Corporate gifts are an important way companies can express their gratitude for the hard work so many have put in during the pandemic, when in-person incentive trips were of necessity put on hiatus. Now that incentive travel is on the comeback, here are five ideas on how to make the switch from virtual gifts to in-person tokens of appreciation that will score a big hit with incentive winners.
Life’s a Beach
Global Gifting has a huge incentive travel and corporate gifting portfolio, which it can deliver anywhere on seven continents. With international travel still curtailed due to the pandemic, however, most incentive programs are sticking with the continental U.S. and Hawaii for now — with warm weather beach destinations at the top of the almost every incentive planner’s list. There are plenty of options to choose from that attendees will love, from electronics to sunglasses, lifestyle apparel and sandals, that would be the perfect complementary gift for a beach-based incentives. The sure-to-be-popular option would be sunglasses each attendee can choose at a Global Gifting-staffed gift-receiving station on site. The company offers selections from must-have brands from Persol to Oakley to Ray Ban to Maui Jim.
Make a Splash
Some incentive winners who have been around for a while have a closet full of gifts from previous programs — how can you wow the experienced winner? How about a piece of artwork created especially for your group on site, signed and delivered either on site or mailed to your winners? That’s one of the many experiences Wet Paint Group offers for its incentive clients. Artist John Bukaty — who has created portraits of rockers from Bruce Springstein to Blues Traveler, will rock your attendees’ worlds by painting a vignette specific to your event, at your event, after prior consultation with the event organizer. Attendees then are gifted with high-quality signed, numbered, framed and gift-wrapped prints. As is the case with all Wet Paint Group’s virtual and on-site gifting experiences, the Bukaty experience includes giving back to a charitable cause, which in this case means supporting Project Helping, which creates meaningful volunteer experiences.
Go for a Grab Bag
Can’t make up your mind on what gift would best serve your goals? Why not go with a gift bag from International Gifting Company? The company can bring as many as 25 different brands together into one gifting experience that is sure to have an amenity each of your winners will treasure. The company offers a variety of themed options, from accessory, apparel, beach and blue jean bars, to gifting stations themed around giving back, technology, and Western-themed gear. Take a quick skip through the company’s catalog to see all the possible gifting options.
The Pop-Up Shop, Give-Back Edition
Cultivate specializes in creating pop-up shops to fit every corporate gifting need — they’ll consult with you to determine what best will meet your needs and handle everything from logistics and inventory management to setup and distribution. The best part is that each incentive winner has the opportunity to try on items to decide for themselves what best suits their fancy. Cultivate also partners with brands whose philosophies include giving back. Just one example is Vuori’s, whose “Recycled Series” of clothing repurposes plastic bottles to create comfortable and functional shorts, and jewelry maker Kendra Scott, which donates more than $5 million to nonprofit organizations annually. See the company’s corporate gifting catalog (free registration required) to learn more about the brands the company partners with.
Golf Incentives Go Luxe
The corporate gift catalog from Global Evento puts the spotlight on gifts that have an international flavor, high-quality make, and are sourced in an eco-friendly manner. As just one example of its extensive gifting lines, the company’s popular corporate golf incentive gift packages include balls by Titleist, branded Bag Boy golf club travel covers, umbrellas, golf towels, driver covers, cooler and drinks mugs and swizzle sticks, plus Yeti ramblers and golf balls. But the gift to planners goes beyond the upscale gift portfolio. The company also will plan the entire golf incentive experience.
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