Gifts for clients

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Your clients are essential to success; their relationship is key to your success, but it's also more than just a transaction. It's important to be thoughtful when choosing gifts for them.

"A thoughtful gift and accompanying personal note provides a way to show your appreciation for your client in a powerfully human way," said David Sturt, executive vice president of marketing and business development for O.C. Tanner, an employee recognition and corporate gifting firm. "It highlights the significance of the personal relationship itself, rather than on the day-to-day transactions of products and services. It elevates the relationship."

Getting a gift just right is bound to warm your client's heart, and keep that valuable relationship solid and healthy. Put some thought into your gifts for your clients, and your bound to see reciprocity when it comes to doing business throughout the year.

Whether it's a holiday greeting or a token of gratitude, here are 15 gifts for your business clients that fit any budget.

A great book (price varies)

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Read a great book about leadership or business this year, and think your clients would love it too? Buy them a hard copy (a printed book in an age of e-readers leaves an impression) and include a personal, handwritten note about why you think this particular client would like the book.

Edible Arrangements, starts at $29

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Thank your clients for their loyalty with a delicious bouquet of color, chocolate and sweet delight from Edible Arrangements. These fruit-based concoctions feature fruit in the shape of flowers, dipped in chocolate and will please any client you work with. Depending on the size of the client's office, you can choose from a range of small arrangements to large that come with a personalized note.

Kindle E-reader, $80

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Do your clients travel a lot to meet with you, or are you privy to their constant traveling? Up the entertainment factor with a Kindle E-Reader, which can hold thousands of books in one compact, easy-to-carry device. The touchscreen reads like real paper, with a battery life expected to last weeks at a time. Now, while you may only have to purchase one or two Kindles based on your business size and clientele, if you need a bigger logistics answer, Amazon offers a corporate bulk option, as well.

da Vinci 3D Pen, $49.95

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Technology continuously opens doors for incredible products to keep everyone entertained, the da Vinci 3D Pen is no exception. Give the gift of creation with a device that can create 3D printed objects without the need of computers or design software. The pen comes with 11 color filaments, which are biodegradable, non-toxic made from organic materials. Dazzle clients with this inventive and memorable gift.

Paperweight, $22.50

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Unsure of what to get your client but still want to provide them with something that will be stylish on their desk? These handmade glass-blown paperweights from Wheaton Arts are a beautiful addition to any desk, likely to start a conversation. Additionally, you will be supporting the local arts while gifting something thoughtful.

Artful wine bottles, $25

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Wine is always a good standby gift for business clients, but why give a standard bottle when you can give one with a beautiful, occasion-appropriate design on the label? Speak Wines offers a variety of award-winning Argentinian wines in artfully designed bottles that "speak" to every occasion. Each bottle costs $25, and the company offers free shipping on corporate orders.

A subscription membership (price varies)

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There's a box subscription for just about everything these days, from meal ingredients and gourmet snacks to apparel and craft supplies. Many services allow you to purchase trial memberships of varying lengths, so you can "gift" your business clients a box of products they'll really love. Check out this Business News Daily article for a few ideas.

Business card holder, $10

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Handmade products are beautiful and make any gift that much more special. Give your client a platform to display their information on a desk or the front of their business with this handmade business card holder. The simple design is made of reclaimed pine wood in a simple two-toned design, finished with a coat of all-natural wax. You also have the option of adding a drilled pen/pencil holder to it.

Gift card (price varies)

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Gift cards are an excellent way to show your gratitude for someone while giving them the freedom to pick out exactly what they'd like or contribute to a nice dinner. Amazon gives the freedom to choose a card from their site in addition to numerous brands, which may appeal to various clients you work with all year.

Personalized Whisky or Wine Decanter, $35 to $45

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Personalization of gifts show you care about your client as a person, not just a professional acquaintance. That's especially true when you emblazon their name on something they may enjoy greatly, including a wine or whisky decanter. If you need to make a large purchase of either item, Things Remembered offers discounts based on the price of the order. These decanters will not only impress the client, but will also improve how your clients' host guests of their own in their home or office.

Pet-related gifts, $12 to $25

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Know your client well enough to know they're dog people? Send your clients unconventional flowers for their dog to chew on. If the client's workplace is (very) pet-friendly, consider a sending a BarkBox for the office pups.

Sugarwish, $16.50 to $95

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Show your clients your appreciation by satisfying their sweet tooth with Sugarwish. Sugarwish is a website where website where the gift-giver can choose the gift (in this case, candy) and the recipient can personalize it, by choosing details of the gift (the specific types of candy.) The candies come in quarter pound bags, giving the recipient the freedom to choose their favorites to fill each bag. The sweets come in a variety of themes, including birthday and holidays. There is also a corporate option to send to multiple clients, as well. 


Monogram sticky note holder, $14

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Personalize your client's desk with this sleek wooden handmade item, which will hold their sticky notes. The Etsy seller notes they can use one, two or three initials, so if you don’t feel like prying into their namesake, you can use the initials you know. No need to stress about packaging it, it comes ready for gift giving packaged in a gift box.

Personalized notepad, $8.50

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Everyone takes notes at work or needs to keep their ideas in check. Give the gift of personalized stationary with your client's first initial at the top. The handcrafted notepad features 40 tear-away sheets printed in full color on recycled paper and bound with a natural chipboard backing, the site says.

A charitable donation (price varies)

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Does your client volunteer for or donate to certain charity or social cause? Give them a truly meaningful gift by showing your support for the causes that matter to them. Make a donation in their name to an organization they love. Not sure where to donate? Companies like TisBest allow you to purchase "charity gift cards" that let recipients choose where the money goes.

Additional reporting by Nicole Fallon and Shannon Gausepohl.