One of the most challenging parts of sending client gifts and employee swag is coming up with corporate gift ideas. What should you get them? Will they like the gift? Will they use it? How long will it last? Is it practical? So many of our customers are crippled by these questions when deciding what corporate gifts to order and send. The good news is that Gemnote has a team dedicated to researching the best products from around the world and bringing you the most current corporate gift ideas, so you don't have to spend hours doing the research yourself.
Important Tips to Choose the Best Corporate Business Gifts
There are important tips to know before choosing business gifts for employees. In fact, selecting and purchasing generic corporate gifts is sometimes not enough. Nowadays, employees want high-quality products that can make them feel valued and appreciated, as well as being useful.
These are important tips to consider before getting gifts for business professionals:
- Your gift doesn’t always have to be for the holiday season
The holiday seasons are the most common period to purchase corporate business gifts. However, try to be original to create a bigger wow factor and make your clients and employees more surprised.This can be a surprise gift during the New Year to kick off a year of growth.
For instance, birthdays are great moments to please your clients. Or the end of the peak season at your company can be good to show employees some appreciation for their hard work during busy times.
- Try not to overdo it
Overdoing it when offering business gifts for clients and employees can be harmful to your company in the long term. For example, if your client has a yearly subscription of $400 and you offer them a gift with a value of $600, you’re definitely overdoing it.
This can also create unrealistic expectations for the future and even disappointment in some cases. If you’re planning to purchase a $300 gift for your clients this year and come up with a $50 the year after, this will create disappointment and you obviously don’t want that.
The secret to offering corporate business gifts is to remain down-to-earth with the product and its value. If your clients pay $700 yearly for your services, a gift with a value of $60 is certainly good enough and will definitely please them. Stay within budget and be practical.
- Do research and find what your clients and employees like
While getting business gifts for employees and clients is always a nice move, it can get even more delightful if they receive something that they like or have been eyeing for themselves. If, for example, your clients like tech products, then getting them wireless earbuds like the Apple Airpod Pros is an excellent choice.
On the other hand, if you want your employees to remain productive and healthy, a reusable bottle, yoga mat or fitness subscription are all great choices and will definitely please them. It’ll also show that you know them and have purchased a gift uniquely to suit their hobbies and interest.
Do some research, find what they like, and surprise them with an item that they’ll enjoy for the long term.
But what constitutes "the best products"?
We ask ourselves the same question: how can we decide what the best products are so we can help others with the curation process? Well, first off, we do a lot of research and testing. We are frequently sent samples from suppliers and we go through a rigorous quality control test--there's a rubric and everything. We test for usability, durability/quality, design and taste (for food and beverage). Part of this process is filtering through all the garbage, literally. There is so much corporate garbage posing as corporate gifts and we're adamant about reducing this kind of waste in the promotional products industry. By sourcing quality products that last for years and even decades, we help customers spend less money over time by limiting repurchases.
We hope you get inspired by these corporate gift ideas that people actually want and will keep. Our team's rule of thumb: if we wouldn't want it, we won't sell it. Take a closer took at the Top 20 Corporate Gift Ideas of 2020. We made sure to give you ideas from every reasonable price point, excluding $500 plastic slides and $1,200 winter jackets. Enjoy!
1. Arc'teryx Kyanite Vest
Arc'teryx Kyanite Vest $129 - Worn as a mid layer or minimalist standalone piece, the highly versatile Kyanite Vest delivers performance across a range of activities. Combining warmth, mobility and moisture management, Polartec® Power Stretch® Pro has an abrasion-resistant nylon face, a polyester interior brushed for softness and improved moisture transfer, and allows airflow for thermal regulation. The fabric’s four-way stretch provides exceptional freedom of movement, and the trim fit hugs the body and layers easily under a shell.
2. S'well Traveler Bottle
S'well Traveler Bottle $35 - Perfectly contoured to fit in your hand, the Traveler will quickly become your go-to for drinking on-the-go. This new wide mouth shape is optimal for stirring up and carrying a cup of coffee or adding ice cubes to your favorite beverage.
In addition to that, the S’well Travel Bottle can keep your drinks cold up to 36 hours and warm up to 15 hours. While these timeframes depend on the bottle’s size, it’s nonetheless impressive and another reason for it to be one of the best corporate business gifts on the market.
3. Topo Designs Rover Pack Classic
Topo Designs Rover Pack Classic $99 - The Rover Pack Classic has a tough 1000D nylon base and lightweight, water-resistant pack cloth upper with a cinch top closure. An exterior front pocket and top flap pocket give quick access to smaller items and internal laptop sleeve keeps your computer secure. Expandable side pockets hold your water bottle or extra gear.
Other than that, it has a large main compartment that can carry everything that you need from a laptop to headphones or even some notebooks. We think it’s one of the gifts for business professionals that all your clients will love.
4. Mast Brothers Chocolate Bar
Mast Brothers Chocolate Bar $7 - Bars for sharing, gifting, or indulging, the Classic is the perfect size for all occasions. (2.5 oz/ 70g). Almost all the bars are made of organic ingredients, so there's less guilt when indulging in this treat.
5. Orbit Bluetooth Key Tracker
Orbit Wireless Key Tracker $25 -With its premium aluminium waterproof casing and replaceable battery; Orbit uses Bluetooth technology along with a free app to locate your keys. When out of range the last known GPS location will be shown on the map. Orbit will help you find your phone by making it ring, even on silent! It's also a selfie remote
We think it’s one of the most useful personalized business products for busy employees and clients. Obviously, losing keys on a challenging day isn’t uncommon, and this issue will certainly disappear with the Orbit Key Tracker.
6. Baggu Standard Reusable Bag
Baggu Standard Reusable Bag $12 - Our best selling reusable bag is not just for the grocery store, it goes everywhere and hauls (practically) anything. Carry in your hand or over your shoulder. Holds 2–3 plastic grocery bags worth of stuff. Folds into a flat 5" × 5" pouch. Holds 50 lbs. Now made from 40% recycled nylon sourced from pre-consumer waste.
7. Alternative Apparel Champ Eco-Fleece Sweatshirt
Alternative Apparel Champ Eco-Fleece Sweatshirt $50 - Alternative Apparel Champ Eco-Fleece Sweatshirt $50 - An everyday crew neck sweatshirt with raglan sleeves for a vintage-inspired look. Contains organic & recycled materials and made with USA yarns.
8. Beckham Sports Duffel
Beckham Sports Duffel $38 - This duffel has a dual zippered opening to a spacious main compartment. The zippered mesh pocket under lid is perfectly sized to hold flip-flops or a hair straightener. Neoprene bottle cuff on the interior of the bag holds your water bottle in place. Two interior mesh slip pockets add organization for accessories.
9. Apple Airpods Pro
Apple Airpods Pro $249 - AirPods Pro have been designed to deliver Active Noise Cancellation for immersive sound, Transparency mode so you can hear your surroundings, and a customizable fit for all-day comfort. Just like AirPods, AirPods Pro connect magically to your iPhone or Apple Watch. And they’re ready to use right out of the case.
Lastly, the Apple Airpods Pro also provide a powerful bass quality as well as a beautiful design to remain professional at the office and even at the gym. To sum up, it’s one of the greatest and premium corporate business gifts you can get.
10. Miir Camp Cup
Miir Camp Cup $25 -Make your campfire memories a little warmer with our modern take on Grandpa's old camp cup. This 12oz Camp Cup is vacuum insulated so you won't burn your hands (or melt your face) when you are at work, home, or camping. Featuring a press fit lid to prevent spilling and a convenient handle to make picking up your coffee mug a little easier. Use it for your coffee, tea, or your favorite drink you want to keep hot or cold.
11. Reborn Pour Over Coffee Packs
Reborn Pour Over Coffee Packs $11 - Specialty Coffee in the most convenient form.11 grams of ready to brew pour over coffee, perfectly balanced for your morning. If you’re looking for some business gifts for employees, this is definitely a fantastic choice for coffee drinkers (almost everyone).
Help your employees and clients remain productive during the day as well as enjoy a delicious coffee while having a business meeting. Simply put, you can’t go wrong with the coffee from Reborn.
12. Patagonia Better Sweater Jacket
Patagonia Better Sweater Jacket $139 - A warm, low-bulk full-zip jacket made of soft, sweater-knit recycled polyester fleece. Fair Trade Certified™ sewn. Made of 100% recycled polyester fleece with a sweater-knit face, fleece interior and heathered yarns.
13. Rains Wash Bag Small
Rains Wash Bag Small $34 - Wash Bag Small is a unisex item featuring a pocket sleeve and one main compartment large enough to fit one’s essential toiletries. Wash Bag Small is made from a smooth, waterproof fabric and completed with a webbing grab handle and a water-repellent zipper.
14. Poketo Slim Pen
Poketo Slim Pen $8 - Our sleek ballpoint pens write as smooth as they look. They have a long and lean shape and weighty feel that sits great in your hand. Pens are some of the most important items to have at work, whether at home or at the office. Because most of us use our laptops daily, when we need a pen, they’re usually nowhere to be found!
A slim pen from Poketo won’t only allow your employees to take proper notes in a comfortable way, but it won’t break your bank, and that’s certainly a point to consider.
To conclude, if you want to make your clients and employees feel valued and appreciated with a beautiful item, this is one of the personalized business products you can get them.
15. Custom Crew Socks
Custom Crew Socks $15 - The Combed Cotton Crew is our most popular branded sock for a reason; it can be customized for any purpose. Unisex design, one size fits most capability, casual and dress sock applications - it truly is a sock that anyone can wear. Customize your sock top to toe, and add custom packaging for a truly branded look.
16. Classic Diner Mug
Classic Diner Mug $8 - Vintage Style Retro Diner Coffee Mug made with heavy-duty ceramic construction. The mug is chip resistant and will withstand everyday use. Whether they like to drink coffee or tea during their break at work or after diner at home, this is the best
17. Sugarfina x Pressed Juicery Gummy Bears
Sugarfina x Pressed Juicery Gummy Bears $3.50 to $14 - Our fan favorite "green juice" gummy bears are back by popular demand! Inspired by Pressed Juicery's greens juice, these fat-free, non-GMO, all-natural gummy bears are infused with apple, lemon, ginger and greens, with 30% less sugar than traditional gummy bears plus vitamins A and C. Packaged in a large Sugarfina juice bottle, you can get your daily bear boost on-the-go, one sweet little bite at a time. It's a better-for-you treat you can feel good about!
18. Eco Lunchbox
Eco Lunchox Three-in-One Classic $36 - Our Three-in-One is a three-piece nesting bento lunch box set. This nifty bento container makes it easy to pack a variety of foods and keep them all separate - and safe from squishing! Our Three-in-One is perfect packing a healthy entree and two side dishes.
19. Jam Bluetooth Speaker
Jam Chill-Out Bluetooth Speaker $30 - The Chill Out is compact enough to fit in the palm of your hand, you can take it anywhere you go (it’s even waterproof). With a Bluetooth® range of up to 30 meters/100 feet and up to 8 hours of playtime, you won’t need to get up for a while.
20. Custom Cotton Camper Hat
Custom Cotton Camper Hat $30 - Made from premium cotton twill, this one’s a year-after-year all-weather must in the perfect palette of colors.