Top Tips: Holiday Gifts
Here are a handful of great tips for holiday gifts for your clients or employeesPosted Oct 20, 2010 News | gifts
So business picked up a little this year, and you’d like to thank the clients and employees who made it happen. Nothing extravagant, of course, but enough to show them you appreciate their loyalty and business. Here are some do-able ideas that won’t break the bank, but will still make the season special.
Buy a goat. Or a couple of chickens, rabbits, geese or even a pig. Your monetary gift goes to help a third-world family become owners of an animal that can provide milk, food and extra income for years to come. You get printable or e-gift cards to send to your staff or clients, telling them about your donation in their name, and in some cases, an annual progress report on the impact your animal has had on a family’s life. Check out www.heifer.org and www.worldvision.org.
Donate to a local charitable organization. Even a small donation makes a huge difference in the lives of others in your community. Check out food banks, domestic violence shelters, animal shelters and other nonprofits. A cool website that connects donors with local classrooms in need can be found at www.donorschoose.org. Search for school projects by state, district, subject or by urgency.
Be eco-conscious. Your clients and employees are sure to appreciate a gift that’s kind to the ecosystem and brightens their world at the same time. There are a ton of great ideas at www.theneststore.com, from herb plants in bamboo pots to bowls made out of recycled magazines. Another idea is a reusable water bottle from www.isabellawater.org. Ten dollars of the $22 price tag goes to help build a well for communities that don’t have access to clean, safe water.
Go the traditional gift route—but do it with a twist. If the people on your list are foodies, get them a recipe kit from www.destinationdinners.com. For $25, each kit contains premeasured, hard-to-find ingredients to make dishes from around the world, including Bulgogi from Seoul, Korea and Jerk Chicken and Shrimp from New Boston, Jamaica. Kits also include a shopping list for the fresh ingredients, and cultural and historical trivia about the destination.
Give a Smartbox™ www.smartbox.com. The newest take on the ever-popular gift card is Smartbox™, which allows the recipient to choose from a selection of activities and destinations within a given theme, such as Health and Wellness, and Sport. The gift box includes a color guidebook of all the details of each available activity or adventure, and directions for how to redeem the one they select.
Techie Gifts. Finally, there must be a techie gift on every list, and our pick is the Duracell myGrid™ recharging pad. Available for a variety of platforms, including the iPhone and Blackberry, the power pad can charge up to four devices without a tangle of cords. Simply slip on the included Power Sleeve and drop your mobile onto the pad. Find out more at www.duracell.com.