Now more than ever, it’s a great idea to just say Thank You – for your business, for your support, for your help, for your suggestions and so much more. Thank you during COVID 19 or anytime is the right thing to do. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to express appreciation. Many times it’s just nice to be recognized. A simple handwritten thank you note will stand out in an era of email, e-cards and tweets because it is so rare!
However, the best gift for a client or perhaps a business owner is something that saves them time or allows them to use time more efficiently. For instance, if I know I’m going to be stuck in traffic, I’d appreciate a gift of a car service (limo/Lyft/Uber) to handle the driving so I can make business calls or work on my laptop and use the time productively.
For my clients, I try to give them gifts that support a personal passion or help free up time for them personally. If I know golf or hunting or spa days energize them, I’ll provide a gift card to encourage them to make time for themselves. Or a gift certificate for a handyman or lawn service, so their personal time doesn’t need to be spent on chores and errands.
Something that shows you paid attention to what your client or co-worker shared is also very appreciated. For instance, perhaps the customer mentioned an upcoming trip to Disney. Sending them a guidebook of insider tips is quick and easy to do online and they’ll think of you fondly every time they use it to avoid a long line.
Other ideas in my almost 18 years in my own business, that were best received:
- Motivation dice – a desk toy for use when you feel stuck. Roll the dice and it tells you what to do!
- A box of sticky notes and flags – the least expensive gift I’ve ever done and the one that was most appreciated!
- A donation to a cause – the last time I did this I donated to a global women’s relief and education fund.
- For the past few years, I’ve been selecting books for my clients based on whatever we’re working on or what I think they would enjoy. It’s personalized to them and Amazon handles the fulfillment!
It comes down to just saying “thank you”. That shouldn’t be so hard to do, right?