends for years. You can find local artists practicing in a variety of mediums, including painting, photography, pottery, sculpture, and more. If you don’t have the budget to get pieces for each person on your list, consider finding striking office-appropriate pieces associates at the same company can share.
- Local services. Online aggregators, such as Thumbtack, can help you find local professionals offering Tai Chi lessons, personal training sessions, house cleaning services, banjo lessons, and so much more.
- Local experiences. Who doesn’t love playing “tourist” in their own hometown? Give your associates walking tours covering historical landmarks or local mysteries. Maybe your associates would rather tour their city on a Segway or in a horse-drawn carriage.
- Local coffee. Look up places that roast coffee beans in-house to give the gift of the freshest coffee around. Your associates might even thank you for introducing them to their new favorite coffee provider.
- Local crafts. Local artisans produce some of the best and most interesting home decor, pottery, and more. Your recipients will love showing off their handmade goods for years. You can find treasures at local craft fairs and bazaars. When you find a favorite artisan, be sure to get their information so you can request or commission pieces even when the craft fair is out of season.
Tip: This gift will strike a particular chord with clients and customers who own small local businesses or started out on the small scale before they made it big.
Bonus Idea: Give chef-prepared deliciousness
Nothing says “luxury” as well as a chef-prepared meal, especially if that meal is served up in your own home. Dazzle clients with an unforgettable gift experience by hiring a chef to cook a meal for clients in their homes or offices. Your recipients with find a personalized chef experience even more memorable than a night out at an amazing restaurant. After all, they’ll have the chance to enjoy an amazing dish prepared to their precise specifications. Don’t know any chefs for hire? No problem! As usual, there are plenty of online resources to help you find exactly what you need. Here are few chef-finding resources to start with:
Bonus Idea: Give original artwork
Channel the gift-giving of yesteryear by treating your star clients and trusted associates to the gift of original artwork. Just to be clear, we’re not talking about Rembrandts or anything. To give this gift a modern spin, find an unknown, maybe even local, artist you think your client would enjoy. This gift is thoughtful, one of a kind, elegant, and classy. Need we go on? And the piece doesn’t have to impose a major decorative commitment. You can always get a small, unobtrusive piece if you’re worried about making a big bold statement. Luckily, the fabulous world wide web saves the day again by providing plenty of ways to find and buy original art pieces in a range of styles and prices. (And you don’t even need to have any contacts in the art community.)
- Artsy. This art super-site has a fantastic search function for finding ready-to-buy pieces by price range, time period, and more.
- Etsy. Consider this your Amazon for handmade goods, including original artwork.
- Minted. Choose an on-trend design, select a frame, and have it shipped.
- Artfinder. This site’s name requires no explanation.
- Buy Some Damn Art. Streamline and simple, this site will help you do exactly what the name implies.
Bonus Idea: Give bespoke Style
Premium clothing makes the perfect gift. Add a bespoke flair by giving gift cards or gift certificates to a made-to-order clothing maker. Many modern shoppers, both men and women, lament the difficulties of finding legitimately good fits. The handful of pre-fabricated size options available from most sellers just don’t accommodate all our shapes and preferences. This gift means your clients, possibly for the first time in a lifetime of shopping experiences, will not have to worry about fit. And they’ll enjoy the luxury of knowing their items will even fit well. Here are a few resources to get your bespoke shopping started. (Many places offer only men’s or only women’s options, so if you’re buying the same gift for a group, then you may have to get gift certificates to multiple places.)
Bonus Idea: Give limited-edition literature
A carefully selected book makes a thoughtful gift, and when that book happens to be a first- collector- or limited- edition, it gets even more special for the person on your gift list. Even people who aren’t avid readers can appreciate the beauty, history, and craftsmanship of a solid collector’s book. To find this gift, visit a local bookstore and see what’s available in the rare edition section. You can also simply check out the convenient online resources below.
Bonus Idea: Give nostalgia
If people on your gift list have playful or childlike sensibilities, then give them the no-fail gift of childhood nostalgia in the form of an antique or vintage toy. Do some research online to find the most popular toys on the market when the recipient was a kid. (An estimate is fine if you don’t happen to know the recipient’s exact age.) Pick the toy you think the recipient would like most, and then do some more online vintage and antique treasure hunting to find the perfect toy. Here are some vintage toy shopping resources:
Now you have some great new client & company gift ideas to make your clients feel loved and appreciated (and continuing to do business with you). They’ll be happy you decided to send something other than a fruit cake or office supplies. So, which gift idea is your favorite? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.