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!

Top Client Appreciation Gift Designs of 2017

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

The absolute best part of owning a small business is working with other small business owners to help them grow their businesses. I love the challenge that comes with expressing a business owner’s brand in the form of a gift. It brings me joy to know that not only are we helping them improve their client experience, but we’re also taking the heavy lifting of gifting off their shoulders so they can get back to focusing on the core of their own businesses and doing what they’re best at.

I’m SO excited to share with you our Top Client Gift Designs of 2017…here we go!

Navy & White Client Gift Boxes for the LA Galaxy

Between the project we did for the Anaheim Ducks and these for the LA Galaxy, we were beginning to think that 2017 was the year of the sports teams! We took inspiration from their branding colors, navy and white, and also included touches of gold to play off the yellow in their logo. The idea was to create traditional food and drink centered gifts featuring artisan coffee and hot cocoa, branded mugs, and small batch biscotti by Buttercream Bakeshop. We used flowy navy ribbon by Torn & Tied along with custom branded gift tags by Just Write Studios to finish off the crisp, traditional white gift boxes.

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

 Modern Gift Boxes for DC Wedding Planner Caroline Dutton Events

DC area wedding planner Caroline Dutton of Caroline Dutton Events wanted help creating custom holiday gifts for her clients that would accurately reflect her brand and we were happy to jump in! In order to achieve a clean, modern, classic look reflective of her style, we selected black gift boxes with striped grosgrain ribbon and branded gift tags. Contents included useful home decor items such as gold foil holiday post-it notes, grey and white tea towels, along with an artisan candle. Custom, branded holiday notecards were included for a festive, personal touch. Fresh pine and pine cones finished off this seasonal look.

Image: Elizabeth Fogarty Photography

Image: Elizabeth Fogarty Photography

Image: Elizabeth Fogarty Photography

Image: Elizabeth Fogarty Photography

Wellness-Inspired Gift Crates for CREC

CREC manages commercial real estate properties in Miami and Ft Lauderdale and every year, each location loves gifting their tenants for the holidays. Their corporate culture embodies health and wellness so naturally they wanted to reflect these core values in the gifts. We used pine crates for a fresh, natural vibe and in addition to chocolates and peanuts, we also included healthier options such as pears, dried kiwi, tea and sparkling water. Custom logo gift tags and insert notecards finished off the gifts along with bright red, festive ribbon!

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

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Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Spa-Inspired Client Gift Boxes for Ribbon & Ink

Katie Durski, founder and owner of Ribbon & Ink, has been a client of ours from the very beginning and I’ve loved being a part of her evolving brand and her gifting program as well. For her most recent gift design, Katie asked us to create a spa-like experience for her clients along with providing some elements for styling since, after all, she does branding and web design for creative entrepreneurs. Perhaps you recall seeing these when we shared them earlier this year here? We chose crisp white boxes and filled them to the brim with relaxation items such as bath bombs, a candle, a tin of tea and an entire spool of Torn & Tied ribbon. We incorporated the Ribbon & Ink logo on the gift tag as well as adorable little tea cups.

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Wedding Photographer Gift Boxes for Anny Photography

Ann Hoang, owner and founder of Anny Photography, is another client we are proud to say has been with us since we first opened our doors in 2014. As Ann’s brand has evolved, so have her gifts. She has gone from a more feminine, playful look to a much more neutral, soft and sophisticated look. It was such a joy completely reconfiguring her curated gift boxes this year by selecting crisp white boxes, a set of his and her vow books, Mr & Mrs mugs, and an artisan candle. Gold foil “congrats” tags and flowy taupe ribbon finished off the look!

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

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Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Mortgage Banker Gift Boxes for Fidelity Mortgage

Confession. These next gifts were designed for my very own Mom. But I’m not being biased, they truly ARE a favorite. As a mortgage broker, the goal was to create custom gifts that could be sent to her clients immediately upon closing on their new home. We selected kraft gift boxes for a comfortable, home-like vibe and filled it with an artisan candle and matches, a neutral tea towel, a small batch soap and lotion set and last but not least, a custom “Home Sweet Home” cookie in the shape of a house, by Sugar Studio. We included the Fidelity Mortgage logo on each gift tag and printed her license number just below it to remain compliant with the use of the logo.

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 “Better Together” Client Gift Boxes for AIA

Whoa. This particular project was a challenge. In fact, I almost didn’t accept the project because I was concerned it wasn’t necessarily the right fit. But in reality, I was afraid that we would fail since the aesthetic wasn’t our norm and so once my team assured me it could be done from a logistical standpoint, I got over my nerves and we pushed forward! It really forced us out of our comfort zone and big time. The client wanted gifts in a black, white and grey color palette (only) and we weren’t allowed to use any basket fill to secure the items so we ended up learning how to use foam in lieu of basket fill. Not only that, but the items had to be in-line with their “Better Together” marketing campaign so the items not only had to be on-brand color-wise but also had to go together in thematic pairs. We came up with Sugarfina Pale Ale Pints and Virginia peanuts for “beer and nuts”. We used tupelo honey and small tea tins for “tea and honey”. We used an artisan candle and match box for “candle and matches”. Despite the challenges, this project delighted the client and has ended up being one of the projects we are most proud of in the history of Marigold & Grey!

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Aqua & Red Holiday Gift Boxes for Parrish Orthodontics

Parrish Orthodontics has multiple locations in their large practice and receive referrals from countless dentists in the area. Naturally when the holidays roll around, they want to do something nice to thank the referring dentists for all for the patients they’re sending their way. This year, Parrish wanted to do something unique and fun that would get people’s attention and stand out amongst all the other gifts coming through the door in December. We used the aqua in their branding and paired it with bright red for a fun, festive spin on the traditional holiday red and green. We included a trio of gourmet cookies, holiday themed chocolates by Chouquette, Virginia peanuts and an artisan candle in a spruce scent. But the most unique part of all…custom cookies in the shape of a tooth with braces. Just love what Sugar Studio came up with for these! Custom logo gifts tags by Just Write Studios and red ribbon finished off the look.

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

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Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Washington DC-Inspired Gift Boxes for Pike Productions

When Bruce Pike, owner and founder of DC-area Pike Productions, was looking for custom gifts for his local DC clients, we immediately knew we wanted to take these gifts in a local-to-DC direction! Contents included cedar coaster sets etched with the neighborhoods of DC, Compass Coffee, DC monument chocolates and more. We finished the gifts off with logo gift tags and deluxe black satin ribbon.

Image: Jen S Photography

Image: Jen S Photography

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Image: Jen S Photography

Traditional Holiday Gift Boxes for Childress Klein

Commercial real estate firm Childress Klein wanted to send holiday gifts to their clients that would not only stand out, but also delight their recipients! We kept the curated gift boxes food-focused and used a traditional holiday palette of greens and golds. We selected deluxe white gift boxes to hold gourmet nuts, holiday chocolates, gourmet coffee chocolate bar and mint small batch cookies. Custom holiday notecards and matching logo gift tags were created. We finished them off with fresh greenery, pine cones and emerald ribbon by Torn & Tied.

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Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Organic Gift Boxes for Annie Ryan Photography

Last but definitely not least, I’m thrilled to feature these organic-inspired wood gift boxes we created for Annie Ryan Photography. It was important to Annie that upon booking a new couple, that she would send gifts that were intended for both the bride and groom, rather than just her brides. With this in mind, we opted for a Mr and Mrs mug set along with small batch Ceremony Coffee. We also included a large package of gourmet cookies for the Annie’s couples to share together. With the help of Just Write Studios, we created black and white logo gift tags along with custom welcome notes and finished each curated gift box off with a eucalyptus sprig silky taupe ribbon.

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Now that you’ve seen our lineup, we’re dying to know…which one is YOUR favorite and why? For my information on custom client gifting with us, visit HERE or email us at hello@marigoldgrey.com. We always love to hear from you!

Top Custom Corporate Event Gift Designs of 2017

Jamie Kutchman | Founder

Back in 2014, I started out designing welcome gifts for weddings but it has quickly expanded to welcome gifts for corporate events as well. I love the challenge of bringing thoughtful, personal touches to corporate event gifts and surprising the attendees with packaging and contents that are a far cry from the typical, boring, predicable corporate gift box they’re accustomed to seeing. This is exactly why I’m over-the-moon excited to share with you this year’s Top 10 corporate event gift designs! Here we go…

Anaheim Ducks

It’s not everyday that we get to gift professional hockey players and their significant others which is why we were elated to be asked by the Anaheim Ducks to come up with something really impactful for them to gift at their annual holiday party. This year’s theme was “winter wonderland” so we kept everything white with accents of black and grey to achieve a modern, unisex gift design that would coordinate perfectly with the party. We included engraved cedar coaster sets with the Anaheim Ducks logo, his and hers luxe mittens and gloves, an artisan candle, bubbly and last but not least, a set of hockey skate cookies by Sugar Studio. We finished off the deluxe white gift boxes with crisp white ribbon and gift tags with shiny gold foil (Just Write Studios) and the Ducks logo again.

Arizona Awaits

With a major event approaching, rather than gifting attendees at the actual event, we sent “Arizona Awaits” themed gifts on the client’s behalf ahead of the event to drum up interest and excitement! To achieve the Arizona look and feel, we included a modern spin on cactus cookies (Sugar Studio), local tortilla chips and salsa as well as large succulents. We finished them off with a custom welcome note on the inside (Just Write Studios) and silky merlot ribbon (Torn & Tied) on a ‘happy holidays’ tag on the outside.

Ensemble Health Montana Retreat

Ensemble Heath Partners was headed to Montana with both employees and clients for a cozy corporate retreat at Paws Up, a luxury resort and ranch. They wanted gifts to reflect the location and feel of the event and we were absolutely up for the challenge! We selected weathered grey wood crates for the packaging along with trail mix, Montana jam, Paws Up wine tumblers, locally-sourced caramels, and cedar Montana coaster sets. The gifts were given a professional touch with logo gift tags and custom welcome letters featuring a personal note from the company’s CEO. And since the event was held in December, fresh pine and pine cones served as seasonal accents.

Utah First Unisex Spa Gifts

When Utah First Credit Union came to DC for an event welcoming clients and employees, they wanted to treat their attendees to spa-themed gifts a few days into the conference. They were gifted on a particular day where there was a lot of walking around the city on the itinerary. While spa gifts tend to lean more towards the feminine, these gifts had to be completely unisex. We included bath salts, a travel candle with matches, and a cube of Sugarfina candy. We also had custom gift tags and a welcome note designed by Just Write Studios for that added personal touch! By the way, did I mention that any client with branding colors in marigold and grey are automatically our dream client?!

Cline Rose Business Birthday

When a small business owner makes it to their ten year business birthday, it is worthy of celebrating. This is especially true when they time a rebrand to coincide with this very same anniversary. And Joanna Abizaid, owner and founder of Cline Rose Designs, did just that. Our goal was to show off her fresh, new and white branding along with some both fun and useful items. We added her new logo to hardback journals. We also include real life succulents with adorable painted teracotta pots in blue and white! To emphasize Cline Rose’s milestone birthday, we selected confetti cookies by Buttercream Bakeshop and a little box of gold birthday candles.

Thermoseal

Thermoseal was elated to discover that they no longer had to put gifts together themselves or come up with any more creative ideas for gifting once they discovered they could outsource the entire process to us. This was an all-male corporate retreat at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Pennsylvania and we had a blast working with them on these ultra-masculine welcome gifts. There would be bird watching excursions, time by the outdoor fire pit and other outdoor activities so naturally, we opted for rustic wood crates filled with binoculars, artisan smore’s kits, Yeti tumblers for cocktail hour, Pennsylvania-made pretzels, flask-shaped water bottles and custom Nemacolin logo cookies. The crates were finished off with gift tags featuring the event logo along with deep navy ribbon.

Deutser

Deutser was responsible for planning several corporate retreats at the Salamander Resort in Middleburg, Virginia on behalf of their client, Phi Air Medical. With a mostly all-male attendee list, we needed something that leaned masculine but not overly-so since there would be a few ladies in attendance. We also wanted to highlight some Virginia items as well, to add to the feeling of a destination getaway for the guests. Perhaps you remember these from our post earlier this year? We selected kraft boxes for a natural feel along with Virginia peanuts and leather Virginia koozies. We also included water bottles in the shape of flasks for a nod to the outdoors. Custom logo gift tags and black satin ribbon incorporated the client’s branding while custom designed conference brochures served as a functional piece to let attendees know important itinerary info upon arrival to the resort. But the highlight of the gift boxes? Custom cookies in the shape of medical transport helicopters, done in the exact same color scheme as the Phi Air Medical fleet. (Sugar Studio)

Cognex

Cognex is a quirky, eccentric and fun-loving company. Let’s put it this way. Employees refer to themselves and one another as Cognoids. They reached out to us following their acquisition of six different companies in just ONE year. They were holding an event for all of those people instrumental in making the transitions successful and wanted the gifts to represent the various locations of the companies being acquired, both in the US and in Europe. Examples include Swiss chocolate, Colorado caramels, and German gingerbread. And for the best part? Because they develop software involving barcode readers, we couldn’t help but ask Sugar Studio for some “thank you” barcode cookies.

So, have we convinced you that corporate gifts don’t have to be boring? Let us know what you think. We’d love to hear which one is your favorite and why? For more information on our Custom Gift Design Service for corporate events, please visit here or reach out via hello@marigoldgrey.com.