We’ve all been there; from cringe-worthy Secret Santa experiences to being on the receiving end of a gift you don’t know how to respond to. Choosing corporate gifts at Christmas can be difficult, especially if your company has taken on new employees that you don’t know too well. It can be hard to think of the correct gift which expresses gratitude but also exudes a sense of luxury.
This year has been a tough one, and here at Hotel Chocolat, we think making a big deal out of Christmas is the right way to go.
Chocolate is one of the most popular gifts to give at Christmas – mostly because it’s convenient. After all, you can’t go wrong with a box of chocolates! Instead of popping to the supermarket on your lunch break and grabbing a Cadbury’s selection box for the present you completely forgot about, why not think about using Hotel Chocolat for your work-related gifts?
We know chocolate works and we’ve been doing our special thing for over a decade.
Instead of producing uniform chocolate bars, we went big and produced chocolate slabs for every possible palette. Many companies have been making chocolate sweeter and cheaper, but we believe it should never lose out on flavour. We go big on cocoa or go home. We believe in quality and creativity – and aspire to give you gifts to choose from that will make anyone’s Christmas that bit more special.
Christmas is about luxury and rewarding those you love and appreciate. At Hotel Chocolat, we take the chocolate experience one step further and have raised the bar for cocoa growing since 2002.
Choosing what to buy employees at Christmas doesn’t have to cause you sleepless nights as we have something to offer everyone, due to our range of corporate Christmas gifts.
It may seem a bit early to start thinking about Christmas – but everyone could benefit from embracing the festive spirit earlier this year, and we can help get turn your office into a suitably festive place to be.
Getting the office in the mood for Christmas
Even if you don’t want to think about buying gifts already, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to get into the Christmas spirit! Throughout the working week, it is easy to get bogged down with deadlines and numerous demands that can taint office morale.
With Christmas just around the corner, why not treat the office to a few pick-me-ups to raise the spirits? Our Biscuits & Hot Chocolat Collection provides the perfect afternoon treat, and your workers will thank you for it. Containing a selection of chocolate pillow biscuits, chocolate batons and luxurious, milky hot chocolate, made with real flakes of our crowd-pleasing 50% milk chocolate, it is sure to raise spirits in no time.
There’s nothing that embraces the Christmas spirit more than a comforting mug of hot chocolate, and you can easily bring this to the office. For the guaranteed few Christmas scrooges, bringing out the hot chocolate and biscuits won’t seem too offensive. A bit of indulgence and early Christmas festivities never did anyone any harm – treating the office to our warming hot chocolate might be the best decision you make all year.
Despite your comforting mug of velvety liquid chocolate, you may already be starting to panic about gifts – but relax, we’ve got you covered.
What is the best gift for your boss?
It’s been a challenging year for most businesses, and bosses have been dealing with extra stress. Especially this Christmas, it’s important to take the time to say thank you to your boss and all that they do for you.
Chocolate is sometimes accused of being impersonal as it’s the safe option for many who don’t know what to buy. It’s true that you can’t go wrong with chocolate, but you can also get a personal chocolate gift that is oh-so-right as well. Give something to your boss that they wouldn’t normally buy for themselves, in treating them to The Chocolate Cream Liqueur & Co Collection with a personalised message card.
This is certainly going to hit the spot and encourage your boss to unwind from the stressful year just gone. Containing a generous helping of Chocolate Cream Liqueur, chocolate batons and cocktail chocolates – it’s the perfect gift to encourage them to sit back and relax.
What is the best gift for your employees?
It might seem overwhelming to think about getting a gift for each of your employees, but it is worth it! An Instant Print survey asked 1,500 office workers in the US their opinion on their boss buying them a corporate Christmas gift, and 94% said a gift would make them feel more valued.
And having employees that feel more valued is only going to bring more overall benefits in the long run. But gift-giving for employees at Christmas is about more than financial incentives – but showing you care and value them as a person.
Giving the gift of chocolate is popular for a reason. In Britain, giving chocolate started to become popular in the nineteenth century, and we’ve kept it ever since. Here at Hotel Chocolat, we recognise the importance of corporate Christmas gifts but provide a slice of creativity and authenticity alongside it.
We have items available to order for every budget, from Jolly Penguins to a decadent Grand Wreath Box. Simply order online and we’ll take care of the rest. Feel free to add a message card and choose from our array of gift bags to make it feel extra special.
Or, if you’re a smaller company and only have a handful of employees to buy for, you could use our gift creator option where you can select a gift bag and decide what to put in it. In this way, you can personalise the gift and think about what flavours the person loves.
Now you’ve got the gift ideas covered, you may want to start thinking about the Christmas party season. Christmas parties are going to be a bit different this year, but there’s no reason why they can’t be safely celebrated in style. We can ensure your attendance has the perfect accompaniment.
What is the best thing to bring to a Christmas party?
Arriving at a Christmas party empty-handed is one of the worst feelings of all, and can set the tone for the rest of the evening. However, at Hotel Chocolat, we’re here to help you – and the office – make merry!
Food and drink will be at the centre of any Christmas party and festivities, so why not treat the host to some liqueurs to try? Our Velvetised Espresso Martini Cream liqueur with vodka, espresso, white chocolate and cream is guaranteed to go down a treat for rounding off the evening.
You may be thinking that they may be supplied with plenty of alcoholic beverages already. If so, you could always show up with our Tipsy Truffles H-Box, featuring delicate flavours of rums, whiskeys, fruit liqueurs and cocktails. This will give them an indulgent treat to look forward to when the crowds have gone home.
Do you have to give corporate gifts at Christmas?
You may be thinking, is all this gift-giving necessary? And is sending corporate Christmas gifts worth it?
Corporate Christmas gifts are always well received. Christmas is often a time when people are financially stretched and are under a lot of strain, so a corporate gift arriving on their desk is a wonderful expression of appreciation and seasonal goodwill. It may seem like a small thing that won’t have much of an impact – but you’d be surprised.
Good quality gifts will create a positive and generous impression to your employees and will ensure the year ahead gets off to a good start. This year has been particularly hard for workers due to the added stress of the pandemic, thus, it is the perfect time to go above and beyond and say thank you to all their efforts. Giving corporate gifts to employees at Christmas will raise their morale in a time of need.
But it doesn’t have to stop there. You can also use corporate gifts to send to regular clients and future ones. This will create a positive association between you and your clients and will help form established relationships in the long run. Aside from being a clever form of marketing – it’s simply a nice thing to do.
Business is essentially about forming and maintaining good relationships, and the act of gift-giving is a significant way to nurture this. This is made easy with the Hotel Chocolat direct ordering service – help create a stand out impression with a personalised message for employees and clients that will turn up at their door. A couple of clicks and – phew – that’s one less thing to worry about this Christmas.
The crowd-pleaser: The corporate Christmas hamper
Still not sure about what to choose? If this is the case, you can simply leave it up to us by purchasing one of our corporate hampers, designed specifically for the occasion and to be shared in any office.
Our Mellow Christmas Collection is the definition of luxury and contains something everyone will enjoy. From mouth-wateringly Milk Santas to decadent Dark Baubles, this chocolate selection is the perfect gift to pass around the office and will cater to everyone’s tastes. We also include some 40% milk chocolate Jolly Penguins and milk chocolate Sleigh Teams for some good-hearted festive cheer, guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face. To top it all off, we also include a Comet Does Caramel Slab just in case there’s not enough in the chocolate department…
Everyone has their favourites when it comes to chocolate, so purchasing a corporate hamper is one way to ensure the chocolate cravings of everyone in the office are well and truly quenched.
This year has been a testing one, and there’s no better way to spread the Christmas cheer by treating your staff or boss to a taste of luxury. Make your Christmas gift stand out among the crowd with our chocolate which prioritises taste and authenticity – it’s what we do best.