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TCMPiA simple plan for providing great holiday corporate gifts

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How to avoid the annual panic around B2B gifting

It’s that time of year of again – time for corporate holiday gift planning. Yes, planning – that’s the optimal word. Typically the word is panicking, because most people don’t actually plan their corporate gifts. If you do, congratulations, you can probably skip the rest of this article. Continued…

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TCMPiThe Cheater’s Guide to Holiday Greetings

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No matter how you say it, holiday and beginning-of-the-year greetings can translate into improved relationships with business acquaintances virtually anywhere in the world. But say it wrong and you could be asking for a world of trouble.

As we approach the Christmas holiday and the beginning of a new year, businesses all over the world are busy wishing each other some variation of holiday greetings. If you interact with companies from other parts of the world, expressing your greeting in the person’s native language can make your good wishes have greater impact. Continued…

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TCMPiCorporate Gifts in a Hurry: What to Give When You’re Out of Time

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While it’s always “better late than never” there are ways to deliver holiday gifts on time even if you’ve put off your shopping to the last minute.

Despite the fact that the holiday season comes at the same time every year, not everyone has the time or the inclination to prepare a corporate gift program before the deadline looms. If you’re caught in the last minute rush to find brand name business gifts for clients, business partners or employees, there’s still time to shop – and deliver – before the season’s over. Here are a few ideas to get you through the crunch. Continued…

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TCMPiIt’s in the Mail: Nine Tips on How to De-stress Holiday Gift Shipping

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It’s difficult enough to select the gifts you’ll send to clients, business partners and employees; getting the gifts delivered on time is yet another stress-laden problem.

Now’s the time of year when shipping corporate gifts for the holidays commands the foresight and precision of a finely tuned military maneuver. If such activity falls under your job description (you know, the “and other duties as assigned” line at the bottom of the page), you may benefit from these sure-fire ways to avoid shipping stress and delivery dilemmas. Continued…

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TCMPiHow Much Would It Cost to Give the “12 Days of Christmas” This Year?

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Think your corporate gift budget is too high? Try giving all the items in the “12 Days of Christmas” song (adjusted for inflation, naturally).

Whether you think of it in the aggregate (five gold rings multiplied by eight verses equals forty rings total) or verse by verse (just five rings), the cost of gifts in the famous song has gone up since the song first was heard back in the early eighteenth century. 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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TCMPiCorporate Gifts in the Time of Global Business

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Giving business gifts to international partners can be tricky. Knowing the basics of cultural traditions can go a long way toward ensuring your gift meets with approval.

Business gift giving customs vary so widely from country to country that even U.S. Presidents and globe-trotting executives have been caught in embarrassing situations. To avoid potentially awkward moments, take the time to learn a few pointers on giving corporate gifts in international relationships. Continued…

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TCMPiHoliday Corporate Gifts: How much is enough and how much is too much?

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When it comes to giving business gifts, there’s a fine line between creating goodwill and bad vibes.

If you’re expecting a resounding “Oh, thank you so much” response from everyone who gets a corporate gift from you this year, you may be in for a surprise. In the eyes of the receiver, a gift that seems “over the top” may be met with narrowed eyes and “What’s this all about?” attitude.  And a gift that seems puny may meet with “That’s all I get after all I’ve done for that company?”

So what’s a well-meaning company to do when it comes to budgeting for holiday business gifts?

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