How to make sure you don’t buy… just another useless gift!

When was the last time you opened a gift box and said….REALLY? Moments that are meant to bring joy, sometimes end up bringing the giver a sense of embarassment and the receiver some share of anger and upset.

Have you even been on the giving or receiving side of such gifts…which end up making you feel, ‘oh come on, it’s a hands-me-down gift or a passing-the-parcel gift, or a gift that you have absolutely no use for…like the comb to a bald person!

Be honest. Most of us have been there before…!

Here are 3 ways to steer clear of this in the future:

1. Buy a voucher – when you don’t know the person well enough never take a chance – go safe, buy a gift voucher for a place where he/she can get enough options to choose from.

2. Pass the parcel – These are those gifts that you can’t throw and you can’t use either. Reasons could be many – your favourite aunt got you this, how can you give it away? Or you got it as a recognition at work for a milestone achieved…whatever the reason, if you don’t need it, pass it on. The only thing you want to be careful about here is make sure there is no gift tag inside the box, the person you are passing it to has a genuine need for this item, and that it is not damaged!

3. Ask a close friend – If gift vouchers are not your thing, ask a close friend of the receiver and find out their tastes and preferences. Then pick the gift so you know you are on the right track.

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Leena Munot

The Giving Tree

3 mistakes to avoid when you buy gifts!

With the summer all ready to leave and the monsoon waiting to set in, we too have been sweating it out to bring to you the best gifts for this season. Why? Well, that’s the one thing we love to do the most – find new ways to make you and your teams feel super special when they receive a gift that is hand crafted, customized and made with love just for them. While we enjoy doing what we do best, we thought it may be a good idea to help you make the right choices with gifting this year.

Here are 3 mistakes you want to avoid when you choose a channel partner:

1. The hungry one wins: Never sign up with a partner who is slow to revert to your queries on mail, doesn’t return your calls or send you samples on time. How we do one thing is how we do everything!  You want to work with partners / vendors who have an intent to serve you in a way you appreciate and who are hungry enough for more business and growth – this includes prompt, clear and honest communication.

2. Trust me, trust me not: Never place an order of gifts with a new partner just because you are desperate.The best way to avoid this situation is to always have at least 3 to 4 very reliable and trustworthy partners who you’ve known in the past and whose work you have seen. (Don’t shy from asking for references and doing your due diligence)

3. Go local: To make sure you have a stress free time when you look forward to get those gifts, try to source locally as far as possible. It may cost a few bucks extra, but will save you a whole lot of tension that logistical gluts can cause you.(which happen very often, thanks to strikes, weather and some fat lies!)

Remember gifting is about making someone feel special, not about getting super stressed!

You want to be doing this as often as you can to build up your team’s energy, motivation and create an atmosphere of happiness and fun at work. Doing this stress free will go a long way!

It is important to find a channel partner who will help you on how to choose the right gift and make the right impact. Whether it is to thank a client, or impress an associate, make sure you do enough ground work before you say YES to any gifting idea this season. We are India’s most innovative corporate gift house, and there are plenty of reasons that make us the best!

Leena Munot
The Giving Tree