When I started my business, my funds for holiday gifts were very small. So, because of this, I had to decide a way to give thank you gifts that were affordable for my growing business. If you just started your business, here are some holiday thank you gift tasks and tips for your clients that won’t break the bank.
First, determine what you want to give to your clients/employees and what the budget will be. Pick a gift that your recipients will really enjoy. Here are some ideas on what to offer as a thank you gift:
Discount Coupons Gifts: Give a coupon discount offer exclusively for your clients that have used your services more than 2 times in one year. For the other clients, give them a one-time only discount that expires a few months after the holidays.
Discount Coupons Gifts from 3rd party colleague: Give them a third-party promotional discount if you deal with other affiliates. Establish an arrangement with another small business owner to give your clients a discount for a period of time.
Create a webinar specialize designed for your clients: Offer a FREE webinar for your clients if you offer these fee base teleclass as services in your business.
Create a physical thank you gift from items you already have in your office. It could be leftover parts from the products you sell or sample products you sell. If you make jewelry, you can use the extra pieces and make custom pieces for employees.
Make baked goods: Edible gifts are great. It could be cupcakes, cakes, spices or mixes you purchase from another small business owner. It could be something you create. Your signature rub, your most famous dish, or a spicy sauce you make at home, whatever it is, customize it to each client / employee so they know you are making it for them.
Make your own theme gift baskets. Visit the dollar store and get baskets and other items to make your basket extra special. Pick one item that will be your focal point then go and find items to complement that item. If you have a bottle of lotion, you may want to add moisturizing gloves or soft socks.
Write a thoughtful letter. Write a written special note to your employees expressing your gratitude for their commitment to your business. Or, write a letter to your clients to express your gratitude for the opportunity to work with them.
After you determined your thank you gift, schedule when you want to make them, and who you want to give them to. Also, determine how and when you are going to give them.
By starting this process at the beginning of November, you will have plenty of time to get your gifts together and ship or bring them to your clients or employees.
Now it’s your turn, what do you do to thank your clients / employees this time of year? Please leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you.
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