Corporate gift-giving is a great way to maintain strong relationships with clients, employees, and business partners. A well thought out gift can leave a lasting impression, spark up conversations, show appreciation and make your business relationships feel a lot less transactional. To ensure that your holiday gifts are a success, timing, along with a few other factors, does play a critical role!
When talking to other gifting pros, many will say that giving gifts around the holidays isn't ideal--that holiday gifts are to expected and you're better off sending a "surprise and delight" another time of year. Although I agree, sending gifts at holiday time is ideal for many businesses so let's embrace the reality of countless companies and offer our guidance here!
In this blog I will talk about a few things to consider when you've added "Holiday Gifting" to your to-do list this season.
1. Know Who You're Gifting
Understanding who you're gifting is essential in determining the when and what. Client and employee gifts will have different delivery schedules and budgets, so be sure to tailor your gift-giving strategy to your specific recipient. For example, you might choose to send holiday gifts to clients in advance since they will be shipped worldwide, allowing ample time for delivery before the holiday rush while you may opt to provide your holiday gift to employees the same day as your holiday party. Your client list may be a lot shorter than your employee list which may allow for an increase in budget as well. If the gift cost is too high or too low, a physical gift may not even be worth it (yes--I said that). If we are talking about intentional gifting and true relationship building, we want to consider everything here!
2. Avoiding the Last-Minute Rush
It's never too early to start planning for holiday gifts! Beginning to inquire well in advance can help you avoid the chaos and stress of last-minute preparations. We have clients reach out as early as June to begin conversations to get the holiday design process started. Delays in gift procurement and assembly can lead to potential logistical issues (that we will overcome, but still who wants that extra added stress). Early planning allows you to secure the best products, personalize items, get on our production calendar and ensure timely delivery.
3. Factor in Shipping and Delivery Times
If your recipients are spread across different locations or countries, shipping and delivery times become crucial so we build in cushion to accommodate any delays. Collecting addresses and validating this information takes time so we account for this during our production phase as well. In peak seasons, it's important to account for any potential delays by starting early to ensure that your corporate gifts reach their destinations on time!
Starting early also allows us to source the best products and packaging within your budget paraments without having to settle for alternative products that may be at a higher price point due to inventory being out of stock. By securing gifts well in advance, we also do not fall in the window of having to pay rush fees if we come close to your delivery date!
Gifting requires careful planning, time management and some serious logistical mastery. By creating a gift strategy and avoiding last-minute rushes you can ensure that your gifts make a lasting, feel-good impact with your recipients. Thoughtful and timely corporate gift-giving can strengthen relationships, foster goodwill, and elevate your brand in the eyes of recipients.
Are you ready to work with us? Let us help you create beautiful and intentional corporate gifts that leave a lasting impression long after the holidays gave passed!
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When it comes to representing a clients brand, finding high-quality, reliable branding experts is key. We partner with vendors that specialize in branding and promotional capabilities to provide the best quality, service and product selection for our clients. Our choice to not have these capabilities in house is indeed intentional as we prefer to outsource these needs to vendors who not only have the resources to provide a vast selection of capabilities but also have countless years of professional experience working with the worlds biggest companies! Offering that level of quality and service to our clients is paramount. Our preferred vendors have impeccable standards, an incredible sense of urgency and understand the importance corporate branding.
In this blog post, I am excited to share my top three preferred vendors for branding and promotional products: Stickermule.com, iPromo.com, and 4imprint.com. Each of these vendors has distinct strengths and offerings that make them stand out in the industry. Join me as we explore the unique features and benefits of these vendors and discover why they have secured a spot among my favorites for my clients!
Stickermule.com has earned its reputation as a go-to vendor for high-quality custom stickers, labels, packing tape and more. Their attention to detail, exceptional printing techniques, and dedication to customer satisfaction have impressed me time and time again. Their online ordering process is seamless and user-friendly, allowing you to effortlessly create and customize your branded goods. With a wide range of materials, finishes, and shapes to choose from, Stickermule.com offers endless possibilities to showcase your brand in a visually striking manner. Beyond stickers, they also offer products like magnets, buttons, and packaging tapes (another favorite of ours), making them a one-stop-shop for all your branding needs.
When it comes to promotional products, ipromo.com has consistently delivered outstanding results. Their extensive product catalog spans across various categories, including apparel, bags, drinkware, tech gadgets, and more. What sets ipromo.com apart is their commitment to quality, sense of urgency and attention to detail. Our dedicated Account Manger is an incredible resource, always checking in on us and offering us wonderful product recommendations. They offer a range of customization options, ensuring that your brand message stands out on each product. Their team of experts is readily available to assist with product selection, design, and even offer valuable insights to help you achieve your promotional goals. With ipromo.com, you can confidently elevate your brand visibility and leave a lasting impression on your target audience.
For comprehensive promotional solutions, 4imprint.com is a vendor we use often. Their vast selection of promotional products is tailored to suit diverse business needs and budgets. From classic promotional items like pens, mugs, and keychains to unique and innovative products, 4imprint.com offers something for every need. What impresses me about 4imprint.com is their dedication to customer satisfaction. They provide exceptional customer service, ensuring that your experience from product selection to delivery is seamless and fast. Additionally, their commitment to sustainability is commendable, with a range of eco-friendly products available for businesses looking to align their brand with environmentally conscious values.
In the world of branding and promotion, choosing the right vendors can make a significant difference in the success of our clients marketing efforts. Stickermule.com, iPromo.com, and 4imprint.com have emerged as our top three preferred vendors, each bringing unique strengths and offerings to the table for us and our clients. Whether you're looking for custom stickers and labels, a wide range of promotional products, or comprehensive promotional solutions, these vendors have proven their worth through exceptional quality, attentive customer service, and innovative offerings. With Stickermule.com, ipromo.com, and 4imprint.com, you can confidently take your branding and promotional strategies to new heights and make a lasting impact on your clients, employees, partners and prospects.
Reach out today and let's work together to create a custom gifting strategy!
Introducing Our Latest Gift Launch: Party Favors!
Wedding and party favors are definitely a hot topic in the event industry and to do them or not to do them is the big question! I come from the school of thought that aligns with "you do you" however I will always advise to be intentional when it comes to gifting...even with favors.
My advice on favors is this...
I would agree with most Planners that the "throw away" favors need to stop--they are very wasteful and no one really needs another heart shaped bottle opener, an item with your wedding date on it or a succulent that they won't take care of.
Favors, if you want to have them, should compliment the other details of the event while being a part of the guest experience and the best way to do this is through consumable favors..aka SNACKS!
Food is always a big part of the guest experience and providing a take away favor that can be enjoyed on the ride home, on the bus back to the hotel, or even during pre-ceremony while they wait for things to get started is a thoughtful detail they will love!
Our ready to purchase favor options were sourced from local, women owned business in NY and CT that create delicious treats your guests will certainly appreciate!
Whether you're looking for bridal or baby shower favors, wedding favors or some delicious and unique snacks for your own welcome gift bags for guests - we got you covered! Check out the full list here!
Packaging to Choose From: 3x3x3 Acrylic Cube or Cellophane Bag.
Flavors to Choose From: White Cheddar, Caramel, Celebration Popcorn, Parmesan Garlic, Sour Cream & Chives.
Have questions or want to chat before you place your order? Contact us today! We can't wait to connect!
Corporate events in the summer are an excellent opportunity to show appreciation to your clients, employees, and partners. We've seen some really unique corporate events from rooftop yoga, summer camp style events, wellness retreats, drive-in movie themed outdoor events and more!
To add even more fun and an additional level of appreciation to the mix, we recommend adding a gifting element for a personal touch and to enhance the overall experience. The type of event will ultimately depend on what kind of gift we recommend: welcome bag, consumable favor, swag box or a fun hybrid gift!
When it comes to the logistical part of gifting, we handle it all from design to delivery. This blog will share our step by step process on what it's like to work with us:
The very first start of our process is a scheduled consultation call where we discuss your project specs, budget, and we ask questions surrounding gift details. This consultation typically takes place via Zoom however, we understand time zones and schedules may not always align so we we can also easily send you our custom gifting form to collect the necessary information and begin the process!
While working in Corporate for 10 years, I attended countless trainings, workshops, 5- star dinners, team building exercises, retreats and more (dare I say...boondoggles lol). I can speak from first hand experience in helping coordinate some of these events and attending some of the most stand-out, luxury activations and experiences.
A simple welcome gift goes a long way. Bottle of water, snacks and some amenities.
The type of event will ultimately depend on the types of gifting we can incorporate but the options are endless! If the thought of gifting overwhelms you, stresses you out or you don't have time, let us walk you through our process and help you execute an awesome gifting experience for your corporate event! Contact us today!
Mother's Day is just around the corner, and it's the perfect opportunity to show the special women in our lives how much we love and appreciate them. While flowers and chocolates are always a nice gesture, why not take it a step further and surprise your mom with a thoughtful and unique gift box?
Gift boxes are the perfect way to convey your sentiments and show your love and appreciation for your mom in a tangible way. From gourmet snacks to self care products, there's a gift box for every mom.
In this blog, we'll explore some of the best gift box options for Mother's Day, with a focus on unique, high-quality products that are sure to delight and impress.
So, let's get started! Here are our top 5 picks for Mother's Day gift boxes:
The "Take a Breather" Gift Box: This gift box is perfect for the mom who deserves a little pampering and a break from all she does in her day to day. It includes items relaxing bath salts, Harney and Sons English Breakfast Tea, Happy Spritz: Breathe Deeply Essential Oil Wipes, and a little sweet snack of 6 pack mini chocolate bars. This gift box is a great way to show your mom that you appreciate all the hard work she does.
If your mom is in need of some rest and relaxation, a "Relax and Retreat" gift box could be just what she needs. Imagine a beautifully curated box filled with soothing and luxurious items like a lavender shea butter hand cream, aromatic candle of your choice, gourmet small batch sugared almonds, and artisan cocoa shortbread cookies. With this "Relax and Retreat" gift box, your mom can take some much-needed time for herself and enjoy a moment of peace and tranquility. It's the perfect way to show her how much you care and to help her recharge her batteries.
The "Little Box of Sunshine" Gift Box: For the mom who loves to bake! A gourmet treats gift box that includes your preferred scone mix (lemon, vanilla or blueberry) herbal tea, honeycomb, and gold leaf teaspoon. This gift box is a great way to show your mom how much you care, and to let her indulge in some delicious treats.
The "New Beginnings Home Gift Box" Gift Box: If you're looking for the perfect Mother's Day gift for a baking enthusiast, this gift basket is a fantastic option. We understand that baking is not only a hobby, but it's also a form of art and expression, and we want to help you celebrate your mom's passion with the perfect gift. This gift basket includes: gold measuring cups, choice of preferred scones (vanilla, blueberry or lemon), vanilla bean sugar, dish towel set of two, and an apothecary candle choirce that mom can enjoy while baking!
The "New Mom + Baby" Gift Box: Mother's Day is the perfect opportunity to show new moms some extra love and appreciation. We understand that being a new mom can be challenging, and we want to help you make this special day memorable for them. This is why we are featuring our "New Mom + Baby" Gift Box which includes: Happy Spritz: Essential Oil Wipes, Harper + Ari: Sleep Bath Salts, Yuzu Shower Tablet Steamers, Milk + Honey Olive Oil Soap, and of course Bunnies by the Bay for your new little addition!
📣Although we feel that the women in our life should be recognized every day 📣 Mother's Day is a fun way to celebrate and really highlight our love and appreciation for the amazing women in our lives.
Whether it's your mom, grandmother, stepmom, or mother figure, taking the time to recognize and celebrate their contributions is important so if you're struggling on what to get the woman who has everything, a well-thought-out gift box is a thoughtful and unique way to express your gratitude and affection.
We hope our blog has provided you with some inspiration and guidance in choosing the perfect gift box for your mom this Mother's Day. Remember, it's not about the size or cost of the gift, but the sentiment and thought behind it that truly counts.
Happy Mother's Day to all the incredible moms out there!
As an event professional, you want to ensure that your clients' gifts are not only beautiful and memorable, but also delivered in a timely and organized manner.
With that said, I'm sure at some point you decided to implement gifting into your workflow by DIYING. You purchased all of the inventory and packaging ready to add this to your client onboarding process but ended up finding yourself overwhelmed at the thought. Not realizing it at the beginning, gifting takes time and you found yourself spread a bit too thin. Now, that inventory is taking up real estate in a corner, closet or shelf...
This is the very reason why we offer fulfillment only services for event professionals!
Our fulfillment services are a great way for you to unload your products off your shelves and onto ours. By outsourcing this task to us, you can focus on other aspects of your business, knowing that your gifts are in good hands. We truly make it a breeze.
Here's how it works:
Consultation: First, we'll schedule a consultation with you to discuss your needs and preferences. This includes the type of gifts you want to give, your products, any budget constraints, and other details
Proposal: We create a fully custom proposal with your one of a kind gift, packaging details and pricing.
Send us your products/merch: once you approve our proposal, you send us all of your products to store on site. Once they arrive, we are ready to start packing and shipping your orders all at once or as needed!
Picture added below of one of our fulfillment gifts to clients.
At Lavender + Pine, we pride ourselves on delivering exceptional customer service and high-quality gifts that leave a lasting impression. If you're an event professional looking for a reliable and efficient gift fulfillment partner, we are happy to fill you in on how we can work together.
Want to get started? Click here to book a call to learn more about our services!
As an Event Planner, you know that word of mouth is one of the most effective ways to promote your services, reach new audiences and build a loyal customer base. When a satisfied client refers their friends and family to you, it's a powerful endorsement that can help grow your business. But how can you encourage more referrals?
One strategy is to offer referral gifts which is a thoughtful way to show your appreciation for their loyalty.
As far as timing for referral gifting goes, there never a wrong time of year to surprise and delight! Referral gifts can take many forms, but the key is to make them practical and intentional.
Here are a few gift ideas for referral gifts that event planners can use to thank their clients:
Regardless of the gift you choose, be sure to include a message to let them know that you appreciate their business and the time they took out to refer you. You could even create a referral program with a tiered system of rewards, where clients who refer more people receive bigger and better gifts.
Ready try out referral gifting today? You might be surprised at how effective it can be!If you would like to see more options to send out as gifts for referrals, you can click here! To narrow down your options you can simply include your preferred budget on the left hand side which will allow you to skim through all options available to fulfill your gifting needs!
In honor of Women's History Month, we wanted to keep showcasing some of our favorite go-to women owned businesses we look up to and aspire to be! They share the same ethics, values and mission to use their platforms to support and give back to communities and businesses.
Are you an Event Planner offering welcome gift services for your clients? If so do you outsource this task or keep this in house?
As with any event detail, welcome gifts can be as extravagant or simplistic as your client desires. There is flexibility in pricing, products, packaging and paper details that create a thoughtful experience for hotel guests upon arrival.
They are mostly popular with events where guests are traveling from afar (flying in or 2 hour + commute) and spending at least one night in a hotel, Airbnb, VRBO, Bed & Breakfast or any other venue overnight. Welcome gifts are a very sweet and thoughtful gesture guests will more than appreciate.
With that said, chances are that if your client wants welcome gift bags, most wedding and event planners take this heavy logistical task on themselves and DIY rather than outsource. This is also often done in the few weeks leading up to the event which results in the gifts being assembled during crucial business hours, delegated to a team member that could be working on something more pertinent or bleeding into your down time.
Have you actually calculated the time you put into welcome gifting? From client communication, to ordering/receiving/quality control, to storage to assembly, clean up and delivery. The task itself is considered "easy" but the time taken, really should be compensated on your end and certainly not taking you away from what you do best.
Luckily, our service is the perfect solution to save you time, overwhelm, space and money as we purchase our items in bulk quantities which gives us leverage with packaging costs versus buying at premium pricing on Amazon and other retailer outlets.
As you know, time is money in business so our service also creates space in your timeline to focus on your clients, business needs or simply allows you to take a much needed break.
You or your clients can work with us to create beautiful and thoughtful welcome gifts in two very easy ways!
Both services are designed to make the entire process easy from inquiry to delivery. We become a part of your vendor team and treat every project with the upmost care.
So, whether your looking for company welcome gifts or wedding welcome gifts for hotel guests, we are here to make your life easier! If you want to learn more about our process or have questions, contact us!
In honor of Women's History Month, we wanted to showcase some of our go-to female friendors that we just love working with here at Lavender and Pine!
Each of the women below, in no specific order, are amazing to work with, incredibly talented and run their businesses magnificently. They not only put immense care into their work, they truly adore their clients and create a beautiful experience from start to finish!
Nob Hill Jane® is a Connecticut based calligraphy studio offering modern calligraphy, engraving & hand lettered custom signs for weddings, celebrations & events.
I met Erin when L+P first started! Our first big publication in Brides led me to sending her a message on Instagram asking for help in creating gift tags and welcome notes with her stunning calligraphy. She jumped right in saved the day!
Since then, we work with Erin during the holidays (she creates our holiday gift tags!) and most recently had the pleasure of collaborating with her on an editorial photo shoot located at the Bois Dore in Newport, RI. From paper to pastries (yes, that macaron below is her work!), Erin's calligraphy adds an elegant and elevated touch to your event!
Calling all Event Planners! If you're planning an event this year and your clients request hotel welcome bags for their guests, we can take this often last minute and time consuming task off of your plate with literally a few clicks of a button!
Gifting hotel guests is super popular down south (hello southern hospitality!) and our goal is to bring the thoughtful welcome gift game all over the US by making the process easy, time saving and fun!
So often couples want to DIY welcome gifts thinking it's more affordable and easy- CUE instant regret when they realize these are done during the busiest part of wedding planning, in the week leading up to the big day. What happens next? You guessed it, or experienced it first hand, the Planner takes on the task.
Even if this is a service you offer, I'm here to tell you that unless you really want to do them and being compensated properly for the time and products, you are better off hiring a gift service to take on this task so you and your team can focus on all other aspects of your business. We become a part of your vendor team and integrate into your process seamlessly!
With that said, we worked with developers to create our Welcome Gift Builder that allows you to create 10 or 500 welcome gifts in 10 minutes!
Rather than googling "what to put in welcome bag for weddings" or "welcome bag ideas" - you can simply use this practical Welcome Gift Building Tool that breaks it all down for you.
You are still in control of the gift building process to fit your event vibe, you get to choose items you love without having to coordinate a thing and the best part is you don't have to take the time to build and delivery them- that's on us!
We launched this Welcome Gift Builder as a way to save you time, personal space, overwhelm and brain capacity LOL. In all seriousness, when hosting a major event this is something that shouldn't take up too much of your time as there are sooo many other details to worry about. To break down how easy this should be for you, we have added 6 simple steps below to walk you through our welcome gift builder process.
Pointer: When filling out the Welcome Gift Builder, be sure that all contents that you choose have the same quantities throughout the whole process. You can also play around with budget as it calculates that for you on each screen as you build!
1. Pick your packaging: Choices vary between box and bag options. Depending on the packaging you choose, you will be prompted to click your preferred ribbon/tag option.
2. Click Next: Pick your preferred beverage
3. Choose and click your favorite sweet snack(s)
4. Click Next & add Choose your favorite savory snack(s)
5. Optional Add on! If you don't want to add anything else to your welcome bag, do not feel obligated to. (You can simply skip this step, as your guests will love the surprise of receiving an unexpected welcome gift either way).
6. FINAL step: fill out your event details and click submit!
That's it!! Your welcome bags can come in multiple variations, you can budget accordingly and if you want to add specific stationery, you can send it to us at no additional charge!
Have questions before you get started? CONTACT US