Client Gift Ideas (Plus Real-Life Examples!)
Discover new custom client gift ideas that are sure to impress your clients, customers, and prospects!
If you're tired of the same old, same old when it comes to corporate gift boxes... we hear ya! At Teak & Twine, we're on a mission to make boring business gifts a thing of the past. So we're giving you a fresh take on custom client gifts in 2023!
Get ready to learn about current gift box trends for client gifting, corporate gifting dos and donts, the importance of client gifts, tips on giving great client gift boxes, and discover the best personalized gifts for clients (plus real-life examples!)
Current Gifting Trends
Bye bye boring! Fun, quirky gifts are ALL the rage right now. Pickle-themed gift box, including custom socks? Coming right up! No matter what, we'll bring your vision to life. But if you need a gift in a pinch, check out our collection of ready-to-ship celebration gifts!
The Importance of Client Gifting in 2023
Let's be real: your current and potential customers have never had as many service options as they do now, literally in the palm of their hand! Which means companies need to work even harder to set themselves apart from the competition, build stronger connections with their clients, and maintain customer loyalty.
In our digitally-saturated world, it can be extra challenging for companies to humanize their client experience when so much of the service they’re providing takes place through a screen.
But did you know people value something they can see AND touch 24% more than something they can only see? Sending client gift baskets is a great way to cut through the digital noise and shows your customers that you are willing to go the extra mile for them.
If you find yourself thinking "I'm not sure if a gift will really do anything...", we totally get it. This is a totally natural human assumption — in fact, behavioral science studies suggest that gift-givers often underestimate how much impact the gift will have on the recipient.
Despite this common assumption, custom client gifts and branded swag are actually a super effective business tool that contributes to higher levels of customer satisfaction, increased customer loyalty, and more referrals!
Tips for Client Gifting
The key to client gifting is giving a high-quality custom client gift that is thoughtfully curated and tells a cohesive story. Here are tips from the experts on how to give gifts that your clients will love:
- Include at least one item that the recipient can eat or drink! Cookies and coffee, anyone?
- Incorporate an item they can keep (and use!) forever — think branded mugs, branded headphones, a custom logo blanket, or an insulated branded water bottle. Discover small businesses in our gift boxes that make all kinds of unique products!
- Make sure your gifts are relevant to the client by staying up to date on the latest gift box trends and ensuring your gifts are gender-neutral.
- Add a personal touch! A gift that includes a thoughtful card (bonus points if it's a handwritten note!) will leave your client feeling warm and fuzzy. Another way to keep the warm and fuzzy vibes going? Send your clients a pair of custom socks or a custom sweatshirt.
- Don't skimp on packaging! Whether you add custom branded packaging or decide to keep it simple, remember that the exterior of the gift is just as important as what's inside.
Check out our Client Gifting Guide to dive a little deeper!
Client Gift Ideas
with real-life examples!
1. Botanical Gift Boxes for CallRail's VIP Clients
We had a blast creating these beautiful botanical gift boxes for 100 of CallRail's VIP clients. Designed for a special campaign called "Good to Grow," these custom client gifts appropriately followed a plant theme and included a wildflower seed paper cannon by Fredericks and Mae, an evergreen spruce hydro grow kit by Modern Sprout, and a branded notebook featuring the CallRail logo. With a bright blue gift box sleeve featuring their signature colors and logo plus a custom card insert, CallRail’s gift was truly tree-mendous!
2. Tea Gift Boxes for Gong's Customer Advisory Board
Gong is a SaaS company based in San Francisco that often works with us to create fun, creative gifts for both clients and employees. One of their recent corporate gifting campaigns was for their Customer Advisory Forum, which they host a few times a year to better connect with their mid-market and enterprise customers, get their honest feedback, and share previews of new product features.
These gift boxes were all about puns and creating hype — complete with a branded insert that let customers know the gift would make sense “once they attended the Forum.” The added element of mystery was a great way to create intrigue and boost event attendance!
Their newly-revamped logo was incorporated on a bunch of products in different subtle, tasteful ways to emphasize their new look. The gift included a branded mug by MiiR, a tube of English breakfast tea by Nemi Teas, a linen-colored branded notebook by Appointed with a foil-stamped Gong logo, a tea chocolate bar by Mast Brothers, a custom leather stamped keychain, and a delicate brass pen. Complete with purple crinkle paper and a branded gift box sleeve, these client gift baskets and employee gift boxes were packed to perfection! This gift box would also make a great custom gift for tech executives!
3. Thank You Gifts for Draper & Kramer Clients
Draper & Kramer is a national mortgage lending company that has been operating over 100 years. We help design and send custom client gifts for all of the new deals they've closed each quarter (yes, it's a lot!)
One of our favorite designs that we created for Draper & Kramer’s clients is The Celebration, which you can find on our shop all page and also in our Corporate Catalog. Living up to its name, this gift is all about bringing the FUN! The Celebration features a vibrant color palette and includes a variety of unique products like Cookies by Partake Foods, a growable praise plant kit, sea salt caramels by Le Bon Garcon, a collapsible branded water bottle, and a pattern puzzle by Areaware.
We added their logo to a custom gift box sleeve and included a branded insert with a personal message from the Draper & Kramer team. This gift is the perfect example of a corporate gift box that is both fun and professional!
4. New Year Gift Boxes for The Washington Post
As a fellow DC-based company, we were pretty jazzed when The Washington Post reached out last fall as they were researching some unique corporate holiday gift ideas. They were looking for the ultimate luxury corporate gift to thank their clients and help them kick off 2024 in style!
Our team created these super sleek celebratory custom client gifts, featuring a black and gold theme with a touch of sparkle. The gift included a bottle of sparkling tea by TÖST, champagne-infused white chocolate popcorn by Eatable, a confetti cannon by Tops Malibu, a crisp champagne custom logo candle by Voluspa, a jar of iridescent edible glitter by Brew Glitter, two pairs of 2024 New Years eyeglasses, and a luxe gold foil-covered book called Bubbly featuring a collection of sparkling cocktail recipes.
5. Prospect Gifts for Lessonly's Virtual Event
Lessonly by Seismic is an Indianapolis-based SaaS company that provides training, enablement, and coaching software for frontline teams. And they have a really cute llama mascot! 🦙 We helped bring these llama-mazing gift boxes to life by designing some fahhh-bulous virtual conference gifts for their annual Yellowship conference, a virtual event to help empower leaders to help their teams "do better work"!
In order to boost attendance and engagement, we sent Lessonly's customers and prospects these coffee-themed custom event gift baskets so that they could enjoy a cup of coffee during the webinar. Complete with custom llama stickers, a branded mug, and fresh coffee from Tinker Co., a local Indianapolis coffee roaster.
With over 1000 attendees, it's safe to say these corporate gift boxes really created a buzz! ☕️
Pro tip: Planning your own virtual event? Consider gifting branded headphones so your attendees can enjoy the sessions in style.
6. Holiday Gifts for Guild Education
This past holiday season, we had the pleasure of designing corporate gift boxes for Guild Education, a Denver-based tech company that connects employers with top learning providers to deliver high-quality education to employees.
On the search for the perfect corporate holiday gifts for their clients, we were able to bring their gift idea to life! Our team designed this cozy, hot cocoa-themed gift that was guaranteed to impress! With a custom gift box sleeve and a thoughtful card insert, these gifts had a lovely branded touch. The gift included products from our favorite small businesses, like cardamom hot cocoa mix by Intrigue Chocolate Co., dark chocolate sea salt caramels by Sugarfina in a plaid gift wrap, and a Teak & Twine Woodlands custom logo candle.
7. Client Onboarding Gifts for Pineapple Productions
At Pineapple Productions, providing exceptional service throughout the customer journey is a top priority. That's why this full-service event planning company uses Gifting Portals, our corporate gifting platform to send custom client gifts. These perfectly branded swag boxes help them enhance their client onboarding experience and increase their referral rate (which, as all event planners know, is major key!)
Simple and sweet, these appropriately-themed client gifts featured pineapple gummies by Sugarfina, a pineapple and driftwood-scented custom logo candle by Nest Fragrances, a custom matchbox, and a thermal branded tumbler with the Pineapple Productions logo. Not only were these items super on-brand, they included strategically chosen products — something the client could enjoy right away (the gummies), something they would actually use (the custom logo candle and custom matchboxes), and something the client could keep forever (the branded tumbler mug). There's nothing quite as sweet as pineapples mixed with strategy! 🍍
The Best Client Gift Ideas for 2023
Custom client gifts are always a good idea. In addition to being an effective business tool to increase client retention and referral rates, gifts are a surefire way to make your clients happy. And what could be more important than that? This simple act of generosity can completely transform the customer journey and make your company really stand out.
But, don't get us wrong — we know the whole process of corporate gifting can feel a little overwhelming. Client gift box ideas aren't the easiest to come by, and it's hard to know what to give your client and how to do it in a polished, professional way. Of course, client gifting strategies will vary for every business. What might knock it out of the park for one company might not work at all for another. But, this client gifting guide is a great place to start. And if you need a little help, we're just a click or call away!
Written by Lisa Cox. Updated Apr. 2023.