The art of gifting

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Tis the season for thanking loyal clients and hard-working employees, which means the PA’s day just got busier. PA Life points out a selection of perfect presents

Harrods Gift Card
harrodscorporateservice.com
This year marks 25 years of Corporate Service at Harrods, respected for reinforcing trends that survive the test of time. The Harrods Gift Voucher launched in 1997 was an instant success and today, the evolved Harrods gift card is the perfect corporate present. Easily branded with a corporate message, gift card recipients enjoy the flexibility and excitement of choice. From a famed Harrods Food Hall hamper to the finest designer accessories, the gift card offers access to the entire store and online. The Harrods gift card can also be used for unique personalised experiences, from pampering at the in-store Urban Retreat Spa, to individual style tips from a personal shopper. The expert Corporate Service at Harrods team can help inspire, offering a professional service with creative ideas to match. Call 0207 225 5994, or email corporate.service@harrods.com.

House of Fraser
houseoffraser.co.uk/forbusiness
With a House of Fraser gift card, voucher and e-Gift card, recipients can choose to spend on thousands of fabulous brands across fashion, home and beauty. All can be spent in-store, online and on mobile, so you can browse the website and buy from the comfort of your sofa if you so wish. Great corporate discounts are available on orders over £1,000 and delivery of gift cards and vouchers is free and secure. E-gift cards are sent via email, so there are no handling or fulfillment costs, which means your budget goes further. The technology behind House of Fraser gift cards also means you can send out gift cards without value assigned so you have no issues or costs associated with secure storage and postage.

New Look
newlookbusinesssolutions.com
New Look gift cards, vouchers and eGift cards are perfect for both staff and customers alike. With a great fashion brand like New Look, which has exciting ranges for men, women and teenagers, recipients can choose to spend on themselves or share with the family. Gift cards can be remotely loaded with value from £1–£1,000 and can be topped up repeatedly, making them a great option for ongoing treats and rewards. New Look eGift cards are sent via email with value from £1-£500 and Euro gift vouchers are available for those in the Republic of Ireland in €5, €10, €20 and €50 denominations. A dedicated corporate team at New Look Business Solutions can help you design and implement your corporate gifting campaign. Plus, there are great discounts available on purchases over £1,000.

Restaurant Choice
restaurantchoice.co.uk
The Restaurant Choice gift voucher can be spent at more than 3,000 restaurants across the UK, including Nando’s, Jamie’s Italian, YO! Sushi, PizzaExpress, Café Rouge and more. Recipients love the choice. Whether they want a family experience, a romantic and sophisticated meal for two, or a great night out with friends, this gift voucher offers it all and is a fantastic way for businesses to say “thank you, have a meal on us”. Restaurant Choice has a dedicated team of experts who are on hand to provide corporate customers with a great range of support services designed to give the best return on investment including help with campaign planning and implementation. Plus, discounts are available to businesses that spend over £1,000.

Love2shop
love2shop.co.uk/business
Love2shop Business Services has a comprehensive portfolio of corporate gifting products. The Love2shop gift card can be spent at 65 major high street retailers and attractions, including M&S, Currys PC World and Debenhams, while the Love2shop gift voucher is accepted by more than 130 leading high street names. Love2shop Euro vouchers can be spent at a great range of Ireland’s retailers. The Love2shop holiday card can be spent with over 200 UK and worldwide operators including Virgin Holidays, Kuoni, Thomson and Cunard using Love2shop Holiday’s dedicated in-house travel agency. Completing the line-up is the Love2shop experiences card, which can be spent on any one of hundreds of experiences.

Harrods Hampers
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Harrods is well known for providing luxury goods throughout the store. Its range of hampers offers the ideal way to give clients and employees a selection of items from different departments, with options starting from budget buys on up to the ultimate in extravagance such as the Harrodian (pictured, £2,500). Each hamper comes in stylish packaging – the Harrodian features a leather trunk as a lasting keepsake – and is packed full of high-quality items ranging from chocolates and sweets to champagne and smoked salmon. With such a wide selection of items available, the Corporate Service at Harrods team can help you choose the right one for every client. Call 0207 225 5594, or email corporate.service@harrods.com.

Happy Box London
happyboxlondon.com
Looking for corporate gift inspiration? Happy Box London offers thoughtful presents wrapped in pretty packaging. The company’s site is full of ready-made options for him and her to suit any occasion, or the team can build a bespoke box for you based on your objectives. Gift options include the finest items from a range of suppliers, many of them based right here in the UK. The company aims to uphold its responsibility to the environment, sourcing local produce and organic items, as well as making their packaging from materials that come from sustainable forests.

Spicers of Hythe
spicersofhythe.co.uk
Finding a Christmas gift on behalf of your company that not only makes your boss look thoughtful but also makes you look great is a stressful, time-consuming task. Let Spicers of Hythe, the luxury hamper specialists, take the stress away by making its team your gifting assistants this Christmas. Each hamper offers a selection of little luxuries, hand-picked from local and international suppliers. With more than 50 hampers in the range including the ‘Winter Wonders’ hamper, (pictured, £29.95) you will find the perfect gift to cater for all tastes and budgets. The team can also design gift hampers to fit any theme or budget and will guide you through the process to ensure you give a gift to be proud of this year. Email enquiries@spicersofhythe.co.uk.

Highland Fayre
highlandfayre.co.uk
Highland Fayre is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, having provided hundreds of thousands of corporate hampers for businesses all over the world since 1985. The company manufactures all its gift hampers in-house, which allows it to offer a flexible service, creating bespoke hampers for its corporate customers at very competitive rates. Highland Fayre has also invested in state-of-the-art engraving equipment to allow it to provide one-off branded and personalised gifts. This is ideal for specific occasions including retirement, speaker acknowledgements, thanking sponsors, employee birthdays, company anniversaries, prizes, event gifts and Christmas. Please call the company on 01738 639222 to discuss luxury hampers and personalised gifts for every occasion and the team will do the rest.

Aspinal of London
aspinaloflondon.com
Aspinal has always had a reputation for providing high-quality gifts to suit any occasion and that level of class carries over to its corporate service. It’s not always easy to pick out a gift for a client that you barely know, so why not try stylish business accessories with a luxury flair? Aspinal offers a range of sterling silver and leather goods, all of which can be personalised, such as the silver and leather rollerball pen (pictured, £150). It’s perfect for corporate men and women, making it a classic way to say thank you.

Godminster
godminster.com
Godminster’s selection of yummy cheeses, tasty crackers and delicious wines is sure to please anyone on your list. You can choose a simple gift of creamy Vintage Organic Cheddar and a rich Godminster fruit cake, or stretch a little further for a pairing of Vintage Cheddar, its oak-smoked counterpart, punchy beetroot and apple chutney and a bottle of 20-year-old Fonesca tawny Port. Or go for something different with the Bloody Good Mary gift set, which includes Godminster’s award-winning horseradish-infused vodka and five bottles of nicely spicy drink mix. It’s out of the ordinary and easy to wrap, making it a great choice for thanking clients and staff.

Ladurée
laduree.com
Probably best known for its scrumptious Parisian macaroons, Ladurée has branched out into several brands to offer a range of luxurious gifts. You can find everything from the company’s signature pastries and sweets to a selection of gifts for the home, as well as beauty products and stylish trinkets for women. Macaroons are sure to delight even the most discerning client and gift options range from a box of six to a box of 14 (pictured, £32.20).

Champagne Warehouse
champagnewarehouse.com
Shocking fact – the mass-produced famous champagne houses only own 12% of the grape vines, but they sell 80% of the world’s champagne. The family growers own the remaining 88%. The family growers sell to the big houses and keep the best grapes to produce their own range of champagnes.

Champagne Warehouse only works with family growers. Its champagnes have won awards and the team feels they offer the best in terms of value, taste, uniqueness and exclusiveness.

There is a great family story behind each bottle – this appeals to corporate clients wanting to treat their clients and staff as individuals, not numbers. Champagne Warehouse’s new Aspirational Collection offers a choice of champagnes (boxed and unboxed) in a range of styles to suit every individual.

Let the team take the strain. All gifts are delivered with glossy A5 tasting cards. The company provides flexible delivery options and a personalised messaging service. Expert advice is also available – the corporate team is wine industry educated.

Your clients and staff deserve the best. You want to make them feel appreciated, so why not give them something that stands out from the mass-manufactured crowd.

Champagne Warehouse was established in 2000 and has a UK-wide network of corporate clients demanding superior gifts and exceptional service. Its market share has increased year on year, with a turnover of £12million in 2014.

If you want to receive a copy of Champagne Warehouse’s new Aspirational Collection brochure, if you would like a quote, want to open a corporate account, or simply find out more, please call 0800 313 4470, or email rebecca@champagnewarehouse.com.

Champagne Warehouse looks forward to hearing from you.

PS – Its sister wine company offers a wide range of exclusive wines too.

Gett
gett.com/uk
You know those spontaneous moments when you could really do with having a bottle of champagne on hand in the office? Being a PA, we bet this situation is all too familiar. Now, thanks to the Gett app, a bottle of champers is just 10 minutes away if you’re based in Shoreditch, Clerkenwell, the City, Knightsbridge, Chelsea, Belgravia, or Kensington (London). Gett Clicquot allows you to order champagne on-demand – namely a chilled yellow label bottle of Veuve Clicquot in an ice jacket along with two champagne flutes for the price of £50. The service is available every day from 4-10pm in the app in partnership with Veuve Clicquot and Amathus UK Ltd. Plus, Make sure you’ve got this must-have app on your phone and order for yourself or send a bottle to a colleague today.

Alexander & James
alexanderandjames.com
Give something extra special this Christmas with fine spirits from Alexander & James. With everything from rare Scotch Single Malts, to iconic classics like Johnnie Walker Blue Label and Tanqueray No Ten Gin, Alexander & James has something for every taste and budget. To help make your gift all the more thoughtful, each bottle is presented in a beautifully designed gift box and we even offer engraving on selected spirits. Best of all, engraving and giftwrapping are free at Alexander & James this Christmas. Make your gift one to remember this Christmas. Call the concierge team on 020 7978 1101.

Laithwaites Wine
laithwaites.co.uk
In Italy, no celebration is complete without a bottle of Prosecco, so Laithwaites has selected Il Papavero from gifted winemaker Scipione Giuliani. Rioja’s satin-smooth flavours make it the red wine of choice for thousands of customers and oak-aged Pagos de Tahola is a longstanding customer favourite. And your white selection is Brent Stone, a hugely aromatic Kiwi Sauvignon, packed with tropical fruit. Presented in a luxury gift box, £32. If that doesn’t fit your remit for a gift, Laithwaites offers a huge range of the finest wines and luxury spirits that are ideal for saying “thanks for a great year”.

The White Company
thewhitecompany.com
Wouldn’t it be lovely if someone took all the hardship out of your Christmas present shopping and made it simple? The White Company For Business strives to do just that by offering a one-stop gifting destination for everyone on your list. Get in touch with one of the expert advisors, who will be happy to discuss trade discounts, offer advice, run through your requirements and help you set up your account. Don’t forget, The White Company also has a gift-wrapping service to make your Christmas shopping even easier. To find out more, email b2b@thewhitecompany.com, or call 020 3761 6000.

Jo Malone London
jomalone.co.uk
’Tis the season… Make it merry with gifts from Jo Malone London. Something elegant. Something quirky. Something charming. From ultimate gifts to little luxuries, find gifts to delight each client or colleague that you wish to recognise and reward. Explore unexpected scents from Jo Malone London’s signature, Lime Basil & Mandarin, to sensual Pomegranate Noir and festive Pine & Eucalyptus. A Stylist will help you to choose the perfect gift, whether it’s a coveted cologne, indulgences for bath and body, or scents for the home. Each one is all wrapped up in the Jo Malone London box and trimmed in mistletoe green. You can also celebrate with Jo Malone London as part of your Christmas entertaining. Please contact the Jo Malone London Corporate Sales team with any of your corporate gift-giving needs, or to reserve your date to host a corporate event. Email jmcorporatesales@jomalone.com, or call 0370 034 0634.

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