Advertising & Marketing

2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Best Custom Gifts for Clients, Employees & More

Shopping for one person can be difficult, but what about when you’ve got a whole team to shop for? For the happiest (least panicked) holidays, personalized gifts in bulk are the way to go. Bulk gifts make it easy to pack up the sleigh. And when you hand off a gift personalized with your brand name, it makes everyone feel like they’re at the very top of your nice list. Since there’s a whole winter wonderland of gifts to pick from, we’ve collected our top picks for customers, employees, executives, and budgets. So, gather ‘round the tree and let’s unwrap the best custom gifts of 2022. 

5 Best Gifts for Customers

Customers keep your small business dreams alive. Thanking them for their support with a small customer gift highlights how much you value their business. It’s a kind, personal gesture that leaves a big impression—reminding them why it’s better to shop locally. 

1. Reflections Wall Calendar

Offer customers a year of scenic views and fewer missed dates thanks to this beautiful wall calendar. Your custom branding appears on the bottom flap so it’s always visible.  

2. Mineral Alpha Soft Touch Pen with Rose Gold Trim

Say thanks with an eye-catching gift they can use again and again. This best-selling pen comes in trendy mineral colors with a matching stylus and rose gold trim.

3. Holiday Card with Paragon Pen

Send off season’s greetings with a personalized pen they can enjoy all year long. This personalized pen and holiday card set sends your gift and a message of cheer all at once.  

4. Engraved Bright Diamond Stylus Pen

For big smiles, hand off these bright pens! The stylish design includes chrome accents, a color-matched stylus, diamond-patterned grip, and a rubberized soft touch finish in your choice of fun colors. Display your logo laser engraved on the front to send a message that lasts.  

5. Medium Galina Cotton Tote Bag

Cute enough for the farmer’s market, the beach, and everyone on your team! This lightweight cotton tote is both stylish and budget-friendly, so you can make sure the whole team gets one without breaking the bank. 

5 Gifts for the Whole Team ($250 or Less)

Need a little something for everyone? Every person on your team plays a role in your success. Sharing your appreciation with a gift is a great way to boost morale, retain talent, and reinforce your company values. Since happy employees translate to better business, here are the best gifts under $250 to help you spread joy to everyone on your team. 

1.  16 oz. Ree Vacuum-Insulated Stainless Steel Tumbler

For less than $250, you can outfit a team of 20 with these stainless steel, vacuum-insulated tumblers. The benefit of this employee gift is that it features a trendy powder coating they’ll love showing off. That means more on-the-go visibility for your custom logo and text. 

2. Shoren Backpack

Have your team’s back with this contemporary, heather gray backpack. With mesh pockets for bottles, a large front pocket, and roomy main compartment, this backpack is perfect for business trips and commuting to the office. That makes this convenient gift for employees ideal for helping them (and your branding) travel in style.  

3. Keep It Cool Insulated Tote Bag

Whether they’re shopping for groceries or going out for a picnic, your team members will love using their insulated tote bags. This custom gift is part tote, part cooler, and everything they need to keep food fresh on the go. 

4. Leeman™ Knit Beanie with Faux Fur Pom-Pom

For a gift that delivers the warm and fuzzy feels, create personalized beanies for your team. They’ll sport their new hats with your company logo at all the season’s coolest, cool weather events.  

5. Everyday RPET Drawstring Backpack

A gift for your team and the planet! This stylish drawstring bag is made from recycled plastic, so it helps reduce waste while showing off your company logo.

3 Gifts for Business Partners and Executives

Your top brass makes big decisions for your business, so a gift worthy of their impact seems only right. Look for high-end gifts that meet today’s trends. These exclusive, personalized gifts are the perfect way to say thank you to the C-suite crowd.  
Tip: For more on gifting to executives, check out our blog Best Gifts for Executives. 

1. 20 oz. Poppi Glass Tumbler with Bamboo Lid

Let your top talent sip in style with these trendy tumblers. This design features elegant glass construction with a bamboo lid, durable straw, and comfortable rubber grip in your pick of colors. 

2. Expedition 24-Can Cooler Backpack

Executives work hard, so why shouldn’t they play hard? Adventures await thanks to this insulated cooler backpack. It comfortably packs up to 24 cans and includes side pockets for bottles, a front pocket for utensils, and a bungie cord for holding blankets. 

3. 14 oz. Stainless Steel Noe Camp Mug with Lid

The office, a campsite, their favorite brunch spot—it seems this mug is perfect for every venue. That’s why it’s such a popular style for employee gifts. Let your happy team rep your company logo on their new, top-quality stainless steel mug. 

5 Gifts for Top Clients

Go above and beyond for the clients that bring in the most business for your brand. Showing them how valuable they are to your company is one way to ensure they’ll continue to choose you in the years ahead. For these select clients, look for products that offer the look and feel of quality. 

1. 26 oz. Iva Stainless Steel Water Bottle

If client satisfaction is high on your priority list, offer them a personalized stainless steel water bottle. With a spill-proof, screw-top lid and 26 oz. capacity, this stylish bottle will be their vessel of choice for enjoying water at the office, around town, and at the gym. 

2. Full Color Alpha Gift Set in Stitch Box

Offer customers a gift that’s packaged to impress. Your logo is prominently displayed in full color on the flashlight keychain, our best-selling metal pen, and the gift box. 

Offer customers a gift that’s packaged to impress. Your logo is prominently displayed in full color on the flashlight keychain, our best-selling metal pen, and the gift box. 

3. 5.5″ x 8.5″ Recycled Leather Bound JournalBook®

For an elegant notebook that clients will love, personalize this large journal bound with recycled leather and filled with responsibly sourced paper. 

4. Brooklyn Deluxe Sling Backpack

Upgrade their outfit with a popular sling bag! Enjoyed by commuters, bicyclists, and everyone who appreciates equal parts style and convenience. This one includes pockets for essentials and, of course, your branding on the front for essential branding.  

5. 33 oz. The Vacuum Thermos

For quality they can trust to deliver a perfect sip, whether it’s piping hot or ice cold, give your top clients this stainless steel thermos. It features vacuum insulation, a screw-top lid, a combination cap and cup, a stylish handle, and your personalized company logo. 

5 Best Gifts for Budgets

Just because budgets are tight doesn’t mean you can’t get gifts to share. With the right products, you can still put a smile on every face this holiday season.

1. 16 oz. Grande Big Sur Double-Wall Tumbler

With a sleek, stainless steel exterior, this tumbler might seem like it’s in the wrong category, but it’s budget-friendly price tag means you can deliver a big impression without spending big bucks. It features a screw-top lid with slide closure, your choice of colored trim, and your personalized branding. 

2. Design Wrap 11 oz. Ceramic Mug

Great for morning coffee, afternoon tea, and yearlong branding, this mug does a lot for its affordable price. You can show off your logo or custom artwork in full color, or select one of our many free designs to highlight your custom text. It’ll be the hit of the breakroom or wherever your team chooses to enjoy their custom gift.  

3. Engraved Mineral 6-Function Pocket Knife

Get a trendy, custom gift that recipients will keep on hand, all without breaking the bank. This pocket knife comes in matte mineral colors, includes 6 stainless steel tools, and features your custom message laser engraved on the handle. 

4. Design Wrap Contour Pen

Create your own custom pen! This best seller allows you to feature your own design or select from our many custom design templates, including holiday themes and “Thank You” designs. Your art will wrap around the pen for tons of brand visibility. 

5. Economy Tote

Give an affordable custom gift that’s ready to help recipients shop, gather groceries, collect pamphlets at conventions, and so much more. Your custom tote will make a big statement, both on the bag and with whomever you gift it to. 

Jessica Carreiro

From marketing tips to product recommendations, I’m here to help small businesses be their best.

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