Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Ultimate Thank You Gift: Chocolate!

What could be better than receiving delectable chocolate as a “thank you” gift in the mail?  Imagine with me, if you will, that you are in your office or home and in comes a package in the mail.  An unassuming box with the return address of the interior designer you recently worked with, or the Islamic center you recently gave a lecture for, or the realtor that helped you find your dream home, whatever the case may be. You open it and inside there is an elegant box with a bow.  It has the name and logo of the sender printed on it. You remove the bow, peek inside, and see delicious chocolate brownies waiting for you to eat!  The accompanying thank you note inside expresses appreciation for recently working with their business or organization. Immediately you smile and think how thoughtful it was of this person to take the time and send you this gift.  Not only that, you think how you would like to do business with this person again.

Now, if you are a business owner and are concerned about growing a loyal customer base, the above scenario demonstrates one way this can be achieved: giving out a promotional food gift as a sign of appreciation.  There certainly are a number of custom food gifts to consider— jellybeans, assorted nuts, or gourmet coffee, for example. Yet I feel that there is something about chocolate that makes it the ultimate “thank you” food gift. High- quality, beautifully package chocolate always exudes elegance.


Take for instance this sophisticatedly packaged box of brownies I had the pleasure of taste-testing recently. Inside is a trio of individually wrapped brownies, moist and delicious. There are 3 flavors as well: Double Chocolate, Chocolate Pecan, and Chocolate Butterscotch Coconut. My personal favorite? Chocolate Butterscotch Coconut. These brownies are not just perfect for businesses to give out to valued customers. Schools can give them to their teachers and staff in recognition of all their hard work. Charities and Masjids can give them to generous financial donors or their most dedicated volunteers.  And, of course, this would make a wonderful Eid gift for any employee. Whomever the recipient, a gift of chocolate is sure to leave a lasting impression.


Olive Tree Soap Company: Product Review (plus the handmade promo gift!)

If you’re like me, you have been hearing more about the harmful ingredients found in most personal care products. Always looking for ways to limit my exposure to artificial ingredients and chemicals, I decided to look into purchasing some natural deodorant and came across The Olive Tree Soap Company on Facebook.  The owner, Sobia, makes hand-made personal care products like lotions, soaps, and deodorants with “100% pure, free from harmful chemicals, eco-friendly” ingredients. Now, I know the word “natural” is frequently tossed around these days, and sometimes items labeled “natural” have as many chemicals and  artificial ingredients as traditional brands.  However, her deodorants are made with only 5 simple ingredients, including coconut oil and pure beeswax.  I was intrigued by the possibility of purchasing something truly all- natural. My deodorant order arrived several weeks ago and I must say, I love it! The scent I have is Tea Tree, Rosemary, and Lavender. I like that you definitely get the refreshing scent of tea tree and it applies without leaving a white residue. The best thing about this deodorant, though, is that it actually works! It lasted all day, even on the most humid days of summer.  As an added bonus, it’s great being able to support a small business owner (especially a Muslim woman) that’s taking the time to handcraft products. Her deodorant definitely seems to be of high quality, and I am looking forward to trying her other line of products.


Along with my order came a small, hand-made one-week scheduler. This promotional gift had whimsical, hand-drawn pictures on each page as well the business’s email address and Etsy store address. I found this homemade promotional giveaway to be charming and thoughtful—not to mention useful! I personally love to jot things and often make a daily schedule for myself. In fact, one may not think it, but promotional business items can be a smart choice when choosing a giveaway for your customers. Even if your company and primary customer base have nothing to do with the business world, you may want to consider these type of promotional products.  Certain business or office supplies are commonly found in households everywhere and will get lots of use—translating into a practical promo that will actually be used rather than stashed in drawer or tossed in the garbage! Think of pencil holders/desktop caddies, notepads, and custom shaped magnets for starters. Check around your own home. You probably have at least one logoed business item that you use on a regular basis.