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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.

Let someone else do the shopping for you.

Companies that specialize in corporate gifts come in all sizes and descriptions. Choose one that keeps some items in stock all the time. (Things like fragrances and watches are always in demand so many companies stock up before the holiday season.) Also look for a company with a variety of manufacturers who can deliver on short notice. Be certain to share all the information the company will need (budget, number of gifts, delivery locations, cultural concerns) then let them do their job. Their goal is to make you look good; let them do it.

Let the season be your guide.

Rather than trying to reinvent the wheel, take a lesson from experienced business gift providers and manufacturers and go with a holiday theme. Companies that carry Swarovski, Lladro and Baccarat will probably be able to get you holiday ornaments on short notice. These gifts offer triple the emotional appeal of virtually anything else: they are aspirational brand names, they are timeless and they bring back fond memories year after year.

Consider the entertainment factor.

The holidays are a time for merriment and fun. For adult parties, ask your gift provider about crystal barware from companies like Nachtmann or Spiegelau or innovative kitchenware from Curtis Stone. For the younger (or young at heart) recipient, try Air Hogs remote control cars, planes, and helicopters. Companies often keep a supply of the more popular models on hand during the season.

Remember: It’s (almost) never too late.

While most providers of business gifts suggest a minimum of four to six weeks lead-time for processing and delivering, it’s almost never too late to give a business gift with instant appeal and lasting appreciation. When all else fails, drop a subtle hint that this year you’ll be giving “end of the year” or “beginning of the year” gifts. That way, if the gift you choose isn’t available right away, it will still be eagerly accepted when it arrives in early January.

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