10 end-of-the-year gifts for clients

10 End-of-The-Year Gifts For Clients That Create Returning Customers

Want to find the perfect holiday gifts for clients? There are literally thousands of promotional items to choose from, and that’s on our site alone. How do you know what to choose that’s not overdone and is appropriate for your industry?

You think outside the box. What will someone appreciate and actually use? We all have junk drawers at home full of things we’ll never look at again.

Don’t be the business that gives your consumer something well-meaning but useless. Wow them with the creative gift ideas below.

1. Hot/Cold Pack

You know those winter days where it feels like you can’t get warm no matter what you do? Maybe you want to throw something in a bag with your extra clothes so they aren’t icy when you change into them.

What do you do? Well, you could pile on the blankets or just wrap your clothes and hope for the best. OR, you could provide yourself and your clients a hot/cold pack that travels easily and holds heat.

They’re not singular use either – they’re hot and cold packs, so they’re perfect to throw in a cooler or to heal a bump on the head. Choose from classic square shapes, ducks, footballs, hearts, earth shapes – whatever makes sense for your business.

Brose our 129 options here and let us know what you like! We’re always open to suggestions, so if you don’t see the hot/cold pack shape you want, contact us to let us know what you’re looking for!

2. A Company Mug

Do you want to gift someone something they’ll use every day? What better branding exposure is there than that? You can send them a mug with your logo and they’ll see it every day.

You can choose between classic ceramic mugs, to go cups, thermos models – whatever your heart desires. Want to throw a hot chocolate packet and some marshmallows in once you get your cups? We even sell mugs that have spoons built in.

The colors and models you choose are up to you, just make sure you keep one for yourself and make a cozy cup of whatever to celebrate your clever promotional item choice!

3. A Portable Charger

Everyone is on their smartphones nowadays, like always. And the batteries always seem to be dying! Even if you buy a phone model with a long life, a year in you’ll notice the charge doesn’t last as long.

Or maybe you forgot to charge it overnight and now are heading into work with 28%. That’s when a portable charger comes in handy. We like to keep ours plugged into the car charger, then throw it in the console until we need it.

We can use the car charger until we get to work, or just grab the fully charged battery out of the car. The only trick with this is – you have to remember to recharge the portable battery.

You can easily get these portable batteries logoed or printed with a personalized message. They come in different strengths.

They’re usually one, two, or three charges. Some high-cost models can be up to a five charge cycle. Even one charge can save someone’s digital life, so don’t fret if that’s all you budgeted for.

4. Passport Protectors

Gone are the days where protecting your passport just meant not losing it. Now you need to worry about someone digitally stealing the information.

It’s a scary world out there. To avoid scammers who steal your identity, there are things called RFID blockers. You put them around your passport and they block out the technology criminals use.

They’re often leather-like and look like a normal passport cover. This makes a great gift for any international clients, especially those who have more travel to see you in the future.

You can have them stamped with your name, though we’d avoid putting your logo right on the front. Maybe leave your logo for the inner cover.

You can get basic models or those that have credit card holders and money pockets. If you go that route – remember it’s bad luck to give a wallet with no money in it. Even a dollar will do!

5. Travel-Friendly Snacks

One of the best client gifts we ever got were pre-packaged snacks. Yes, it’s a lot of packing, but they were nuts and things with enough packaging that we could throw them in the glove box and forget about them.

Then one day, when hunger struck, we were ready. They also make a good replacement for airplane snacks.

6. A Themed Food Basket

Instead of sending the same thing everyone does – ultra packaged snacks and cookies that taste like cardboard, get something that all goes together.

This box is a themed box with tea, coffee, and cups. They’re all coordinating in color and flavor.

It looks like something we would actually integrate into our pantries, and not just toss and forget about in its original packaging.

7. Tea and Coffee

Speaking of gifts for the pantry, do you know how many crazy coffee flavors there are out there? This coffee brand has something called unicorn – which we have no idea the flavor of.

You can easily order coffee flavor samplers for clients to give themselves a kick in the morning. If you want to be even more helpful, look for a quality brand of instant coffee.

Send your instant coffee pack with a to-go mug and you have the perfect client gift for someone who’s always on the go.

8. Waterproof Phone Case

You know the panic that happens when you drop your phone in a puddle, spill a cup, or drop it in the pool? We all get that – no matter our age, shape, or phone model preference.

If you run some sort of technology company or your clients are the adventure seeking types, our waterproof phone bags are an appropriate client gift. They’re logoed with your company information, but not in a place where your client can’t read their phone.

Now instead of having to worry about their margarita sweating onto their phone, they can drink by the pool with ease of mind.

Not worried about watery phone situations? We offer other phone accessories. Do you run a fitness company? Check out this water bottle with a phone holder built in.

Phone mounts for the car, chargers, even lanyards that hold your phone and wallet at the same time! We’ve got you and your client’s smartphone accessory needs covered.

9. A Nice Pair of Headphones

This one got a little trickier with the invent of air-pods, but everyone needs a good pair of headphones.

If they have the new iPhone and can’t use them – they can always gift them to someone else. If you want to be 100% safe, get them a gift card to Bose or Beats so they can pick model-specific buds.

Look for something noise canceling and Bluetooth. Many people are leaning towards the over-ear types now, as long as they’re Bluetooth enabled.

If you want to get earbuds, they can be Bluetooth too – even if they don’t have an iPhone. Make sure they have silicone covers so that your gift doesn’t hurt the inside of your client’s sensitive ears.

10. A Charitable Donation

Let’s say you don’t feel comfortable sending your client a material gift. Can you make a small donation to a relevant charity in their name?

It’s always a nice surprise to get an email from an organization you care about, with information on how “you” are helping their cause.

You can also choose things through Heifer, which are both things and gifts. For example, $10 maybe buys a flock of chickens for a family in Africa (current prices vary).

You are giving someone something – but it’s not a gift that will go unused. It’s something you can both feel good about and it adds value to the world.

If you’re the kind of person who wants to donate to charity, great. We won’t tell your client that you’re doing it a little bit for the tax write-off.

Gifts for Clients: Your Choice

Whether you choose something simple like a portable charger or something creative like a donation – your client will be thankful for your kindness. So thankful in fact that they’ll return as your customer and hopefully refer friends.

Your gifts for clients should match who you are as a business, so put some thought into it. There are pages upon pages of choices for promotional items – so don’t rush.

You’ll find the perfect thing that sends your client home with a smile and the will to come back.

Speaking of coming back – what can our business send you?

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Patrick Black
patrick@perfectimprints.com

Patrick Black, MAS, is the founder of Perfectimprints.com and has been in the promotional products industry helping businesses and organizations since 1999. When not geeking out over the newest and greatest promotional items, you can find him paddleboarding at the beach or hanging out by the pool with his wife, three kids, and his basset hound in Fort Walton Beach, FL.