Yes, there is no straight set of rules for corporate gift giving because it is what it is, a casual event that should go on like a normal part of everyday life. But then again, everything has rules, written, unwritten, spoken or not. There will always be some guidelines that will always keep things in order. |
Wouldn't want to be taken away by those guys above now right? So here are some simple rules to follow to master the act of corporate gift giving.
1. Consider the Law
No one is above the law, everybody knows that. So before going outside that door and giving someone a gift. Be sure to know about the laws of the government as well as the corporate laws that protects your recipient. It's always better to be safe than sorry, which could end up in two ways - your gift being rejected or...
Wouldn't want both to happen right? then read up on some laws and policies before pushing forward.
2. Make that corporate gift PERSONAL.
I'm not asking you to go get your recipient something to profess your admiration for him/her. Just get them something that you know they can use every time in some of the tasks that they do on a day to day basis. Something like a flash drive, a notebook, or an organizer if he's the sort of the person that keeps things wherever he fancies.
Make it more personal by adding a simple message to your recipient like "thanks for the lunch" or "best colleague ever" it's a sure fire way to make your recipient feel better. because nothing is better than a personalized gift other than a message to go with it.
And since we're talking about personalization...
3. Be practical
Nobody wants to read a message that they will have to read for the next two three hours. Sure, you could tell your recipient every good thing about her as well as the story of how you got to be friends but a message is a message. It has to be short and it has to be sweet. Make it meaningful, a good paragraph will always strengthen the corporate ties of two persons together. Not only does it carry meaning, it also gives him enough time (and energy) to open that gift you gave them. After all, anyone who receives a long letter that comes with a gift will be too bored to open that gift after reading that letter and that means time is lost, and when it comes to corporate gifts time is very important.
Keith Perena works as an article writer for the website BigGifting.com, a Dubai based company for Corporate and Promotional Gift Items.
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