Shopping for clients is tricky. You want to send them gifts that are personal but not too personal, expensive but not over-the-top, thoughtful but not handmade. Something that they'll use and appreciate, and something that will remind them of your company in a positive way.
Here are eight gift options that will leave a good, lasting impression on your clients.
Editor's note: This post has been updated to include the newest version of Ember's ceramic mug.
1. Ember Mug
I received an Ember Mug as a gift, and at first I scoffed: Is it really necessary to keep my coffee at an exact temperature for hours? I've now had mine for three months and can say, no, it is not necessary--but it's a daily luxury that I've grown to love. You can pair the $99.95 new Ember Mug2 with your phone via Bluetooth and digitally control the temperature using the Ember App. You can also customize the mug with your company's logo.
2. Travel Backpack
The Dakota Backpack is great for clients who are constantly on the go or often hit the gym after work. It's made from water-resistant, quick-drying neoprene and has a luggage-handle sleeve for travel. The medium-size pictured above retails for $175 and comes in three sizes and colors.
3. Reusable Water Bottle
Everyone can use another water bottle, particularly the high-end LARQ bottle, which has a UV-C LED light built into the cap that the company claims will eliminate 99 percent of bio-contaminants from water. The 17-ounce bottle sells for $95 and you can personalize it for an extra $15.
4. Mood-Boosting Desk Lamp
These small and stylish lamps, which appeared on a recent episode of Shark Tank, are meant to mimic the color and brightness of the sun. The light therapy is designed to help regulate circadian rhythm (the body's way of telling you when to sleep and stay awake), which also can boost your mood, help you concentrate, and give you more energy. The Lampu Lamp weighs just 1.4 pounds and is 8.8 inches tall, meaning it can easily fit on most desks, and it sells for $69.99.
5. Wine Carrier
Wine is always a nice, though not exactly surprising, gift. If you want to up the ante this year, consider sending a bottle in a custom wine bag. This higher-end black leather bag from Bloomingdale's retails for $250 and comes with a bottle opener and complimentary monogramming.
6. Coffee Sampler
Another standard but appreciated gift: coffee, and lots of it. La Colombe offers a coffee sampler with six of the company's popular and seasonal Workshop blends. The handsomely packaged box goes for $30.
7. All-in-One Charging Station
A three-in-one charging station is a practical gift to help banish tangled desk chords. Elago's charger retails for $24.99 and works with Apple products including AirPods, iPhones, and Apple Watches. For extra convenience, a larger wireless charging pad from Courant, above, has a classy leather finish and retails for $175.
8. Airbnb Gift Card
If you're going to go with a gift certificate this year, skip the Starbucks card and go with something a little more unexpected and luxurious: an Airbnb gift card. You pick the amount--maybe it's a few hundred dollars for a night in a beautiful shack in Santorini, or just enough to tour a local museum. Airbnb gift cards don't expire, so clients won't feel pressured to use them right away.