Why Gifting Is More Important Than Ever

…..and how to overcome some of the most relevant gifting challenges

This year has been unlike anything we’ve ever seen!  COVID has taken over our lives, schools, businesses, everything!  And all the while, employees and customers have stuck by and weathered the storm with us.  So this year, more than any other, it’s so important to show gratitude for their dedication, loyalty and hard work. 

THANK YOU:  Two small words, one big impact.  And gift-giving often plays a crucial role in showing your gratitude.  Employees have been working hard during the pandemic, and often under very stressful circumstances like pay cuts, juggling the work/life balance more than ever, or potentially even being frontline and all the fear that can entail.  Customers have also done some heavy lifting.  They’ve shopped small, ordered direct, and sometimes even spent when they themselves were strapped, in order to keep their favorite businesses going.  Recognizing all this sacrifice and showing gratitude for it is incredibly important this year, and will help retain such valuable pieces of your organization next year. 

You don’t have to spend a fortune to show your appreciation!  We know budgets are tighter than ever right now.  Luckily, the trend for gifts this year will be smaller and less expensive, but more useful. 

As folks are spending much more time at home, think about household items that are used regularly.  With so many more folks cooking and eating at home, the Bamboo Cutting Board With Custom Box (RANNC-LUUJC) is a great option.  Other ideas would include kitchen kits (think mixing spoons, oven mits, measuring equipment, etc.), tools (full-on tool sets, multi-tools or specialty tools like a magnetized bowl to hold screws), timepieces (clocks, clock/thermometer combos) and electronics (charging cables, power banks, charging stations), just to name a few! 

With fall and winter just around the corner, a cozy blanket is always a good choice.  Need a budget option?  Go for the Cozy Fleece Blanket (UTTHE-HGWTU)While still very nice and functional, the price is just right!  If you want more “warmth on the go”, we have great options for hats, scarves and gloves, some that even come in sets with all 3 pieces!

How about a “hug-in-a mug”?  The 15 Oz. Full Color Mug with Four Assorted Tea Bags (SYTFE-NDQRU) is a great way to spread warmth all through the season!  There is an option to upgrade to hot cocoa, and there are a variety of stock art designs that we can drop your name or logo into that takes all the guess work out for you!

A favorite around the Barefoots Swag office- shortbread type cookie with delicious chocolate.

And let’s be real, who doesn’t love a yummy treat?  Our Rectangle Custom Molded Chocolate Cookie (MYPNH-MEAHT) comes in both rectangular and round, milk and dark chocolate, and is one of our most popular (and cost-effective!) holiday treats.  Our customers’ employees and clients love them so much, they ask for them year after year!

KUDOS:  During hard times, nothing keeps employees, volunteers and patrons encouraged quite like hearing “job well done!”  This can build so much good will that translates into major retention.  The last thing any company or organization wants is to lose the people power that makes them special.   So recognizing excellence in your people, especially during a time of overwhelming challenges, will go a LONG way!

You don’t have to do the typical “awards”!  Glass, acrylic, paper weights, etc. are fantastic, but are a bit irrelevant right now as many folks aren’t in their offices (or traditional professional settings) to show them off.  So why not give them a “functional award”?  With a number of options that require no minimum quantity or setup charge, you can personalize each item to reflect sales goals met, years of service, special positions held, or any other achievement. 

Two GREAT options for functional gifts are the Sonosphear™ wireless Speaker (OTRGB-LTNAN) and the Signature Collection Mini Sono (VWOHJ-NNKJJ)Priced at $80 and $110, respectively, for just a single piece, (that’s right, we give you some special pricing on this one!), these unique pieces rival pricing of any traditional awards, but with an extra “wow” factor that the recipient is sure to appreciate!

Nothing says “functional” quite like a quality piece of drinkware!  And with no minimum and no setup, you can once again use this as an opportunity to personalize your message to each person.  The 20 Oz. Polar Camel Ringneck Tumbler (ZTRGJ-NANAN) is a wonderful option, offering a variety of colors.  Other similar styles include the 30 oz Polar, the 12oz Wine Polar, and the 20oz Pilsner Polar. 

HOW DO I GET IT THERE?  That’s a question we’ve been hearing A LOT!!  With people working from home (including our customers and clients!), the distribution challenges are REAL!  But don’t worry…. We’ve got you covered!  We can drop-ship our items to any address necessary, even international! (some restrictions do apply)  And some of our suppliers are even being extra generous in trying to help with shipping challenges by offering lower or waived drop-ship fees and special flat rate shipping.  So we’re sure to be able to get what you need, where you need it!

THERE IS NO “ONE SIZE FITS ALL”:  We understand that each organization, project, campaign, and budget are different.  Please reach out to us directly to discuss your needs and we can help you work to meet them!  We pride ourselves on helping you find the solution that FITS FOR YOU!  We’ll never try to sell you something that doesn’t work for what you need (though we may suggest some solutions that maybe you didn’t know were available, just for your consideration). 

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Work From Home Kits For Employees

With the COVID-19 pandemic and the push to flatten the curve to reduce the spread of the virus many companies and businesses are implementing work from home policies for employees and staff. Making this transition as easy possible while maintaining a connection is important.

Work from home kits are a great way to provide employees with tools they need to be productive, yet also still feel like they are part of a team and still connected to the company and their colleagues.

Not everyone already has a home office set up. Selecting items that will make working remotely or from home an easy transition for everyone is the first step. Notebooks and pens are a logical first step. These fun desk in a box kits come prefilled with a variety of useful items that most people don’t have lying around at home. Mouse pads that serve a dual purpose, such as notepad or wireless qi charger, along with a wireless mouse and multi port usb hub could round the kit. Bluetooth speakers that can be used for conference calls (or to help drown out household noise) or bluetooth earbuds and headphones help cut down on distractions and make communicating with team members or clients easier. As they may be spending more time in front of a computer, blue blocker glasses will help relieve eye strain.

This Bluetooth speaker features a built in microphone for hands free calling, perfect for conference calls, webinars or zoom meetings.

Functional items are important, but so is a little fun and creativity to help lighten the mood. How about a fun hat or shirt imprinted with “this is my work from home uniform”? Stress balls and squeeze toys, travel mugs (we can help you personalize those with each individuals name, making it easier to keep up with when they return to work), pedometers to encourage everyone to get outside or to make sure they are getting some exercise each day or something aromatherapy inspired to help ease this stressful situation.

Once you have all your items selected, let’s look at how to package and deliver everything.

Packing all items into a bag is a practical way to deliver the gifts. If employees don’t have a dedicated office space, this offers them a solution to move everything from the kitchen table or living room in the evening to keep all their work safe and in one place. Then when they “commute” back to work in the morning everything is right there in the bag. We can even personalize bags with their name so when they do return to the office they know which bag is theirs. Personalization is available on select bags such as the duffel bag below. Let us know if you would like to see other bags that are available with individual names.

Personalizing the bag with an individual’s name makes this a long lasting and useful item even after they return to the office. This option is available on several of our bag styles.

Another option is printed boxes that can be mailed or shipped directly to each employee. Depending on the items selected, we can insert foam into the box to securely hold items or use other packaging as needed. Already have some swag in your office you would like to include? We can do that as well.

We can kit your items and drop ship directly to each employee so you don’t have to distribute them or have employees come back to the office to pick them up.

Let us help you put together a Remote Work kit that will fit your needs and those of your employees or staff. Call or email today to get started.

Need to get items out quick? Tell us what the most important items are that your employees need help set up their remote office and we find a pre-made kit to help fill those needs.

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