These days it seems like any business activity or purchase can be done online, including ordering and buying all your corporate business gifts. No matter if you’re acquiring that single perfect gift for a special boss or ordering 1000’s of promotional items for your customers, it can all now be done from the web.
You can order large volume orders of promotional business gifts from inexpensive pens, calendars and chocolates to slightly more costly items such as USB Flash Drives, desk accessories and clothing – all branded with your company’s name and logo, of course.
Almost any business gift imaginable can be found online; even unique “one-of-a-kind” luxury items can be obtained if you know where to look.
However, while buying your corporate gifts online does present some distinct advantages, you still have to make sure you avoid certain pitfalls when ordering any product from the web. With this thought in mind, here are some simple tips to remember when ordering your corporate gifts online:
1. Shop Around
The whole point of the Internet is to give us options. Almost all well-known stores and companies now have an online presence or outlet. Use the web to shop around from the comfort of your office or home and do your homework before you buy or order your corporate gift.
Not that you want to be a Scrooge when it comes to gift giving but a little fiscal restraint never hurt anyone especially if you have a large work-force, so shop around and find the ideal gift at the right price. Just remember to remove the price tag before giving the gift!
2. Check Out the Merchant
Of course, ordering and purchasing does come with some hazards along with all that convenience; mainly you must make sure you’re dealing with a reputable company. With most large well-known online retailers such as Amazon this is not a problem. Just make sure if you’re using a smaller company or store to do a quick check of this company.
Try BBB or check for customer/user complaints and also check the store’s online ratings. Contact former or present clients to inquire about the quality and support of your chosen merchant or supplier. Make sure there is a physical address listed, along with the usual phone/fax/contact information.
3. Look for Bargains & Coupons
The online corporate gift sector is an extremely competitive field, especially when it comes to branded promotional gifts and luxury corporate gifts. There are thousands of stores and companies competing for your business, so check out any online gift deals, bargains and coupons. Always check for a special price on volume orders.
4. Use a Gift Guide & Organizer
As we all know, finding the appropriate gift for a demanding boss or employee can be a real pain sometimes, so to lessen your struggle try using gift guides and organizers. These guides can save you time, money and make your corporate gift buying a whole lot simpler. The gift guide and organizer created by Amazon has proven very popular in past years.
5. Use Auction Sites for Finding Unique Gifts
Unique original gifts are some of the best gifts to give because they show you have put a lot of consideration and thought into getting that special item; you have gone out of your way to please a special boss or employee. Some great places to find unique gifts are the online auction sites; try using eBay for finding that unique “one-of-a-kind” gift that will truly delight the receiver.
6. Look for Free Shipping & Gift Wrapping
Many gift companies will offer free shipping and gift wrapping especially during special holidays such as the Christmas giving season. So always check for free shipping and gift wrapping, you might be pleasantly surprised especially if you have a large order or an expensive gift.
7. Order Early
Make sure you order early especially if you have a large volume order or are giving personalized engraved or monogrammed gifts. At special gift-giving occasions such as Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day… most popular gift shops and stores are extremely busy and backed up with orders so make sure you plan in advance and order early to avoid disappointment at those special times.
8. Last-Minute Corporate Gifts
We are all human. If the inevitable happens and your corporate gift order is late/delayed or you just forgot to buy a gift, be assured there’s a whole market sector formed around last-minute corporate gifts. From magazine subscriptions to concert/sports tickets to gift certificates to an impromptu night out at a popular restaurant or club, most online corporate gift stores and sites will have a section on last-minute corporate gifts. Use them to save your corporate derrière.
Just remember, your next corporate gift-giving occasion doesn’t have to be a major chore or pain. Simply relax, take a deep breath, turn on the computer and browse the web for those special gifts that will delight and please your boss, employees or clients. Just keep some of these online corporate gift buying tips in mind as you get ready to play corporate Santa.
Copyright (c) 2007 Titus Hoskins