Corporate Gift Guide


Special to the Herald

The holiday gift

season is here and it’s a tradition that makes a big showing in business circles. Problem is, unlike the holiday party — for which attire instructions are printed on the invitation — the guidelines for giving go unpublished. So to help you dodge the risk of

presenting something too small or a gift that turns you into a suck-up, this year we’ve gathered for some principals for giving work-related presents.

The boss: Get the entire team to chip in, says Dana Holmes, the editor-in-chief of Decide on the amount to spend — anywhere from $15 to $100 is appropriate, depending on your office environment — and if you have trouble picking out an item, consult with her assistant.

“That way no one is singled out for not giving anything,” she says.

Your client: If it’s a company that spends five figures or more, invest $500 to $1,000 for game tickets or even a short vacation, says Homes. Spending amounts decline from there.

“You’re grateful for the business,” she says. “But you have to take the relationship into consideration.”

Your employees: If you’re not giving a bonus, give the same gift to anyone — spending less than $150 per person. Cash, however, is out of the question. Instead consider customized gift cards. You’ll find those, plus more ideas, right here:

1. The GiveNow card. Promote peoples’ favorite philanthropic causes with designated gift cards. You pick the amount. Your recipient picks the charity. And the JustGive organization handles the transaction. You can send an eco-friendly email, print a card, or send one by regular mail.

2. Casa Dragones tequila. Small-batch liquors are the most stylish entrants to the spirits markets, while tequila is a favorite staple. This one is 100 percent blue agave and meant to be sipped at room temperature without ice or mixers. The holiday gift set comes in a crystal bottle with hand-engraved glasses. $275.

3. AluPen. For the most staid or sanitary business associate, consider this utensil used to navigate computer’s touch-screens — meaning fingers won’t smudge them or spread germs. When finished, the pen rests upright in a stylish cube that keeps a desk tidy and the pen easy-to-find. $39.95.

4. COMO Home Fragrance Collection. Do the people you work with seem overly stressed? Don’t say anything. Instead, soothe their spirits with six essential oils wearing names such as “Calm” and “Harmony.” They’re also sophisticated, coming from London. Put a few drops in the accompanying oil burner with water to release the soothing scents. $205.

5. Treat House. Bring on the holiday nostalgia by sending to an office the more elaborate version of everyone’s favorite childhood treat. With chocolate pretzel, almond and cranberry, s’mores and even bubble gum varieties, these treats are garnished, loaded, and topped with other tempting ingredients. Sold in increments of 12 or gift-box assortments. $5 for a 12-pack gift box.

6. Michael Aram photo frame. For associates with a business-as-usual attitude, present to them a professional with this photo frame with a reflective surface and made from nickel plate. You can even have it personalized with three lines of text and in a variety of fonts. $99.

7. Canine cookie jar. Many have had a meeting with client, employee or boss who arrived with a pup in tow. Show this pet-lover that everyone deserves sweet treats this holiday season with a hand-crafted canister bearing a dog bone lid. $105.

8. Corporate logo cookies. Your company symbol never looked so sweet as when displayed on the icing of a buttery, sugar cookie. You can order these individually packed or in bulk. $45 for a dozen.

9. Wine of the month. It’s the holiday cheer that lets your associates know you consider them connoisseurs. This club sends two bottles of hand-crafted wine each month. The full-sized bottles from boutique vineyards are unique and hard-to-find. $197.70 for six months.

10. Customized gift cards. You cannot give cash, but these plastic cards work even better. That’s because even though the Visa variety comes with dozens of designs, you upload your own corporate logo. Any amount.

11. Golf lesson with a PGA pro. Business and golf have gone together since the beginning of time, but now you can get your associates on the green without having to spend hours there, yourself. This site allows your recipient to choose their course locations and instructor. $129 per lesson.

12. Jac Henri wallet. Show your business associates you value their money with a slim wallet in black lizard. Made by designers in Miami Beach, this wallet is a quarter-inch thick and can hold 10 credit cards. A black elastic band keeps those contents secure. $225.

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