Editor’s Note: This is part of our Holiday Gift Series. Checkout Part 2.
Corporate gift-giving is a tricky endeavor in the first place, but when you’re dealing with VIPs—big clients, board members, and other notable folks who’ve been on the receiving end of more than a couple monogrammed pen sets—it’s even more challenging.
This is a population that already seems to have everything, so your go-tos may not work. Plus, you want to make a dazzling impression … but to appear like you’re not trying to.
It’s a delicate dance, but we’ll teach you all the steps!
Here are our favorite holiday gift ideas for VIPs. No pens included.
For Go-Getters & Jetsetters
When someone has plenty of stuff, what they really value is quality time and experiences.
Help make your favorite VIP’s next getaway special with a gift box from Tinggly. Each box contains up to 340 easy-to-redeem gift certificates for experiences all over the globe. Cooking class in Bangkok? Snorkeling in Turks and Caicos? It’s VIP’s choice—and Tinggly ships anywhere in the world. They also run a corporate program, which allows for company branding on the box and a welcome letter.
Price: $79-$279 each
Minimum Order: 10 for branded gift boxes
Turnaround Time: 2-3 days for physical gift boxes, instant for email/printable certificates
Branding Options: Logo on the gift box and customized letter inside
Bonus Points: Ships anywhere in the globe, beautiful high-quality gift box
Plenty of giftable gadgets exist out there, but thoughtful tech designed with a human touch is far less common. Moshi’s products are diamonds in the rough for that very reason. The line of sleek bags, premium earbuds, and reliable battery packs are high-quality and beautiful. And Moshi offers sophisticated corporate branding options with lightning fast-turnaround times.
Company: Moshi // email Shoua for branded orders
Price: Starting prices, $100 for bags, $80 for premium earbuds, $65 battery packs
Minimum Order: 20 for branded products
Turnaround Time: 2-3 weeks for branded, 3-5 days for non-branded
Branding Options: Almost any product can be branded
Bonus Points: Beautiful high-quality gift box
Snacks are one thing. But if you can open up a food basket and easily put together a legit cocktail party spread, you know you’re dealing with a next-level gift. Dean & Deluca offers a variety of gourmet baskets. Sweet, savory—and in every price point—D&D’s corporate gifts are universal crowd pleasers, but they each feel special and unique.
Company: Dean & Deluca
Price: $110 average price of gift basket
Minimum Order: One, order direct online
Turnaround Time: Next day turnaround on small orders; larger orders take 5-7 days
Branding Options: Business logos on premium embossed D&D fold over recipient cards
Sweeten the Deal
Dealing with a particularly prickly VIP? Send along some gourmet chocolates and watch them melt like a blob of hot fudge. It’s scientifically impossible to maintain a bad mood while opening one of Bottega Louie’s impeccably-packaged boxes. And one bite of delectable truffle has been proven to grow Grinch-y hearts up to three times in size.
Company: Bottega Louie
Minimum Order: No minimum
Turnaround Time: 72 hours minimum notice
Branding Options: Provide hang tags to be added to each box or personalized card inside
Cheese is never a bad idea. Got something to celebrate? Pop the bubbly and dig into that wheel of aged brie. Bad day? Tear open a sleeve of Ritz crackers and eat your feelings with a side of cheddar. In all seriousness, it’s a great gift, and you have tons of options. Our favorite digital cheesemongers include:
This historic New York City shop has been in the cheese game since 1940. Their selection of cheeses, meats, spreads, and dips is expansive, diverse, and delicious.
Company: Murray’s Cheese
Minimum Order: 1
Branding Options: Custom card
Olive & Cocoa
Olive & Cocoa offers cookies, candy, and snacks in addition to cheese baskets, but what’s really special is their customization. For a small set-up fee, they will brand your company’s name or logo on the side the wooden gift box.
Company: Olive and Cocoa
Price: $38 & up
Minimum Order: No minimum
Turnaround Time: 5 days set up
Branding Options: Custom hot iron branding (add 3-5 days to turnaround time)
Bonus: Spend a minimum of $1,500, and the hot iron branding is free ($395 value)
Gifting a VIP needn’t be stressful or time-consuming. With our Ninja-approved gift guide, it can actually be a lot of fun!
Which VIP-worthy gift are you eyeing for the upcoming holiday season? Got any others to add?