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Gift Ideas To Increase Productivity and Employee Satisfaction

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A great way to inspire productivity and employee satisfaction is by giving gifts. Not only are you showing your employees that you care (and thus increasing their loyalty) but carefully chosen gifts can also inspire or help employees to work harder.

Coffee / Tea
Before leaving home, most people have a cup of coffee or tea to wake themselves up for work. Giving your employees some good quality coffee beans or tea leaves as gifts is not only a good way to show your appreciation, it can also equip them for the day ahead.

Thermal Travel Mug
The Philippines is one of the highest-ranked countries in the world when it comes to traffic. So for people who live far away from their office, a travel mug is a godsend. It’s light, portable and can be filled with their drink of choice. Those in a hurry will appreciate having one if it means that they can bring along their coffee or tea while they drive or commute to work.

Stress Ball
Stress balls are deceptively simple but satisfying gifts to receive.

As we all know, work definitely isn’t a walk in the park. Sometimes, it can even cause us enough stress to induce anxiety. But as adults, we are no longer allowed to express such emotions in an overt manner.

And that’s where the stress ball comes in.

It releases the accumulated negative feelings inside you with none being the wiser. Afterwards, you can go back to “adulting” and doing your job well.

Notebooks
Ideas come and go, and sometimes the best ideas disappear as quickly as they come. Giving your employees some handy notebooks that they can carry around will help them keep track of any interesting ideas that might suddenly pop in their minds.

Another benefit to notebooks is the ability to keep track of things. Your employees can bring them along during meetings so that they can note down whatever changes, needs, or ideas come up during the discussion.
Personal Whiteboards
It’s cute, unique and useful. A small whiteboard on a standee on their desk is a great way to leave people messages. You can write down urgent news, invites, or greetings and it would be the first thing they’ll see when they arrive at the office. A simple anonymous good morning message is enough to brighten anyone’s day and get them raring to go.

Post-Its
Post-its are a great way to note down things quickly. The fact that they are bright is a plus as it makes it difficult to ignore them once they’re within your sights. So aside from adding color to your workplace, you and your employees can potentially use them to note down important reminders you need to remember.

It’s important that you show your employees that they are appreciated, and giving small gifts is just one simple way of showing them you care.

Common Gift Items and What They Can Say About Your Brand

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When choosing a gift, it is important to keep in mind that your recipients will associate whatever they receive with the gift giver. If they like it or find it useful, they’ll retain a good impression of your brand. Conversely, a badly thought-out gift could leave a negative impression and negate your previous efforts to win them over.

Aside from making a good or bad impression, different gift items can also say a lot about what your brand is about. It’s important to take this opportunity to cement your brand’s image in your clients’ mind.

With the wide variety of possible products to choose from, it’s not always easy to select the best item for your brand. To help you get started, we’ve listed down some common and practical ideas.

Tote Bags

Tote bags are a great gift idea if your product or service has something to do with the arts. Its relatively large size allows you to showcase your brand’s designing chops and the flexibility of what material to use gives you a measure of control over production costs. More importantly, it’s a practical gift that will surely be used especially by the environment conscious individual.

Umbrella

Large, sturdy umbrellas are a good promotional gift for your clients. In a tropical country like ours, umbrellas are always in demand and most people have one or two stored in the trunk of their cars in case of emergencies. Umbrellas also evoke a message of being prepared for temperamental weather;  and it’s the one gift you know your recipients will definitely keep!

Pouch

Depending on the material, pouches can send different messages. The overall size and design also play a big role in delivering what you want to say. A smallish femininely-designed pouch can be used to store essential make-up for on the go professionals, while a medium-sized canvas pouch can be used as a no-fuss lunch box.

Whatever the first impression a pouch delivers, its underlying message is always ‘stay organized’.

USB Storage Drive

You can never have too many USB storage drives. Students, office workers and even executives use them for work. Storage drives are the best way to carry around.

Its unobtrusive size but powerful storage capabilities have made it an essential part of the lives of many people around the world.

A USB storage drive tells your clients that you want to help them in their work in small but powerful ways.

Wine

Gifting good quality wine is one sure way to give your brand an air of sophistication. Another great thing about wine is that you can select them to tailor-fit the season or occasion. For example, a luxurious red or a celebratory champagne will go very well as gift to a wedding, while an easy to drink wine in a magnum bottle would be great to have at a party.

When it comes to picking wines, the choices are near limitless and you can show off your good taste by selecting the perfect wine to match your recipient’s needs.

Remember, gift giving is one of the best ways to show your appreciation while simultaneously promoting your brand in a much welcomed manner. Everyone loves receiving gifts, and everyone appreciates the person giving the gifts as well.

4 Important Factors to Keep in Mind When Designing Promotional Items

JANUARY-1When your company has an event or is celebrating something, it’s very likely that you have plans to distribute promotional items in an effort to extend your reach or keep your brand top-of-mind. But like the actual campaign or event itself, the promotional item also needs careful planning for you to get the most bang for your buck.

When you start planning, don’t forget to consider the following factors:

Color
There’s a reason why food giants generously use the color red in their promotions. When creating their logos and materials, their design choices definitely went through a rigorous process with multiple approvals. Expert artists and designers likely spent hours combing through every pixel of the copy to make sure that it induces the correct emotion in their prospective customers.

Why is this?

It’s because different colors elicit different emotions from people. Blue brings calmness, purple gives you a sense of luxury, and in this case the color red is fun and exciting.

You want people to connect your brand to positive feelings like trust, warmth, and joy. So take advantage of color psychology to evoke the correct emotions in your clients.

Logo
Why are you making promotional items?

To promote your brand of course! And the simplest and most efficient way to do this is by adding a logo on whatever you’re making.

Note though that you shouldn’t just randomly slap your logo on that hard drive or shirt. It does take some planning to maximize its effects. Size, position and color all need to be considered. How big should it be to be visible but not be an eyesore? Where exactly should it be placed so that it isn’t easily covered? Does it pop out or blend in with the background of whatever color you chose for the item?

All these questions need to be answered before you finalize the design.

Material
Depending on your item, you can sometime select the material it’s made of and what material you use can also say a lot about your brand.

For example, compare a light cloth pouch to one made from waterproof nylon. Depending on the design, the cloth pouch can demonstrate practical femininity or organization. In contrast, a waterproof pouch can denote travel and adventure.

Aside from the message it could send, the choice of material also greatly affects the production price of the item. Make sure to take your budget into consideration when making your choice.

Packaging
Presentation matters a great deal when giving gifts, whether they are personal or promotional. During Christmas, a festive wrapper adds to the excitement of opening a gift, while a reusable paper bag with your company’s logo can be kept and might reach more people when used again. More often than not, tastefully decorated packaging will leave a positive impression of your brand in your clients’ minds.

Make sure you put some effort in designing whatever you want to make.

5 Secrets to Organizing a Successful Business Event

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Organizing an event always starts with conscious, meticulous planning. Just the idea of putting an event together from scratch can intimidate even the most levelheaded hosts. From announcements to finances, there are many critical points to take note of. But with smart planning and a proper mindset, you can plan an event efficiently.

What are the secrets to organizing an effective business event? Here are a few essential tips that will help you execute your next event with ease:

1. Set a goal for the event
Sit down and determine the purpose of your event before anything else. A mistake most organizers make when planning an event is not having a clear, defined goal. It’s easy to lose your cool when there are a lot of moving parts involved, but a grounding purpose will give you a sense of direction.

2. Start planning early
The earlier you start preparations, the more time you have to execute your plans. Not being in a constant rush to do things will allow you to check and double-check everything, ensuring that all your plans go off without a hitch.

3. Use social media to your advantage
Half the battle of organizing an event is marketing it effectively. One of the most popular ways to create a buzz about an upcoming event is by utilizing social media. Create a complete social media strategy to promote your event. Use various platforms to spread the word to different segments of your audience.

4. Choose a competent and trustworthy team
It’s important to assign accountability. Whether it’s you or a key employee, delegate one person to manage all the details of the event. You can then bring in more people to help with the rest of the moving parts. Make sure that tasks are clear-cut and a hierarchy of responsibilities is established.

5. Create a memorable and positive experience
Think of a time you attended a lackluster event. What factors contributed to your negative experience? Now remember a time you went to an event which was truly amazing. Take note of the differences and get inspiration from the latter.

Remember, the success of a business event is reliant on your guests’ enjoyment. You have to make every little thing count, everything from the welcoming check-in experience to the swag bags and event giveaways must cater to their taste. Use this opportunity to enforce a positive image of your brand in your loyal and prospective customers’ minds.

With those tips in mind, if you’re looking for corporate giveaways in the Philippines, feel free to check out Gift Solutions. Whether it’s a product launch giveaway, a corporate event souvenir, a sales rally memorabilia, a holiday or Christmas gift, our products are designed with elegance, sophistication and simplicity — all within your budget. For more information, you may call our hotline at +637-8641 to 42, or send us an e-mail via info@giftsolutions.ph

How to Choose an Event Souvenir That Converts

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Promotional souvenirs are, in many ways, better than other more popular forms of marketing. Clients will never print out and frame a banner ad. It is also unlikely that they will record an advertising jingle and use it as their ringtone. On the other hand, clients sincerely enjoy keeping souvenirs around. This means that your brand can deliver long-lasting and recurring impressions that can turn new prospects into lifelong clients.

Here’s how to select an event souvenir that works for you:

1. Choose souvenirs based on longevity
Souvenirs can help build enduring relationships, unlike a typical video ad which only lasts about 15 to 30 seconds before it’s gone. Clients can use items like pens and journals for up to six months; while tabletop calendars can last up to a year. You should choose items that are specific to your clients. And even if your recipient ends up not liking their souvenir, they might still re-gift them to their friends and family, stretching its lifespan even further.

2. Choose souvenirs based on exposure
Because event souvenirs are so enduring, they have the potential to influence almost all stages of your client’s decision-making process. For example, if your recipient places your promotional souvenir on their desk, it may remind them of your brand when making business decisions. Constant exposure to your logo can do wonders in helping turn a skeptic into a believer. Select souvenirs that clients will keep around their homes or workspaces. Consistency and proximity are key factors to a successful conversion.

3. Choose souvenirs based on cost efficiency
Lastly, it’s important to note that promotional souvenirs are much cheaper than television, magazine, and newspaper ads. It is a form of advertising that perfectly balances factors like cost-effectiveness and impact on the client. For example, a branded water bottle is both affordable and portable. Clients can carry it around, making impressions throughout the day. Choose souvenirs that are attractive and functional, without breaking the bank.

With those tips in mind, if you’re looking for souvenirs in the Philippines, feel free to check out Gift Solutions. Whether it’s a product launch giveaway, a corporate event souvenir, a sales rally memorabilia, a holiday or Christmas gift, our products are designed with elegance, sophistication and simplicity — all within your budget. For more information, you may call our hotline at +637-8641 to 42, or send us an e-mail via info@giftsolutions.ph

10 Tips for an Unforgettable Christmas Party

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There’s no better way for a company and its employees to enjoy the holiday season than to throw a corporate Christmas party. However, planning a memorable Christmas party for your staff is not an easy feat. Any event involves much planning, but a successful holiday party has the added requirements of boosting morale, building goodwill and communicating appreciation for a year of hard work and effort.

So, where do you even begin? Here are a few tips to make party planning a little less stressful, and a lot more enjoyable.

1. Start planning early
Delaying preparations for your party will only lead to unnecessary stress in the future. The earlier you begin, the more you can accomplish for your event. You’ll also have more time to deal with the problems that will inevitably crop up. The best place to start is always by setting a date.

2. Location matters more than you think
As the holiday season approaches, you will be facing stiff competition for the best locations. The best venues go quickly, so the earlier you book a place the better. Careful consideration should also be given to how far your party-goers will have to travel to reach the venue. Knowing they will get home safe will allow attendees to let loose and have fun. If your budget does not allow for a pricy venue, another great option is to host the party in your own office space.

3. Book appropriate entertainment
The importance of having excellent entertainment can’t be stressed enough. The secret to choosing the best musical act for your party is knowing your audience. Hiring a string quartet to entertain a crowd in their twenties is a mistake you don’t want to make.

4. Send Invites early
Once a date has been decided, send an invitation to employees fast. Your employees’ schedules will fill up quickly over the holidays. It’s a busy time and you want to make sure as many people attend as possible.

5. Incorporate a suitable theme
Having an appropriate theme makes a world of difference to the celebratory atmosphere. It also makes a great talking point leading up to the party. This generates pre-party buzz as employees plan for their outfits. If you can’t decide on a theme, just put it to a vote. Your staff are sure to have excellent ideas.

6. Cater to all
Plan a menu that’ll keep guests coming back to the buffet table. Food and drinks are key factors to any event’s success. Look for a menu which has something for everyone, especially picky eaters, vegans, non-drinkers, etc. If your budget is limited, throwing a Christmas potluck party might be a good idea.

7. Communicate with your guests
Don’t be too busy during the party to converse with your employees. Circle the venue and take this chance to get to know your staff on a more personal level. Your employees will appreciate your interest and it will help strengthen your relationships with them for the following year.

8. Take plenty of memorable photos
Photos make great reminders of a fantastic celebration! Plus, once the party is over you’ll have amazing photographs which can be used for company publicity and social media for years to come. You can even rent a photo booth. It’s always worth considering hiring a professional photographer if you want high quality snaps of the event.

9.  Give out employee appreciation awards
Christmas parties are a great opportunity to give out awards to your employees with the goal of inspiring them for the year to come. You have the choice of giving out formal or comedic awards. The type of awards you’ll have will be greatly dependent on the theme of your party.

10. Prepare giveaways for your guests
It’s not necessary to go big or go expensive, but your giveaway needs to be fun for everyone. Think of Christmas giveaways as a means of boosting employee morale and thanking them for their contribution to the company’s growth.

With those tips in mind, if you’re looking for Christmas gifts in the Philippines, feel free to check out Gift Solutions. Whether it’s a product launch giveaway, a corporate event souvenir, a sales rally memorabilia, a holiday or Christmas gift, our products are designed with elegance, sophistication and simplicity — all within your budget. For more information, you may call our hotline at +637-8641 to 42, or send us an e-mail via info@giftsolutions.ph

4 Reasons You Should Send Gifts to Clients

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There are many ways to build a lasting relationship with your clientele, such as providing wonderful products, going above and beyond your promised service, or offering extra benefits for long-time clients. One of the simplest yet most overlooked method of communicating genuine client appreciation is gift giving. A card or a phone call might do the trick, but taking that extra step may prove worthwhile for you and your brand.

Here are four reasons why you should consider sending gifts to your clients:

1. Gifts can bridge divides between you and clients
No matter where they are around the globe, your clients will appreciate thoughtful gifts that make them feel close to your brand. Whether they are static or traveling, corporate gifts like personalized dry bags, gadget pouches and custom flash drives are practical and keep your brand top-of-mind.

2. Gifts help boost your brand
If you want your clients to see value in your brand, it is important to effectively communicate what it stands for. Do you deliver a service relevant to your clients’ daily lives? If so, gift them an item that they can use everyday like a personalized planner or tumbler. If your offerings are more seasonal in nature, an umbrella with your company’s logo might be a good idea. Select a gift that conveys the relevancy of your brand in your clients’ lives.

3. Gifts allow you stay in touch with clients
A gift is wonderful at opening up the lines of contact. After receiving your gift, your client will most likely reply to show appreciation. This provides the chance for a conversation. Communication is important in order to stay on top of your client’s needs. This will also convey to your client that you are dependable and accommodating.

4. Gifts set you apart from other brands
There’s a high chance that you’re not the only company your client works with, but effective gift giving can help you become their favorite. Your clients will prefer to do business with brands they know and appreciate. Sending a thoughtful gift is a great way to differentiate your business as a preferred partner over your competitors.

The presents you give to your clients say a lot about you and your business. Be proactive! Try to find out your clients’ preferences and gift them something that expresses how much you value your professional relationship. Not only will this heartfelt contact keep your brand in their minds, it will also show that you and your business care for them as individuals.

With those thoughts in mind, if you’re looking for corporate Christmas giveaways in the Philippines, feel free to check out Gift Solutions. Whether it’s a product launch giveaway, a corporate event souvenir, a sales rally memorabilia, a holiday or Christmas gift, our products are designed with elegance, sophistication and simplicity — all within your budget. For more information, you may call our hotline at +637-8641 to 42, or send us an e-mail via info@giftsolutions.ph

4 Smart Ways to Promote Your Business with Christmas Giveaways

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Christmas season is upon us, providing many exciting opportunities for businesses to market their products in special ways. What’s a great promotional material that your clients actually look forward to receiving? Free items in a Christmas giveaway!

Ditch the old marketing megaphone and step away from tired holiday promotional trends. A Christmas giveaway gives you the opportunity to communicate with a huge holiday-obsessed stampede and turn these casual visitors into lifetime clients.

Here’s how to use Christmas giveaways to promote your business:

1. Let your clients know
If you already have loyal repeat customers, let them know about the giveaway. Chances are, if they already trust your brand – they’ll be thrilled to get a chance to receive something from you for free. You can make a post on social media or send an email announcement to inform them about the giveaway.

2. Encourage virality on social media
A unique or humorous promotional item will encourage recipients to share it on social media. This is where your giveaway can get the most traction. If your item piques the netizens’ interests, they are more likely to look your business up. Don’t forget to incorporate a witty holiday-related hashtag on your giveaway post for added appeal.

3. Give updates throughout
While your Christmas giveaway is in full swing, be sure to update clients about your free item. Use social media to help create buzz. Getting people excited about your item will keep you a top-of-mind brand throughout the season.

4. Shine a spotlight on your clients
When you see clients posting about your giveaway on social media, ask for permission to repost their photos (with a corresponding tag) on your official account. Likely, they’ll be thrilled about the exposure. This may also help you reach a new audience, as the people on your client’s friends list may see your post. This can become a gateway for them to get to know your brand.

Keep those tips in mind as you host Christmas corporate giveaway. For more ideas make sure to check out Gift Solutions. Whether it’s a product launch giveaway, a corporate event souvenir, a sales rally memorabilia, a holiday or Christmas gift, our products are designed with elegance, sophistication and simplicity — all within your budget. For more information, you may call our hotline at +637-8641 to 42, or send us an e-mail via info@giftsolutions.ph

6 Things to Consider When Choosing Corporate Christmas Gifts

During the holiday season, corporate gift-giving becomes somewhat of a necessity. From office gifts for colleagues, to gifts to showing gratitude for a client’s business—the list goes on. However, if you give the wrong gift, it might just end up shoved into a drawer. Even worse, it can potentially offend someone.

With the availability of endless choices online and in retail, buying the perfect corporate gift has never been easier. However, with this dizzying selection comes the potential of picking out horrible or inappropriate gifts. The good news is that there are smart ways to select gifts that are sure to be appreciated and strengthen corporate relationships.

Before setting out to find the perfect corporate gift, consider these six essential factors to consider in corporate gift-giving.

1. Corporate Policies
Some companies may implement gift policies that limit the price of a gift, or some may prohibit certain items altogether. Be sure to always check with your recipient’s or your own company’s policies to determine the limitations of gift giving, so your item will not end up being returned.

2. Individual Wants
Deciding what to buy is the biggest challenge of gift-giving. In many cases, it’s difficult to get to know your clients on a personal level. The best bet is to be receptive of clues that your recipient may share about what they like, their hobbies, etc. These tidbits of information will give you an idea of what to buy.
A frequent traveler will greatly appreciate practical gifts such as personalized flash drives or travel bags. While someone loves caffeine will fall head over heels with a premium coffee press set.

3. Cultural and Religious Differences
Every country and culture has their own rules for gift-giving. For instance, in China, gifts should never be wrapped in all-white. It’s important to be sensitive about these cultural differences, since even a well-meaning gift can be seen as disrespectful in a different context.

4. Gift Quality
Your business gifts will always reflect on you and your company’s image. This means putting in thought and effort in choosing the best possible gift is a must! Avoid lower quality items that can tarnish your reputation. You can find ways to purchase quality products without breaking your budget.

5. Packaging
Presentation is just as important as choosing the right gift. The packaging of the gift itself will say a great deal about you. Spending time and money on how your gift is presented shows how much you value your professional relationship.

6. Personal Touch
Even tried and true gifts become monumentally better with personal touch. Don’t go the easy route by simply sending a card with your gift and signature. For a more lasting impression, add a sincere hand written note sharing your thoughts.

If your gift list isn’t too large, you may even consider personally delivering the gift to the intended party. Personally-delivered gifts will show your colleagues and clients how much you value them, keeping you at the top-of-the-mind for the next year. Always remember that corporate gift-giving is an opportunity to connect, strengthen ties, and share holiday cheer. Adopting a selfless, giving attitude will make the act less worrying and more enjoyable.

With those tips in mind, if you’re looking for custom Christmas gift in the Philippines, feel free to check out Gift Solutions. Whether it is a product launch giveaway, a corporate event souvenir, a sales rally memorabilia, a holiday or Christmas gift, our products are designed with elegance, sophistication and simplicity — all within your budget. For more information, you may call our hotline at +637-8641 to 42, or send us an e-mail via info@giftsolutions.ph

5 Proven Ways to Make Christmas Gifts Meaningful


When you have an endless list of recipients to check off, choosing gifts can turn into a frenzy of rushed and uninspired choices. Without adding any personal touch, holiday gift giving may feel a little empty. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The following tips can help make the process more fulfilling for both the giver and the recipient.

1. Get to know the person.
Put in the effort to really tailor the gift to the person. It’s important to show that you really know the recipient well, and you really care about them. This generally means that people who buy meaningful gifts don’t choose based on what they’d like to give, but rather on what the recipient would really want to receive. If you consider a gift as an expression of truly knowing what a person wants, it will go a long way in making them feel special.

2. Give personalized gifts.
If there’s a golden rule of Christmas gifts, it’s this: Never forget the power of personalization (e.g. monogrammed or personalized gifts). A great example is if you gift a person a statement tote bag with their name embroidered on it. They’ll often think of you when they use it years after. Gifts should be about expressing gratitude and one of the best ways to do this is with one-of-a-kind gifts.

3. Focus on experiences, not price.
Think about creating a positive experience for the receiver, rather than concentrating on the price of the item. People who receive simple, meaningful gifts feel more connected to the gift giver than people who receive expensive items. Think about your recipient’s daily routine, and find out what gifts would make their day better. If they are avid coffee drinkers, for example, a premium coffee press set is your best bet.

4. Pay attention.
As Christmas approaches, keep your ears open for clues on what your recipients may want. You’d be surprised by how many gift ideas you’d get by simply being receptive to information. Have a chat over coffee with your recipient or just casually observe them. They’d love to know that you pay attention.

5. Don’t overthink it.
Try not to put too much pressure on yourself to choose the perfect present—because it doesn’t exist. Simply putting genuine thought and effort will be greatly appreciated. The best way to ensure a great gift is by starting early. You may actually start choosing gifts all year round. If you wait too long, you may not find what you’re looking for and you’ll get stressed, which is never a good mindset for choosing gifts.

With those tips in mind, if you’re looking for custom Christmas gifts in the Philippines, feel free to check out Gift Solutions. Whether it is a product launch giveaway, a corporate event souvenir, a sales rally memorabilia, a holiday or Christmas gift, our products are designed with elegance, sophistication and simplicity — all within your budget. For more information, you may call our hotline at +637-8641 to 42, or send us an e-mail via info@giftsolutions.ph