Gifts Galore

Photo courtesy of Send a Cake

By Kaitlyn Wallace

It’s never too early to start planning for the holiday season.

Meeting planning hinges on positive networking relationships, and there’s no better way to strengthen and maintain those relationships than sending a thoughtful gift around the holidays. But it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find new and exciting gifts that professionals will actually use and enjoy. That’s why we’ve put together a list of unique corporate holiday gift ideas to make planning for this holiday season just a little bit easier.

1. Sweets Satisfaction

Nothing screams holidays like sweets. From traditional boxes of chocolate to unique signature gift boxes filled with delicious and unusual treats, it’s almost impossible to say no to holiday-themed snacks. To put a spin on a classic, try Send a Cake, a company dedicated to easy and surprising gift-giving. You can send your planners and colleagues holiday-themed “explosion boxes” decorated with paper butterflies or sets of cake donuts perfect for slipping in the mailbox. Send a Cake also offers a variety of products and themes for corporate gifts throughout the year; with options like the “Harry Potter Hogwarts Explosion” or “Billionaire” boxes, you’ll have no shortage of thank you gifts and surprises year-round.

2. High-tech Holidays 

It’s difficult to find nonperishable gifts that our colleagues will actually value and enjoy, but there is no shortage of options incorporating tech into everyday holiday needs. Companies like GildedBox offer an air-tagged leather luggage label designed to keep track of your belongings no matter where you travel over the holidays, or branded Ember mugs, which keep your drinks warm with luxury heated mugs during cold winter days. With GildedBox’s signature mugs, your coffee will never run cold in long meetings again.

Photo credit GildedBox 3
Photo courtesy of GildedBox

3. Delightful Drinks

Wanting to spice up your holiday gifts? Try sending drink mix kits for holiday-themed drinks. Include fun, branded glasses and a mix for classic mulled wine, or a pitcher and dried fruits for the makings of a beautiful holiday punch. Add a gorgeous calligraphy recipe on a scroll or holiday-themed stationary, and you’ll be set to give the gift of holiday spirit to your planners and colleagues.

HD Bag Mock Up
Photo courtesy of Happiness Drinks Co

The holidays are a time that allows you to bring out your creativity and have fun with your everyday professional tasks. Let your imagination run wild, and really consider the kinds of gifts that you’d like to receive or actually use. Gifts that make an impact by imparting an experience or providing use over the course of the year will not only be greatly appreciated by your colleagues, but they will strengthen your personal and professional connections. The bottom line – never miss an opportunity to have fun, spread some holiday cheer, and do a little light networking along the way.


Kaitlyn Wallace is a contributing writer from St. Louis. 

For 20+ years, the MEET family of products have provided regional and national resources that have kept corporate, association, medical, education, independent, and religious meeting and event planners informed about relevant vendors, industry news, tech innovations, and resources that impact and influence how and where they plan their group business.

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