It's hard to believe that we are in the hottest part of summer and already we are seeing back to school items lining store shelves everywhere! And with that fall preparation, comes the reality that it will be time to send out year end holiday gifts sooner than you think. We still have a few months to go, but with some early preparation, your task of sending out 10 or 1,000 corporate gifts may end up being much easier than you think.
First and foremost, compile your list of recipients! If you are sending different priced gifts to different tiered levels of customers, define those categories and get to work on obtaining up to date names and complete addresses. This is the most time consuming part of preparing a long list of gift recipients and you will be glad you did the work early on! While updating your addresses, ensure you are obtaining any suite or floor numbers and double check the zip code. Companies move locations and you may not have been informed of a new address, so double checking this information with an administrative assistant will certainly help, you could even check their company website!
Also, you want to make sure you are spelling your recipient's name correctly, it never hurts to ask to avoid an embarrassing situation once the gift has been delivered. While confirming the name and address details, it would also benefit you to confirm this company is allowed to receive gifts. Suprisingly, many companies have policies in place that do not allow gifts to be received by employees. Albeit more companies do allow their employees to receive gift baskets, you want to make sure your gift will not be returned due to this policy.
And most importantly, place your order early! Not only will this reserve your inventory, especially if your order is on the larger side, but because so many employees will enjoy long vacations during the month of December, with some leaving the second week of the month and not returning until January. Generally, the first week of December is when we notice the larger corporate holiday gifts shipping out to ensure everyone receives them in plenty of time. But never fear, if you are unable to compile your list in time, sending a New Year's gift is perfectly acceptable and there are more companies that have opted for sending gifts at the first of the year once everyone has returned from vacation. This allows for all of those that you want to thank to be back in the office so they can all enjoy your thoughtful gift.
As always, our Corporate Gift Services team members are always ready to answer any questions you might have regarding placing your holiday order. Our team is the best and most knowledgeable and is waiting to provide you with the very best customer experience that you will find anywhere!