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TCMPi2014’s “Hot” Incentive Destinations are…

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Despite the seemingly end-less winter with weekly snowstorms across the nation and some of the largest-scale travel delays in the US since the late 1980’s, the busy 2014 Incentive Travel season is well underway. To help brighten the day and break us all out of the snow-coma, the team at Choice Gifts™ wanted to share some of this year’s “hot” incentive destinations based on customer feedback survey: Continued…

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TCMPiLatest Gifting trends for Incentive Travel Programs

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FitbitAs many of us prepare for another hectic holiday season, many corporate meeting planners are entering the final stages of organizing Q1/Q2 Incentive Trips, National Sales Meetings, Corporate Retreats, etc. In honor of Black Friday & Cyber Monday, we wanted to share some hot gift ideas and trendy items that the Choice Gifts team has seen for the upcoming incentive travel season. If you typically include gifting as part of your program, now is the time to begin brainstorming and sourcing gifts to avoid last minute delivery delays while inventories are still plentiful. Continued…

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TCMPi5 Tips to Avoid Customs Catastrophes

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CustomsWe’ve all been there, the client blinded by the breath-taking beauty of Santorini, or the turquoise waters of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic that hastily selects their event site without researching or considering some of the arduous location logistics such as Customs.

If you find yourself needing to provide and/or ship supplies, promotional products, event gifts, etc. here are a few helpful tips to prepare yourself and (hopefully) avoid any customs holds or clearance issues: Continued…

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TCMPi3 Things You Should Know About Giving Gift Cards

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3 things you should know about giving gift cards

Practical though they may be, giving gift cards to employees, clients or business partners can backfire if you’re not careful. These tips can help you avoid embarrassment or outright disaster.

Before jumping to the conclusion that gift cards are the solution to showing appreciation to your employees, clients or business partners, take a second look at these three common considerations. Continued…

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TCMPiCash vs. Cachet: Why premium gifts deliver a higher ROI than money

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Of all the gifts that corporations give to their employees, perhaps the most controversial is cash – money, moola, bucks, green stuff.

Why? Because, as proponents will tell you, it’s very easy to give but, according to nay-sayers, it’s got no emotional value and is a poor driver of performance or loyalty. (I presume unless it’s really, really big bucks.) Continued…

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TCMPi6 Things No One Wants to Talk About when It Comes to Holiday Business Gifts

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No matter how well you plan your corporate gifts this year, you should be prepared for some mistakes and have a plan for how to correct them.

It can happen to anyone. But it doesn’t have to. “It” is the dreaded gift giving mistake. Gaffe. Blunder. Faux pas. The holiday business gift that somehow goes awry. The corporate gift that turns out to be inappropriate at best and an insult at worst. Continued…

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TCMPiBranded, Customized or Personalized: 3 Ways to Add Emotional Appeal to Corporate Gifts

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Adding a customized message or an individual’s name or even a company logo can add emotional value to a business gift far beyond its purchase price.

Put yourself in this scenario: You’ve worked long and hard all year. You know your company appreciates what you’ve done but now it’s the end of the year and, let’s face it, that time when you’ve come to expect a little extra acknowledgement of your contribution. Your VP calls you in, shakes your hand, tells you what a great contributor you are and hands you a gift wrapped box. Continued…

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TCMPiHow to be Green without going into the Red this Holiday Season

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When it comes to giving business gifts, what’s good for the pocketbook can also be good for the environment.

Environmentally conscious companies face a dilemma when it comes to choosing corporate gifts for clients, business partners and employees. The desire to give business gifts that show their appreciation must be weighed against their desire to protect the world in which we all live. For many, the mere thought of giving petroleum-based, excessively packaged, or downright discard-able gifts is abhorrent. However, with a little careful planning, companies can find eco-friendly gift ideas to help save the planet while saving dollars. Continued…

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