Now that we have survived another Christmas/New Year holiday season; and some of us still have the holiday weight to show for it. It’s time that we get ourselves well prepared for another major holiday season in this side of the world, the lunar new year! Yet another corporate gifts season in Singapore. Although it is more than “just another” corporate gifts season. The lunar new year corporate gifts season provide a chance for redemption for those who did really, really bad in the “Christmas/New Year corporate gifts season”. For the western holiday season, did you send your clients a bunch of calendars with big pictures of “fruit of the month” when neither of you nor your clients’ business is fruit related by ay mean? (Why? What even inspired the fruit themed calendar?) This is the time for redemption. I’m talking about full swing, all or nothing, comeback kid style. Or, did you do really good in the western holiday day season and figure you can just sit back and relax for this round? Don’t be silly. You’ve already raised the bar, now you have to keep up with your own good work!
Now, between digesting and recovering from the excessive eating while drinking from the Christmas/New Year holiday season and planning/looking forward to the binge drinking while eating that is for sure going down during the lunar new year, the brain juice could be running just a little low and you might need a helping hand coming up with some perfect corporate gift for the lunar new year holidays. We can relate and we are here to help.
Below are a few ideas to get you started, or, you can just make them yours, every one of those ideas is free!
1. The Red Envelopes.
I know what you’re thinking, red envelopes? How original. But let’s really think about it. What is that one thing that people need during lunar new year holidays? Red envelopes. Do people enjoy buying them themselves? I know I don’t. It’s always a bummer when I run out of red envelopes and have to step out and make an effort to find them, knowing full well that it is unacceptable, unthinkable even to give out money without those red envelopes.
Another thing is, red envelopes are often boring and even ugly sometimes, but there are also really, really well designed, pretty and quality looking red envelopes. And exactly because there are a lot of bad ones, the well designed, quality ones are simply impressive. Making your recipient look really good in front of family and relatives.
Take a look at these impressive, well designed, quality red envelopes that I wish I receive all my cash in them:
Related (Why buy corporate gifts?)
I rest my case.
2. Chinese tea cups
Aside from the binge drinking and eating, another thing that is strongly associated with lunar new year is the morning tea tradition. This lunar new year, give your clients and potential clients some cute, well designed tea cups for the morning tea, or, you know, just to look at. Hide your company logo in the bottom to let your clients know that it’s more important to give them a gift that is well designed, looks good than constantly reminding them about you.
Speaking of beverage, when you’re done with your Chinese tea, the chance is, for the rest of the day you probably rather be sipping something cold, with that hot Singapore sun outside all day. As refreshing and enjoyable as cold drinks, there is, however, absolutely nothing enjoyable about having water stains on your wooden table or having wet circles all over the place. And that’s when coasters come to the rescue. Another thing that sounds boring at first, but with a lot of potential of both being impressive through great design, and a lot of room for personalization.
For example, these coasters are sometimes even more fun than the beverage that will be sitting on them!
And this is how you can keep your coasters traditional but also impress your clients with the graphic design (And all that room for you to subtly incorporate your logo somewhere!)
And don’t forget, 2016 is the year of monkey!