10 Unique Customer Appreciation Ideas

Whether it is the holiday season or not, it is always nice to have a few customer appreciation ideas at the ready. As a business owner, there’s no better time than now to start brainstorming unique client gift ideas so you can be sure you’ll send the best client gifts all year long.

Sending out fun, cute, or unique gifts to your clients is a great way to keep your customers focused on your business throughout the year. Plus, it’s also a fantastic way for you to give back and say thanks for being loyal customers. Start brainstorming those customer appreciation ideas now so you can come up with the perfect client gift.

1. Gift Baskets
Gift baskets are a great client gift idea because they can be personalized for each client. Gift baskets also offer you the opportunity to showcase your own products. For example, you can create custom gift baskets using your business’ items. Include a cute thank you note and a seasonal item and you have a very unique gift that will make your customers feel extra-special this holiday season.

2. Digital Photo Frame
Everyone has pictures of their friends and family at work and at home. Giving your clients a digital photo frame that rotates pictures is a great way to keep your business on your clients mind. This is an inexpensive gift that can be personalized and utilized all year-long. Best of all, you can decrease the cost per picture frame by buying them in bulk!

3. Kiva Gift Cards
Kiva can help you give back to your customers and the world at the same time! Kiva is a Peer-to-Peer, non-profit lending site with a mission to connect people to alleviate poverty. They offer gift cards that allow the recipient to choose a borrower to lend money to. Once the gift card has been used, the loan will eventually be paid off and your client is free to keep using the funds on Kiva.com to lend to another individual.

4. “Gift of the Month!”
Give the gift that keeps on giving all year long by signing up your clients for Conscious Box, Birchbox, BarkBox, Naturebox, Graze, Plated, or any other subscription service that they would be interested in. These types of services are great to give as gifts because each box can be personalized to fit every type of personality and business. For example, if your target demographic is mostly women, go with a Birchbox because it offers monthly samples of amazing make-up and skin care products. If your clients tend to be outdoorsy, check out Barkboxes or Conscious boxes. These gifts of the month are great for any budget; you can send just one box or you can send one box a month for the rest of the year.

5. Go Handmade
Are you or your employees extra crafty? If you or someone you know is great at making handmade items, you can use that talent to create really cool gifts for your clients. Another great way to give handmade gifts is to find a great local artist to make custom gifts for your clients that go along with your industry vertical. For instance, if you make salsa, guacamole, or tortilla chips, you can get chip and dip bowls made for your customers. Customer appreciation ideas like these can also form a great foundation for a customer loyalty program.

6. Get Personal
By personalizing client gifts, you are demonstrating to your customers just how important they are to you. Adding that extra touch of personalization and thought, like getting your clients glass coasters with their initials printed on them, will definitely be remembered.

7. Local Events
If you’re looking for non-traditional customer appreciation ideas then you could offer all of your clients tickets to a local sporting or city event. You might even be able to find discount deals if you purchase your tickets in bulk. This is a great way to give your clients a fun experience and get them all in one place, which can be a great way to network as well.

8. Mini Speakers
Bluetooth speakers are all the rage, but the really nice ones are also incredibly expensive. Hook your clients up with a small, less expensive portable Bluetooth speaker so that they can take their favorite music with them everywhere they go. Another idea: order custom speakers in bulk and add your logo or contact info to each one.

9. Hot Cocoa/ Tea or Coffee Set
Help your clients keep warm during the colder seasons by sending out thermos sets and supplies to make hot cocoa, tea, or coffee. Everyone loves sweets, and your clients will be especially grateful when they are feeling warm and toasty thanks to your awesome gift.

10. Movie Subscription
The winter season is the perfect time to stay in, stay warm, and catch up on all of those movies you missed during the warm months when you were busy outside. You can keep your clients warm, toasty, and entertained this holiday season by giving them year-long subscriptions to Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Instant Video.

Client gifts are a great way to make a long-lasting impression that keeps your business front and center in your clients’ minds. Plus, it’s also a great excuse to show how grateful you are for the clients who help make your business such a success. If you are in need of funding to invest in initiatives such as these, consider a line of credit with Kabbage.

The ideas we mentioned above are our most unique, fun, and interesting gift ideas; what are yours? Tweet us @KabbageInc or reach out on Facebook to share your best ideas with us.

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