How to pick the right corporate Christmas gift
These days, selecting corporate gifts can often feel like a competition, with companies attempting to outdo each other in a extravagant battle of the budgets. That said, money can't buy class or creativity, so make sure you give from the heart and tailor each gift to your clients' interests. It is the thought that counts, after all.
Here's a collection of some fantastic, unique gifts we found online:
1. For the client who has everything
The average iPhone is is used used and touched repeatedly over the course of the day, harbouring bacteria and germs. Violight's bacteria-zapping UV light sanitiser also cleans earphones, headsets and MP3 players - the perfect gift for the client who has it all.
2. For the fun-loving client
What better way to celebrate the silly season than with a couple of cold ones? Aussie website Brewtopia gives companies a chance to personalise beers, wines, ciders and even water bottles with your company's own design. They have also recently branched out to produce personalised coffee, so there is an option to suit every taste and company.
3. For the budding thespian
Is your client a culture vulture? Support the arts on their behalf - all of Australia's top performing arts organisations including Opera Australia, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Ballet give the public a chance to support their work. The Australian Ballet offers several different support programs where you can give as much or as little as you like.
4. For the green-loving client
Remind your clients that you're working to help grow their business with a living, breathing plant. Seedsticks manufactures and sells customised matchbook-sized sticks with seeds embedded in them, with a variety of flowers, vegetables, herbs and natives to chose from.
5. For the fashionista
When in doubt, go to Tiffany & Co. The American luxury brand has been the benchmark of style and class for 175 years and will impress even your fussiest clients.
6. For the quirky client
This is not for the fainthearted: AllPopArt.com transforms your client's face and/or logo into giant Andy Warhol-style pop artworks and will add a funky touch to their offices.
7. For the seasoned traveller
The Philips Wake-Up Light wakes sleepers up by gradually brightening the room, combating jetlagby replicating a sunrise with its natural beams of light. As the light falls on the sleeper's eyes, energy levels in the body will be increased, gently preparing the body for wake-up time.
If your client is a thrill-seeking adrenaline junkie, check out the experiences you can purchase on Adventures Australia. They'llbe spoilt for choice, with jet boat rides, helicopter flying lessons and skiydiving activities on offer.
9. For the social activist
Make a difference to the lives of Australian childen through a donation to OzChild. Marketing Eye has supported OzChild and their fantastic work since 2007 - the organisation protects the rights of Aussie kids, providing foster care, counselling, respite and education for our youth.
10. For everyone else
When you absolutely want to be on the safe side, go with the tried-and-tested hamper option. Make sure the products in it are high-quality, fresh, and locally-sourced if possible. Make sure it's tailored to suit the individual client and always enclose a handwritten card to add a personal touch. Everythingbutflowers.com.au has a great selection.
- Eliza Sum