The holidays bring a natural time to look back on the year and an opportunity to thank and honor business colleagues and clients. Showing people authentic gratitude for trusting us to be a critical part of their teams is an absolute must! But choosing an appropriate gift that will truly show our appreciation can be difficult. Another bottle of wine or snack tower is always nice, but anyone who has been at a desk buried in chocolate covered pretzels and no-refrigeration-needed cheese logs can attest that it’s hard to remember who gave what, and most importantly, why. The options below go far beyond that. Check out this list and see if any of these ideas resonate with you for your business:
· Who doesn’t have a client who simply loves dogs? At Grounds & Hounds, every pound of coffee purchased saves a hound! Or donate to your local Humane Society in the name of your animal-loving business associate, and while you’re there, purchase some pet toys from their in-house shop to give along with the donation card.
· Give the gift of an experience. One fun option in our area: jewelry making and pottery courses offered by Boulder Studio Arts. You can also purchase beautiful handmade pieces at their holiday sale and support their operations while giving a beautiful and meaningful gift.
· Water gives life. It’s that simple. Charity:Water utilizes every single penny of each donation to bring clean water to people who need it worldwide. Order 20 wristbands for your client’s team to raise awareness or a slim leather wallet as a personal gift and make a donation in your business associate’s name to go with it.
· Can you imagine giving a duck or a goat as a holiday gift? One of my personal favorites, Heifer International, provides animals to people in need, which can in turn help them create sustainable income and impact others in their families and communities.
· Purchasing the wares of artisans and artists is a way to support their continued vibrancy and security. Uncommon Goods is a B Corporation that offers handmade items from all over the world, helping remote makers bring their goods to market. Many items come with a story, and you can choose a gift that connects with your business connection’s interests and passions.
· In today’s world, when we can buy almost any item online and have it within an hour or two, our local small business community needs our support. Most of the time they offer superior products too, and giving local gifts shows your commitment to your community. Purchase a gift from a local small business, like Boxcar Coffee Roasters, or a handcrafted item from a local artisan, and make new connections in the process.
· Youth are our future, and preparing them through education is critically important. Want to give your client the opportunity to help young people by choosing a classroom project that inspires them? Donors Choose allows your recipient to decide how to allocate their gift.
· What could feel even better than offering food to people who are hungry? You can support the organizations that do this every day by offering a gift certificate or a catered meal from a local nonprofit restaurant. At Café 180, everyone can eat, regardless of their ability to pay, and the café trains apprentices as well. FoCo Café in Fort Collins also offers meals on a donation basis, and you can join as a sustaining member on your clients’ behalf to support their mission.
If you want to think beyond the mass-produced and guarantee your gift will be unforgettable, give in a way that shows the deep gratitude you feel for your clients and business associates, and that reflects your strong connection to your community and important charitable causes.
What are your creative ideas for gift-giving?
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