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For business owners and leaders, December is a time to reflect on a successful year and express appreciation to loyal clients and employees, who contributed to a productive year, with gifts.

Settling on just the right gift(s) can be a challenge, or it can simply be viewed as an opportunity to have fun celebrating the success of your brand. A thoughtful holiday gift is just the ticket to make sure your clients and employees feel appreciated, as the year winds down.

Gift Baskets & Boxes

If you thrive on the surprise factor, gift boxes are a great idea. These can be specially wrapped so your employees have the added excitement of unwrapping something at home – or just at their desk if they can’t wait! You could create a themed gift box yourself tailored to whatever the person you’re buying for likes (golf, cats, a favorite sports team). or you could support another business and save yourself the hassle by ordering one that will be already prepared for you.

Curio Spice CO – Folks who enjoy cooking will like these boxes of quality spices sourced from sustainable farms in New England and around the world. Options include Culinary Essentials, Mediterranean Pantry, Baker’s Joy, Smoke & Grill Set, and more.

Dutch Baskets – These baskets feature some of the most mouthwatering foods from Amish country, such as smoked meats, handmade cheese, jams, shoofly pie, and whoopie pies.

Gustiamo – Did someone say gourmet Italian food boxes? Yum! These are a sure way to make your employees and clients feel very appreciated.  One of our favorite choices they offer is the Party in Cucina box, featuring seven specialty Italian food items that Gustiamo would pick to upgrade any pantry.

Lanc Goods – This Lancaster based company curates boxes of great products made in Lancaster County, so you don’t have to. Their Snack Basket includes items from Braddy Boyz Flavored Pretzels, Hammond’s Pretzels, Stoltzfus Meats, Uncle Jerry’s Kettle Corn, and Zerbe’s Potato Chips.

S. Clyde Weaver – This East Petersburg, PA fixture specializes in smoked meats and cheeses and in creating gift boxes full of products made from time-honored recipes that have been used for generations. Take your pick from samplers of all sizes featuring items like bologna, hard pretzels, and Wilbur Buds.

Plants and Florals

Sometimes you can’t beat a classic such as fresh bouquets of flowers, which are a great way to express appreciation and so are potted plants that will last even longer.

Central Market Flowers – Whatever look you have in mind for your gifts, these brilliant Lancaster-based florists can create it. Or go big with a floral subscription.

The Sill – Live plants of all sorts can be delivered just about anywhere through this great company.  Plus, they offer plant subscriptions, including a pet-friendly plant option.

Urban Stems – On-trend flowers and classy arrangements abound here and are available to deliver coast-to-coast.

Customized Gifts

Especially when choosing gifts for your clients, consider giving something that will remind them of your brand throughout the year. Perhaps some personalized golf balls and tees or a customized stainless-steel tumbler that they’ll end up using regularly. Or, if you really want to give a cup with a wow factor, opt for an Ember self-heating, temperature-controlled smart mug.

Gift Cards

The current supply chain crisis makes gift cards an extra appealing option for holiday giving this year – especially if you’ve got a large number of people to buy for or you have procrastinated. Regardless of the reason a gift card is given, it is almost always well-received and much appreciated. Take your pick from online purveyors, local restaurants, local attractions, coffee shops, or whatever brands or stores you think your clients and employees would appreciate some extra spending power at.

We hope something on this list has inspired you as you plan on what to give to show your gratitude. Without our clients, we wouldn’t have a business, and without our trusted employees, our business would surely suffer. Cheers to expressing the depths of our gratitude to those around us this holiday season and always!