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    Essentials Tips for Corporate Gift Buying

    Buying the perfect corporate gifts for your clients has never been easier with the availability of products through GiftTree.com. However, with the vast selection of gift ideas comes a dizzying assortment of choices. Before you set out to find the perfect corporate gift for your clients, know some essentials of corporate gift buying and organize yourself accordingly. Here are few tips to help you out.

    Check Your Customers Corporate Policies: Many companies and government offices will have a gift policy limiting the dollar value of a gift or prohibiting gifts. Be sure to check with your recipients to determine the limitations of gift giving so they don’t have to return the item.

    Check Company Gift Caps: Your Company may have limits on how much you can spend on each client or customer. Get your budget together and number of gifts required before inquiring with gifting companies. It can also help to create a tier of price ranges so you know how much you can spend for each client. Do not forget to inquire about bulk discounts. Some companies offer them, some don’t. It never hurts to ask!

    Know your Client: Knowing what to buy a corporate client is the biggest challenge of business gift buying. It’s difficult to know your clients on a personal level in many cases. The best bet is to call your customers and ask them what they like, their hobbies, etc., to give you a great idea of what to buy. On the other hand, go with a gift that contains a little bit of everything. This is where our gift baskets can be so convenient; they have a little bit of everything and in every price range.

    Consider Cultural Differences: Be Aware that each country and culture will have their own rules for corporate gift buying. For instance, in China, a gift should never be wrapped in white since it symbolizes death. Also, find out if you should be putting Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays or just a simple thank you on the gift cards.

    Go for Quality: Any business gift you send reflects on the image of your company. Avoid lower quality gifts that can impair your image. Purchase quality products without breaking your budget.

    Hand Written Salutations: It is far too easy in this day and age to simply send a card with your gift and signature. For a more lasting impression, add a hand written note sharing your thoughts. Here at GiftTree for large corporate orders we will add you hand written cards.

    Spend on Packaging: As important as choosing the right corporate gift for your client is the packaging of the gift itself. This again is where gift baskets can make a big impression. Not only are our containers unique they are often reused or kept as keepsakes once the goodies are gone. Regardless, spend the time and money on the wrapping to reflect your value on client relationships. If you lack the talent for gift-wrapping or have no time, use the many gift-wrapping services available from retailers and shopping malls.

    Know IRS Deductions: Business gifts in the U.S.A. are tax deductible up to $25 per person for the tax year. This does not include incidentals such as packaging or mailing the gift. The type of business structure (i.e. partnership) you have can be subject to different rules. Be sure to review the IRS Publication 463.

    Last Minute: Finally yet importantly, do not wait until the last minutes! Many companies run out of stock or have limited quantities later in the season. Don’t let your competitor get all the good stuff.

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