Christmas is the best time of year to connect with new and existing clients. Giving gifts with your business card or branding included can help to improve your exposure while showing clients you appreciate them.
If your business is one that prides itself on an environmentally conscious image, choosing eco-friendly corporate Christmas gifts could be a useful way to promote your brand.
Here are five of the best environmentally friendly corporate gift ideas.
Christmas cards are the classic corporate gift. Not only are they the best way to get your message across to clients, they’re also easily customizable to match your company’s branding.
Colors, themes and prints can be updated with a seasonally festive approach and could include a group photo of your staff. Clients and colleagues will enjoy sharing in the Christmas spirit and will appreciate being included in your well-wishes.
Choosing a printer who uses recycled paper and modern latex inks in the production of your cards can also help to reduce your impact on the environment, as these methods re-use paper and plastic, as well as heavily reduce water used in the printing process.
Cups and Beverages
Tea and coffee are a staple of any office. Including a branded coffee cup with your clients’ Christmas gifts can help to remind them of you when they’re making their daily coffee.
Disposable coffee cups are very difficult to recycle because they use a mix of paper and plastic. This means that they are quickly becoming a leading contributor to landfills.
Modern, sustainable coffee cups can help to reduce waste by avoiding the use of disposable cups. Not only can this help save the environment, but it can also save money, too, as bringing a personal cup to some cafés can be rewarded with a cheaper coffee.
For those who prefer tea, a branded tea kettle or strainer may encourage a switch to loose leaf tea, reducing the waste created by boxes of bagged tea. Other sustainable beverage options can include branded water bottles and reusable metal straws, both of which reduce dependence on single use plastics.
Bags and Wrapping Paper
Christmas gifts just aren’t the same if they aren’t wrapped. However, the waste that wrapping paper creates can be excessive. Placing your presents in re-usable gift bags provides the opportunity to include your branding on environmentally friendly, re-usable bags.
Not only does this let your brand go wherever the bag is brought, but it also helps to associate your business with an environmentally conscious image.
A high quality, reusable bag can often be a useful item and cuts back on unnecessary paper and plastic waste. However, if you can’t go past the feeling of unwrapping a gift on Christmas, why not opt for recycled paper? Include your brand on the wrapping paper or use brand colors in your Christmas theme.
Solar powered devices are some of the most useful corporate gift ideas as they can be used in a variety of situations and are generally manufactured to a high quality. Solar energy powers many devices including lights, fans and speakers and these make ideal gifts complete with your branding.
Solar powered devices are a sustainable option and often don’t require batteries, meaning they can be used straight out of the box and will keep working when the power is out. They can also be quickly recharged on a sunny day, making them a useful and environmentally conscious corporate Christmas gift.
Making a charitable donation in your client’s name is a special way to share the Christmas spirit and support the community. Charities such as the Salvation Army use donated funds to help bring Christmas cheer to families facing difficulty.
Another option is to sponsor a child’s education in a developing country. Your client can receive updates on their progress, letting them know that their gift is making a difference.
No matter which gift you choose, one or a combination of these ideas will help you reduce your environmental impact this Christmas and leave a positive impression for your brand. Which gift idea will you choose? Let us know in the comments below.
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