Holiday Client Gift Guide in 2020 [By Top Industries]

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Giving a gift to a client can be tricky. On the one hand, you want it to be professional, but you also want to give something that will make a lasting impression. If you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas for clients, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of thoughtful holiday gifts that will show your clients just how much you appreciate their business.

Client Gift Ideas by Industry

Whether you’re working in real estate, law, or business, we’ll help you find the perfect Christmas gift for your clients. We’ve broken it down into some of the most common occupations and included few gift ideas for each.

With such an extensive list of great ideas, we’ve made it easier for you to choose by breaking down some holiday gift ideas for clients into six popular client types:

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Real Estate Agents / Brokers

  • Wine Tool Set – Congratulate homeowners on their new space with a bottle of wine and a wine toolset that includes aerators, decanters, and bottle stoppers.
  • Serving Tray – Bright, color serving trays are a perfect way to bring some color into a new home. 
  • Stationery – Gift your clients some personalized stationery with their new address listed. Include some fountain or ballpoint pens as well.  
  • Essential Oils – There are dozens of scents to choose from that can fill a new home or office with a welcoming aroma. Include a few Christmas scents like peppermint or vanilla. 
  • Throw Blanket – A stylish throw blanket makes the perfect addition to any living room, office space, or bedroom. 
  • Soup and Cookies – Nothing brings warmth and comfort to a client like homemade soup, cookies, and rolls or a great holiday treat like s’mores. The Housewarming or S’mores Package from Spoonful of Comfort brings just that with delicious, homemade treats. 
  • Personalized Welcome Mat – Get it printed with their last name for their home or office.

HR Departments / Directors

  • Gourmet Coffee Blends – For the person who loves coffee. Consider this one that features flavors from around Italy, including Venice, Rome, and Florence.
  • Box of Teas – For those not into coffee, give a box of teas for them to enjoy. Consider introducing them to flavors from around the world with this cute set. 
  • Essential Oil Diffuser – To keep their office or home smelling great all year round, give an essential oil diffuser. Don’t forget to include a few of their favorite scents.
  • Coffee Shop Gift Cards – So they can grab a cup of java or their favorite treat before they start the day.
  • Personalized Fortune Cookies – With a message of appreciation from you wrapped inside.
  • Branded Cupcakes – They may not last long, but you can gift your client tasty cupcakes with your company name or logo on it.  

Office Admins / Assistants

  • Terrariums – Consider filling it with low-maintenance plants like succulents to bring some color to your client’s desk. 
  • Olive Oils – Yes, there are different types of olive oil! This gift is for your clients that love to cook or experiment in the kitchen.
  • Desk Organizers – To help your busy clients stay organized and productive.  
  • Box of Cookies – To munch on all afternoon. Go ahead and grab yourself a box, too. 
  • Cocoa Mix – For those cold Christmas nights curled up in front of the fireplace, a little hot cocoa can help them warm up from the inside. 
  • Bulk Gift Baskets: If you have a large client base, take advantage of bulk gift basket orders from Spoonful of Comfort. Don’t forget to sign up for our loyalty program for extra rewards.

Lawyers

  • Wireless Phone Chargers – These can get a phone battery to 100% in just a few minutes. 
  • Quote of the Day Cards – When the grind gets overwhelming, these are good for a daily dose of motivation.
  • Homemade Soup – Warm up your clients on a cold December night with homemade soups from Spoonful of Comfort. 
  • Cheese and Crackers Basket – Check out an option like this one where clients can sample Wisconsin’s best cheese on top of a delicious cracker.
  • Wine or Champagne – A little treat to help them relax after spending a long day in court together or after a big win. 
  • Customized Stationery – Complete this custom gift with their name, contact information, or practice on it. 
  • Fancy Chocolates – To satisfy your client’s cravings for a sweet treat. 
  • Collector’s Items – If your client collects things like stamps, old coins, model cars, or rare books, give them something they can add to their collection. 
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Accountants

  • Themed Calendars – Get your clients ready for the new year with a themed calendar with their favorite TV show or movie on it or with a humorous one to brighten their day.
  • Home-Brewing Kit – Enjoy a little Christmas spirit with a home-brewing kit where customers can find their own unique flavor of beer.
  • Joke of the Day Desk Set – Bring some humor to their day with these daily jokes. Just don’t blame us if they try them out on you the next time you see them! 
  • Entertainment Gifts – Anyone would love leisure treats like theater gift cards, refillable popcorn buckets, or mugs to their favorite playhouse or movie theater. 
  • Gourmet Cookies – Whether they set them out for Santa or enjoy one themselves, a cookie care package from Spoonful of Comfort is a perfect holiday treat. 
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Financial Advisors & Wealth Managers

  • Coffee Table Book – There’s no better way to bring some color and literary charm to a coffee table or bookshelf. Consider something related to finance to provide clients with extra financial support. 
  • Tote Bag – Help customers carry all their holiday gifts with a tote bag with your company’s logo printed on it. 
  • Coupons or Discounts – To help your client save a little extra money during the holidays, give a coupon to local stores or provide them with a discount to online vendors.
  • Magazine Subscription – Keep your customers in the know about what’s going in the industry with a magazine subscription to Fortune, US Banker, or Earning’s Perspective.
  • Tile Mate – Help your customers keep track of their wallet, phone, or keys with a Tile Mate that has your company name or logo on it.

Cosmetic Surgeons & Medical Spas

  • Corporate Gift Package – To encourage clients to relax and destress during the holidays—or when recuperating from a procedure—with a bowl full of warm soup, cookies, a comfortable throw, and slippers. 
  • Cosmetic Storage Trolley – They can use this to hold all their tools and supplies and it’s easy to maneuver. 
  • Cute Bib Apron – Perfect for a hair stylist, eyelash technician, or cosmetologist to keep them clean while working. 
  • Makeup Bag or Tote – Here’s another option to keep brushes, makeup, or other beauty tools organized and accessible. 
  • Gift Cards – You can help them buy from a local beauty store where they can pick up their favorite products. 
  • Ring Holder Necklace – This can be helpful so they don’t lose their wedding ring while they’re at work. 
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Christmas Client Gift Ideas for Everyone and Every Industry

Rather than gifting something that will eventually end up pushed to the side of a desk or in a closet, give something more unique. Not only will this leave a more memorable impression with your customers, but it will also strengthen your relationship. Plus, you’ll show how much you appreciate their business with a gift that is thoughtful and unexpected. For ideas, check out this list of unique client Christmas gift ideas. 

Unique Gifts

  • Bluetooth Knit Beanie – This can keep your clients warm while listening to music, podcasts, or audiobooks on their morning commute.
  • Charging Cord Bracelet – This bracelet not only looks great, but it’s compatible with most tablets and phones. 
  • Terrarium Candle – Consider putting a cactus, poppy, or succulent inside to bring both color and light to their workspace. 
  • Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelet – Yes, another bracelet—a really cool one, too. Your favorite clients can take their favorite scents with them wherever they go.
  • Travel-Sized Gin and Tonic Kit – This is even TSA-approved so your clients can enjoy a drink on their next flight. 

Personalized Holiday Gifts for Clients

  • Bamboo Cutting Board – You can get it engraved with your client’s last name, your company name, or favorite quote. 
  • Custom Watercolor Portrait – Get them a portrait of the house or car you sold them, or maybe just their favorite photo. 
  • Home State Candle – Help bring a sense of home wherever they are. 
  • Custom-Patterned Socks – Who doesn’t want socks with your company’s logo or a team photo printed on them?
  • Personalized Coffee Mug – Print your company’s logo or name onto a coffee mug or with a photo, quote, or picture you know they love.

Simple Gifts

  • Wall Art – A framed poster, photo, or quote to hang on their wall.
  • Kitchen Tools – This can help clients get dinner on the table faster.
  • Christmas Tree Ornaments – Do you know their favorite book or movie? Or do you have an inside joke? Thoughtful ornaments are always appreciated (assuming your client celebrates Christmas).
  • Specialty Beer – You can choose something local, seasonal, or even a little weird.
  • Gourmet Pancake Mix – Throw in some maple syrup for a delicious Christmas breakfast. 
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Inexpensive Gifts

  • A Treat Jar – Take the time to fill a vase or jar with their favorite candy or sweets. 
  • Board Games – This is a gift they can enjoy with their entire family.
  • Puzzle Books – If they’re a puzzle fan, they’ll love a book full of crosswords, word searches, or sudoku.
  • Winter Skin Care Products – If you have a personal one-to-one relationship with your clients (such as clientele at a salon or a gym), consider personal care items like lip balm, moisturizer, or shaving lotion.
  • Gift Card – It’s up to you how inexpensive this one is, but consider getting them a card to spend at a local bookstore.

Handmade Gifts

  • Chalkboard Coasters – These are a fun and inexpensive gift that can be decorated in hundreds of ways. 
  • Baked Goods – Homemade bread, pies, or treats are always appreciated during the holiday season. 
  • Personalized Photo Candles – Photo candles are really easy to make and cost next to nothing. Give your client a gift of your team or print your company’s logo on it.
  • Sunglass Case – If you can sew, use your skills to make a sunglass case with a fun pattern or embroider your company name onto it. Include a pair of cheap sunglasses too. 

Fun Holiday Gift Ideas for Clients

  • Deep Sea Sand Art – This is simple, lovely, and adds a beautiful touch to your client’s mantle, coffee table, or office desk. 
  • Beer Caddy – Including a bottle opener, this beer caddy holds up to six bottles and can be taken anywhere—although probably not the office. 
  • Yoga Dice – A fun twist on yoga, these dice can help your clients relax or shake up their yoga routine. 
  • Bath Bomb Gift Set – Your clients can use this kit to make bath bombs themselves using their favorite scents. 
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Gifts for Male Clients

  • Classy Wallet or Money Clip – Perfect for the guy who’s still using his first wallet. 
  • Cigar Travel Set – Cigar smokers don’t usually keep it to themselves. This is for your cigar-loving clients who are always on the move. 
  • Tie Gift Set – An upgrade from the traditional Father’s Day gift, this set includes a wooden case, cufflinks, and tie clip. 

Gifts for Female Clients

  • Yoga Mat – If you’ve got a yoga-loving client, you can’t beat a quality, non-stick yoga mat for their favorite exercise. 
  • Winter Boots – If you know your client’s shoe size, a pair of winter boots can keep feet warm and pair with any outfit. Then again, a gift card so they can pick out their own might be better.
  • Sangria Mix – You certainly don’t have to be female to enjoy the sweet taste of sangria, so consider this for any client who’ll enjoy it. Include a bottle of rum or brandy to make it all-inclusive. 

Holiday Gift Baskets with Free Shipping

One gift that is sure to please everyone is a holiday gift basket. These baskets can be customized to fit the interests and preferences of your clients and are very affordable. For example, Spoonful of Comfort recently released new holiday gift baskets that come with mouthwatering soups, cookies, and rolls—and free shipping. You can also customize it to ensure your client gets something they’ll really enjoy. 

Below are a few more Christmas gifts for clients that are all food-related.

Holiday Food Gift Ideas

  • Christmas cookie gift package – Nothing ends a long year (or a long-haul sleigh ride) better than some sink-your-teeth-into sweets like cookies.
  • Sugar Cookies – Cut and decorate them in popular Christmas shapes. Even if they turn out to look like blobs, everyone loves sugar cookies!
  • Gingerbread House Decorating Kit – For the kid in everyone. This makes a great family activity for your clients—or even a solo one since you get to eat the house when you’re done.
  • Fudge – Make it more holiday-themed by topping the fudge with candy canes, chopped nuts, or marshmallow fluff. 
  • Pies – Pumpkin, chocolate, or apple pies. Blueberry? Go for it.
  • Spiced Rum Fruitcake – This is a great option because it can be made weeks in advance while still tasting great.

Why are Food Gifts the Best Holiday Gifts for Clients? 

Everyone needs food, which is why food gifts are the perfect gift for your clients. Delivering something homemade or dropping off a gift basket filled with food shows that you were thinking of them. 

The Monetary Details

When it comes to giving Christmas gifts to clients, you may be wondering how much you should spend, whether it’s tax-deductible, or what best practices are. We’ve sorted out all the monetary details for you below. 

How Much Should You Spend on a Client Gift?

The amount you spend on Christmas gifts for clients is dependent on a few factors: your budget, client volume, and the different levels of revenue you obtain from each client. You’ll also want to check the maximum gift value clients are allowed to accept, especially if your clients work in a government or non-profit setting.

It’s important to show your clients that you value their business enough to send a gift for the holidays, but you don’t need to break the bank. In fact, according to a study published by Incentive, nearly 70% of corporate respondents said they spend less than $100 per client on gifts each year.

If you have a ton of clients but a small budget, don’t be afraid to keep the gifts small and inexpensive. A handwritten note is still a great way to show you care and you’re thinking about them.

Are Client Gifts Tax-Deductible? 

Business gifts are indeed tax-deductible, but certain limitations apply. Regardless of how much you spend, only $25 can be deducted for each recipient for the entire year. So, if you send one client three different gifts over the course of a year, you can only deduct $25 from the total cost for all three gifts.

If you’re giving the gift of entertainment, like event tickets, you can deduct up to $50 from the total for the whole year.

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Get a Discount with Bulk Spoonful of Comfort Orders

With the right gift, you can express your appreciation and leave your clients with a lasting impression and a frequent reminder of your business. No matter how big your clientele is, you can find dozens of Christmas gift baskets available that you can purchase in bulk at a great price. To help get you started in your search, request a catalog weight unique Christmas packages available from Spoonful of Comfort, available at a discounted price for corporation accounts.