Not everyone is a super shopper, especially me, and super-especially when it comes to great gift ideas for clients. Some of us need months to come up with the perfect gift for people we know and love. So, what happens when we need a last-minute gift idea to say, “Thanks!” or “I appreciate your business” to that special client, employee or prospect? We totally freak. Unless you have this “Client Gift-Giving Guide,” which I am so sharing with you. Check it out, you are minutes away from getting your client, employee or prospect the perfect gift:
The Coffee Lover: Meet local coffee lover Igor, who took people’s love for coffee and mixed it with complete personalization. Tweeted Coffee was born out of a desire to show the special people in your life that you care with personalized coffee gifts for coffee lovers. Much like a short tweet, you can order your Tweeted Coffee with a personalized message of your choice.
Pamper Those You Love: This next local business needs very little introduction. Meet Donovan, a 14-year old entrepreneur selling incredible homemade soaps and helping the homeless in his community at the same time. Take a trip to his shop in Downtown Albuquerque and do some good while picking up a handmade soap for those who love to pamper themselves. Pamper yourself or someone who deserves it by getting a gift certificate to Lavish Hair Salon and start the new year with a new image!
The Snack Lover: If you have a snack lover in your life, or want to get everyone in the office a mid week snack, stop by any of the locations of The Cornivore. Completely homemade popcorn with inventive flavorings. This delicious popcorn is preservative free so get yours when you’re ready to nosh.
The Gift of Family: So often our lives get too hectic and small things like family photos or your kids photos take the back seat to everyday living. Well show those employees or clients you appreciate them and where they come from with a gift certificate to get a family photo. Visit Maura Jane Photography, Alicia Lucia Photography, Arielei Kinzer, Elizabeth Wells Photography or Sarah Ellefson Photography to capture moments that will last a lifetime.
The Jewelry Lover: We all love shiny things! But what about something beautiful and timeless with a side of charity? These two lovely lady bosses create some beautiful jewelry that are giving back. Etkie, a national name, has been a purveyor of refined jewelry and accessories crafted by talented artisans in underemployed communities in the Southwest United States by Native American men and women in New Mexico. Meet Tiffany Kress, the founder of Visions of Colour, LLC. As a female designer, Tiffany hopes to bring to the stage a deeper respect for women, the feminine grace, elegance and class. 10% of sales will be donated to the Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico (RCCCNM). Both jewelers have local and online shops, to get that person who is special to your business the right gift in time for Christmas.
The One Who Has EVERYTHING: We all know them, every time we see a new tech gadget or the latest book on all reading lists to the trendy outfit accessory we’re dying for. What about doing good and getting that perfect gift at the same time? Check out these charities we know and support, and donate in their name. We suggest Saving Innocence, a non-profit that serve, empower, prevent and advocate for child victims of sex trafficking. People Works NM, a local organization helping elderly individuals get mental health services no matter their income. Galloping Grace Youth Ranch brings joy to children by creating a place where kids lead kids while growing crops, raising animals, playing outdoors and enriching the community. Thousands of lost, abandoned and stray animals are euthanized every year in New Mexico. Watermelon Mountain Ranch rescues and finds homes for animals in Sandoval County and Albuquerque. Help them.
The Pet Lover: We know that one person whose desk photos showoff their beloved pets and who are first to know of the latest pet toys or gadgets for Fido. Treat yourself to a weekend getaway in gorgeous Taos, NM and take your pet along on their own luxurious vacation at 10,000 WAGS. It’s is not just a 'kennel in Taos,' it is the finest pet resort in the Southern Rockies, providing luxurious overnight boarding for dogs & cats, daycare, grooming, and a retail store with everything your pet may need including unique, cool accessories. They even offer a special small-dogs-only room and a "quiet" area that is great for geriatric and special needs dogs. As a bonus they also provide pickup and delivery service.
The Adventure Seeker: Know those who love being outdoors or learning more about their surroundings? Why not get a ticket for the breaking bad tour for the Heisenberg lover in your life? The Albuquerque Trolley provides a great behind the scenes tour of the infamous show. That special someone a holiday lover? They offer a fantastic stroll of Albuquerque’s holiday lights, too! Winter time is spooky at times, which is perfect for the Old Town Ghost Tour! Come up close and personal to the ghost stories that rule the Southwest! Breweries are on trend right now, and Duke City Peddler’s Party Bike takes you and up to 14 riders on a self-peddled tour and the ride begins at the brand-new Albuquerque Tourism & Sightseeing Factory ("The Factory") and makes a 2.5-hour loop through the neon-drenched streets of downtown ABQ. Historic buildings, public art and Route 66 are the backdrop for this night on the town.
So maybe you found something on this list that you think is a perfect gift idea for your client, employee, prospect or loved one. Before you make the big (or not so big) purchase, consider these final few gift giving tips:
1. When giving a business gift consider the recipient. Tailor the gift to the person as much as possible.
2. Don’t give anything that might be misconstrued, like a diet book to someone heavy, or a bottle of wine to the guy in accounting who doesn’t drink. In other words, know as much about the person as possible before selecting a gift and make it appropriate.
3. Don’t give anything that might carry sexual connotations or that might be misunderstood to be a romantic gesture.
4. If you totally don’t know the person, try to remember items they had in their office. Are they a sports fan? Do they collect stuff? Do they like sports, tools, or tech stuff?
5. If all else fails, call their assistant and ask what their interests are. At least it shows you care enough to dig!
Wishing you some happy gift giving. And be sure to share your gift ideas below. I have a sneaky suspicion there may be more gift ideas out there.