Best-bets roundup: reward clients with a thoughtful gift

May 13, 2011

Pondering how to thank your favorite client? Sure the standby favorites like a vintage bottle of wine or costly gift basket can seem like a safe bet but a well chosen, unique gift sends a stronger message that you appreciate the partnership. A handcrafted item can be just the thing to impress a client that has treated you well.

Aspire to give a gift that is a nice-to-have, something that your client might not buy for themselves but would enjoy having. A thoughtful gesture not only acknowledges a faithful supporter who made working together fun, but your gift will also help you remain top of mind for any upcoming contracts. Remember,

your next best client is your last best client.

Try these gift ideas, or some others from Etsy, to help you leave a lasting impression:

Illustrated prints

Ork Posters

Typography map art can please the most discerning eye. These gorgeous illustrations by Ork Posters lay out city names within the shape of the state or district, available in black and white or color silkscreened, choose from dozens of states including Chicago, New Orleans, Portland, Seattle and our own beloved hometown, Toronto!

A lithograph from Charley Harper’s collection of animal illustrations is also a definite favorite. We especially love the playful print of “visit my website” with all the critters all caught up in the web.

For the Home

Terrariums big or small make a beautiful and long-lasting alternative to a bouquet – these small ecosystems from Botany Factory were featured in the New York Times, and adorable tiny plant gifts also exist.

Objects of finery

Etsy Seller: DesignByKohler

To salute fine writing (provided or received), this perfectly polished desk pen makes a beautiful present – available in ballpoint and old-school fountain styles.

Etsy Seller: AcousticDesign

Your client will be honored to receive these gorgeous business card cases, uniquely handcrafted in wood.

…And should your client be the kind who knows just what they want (and you can have a laugh together) consider this cheeky throw pillow:

Etsy seller: alexandraferguson

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