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The Dos and Don’ts of Corporate Gift Giving

Updated on April 28, 2015

Welcome to my Corporate Holiday Gift Guide!

Just like in any situation, there are rules that govern the giving of business and corporate gifts

Before you send anything out, be sure to take a look at the following guidelines along with some tasty suggestions like gourmet gift baskets, corporate logo gift boxes and more!

Corporate Food Gifts - Personalized Logo Ribbons add a special touch!

A thoughtful gift during the holidays is something the whole office can share. The baskets above also include your logo imprinted on the box or ribbon so they'll be reminded of who gave them this delicious gift! You can't go wrong with a corporate holiday gift.

Corporate Gift Giving Dos


Check with the recipient's company policy before sending anything. Some companies strictly forbid the accepting of gifts over a certain dollar amount. To avoid disaster, do a little sleuthing before hand. Do send something genuine and heartfelt. Any insincere gift will give a poor impression of your business.Go as upscale as you can. Better to send five superb gifts than 100 cheap ones. You want to give the impression that your business is doing well. The quality of your gift should reflect that.Prepare your holiday gifts well in advance. If you are planning on personalizing your gifts, keep in mind that many suppliers require an 8-10 week lead time to print and ship your items. You don't want to be left empty-handed when the holiday season arrives. Plan early and save rush order charges in the end.Give your gift in person if you can. Or at least send them by messenger or courier. If you are in a different state from your recipient, choose a supplier that is close to them and have your gift hand delivered that way.Send something that will contain your logo in a tasteful, understated way. Sending a gaudy, flashy version of your logo screaming out at the recipient will only make them want to hide your gift in their desk drawer.

Corporate Logo Cookies create a sweet surprise.

Corporate Gift Giving Don'ts


Never send a corporate gift in the hopes that it will win you a new account. Everyone will see through your motives. If you aren't already doing business with a prospect, it's appropriate to send a card with a hand written note instead of a gift.Don't send a gift that the entire office can't share. If you've worked with a whole team on the recipient's end it would be thoughtless to only send a gift to the boss. Instead, send a food item like a gourmet gift basket or bagels that the whole staff can enjoy. Your thanks will go a lot further.Don't forget to include a hand written note. Rubber stamping or stickering your company logo on a card are seen as cold and thoughtless. Take the time to have someone on your end, if not you, hand write a note on every single gift that goes out the door.Don't send out packages that look hasty and impromptu. Take the time to invest in appropriate boxes, tissue and packaging materials. A $20 gift can look much more expensive when packaged with care.

Desk Accessories with an extra treat!

Amazon gift cards to include with your gift. - Everyone loves Amazon!

What are your favorite Corporate gifts to give or get? - Happy holidays!

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      UKBusinesses 4 years ago

      This is great, it is such a touchy area and it's nice to see clear guidance!

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      squid-pinkchic18 7 years ago

      These are GREAT tips. There's nothing worse than getting a gift knowing they sent it to land a deal.

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      squid-janices7 7 years ago

      LOVE all the photos. Tasteful use of logos like the ways you have shown are great and I agree that gourmet food gifts are the perfect choice for offices.

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      Kim 7 years ago from Big Lake, MN

      The last company I worked at always received a gourmet cheese box from our vendor in Wisconsin, we looked forward to it every year! Food gifts are a big hit, it's an easy way for everyone to share.

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      MexicaliBill LM 7 years ago

      I wholeheartedly agree with the idea of giving food gifts. Everyone has to eat, so you know the gift will actually be used and if the food is good, appreciated even.