Unique Corporate Gifts: 10 Ideas That Are Better Than a Gift Basket

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Corporate gifts are a thoughtful way to thank your hard working employees and loyal customers. 

Corporate gifts aren’t just for the holidays. They can be given on a number of different occasions, including: 

  • An important milestone or achievement, like landing a big client
  • Welcoming a new team member 
  • Thanking a client for their business
  • Celebrating a work anniversary or promotion
  • Thanking a business partner for a referral 

In addition to your colleagues and clients, recipients of corporate gifts can include new or repeat customers, mentors, building staff, and anyone who makes your business run smoothly. 

How to choose the perfect corporate gift 

When we think of corporate gifts, we tend to think of gift baskets or coffee mugs with company logos. While you can’t go wrong with either of those gifts, it’s always nice to add a personalized touch to show how much you care.

Choosing a corporate gift should be no different from a personal gift. Ideally, you’d want your recipient to use the gift on a regular basis, instead of relegating it to the back of their closet. 

Here are some things to consider when looking for the perfect corporate gift:

  • Practical. The best corporate gifts are functional and can fit into your recipient’s everyday routine. These are items that your employees or clients would actually use. 
  • Nice to look at. Corporate gifts should also be something that your employee or client would want to display on their desk or at home. Make sure to opt for an elegant or lovely design, or inject some color into your gift to give it more personality. 

And you don’t have to be a large company to participate in corporate gifting. There are plenty of affordable corporate gift ideas for small businesses and solopreneurs. You can give corporate gifts to thank clients, admin staff, and former clients who have referred your business to others.

Below is a roundup of unique and personalized corporate gifts to thank the people who have helped make your business a success.

1. Customizable YETI Rambler Water Bottle 

Encourage your employees and clients to stay hydrated with a customized water bottle. 

The YETI water bottle is definitely not your generic corporate water bottle. With its modern and sleek design, the YETI is a gift that your recipient would use with pride. 

The vacuum sealed bottle is perfect for work commutes or keeping at your desk. And with an easy-to-carry handle, your recipient can use it after work hours and bring it along for hikes, walks, and other outdoor activities. 

You can customize the water bottle by uploading a design, adding text, or monogramming it. 

2. Dashboard Spiral Deskpad

This weekly planner would be the perfect welcome gift for new team members. It would also make a thoughtful gift to celebrate an employee’s work anniversary or project milestone.

The Dashboard Deskpad features six Focus Areas to help your recipient manage multiple projects or clients in one singular view.

With its A4 size, the Dashboard Deskpad gives your recipient ample room to jot down their notes and tasks. It’s also small enough to tuck it into a bag and bring along to meetings. And the elegant cover would surely be displayed on their desk. 

3. Retro Tornado Classic Rollerball Pen

This beautiful pen is definitely an elevated take on the typical promotional pen. With a smooth lacquered surface and knurled twist top, the Retro Tornado Pen is a stylish gift that would impress an important client with classic taste. It would also make a meaningful corporate gift to celebrate a promotion or to thank your team for a job well done.  

4. A Gorgeous Flower Arrangement

Whether it’s to thank a partner for a client referral or to celebrate your team’s big win, a beautiful flower arrangement will brighten your recipient’s day.

You can get creative and choose flowers in your company’s colors. Or personalize it to reflect your recipient’s taste. Either way, they will love keeping these flowers in their space. 

5. Custom Running Shirt

Maybe there’s a company-wide running challenge for the new year or your team is running together in a marathon. Or maybe you’re looking for a fun onboarding gift for a new hire. A customized running shirt is a great way to build team spirit at the office.

You can customize the running shirt by adding a company logo or designing it in your brand’s colors. 

6. Personalized Coffee Mug With Team Photo

Yes, your employees already have plenty of coffee mugs with company logos. But why not personalize it with a team photo? A photo adds a unique touch and transforms a regular mug into a heartwarming memento.  

A personalized photo mug would make a thoughtful farewell gift or holiday gift. 

To round out the gift, you can also add a bag of nice coffee or a box of soothing tea

7. Gratitude Journal

Express your gratitude to your colleagues with a beautiful gratitude journal. Our Ink+Volt gratitude journal has introspective prompts that your recipient can do in the morning before work or in the evening to help them unwind. The stunning cover also makes this a gift that your recipient will cherish. 

Want to make this gift even more memorable? Pair it with a handwritten card that expresses how grateful you are to have them on your team. 

8. Pilot Explorer Fountain Pen

A fountain pen is a gift that conveys elegance and sophistication. With its sleek and matte metal finish, the Pilot Explorer Pen would make a stylish gift to celebrate an employee’s promotion or a holiday gift for your team or client. 

9. The Executive Notebook

Senior leaders and important clients can be so hard to shop for. You want to impress them with a nice gift but you also want to be mindful of your budget. 

The solution? A beautiful notebook designed by Ink+Volt and produced by Kunisawa, a beloved letterpress and printing company based in Tokyo.

This is a gift that will “wow” a client with even the most discerning taste. With its foil-gilded details, smooth buttery pages, and stunning craftsmanship, the Executive Notebook is a gift your recipient will treasure. 

10. One on One Spiral Notepad

Want to give a notebook that looks and feels luxurious? Enter the One on One spiral notepad. A luminous cover that comes in a variety of jewel tones, the One on One notepad is a great corporate gift for managers, teams, and new hires. 

Written by JiJi Lee
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