Many Thanks

$25-and-under client-appreciation gifts that make an impression

By: By Anne Burke

You don’t have to spend a lot of money during the holidays to let a valued client know how much their business means to you. With the end of the year quickly approaching, we’ve rounded some $25-and-under client-appreciation gifts that will say “thank you” in fun and interesting ways, without breaking the bank.

Oh la la!

Your clients will say sweet things about you if you thank them with L’Artisan du Chocolat’s silky-textured confections, which took a slew of awards at the 2007 San Francisco International Chocolate Salon. Most European chocolates sold in the U.S. by necessity contain preservatives. Each L’Artisan du Chocolat piece is handmade in Los Angeles a la francaise, with no preservatives and low sugar content that allows for an intense burst of chocolate flavor. Inquire about custom printing options. Box of four pieces, $12; nine pieces, $25.



All locked up

Clients will think of you every time they open their luggage with these TSA-recognized SearchAlert locks imprinted with your agency name. The TSA seal of approval means that the locks will be opened rather than cut off at the airport, should agents undertake a search. (The green dot turns red to indicate an opened lock.) $7.57 each for a minimum order of 100, plus set up charge of $68.75.


Mind your own beeswax

Any client will appreciate the Beeswax Bodycare Gift Pack from the socially conscious Global Exchange. Includes a peppermint grapefruit lip balm, hand and body salve, massage balm to relieve sore muscles after a long day on the road and a delicious, cinnamon-scented candle tin. $22.




True north

A pocket compass is a must-have on any trip — especially for the directionally challenged client. Each solid-brass compass from Stanley London is hand-balanced using a time-honored method; a small lever on the side protects the compass bearing. Available in polished or antique patina finish with optional engraving (at extra charge). $20.





Star bright, star light

These Star-Shaped Tealight Candleholders from Global Exchange will warm up a hotel room for clients who will be away from home for the holidays. Candleholders come in red, blue or green. Each holds one tealight candle. $8 each for candleholders, plus $8 for pack of six candles.