Choosing the perfect gift isn’t always as simple as it sounds. Especially when dealing with high-value customers that you want to impress. The relationship you have with these VIP clients is essential to the success of your business. So you want to give a gift that shows you’ve put time and thought into showing your appreciation.
At the same time, expensive doesn’t always equate to premium. High-end executive gifts should be personal, intentional, and practical. You might not be able to give the same gift to every client. But that’s okay. By breaking them down, customer by customer, your gifts will be more genuine and help facilitate better relationships. And that’s what corporate gifting is all about.
To help you select the best high-end executive gifts for your VIP clients, we’ve put together this list of ideas. Keep reading to learn:
- The qualities of a high-end executive gift
- Why corporate gifting for VIP clients is important
- The most impressive types of luxury gift items
- High-end executive gift ideas
Let’s get started!
What Makes a Good High-End Executive Gift?
Not all products are created equal. Having a basic understanding of the qualities of an appropriate high-end client gift can help you narrow down your options. You can typically expect any item with high brand recognition and retail appeal to be high quality and leave a lasting impression. Business gift baskets that include a variety of premium items and food bundles can also deliver an exceptional experience to VIP customers. Any gift you invest in should be targeted specifically to that client, and be something that they’d use, find value in, and/or appreciate.
Why is Corporate Gifting to VIP Clients Important?
The meaning of corporate gifting goes far beyond the gift itself. It’s about showing gratitude, appreciation, and most importantly, that there’s a human behind your brand. VIP clients are a valuable part of the success of your business. When they feel valued, you’ll create positive momentum that can lead to retention, brand loyalty, and even client advocacy. Relationships take effort. They should never just be one-sided. Giving high-quality gifts to VIP clients is an important part of the other side of the equation.
15 High-End Executive Gift Ideas for VIP Clients
Now that we have the basics of VIP gifting down let’s get into some real ideas. We put together this list of luxury gift ideas to wow your most important personas, whether it be bosses, C-Suite executives, or high-end clients.
High-quality drinkware is a universal gift idea that VIP clients will find use in every day. But when we’re talking about luxury executive gifts, brand name matters. Corkcicle is one of the top insulated drinkware brands on the market today. With triple insulation made from stainless steel, all Corkcicle bottles, including this Sport Canteen, guarantee to keep drinks ice cold for 25 hours and warm for 12. Plus, a screw-on cap and drink-thru straw lid add to the convenience of this on-the-go bottle. The sport canteen comes in a 20-ounce size, with a folding metal handle. Laser engrave your logo or personalize it with your VIP client’s name to maximize it’s meaning.
The Thermos brand is another classic, reliable, and well-known insulated drinkware brand. It’s also one of the most durable and high-performing food and beverage container brands in the world. Pioneers of the double-wall vacuum method of heat retention, you can bet that this 18-ounce stainless steel tumbler will keep drinks hot or cold for up to 24 hours. Your VIP clients will love the functionality of this everyday drinkware item, and you’ll love choosing from different color options to match your clients’ personalities. Choose from matte steel, espresso, or sleet white for a premium, professional and high-quality gift. A laser engraving offers personalized branding and unique touch.
Here’s another luxury corporate gift idea from Thermos. This stainless steel food jar is for keeping soups, stews, or other hot entrees warm all day long. It’s a great item for the office, or for those clients who are constantly on the go. The vacuum insulation will keep food hot for up to nine hours and includes a full-size folding spoon that fits right inside the lid. Choose from black or silver, with a laser engraved or pad print logo to make it extra personal.
A bottle of fine wine is a classic and professional high-quality gift that appeals to a wide variety of people. You can make your gift even more special by including a gift with lasting staying power like this pair of premium wine glasses. They hold up to 17-ounces and feature silicone sleeves that give them a unique look, plus makes them easy to hold. Display your logo in premium quality on the front of both glasses. When paired with a personalized note and a bottle of your client’s favorite wine, you’ll have a high-end gift your VIP clients will love.
High-quality executive gifts don’t always have to be expensive. Here’s a great piece of premium drinkware that won’t make a dent in your budget. The 22-ounce Thor Copper Vacuum Insulated Bottle is both durable and made with double-wall stainless steel and copper insulation. It will keep drinks cold for 48 hours and hot for at least 12. With a screw-on, spill-resistant lid and durable stainless steel hand loop, it’s an excellent bottle for on-the-go clients. Plus, it comes in 9 different colors and can be customized with a laser engraved logo.
Bluetooth headphones are both a functional and valuable gift idea. But you can make your gift even more premium with these light-up headphones, which flash your personalized logo on the ear cups. These headphones include built-in music controls, a microphone, answer/reject calls button, volume, and music controls. Once charged, they can last for over 3-hours at max volume and will automatically shut off if not being used.
What exactly is a functional corporate gift? Think about items that can be used every single day of the year, like this Moleskine planner. Your VIP clients will love that it’s bound with a hardcover, rounded corners and includes a bookmark. Strap it all together with the elastic strap closure, and your clients won’t have to worry about it getting damaged. The planner is dated from January to December and includes useful tools like time zones, international measurements, dialing codes, and flight durations. Consider this high-end executive gift for clients who are recent business travelers. Imprint the cover with a print, deboss, foil stamp, or full-color logo.
Okay, so writing pads are a pretty common executive gift idea. But what if you had a charging pad that could even charge your phone? Talk about useful. This writing pad supports wireless charging for most newer mobile devices. It includes a phone stand and elastic pocket for storing cables and pens. With a pen loop on the outside cover, a document pocket behind the pad, and 30-sheets of lined paper, VIP clients will love the practicality of this corporate gift. Plus, it comes in a premium quality gift box, adding to the unboxing experience.
Another unique take on the classic writing pad is this reusable flip notebook. Yes, reusable. Made with synthetic, white-lined paper, it magically wipes clean when using the included Pilot Frixion pen. VIP clients will love showing this unique gift off. They’ll never have to worry about running out of notebook space again.
Another high-end corporate gift idea is this wireless charging, one-of-a-kind power station. It’s a unique and eco-friendly gift idea that features a cork-lined spot for your business card and branding on a 100 percent natural FSC-certified bamboo plate, a renewable and sustainable material. It also includes a spot to stand your phone on, and a trinket tray for those miscellaneous desk items. It offers 5W wireless output and includes a built-in USB cable. Etch your logo on the bamboo plate for an eco-friendly, sustainable, and premium corporate gift.
11. Sherpa Blanket
Cozy gifts for the home show clients you care about them as people, not just as business professionals. And with more and more people spending nights in, a Sherpa blanket like this one is sure to be appreciated. The Sherpa fleece material is super soft and designed to provide warmth and comfort. It measures 50 x 60 inches unfolded and is perfect for cuddling under on movie nights. We love that you can choose from several different colors and include a branded logo on the bottom corner of the blanket.
A branded backpack is a premium item that VIP clients will get a lot of use out of it. Whether they’re avid travelers, or just back and forth to the office, this duffel pack will last clients for years. Plus, it’s eco-friendly, constructed from recycled polyester made from 12 plastic bottles. It features an over-the-shoulder carry strap that can be converted to a backpack-style carry. It also features a 15 inch padded laptop sleeve, so clients can take work with them if needed. Internal mesh organization pockets are handy, and the large dual u-zip duffel style access makes it more unique than your traditional backpack. Embroider your client’s name or logo for a personalized gift they’ll truly enjoy.
This backpack cooler is a hybrid corporate gift with a dual function. With a spacious interior and built-in insulation, you can keep food and drinks cold. The bag itself is woven with a unique fiber created from recycled, post-consumer plastic and lined with leak-resistant, antimicrobial material, making it easy to clean. It includes two water bottle pockets on the side that can fit reusable water bottles or tumblers. Consider pairing it with one of the premium pieces of drinkware listed above for a high-quality corporate gift VIP clients will love.
Looking for a gift for an avid hiker or outdoor enthusiast? This insulated haul bag is designed for the mountain. It includes packing cube-inspired coolers that fit snacks or drinks while keeping everything cool and organized. They fit neatly inside the bag’s main compartment or can be taken out and used on their own. The bag also has a top flap zippered pocket for extra storage space. Personalize it for clients with a printed, embroidered, or heat transferred logo.
Now here’s a truly premium gift. This classy and sophisticated gift box features gourmet snacks, drink mixers, quality drink accessories, plus branded coasters, and a flask. It all comes packed in a premium gift box that can be customized with a UV-printed logo and a personalized postcard. It even comes in three different tiers, so you can pick and choose based on the client you’re investing in. Here’s a look at each option:
- Light Kit - Contains 8 ounces of Grey Ghost Bakery Chocolate Bourbon Cookies, 6.5 ounces of Jacobsen Salt Co. Salty Caramels, a six-pack of Herb & Lou's Old Fashioned Infused Ice Cubes, and a customized Luxe Flask.
- Regular Kit - Contains 8 ounces of Grey Ghost Bakery Chocolate Bourbon Cookies, 6.5 ounces of Jacobsen Salt Co. Salty Caramels, a six-pack of Herb & Lou's Old Fashioned Infused Ice Cubes, a 3-pack of Portland Soda Works Beverage Mixers, and a customized Luxe Flask.
- Deluxe Kit - Contains 8 ounces of Grey Ghost Bakery Chocolate Bourbon Cookies, 6.5 ounces of Jacobsen Salt Co. Salty Caramels, a six-pack of Herb & Lou's Old Fashioned Infused Ice Cubes, a six-pack of Herb & Lou's Cosmopolitan Infused Ice Cubes, a 3-pack of Portland Soda Works Beverage Mixers, a customized Signature Coaster Set, and a customized Luxe Flask.
Final Tips for VIP Gifting
Now that we’ve got you inspired with several ideas for your next VIP gift, here are some final things to remember.
- Corporate gifting for VIP clients is all about making an impact. The goal is to use your gift to build a stronger business relationship. Memorable gifts are useful, intentional, and personalized.
- Maximizing the value of your high-end executive gift means understanding who your VIP clients are. Keep track of important milestones in their lives, such as birthdays or anniversaries. Sometimes the most memorable and meaningful gifts come when there are no business objectives attached.
- VIP gifts don’t always equate to expensive. You can leave a lasting impression with a high-end luxury gift without breaking the budget. It all comes down to intention.
For more ideas, insights, or inspiration, download our 2021 Corporate Gifts Look Book. Learn how to navigate the latest trends while selecting the best high-end executive gift to make the biggest impact on your VIP clients.