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holiday gift ideas for clients and media

Creative Ideas for Client, Editor & Employee Gifts

When putting together your holiday gifting list, it doesn't take long before you have a Vogue September issue-sized list. You could, of course, send something to all of them, but I much prefer a smaller gifting list, and to focus on a more personal message and gift that really communicates the point I want to get across.  It is totally ok to be picky about your list and send more meaningful gifts to less recipients then sending gifts with no meaning to everyone just to save face. Let's all aim to stop sending boxes of chocolates, Starbucks gift cards and tins of popcorn, ok?

What makes a great editor gift?

It's not too hard to track down the specific interests of the editors you work with, especially if you have access to their Instagram account! Do a little sleuthing and find out their favorite wine, vacation spot, or beauty brand.  I've done initial mugs from Anthropologie in the past, but this year we’re thinking of sending personalized jewelry travel cases. Everyone loves something personalized, and Rachel Meis Communications is a jewelry PR firm, so it makes sense.

What makes a great client or partner gift?

In the age of abbreviated words and xo signatures we've forgotten how nice it is to receive snail mail.  A hand-written note goes a long way and for the holidays, take it a step further and write an old-fashioned letter expressing your appreciation and gratitude.  Sincerity will outweigh any physical gift.  You'd be surprised how much your kind works will be appreciated.  If you still want to send a little something, let them know you made a donation in their name for a charity you know they care about, pay for an office cleaning, or simply send a delicious smelling candle in their favorite scent. For more ideas, check out last year's PR Couture Client Gift Guide.

What makes a great employee gift?

Working in public relations is a lot of long hours and efforts making the client look great. When it comes to your employees, thank them for their dedication with a little R&R and team bonding. Take your team out for a spa day, or rent a house on the water for a night- complete with personalized massages and a delicious fresh breakfast.  Reminisce over the year, do a little planning and goal-setting for 2014, or just relax in front of a few fashion flicks. For those who are always hosting events instead of enjoying them, treat your PR Girls to an evening where they get to "be the media," and do a little shopping of the showroom closet or take home a grab bag of leftover swag bag spoils. Of course, surprising your team with the afternoon off can also do the trick!

Completely Stuck?

My go to gift is a gift card to Dry Bar, with tip included. I also took a lesson from my grandmother and started gifting lotto cards.  It only costs you a dollar, but the recipient could win more.  Add a post it note with something like "wishing you the best of luck in the new year" and you'll be surprised how many "thank you" calls and texts you get back!

With two weeks till Christmas remember to keep your gifts from the heart and you'll see the positive impact it has on your relationships and your business.

Happy Holidays!

Photo Credit: cdw9

About the author: Rachel Meis


Rachel Meis is currently the owner and CEO at Rachel Meis Communications. Rachel has strong relationships with stylists that have led to her clients’ product placements on celebrities such as Christina Applegate, Vanessa Hudgens, Guliana Rancic, the Kardashians and Lauren Graham. Rachel’s expertise in social media paired with the low cost / high return formulas she has developed have resulted in great success for her clients with placement in such publications as Lucky Magazine, Redbook, and People Magazine.

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Hi. I'm Crosby, the founder of PR Couture and a fashion brand strategist. I care about supporting and celebrating fashion publicists as well as helping companies connect with their audiences in more meaningful ways. Recently, iMedia included me in their annual list of 25 Internet Marketing Leaders and Innovators, along with people from Starbucks, Twitter and Volkswagon, which I think is pretty neat. Like Elle Woods, I am a Gemini-vegetarian (that's about where the similarities end). Let's connect: Check out my full bio, Brand Elixer sessions or shoot me a note.