Official Guide to Sending Corporate Holiday Gifts to Clients

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

You might wonder why I’m writing about holiday client gifts in June. Am I crazy?! Before you answer ‘yes’, not so fast! Holiday corporate gift boxes are a big investment, especially if you’ve been in business a while and have a large client list. It’s good to have several things decided upon before making a decision on what to buy and where to buy it so you’re not left scrambling come December. Believe it or not, it’s June and we are already discussing holiday gifts with our corporate clients and even getting started on custom gift design for them! With gifting, it’s always best to plan ahead.

Image: Elizabeth Fogarty Photography

Image: Elizabeth Fogarty Photography

Budget vs Recipient List

What comes first? The budget or the recipient list? It can be tempting to first create your recipient list. But first, before you do anything, establish your budget and then set that aside. You’ll come back to it later!

Once you have your budget, establish your client recipient list. Do you include ALL of your clients or just your top clients? This will usually depend on the budget you have set. But, it’s always good to have your budget established first so you can then work the recipient list from there. Once you have the list finalized, bump it up against the budget and see if the budget you set is realistic. If not, then expand the budget or begin cutting the list. If you must cut the list (sometimes a very tall task!!), try and cut it based on some sort of measurement. For example, it could be based on the amount of business you’ve done with this client over the last year. This might seem cold or not in the holiday spirit, but you must have some sort of concrete way to eliminate people from the list or you’ll drive yourself crazy trying to decide who stays and who goes. If you’re still unable to cut the list, which by the way happens to me every year when we do our own clients gifts, you can consider creating a lower-tier gift and a higher-tier gift to make sure everyone is covered and budget remains somewhat in tact.

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Timing

When advising our custom gift design clients, I recommend sending gifts as early in December as possible. Reason being…you want to make sure your client receives the gift. The earlier in December you send it, the higher the chances that they’ll actually receive it. Many people leave early in December for holiday vacation or they’re so flooded with gifts from others being sent to the office that you run of the risk of your gift being missed or not seeming as impactful. Or you think you can’t pull it together early, I also recommend bumping the gift send to early January and designing them as celebratory New Years gifts. Think about it this way…clients are rested from the holiday vacation and have returned fresh and ready to begin the new year. What a perfect time for them to receive a gift that will certainly stand out and get noticed!

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Client Demographics

Before deciding the gift contents, you’ll need to consider the gift recipients. Are they mostly male? Mostly female? Or a pretty even mix? Gear the gift contents around what most all of your clients will like and actually use. Gifts can definitely be unisex and still look festive and holiday chic! Or, if your client list is an even split and you’re feeling adventurous, you may consider coming up with a gift design for both male and female so that the gifts feel completely intentional and designed with the recipient in mind.

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Color Palette

At first it might seem impossible to send an on-brand gift for the holidays since not everyone’s branding colors are red and green. However, don’t panic! It’s very possible to create alternate color palettes that remain true to a brand while still having a holiday vibe. Think about wrapping paper, for example. There are countless non-traditional color combinations that still end up looking like the holidays. Blue and white. Aqua and red. (see below!) Pink and red. Green and gold. Red and grey. Black and white. Trust me, with a little creativity, any of these can work beautifully!

Image: Lissa Ryan Photo

Image: Lissa Ryan Photo

Vary the Contents

What’s the first thing you think of when you think of corporate holiday gifts? Probably a fruit basket or a basket containing tons of sweets, am I right? While food items are always appreciated, you should aim to vary the items so your gifts are as impactful as possible. For example, instead of just sending cookies and chocolates, you might also send some coffee to enjoy with the sweet treats. Or, if you’re sending a nice bottle of liquor, you might consider a set of cold drink stones. Not only are these items thoughtful and useful when put together,  they will serve as a reminder of your generosity throughout the new year and beyond. This also increases the likelihood that the gift recipient will be able to enjoy the gift. After all, not everyone likes sweets or they’re trying to avoid sweets, especially around the holidays when weight gain is a thing!

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Distribution

Make a decision on how the gifts will be distributed. Will they be created and shipped directly to you in bulk to personally gift to your clients? Or, do you purchase the gifts and drop ship directly to your recipients. It’s perhaps more personal to give the gifts in person. However, during the holidays, it’s unlikely that you’ll see everyone so better to get it off your list and make sure that everyone on your list receives one!

Image: Elizabeth Fogarty Photography

Image: Elizabeth Fogarty Photography

Theme

When I say “theme” I don’t mean it in a cheesy way. I more mean that every item in the gift should make sense in relation to the others. In other words, try to find items that seem to have a purpose when put together. For example, if you find a gorgeous tin of hot chocolate, the natural next step might be to include a mug to go along with the hot cocoa and make it that much more usable. Then maybe a snack that compliments these items such as gingersnap cookies, biscotti or shortbread.

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

 

The holidays can be stressful enough. There’s no need to wait until the last minute when you can begin making decisions on these points ahead of time. I promise you you’ll be happy you did!

For more information on our Custom Gift Design Service for holiday corporate and client gifting, please visit here. We’d love to help!

 

How to Curate a Father’s Day Gift Box by Artisan Gifting Business Marigold & Grey

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

Finding amazing Father’s Day gift ideas is tough so when Megan of District Desserts reached out to see if we wanted to partner on a Father’s Day Gift-Away including National’s baseball tickets, we knew we were in! We designed a masculine gift box around the baseball tickets and are giving the gift away to one lucky Instagram follower! Around here, we do gift-aways, rather than giveaways, because we believe it’s always better to gift than receive. If you’re the winner, we’ll drop-ship the gift to your recipient of choice! To enter the gift-away, follow @marigoldgrey and @districtdesserts on Instagram, like the post and comment why you should be the winner! Tag others for additional entries! The Gift-Away ends at noon EST on Monday, June 11, 2018. Winner will be announced on Tuesday, June 12.

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Father’s Day is the perfect chance to celebrate the best guy in your life! Whether its a biological dad, adoptive dad, grandfather, father to your children, or any man who has stepped up in your life, finding the perfect gift for someone so special can be hard! To make it a little easier, we came up with a little formula to build the perfect Father’s Day gift box and are so excited to share it with you!

Tickets

First, we started with tickets to the Nationals vs Orioles baseball game. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be baseball tickets. We also love the idea of concert tickets, movie tickets, theater tickets or even museum tickets. Where ever you choose, the important thing is that you are spending time together! Gifting experiences are equally as special as gifts containing actual “things”.

Snacks 

In keeping with the baseball theme, we added a bag of local peanuts. As another quick snack, we choose an EPIC Protein bar. But you could really opt for any savory snack such as popcorn or even trail mix!

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Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

 

Treats

The real show-stopper in this masculine gift crate is a pair of District Dessert’s custom baseball cookies. But let’s not also forget the bottle of Knob Creek bourbon and two boxes of masculine Sugarfina candy.

Useful Items

Lastly, we added a bar of men’s artisan soap and a pair of navy and red socks. It’s no coincidence that these are Nationals colors but if the guy in your life isn’t a Nats fan, no problem! You can color coordinate with virtually any sports team as there are countless options for multicolor mens socks these days. Have fun with it!

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Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

 

Voila! You’re ready to share the love with the guys in your life!

To check out our full collection of ready-to-ship Pre-Designed Gift Boxes for all occasions, head on over to our online shop. Gifts in the shop have no order minimums and are offered with free shipping.

Curated Gift Box Business Marigold & Grey Offers Mother’s Day Sale

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

Mother’s Day is almost here, and if you are anything like us, you know you need the perfect gift for any special lady in your life.  We believe that all mothers deserve to be celebrated every day, but especially on Mother’s Day.  Whether you’re a biological Mom, adoptive mom, stepmom, or mom-to-be. Whether you’ve mourned the loss of a child, born or unborn. Whether you’re missing your Mom who is no longer here. Whether you’re desperately longing to be a Mom or have stepped up to nurture others in need of mothering. We see you and we celebrate you.

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Starting today, while supplies last, any gift ordered from our online shop between now and Monday, May 7 will be 10% off and include FREE “Happy Mothers Day” greeting card and matching gift tag with the code ‘MOMLOVE’. As usual, each gift offers free shipping and a handwritten card inside each box.

While most all of our curated gift box designs are easily enjoyed by moms, here are a few of our favorites which are well-suited for Mother’s Day!

Deluxe Lavender

Photo by: Laura Metzler

Photo by: Laura Metzler

Many Thanks

Photo by: Laura Metzler

Photo by: Laura Metzler

Mom-to-Be (gender neutral, boy and girl)

Photo by: Laura Metzler

Photo by: Laura Metzler

Luxe Lavender

Photo by: Laura Metzler

Photo by: Laura Metzler

Honey Love

Photo by: Laura Metzler

Photo by: Laura Metzler

The Details

  • Gift card and gift tag quantities are limited so order soon! Once the cards and tags are gone, the “MOMLOVE” code will be deactivated and we will resume filling orders with the gift tags pictured with each gift in our online shop. Don’t worry! We will still handwrite a message of your choice to accompany each gift at no additional charge.
  • Online orders placed by Monday, May 7 should arrive in time for Mother’s Day for most all US shipping locations.

Interested in building a gift on your own? Check out our blog post from Mother’s Day last year here. We can’t wait to see all your wonderful gifts!

Artisan Gifting Business Marigold & Grey Announce Galentine’s Giftaway Winner

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

This year, we decided to forego the traditional Valentine’s Day route and celebrate our girlfriends instead! You may recall, we recently shared how to curate a Galentine’s Day gift box of your own and decided to host a gift-away for the box we created. In true Marigold & Grey fashion, we shipped the gift directly to the winner’s recipient of choice as a gift-away because we believe it’s always better to gift than to receive.

Okay, time to meet our winner! Congratulations to Jessica Rogers! Not only will she be gifting our Galentine’s Day box to her long-time bestie, Karley, she was kind enough to give us her thoughts on selecting her Galentine!

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What prompted you to enter Marigold & Grey’s Galentine’s Giftaway?

I’m a total M&G fangirl, constantly swooning over the gifts you specially curate.  When I saw the contents of this gift-away and the heart behind the idea, I knew I wanted to try and win for my best friend!

Tell us about the recipient you chose.

The recipient I chose is Karley, my best friend.  She is a nursing supervisor at a very busy hospital ER, but she would be happiest if you joined her while she decorated her house with all the best details, practiced pilates, read a good book, or drank coffee and ate macaroons while listening to the Andrews Sisters.  We met when we were 15 while dating best friends that she knew from high school and I knew from youth group.  Eventually, the guys broke up with us, but we have remained best friends all these years.  Even though we haven’t lived in the same state for more than 1 or 2 years at a time, she’s my dearest friend and we have consistently celebrated personal victories and encouraged each other through the really hard stuff.  Karley is fiercely loyal to her family and closest friends and I’m constantly amazed by her personal and professional accomplishments.

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What does your Galentine mean to you?

There aren’t many friends that stick with you through high school drama, college heartache, getting married, and having babies while living several states away, but Karley has.  I can tell her anything, share the scary and hard stuff, and know I will be listened to and loved at the end of it.  Many people would have drifted apart or called it quits long ago, but we didn’t and I’m so thankful.  I couldn’t ask for a better best friend!

Why do you want to celebrate her with this gift?

Karley is my best friend, but she has taken my entire family on as her own to love and care for.  I am so grateful to have her as the best honorary auntie to my little girls and for her thoughtful encouragement to me and my husband in our marriage.  She’s a generous and intentional gift giver to all of us and so I thought for once, she should be the recipient of such a well-curated gift!  I hope this is a special part of her Valentine’s celebration.  She deserves it!

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Thanks to everyone who participated. Stay tuned for another “giftaway” in the near future!

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.

How to Curate a Galentine’s Day Gift Box

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

If you’ve been in a grocery store recently (or any store, really), you know that Valentine’s Day is almost here. But instead of your run-of-the-mill Valentine’s Day gifts, here at Studio Marigold & Grey, we’re celebrating Galentine’s Day instead. It’s the perfect chance to show our love and appreciation for all the ladies in our lives and yours.  Okay, time for a little ‘how-to’ just in case you want to show some love to your best girlfriends in the form of a curated gift box. You know, our favorite love language!

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Image: Lissa Ryan Photography

Fun Mug

We love mugs but it can’t just be any mug. We searched high and low for the perfect progirl-power-yet-still-fun-and-feminine mug phrase and after countless examples of “ovaries before brovaries” and “uteruses before duderesses”, we almost gave up. But then it happened. We fell hard for this adorable “You’re The She To My Nanigans” Mug. Not a mug fan? Other great options include tumbler cups, travel coffee cups or even wine glasses. By the way, wine tumblers even come in stainless steel these days and we can’t get enough.

Beverage

To pair with your cup of choice, add a beverage. We chose to go with a bag of Ceremony Coffee in their signature black and white packaging. Tea, a great bottle of wine, or especially champagne would work perfectly as well.

Pajamas

Silky pajamas from Plum Pretty Sugar are the next item. We loved the adorable botanical print – perfect for a woman at any age. With tons of patterns and styles to choose from, you can find the perfect set for your bestie.

Bath Item

A Galentine’s Day gift wouldn’t be complete without a spa item. We chose mint julep bath scrub but any color-coordinated bath product would do as long as it smells amazing and actually does what it says it will do. Perfect for an evening of self-care!

Girly Candle

We selected a modern, floral-scented candle to provide a feeling of spring. A great smelling candle is the perfect addition to any spa-themed box.

Heart-Shaped Something

A Galentine’s Day gift wouldn’t be complete without a heart-shaped item. We selected a heart-shaped bath bomb with rose petals but truthfully, the possibilities are endless here.  It is the perfect addition to the spa-themed gift but anything with a fun Valentine’s day flair will do!

Gift Tag & Notecard

Don’t forget to add a customized gift tag and notecard to your gift. We dreamed up a classic black and white “XO” set by Just Write Studios. The best part about receiving a gift is knowing the thought behind it, so be sure to include a heartfelt, handwritten note.

Blooms

For a touch of traditional Valentine’s Day, don’t forget the blooms! We chose tulips for yet another nod to springtime. Once you tie the ribbon around the box, you can easily slide the stems underneath the ribbon and the florals act as part of the gift in addition to a gorgeous finishing touch!

Voila! You’re ready to share the love with the gals in your life! Be sure to check out our Instagram and Facebook in the next few days for our Galentine’s Giftaway announcement! Yup, you guessed it. We’re giving away the gift box you see in this post. And because we believe it’s always better to gift than receive, if you’re the winner, we’ll drop-ship the gift to your galentine of choice! Good luck!

To check out our full collection of Pre-Designed Gift Boxes for all occasions, head on over to our online shop. Gifts in the shop have no order minimums and are offered with free shipping!