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7 Appropriate and Affordable Gift Ideas for Your Clients

Shopping for the appropriate gift for clients is a difficult task, but a worthy one. You’ve worked hard to secure your clients, so do your part to make them feel appreciated and keep up your great relationship. Stay at the top of their minds with appropriate gifts during the holiday season, and let them know how much they’re valued.

     1) Subscription Services

Want to keep your company’s name in the mouth of your client all year long? Look into one of the many subscription services available. Each month, your client can receive a gift of whatever you deem appropriate: coffee, tea, produce—you name it, you can probably find a subscription service for it. This makes it easy to personalize a gift for an individual client, plus you can select the date you’d like it to start—even months ahead of time. Imagine having all of your clients’ gifts completed in October. That’s a surefire way to relieve yourself of stress while ensuring you keep up positive relationships with loyal clients. The gifts will keep on coming for as long as you purchased the subscription, and they’ll love a monthly delivery that keeps them feeling your company’s gratitude yearlong.

     2) Gourmet Gift Basket

Your client probably spends long days at the office, too, so send over a gift that will help them get through the seemingly endless hours. A gourmet gift basket filled with a variety of delicious treats is appropriate and appeals to snackers of all types. From gourmet meats and cheeses to nut and fruit baskets, you can make sure your business client and their colleagues are well-fed throughout the day—who can turn down a delicious piece of chocolate?

     3) Flowers

There’s a reason that flowers are such a popular gifting option. A nice floral or plant arrangement can serve as the perfect décor for your client’s desk—a beautiful item that brings your company to the forefront of the recipient’s mind. Send ProFlowers for same-day or next-day delivery for a last-minute gift idea, and show your gratitude to any client. Vibrant blooms will look beautiful in their office, and you can even add on a sweet treat with your delivery.

     4) Give Back

Giving a charitable donation in the name of your client helps improve your relationship, but more importantly improves the world around you. Give your clients gift cards to Kiva, an organization which will let your client dedicate the money to a specific entrepreneur in search of funding. The best part? When this entrepreneur pays back his Kiva “loan”, the money then goes to another needy individual. Talk about paying it forward.

5) Get Specific

If you have close relationships with your clients, it’s a nice gesture to find specific items you know they’ll enjoy or get great use out of, but be sure you don’t go too personal and blur professional lines. If you have a client who loves a good burger, grab him or her a gift certificate to a local burger joint. Tickets to an upcoming sporting event also show an appreciation of their interests without overstepping any boundaries.

     6) A Break from Business

The stress of business is real, and we could all benefit from a day or two of pampering and relaxation. Buy your clients gift certificates to a local spa resort, where they can go to relax away the hustle and bustle of work life. Whether they choose to get a massage to ease the tension out of sore muscles, or opt for a facial mask that will rejuvenate, they’ll be so appreciative and love taking the time out of their busy schedule for the ultimate day of relaxation.

     7) Tried and True

A classic bottle of wine is always an appropriate gift, and if you know your client’s favorite type, you’re sure to hit a home run in the gift department. Wrap up a trio of wine bottles accompanied by an electric corkscrew to make their enjoyment of their favorite beverage easier than ever. Add in a wine aerator for a pour that any sommelier could be proud of, and be prepared to receive their thanks for months to come.

Buying the right gift for loyal clients is essential to keeping up great business relationships, and it needn’t be a stressful endeavor. Try out any of these appropriate gifts for the upcoming holiday season and put the cheer back into the season.



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