Corporate Gifting 2021 Part 2: Solving Gift Giving Challenges

You get it. Corporate gifting is more important this year than ever due to the remote workplace and your employees, vendors and clients being more dispersed.

Gift giving can be a simple concept with complex challenges. How much should the company spend on gifts? How can you make the gift memorable so it’s not just put aside to be forgotten? How do you manage the shipping logistics of sending gifts to recipients in various places?

On top of it all, with the vast selection of gift ideas comes a dizzying array of choices and decisions to make. 

We’ve compiled a list of top corporate gifting challenges and solutions to conquer them so you can sleigh your competition this holiday season.

Challenge #1

What is an appropriate amount to spend on a gift?


While there is not a magic number to how much you should spend on a business gift, the majority of companies budget between $50 to $150 per gift. C-suite, executives and top clients skew toward the higher end of that range, and other recipients trend toward the lower end.

Whatever budget you decide on, keep in mind that the business gift you send reflects on the image of your company. It may be tempting to save by finding knock-off or cheaper products, they can impair your company image so opt for quality. 

Challenge #2

Where should we begin on selecting a gift?


Some companies and many government offices will have a gift policy limiting the dollar value of a gift or even prohibiting gifts. Do your due diligence and check with your recipients to determine the limitations of gift giving so they don’t have to return the item.

Once you have determined if there are limitations around gifting, there are many ways to go about selecting a gift. If your company and clients are local, you may want to consider supporting another local business. With a quick Google search, you may also find companies that specialize in corporate gifts.

Popular product categories for gifts include home goods, technology/electronics, drinkware, bags, and gift baskets. We have found that companies favor technology gifts because they are practical and perceived as premium. Tech gifts also show that your company is modern and forward-thinking. 

Technology devices, one of the most popular product categories for gifting, are both practical and premium.
Technology devices, one of the most popular product categories for gifting, are both practical and premium.

Challenge #3

How do we do make the gift memorable?


Because each one of us receives an abundance of gifts during the holidays, how can you make your gift stand out from the crowd? It’s memorability that drives the connectedness and loyalty from the gift recipient, and ultimately creating the ROI.

Spend on Packaging

As important as choosing the right corporate gift for your client is the packaging of the gift itself. Pay attention to the packaging and wrapping of the gift on the wrapping to reflect your value on the relationship with the person receiving the gift. 

Creating a memorable unboxing experience shows that you put thought into the gift from beginning to end. How the gift is presented to your recipient is just as important as the gift itself. Many components go into the presentation of a gift, from the packaging to gift wrap and even a personal greeting or tag.

Carefully thought-out packaging can be the difference between a memorable gift and one that is put aside.
Carefully thought-out packaging can be the difference between a memorable gift and one that is put aside.

Add value through personalization

If you prefer not to put your company logo front and center on a product, you can still offer a gentle reminder of who the gift came from by adding your logo to a subtle location on the gift. Another way to personalize and make the recipient feel special is by printing the recipient’s name or family name on the product. Personalization shows that you took time to personally think of the recipient and that gift is not part of mass distribution.

A personalized note is one way to show recipients that the gift is picked just for them.
A personalized note is one way to show recipients that the gift is picked just for them.
Adding a company logo or the recipient's name are ways to personalize gifts and make them more memorable.
Adding a company logo or the recipient’s name is one way to personalize gifts and make them more memorable.

Challenge #4

What is the best way to deliver the gift?


The complex nature of shipping logistics can feel overwhelming. Employees are working from home so there is not always one central delivery location. Shipping options and pricing are constantly changing. Tracking is difficult to manage.

Deployment portals can solve the need to manage individual shipping addresses. FUSION OF IDEAS offers a gifting-as-a-service deployment solution, which automates gifting for employees, clients and events. 

As the sender, you can gift at scale and from anywhere. As the recipient, you have the freedom to choose what you receive. Through a deployment portal, the recipient will be able to select a gift of their choice from a virtual marketplace and tell the sender where to ship it. The admin portal will allow access to control inventory, get an overview of orders received and track shipped devices. 

An online deployment portal eases the gift delivery process by centralizing shipping information and tracking deliveries.
An online deployment portal eases the gift delivery process by centralizing shipping information and tracking deliveries.

Once you overcome these common challenges, giving business gifts can yield a major return on investment with both your employees and customers. 

Check out “7 Habits of a Thoughtful Gifter” for more ways to refine your corporate gifting strategy.

Corporate Gifting 2021 Part 1: Unwrapping the Gift-Giving Opportunity

With the workplace being more dispersed than ever, sending a thoughtful gift is one of many ways for employers to keep employees engaged and reward them for their work well done. 

When corporate events went virtual, a gift for valued attendees brought a touch of reality to what would be otherwise, “another online event.” 

Likewise, a well-chosen gift bridged the gap with client relationships that are distant. 

The pandemic has changed corporate gifting from simply a routine to a business priority. 

Furthermore, the $242 billion business is expected to grow another $64 billion over the next three years, as more companies feel the need to boost their connection to partners and prospects that have been working remotely for the last year or more. 

Corporate gifting today is driving home the most meaningful effect: making the recipient feel valued and appreciated. 

Why Companies Give

A new study by Coresight Research recently surveyed corporate gift buyers across companies up to $30 billion in revenues.

The company’s findings detail the changes the pandemic brought about corporate gifting strategies and predict the trends that will carry that business forward.

  • The most popular reasons to gift are to show recognition and appreciation to employees (64 percent).
  • Half of the respondents (50 percent) stated that they gift as a token of appreciation to clients and partners.
  • Improved relationships with customers/employees emerged as the top advantage of corporate gifting, with 43 percent of respondents ranking it among the top reason.

What the Recipients Say

Companies are seeing that gifting is money well spent. Over 80 percent said gifts have improved relationships with employees and/or clients, with 48 percent saying gifting delivered a substantial benefit. 

Benefits of gifting:

  • 45 percent said they received feedback that the gift made the recipient feel valued 
  • 43 percent saw improved customer loyalty 
  • 41 percent recognized an improvement in employee retention.


With these benefits considered, how are you planning your gift-giving strategy this year? 

Stay tuned as we will have part two of our Corporate Gifting 2021 series, focusing on how to solve gifting challenges and adding value to your gifts. For ideas on what to give this holiday season, visit

A Winning New Look for Vegas Golden Knights

NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights announced broadcasting talent changes in the fall and most recently, revamped the look of their in-studio mobile technology. 

FUSION OF IDEAS worked with the Golden Knights to refresh the devices used by the new broadcast team by creating a custom design for their Apple Macbook Air laptops and iPad Air. The new artwork features the team’s logo in full color and is adhered to the laptops and iPad using FUSION OF IDEAS’ heat-bonded protective film, StealthArmor.

Fans can watch the Golden Knights on all regionally televised AT&T SportsNet game broadcasts. AT&T SportsNet, the official TV home of the Vegas Golden Knights, will produce and televise 76 games during the 2019-20 regular season.

When it Comes to Gaming, It’s All About the Experience

In Vegas, playing casino games has its perks. Besides the potential of winning cold, hard cash, members of players clubs get free hotel stays, discounted meals, concert tickets, golf rounds, among other rewards. And when it comes to tournaments and casino events, there are even more benefits just for playing.

A number of Vegas casinos have included customized tech gadgets as part of the benefits for participating in a special event. These giveaways serve as reminders of the event after the players have left the casino floor.

Here are a few that FUSION OF IDEAS got to work with:

  • Amazon Echo smart speakers customized for Park MGM’s special eventCustom branded Amazon Echo for Park MGM
  • Custom-branded Apple AirPods for a blackjack tournament at The Cosmopolitan of Las VegasCustom branded Apple AirPods for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
  • Apple iPad Pro with MGM Grand logo etched on the back for one of the casino’s blackjack eventsCustom branded Apple iPad Pro for MGM Grand

Off the strip, MyVegas, an online gaming app by Playstudios, gifted its top players with a customized Apple iPad Pro.

When it comes to casino tournaments, special events, and even online casino gaming, the “wow” factor sells more than the game. It’s all about the player having the best and most memorable experience.

The Rock Gives Back

We got so excited that we posted on social media, but forgot to include the news right here on the blog.  Dwayne Johnson, also known as The Rock, gifted custom Skyscraper edition Xbox’s to a group of amputees. He’s seriously a huge role model.  We wanted to share a clip of the video of him giving them away, as well as some of the really cool product shots we got of the project before it left our doors.  We love working on projects that are used to do good in the world.