12 gift ideas to thank your employees & customers this 2021 festive season

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Christmas is right around the corner, and ’tis the season to give a big thank you to all the people who’ve supported your business in 2021. So, before you get caught up in decking the halls and preparing Christmas orders, now is the time to start thinking about gift ideas for customers and clients — gifts that are memorable, professional and something your staff, clients and customers will be excited to unwrap.

But let’s be real — shopping for your employees and customers can be a bit of a dilemma. What can you get them that they’ll not only love, but actually want to use? Or, in the case of food and sweets, immediately devour? Let’s take a look at 12 unique, personal and practical gifts for clients, customers and employees that will fit any budget.

12 ideas for employee, customer & client gifts

  1. A desk calendar to start the year
  2. A hometown treat for their taste buds
  3. A gift card
  4. A festive WFH bundle
  5. A fleece jacket for cooler days
  6. A plant to decorate their desk
  1. A tote bag for Christmas shopping
  2. A mug for warm winter drinks
  3. A selection of local chocolate
  4. A stay-at-home gift basket
  5. A wall calendar to say thank you
  6. A set of thank you cards

Employee gift ideas

1. A desk calendar to kick off the year

2021 was a challenging year — and most people are looking forward to the promise of 2022. So, why not get your employees ready and excited for the new year with a personalised desk calendar? Choose a colourful design that adds instant personality to their workspace (whether that’s at home or in the office). Or, if you really want to personalise your Christmas gift, you can customise your calendar with their name and your company logo. It’s an easy way to keep the weeks and goals for 2022 at the front and centre of your employee’s attention…no wall space necessary!

2. A treat for their taste buds

Is there anything better than a sweet treat to celebrate Christmas? Sweets and baked goods make great employee gifts — and they also offer a great opportunity to support other local businesses. It’s a win-win!

Put in an order for some tasty biscuits, cakes or tray bakes a local bakery — then separate and package those goodies for your team. To add a personal touch, try packaging the treats inside a customised coffee mug, complete with your company logo and the employee’s name on it. Or, wrap them in festive paper complete with a personalised ‘Merry Christmas from [Insert your name and the company’s name]’ sticker on top.

3. A gift card

If you want to rest easy knowing that your employees will actually use their Christmas gift, you can’t go wrong with a gift card. Whether it’s a gift card for their favourite restaurant, a TV streaming service, a local boutique or a cash card they can use anywhere, a gift card is sure to make anyone’s day. Gift cards also offer a certain level of flexibility, and your employees can use them to shop online or in-person — so whether they prefer the convenience of shopping from home or want to get out and about in the new year, you know your Christmas gift will be put to good use.

4. A festive WFH bundle

If your employees are spending any (or all) their time working at home, chances are they could use some supplies for their office space. Put together a gift basket complete with all the branded gear they could need to be productive while working from home — like personalised mouse mats, coffee mugs, water bottles, pens, notebooks and other must-have office supplies.

5. A fleece jacket for cooler days

The tagline may be ‘tis the season to be jolly’ — but, depending on where you live, the more accurate tagline might be ‘tis the season to be chilly’! Keep your staff cosy and comfortable on those cold winter days with a fleece jacket. A fleece jacket will keep them warm all season long, whether they’re packing Christmas deliveries, manning the coffee machine or jogging in the park. Go the extra mile and add a personal touch by embroidering their name (along with your company logo).

6. A plant to decorate their desk

Winter can feel long, dreary and grey. So, why not spruce up your employees’ work space with a little extra greenery? A plant or succulent can be a great way to help your employees brighten up their desks and set the mood for a fresh new year. Make sure to include a personalised note wishing your employee a happy festive season — and let them know you’re excited to ‘grow’ with them in 2022!

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Add a branded touch to your gifted greenery — just add a label or sticker to the plant pot.

Gifts for customers and clients

7. A tote bag for Christmas shopping

If you’re not sure what to get for client Christmas gifts, turn to a trusty tote bag — complete with your company’s logo printed on it, of course. A custom tote bag is a great way to give your clients and customers something they can actually use while out shopping for gifts, hitting the supermarket for their Christmas meal or browsing the local farmers’ market. Plus, because the bag is branded with your logo, it’s a great way to spread the word about your business throughout your area.

8. A mug for warm winter drinks

The festive season is the perfect opportunity for people to sit back, relax, and snuggle up by the fire with their favourite hot winter beverage. If you want to warm your customers up this winter, packaged mugs complete with all the add-ons for the perfect warm beverage (like packets of hot chocolate, coffee beans from a local roaster or a selection of Christmas-inspired teas) make great gifts for customers.

9. A selection of local chocolate

If you’re at a total loss as to what to get for client Christmas gifts, you can’t go wrong with chocolate. But don’t run to the supermarket and spend your budget on a big-name, national brand! Instead, explore local shops that offer artisan versions in original, unexpected flavours (bonus points if the chocolatier is also from your area!). Not only will your clients and customers get a festive treat that’s sure to tantalise their taste buds, but you also get to celebrate other local businesses and makers.

10. A stay-at-home gift basket

2021 has been a challenging year — and in response, many customers are spending more time at home. So, why not make that time at home more fun? Put together a gift basket with plenty of goodies that will make your customers’ time at home more enjoyable — like puzzles, cookbooks, board games, cards and, if possible, relevant products from your business. Wrap the baskets up in on-brand packaging and drop them off on customer doorsteps. Or, if your customers live far away, pop your gift baskets in the post for a festive delivery.

11. A wall calendar to say thank you

You really appreciate your customers — and your customers really appreciate you. And a great way to celebrate your mutual appreciation this festive season? A wall calendar that kicks off the new year with more than just days of the week.

If you want to deliver the perfect calendar to your customers, customise yours with monthly offers, discount codes and even a private sale or two throughout the year. These little perks not only show your customers how much you value their business, but they also keep your company top of mind 365 days a year.

12. A set of thank you cards

The festive season is a popular time to say ‘thank you’ to friends, families, colleagues and loved ones — and, chances are, picking up a set of thank you cards is on just about all of your customers’ to-do lists.

So, instead of making them buy their own, why not take care of this to-do list item for them? Gift your customers a set of custom printed and personalised thank you cards and a customised pen. That way, when they’re ready to send out their end-of-year thank yous, they have everything they need to write out their cards and get them in the post before the New Year’s Eve fireworks start.