By now we’ve all heard the saying “extra”, which typically means someone or something is a bit over the top, dramatic, or excessive.  And while that might not be the best quality for a personality trait, it’s the PERFECT quality for a holiday gift meant to impress…which is where our food gifts come in! 

Initially, food gives people warm feelings.  It’s comforting, and tasty, so it instantly makes them happy.  This year we’re focusing on how to extend that good feeling beyond the holidays, transforming it into a lasting impression.  And we’ve identified two main ways to do that:  1) high-end quality and 2) food gifts combined with tangible, branded items.

HIGH-END QUALITY: Think about the last NICE gift you got. Was it name brand? Hand crafted? Super thoughtful? The latest trend? Now imagine giving someone a food gift that was all of those things! Our newest brand, Batch and Bodega, combines quality food from small-batch makers from across the country with branded swag to create a unique (and much loved!) gift experience. With different pricing tiers, you’re sure to find something that works with your budget!

Pictured here is the Hello There: Deluxe (JYQFI-NWKKS). It includes products from Poppy Handcrafted Popcorn, Byrd’s Cookie Company, Giddy Up Nuts, Martin’s Handmade Pretzels, Little Apple Treats, Grey Ghost Bakery, and a lovely journal from OrigAudio. The box comes fully customized, making a branded impression from the start! As with all of the B&B products, you can do this full kit at the top tier, or slide down to tiers 2 or 1 with a smaller selection of products to fit a more limited budget.

Maybe a virtual holiday happy hour is on your agenda? If so, the Speakeasy: Light (HZOKD-NWXJB) is the perfect option that will make everyone feel extra special. This kit includes bourbon cookies, salted caramels, Old Fashioned infused ice cubes, and a customized flask. Upgrade to tiers 2 or 3 to add mixers, additional ice cube flavors and coasters.

And I know we’re talking holiday gifts here, but let’s face it, birthdays are a big deal! Whether it’s your employee’s, your customer’s or even better, your company’s, birthdays are a time to celebrate. So why not do it with this kit?

The Yay, You!: Regular (VZOIA-NWXJS) includes birthday cake ice cream cones, cotton candy, marshmallows, rice crispy treat, and celebratory lapel pins, along with a personalized note. Upgrade to the Deluxe for an even bigger party and add party cracker cookies and sprinkles. What better way to say “we’re glad you’re here and a part of our world!”?

Whatever the occasion, let us pair you up with some Batch & Bodega goodness for a special and memorable treat all are sure to love!

FOOD + SWAG = LOVE: Food gifts are a crowd pleaser every time! But if you want to take it to the next level, and really extend your brand’s “shelf life”, pair food with branded swag.

Let’s start with a classic… a ham or turkey. Many companies hand these out to employees at the holidays as a sign of gratitude, not just to them, but their entire family (I mean come on, who can eat one of those things alone?!). Things are a little different this year and everyone isn’t in the office, so why not let us handle drop shipping a Honey Cured Boneless Ham with Bamboo Cutting Board (MUSHC-ILNYQ) for you? There are also options for a bone-in half ham, whole ham, or smoked turkey breast.

Speaking of family, why not treat them to a movie night in? They choose the movie and you provide the popcorn with this Movie Night Gourmet Popcorn Gift Set (BCVKH-NNRGX). This set includes a reusable popcorn popper, kernels and multiple seasonings, sure to tackle any snack craving! And when the movies DO open again, they can smuggle their own snacks in using their branded tote bag (but shhhhh, don’t tell anyone!).

The holidays are a time for parties! Help get things going with the Party Starter with Bamboo Cutting Board (ITUIH-JNMOT). A little sweet, a little savory, a LOT of happy! This set comes with a variety of nuts, meat, cheese, crackers, a cutting board and a meat/cheese knife. A shelf-stable option is also available, so it’s perfect for everyone!

I’m in Michigan, so when I think of holidays, I think of cold weather and snow. But the reality is, there’s a LOT of the US that is warm in the winter, and what better option for those folks than the Bodacious BBQ Gift Set (AVPKB-NTDWJ). It comes in 8 different color schemes and includes the Grill Master Apron (complete with a bottle opener, padded oven mitt and towel), Chicago Steak & Chop Seasoning, Kansas City Classic Rub, Athenian Herb Dryglaze, Vermont Grill Dryglaze, Santa Fe Dryglaze and an All Purpose Tote.

Sometimes a tasty little sweet treat is the perfect gift, and our Bite-Sized Delights (VZVNA-MWTWK) are no exception! This set (also available in a 6 pack) comes packaged in a reusable wooden crate that’s made in the USA, complete with your logo on the front, leaving a lasting reminder once the cookies are gone (and believe me, they won’t last long!).

So whether it’s a high class, handcrafted treat, a traditional ham with a cutting board, or a less traditional barbecue kit for the warm weather folks (or the grilling die-hards!), we’ve got you covered!! And no matter what you choose, all of these are sure to be appreciated, and most importantly, remembered.

Call or email today and we will help you find the perfect company holiday gifts.


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). 866-247-4320