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Discussing The Art Of Gift Giving

Browsing Posts published in March, 2010

What is the ideal gift for grandparents? Easy! Anything that showcases their grandchildren. Which is why personalized photo gifts are such a great choice when you’re looking for a gift that would make the grandparents happy.

The options are endless! You can place the kids’ photos on many different items. Of course, the more useful the gift, the better, although display-type gifts such as canvases and posters are great too.

Here’s a quick list of my favorite gifts for grandparents:

1. Photo Mugs. This is such a classic, timeless gift. I’ve heard from my own parents that using photo mugs displaying their grandchildren’s photos brings a smile to their face every single morning as they make that first cup of coffee.

2. Photo Keychains. Another great choice for grandparents, this is the type of gift that one carries with her – and uses – many times throughout the day, which creates many opportunities to see that smiling face of a beloved child!

3. Photo Mouse Pads. Grandparents these days are connected. They browse the Internet and use email to stay in touch with the family. A photo mouse pad will be used every single day, and is absolutely the perfect gift for the tech savvy grandparent.

Photo by Jason Derusha

I like to give practical gifts. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with non-practical gifts, or with keepsake-type gifts, practical gifts are great because the recipient remembers you each time she uses the gift – which means that practical gifts are especially important when giving business gifts to customers and to prospects.

There are countless examples of practical gifts, but one of my favorite is photo coasters. Coasters are very practical – I use them every day! – but they also provide a great opportunity to display a favorite photo, or a company logo. This makes them a great gift, because you know that they won’t be shoved into some drawer and forgotten, but they will most likely be used on a regular basis.

Personal photo coasters can display family members or pets, while company photo coasters usually display a company logo. Grandparents love receiving photo coasters with photos of their grandchildren!

When ordering photo coasters, you can choose from several types of coasters – Sandstone Coasters, Rubber Backed Coasters, Hardboard w/ Cork bottom Coasters and Mahogany Coasters. My personal favorites are the Mahogany Coasters because they are so elegant and beautiful. I think they’re perfect for most grandparents, unless the specific grandparents in question have a very modern taste, in which case, the simpler coasters would probably work better.

One of my favorite gifts to give to young children that are still interested in doing puzzles, is a personalized photo puzzle.  Kids’ faces really light up when they open the gift wrap, examine the gift, then realize that it’s a puzzle with their favorite character – usually themselves, the entire family, or their beloved pet.

Of course, when giving photo puzzles to young children, you should go with relatively few pieces (no more than 48 pieces). The child will probably need help putting the puzzle together, but most parents don’t mind – they love the educational, thoughtful gift!

Young kids love doing puzzles, but around the age of six most of them lose interest and prefer other games. However, even those kids who are uninterested in doing puzzles will likely be happy to do a puzzle when the final result is their own photo, which means that photo puzzles are a great way to encourage children who would otherwise sit in front of the TV or the computer to challenge themselves and put together a puzzle.

Personally, I love doing puzzles with my kids. It’s the kind of quiet, focused activity that really helps with bonding, and of course helps with the development of fine motor skills.

Photo by Frederic de Villamil

Everyone loves receiving gifts, and your customers and prospects do too! Getting something for free is always fun, which means that a personalized business gift is a wonderful way to make your customers happy while also getting them to essentially become your evangelists – advertising your business through the items they use and always keeping your business front of mind with them and with their connections.

Logo gifts can be as simple or as elaborate as you want them to be, but it’s always a good idea to do things a little differently. While a traditional item to give to your customers is logo magnets, you might want to consider exploring different options such as photo mouse pads, which can feature your company logo, or the always-useful photo keychains. Luggage tags also work beautifully as a corporate gift.

Generally, when it comes to logo gifts, any gift that can feature a personal photo for a personal gift can also feature your company’s logo, so keep your options open and consider the gifts that your recipients are most likely to use every day – this will make sure the gift serves its purpose of spreading the word out there about your business, and of keeping you top of mind with customers and with prospects.

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