Do Expiring Budgets Lead to Wasteful Year-End Spending?

Not Necessarily. So many companies end the year with spend left in budgets that are set expire. More often than not, departments scramble to find ways to reach a zero balance before the stroke of midnight on 12/31. Unfortunately, the mad dash often results in purchases made without much forethought.  Why not ask yourself, is all this angst really necessary? Well, in part it is because budgets have an expiration date. However, regardless of time constraints, the selection process should remain just that—selective. At the end of the day, why waste the opportunity to use the resource to everyone’s benefit? And why spend the revenue indiscriminately? The number one bit of advice we can offer is that you NOT let seasonal items dominate the selection process. This renders the leftovers virtually useless—and undoubtedly there will be leftovers! Our suggestion: why not stock up? Or replenish branded merchandise that sustains you throughout the year? AND if some of your wares need rethinking or tweaking, use the windfall to do it. So in an effort to help our clients and readers not only protect future budgets but further  branding, we’d like to share some of the “best practices” employed by our most savvy clients and Silicon Valley’s most well-respected and recognized companies: One client restocks its Executive Briefing Center with branded merchandise that never gets stale Another reorders, augments or redesigns its branded gift wrap, ribbon, enclosures, tissue, hang tags and gift bags. A 3rd fills in its inventory of branded table cloths, hot and cold cups, napkins, stirrers, coasters and menu covers One more re-outfits its salesforce with fresh uniforms,...

So many companies end the year with spend left in budgets that are set expire. More often than not, departments scramble to find ways to reach a zero balance before the stroke of midnight on 12/31. Unfortunately, the mad dash often results in purchases made without much forethought. Why not ask yourself, is all this angst really necessary?

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7 Creative Ways to Celebrate the Holidays with your Employees

Small companies may not be able to afford the lavish holiday parties that their larger counterparts often throw; however, they both share a common denominator when it comes to finding meaningful ways to celebrate with employees. In our opinion, the most successful events take a similar approach: the creation of an environment for team building and bonding outside of the office. Here are 7 Creative ways to celebrate the holidays with your employees, so let your imagination run wild: Plan a company-wide activity:  No matter the weather, an afternoon of bowling, pizza, libations, wacky prizes and an old fashioned tournament with teams fielded from the entire corporate ladder is an easy winner. Work in a state with great weather? Try an outdoor activity. Either way, all involved get a chance to relax, play and bond in a neutral setting outside the office. Volunteer together. This will take some leg work to get organized in advance, but we think pulling a department or a company together to perform “community service” is an invaluable experience. If you can identify a group, institution, school or community project that has relevance—either geographical, professional or philosophical, all the better. Then set aside the time for employees to participate if not all at once, in groups. Wrap things up with company-wide event at the conclusion of the program. One of our favorite ideas is a “Charity Bike Build.” Still wracking your brain?  Check out GiveGab for community events. Show off your ugliest holiday sweater. This theme didn’t originate with us but seems to find its way on to several respectable holiday party lists. Throw in...

Small companies may not be able to afford the lavish holiday parties that their larger counterparts often throw; however, they both share a common denominator when it comes to finding meaningful ways to celebrate with employees. In our opinion, the most successful events take a similar approach: the creation of an environment for team building and bonding outside of the office. Any of the 7 suggestions below are tweakable and scalable, so let your imagination run wild:

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7 Tips for Giving the BEST Corporate Holiday Gifts, EVER

We have been playing Santa Claus for a host of international corporations for over 30 years. In that time, the gifts we have devised or orchestrated for our clients have been about as diverse as anyone could imagine. Given our respected track record in the “corporate gift giving” industry, we thought we’d share our 7 simple suggestions to make sure your corporate holiday gift giving hits its mark: 1. Keep it simple Try not to get carried away, too clever or too elaborate. Presentation and thoughtful selection will always win the day. 2. Know your audience How well do you know your recipients? Is there a hierarchy that needs to be acknowledged and respected? If so, then tier your gifts or give one thing that recognizes an entire office or department 3. Make it useful Tchotchkes are just that—cheap, meaningless throwaways. Why bother? Not to mention you run the risk of offending someone with your bad taste and thoughtlessness. Something handy and cleverly packaged for under $10 will be more appreciated and effective. 4. Personalize it …But don’t make it personal. We prefer items that are unisex. One possibility are personalized note pad sets. They are thoughtful, cost effective, long lasting and can be packaged beautifully. 5. On Using Gift Cards Our feeling is that unless you are using gift cards as a gratuity, they should be avoided. Overall they’re mindless gifts that show little or no effort. That said, if you’re going to give them out, use your imagination and put them in or with something—a wallet, a money clip, a change purse, a restaurant guide or a...

We have been playing Santa Claus for a host of international corporations for over 30 years. In that time, the gifts we have devised or orchestrated for our clients have been about as diverse as anyone could imagine. Given our respected track record in the “corporate gift giving” industry, we thought we’d share our 7 simple suggestions to make sure your corporate holiday gifts hit their mark:

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Corporate Holiday Gift Picks 2015

Corporate Holiday Gift Picks for the Hard to Impress When the holiday season hits, your business will need a variety of customizable gifts and treats to celebrate your brand supporters. Show your employees, customers, and vendors how much you appreciate their hard work with gifts that are perfectly indicative of the joyous time of year. Check out our Top Picks for this Holiday Season! Tech: PhoneSuit Journey All-In-One Charger The PhoneSuit Journey All-In-One Charger powers Apple, Android, Samsung, LG, HTC and more! Small enough to fit in your pocket or purse, each Journey is designed to be the only charging device you need. With a slim profile, battery pack, foldable AC-wall charger and attached cables, you’ll never carry another charger again. Use the built-in foldable wall adapter for ultimate convenience and charge three devices simultaneously at super-fast speed. Can be branded with your company’s logo. 360 Fly Unlike many other action cameras on the market, the 360fly camera allows users to shoot, edit, and share 360-degree video content in minutes. Furthermore, the 360fly provides an interactive viewing experience where viewers can click, drag, and swipe throughout the video. For an immersive experience, viewers can pair their mobile devices with Google Cardboard virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs). Movo Marketed as the first fully customizable activity tracking solution for large groups, the Movo Wave is a great gift for fitness enthusiasts at a reasonable price. It tracks steps, measures the distance traveled, and the calories burned. Movo also provides data analytics tools that provide organizations with a reliable and affordable solutions to measure and promote health, wellness and productivity. Can be branded with your company’s...

When the holiday season hits, your business will want a variety of customizable gifts and treats to celebrate your brand supporters. Get your marketing strategy into the holiday spirit or show your employees how much you appreciate their hard work with gifts that are perfectly indicative of the joyous time of year. Check out our Top Picks for this Holiday Season!

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Corporate Gifting: Tips You (Might) Totally Get | Trims Unlimited

4 Tips on Giving the Perfect Gift (Courtesy of the Corporate Gifting World) Maybe you’re new to the corporate gifting world, or maybe you’re a pro who hasn’t yet mastered tying the perfect bow. I’m a fresh face at Trims, and I’m being shepherded through the ways of the corporate gift giving world by the talented and experienced team of our Founder Susan Roth. Me? Shh … my wrapping skills are criminal. I’m more likely to get tangled in tape than to double stick tape my way to the perfectly coiffed present. What’s the difference between you and I? I suppose you may be a really thoughtful gift giver and an excellent wrapper, but I’ll err on the side of you’ve-been-really-really-frustrated-by-a-roll-of-wrapping-paper-before. The difference is that I have unlimited access to an arsenal of awesome gift giving tips and tricks, and today, you do too. My brother’s birthday is this week, and I’ve been trying to employ my new knowledge of gifting to buy his present. For the beginners in the “Gift Rap” building today, here are a few corporate gifting tips as they relate to everyday gifting that you may relate to (or may at least laugh to): Apply  the “Kiss” rule to all gifts—aka “keep it simple, stupid” Remember ten years ago when someone placed a small present into a bigger box and then a bigger box and a bigger one until someone gave his or her best friend a box big enough to fit a 46” plasma TV containing only a gift card to Starbucks? I didn’t do it, but I’ve seen it done. For what it’s...

4 Tips on Giving the Perfect Gift (Courtesy of the Corporate Gifting World)

Maybe you’re new to the corporate gifting world, or maybe you’re a pro who hasn’t yet mastered tying the perfect bow. I’m a fresh face at Trims, and I’m being shepherded through the ways of the corporate gift giving world by the talented and experienced team of our Founder Susan Roth.

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Tumi Card Case Special – Deep discounts just in time for the holidays

For last minute holiday shoppers and for those looking ahead to the new year, we have some great specials on Card Cases from Tumi to share with you this morning.  These are current styles, not discontinued styles or closeouts.  However, supplies at these prices are limited. Tumi Meridian Folding Card Case Retail: $59.00 Trims Sell Price: $29.00             Tumi Alpha Folding Card Case Retail: $58.00 Trims Sell Price: $29.00               Tumi Alpha Stripe Gusseted Card Cases (Black only) Retail: $60.00 Trims Sell Price: $28.00 For a personal touch, any of these card cases can be embossed with your logo for an additional $5.50 per piece.  Minimum order for decoration: 10 pieces. Of course, all Tumi Card Cases include elegant Tumi gift boxes.                   For more information or to place your order, please contact a Trims consultant toll-free at: 877-481-8864 or by email at...

For last minute holiday shoppers and for those looking ahead to the new year, we have some great specials on Card Cases from Tumi to share with you this morning.  These are current styles, not discontinued styles or closeouts.  However, supplies at these prices are limited. Tumi Meridian Folding Card Case Retail: $59.00 Trims Sell […]

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