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How To Select Appropriate Business Gifts

Aug 17, 2007
Business gifts are a good way to build goodwill toward the company. An appropriate gift creates a professional image for the company and leaves a positive and long-lasting impression of the company. They are an ideal way to show appreciation for the association of the clients and strengthen the relationship between the company and its associates. THey help the company to motivate and retain the employees.

An appropriate one is memorable. Appropriateness of the gift depends upon the purpose, the cost, and the benefits supplied by the recipient. While selecting it, focus should be more on the quality rather than quantity.

It is important to consider the etiquette and policies of the company during the selection. Some companies have limitations and guidelines concerning them. Learn these limitations and guidelines from the companies' personnel departments and follow them. For example, it should not exceed the restricted monetary value. In some situations, companies do not exchange or accept gifts.

There are many choices. However, selecting an appropriate one can be a challenging job. Always look for unique items. It should be distinctive in nature.

Personal accessories, mementos, mugs, fridge magnets, journals, pens, calendars, wall clocks and business card holders with the company's logo are good options for business gifts. A company logo on such items promotes the firm. The personal accessories should not be too intimate. For example, do not give jewelry to any client or employee. Don't choose the personal gifts until the clients' taste is known.

A basket is also a good option. There are a wide variety of baskets. Savory food baskets, fruit baskets, cigar baskets, wine baskets, and flowers are some of the examples. Vacation packages are a welcome release from the rigors of the work environment and can be an incentive to be a top performer.

Business gifts are generally distributed on special occasions. For example, always present a gift to a person, who is retiring from service. Silverware is a good option as a gift item in this case. In order to encourage a colleague or immediate boss's promotion present a gift as a wish for good luck. At a time of extra perk benefits or pay hikes, employees can use gifts to honor the employers.

Sometimes companies distribute them during events and meetings to thank their associates. Employees receive them for their good performance and contribution towards the company. Companies can give leather wallets, bags, briefcases, caps or conference pads to motivate their executives, shareholders or investors.

An innappropriate gift will do more harm than good. Be sure to follow protocol whenever engaging in this activity. Do not give away gifts without a proper reason behind it.
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David Gass is President of Business Credit Services, Inc. His company publishes afree weekly e-newsletter on Small Business Consulting at their web site http://www.smallbusinessconsulting.com
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