Gift Ideas That Aren’t Business as Usual

Ditch clichéd gifts this year and give business clients and associates something distinctive with local pedigree and panache.

Locally based VelvetCrate offers a variety of pre-assembled gift packages that can be shipped to the recipient for free; the current “For Him” package includes Sock 101 striped socks, coffee, and bourbon bacon caramel popcorn, while the holiday bundle boasts a balsam and cedar candle, sea salt caramels and a chic box of matches. The company also offers corporate gift services and will work with you to create a gift package suited to your needs and budget, with custom gift selections and a card with your company’s message and logo.

While a package of edible treats isn’t exactly breaking any ground when it comes to business gift giving, it’s a classic for a reason. And with Dean & DeLuca’s gift packages, which run the gamut from the simple—the $22 Coffee Break bundle of a diner mug, organic Manhattan Blend coffee and a 72 percent dark chocolate bar—to the spectacular—the gargantuan $375 Celebration in a Box, complete with 10 brown butter pecan blondies, 10 chocolate chunk brownies, 10 brownies with walnuts and 15 each of chocolate chip, Mexican lime, pecan and vanilla bean shortbread cookies—you’re sure to find something that fits the taste of the people you’re shopping for.

Out-of-town clients are easy to please when you operate out of Kansas City: Ship them barbecue. Jack Stack has plenty of combinations to choose from, but you can’t go wrong with the Pit Master, a selection of pitmaster Tim Keegan’s own favorites. The package includes one full slab of baby back ribs, 28 ounces of sliced beef brisket, 1 pound burnt ends, hickory pit beans, cheesy corn bake and KC Original Barbecue Sauce. See all the mouthwatering offerings here.

Gifting office supplies tends to send a message: Do more work, or in the case of a planner or calendar, be more organized. But the recipient won’t mind if they unwrap a cheery, bright planner or calendar from Ampersand Design Studio, which also sells beautiful handpainted notebook sets.

What better way to show appreciation than treating the office to lunch (or a catered meal)? Bristol’s private dining spaces are ideal for entertaining a crowd while its power lunch combos mean everyone on the team will find something to enjoy. If the end of the year proves too busy to get staff together for a meal, the restaurant’s gift cards are an appealing option: For every $100 you buy in gift cards now through Christmas Eve, you’ll receive $20 in dining certificates redeemable Jan. 1-Feb. 26, 2016.