Holiday Gifting – Some ideas

So you want to do some giving but you are not sure what to give and who to give too.

Here are some ideas for consideration.

The theme is to let people know they are appreciated and you are thinking of them.

It is also very important not to offend.

First  we need some grouping-vendors, Clients and those who sent referrals during the year or really helped you out in some way.

Vendors – These are the easiest as these are the folks who usually send you something. Consider a gift that they can share with their family.  It makes it a little more personal for them.  We normally give chocolate. You can give any kind and plenty of it.  We give very large jars of Hershey’s and our vendors usually pick theirs up so we can save on shipping and we get to say “Hi.”

Clients – Now you may consider segmentation, but everyone gets a holiday card.  We sign every one!  Each year we have been sending classical music CD’s and helping build our clients collections.  Note that we do not send holiday music as not all our clients celebrate the same holidays.  We gift wrap every one along with a note card describing the composer or the piece.

Referrers – This gift is a fun gift and meant to make a statement.  Each person who sends a referral during the year (that becomes a client) receives a 6-gallon tin of gourmet popcorn.  I love to send this gift for several reasons: first, most people like popcorn (even those on diets), second, is that it is big and usually makes a mess (easy to clean up though), so they think of you for a while, and finally, the tin is a keeper.  It can be used for many things and we suggest they use it to store holiday decorations for next year as they put this year’s away.  We know of some who have 6-7 cans of ornaments alone!

Holiday giving is both fun and rewarding.  Do it because you want to, not because you feel you should.  Try to give within the spirit of your holiday.  Remember that it is as much fun to give as it is to receive.

Drop me an email or a comment if you would like the names of our gift providers or specific gifts.

Thanks and Happy Holidays to all.

Guide – Holiday giving is fun and rewarding.

Action item – Give within your means and remember that not all people celebrate they way you do so give thoughtfully. 

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