Fun Gifts to Give – Part 3 of 3

In my last two installments we discussed invitations and party favors. Today I want talk about gifts I love to give. During the holiday season we are so busy that even though we mean well we are always scurrying at the last minute to find gifts for my husband’s aunts, my sister and my brother. We always have our children’s gift shopping done the day after Thanksgiving, but somehow these other family members get lost in the shuffle. Almost by mistake I decided one year to give Selective Gift Booklets. These are usually used as employee and client gifts for many of the clients we represent, not just during the holidays but all year long as either a safety program or as an incentive program.

They are beautiful booklets filled with 80 name brand items. Each book comes in a different price point and pricing is not shown anywhere inside of the booklet. The books come in as low as $25 denominations, which includes a free gift card, the gift item and the shipping of the item to your recipient. Everyone loved their gift. My sister and brother asked that we send these booklets for each of their birthday and holiday gifts. They each were able to pick something out of the book that they wanted and may not otherwise have purchased for themselves had they had to spend their own money, and it made everyone, including me very happy.

Another great gift idea is our picnic and barbecue items. We have several customers who do actually give these during the holiday season, but any time of year is a good time to give this type of gift. I have given many of these for birthday gifts and for wedding gifts. Now, with the higher price of gas, many people are spending more time closer to home. If you have seen ads for Wal-mart recently, they are suggesting you turn your backyard into a vacation spot. So what would be a better gift to give than grilling items, or a picnic backpack complete with service for 4? And soon it will be football season. Both of these items would work great for tailgating. We even have a tailgate portable grill! Anything that would make the recipients life less complicated and more enjoyable is the right gift to give.

Everyone likes gifts that are nifty, especially if it is something they can use, but are unlikely to purchase themselves because it might be seen as more of a luxury item than a necessity. There are so many gift ideas out there, none of which need to feature your logo. A greeting card, with a heartfelt greeting will work just fine to place your name in front of the recipient and the use of the gift for years to come will be a warm remembrance of you and your thoughtfulness.