Client Gifting: How to be both a personal and corporate gifting ninja
Gift giving is a beautiful way to show someone you care -- both personally and through business / corporate giving. Whether it's a birthday, anniversary, holiday celebration, new client onboarding, or thank-you, the act of giving a gift can bring joy and strengthen relationships. See our blog post on 'Client Gifting: Why you should be gifting your clients, staff and business partners' to learn more about the benefits are offering gifts to the people in your business and life circles. At Mercy Forest Co. we believe that gifting is an art; there is much more to gift giving that goes beyond simply buying something and handing it over. In this post, we will explore the world of gift giving etiquette and discover how to choose the perfect present for any occasion.
Why is Gift Giving Etiquette Important?
Gift giving etiquette is important because it shows respect and consideration for the recipient. It demonstrates that you have taken the time to think about their interests, preferences, and needs. By following proper gift giving etiquette, you can avoid awkward situations and ensure that your gift is well-received.
1. Consider the Occasion
When selecting a gift, it's essential to consider the occasion. Is it a birthday, a wedding, or a graduation? Different occasions call for different types of gifts. For example, a thoughtful and personal gift may be more appropriate for a close friend's birthday, while a practical gift may be better suited for a housewarming offering or new client onboarding.
2. Know the Recipient
Understanding the recipient's interests, hobbies, and preferences is crucial when choosing a gift. Think about what they enjoy doing in their free time or any specific items they have mentioned wanting. This knowledge will help you select a gift that is meaningful and tailored to their tastes. If you don't get to know your recipients because you are gifting at a corporate level, that's okay, we can help you choose the right options for your event as well!
3. Set a Budget
Before you start shopping, it's important to set a budget for your gift. This will help you narrow down your options and ensure that you don't overspend. Remember, the value of a gift is not determined by its price tag but by the thought and effort put into selecting it.
4. Personalization is Key
When giving a gift, we stress to our clients about personalizing the gift for the recipient and not the business. Wouldn't you rather get a cup (for example) with your name on it and not company branding?! We think it's essential to be aware of the importance of giving a gift that highlights the recipient. At Mercy Forest Co. almost all of our gifts can be personalized in house, making custom gifting accessible with quick turnaround. Remember: company swag is different than company gifts -- don't mix them up! Read our thoughts on personalization and why we think it's so important in gifting here.
5. Presentation Matters
The way you present your gift can make a significant impact. We cannot stress this enough at Mercy Forest Co. and its exactly the reason we take our presentation so seriously. Take the time to wrap it beautifully or place it in a thoughtful gift bag. Adding a handwritten note or a heartfelt card can also enhance the overall presentation and show the recipient that you truly care. Especially in todays world of 'all things digital' we believe that the hand written note that accompanies all of our gifts is imperative to the overall gift receiving experience.
6. Don't Expect Anything in Return
Remember, gift giving is not about receiving something in return. It's about using both your actions AND your words. It's about making someone else feel special, thought about, and cared for. Give without expecting anything in return, and your act of kindness will be appreciated and cherished.
Gift giving etiquette is an essential aspect of being intentional in your relationships and showing thoughtfulness and consideration for others. When working with Mercy Forest Co., you can ensure that we will help you make sure your gifts are simple, meaningful, well-received, and bring joy to the recipients. In doing so, we are pretty sure you are going to feel all the same feelings of excitement over the experience as well!