21 Creative Client Gifts in Australia (2022 Corporate Gift Guide)

Giving creative corporate gifts is the best way to show your clients, suppliers, or business partners that you appreciate their valuable contribution to your business and its success. A practical and creative gift is a great way to show someone your gratitude while also making your business stand out. 

There are so many gifts available for purchase from local Australian businesses, and many you can even purchase online. If you want to go the extra mile, personalised gifts are the way to go. A range of local Australian companies have come up with creative and elevated products that will definitely leave a lasting impression of your business. These gifts really express your gratitude and thanks by showing you’ve gone out of your way to choose this memorable gift. 

To keep your business on a client’s radar, it’s a good idea to give out a gift at least once a year, especially when you’re in a competitive industry. The holiday season or end of financial year is usually a good time for a corporate gift.

To help you start with the gift-giving process, we’ve rounded up the top 12 gifts you can give to the most important people that helped your business succeed. These gifts show genuine appreciation, thoughtfulness, and solid support for Australian businesses. 

 

Why Give Client Gifts?

Corporate gift giving can help with:

  • Providing a constant reminder of your brand
  • Preventing customer churn
  • Promoting loyalty to your brand
  • Increasing retention of customers
  • Showing appreciation
  • Cementing relationships between you and your client
  • Increasing familiar connections

The mere giving of gifts does not guarantee these benefits, though. You will only reap the rewards of a good relationship and lasting business if you choose appropriate business gifts and give them in the right circumstances. 

Are Client Gifts Good Marketing?

Yes, choosing the right client gift achieves multiple marketing goals. It reminds your client about your business relationship, and raises brand awareness, especially if it has your business’ logo on it and is shared by the client to peers through social media.

Giving your clients a gift shows them that you keep them in your mind and that your business relationship is valued. This sentiment is stronger for clients who receive personalised gifts that let them know you take note of their personalities, likes, dislikes, etc.

Although branding or slapping your logo into the gifts you send is usually a standard practice, be careful not to overdo it. The keyword is ‘non-intrusive’, make sure the logo does not disturb the overall design and/ or function of the gift. You want to raise brand awareness from the gift but you don’t want it to seem like an advertisement. Remember that it is a gift first, and a brand raising item second.

What Are the Best Gifts for Clients?

The best corporate gifts for clients include personalised gifts that are one-of-a-kind and feature superior craftsmanship. Remember, your gifts should reflect your brand values and personality as well. For added value, buy your gift from a local business.

Anything can technically be given as thank you gifts to clients. However, you will want to make sure that the gift is something that is appropriate to your client considering factors such as age and gender, among others. In some instances, gifts related to your business can also be an option.

For example, you wouldn’t want to gift a fine wine to a client who’s allergic to alcohol, or a desktop succulent to a client whose work requires him to always be on the field and not in an office. A good example of a client gift is a personalised coffee tumbler/ mug and coffee beans to a client who’s a caffeine enthusiast, or a number of small succulents for a client who has a green thumb, or a knack for growing plants.

If the gifts are related to your business, then it helps build the client's affinity towards your business. However, this isn’t always possible. Keep in mind that if you are after eligibility for tax deductions then your gift choices will be limited. So it’s a matter of balancing the expense of the gift (with or without tax deductions) and the perceived/ expected ROI from a returning client.

 

21 Creative Client Gifts for Corporate & Business Connections

Realistically, your client will receive numerous gifts every year, especially during the holidays. The best corporate gifts will allow you to stand out from the crowd!

Discover 21 unique client gift ideas below: 

1. Personalised Corporate Gift Box

There's a saying that goes, “a person’s name is, to that person, the sweetest and most important sound in any language”. A personalised corporate gift box engraved with your client’s company name will definitely make them feel special. These boxes can make a perfect hamper for any of the unique corporate gifts that are listed below.

You can simply send your client’s name or logo via email to Hand Crafted Gift Boxes, and they will hand engrave it onto a wooden box with its own unique grain. The sustainably made and forestry-certified boxes have a sliding lid, so it's easy to use.

There is no doubt that your clients will appreciate the personalised box where they can store their treasured keepsakes. 

Even better, you can build your own custom client gift hamper by filling the wooden box with some of the smaller gifts below. 

2. Personalised Australian Wine

Wine has always been a go-to gift for many occasions. Your client has probably already received countless bottles of wine throughout their business ventures, but a personalised wine gift will undoubtedly give you an edge. 

The process of creating a personalised wine gift is simple at Oak Rooms. Simply give them your budget, and they will recommend great tasting wines for you to choose from. Then, they will create an elegant, personalised label to go with your bottle of choice. You can also pick the packaging from attractive options, such as engraved wooden boxes and cylinders. The result is a timeless gift to toast a meaningful business relationship.

3. Australian Grown Coffee Pods

Give your client vibrant mornings with these 100% Australian-grown coffee pods. Australian coffee is known for its distinct, earthy flavour and rich yet smooth sweetness. With this gift, your client will think of your company every time they savour every glorious cup of their Arabica blend.

The best thing about this coffee is that it comes in a compostable and biodegradable Nespresso-compatible capsule. Coffee lovers can enjoy their pesticide-free brew while being mindful of the environment. It’s a win-win situation that your clients will definitely appreciate.

4. Indigenous Art Hand Soaps

This product is an excellent combination of art, wellness, and social responsibility.  Each soap is an indulgent mix of shea butter and goat’s milk with macadamia oil. 

These body bars are wrapped in breathtaking artwork by Warlukurlangu artists and packaged in a gift box. Artists from the remote desert communities of Nyirripi and Yuendumu in Central Australia benefit from the royalties of every purchase. Your clients will enjoy this thoughtful gift and respect your support of Indigenous communities.

5. Australian Honey Sampler Pack

What’s better than indulging in a jar of luscious honey? It’s enjoying a variety of different jars! The Beechworth Honey Gift Pack is a healthy and delicious gift that will sweeten any business deal. 

Their elegant gift pack comes with three jars of expertly curated single varietal Australian honey. There is also a gift pack option that includes creamed honey instead. Regardless of the variations, the flavours of the flowers and their nectar are reflected in every spoonful. 

6. Personalised Engraved Bookmark

Any book lover would be thrilled to receive these rustic yet elegant personalised wooden bookmarks. Each unique piece can be hand engraved with your client’s name, their company logo or motto. It’s a branded corporate gift that speaks from the heart.

This personalised bookmark is a fine addition to a book or a journal that you plan to give as a gift. You can also give one personalised bookmark for every member of a department or your client’s family. 

7. Bush Tucker Ceramic Coasters

This ceramic tableware adds personality to any meal. It features designs inspired by bush tucker,  native Australian bush foods. The unique earthenware line is designed by artist Kathleen Buzzacott. 

In addition to brightening a room, this purchase also helps give back to the community, which any client would appreciate. 

8. Australian Made Socks

Socks may be a common and practical gift, but local artists’ hand-painted designs take this humble accessory to a whole new level. The unique designs are inspired by the flora and fauna of the wild and splendid Surf Coast.

The Sock Gift Set includes a gorgeous box and four pairs of socks of your choice. Any man would revel in the comfort of the socks' soft Australian-made fabric. Every pair will always remind them of the richness of nature and the place they call home. There are even other gift box options to suit both men and women. 

9. Artisan Leather Desk Set

This Australian-crafted leather set will add a touch of elegance to any workspace. It includes a mouse pad, a desk mat, and a coaster. Each soft and luxurious piece is made from authentic leather. You can even see the natural lines and markings of every unique and genuine piece.

This gift is excellent for your corporate clients who can utilise this practical gift in their offices. You may even go the extra mile by adding a leather desk caddy or a pen holder, which can be bought separately. 

10. Banksia Aroma Desk Pods

The aroma of essential oils is known to ease stress and anxiety. They can also improve sleep and boost feelings of relaxation. There is no better way for your clients to enjoy these benefits than from the best-known diffuser available today, the Banksia pod. Each gift set comes with two mini Banksia pods and a bottle of pure Australian Eucalyptus oil. 

Banksia Grandis is a distinct tree that grows in Southern Australia. The tree’s porous seed pod can soak up essential oils and release the scent through its pores. You don’t need electricity or flames to release the aroma.

 

11. Finger Lime Olive Oil

Your foodie client will appreciate this delicious addition to their pantry. Food connoisseurs and nutritionists agree that olive oil is one of the healthiest oils to cook with. A finger lime infused olive oil goes the extra mile and enhances the flavour of any food it is cooked with. 

The finger limes used in every bottle of olive oil are grown on Australian soil. Its distinct citrus flavour makes it a perfect vinaigrette or addition to a pasta dish. A bottle or two of this infused olive oil is an excellent complement to any gourmet food basket. 

12. Australian Native Chocolate Box

Indulge your client’s sweet tooth with a box of 100% Australian-made chocolates. Chocolate is almost always a safe and much-loved gift option, no matter the occasion. This chocolate box is extra special as each box includes 16 unique flavours concocted from indigenous ingredients. 

Their native range has salted macadamia caramel, anise myrtle, strawberry ganache, and many other exotic flavours. These make the perfect addition to a personalised client gift hamper or a special stand-alone ‘thank you’ gift for your business partners. 

13. Handmade Natural Soy Wax Candles

Gift your valued clients with the natural scents of soy wax and essential oils. Each candle is hand-poured into a reusable amber glass jar, making it a beautiful addition to any room.

The beeswax-coated cotton wick provides a clean, even burn, while the non-toxic wax is safe for the office and the environment. With a burning time of 48+ hours, Lakewood Candles are perfect for medium to large rooms. Your clients can sit back, relax, and enjoy one of 50 scents. Choose ‘roasted chestnuts and rum’ for a festive touch or ‘kiwi and pineapple’ perfect for an Aussie summer.

14. Golf Club Bottle Opener

Looking for a professional gift for your clients or networking context? Consider a unique and stylish bottle opener made from repurposed vintage golf drivers. This client holiday gift is perfect for golfers and sports fans alike! Each OldGolfClub bottle opener is handmade from recycled golf drivers, so no two are exactly alike. You can even request specific driver shades to make your gift truly one-of-a-kind.

Not only is the golf club bottle opener a great conversation starter out on the green, it's also full-sized and sturdy enough to open any bottle with ease. Show your clients how much you appreciate them this year with a classy upcycled gift. 

15. Custom Handmade Steel Chef Knife Set

Gift your culinary industry contacts with a Viking/Norseman Chef Knife set, a beautifully handcrafted set of full tang knives made from the finest Damascus steel. This set includes a paring knife, utility knife, and chef knife, each with a comfortable Rosewood handle. The blades are made of high-quality 1095 and 15N20 steel with a hardness rating of 58-60 HRC, making them extremely sharp and durable. Whether your client is a professional chef or a home cook, this set is sure to help them prep meals like a pro.

16. Handmade Engraved Wooden Ballpoint Pen

This ballpoint pen is a beautiful, handmade wooden pen that makes an excellent personalised client gift for any occasion. It features a slimline design with a 4-band centre ring, and is fitted with a premium branded refill for a smooth writing experience. You can also personalise your pen with laser engraving, making it even more special. With its exotic timbers and sleek design, the Australian-made ballpoint pen is sure to impress anyone who receives it.

17. Marbled Plant Pots

Your client can liven up any indoor or outdoor space with beautiful, handmade marbled plant pots. Whether you're looking for a small pot to add a splash of colour to their office desk, or a large pot to make a statement, you’ll find the solution here. All pots are made to order in a variety of sizes, styles and colours, so you can find the perfect match for your space or company branding. So what are you waiting for? Add a little personality to the office with these fantastic planters. 

18. Personalised Leather Pen Sleeve

Looking for a personalized gift for the writer or office worker in your life? COAHCreations Leather Pen Sleeves are the perfect choice! These sleeves are made from high-quality leather, with bright and beautiful stitching. They're also engravable, so you can add a company name or the client’s initials for a truly unique touch. And they're not just stylish - they're also functional, protecting both your pen and your pocket from wear and tear. Available in brown, red, and blue leather, COAHCreations Leather Pen Sleeves make a great client gift for any occasion.

19. Cacao Ceremony Set 

Looking to add some intention and ritual to a business milestone? Introducing Australian Ceremonial Cacao - the perfect way to connect and find some calm amidst the chaos. This beautiful set contains everything you need for a sacred cacao ceremony, including 300g of Peruvian ceremonial grade cacao, handmade ceremonial mug, an abalone shell, rose petal and sage smudge stick and a tigers eye crystal slab. Just add water to the mug and enjoy!

20. Essential Oil Office Trio Pack

Help your client step up your home office game with the Clear & Focused Home Office Trio from Perfect Potion. This trio of essential oil blends is designed to help you stay sharp, motivated and focused while you work. The Focus blend is perfect for getting into a productive mindset, while Positive Vibes helps to keep your spirits up. And Mindfulness is ideal for when you need to take a break and center yourself. They make a great gift for any busy professional in your life.

21. Custom Engraved Wood Oval USB

Introducing EtchAndInkAU, the custom USB company that offers a wide range of personalised and engraved wood USBs! If you're looking for a unique and special way to provide documents and photos to clients, look no further than these high-quality wooden USBs. EtchAndInk only use the best flash drives from reputable brands to ensure fast read/write speeds and reliability. Personalised USBs come in various sizes ranging from 4GB all the way up to 64GB. Plus, they're super easy to order - simply a message with your high-resolution image for engraving when purchasing. 

How Much Should You Spend On Client Gifts?

The right amount to spend on client gifts will depend on your industry and relationship with the client. In most scenarios, between $20 and $50 is a good dollar value for client holiday or ‘thank you’ gifts. However, high-value industries and executive gifts may require spending $100 to $1000. 

Before going on a hunt for the perfect gift, check your company’s gift-giving policy first. Some Australian industries, such as Financial Services, have capped the price of gifts at $250. 

A rule of thumb is to give gifts that correspond to the receiver’s position in the company. If working with multiple people in a business - for instance, an executive and their assistant or team - you may want to include smaller gifts for the other staff members involved. 

Also, consider the amount of business your client brings to your business and decide how much you should spend from there. If you’re looking to renew a contract or secure further business, it can be worth spending more - but don’t make a client gift excessive, either. If lavish gifting isn’t the norm for your industry, it’s easy for clients to think you’re charging a high mark-up to afford expensive gifts!

 

Are Client Gifts Tax Deductible in Australia?

Yes, they can be. According to the Australian Tax Office (ATO) rules, if gifts are given to a former or current client with the aim of producing assessable income in the future, then they are tax deductible. However, some types of client gifts aren’t tax deductible, like event tickets or gifts of personal nature. 

Nevertheless, we highly recommend that you seek advice and/ or consult your accountant or a qualified tax professional before finalising your decision. 

Keep in mind that not all client gifts are tax deductible. Among these are tickets (theatre/ sporting) and gifts of a personal nature. Below are examples of both instances:

Tax Deductible: If you have a renovation business and decide to gift a bottle of champagne to a client who had a property renovated by your business in the past 12 months, then the gift was most likely sent to keep the client loyal to you and/or encourage the client to refer your business to their peers. Even if you get along well with your client, the gift was not sent for personal reasons and as such, the expense you have incurred for purchasing the champagne is not of capital nature (an expenditure on a long-term asset) which deems it eligible for a tax deduction.

Not Tax Deductible: If you had a business that sells small garden statues, and you sold one to your sibling/relative for $250, and subsequently gift him a bottle of champagne worth $170, and it was known that you previously only provided gifts to clients who have spent more than $2,500 in the past year, then the gift is deemed made for personal reasons and will not be eligible for a tax deduction.

Related Questions

What Do You Put In a Corporate Gift Basket?

When making a corporate gift basket, consider supporting other businesses and include locally made products such as artisanal food, decor, bath and body products. Showing your support for local businesses can boost your company image and strengthen your branding. 

According to a study, Australians prefer gifts that are Australian made. International recipients also appreciate corporate gifts using Australia’s unique culture and designs. So no matter where your client resides, including local Australian-made elements to your gift will be appreciated by all. 

Putting together your own corporate gift hamper? Use a personalised wooden gift box as the base, then add your choice of wrapping and gifts. Learn more in our dedicated article on how to make a gift hamper

Can You Claim GST Credits on Client Gifts in Australia?

Yes, so long as the client gift is not classed under entertainment, GST can be claimed and it is eligible for tax deductions. Under ATO regulations, entertainment refers to the following:

  • food, drink, or recreation (recreation includes amusement, sports, and other similar activities such as movie tickets, cruise, golf game, etc.)
  • providing accommodation and/ or travel in connection with such entertainment

Keep in mind that it is possible to claim GST and tax deductions for Christmas gifts sent to employees and their families provided that it satisfies the following criteria:

  • a one-off gift, defined as ‘infrequent’
  • does not belong to the class of gifts under entertainment
  • costs less than $300, inclusive of GST

If the Christmas gifts are going to be sent to contractors, suppliers, and/ or clients, then it only needs to not be classed as entertainment to deem it eligible for GST and tax deductions.