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BlogJan 08, 2024

Exploring the Latest Trends in Corporate Event Gifts for 2023

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Upcoming event? No idea what merch to offer? We've got you covered! Corporate event gifts are elements not to be overlooked during an event.

At Merchery, we've taken the gamble to bid farewell to low-quality merch and boring corporate swag to offer only unique products. We provide you with the opportunity to gift your attendees with a thoughtful gift that will make a difference. It's with these small changes that a significant impact can be made for your event. Give them a real experience!

How to choose them? what to choose? are all questions we will try to answer to help you organize events that people will not forget. Here, we will provide you with event gift ideas and tips on how to customize them and make this event unforgettable!

The Importance of Corporate Event Gifts

Brand image: Your gift will reflect your values and who you are. By receiving a corporate gift, swag, custom merch (you name it...), the attendee will form an immediate opinion about you. A cheap product? A useless item? The company is stingy. A single-use product? The company doesn't consider sustainability. A great gift will make a difference and speak volumes about your company.

Moreover, the best event gifts act as excellent brand ambassadors. When recipients/employees use or showcase these items, they unintentionally pormote the company, playing a key role in shaping a positive brand image.

Networking opportunities: Gifting at corporate events opens doors to networking opportunities. A unique corporate gift can spark conversations, facilitating connections and potential business opportunities. Never underestimate the power of a gift to make a difference.

Add your corporate logo to a great corporate gift, and your potentiel clients will remember it for a long time.

Building Relationships: Corporate event gifts provide an opportunity to strengthen relationships with clients and partners. A thoughtful and unique gift demonstrates appreciation and fosters a positive connection, laying the groundwork for future collaborations. It's not only about employee appreciation but also partners and clients!

In summary, corporate event gifts are key, serving as tools to strengthen relationships, to network and enhance brand image.

The Evolution of Corporate Event Gifts

The tradition dates back to ancient civilizations, where leaders exchanged tokens to foster alliances. In the 20th century, corporate gifting evolved to include branded merchandise and luxury items, becoming a strategic tool for expressing gratitude, strengthening relationships, and promoting businesses. In the 21st century, the emphasis on sustainability, personalization, and tech-driven gifts has further shaped the landscape of corporate gift giving.

Trends have evolved over the years, leaning towards more qualitative and durable custom employee gifts, much like the ones we offer at Merchery.

Emerging trends

As we step into 2024, trends in corporate gifting are aligning with societal shifts, focusing on sustainability, personalization, wellness, and experiences to create impactful and memorable connections. Will give you some unique corporate gift ideas and our favorite custom gifts to make your event a memorable success.

Personalization and Customization

Personalized and customizable gifts are gaining popularity, and that's why we've got your back here at Merchery, serving as your custom gift supplier for trendy and high-quality merch. We aim to turn your dream custom merch into a reality, printing your company logo and wildest ideas on top-notch products for a lasting impression. We are the extra mile you've been searching for!

Here are some of our most popular customizable corporate gifts and branded items:

  • Karst, Moleskine with company's logo and office supplies in general. Who doesn't love receiving a beautiful, high-quality notebook?
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- Branded t-shirts, Hoodies and branded crewnecks. It may sound basic, but a great design and well-cut fabric are fantastic! We offer T-shirts from various brands, including organic cotton options.

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  • Scented candles for the holiday season, for example. We looove this product. Handmade made out of vegetable wax that lasts for houuuuuuurs. It's also the perfect holiday gift or thank you gift to put in a gift box.
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  • Matches just the perfect event gift that sparks lasting memories and lights up any occasion.
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  • Mugs: ceramic, steel, insulated - when every sip tells a story. A perfect event gift for warm moments and unforgettable gatherings.
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  • Tasty treats with a modern twist: biscuits, cookies, chocolate bars and more...
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  • The perfect gift set... It must reflect your image and values to make it a hit. Add a personalized card to make it more intimate.

At Merchery, we've decided not to offer tech accessories and tech gadgets such as power bank but only durable option to deliver a thoughtful message.

Need more inspiration? Here are our Top gifts under $50 and top swags for conference giveaways.

Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Gifts

If you need more event gift ideas that highlight your dedication to durability and sustainability, we've got manyyyyy options. Our products are sourced and curated to provide the best corporate gifts with the highest quality.

Examples of durable gift options:

- Sprout pencils: plants from pencils? That’s right – once you’ve finished with your Sprout pencil, plant it and watch it grow into fragrant herbs, luscious flowers or even fresh vegetables.

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  • Karst pencils: Made of 100% pure graphite for a smooth writing and matte coating to keep your fingers clean. This is the perfect pencils set.
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- Custom Patagonia products: there's no need to introduce you to the brand and its numerous qualities.

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Our label options: Our product offerings boast various certifications that underscore our commitment to sustainability and quality. These certifications include certified organic cotton, GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard), FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), and B Corp. Each label signifies our dedication to environmentally friendly practices, ethical sourcing, and overall excellence. We take pride in delivering custom corporate gifts that meet the highest standards in social and environmental responsibility.

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Health and Wellness Gifts

The growing trend of gifts also focused on health and wellbeing in 2023. Here are some unique corporate gift ideas for gifts that promote a healthy lifestyle:

- Eye mask: For a total blackout experience to give you quality rest and brighter tomorrows. Customize the pouch with your own logo and take your eye mask wherever you go!

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- Walden incense holder: our customizable incense holder makes a perfect addition to any room or space. Beyond offering a beautiful and calming aroma, it also allows for personalization with your own logo.

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- Grow kit: This tiny terracotta kit delivers everything you need to nurture and grow a houseplant. Original and sustainable!

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- Tree kit to purify the air...

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They may not be your typical event gifts, but trust us, they will make a difference. If you wish, you can create a gift box with all the products and craft the perfect 'me-time' gift box! Customized and branded to reflect your company's image!

Discover more ideas for wellness here.

Luxury and Exclusive Gifts

We also have a curation of premium gifts for your VIP clients.

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- Crown bottle opener, designed to endure the test of time!

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- Peugeot Paris mill, because there is no need to be a chef to appreciate the simplicity and beauty of such an object.

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- The North Face eco jacket, great materials, nice cut, recycled fabrics. What else for a nice jacket?

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Budget-Friendly Yet Impactful Gifts

Here are some ideas for impactful gifts that won't break the bank and our bestsellers event gift ideas. Yes a gift can be unique and not expensive at the same time :)

  • Various keytags, whether you want to showcase a funny quote, a motivational phrase or simply your name, the keytag from Various Keytags is the perfect way to add a personal touch to your keys.
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- Caps, a classic and convenient gift for all

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- Bagito tote, a must!

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[- Stojo cup]https://us.merchery.co/shop/stojo-cup) for the coffee lovers

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- Camelback sport bottle, a must for any adventurer out there.

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- Parker jotter, the legendary pen made in France. For many of us it represents good memories. For others less so.

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  • Discover more ideas here.... What do we recommend? Put all those products together and create nice gift boxes.

Those are actually great gifts for team building as well, but if you need more ideas as well.

Cultural Considerations in Gift Giving

Navigating the realm of corporate gifting extends beyond the curation of presents; it involves a keen understanding of cultural nuances. Just as you wouldn't present beef jerky at a vegetarian potluck, corporate gifts should resonate with the cultural preferences of the recipient. Being culturally sensitive is essential. It's not about the item, it's about showing that you really get it so everyone can benefit from and appreciate your gifts.

here some advice you could use for brand loyalty as well.

Looking Ahead: The Future of Corporate Event Gifts

Looking ahead, the future of corporate event gifts is all about personalization and innovation. Say goodbye to generic giveaways and hello to gifts that create lasting experiences. The upcoming trends lean towards more personalized, sustainable, and tech-savvy options, connecting with individuals on a deeper level. With a focus on eco-friendly choices, customization, and cutting-edge technology, corporate event gifts are set to become cherished expressions of appreciation. It's not just about giving; it's about making a lasting impression and forming meaningful connections.

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