Over the years we have been lucky enough to receive lots of lovely and unexpected thank you gifts from happy clients. These have ranged from thank you notes, flowers, wines, chocolates, teddy bears and other token gifts.
I always think that it is really lovely when people do take the time to send a formal thank you post event; after all we are just doing our job and it is our job to ensure that every project is a success! It is however wonderful to be appreciated.
In this age of digital and electronic communication though I wonder if traditional/formal gifts are becoming less common? And if so will that make them even more treasured when received?
Over the years myself and the team have even received gifts from delegates and attendees attending our events, little trinkets, foreign delicacies and good luck charms from other countries have been a wonderful surprise – for example see the wonderful wooden carved and painted horse keyring pictured below received from an international delegate at one of our conferences.
When clients ask our advice or ask us to arrange thank you gifts for speakers/special guests we always try to be inventive. We find the best gifts are not necessarily the most expensive gifts but rather the items that offer a reminder of the event itself or location and I think my own favourite thank you gift really proves this!
My favourite business thank you gift however will possibly never be surpassed (picture right). To explain; in May 2013 we ran a conference in Bad Pyrmont, Germany, which is near the town of Hameln (Hamelin), which is famous for the legend of the Pied Piper. On the last day the organising committee that I had been working on behalf of handed me this book depicting the tale, complete with a hand written note on the back page. The note reads:
Thank you so much for shaping this SOL2013 story with us. You were key to making this happen and soooo contributed to the flow of this experience.
It’s a pleasure to watch with what passion you do your work, your skilled effictivity, the respectful way you work with your team, the lightness and freshness you bring to the event. You’ve got brilliant leadership skills and if we organised SOL conferences professionally, we’d partner up with you each year.
It was easy, quick (amazingly quick) and very pleasant to work with you.
Penny, Annie, Christoph, Anton, John
Although the book itself probably only cost a few Euros the sentimental value of the gift is un-measurable! This is the perfect token in my eyes – it entwines the memory of the event and unique culture and folklore of the location with such a personal and heartfelt note of thanks which they have taken time to compose. I will treasure this forever and pass it down through my family for them to feel proud too!
What is the thank you gift that means the most to you?
How do you like to thank speakers and special guests at your events?
I would love to hear your comments below….