It’s that time of year again when you’re searching for the best corporate gifts for Christmas; but are there any risks I should consider?
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1. EXPERIENCE GIFTS
Experience gifts have become a popular corporate gift in Australia, but may look a lot better on paper than in reality.
Experience gifts for men
Let’s take Hot Air Ballooning as a popular corporate gift example. And on paper it sounds like a great experience for everyone while you’re gift recipient is up in the sky flying over the land and thinking about the wonderful gift you gave them. But what if something happens? Like for example the weather changes (and in Melbourne, Australia its famous for changing every 15 minutes) and your forced to land in a suburban car park? But don’t worry, the good news is in the most recent case of this happening they didn’t hit any telephone wires!? Read about it here
But a lot of people like the type of gift that gets the heart racing and trying new experiences etc – but since we’re talking about corporate gifts that can effect your career we wont be recommending it.
Experience gifts for women
Lets say you’re thinking about giving a woman a hair & beauty gift voucher for Christmas. Well before you do, stop and ask yourself the following questions, 1. Have I visited the salon previously and know what it looks like (apart from the glossy pictures on the website)? Because the third party website promoting the deal probably hasn’t. 2. Who’s in charge of cutting, coloring and blow drying my gift recipients hair? Is it the owner, head stylist or an apprentice in charge of voucher deals? And 3. What do I really know about hair & beauty treatments? Because it’s literally a minefield you’re stepping in to and one we recommend avoiding for corporate gifts for Christmas.
TIP: The first rule of corporate gifts for Christmas is..
1. Don’t take risks!
And you can probably guess what the second and third rules are with a little thing like your career or business at stake if something goes wrong.
2. HAND MADE GIFTS
We’ve all been taught it’s the thought that counts, right?
Which is true but if you’re thinking like this in relation to corporate gifts for Christmas you’re probably a very nice person but incredibly naïve! Because no-one will appreciate a home made cake under these circumstances compared with a professionally made cake delivered; or a bunch of flowers picked from your garden instead of arranging a professionally designed bunch of flowers delivered from a florist. Dont you agree?
TIP: Don’t get too creative and artsy etc with corporate gifts for Christmas (or any other time of the year) no matter how good your intentions are because the potential downside far outweighs the upside compared with giving a more traditional type of corporate gift.
3. Clothing, Shoes, Lingerie, Perfume
These items are just too personal for corporate gifts, dont you agree? Of course! Unless there’s something going on of course we dont know about or its an individual situation which might be okay. But in general these types of gifts are risky are we recommend steering clear of them.
TIP: Stick to gifts with proven success in corporate settings. And if you want to give something a bit different look for traditional type gifts with a twist.
Looking for unique corporate gifts for Christmas?
Try the Beer Of The Month Club, Wine Of The Month Club, Flower Of The Month Club and more! It’s the gift that keeps on giving