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    The Art Of Gifting

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    Nicole Holgate looks at some of the best corporate gift providers to keep you, your peers, and your bosses happy.

    Smythson
    Smythson provides a gorgeous range of leather diaries and books that can be personalised with a name, initials or company logo in gold, silver or blind embossing. They look exquisite and offer the ideal personal touch. Address books or plain notebooks are also available, and if you are buying for a more specific occasion or recipient, can be embossed with a unique slogan to suit: who wouldn?t want a notebook that proclaims ?genius?? Their range also includes accessories for the discerning traveller. Snazzy phone covers, elegant toiletry bags, tablet sleeves and even brightly coloured luggage tags are all carefully crafted in leather. All pieces are smartly gift-wrapped in Smythson Nile Blue boxes tied with grosgrain ribbon. Notebooks from ?35, diaries from ?180. smythson.com
    Courvoisier
    Luxury cognac house Courvoisier is offering secretaries and PAs an exclusive incentive for the festive season: a ?60 Harrods gift voucher for all those choosing Courvoisier XO for their bosses this Christmas. With every purchase of three or more bottles of Courvoisier XO, you will receive a ?60 gift voucher for luxury London shopping destination, Harrods. A very old blend of fine and well-matured cognacs from the exclusive Grande Champagne cru, along with selected aged spirit from the Petite Champagne and distinguished Borderies crus, Courvoisier XO was awarded Gold Medals at the 2011 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and the 2010 International Review of Spirits, as well as a Double Gold Medal at the 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Guaranteed to keep the higher-ups happy for another year. ?125 for 70cl. courvoisier.com/uk/
    Lords? Gifts
    Lords? Gifts & Wines has a wonderful range of hampers and wine gifts for Christmas 2012. The Christmas Collection 2012 can be viewed in full on the website. With years of experience in meeting the diverse needs of businesses sending out hamper and wine gifts to its clients and employees, Lords offer a fantastic service to complement its stylish, contemporary product range. The food and drink hampers feature wines have garnered awards and enthusiastic reviews, as well as food products from leading independent UK producers. Look out for some fantastic cheeses, biscuits and Christmas puddings in this year?s range. As wine importers, Lords are also able to offer bottles not available from the shops and featuring perennial favourites such as Claret and Chablis, but also great examples from thriving, smaller winemakers rapidly gaining a name for themselves. Packages from ?15.95, or get 10% off all orders over ?1,000 placed before the end of October by quoting code PAL1709. lordsgifts.co.uk
    Hotel Chocolat
    It has been long established that everyone loves chocolate. Hotel Chocolat?s corporate team has over 20 years? experience working with clients on marketing campaigns and keeping their customers happy. The aim is to make the process as easy as possible and to ensure that the chocolate gift is remembered long after the event. Every order received, whether it be via the online store, phone or by post has the full attention of one of Hotel Chocolat?s experienced team, and there are a large variety to choose from. A favourite is their Signature Cabinet or Chocolatier?s Table ? PA Life can highly recommend the Chocolatier?s Table with its 65 different chocolates ranging from velvety truffles to crisp chocolate ingots and crunchy coated almonds. They also have a large number of bespoke corporate options, with the chance for a personalised company sleeve and message, and individual chocolate selections start at ?5. Our mouths are already watering. hotelchocolat.co.uk
    Moet Dom Perignon
    If you?re really splashing out on the Champagne this Christmas, Mo?t & Chandon has put together two special, festive bottles exclusively at Selfridges, Oxford Street. Mo?t & Chandon minis (?16.99 for 20cl) covered with glistening gold snowflakes are the perfect stocking fillers to celebrate the season. For a bespoke gift, from November 16th customers can purchase a bottle, magnum, jeroboam or methuselah of Mo?t & Chandon (75cl from ?41.99) and have it personalised with a festive illustration and message written in gold calligraphy and accented with Swarovski crystals. Selfridges shoppers can watch their gift be handcrafted in front of them by a professional calligrapher. For those with more esoteric taste, there is a ?Dom Perignon by David Lynch? gift box, in which the cinema?s mysterious director has transformed the bottles into a medley of shimmering light and shade. From ?135. moet.com
    Links of London
    Links of London offers a huge range of gifts, all of which can be personalised. Most are suitable for engraving or embossing with a company logo or message for a perfect finishing touch. A testament to the timelessness of leather and silver, its top ten suggested corporate gifts include a business card holder in black leather or elegant silver, a luggage tag, an A5 portfolio in black leather, silver cufflinks and a selection of fountain pens. Every item is packaged in a presentation case or gift wrapped in its signature boxes with a hand-tied ribbon. Gift items from ?30. linksoflondon.co.uk
    Scottish Whisky Experience
    Take the drama out of finding the perfect dram, with the personal shopper service at The Scotch Whisky Experience. The free service is available online, and in person at the five-star attraction?s specialist shop, and ensures a bottle can be selected that goes hand-in-hand with its recipient, making for a thoughtful and luxurious gift this festive season. With more than 300 bottles of Single Malt, Grain and Blended Scotch Whiskies available to buy online, there is a whisky to suit any taste or budget. The Balvenie Double Wood 12 Year old is the perfect entry level malt and a classic after-dinner drink. Maturing first in Bourbon casks, then Sherry casks, it has a complexity and richness, with hints of toffee, caramel and oranges. The retail outlet also houses one of Scotland?s largest collections of rare and premium malts, for those looking to buy a bottle that is extra special. scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk
    Filmology
    Filmology discounted cinema vouchers can be used at over 450 cinemas across the UK and Ireland, so they provide the perfect gift for staff or clients to choose a film that they actually want to see, when they want to see it. Cinema ticket voucher prices start at ?2.75, which the site says can reduce the price of a normal cinema ticket by up to 40 per cent, making it far easier to buy for a large group of people. As experiential corporate gifts grow in popularity, you can even ensure that colleagues get tickets for family and friends. Flexible, convenient, and money-saving ? no one can complain there! filmology.co.uk
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    Molly Dyson

    Former Editor – PA Life

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