Every year, business owners, managers, and leaders face the arduous task of trying to work out what to give as corporate gifts. You can go down the often-expensive road of customizing candy jars, merchandise, and other such items. Or, you can consider plants as a gift.
How often do you receive plants as a gift from the head of a corporation? The answer is likely to be ‘hardly ever’ or ‘never.’ That’s why you have a golden opportunity in your hands. You can be different and make your business a topic of discussion around your area.
Corporate gifts can often be cold, impersonal, and self-serving when you decorate them with all your logos. Plants as a gift, however, can offer something back. You are providing someone with something that will grow, thrive, and filter toxins out of the air for them.
If you are convinced that plants as a gift could be the right direction in which to head, then read on. Any of these five plants below will make the best corporate gifts.
Not everyone claims to be the best gardener, which is why you need to be quite particular with any plants you give as gifts. Even the most neglectful gardener needs to be able to keep it alive! Aloe vera might fit this bill. As well as offering a whole host of health benefits, this wonder plant also thrives on neglect. Place it in indirect sunlight between 55 and 80 degrees-Fahrenheit, and water the plant deeply.
Once you water the plant, it won’t need water for at least three or four weeks. In winter, it needs it even less! The best part about giving aloe vera as a corporate gift is that you can go crazy with the pot. You can buy one in your company’s branding colors to reiterate the purpose of such a gift. Move over wine and candy jars; there’s a new corporate gift in town!
Alongside aloe vera, there is a whole range of succulents that will be suitable as corporate gifts for many reasons. The most prominent reason is the cost. As any business owner will know, the average costs of operating a business can be exponential, so if you can get value for money with affordable corporate gifts, why wouldn’t you? Succulents are something you can buy a lot of for a low unit rate.
Aside from the price, succulents are excellent plants as gifts because they are as robust as aloe vera. They feature thick roots which means that after you water them, you don’t have to do it again for several weeks.
If you want to offer corporate gifts to your clients that they can benefit from as much as possible, then consider snake plants as a gift. This robust, beautiful, and low maintenance plant takes up minimal space but offers a maximum return.
Its nickname is Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, but don’t let that make you think the plant is spiteful. Instead, it can absorb carbon dioxide and benzene, remove formaldehyde from the air, and take care of toluene and xylene too. If you work in an environment with a stuffy, office-like atmosphere, a snake plant will be a welcome addition. Your client will genuinely thank you for it!
A Native Tree
Trees have critical roles. They produce oxygen so we can breathe freely, then reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the air at the same time. We couldn’t live without trees, which is why they are the perfect corporate gift.
Show your national pride, environmentally-friendly position, and your ability to think outside the square by gifting your valued clients with native trees. There are so many types from which to choose – all of which can also look stunning when you present them right. You’ll never go back to boring old corporate gifts once you give plants as a gift.
When it gets to the time of year when your valued clients deserve (and even expect) a gift, you can find yourself in a bit of a pickle. How do you go about picking a present that your clients will love, but one that won’t cost a fortune and won’t go to waste? A trip to the garden store or a trusted supplier can land you with one of the best corporate gifts yet: a fruit tree.
You can offer every client a tree sapling, gift-wrapped and looking beautiful. They can then grow it from infancy into a big, beautiful tree that can become a topic of conversation and an ice breaker in business meetings in years to come.
When the festive season hits, or you want to treat your clients for the sake of it, you will quickly find that plants make excellent gifts. They last for a long time, thrive, and don’t cost a lot of money either. The next time you’re thinking about buying boring wine bottles in bulk, think of the environmental and monetary benefits of plants as a gift.
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