Today I am sharing about my wedding client gifts! I am hesitant to share, not because I don’t want to share with other creatives and business owners, but because I love surprising my clients.
I am a huge fan of hand written notes and snail mail. HUGE FAN. When Philip and I visit new places we always get postcards, a lot of them. Some to send to friends and family, others to frame for our home. Yup, we frame postcards. More recently I’ve been using an app called Ink Cards. Ink Cards is an app that allows you to take a photograph with your phone and turn it into a postcard. For a small fee they make the postcard and mail it to your specified destination. I love this because it can be a postcard of Phil & I for our moms; it can be a scenic sight or a city scape. I’ve only used it a few times although I plan to use it more! But I’ve taken a detour, back to the main point…
A client gift doesn’t have to be something extravagant, it just needs to be meaningful and intentional. I’ve tried a few different things for my client gifts. At one time or another I would send my clients a gift card, to encourage a date night. With the gift card I would include a handwritten note to tell the couple to take time to themselves during the hectic-ness of planning a wedding. I moved towards Starbucks gift cards-because who doesn’t love Starbucks?! Although these were all great, they weren’t exactly what I wanted. I wanted my client gift to be more personal, more me, more my business brand.
One day I stumbled up 2j’s Soap, while surfing the web or something. They are based in Portland, Oregon. If you don’t know it, I’m from Oregon, not far from Portland. 2j’s Soap make a variety of handmade items, including lip balm, hand balm and candles. I was so excited, so I shot them an email to get details. They can even custom make the labels for their items. As you see, I had my logo put on each item. If you know anything about branding this is a total bonus for business+branding. I didn’t waste anytime placing my order.
Aside from all that, I love including these in my client gifts because I feel like it incorporates a part of me. Something intentional. Oregon is a special place to me and I love sharing a part of it with my clients. To spruce up the gift package I bought party poppers (gold + silver) from Michael’s Craft Store because planning a wedding and getting married is totally a reason to celebrate. The cards I use for handwritten notes are an assortment from different places, but primarily from Target Dollar Spot! I love Target, it’s always been one of my favorite places to shop for cute random items I don’t actually need, but hey, they’re cute!
I sometimes dabble in drawing, and I like journalling so I use some of my favorite fun pens when writing the note. This aspect just depends on my mood. For the box, I use to use something a little fancier than a plan Priority Box, but I found this route to be easier for mailing the items.
It’s always fun to keep the creative juices following and to incorporate new ideas as they come to life. This to me is one of the many pleasures of owning a small business. I know that my wedding client gifts, business and brand will continue to grow.