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Personalized Gifts for Customers

Customers are the lifeblood of your business, so naturally, you want to take care of them. But customer care goes far beyond providing a service they find useful or being there to solve a problem when it arises. To truly connect with a customer and create the kind of brand loyalty that makes them allies, you need to go the extra mile in making them feel valued. While there are many ways to accomplish this (providing discounts for repeat business or creating special tiered offers) one of the simplest yet most powerful ways of achieving this is to send them a gift.

167 Exceptional B2B Gift Ideas for the Holidays

The Statistics of Sending

The Statistics of Sending

The stats on sending gifts are well established. Eight out of ten people enjoy receiving packages, and nine out of 10 say that they like getting letters and cards. Customers in particular report positive reactions to a direct mail gift or card: 57% of consumers say that receiving something makes them feel more valued.

These positive reactions don’t just make customers more willing to buy from you or continue a service; they can forge the kind of brand loyalty that creates brand evangelists. This translates into sales numbers: customers with this emotional connection have a 306% higher lifetime value. It creates a virtuous cycle of retention, evangelism, and acquisition that can boost your pipeline without increasing your cold prospecting efforts.

10 Creative Customer Gift Ideas

wine and nuts gift basket for customers

1. Linkedin Portrait Oil Painting

Sendoso Partner: Gift Basket’s Oversees

Description: This gift includes: 1 Bottle of Imported Dry Red Wine, Mixed Chocolates, 2 Gourmet Bars of Dark Chocolate, Mixed Nuts, Almond Biscotti, Gift Wrapping, and a Greeting Card.

2. Braided Money Tree

Sendoso Partner: Leon & George

Description: The Money Tree is considered a powerful symbol of good luck and prosperity. This miniature tree has a meticulously-braided trunk under a beautiful canopy of leaves which expand with time.

The small Braided Money Tree (a miniature version of its larger counterparts) is the perfect desktop adornment in any office. Money Trees are tolerant of a wide range of conditions, but will thrive in bright, indirect light and slight humidity.

personalized branded oreos

3. 24 Co-Branded Oreos

Sendoso Partner: Veronica’s Treats

Description: 24 hand-dipped and hand-crafted Oreo cookies with the option of including 2 logos or images.

Spiked Hard Seltzer Bucket customer gift

4. Spiked Hard Seltzer Bucket

Sendoso Partner: Gourmet Gift Baskets

Description: Includes: Truly Hard Seltzer (2), White Claw Hard Seltzer (4), Galvanized Steel Bucket, Key Lime Cookies, Chichester Mix, Sugar River Trail Mix, Cranberry Pomegranate Clusters, and Roasted & Salted Almonds

Fun Size Bouquet Vase gift for a customer

5. Fun Size Bouquet + Vase

Sendoso Partner: Farmgirl Flowers

Description: Farmgirl Flowers provide the best flowers! They design each bouquet by hand and with heart, source their flowers from farms that live up to their high ethical standards, and to create good jobs. They’re committed to living their values, and to do their very best for their customers, team, vendors, and environment.

personalized Old Fashioned Kit for customers

6. Old Fashioned Kit

Sendoso Partner: Present Day

Description: This gift includes: Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey, Sour Cherries, Preserved Orange Slices, DSB Bitters, Jigger, and a Dark Chocolate Bar.

7. Just Breathe Spa Gift

Sendoso Partner: Just Breathe Spa Gift

This spa gift includes: Coconut Bath Soak, Body Sea Sponge, Soy Wax Candle, Sea Urchin, and Mini Matches.

Seasonal Fruit box customer gifts

8. Seasonal Fruit Staples

Sendoso Partner: The Fruit Guys

Description: Apples, Citrus, Bananas a Seasonal Surprise! (16 Servings)

As America’s most trusted provider of farm-fresh fruit to offices, they are using their national network of small farms and mission-driven snack providers to bring fruit, snacks, and vegetables now to homes nationwide.

9. Cookies in a Jar

Sendoso Partner: Bonjour Bakehouse

Description: This box contains the dry ingredients and recipe for making the perfect chocolate chip cookies from Bonjour Bakehouse.

Wine and Cheese Gift Set gift set for customers

10. Wine & Cheese Gift Set

Sendoso Partner: KHYVA

This Wine & Cheese Gift Set includes:

Cartwright & Butler Cheese Biscuits, Cartwright & Butler Tomato And Basil Wheat Flat Bread, East India Company Lime Pickle Chutney, East India Company Mango Chutney, Campo Viejo Rioja Red Wine, and Cartwright & Butler Treasure Chest Tin With Mint Chocolate.

Gifting through the Customer Journey

While corporate gifts for customers usually bring to mind a 4th quarter rush of holiday remembrances, the truth is that there’s never a bad time to send a gift. One way to personalize gifts is to tie them to events or milestones within their customer journey.

Event Registrations: Say thank you for their attendance, sponsorship, or speaking role at an event.
Welcome, Upgrade, or Renewal: Show your appreciation for new or continued service agreement.
Milestones: For personal or professional milestones, or years of continued patronage.
Team Success: To celebrate goals or milestones your customer has achieved with their colleagues.
Team Success: To celebrate goals or milestones your customer has achieved with their colleagues.
Referral Thank You: To show appreciation when a customer entrusts your brand or service to a friend or family member.
Support Follow-up: To show you value their input or patience when issues arise.
“Just Because”: The ultimate show of value is when you send a gift that isn’t tied to an event or action.

Psychology of Gifting

There are powerful influences behind gift-giving, which explains its prevalence both in world culture and specifically for business deals and relationships.

For the Recipient

If you’ve ever received a gift, you know the positive associations you feel with the giver. Whether for a birthday, holiday, or out of the blue, getting a gift (especially as a surprise) has a great impact that’s experienced long-term. When used as a means to show you value and appreciate a customer, this effect can have profound results.

There are some concrete psychological actors at work behind this phenomenon. Firstly, giving a gift (especially a physical gift) creates the so-called “Endowment Effect,” in which the recipient forges an emotional connection with the giver through the physical act of receiving. In addition, those who receive are psychologically inclined to respond in kind, a phenomenon that sociologist Marcel Mauss described as the “Theory of Reciprocity.”

For the Sender

The power of gifting isn’t just about the recipient. Studies suggest that the act of giving a gift can have an equally positive impact to receiving one. Defying the adage “what’s seldom is wonderful,” the positive effects of giving are sustained even through repeated action (unlike other experiences, whose effect is lessened with repetition). For this reason, empowering your sales, marketing, HR and recruiting departments with gifting technology can improve both their work experience and the outcomes of that work.

Types of Gifts

When selecting a gift, start by analyzing the value of the connection (such as the length of service or the value of their accounts and/or referrals) and arrive at a budget that will allow you to show your appreciation. Once settled on a range for your item(s) and packaging, you have a world of choices at your disposal. Some perennial favorites include:

  • A practical, branded item that will get regular use, which will provide a reminder of you every time they use it.
  • A comfort item such as a blanket or a personalized piece of clothing.
  • An indulgence, such as baked treats, wine or spirits. This is an especially nice option when you want to treat an entire team or department versus an individual customer.
  • An experience item, such as a gift card, concert or event tickets, airfare, or other non-tangible item. These make excellent “splurge” gifts for your very best customers and accounts.
  • Mindful gifts such as charity donations or wellness-focused gifts and experiences.
  • Personalized gifts for life milestones, such as an item off a registry for newlyweds, a baby blanket for the newest addition, a beautiful live plant to celebrate buying a new home, or a congratulatory bottle of bubbly to acknowledge the hard work of earning a degree.

Ideas for Personalizing Customer Appreciation Gifts

Personalization doesn’t have to be hard; simply finding something unique about a recipient and tailoring your gift to that quality or interest is sufficient. It works on the same principle as noticing a detail of dress and paying the wearer a compliment. (How many times has a mention of a favorite accessory brightened your day?)

In terms of gifts, you can personalize the experience by tailoring it to the industry or alma mater of your recipient or giving a gift emblazoned with their favorite team’s logo. You can recognize the important loved ones in their lives (such as giving a gift for a new baby or a treasured pet). You can celebrate their hobbies, a love of travel, a local affiliation or a favorite charity. You can even celebrate the milestones in their life: birth, new house, marriage, or a personal or professional achievement.

The importance isn’t solely in the quality you choose to highlight. The real power of the gift is in the expression of their value that comes from researching and selecting a gift specifically with them in mind.

show your appreciatation with a personalized customer gift

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Peter Tarrant, Account Based Marketer, Tipalti

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