Unisex Corporate Retreat Gift Crates by Artisan Gifting Business Marigold & Grey

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

It’s true that we started out as wedding welcome gift business back in 2014 but we quickly realized that corporations desire the same level of custom gift design for corporate events, corporate retreats, and corporate holiday gifts as well. Not to mention, they want the heavy weight of gifting lifted off of their shoulders so they can focus on whatever it is they do best!

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

It’s true that corporate gifts are typically more unisex, or even lean masculine, and can be drastically different aesthetically from the gift bags and gift boxes we design for our wedding planners and couples. But we absolutely love the variety that our corporate projects bring and fully embrace unisex and masculine projects! Speaking of unisex gifts, I’m excited to tell you all about one of our favorite projects from 2017 for Ensemble Health Partners’ corporate retreat at the Paws Up Resort in Montana. We selected rugged pine crates and aimed to fill them with locally-inspired items to welcome their clients to town and kick off the retreat on a good note!

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

We included a cedar coaster set with the state of Montana engraved on each coaster along with local jam, rustic trail mix, locally-sourced Bequet caramels, and metal wine tumblers featuring the logo of the resort! While all of these items are amazing and would delight almost anyone showing up to a corporate event, I personally believe that the custom welcome letter is just as impactful as the snacks, sweet treats and keepsakes. In this case, the paper element was a short note from the CEO along with a motivational Henry Ford quote. We made sure that the letters were branded with our client’s logo and featured their exact branding colors to remain consistent with all other marketing collateral they’d be receiving throughout the event.

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

The welcome letters were positioned inside the crates and we designed branded gift tags for the outside of each gift, again, featuring their logo to keep the gifts looking professional and polished even though they’re not the typical “corporate swag” one might expect to receive at a work event.

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography; Paper: Just Write Studios

And for the last finishing touch! We sourced ribbon in their branding colors to close off the crates. Again, keeping things in line with the brand adds a level of professionalism yet the gifts still look and feel thoughtful and personal.

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

We absolutely love how these turned out and from what we hear, the recipients were delighted. Music to my ears! Let us know what you think of this gift design in the comments.

For more information on our Custom Gift Design Service, visit here. We’d love to learn more about your upcoming event and how we might be able to help make gifting a whole lot easier!

Custom Client Gifts for Midwest Wedding Photography Business Kelly Grace Photography

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

When Kelly of Kelly Grace Photography came to us for help designing custom client gifts, she expressed her desire to make her couples feel special since, after all, weddings are special. We were super excited to curate gifts that express her soft, romantic, authentic brand!

Image: LIssa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Since Kelly’s clients tend to opt for outdoor weddings in natural settings, we intentionally selected packaging that was somewhat earthy with plenty of texture. Woven baskets were a great fit! In keeping with her brand, we kept the color palette soft with plenty of lavender. We chose small batch coffee, lavender bath salts, lavender sachets, and even lavender tea cookies!

Image: LIssa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

For something special that her clients can use long after the wedding is over, we created custom mugs featuring an expression that resonates with Kelly: “all you need is love and coffee.” Also great to accompany the coffee that we selected for her gifts.

Image: LIssa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

For printed materials, we custom designed gift tags with a short and sweet welcome message along with her gorgeous logo, tied on with lovely raw edge ribbon. In lieu of a traditional welcome note inside the gift, we instead included Kelly’s wedding guides she created to help prepare her clients for their engagement session as well as the wedding day. The guides were absolutely gorgeous on the baskets and really tied everything together perfectly!

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

What do you think of Kelly’s client gifts? Do you feel they accurately represent her brand? Let us know in the comments! We’d love to hear from you.

For more information on our Custom Gift Design Service, visit here! We’d love to learn more about your client gifting goals and see if we can help!

Custom Client Gifts for Oahu, Hawaii-Based Wedding Photographer Lindsey Roman

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

Oh my goodness, I love these custom client gifts I’m about to share with you! Our wedding photographer client Lindsey of Lindsey Noel Photography (now since rebranded to Lindsey Roman) described her brand to us during the initial phase of our gift design process as “emotional, adventurous and authentic” and it’s no coincidence that the clients she books are much of the same. She describes them as laid back and adventurous. They love to travel and explore while at the same time enjoy coffee shops and snuggling at home with Netflix. So once I heard this and took note of her merlot, black and blush color palette, I immediately knew the direction we needed to go in for her custom client gifts boxes!

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

We selected sturdy kraft boxes for a slightly rugged and unisex feel. We included our signature Mr & Mrs mugs for a bridal-inspired touch while still remaining appropriate for both the bride and groom. We also included fresh coffee beans to accompany the coffee mug set (again, think Netflix and chill) and even used elements of Lindsey’s branding for the coffee packaging. For example, the phrase “for the wild and wonderful” is used throughout her website and so we wanted to carry this through to these curated gift boxes as well for cohesive messaging.

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

To continue the outdoorsy, adventurous feel we included artisan trail mix in matching kraft packaging. And now for my absolute favorite part of all…the custom tea towels! We included one of Lindsey’s favorite bible verses along with some patterns from branding on the towels, specifically “I have found the one whom my soul loves. Song of Solomon 3:4”  This sentiment is absolutely perfect for a couple about to embark upon marriage and not only that but the tea towel will serve as a sweet reminder of their engagement for years to come.

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Custom logo gift tags were created for the outside of the boxes (Just Write Studios) and affixed with gorgeous raw edge merlot ribbon. Last but not least, we included custom stationery inside each box. Each note began with “Hey loves” which definitely reflects Lindsey’s laid back and comfortable nature, one that I’m sure puts all of her clients at ease throughout the entire wedding planning process all of the way up to wedding day.

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Lindsey’s hope was that the gifts would reaffirm in her clients’ minds that they had chosen the best, most thoughtful photographer for them. With the boxes matching her brand aesthetic and vibe, my hope is that we accomplished this for her all while taking the heavy lifting off gifting completely off of her shoulders. We drop-shop each box directly to her clients as soon as they book with her, making it easy for her to focus on what she does best…photography!

For more information on our Custom Gift Design Process for client gifts, please reach out here! We’d love to hear from you and help you express your brand in the form of a gift!

Custom Corporate Gift Boxes For DC-Based Company Fiscal Note

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

When Fiscal Note reached out because they wanted us to create custom client gift boxes to reflect their DC roots, we knew we had to be a part of it. We love creating gifts that tell the story of a business, especially if it has to do with our city, while also spoiling the recipient with tastefully branded treats.

The goal was to select locally-made items so the gifts would have an authentic DC feel. Due to the large number of items involved, we selected white fold-over boxes as the gift packaging. We then commissioned custom logo cookies from Sugar Studio.

We then included a set of artisan chocolates with various DC monuments imprinted on each along with a bag of dried cinnamon apples and a bag of trail mix from District Juicery. Lastly, we added a bar of DC-themed chocolate.

To finish off the gifts, we added a custom thank you note designed by Just Write Studios. We tied the box together with a purple satin ribbon and custom logo gift tag, resulting in unique and impactful gifts while still remaining polished and professional.

We love telling the story of a company through gifts! For more information on our design process for corporate events and corporate client gifting, please reach out via our contact page. We’d love to learn more about your gifting goals and find out how we can help!

Custom Corporate Gift Boxes for Arizona Conference

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

If you know anything about us, you know we love when gifts play double-duty. These corporate holiday gifts held two very important purposes – to wish Hirtle & Callaghan clients happy holidays and to encourage them to attend the firm’s January conference in Arizona.

For this gift, we needed to blend a holiday gift with some desert flair. We chose a kraft box with burgundy, black and white colors to keeps the gifts as masculine as possible while still having a warm look and feel that will immediately remind recipients of Arizona.

Inside, we selected four high-impact items to make a statement. We commissioned custom black-and-white cactus cookies from Sugar Studio and sourced tortilla chips and salsa from local Arizona brands. To finish it off, we added a live succulent to each gift.

For the custom note, we opted for a card from Just Write Studios inside the gift with the phrase ‘Arizona Awaits’ and a personal note from the company. Outside the box, we used silky merlot ribbon with a gold ‘happy holidays’ tag.

In addition to wedding welcome gifts and social gifts for all occasions, we love creating versatile gifts that make a statement for our corporate clients. Not only do we mirror the aesthetic of our clients’ events, but they also need to be useful to the recipients. It’s a balancing act and we’re always up for the challenge. For more information on Custom Gift Design Service, please inquire HERE.

4 Tips for Making Corporate Swag Feel More Personal

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

You’ve probably heard us say a bazillion times that we strongly believe corporate event gifts don’t have to be boring. They truly can have the same thoughtful, unexpected elements as, let’s say, wedding welcome gifts or even bridal party and groomsmen gifts. Here are a few of our top tips for making corporate swag feel more personal…

Logo in Moderation

What’s the first thing people think of when they think of traditional corporate swag? Usually it’s the corporate logo. Typical corporate gifts have the logo plastered on anything and everything both inside and outside of the gift. We’re here to say that sometimes less is more and using the logo in moderation often elevates the gift beyond typical corporate swag and gives it more of a warm, inviting feel.

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Useful Items 

If you’re welcoming attendees to a corporate event with a custom gift, try and only include items which are useful and appropriate for the event at which they’re attending. The gift will feel more relevant and thoughtful this way. For example, if the event is a workshop, then a branded hardback journal with a nice pen is a thoughtful, appropriate gift that the recipient will put to use right away. If it’s a sales meeting in a tropical location, then suntan lotion and sunglasses inside the swag bags would be amazing whereas ones of those denim shirts with the embroidered logo…not so much. You get the idea!

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Welcome Note

No matter what type of event it is, if you’re doing welcome gifts, then we highly recommend some sort of custom welcome note inside the gift. You want to put a hospitable voice behind the gesture even if the note is short and sweet. This is also a great spot to include the corporate logo in the notecards for a polished, professional finish to the gift boxes.

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

CEO Signature

Speaking of welcome notes, we are huge fans of obtaining the CEO’s digital signature (or whomever is hosting the event) and including this at the end of the welcome message. This takes the welcome note to a whole new level. After all, someone’s personal signature is far more personal than their name in regular, everyday font. We’ve done this with numerous custom gift projects of ours and always receive positive feedback.

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Really hope these tips are useful! For more information on our Custom Gift Design Service for corporate event gifts or to let us know what you think of these ideas, please visit HERE. We’d love to hear from you!