Why you should start thinking about corporate Christmas gifts in August
You may not believe it but at Social Stories Club 2022 Christmas gift inquiries started to flow in the first half of the year. We love the super-organised companies who know sustainable hampers from Social Stories Club are the perfect gift for them. The holidays are an important time of year, especially for businesses. They are a chance to connect with customers and build goodwill. And they are also a great time to give corporate gift hampers to keep morale high and foster teamwork. But when is the perfect time to reach out about Christmas gifts?
When is the right time to reach out about Christmas Gifts?
August is a great time for companies to start thinking about their Christmas gifts. This is not just because they want to get in early, but also because corporate gifts allow companies to show employees how much they care, and getting the right gifts is a priority. Christmas gifting inquiries flood in around August time and availability for hampers can often be on a first come first serve basis. However, some companies start thinking about Christmas gifts earlier than others. For example, companies in specific industries (like tech companies) may start thinking about Christmas gifts even before Halloween and those in larger corporate may be making decisions in the summer. And, of course, there are always exceptions to the rule. Some American companies wait until Thanksgiving or even later to start thinking about Christmas gifts.
What if I do not know what I want?
One thing to keep in mind is that there are many different ways that companies can show employees that they care. One common way is through gift cards where teams can pick their sustainable gifts. By giving employees gift cards, companies can show them that they care by showing them that they are willing to go out of their way to make their lives easier. Just make sure you pick a gifting company where the team can pick their sustainable hamper and not give an Amazon voucher as your gift reflects your values. Another way to thank staff is by providing snacks and drinks during work hours this can be pulled together last minute but may not make as large of an impression as a gift someone gets to take home. This does however show employees that you care about their health and wellbeing as well as making them happy (which will have a positive effect on employee productivity).
August has passed - have I left it too late?
It’s not surprising that some companies only start thinking about Christmas gifts during the holiday season. After all, it’s a time when people are spending money and people are trying to be generous. Sending a gift card to a sustainable gift hamper company can be all arranged within a day, so you have never left it too late. This way the recipient can choose their gift and you do not have to worry about collecting their address. If you are wanting corporate gift hampers to be physically ready in time for Christmas waiting until December may limit your options. Regardless of when they start thinking about Christmas gifts, most corporates have to place large orders by December 7th at the latest to make sure they arrive on time. So corporates need to plan ahead and keep track of their timelines as many gifting companies have run out of capacity for large orders by November.
Plan early if you would like sustainable hampers from Social Stories Club
Many companies start thinking about Christmas gift ideas in October, it can be difficult to know exactly what to get people. After all, you cannot go wrong with essentials like lip balm and coffee. But when it comes to truly thoughtful gifts, it’s a good idea to start planning early. If you have time before the holiday season, reach out to Social Stories Club to enquire about sustainable gift hampers for your team. As a social enterprise providing living wage job opportunities to individuals with barriers to employment, Social Stories Club’s sustainable hampers are in very high demand at Christmas. While we always leave some spaces reserved, if we know you are interested early on we can factor you into our plan.
How can you be prepared?
If you want to enquire about sustainable hampers for Christmas then finding out the following information prior will speed along the process.
- How many people you are purchasing for?
- Which countries are you sending to?
- What is your budget per gift including shipping (free shipping to UK addresses)?
- Are the gifts going to the same or separate addresses?
- What do you want in the gift?
- Are there any dietary requirements?
- When would you like the gifts delivered?
- Would you like a gift box or gift hamper?
We can create a bespoke gift box or branded corporate gift hampers for your company. Reach out and book a 1:2:1 today.
There are a few reasons why corporate Christmas gifts need to be bought early. As more and more large corporates want to show their dedication to sustainability and social enterprises there is more competition for sustainable hampers from social enterprises at Christmas. If you are interested in sustainable hampers for employees from Social Stories Club, reach out as soon as possible to register your interest.
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If you are looking to show your team how much they are appreciated, attract and retain clients, or you have a corporate event and you want to create an impression, then our sustainable corporate hampers are just what you need. We have created the most exciting gift to give and receive which are packaged beautifully using sustainable materials, filled with delicious products made by social enterprises, and also include a storybook starting conversations about sustainability.
"Social Stories Club is a fantastic initiative that enables social enterprises to collaborate in such a creative way. The perfect way to buy gifts with a social impact" - David Adair, Head of Community Engagement, PwC