Christmas presents from clients

By Katharine Swan On Tuesday, January 06, 2009 At 7:55 PM

Every year, a couple of my regular clients give me some sort of gift or bonus. While I don't expect this, it's nice to be remembered around the holidays.

This year, one of my clients sent me a "GiftFolio." I hadn't heard of it before, but it's kind of like an online gift card — except that instead of getting money, I got to choose something from an online gift catalog. There were about seven or eight pages in the catalog, with about six selections on each page. Usually clients give something really typical, such as an Amazon gift card, so it was really nice to get something different for a change.

I was really tempted by the work-related stuff, such as a pair of wireless headphones to use when I work someplace noisy (such as a coffee shop) or a laptop sleeve. I guess that's what happens when your job is also your hobby — you get excited about stuff like that! In the end, though, I chose to spoil myself a little with a Homedics back massager. It still relates to work a bit, since I'll probably use it at my desk, but it's a bit more gift-like.

The back massager arrived today, exactly a week after I ordered it, which was much faster than I expected. Of course the first thing I did was to try it out. It works pretty well, and judging by the elastic straps for holding it onto a desk chair, Homedics had the same idea I did for where to use it!


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Blogger Kathy@TheFlawlessWord Says:  

Last year, I got a $50 bill along with my monthly check. This year, I got a bottle of wine (from a different client). I'm not much of a drinker, but I had a little bit of it to celebrate on New Year's Eve. I think it's the thought that counts. What you got allows you to pick something that you'll definitely like, so it it appeals to me as an option. That has me wondering. Do YOU ever send gifts to clients? I've sent cards, but never gifts.

Blogger Katharine Swan Says:  

Kathy, it was definitely very nice to pick my own gift. Last year I got an Amazon gift card from this client, and while you know I love those for the books, this was nice because I didn't have to worry about having to keep the cost of shipping in mind -- it was all included.

And no, I don't send gifts to clients, but I do usually send cards or ecards.


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Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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