The holiday season is quickly approaching, and what better way to show appreciation to your vendors than to send them a wonderful gift. Similar to any other special occasion such as birthdays and anniversaries, there is a plethora of gift ideas that come to mind when you think about vendor gifts. However, the following five key gift ideas are sure to wow your vendor this holiday.
The first key gift idea is a gift card to a popular restaurant. Restaurant gift cards cannot take the place of the live conversation that may have taken place if you actually hosted your vendor at the restaurant, but the fact that the vendor can choose who he or she will invite for this complimentary meal can be equally as gratifying. Consider choosing a restaurant that is conveniently located to the vendor or at least within a reasonable distance since the gift card may never be redeemed if commuting time is unreasonable. Most importantly, consider choosing a restaurant that your vendor has expressed interest in. This will make the gesture much more personal.
The second gift idea is an annual calendar. Let’s face it, everyone can use a paper calendar despite the fact that our day-to-day appointments are organized electronically in some sort of mobile or desktop application nowadays. Annual calendars can be personalized and branded to convey the precise message that you want your vendors to receive. If you want to keep it simple, consider simply printing your logo and contact information. For something more personalized, one can consider adding a message of gratitude, inspirational quote or other customized note.
The third gift idea is something that your vendors cannot function without – ink pens. Ink pens are easily customizable and are ideal for branding. Additionally, you can decide if you want to use regular ball point pens, retractable pens or something more extravagant. Nearly any style of pen can be branded with your company name and chosen text.
The fourth great vendor gift idea is something that will delight everyone in the office – baked goods made by a professional bakery. Whether you choose brownies, cookies, muffins or cupcakes, there is little to no chance that your gift will be considered the humdrum gift of the season. Everyone loves sweets. Many professional bakeries deliver gift packages freshly baked and warm to the touch.
The fifth example of a great vendor gift is a branded coffee mug. One can never have too many coffee mugs. Unlike other gifts, coffee mugs are liked by virtually everyone since most people can find use for a mug whether it be coffee, tea or other tasty beverage. Branded coffee mugs keep your company close at hand for your vendor. By merely sitting on someone’s desk, a branded coffee mug can generate business for you since it is exposed to anyone that walks by.
Regardless of which one of the five great vendor gift ideas you choose, keep in mind that nearly any product can be branded. This holiday season, take into account your vendor’s business style and personality then choose the gift that best suits him or her. The holiday season is the ideal time to express gratitude to existing vendors and renewing business relationships with others.