Corporate Gift Guide: Items for Clients & Employees
Corporate gift-giving is, well, tough! Thanks to local downtown shops that carry wonderful gift items, it just got easier, and most importantly, more personal. Here are several thoughtful and professional gifts for clients and employees that break the cookie-cutter mold. Shop local and shop early – inventory of these special items is limited!
Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar Crates
Fill up these locally made cedar crates with your choice of four to eight small bottles of Tree & Vine's flavored olive oils and balsamics. This is a perfect gourmet gift that allows a number of different flavors to sample, from blood orange to black truffle! Clients and employees will be delightfully surprised by this sweet gift.
Pretentious Glass Co is a working glass studio and gallery that creates handblown wine, bourbon and beer glasses, as well as vases and other art pieces. Each unique glass is made with precision right here in Downtown Knoxville. They sell single glasses and sets.
Box of Chocolates
Grab a 24 pack of hand painted chocolates from Coffee & Chocolate for a delicious gift. Their best-selling flavors span from traditional ones, like milk sea salt caramel that will please any palette, to the unique, like their hot chili, which is a milk chocolate ganache infused with jalapenos, cilantro, lime & Patron Tequila. And they're beautiful...each like a tiny little present.
Flowers and plants make for great gifts and we especially love the succulent terrariums from The Bloomers Company. They are low-maintenance and stylish and perfect for a desk that needs a unique natural accent. The shop also carries a variety of gift baskets that can be delivered for your convenience.
The BIG IDEA Sketchbook
Perfect for your creative clients and employees! This BIG IDEA sketchbook from Rala is a blank slate ready for sketches, illustrations, journaling, and/or to-do lists. It's a high-end notebook with linen binding, smooth blank interior pages, and the ability to lie flat when opened. Everyone can appreciate a good notebook, and this one meets the mark!
Red, White, & Rosé
A bottle of wine is one of the simplest, yet most appreciated gifts of all. Browse the small-batch collection at Downtown Wine + Spirits and Corks Wine + Spirits, two local wine shops downtown. They carry just about any type of wine at all price points, so you're sure to find many that fit your need. You can't go wrong with a bottle of wine – and you'll probably get a big 'ole thank you!
K Brew Coffee Beans
Can anyone get through a work day without a cup of coffee? Score brownie points by giving coffee beans roasted by K Brew. We especially love their Marble City Blend (named after Knoxville), with notes of honeydew, pecan, and chocolate covered orange. Add a "K Brew" Candle, locally made with a warm coffee scent to round out the gift.
Homemade Baked Treats
It doesn't get much better than homemade cookies, cakes, and cupcakes from Ham 'n Goodys. This gift will be gone as soon as you give it! Of course, their famous lemon cookies are a hit, but they also carry fresh whole cakes, from strawberry and coconut to chocolate and red velvet. Plus holiday favorite – pound cakes! You might just have to give this gift to yourself.
Sometimes there's nothing better than enjoying a shot of craft spirits over the holidays. Treat your clients to one of these unique liquors from PostModern Spirits, ranging from whiskey distilled from local craft beer to bitter orange amaro. It's a gift sure to delight!
Clear Mind Shower Steamers
This gift idea might be a little different than most corporate gifts, but we think it's exactly what hard-working clients and employees need – calming, refreshing shower steamers from Jacks of Knoxville. They are small-batch bath products handmade right in Knoxville.