20 Unique Gifts Your Clients Will Rave About All Year

July 17, 2023

Let your brand speak volumes with our top tips and ideas for memorable gifts for clients!

Ready to make an impact with your gifts for clients? When it comes to corporate gifts your recipient can appreciate long after the season is through, our list of ideas offers the inspo you need to gift with confidence, all while keeping your brand top of mind! 

What kind of gift would be appropriate for a client?

While there are plenty of novelty gifts on the market, many are not suitable to give to your clients or customers. Just like it sounds, a corporate gift is any item from your company, regardless of who you share it with. So when it’s time to choose a product, think in terms of your company and the unspoken message you would like to convey. Luckily, there are plenty of quality items by reputable brands that will reflect highly on your company if you know where to look. 

Photo courtesy of Only NY (Hoodie); Shown: Only NY Outline Hoodie, Mast Chocolate, Appointed Notebook, JBL Ear Buds, Topo Designs Hat, Topo Designs x Mirr Bottle, and custom Hip Bag

When investing in corporate gifts for clients, look for the following features: 

1. Sustainability

Forget throw-away items and lean into creative client gifts that can be used again and again. Not only will this keep them out of landfills and oceans, but it reflects kindly on your company’s culture too. 

Photo courtesy of Glossier; Shown: Glossier Custom Duffel Bag

2. Useful

Just as sustainability is an important consideration when choosing the best gifts for clients so is investing in practical items your client can use or wear. Best of all, they can think of your company when they do!

Photo courtesy of OnlyNY; OnlyNY NYC Parks Umbrella

3. Design

Sure, the best business gifts for clients are practical. However, to make them memorable they should also exude style, so your recipient will love showing it off! Just don’t forget to customize it so your brand gets the credit it deserves!

Shown: Custom Meat Graphic Tee, Custom Baseball Hat, Two-Tone Tote, and Museum of Mother Nature PopSockets, Mug, and  Sharpie Permanent Marker 


4. Quality

It goes without saying that you never want your clients to think of your company as cheap. And, this same rationale holds true for your business gifts for clients since they reflect your company. So choose something that’s made to last and, while you’re at it, consider how easily it will be to ship without breaking. 

Shown: Custom Scrunchie, Accessories Bag, Enamel Pin, Travel Mug, Dog Hoodie, Water Bottle, Hoodie, and Igloo Cooler   

5. Customization

Customization is what turns your items into the best gifts for clients! Furthermore, your branding will also keep your company top of mind. As an added bonus, customization acts as a brand advertisement to everyone who sees it.   

Shown: Planted in Metaverse Sweatshirt, Notebook, Bucket Hat, Travel Cup, Bluetooth Speaker, Pens, and Backpack

Unique gifts for clients they’ll rave about all year!

There’s no room for stuffy, boring corporate gift options here! Check out our list of inspirational picks that are as fun (and professional) to give as they are to receive! 

1. Style-Centric  

Stylish summer essentials like reusable totes and buckets hats don’t make for brand new merch, but they are that oldie-but-goodie that continues to trend. For companies looking to show off their logo these trendy picks deliver! 

Tip: Talk to your Gemnote Rep about different customization options, like tags and patches.  

Photo courtesy of JJJJound; Shown: JJJJound Stamp Logo Tote + Beach Bucket Hat 

2. Hydration Heroes

These days, it's hard to find anyone who couldn’t use a great tumbler or water bottle. Since having more than means fewer disposable bottles. And, with so many options on the market, you’ll have plenty of options at your disposal that are ready to match your brand. 

Tip: For the best features think dishwasher-safe bottles, insulation, or cupholder-friendly-silhouettes. 

Shown: Kinto Water Bottle + Active Tumbler 

3. Savory Dining Gifts 

Kitchen and dining essentials like cloth napkins, towels, vases, and serving trays have practicality and style in the bag! For extra kudos, throw in custom snacks that will leave them wanting more!

Shown: Areaware Kaleido Napkins + Tea Towels 

4. Elevated Necessities

A little organization and a full charge can mean the difference between a productive day and one that is anything but. If you like the idea of giving upgraded office staples like chargers and organizers, focus on the extra features to them apart. 

For example, this desk cable from Native Union features 100W for a fast-charging and an anchored weight so it stays put even when not in use! Just think, no more crawling on the floor to find your charger!

Shown: Native Union Desk Cable + Stow Organizer

5. Luxe Faves

Those top-tier clients can be hard to impress. Luckily, when it comes to the best in luxe corporate gifts a custom smartwatch and waterproof band offer high-end style and convenience no matter where their adventures take them! Alternatively, you can opt for something chic and versatile like men’s pearl necklaces and bracelets on leather for your hip, fashion-forward clients.

Shown: Nomad Waterproof Sport Band + Apple Watch

6. Must-Have Essentials

For unique client gift ideas, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Instead, take everyday essentials and make them your own by incorporating your branding. Case in point, a branded tray and cup and saucer. Useful, practical, and with your logo- definitely cool. 

Photo courtesy of JJJJound; Shown: JJJJound  Black Acme Cup With Logo Cup and Saucer 

7. Commuters’ Paradise

These modern and professional office essentials help your favorite commuters keep their gear safe and ready for anything. 

Photo courtesy of JJJJound; Shown: Porter JJJJound and  laptop case + Passport Bag

8. On The Go 

Keep your logo front and center wherever your recipient goes with fashion-forward staples like fanny packs, hats, and accessories, complete your company’s logo and brand colors!

Photo courtesy of Only NY; Shown: Only NY Crosstown Shoulder Pack + Headwear

9. Travel Accessories

For a gift your clients will absolutely appreciate, you can’t go wrong with modern leather essentials like travel accessory kits and passport holders that are just as sleek for personal travel as they are professional for business trips. Plus, with leather embossing your logo tag along for the ride. 


Photo courtesy of Aimé Leon Dore; Shown: Aimé Leon Dore Leather Passport Holder + Leather Traveler Kit 

10. Show and Tell

Clean, modern, and anything but stuffy! Think branding, sustainability, and quality when it comes to choosing corporate gifts for clients! Even your clients with a corner office like their downtime. So what better way to remind them of the good times than your logo on the best summer swag?

Photo courtesy of Aimé Leon Dore; Shown: Aimé Leon Dore tee + slides

11. Hats Off

Custom headwear is always appreciated and forever on-trend! Plus, there’s a style for every person, season, and branding goal! For creative client gifts, customize yours with embroidery!

Photo courtesy of Urban Outfitters; Shown: 47 New York Yankees ‘Classic Baseball Hat

12. Hue Happy Goods

Want to take your business relationship up a notch? Instead of your run-of-the-mill cup, elevate your drinkware swag with cheerful on-brand colors and matching spoons. And, for companies really looking to up their gift game, why not make it a swag kit and add in custom apparel or office supplies? 

Shown: Poketo Double Wall Mug + Colored Glass Tea Spoons 

13. Better Together Drinkware

Can’t decide between an insulated travel mug or BPA free glass water bottle? When it comes to gift giving, why not make it extra special by giving one of each for the ultimate hydration solution? 

Shown: Soma Drinkware Ceramic Mug + Glass Water Bottle 

14. Wearable Wonders

Graphic tees and totes remain top picks for client gift ideas and for good reason! With so many ways to bring your branding to life, there’s nothing “basic” about these everyday essentials. 

Looking for a less is more design or maxed-out approach for your client gift ideas but don’t have a team on-hand to create it? No problem. Tell us what you’re inspired by and we’ll help you with the creative direction and design process. From clean and simple designs to modern and fun illustrations, maximalism, and more, Gemnote is in the business of making merch wow-worthy!

Photo courtesy of Urban Outfitters; Shown: Urban Outfitters Long Sleeve Graphic Tee + Graphic Tote

15. Mix Masters!

Some things are just born to complement each other. Peanut butter and jelly. Fish and chips. Pens and notebooks! The great thing about customized gifts is you can pair almost anything and bring them together with bold, beautiful branding. Case in point, a water bottle and mesh hat for cool summer outings! 

Photo courtesy of Urban Outfitters; Shown: Urban Outfitters Obey Water Bottle + Mesh Trucker Hat

16. Easy Breezy Essentials

For fun-to-brand basics that spice up your client gift ideas but won’t break the bank, double up on the fun by pairing a quality essential, like a custom windbreaker, with an inexpensive custom keychain or branded notebook

Shown: AsColour Windbreaker + Keychain

17. Hobby Enthusiasts

Creative client gifts that support your recipient's favorite hobbies are always a win! And, even if you aren’t sure what activities they may like, well-branded corporate gifts for clients, like a bike-friendly sports bottle and speaker, can help them discover (or even rediscover) a new passion!

Shown: Camelbak Bike Bottle  + JBL Bike Speaker   

18. Mood Setters

Looking to show your ultimate appreciation to your top clients? With a quality Bluetooth Speaker and Diffuser, you can help them transform their space for their every mood! These are excellent and unique client gift ideas to keep your company top of mind!

Looking for gifts for clients that are similar to these? Check out our Lookbook for the best tech-inspired gifts!

Shown: Lexon Portable Speaker + Horizon Diffuser

19. Extra Helpers 

For anyone who could use an extra hand—that’s everyone, right?— a sleek and stylish custom bag is like practical perfection. From impressive backpacks to sustainable totes, shoulder packs, and of course roomy duffel bags, talk to your Gemnote rep for the best products to flex your branding!

Tip: When deciding what type of bag to choose from, think about features that will best accommodate your recipient. For example, a briefcase or personalized backpack that features a padded laptop sleeve is ideal for someone who commutes to the office. For someone that travels, a branded suitcase with wheels or custom packing bags may suit them better.   

Shown: Incase Two Way Tote and Side Bag 

20. Adventure Bound

No two ways about it, when you’re looking for creative client gifts your recipient will remember now and for years to come, nothing beats a fashionable go-anywhere jacket and custom bag, like this one below from Topo Designs. This Colorado-based company focuses on creating sustainable apparel and gear.

Talk to your Gemnote Rep for more client gift ideas that are made in America.

Shop: Topo Designs Dirt Jacket and Accessories Bag 

Corporate gifts for clients are easier with Gemnote 

Still searching for client gift ideas? With Gemnote, you don’t need to scour the globe to find the best corporate gifts for clients. Just talk to your Gemnote rep about getting a curated list of ideas to fit your brand, culture, and budget! They’ll also offer tips on how to save money per piece as well as customization options. 

A lot of time and effort went into creating your brand, so when it comes to pulling off statement swag to represent it, make sure the customization does your brand justice! As a leader in creating custom merch, Gemnote gets that your brand colors and graphics shouldn’t be close, they should be spot on! 

Talk to your Gemnote rep about how proofs, samples, and PMS color matching can help ensure your branded merch showcases your company (and hard-working creative team) in the best way possible!

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