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Shopping Tips for Holiday Business Gifts

Shopping Tips for Holiday Business Gifts

Make a list and check it twice!

By Hillary Mendelsohn |

Shop smart for employees and valued customers this holiday season with these guidelines from a gift-giving expert.

With the holidays fast approaching – and the number of shopping days quickly disappearing – it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to give your staff and customers to show your appreciation for their hard work and continued business. But before you begin shopping, read this list of dos and don’ts that’ll help you select just the right gift.

Do . . .

  • create a list. Write down exactly which people you need to purchase gifts for, then think about each recipient’s interests and set a budget for each one.
  • get creative. Think about the personal interests of your recipients (movie buff, sports enthusiast, music fan, etc.), and buy thoughtful gifts that will show you really put some time and effort into choosing the right gift. Remember to write a personal note to let that person know the gift was chosen especially for them.
  • research your options. According to a new study by Office Depot, 46 percent of shoppers report finding the perfect gifts for family, friends and colleagues the “most challenging” aspect of the holiday season. Reduce stress and productivity by doing your research online before actually making any purchases.
  • visit unexpected locations. From the post office and the U.S. Mint to your local office supply or hardware store, there are a multitude of unexpected locations that offer interesting gift ideas.
  • combine shopping trips. Pick up great holiday gifts – from digital cameras and DVRs to MP3 players and GPS devices – at stores that you’re already visiting or that are nearby other places you’ll be stopping.

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