It’s still hot outside, but believe it or not, it’s time to start planning your holiday promotions. Sure, it’s tempting to wait until you feel a chill in the air to order holiday gifts for clients, vendors, or employees, but planning now gives you the benefit of:
- Testing several gift ideas
- Ordering with enough lead time to ensure quality
- Sourcing custom or unique gifts that might take more time to produce
Lead time matters for the holidays, but budget is a big concern for brands, too. Whether you’re on a shoestring budget or you have carte blanche, you still need to find practical holiday gifts with a wow factor. Regardless of your budget, check out this guide for gifts that will work for your audience and budget this holiday season.
Affordable holiday promotional gifts
A modest budget might feel like a limitation, but in reality, it’s your chance to get creative! If you’re on a budget but still want to honor your clients this holiday season, try these promotional gift ideas.
Food trays or snacks
Brownies, truffles, snack kits, and cheese and cracker sets are all great gifts for the holiday season. They’re ideal for rewarding teams, so if you want to send a special thank you to your vendors, food trays are the way to go. If you want to personalize it a bit, send a local delicacy (fruitcake, anyone?) as a conversation starter.
If you want to send gifts to individuals, go with something intriguing like prosecco-flavored gummy bears. They’re a jazzed-up version of a childhood favorite, and the unique flavor will definitely get people talking.
The holidays are a time to connect with our loved ones. Why not help your recipients connect with their families through the power of board games? Send them an oversized checkerboard, dominoes, or custom Jenga set to help families have fun during the chilly holiday weather.
Let’s be honest: as fun as holidays are, they can be stressful. Give the gift of peace with relaxation-themed goodies like:
A high-quality leather journal and felt-tip pen will get a lot of use in an office. Just try not to make this gift too holiday-themed; you want recipients to use this journal long after the holidays are over.
Pet-related gifts are perfect for customers who are pet parents or for employees in a pet-friendly office. Collapsible bowls, a catnip seed kit, jingle balls, or chew toys are great options to give pets a little joy.
Mid-tier holiday gifts
If you have more wiggle room in your budget, it’s a little easier to pick out unique, eye-catching holiday gifts that your audience will love. Try these three suggestions for inspiration.
The holidays are a time for celebrating, and what’s better than a glass of champagne or eggnog? Even if your recipients don’t drink alcohol, you can still gift them an all-in-one libations kit complete with:
Throw in conventional and virgin drinks recipes so everyone feels included. But package your gift carefully! Nobody wants broken glass in their stocking.
Cozy clothes and decor
Brrr, it’s cold out there! Keep everyone warm with these fun, holiday-friendly gift ideas:
- Custom throw blankets with plush lining
- Waffle-weave robes (great for chilly mornings)
- Heated coffee mugs
- Fuzzy socks
Also, any combination of these will brighten your receiver’s winter.
Half of all Americans travel for the holidays, so why not make their trip a little more pleasant? These travel gifts can make long waits at the airport a little more fun:
- Travel straws and utensils
- Tote bags
- Charging battery and cables
- “Getaway Essentials” box with mints, chapstick, playing cards, and snacks
Luxury holiday promotional gifts
If you’re blessed with a bigger budget this year, congratulations! You can craft customized experiences and choose high-end gifts that will leave your recipients saying, “wow.” Try these high-end holiday promotional gifts to turn heads.
Transport your recipients to a place, a time, or a feeling with an experiential gift box. Let your imagination run wild. For example, maybe you create a “White Christmas” gift box complete with a cable-knit blanket, hot chocolate mix, and a self-heating mug.
If possible, try to marry an experience with your promotional gift box. For example, you can include a QR code in the box that takes people to a holiday-themed playlist or game where they can compete for even more freebies.
That’s right! You can gift your audience retail merchandise from their favorite brands. Since people already associate these brands with value, retail gifts will definitely turn heads. Try a few of these options to spread holiday cheer:
- Adidas shirt
- Carhartt jacket
- YETI lunch box
- Royce leather catchall
- Amazon Alexa
- Corkcicle champagne bucket
- Patagonia hat
- Ray-Ban sunglasses
- Fossil watch
- Eddie Bauer blanket
Tech gear is expensive, so your audience will automatically see the value in technology gifts like:
Roving souls will go outside no matter the weather, so prepare your gift recipients for an outdoor adventure with these gift ideas:
- Convertible lantern
- Hiking bags
- Shell jackets
- Water bottle with a built-in purifier
- Dry bag
- Rechargeable lighter
Spread cheer on any budget
Regardless of your audience, company size, campaign, or budget, it’s a good idea to start planning your holiday promotional gifts in the summer months. Try out these holiday promotional gift ideas to connect with your audience during the holidays — without busting your budget.
If you need more customized ideas for your business, Boundless has the chops to help. See how Boundless can help your promotional product team choose holiday gifts that will give your employees, vendors, and customers a dose of holiday cheer to Inspire Brand Love™.