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8 Amazing Examples of Employee Kits (Amazon, Microsoft, KPMG, etc)

Posted by on Jan 4, 2022 in Blog | Comments Off on 8 Amazing Examples of Employee Kits (Amazon, Microsoft, KPMG, etc)

Did you receive a welcome kit on your first day of work? If so, what were your favourite items?  For new employees, employee welcome kits not only provide practical resources to set them up for success on the job, but also helps create positive first impressions about the company! Whether they contain staple products (e.g. stationery, informative paperwork and guides, security items) or fun items (branded merchandise such as a water bottle, headphones or earbuds), they are often much appreciated and provide insight into the corporate culture.  We’ve rounded up more of our favourite employee onboarding kits we’ve found for reference and inspiration! 1. Amazon Employee Welcome Kit Source: LinkedIn For offices in South Asia, Amazon’s employee welcome kit contains a branded t-shirt, drinkware and sleeve, journal, fun stickers, and practical tech resources to help employees adjust to the company.  For those curious about Amazon’s “Day 1” branding, it refers to their customer-centric culture that emphasizes “long-term focus, obsessing over customers, and bold innovation”.  Daniel Slater, Worldwide Head of Culture of Innovation at Amazon Web Services, explains, “Day 1 is about being constantly curious, nimble, and experimental. It means being brave enough to fail if it means that by applying lessons learnt, we can better surprise and delight customers in the future.” In contrast, Jeff Bezos describes Day 2 as “stasis. Followed by irrelevance. Followed by excruciating, painful decline. Followed by death. And that is why it is always Day 1.” What are your thoughts on this Day 1 mentality?  2. Microsoft Employee Welcome Kit Source: LinkedIn  For employees new to the Microsoft life, corporate merch that includes branded stationery, drinkware, buttons for GLEAM (Global LGBTQI+ Employees and Allies at Microsoft), and a branded USB port hub is bound to set them up for success at this tech giant!  3. KPMG Employee Welcome Kit Source: LinkedIn  KPMG’s employee kit varies across regions, but the Canadian one includes a reusable coffee cup and stationery, while employees at the Netherlands office receive other fun items such as a branded skip rope, socks, and earbuds!  Which version would you rather receive?  Source: LinkedIn  4. JLL Latin America Employee Welcome Kit Source: LinkedIn Real estate giant JLL (Jones Lang LaSalle) includes the standard items (drinkware, stationery, backpack) in their welcome kit for new employees in their Latin America offices, but the standout piece is the ergonomic mouse pad with the logo boldly printed on the surface.  The checkered napkin and crate probably isn’t included, but we love the housewarming look!  5. H&M Group Employee Welcome Kit Source: LinkedIn  Filled with treats such as cookies and biscotti, H&M Group’s new employee kit includes a wide range of fun products! Other items such as a branded shirt, stationery, and a welcome note, as well as eco-friendly goods (seed paper and a reusable water bottle).  H&M’s inclusion of eco-friendly goods reflects the company’s goals towards a more sustainable future.  6. GroupM Employee Welcome Kit Source: LinkedIn  Marketing agency GroupM has an unconventional item we’ve yet to see in other welcome kits—a tote bag!  With their slogan “We make advertising better for people” printed on a navy blue bag, the welcome kit also includes branded stationery, drinkware, a lanyard, and a welcome letter.  Source: Facebook 6. Groupon Employee Welcome Kit Source: LinkedIn For the software engineers at...

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December Merch Roundup (And Highlights from 2021!)

Posted by on Dec 31, 2021 in Blog | Comments Off on December Merch Roundup (And Highlights from 2021!)

December Merch Roundup (And Highlights from 2021!)

We’re taking a look at some notable launches for December 2021, and to wrap up the year, we’re looking back at some of our favourite merch and promo products for 2021! 1. Mariah Carey x McDonald’s = Mariah Menu Source: QSR Magazine  Following other McDonald’s collaborations with artists such as BTS and Saweetie, the Queen of Christmas herself joined the ranks this holiday season with 12 days of deals dubbed the “Mariah Menu”. Customers were able to claim a free menu item (e.g. Big Mac, McChicken, sausage biscuit, etc) every day between Dec 13-24 with a $1 minimum purchase on the app, and limited edition merch was also available for free over 2 different dates.  The beanie (released Dec 15) features Mariah Carey’s signature, and the t-shirt (released Dec 21) features a photo of Mariah enjoying her go-to McDonald’s order (FYI—cheeseburger with extra pickles). 2. Arby’s Holiday Yard Inflatables  Source: Inspire Brands If you’ve ever wanted an unconventional yard inflatable—well, look no further! For the holiday season, Arby superfans could get a giant 5 x 6 feet inflatable Beef ‘n Cheddar combo for $375, perfect for making the whole block jealous and/or hungry. Luckily, these aren’t meat scented like their sweats or wrapping paper, so hopefully the raccoons won’t be after this combo!  3. Fresh Del Monte Wrapping Paper Source: The Packer Del Monte has had quite the year with their “Pinkglow” pink pineapples, but for those who wanted to up their gifting game, Del Monte offered a limited supply of free scented wrapping paper this past holiday season! The sheets feature illustrations of banana, pineapple, and their Pinkglow® Pineapple, and those interested were required to send an email to fun@freshdelmonte.com with a valid United States-based home mailing address. 4. P.F. Chang’s Clothes and Cookware  Source: PF Chang’s Chinese-American P.F. Chang’s casual dining restaurant chain has finally released an online retail store selling clothing and cookware, with prices ranging from $45-$75 for apparel and $20-$100 for the kitchenware.  Currently only available online, the collection was released to help the organization “connect with customers on a more experiential level”. (Source: Restaurant Business Online) 5. Miller Lite’s Beernaments   Source: Beernament | Miller Lite  It’s the most wonderful time for a beer! For a unique way to enjoy Miller Lite during the holidays, the beer brand released their “Beernaments”, a drinkable holiday ornament that can be hung from a Christmas tree.  Drinkers can add a 8oz can to the ornament to transform Christmas time into Miller Time. Sofia Colucci, global vice president of Miller explains, “Our Beernaments are not only hilarious, but a great way to keep the holidays bright for beer lovers everywhere, from drinks to décor.” 6. Champion Athleticwear x Hasbro Gaming Collection Source: Business Wire Hasbro meets Champion this holiday season to create an extensive collection of fun apparel and footwear for the whole family! Featuring characters and graphics from Monopoly, Twister, Scrabble, and Candy Land, these pieces bring comfort and fashion to family game nights. 7. Barbet Tote Bags Source: Drink Barbet Born in Toronto, newly launched sparkling water brand Barbet has been making a *splash* on the scene with its bold sparkling water blends. Featuring natural ingredients such as blood orange with hot jalapeno pepper, and grapefruit with ginger, they can also be mixed with spirits...

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9 Notable Merch and Promo Products for November 2021 (Pizza Hut, TimBiebs, Billie Eilish, etc)

Posted by on Nov 30, 2021 in Blog | Comments Off on 9 Notable Merch and Promo Products for November 2021 (Pizza Hut, TimBiebs, Billie Eilish, etc)

9 Notable Merch and Promo Products for November 2021 (Pizza Hut, TimBiebs, Billie Eilish, etc)

Many brands launched their holiday merch and promo products in November, perfect for gifting or keeping for yourself!  For those of you wondering why so many restaurants and brands are now releasing merch—well, you’re not alone! Over the past year, many brands have released merch during the pandemic for various reasons ranging from consumer interest to financial profitability to changing technology. For example, while restaurants had their food sales impacted, selling merch was a great way to help keep their business financially afloat and market their brand in different ways.  A recent Adweek article also explains that selling merch has been an opportunity to collect consumer data, especially personal information, during the checkout process. Data collected shapes what types of products the company will plan and release.  Regardless of your reason for purchasing company merch, we’ve rounded up our favourites of November! 1. KFC’s Bucket Hugger A limited-edition release between November 9 to November 11, KFC’s “Finger Lickin’ Chicken Mitten Bucket Hugger” is a knitted festive sweater that slides onto a bucket of fried chicken. Featuring built-in mittens to carry the chicken safely to the dinner table or to a potluck, it was a free promo product for online purchases of the KFC bucket meal.  Source: Cision 2. Mariah Carey Sequin Face Mask The Queen of Christmas herself, Mariah Carey has a holiday merch collection online that features ornaments, apparel, and this sequined face mask! We wouldn’t expect anything less glam from Mariah.  Source: Mariah Carey Official Online Store  3. University of Flavortown Apparel School’s in session for students at University of Flavortown! Known for his use of the word “flavortown”, especially on the Food Network show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”, Chef Guy Fieri’s merch focuses on this fictional town, which now includes university merch.  Source: Guy Fieri Store 4. Tim Hortons x Justin Bieber = ‘TimBiebs’ Source: Retail Insider Two Canadian icons coming together for a collaboration—what are your thoughts? In addition to branded merch (fanny pack, toque and a retro-style canvas bag), the collaboration also launched new and limited edition timbit flavours on November 29: Chocolate White Fudge, Sour Cream Chocolate Chip, and Birthday Cake Waffle. This collaboration has been met with mixed responses, with some excited to try the new flavours and rock the new merch, while others have called out that it was an effort to bring in millennial and Gen Z consumers amid declining sales due to factors such as the pandemic and increasing competition. Others have also pointed out that Tim Hortons is not looking at the real problem of their decline, which is declining food quality, lack of menu changes, and poor treatment of workers. 5. Billie Eilish’s Vegan Chocolate Bar Source: Billie Eilish Store Billie Eilish has standard merchandise such as t-shirts and other apparel, but one of the more notable items include her ‘Happier Than Ever’ vegan chocolate bar, which is 100% organic certified, vegan and kosher. Wrapped in a compostable foil (made from sustainable raw materials, of course), it’s clear that Billie emphasizes sustainability in her merch. Being in Gen Z herself and having a large Gen Z audience, this cohort has been emerging as the sustainability generation, making it more important than ever for artist merch to be sustainable.  6. Pizza Hut’s Holiday Collection For those that want...

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Employee Holiday Gift Ideas Under $15, $30, and $50 [2021]

Posted by on Nov 25, 2021 in Blog | Comments Off on Employee Holiday Gift Ideas Under $15, $30, and $50 [2021]

It’s the season for giving, and finding the perfect gift at any budget can be a challenge! Even harder can be finding gifts for your talented team of staff, who may all have different interests and preferences. However, gifting is a great way to continue building relationships with your employees and show your appreciation for all they’ve done throughout the year. Whether your employee gifting budget is for $15, $30, or $50 per person, we’ve rounded up fantastic gift ideas that will definitely be used and appreciated! Employee Gifts Under $15 For stocking stuffers, gift kits/baskets, or gifting on its own, we’ve chosen a mix of fun and practical items! 12oz Ceramic Mug  Clear Vinyl Pouch Calendar Vegan Leather Tote Tech Organizer Handmade Soaps (Assorted scents)  Shortbread Stack Wildflower Honey Set of Hot Chocolate Bombs Employee Gifts Under $30 For fantastic gifts under $30, we’ve included a range of items that are fun, practical, and great for any employee.  Copper Vacuum Insulated Bottle 17oz  Felt Board with Letters Stojo 12oz Cup Pop Star Mini Popper Maple Breakfast Kit Caramel Corn + Pretzel Set PLA Utensil Set 4pc Chocolate Fondue Mug Set Customizable Scented Recycled Glass Candle with Bamboo Lid Gifts Under $50 Premium items worth every dime! We’ve chosen a mix of hard-working trusted tech items, snacks that’ll be gone within a day, and other products to make life easier.          La Cuisine Serving Board Chocolate, Pretzel + Caramel Corn Set  Wireless Charger Snack O’clock Gift Box Anker Powerbank Metal Bluetooth Speaker and Wireless Charging Pad CamelBak Wine Tumbler Micro Coral Plush Blanket Tech Organization & Storage Wallet What was your favourite item from the list? If you’re ready to start gifting, let us know how we can help!  Looking for more inspiration? We have other holiday ideas for corporate holiday celebrations: 21 Virtual and In-Person Holiday Office Party Ideas BossPro Staff Holiday Picks  How to Build the Perfect Holiday Gift...

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8 Notable Merch for October 2021 (Arby’s, Squid Game, Chatime, etc)

Posted by on Nov 16, 2021 in Blog | Comments Off on 8 Notable Merch for October 2021 (Arby’s, Squid Game, Chatime, etc)

8 Notable Merch for October 2021 (Arby’s, Squid Game, Chatime, etc)

Can you believe it’s already November? We’ve rounded up our favourite merch and promo products that have either landed on our radar, were released in October 2021, or are planned for upcoming release. Missed our previous roundups? Here’s September’s merch roundup and some other noteworthy merch. 1. Squid Game Television series “Squid Game” has taken the world by storm, becoming Netflix’s biggest launch with 111 million views in its first month. Squid Game inspired costumes were expected to be popular for Halloween, leaving retailers scrambling to design, create, and stock the contestant tracksuits and guard jumpsuits in time. Netflix, supplying the official merch for the show, has no tracksuits or jumpsuits in its current lineup, but does have inspired pieces and Funko Pop collectibles. Have you watched the series yet? Source: Netflix Shop 2. Popeyes x Megan Thee Stallion After the success of McDonald’s collaboration with Korean boy band BTS (their sales went up 25% in the US!), more fast food restaurants are turning to collaborations with pop culture icons. In the latest, Popeyes tapped rapper Megan Thee Stallion for a partnership that not only includes a limited edition Hottie Sauce and custom merchandise, but also a six-figure donation to Houston Random Acts of Kindness. The organization is a non-profit focused on helping children with disabilities, the homeless, elders and veterans. The Hottie sauce is a bold sweet and spicy mix inspired by Meg’s personality, and can be ordered with the nuggets and chicken sandwich for the perfect “hot girl lunch”. Merch includes swimwear, drinkware, and other apparel. Source: Popeyes/Thee Hottie Sauce 3. A&W High End Apparel Watch out, “hot girl summer”! A&W is determined to make fall the “cheddar weather” with its new collection of high-end fall apparel created with independent artisans. With a vintage feel, the collection ranges anywhere from $25 to $715 and features pieces in A&W’s brown and orange color scheme. One of the standouts is this $500 letterman jacket created with Ohio-based Universal Lettering Co., and features stitched on patches for fans to rep their favourite burger chain. Source: Mashed 4. Whataburger’s “Whatacooler” This special-edition cooler was made in partnership with cooler manufacturer Igloo, allowing fans to keep their drinks cold and crisp while enjoying their hot burgers. The cooler features the chain’s signature orange and white stripes, and can hold up to 30 cans of soda. Now that’s how you do a tailgate!  Source: Whatastore 5. Arby’s Smoked Sweats For those who love the smell of smoked meat, good news—Arby’s has the sweats for you! To celebrate the launch of their Real Country Style Rib Sandwich, Arby’s launched burgundy sweatpants and sweatshirts designed to smell like hickory-smoked meat. Since they’re not kidding about this concept, the sweats are vacuum-sealed onsite to preserve the smoky scent.  Source: Arby’s Smoked Sweats  6. Chatime Bubble Tea Sleeve  For the bubble tea enthusiasts, Chatime released a limited edition bubble tea sleeve to celebrate the launch of their new signature drink, the Golden Aged Milk Tea. Free with this drink purchase in British Columbia, these sleeves are perfect for toting cold cups around without the mess of condensation!  Source: Chatime Canada Instagram 1 | 2 7. Starbucks’ Holiday Tumblers Source: Starbucks Fan favourites such as the Bling Cup are back, but the jewel toned tumblers are also becoming a...

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21 Virtual and In-Person Holiday Office Party Ideas

Posted by on Nov 8, 2021 in Blog | Comments Off on 21 Virtual and In-Person Holiday Office Party Ideas

21 Virtual and In-Person Holiday Office Party Ideas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year again, and as companies start thinking about holiday celebrations and employee appreciation to boost morale, the biggest question is—how does one plan a corporate holiday party in 2021?  With factors to consider such as employee work schedules (remote, hybrid, or in-person), vaccination status, budgets, and more, it can be a challenge finding a solution that accommodates everyone.  However, we’ve found a few responses for how their company is planning celebrations, and we’ve also compiled a list of fun virtual and in-person holiday party ideas. Let’s fire up the festivities! How Other Companies Are Planning Holiday Events After surveying numerous companies, responses are nearly equally split between virtual and in-person, with some companies opting to not hold celebrations at all. Some interesting responses include:  One respondent said their company was planning a virtual event in December, and then a 2-3 day in-person event at the end of January (after the holidays) and people have been back from traveling for over 2 weeks. Another said that their company was using the funds as additional bonus money for employees. One respondent mentions that her company is planning an in-person event, but covid tests must be taken for those planning to attend. One respondent said, “Holiday party? Not in the nonprofit world!” Things to Consider Before You Plan Before you plan the work event of the year, there are some points to consider: Budget  Date and time (be mindful of time zones for remote workers!) In person event? Virtual? Both? Venue and capacity  Attire (e.g. formal, casual, themed) Transportation (Uber/taxi slips? Bus? Carpool?) Company and government health policies for COVID-19 Key people or teams for planning the event How many people will attend the event (Will the event be divided up by teams/divisions to minimize contact?) Jump to Virtual Holiday Party Ideas Jump to In-Person Holiday Party Ideas Virtual Holiday Party Ideas Ugly sweater competitions, takeout Secret Santa, virtual mixology classes, and more! For companies opting to celebrate with employees virtually, there are numerous activities that’ll connect employees and bring on the festive mood, wherever they are. Third Party Hosting Platforms and Services What service you use will likely depend on which activities you choose, but here are some platforms and services to look into: TeamBonding – Software/service that provides team building activities BOOMBOX Events – event platform Outback Team Building – team building & training solutions for in-person and virtual groups Food and Drink Catering food to remote employees can be a logistics challenge! From being allergy-aware to figuring out which cuisine works best, here are some of our solutions: Takeout Secret Santa Like anonymous gifting through Secret Santa, employees can use a food delivery service (e.g. UberEats, SkiptheDishes, Foodora, etc.) to send their recipient a meal! Gather addresses and contact information for those interested in participating, and any allergies they might have. Set budget limits and a time all orders must be delivered by. Send restaurant packages For remote workers that live in the same city or country, sending restaurant sampler packages might be worth looking into!  For example, with bakery restaurant locations across North America, Milk Bar can send boxes of cakes, cookies, pies, cake truffles, and more to employees.  Send cooking kits For a fun hands-on approach, cooking kits include ingredients...

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11 Awesome Examples of Employee Welcome Kits (Accenture, EY, LinkedIn, etc)

Posted by on Nov 4, 2021 in Blog | Comments Off on 11 Awesome Examples of Employee Welcome Kits (Accenture, EY, LinkedIn, etc)

11 Awesome Examples of Employee Welcome Kits (Accenture, EY, LinkedIn, etc)

Onboarding into a new role is a stressful experience for any employee. Adjusting to new work processes and systems, getting to know team members, and attending orientations in such a short period can make anyone question their sanity! However, one of the most exciting parts of employee onboarding is seeing all the cool new products in the onboarding kit! There’s something special about seeing the kit, celebrating a career change and new beginnings, and celebrating the fact that an individual chose to join your company and team. Also equally exciting is seeing what other companies are including in their employee welcome kits, and many kits are shared on LinkedIn and Instagram with messages of appreciation and excitement for their new positions. In this post, we’ve rounded up more of our favourite onboarding kits for inspiration! 1. Accenture Employee Onboarding Kit  Source: Instagram Accenture has a huge welcome kit that contains various branded products such as a backpack, stationery, drinkware, logoed facemask, laptop stand, and more decorated with their signature purple.  Their campaign line “Let There Be Change” is emblazoned on the backpack to serve as a reminder of the company’s promise of delivering on the promise of technology and human ingenuity in a post-COVID era.  2. Deloitte Employee Onboarding Kit  Source: LinkedIn Aside from the usual branded stationery and drinkware, Deloitte’s employee kit also contains a stress ball and a resistance band. Other employees have reported receiving other items such as a backpack, bluetooth speaker, power bank, bluetooth wireless earbuds, webcam cover, and/or popsocket. 3. EY Employee Onboarding Kit  Source: LinkedIn International professional services firm Ernst & Young (EY) has included an interesting component to their welcome kit: a manifesto! With 5 key points to introduce and guide their employees on the policies and goals of the organization, new employees are more purpose-driven and aligned.  4. LinkedIn Employee Onboarding Kit  Source: Instagram LinkedIn not only includes the standard branded items such as a backpack, stationery, and drinkware, but also a few entrepreneurial books that include titles such as: Reid Hoffman’s (co-founder of LinkedIn) “The Start-up of You” and  Satya Nadella’s “Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone” The company strongly encourages its employees to invest in themselves, evidenced by the books! 5. VISA Employee Onboarding Kit Source: LinkedIn VISA’s employee welcome kit includes some colourful products that include stationery, socks, drawstring bag, and what looks to be a reusable sandwich bag. The yellow notebook is a bright and fun pop of colour that adds fun to note taking! 6. Paypal Employee Onboarding Kit  Source: Instagram Featuring staples such as branded drinkware, stationery, lanyard, and backpack, PayPal also emphasizes their charitable giving initiative, PayPal Gives, in their onboarding kit. This program matches employee donations to qualified nonprofits, as well as other volunteer and donation benefits.  7. Zomato Employee Onboarding Kit Source: LinkedIn Zomato, a restaurant aggregator and food delivery company, has included the standard branded stationery, drinkware, apparel, as well as some fun items such as stickers and a business book titled “Thinking Backwards” by Martin Scheepbouwer and Rob van Haastrecht. The book focuses on effective problem solving solutions and challenging readers to rethink the way they make business decisions.  8. Pine Labs Employee Onboarding Kit Source: LinkedIn Pine Labs, a merchant...

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BossPro Staff Holiday Picks – Gifting Made Easy

Posted by on Nov 1, 2021 in Blog | Comments Off on BossPro Staff Holiday Picks – Gifting Made Easy

Finding the perfect holiday gifts to thank your clients or employees can be tough! That’s why we’ve rounded up some of our staff’s tried-and-true product recommendations to make your holiday gifting a little easier! Our Boss Holiday Picks!   Angela – Hot Chocolate Bombs “One of my favourite TikTok food trends is the hot chocolate bomb, and for anyone who hasn’t tried them, they’re a thin chocolate shell with ingredients such as cocoa mix and marshmallows inside to make the perfect cup of hot chocolate when hot water or milk is poured over. They’re so much fun to watch when they “explode”, and make a decadent treat!”  Diana – Tentree Classic Hoodie “Sustainable fabrics sometimes get a bad rep for being scratchy or uncomfortable, but Tentree makes wonderful, soft, and thick clothing made from organic cotton and recycled polyester. As a bonus, the company plants 10 trees for every purchase! Whether you buy the hoodie or sweatpant, you can’t go wrong.” Harris – Herschel Novel 20″ Duffel  “To me, the holidays means catching up with friends and family, and sometimes that means packing a duffel bag and heading up to The Blue Mountains or London to see everyone! With plenty of storage and a shoe compartment, this Herschel bag also also earned me tons of compliments. Highly recommend it to everyone!”  Helen – Tuscany Throw Blanket “Who doesn’t love a warm blanket for a chilly day? Perfect for the couch, the car, the office, or anytime you need instant warmth and coziness, throw blankets make the best gifts for everyone!” Izz – Massage Gun “Whether you’re sitting in the office or on your feet for work, you probably have tense muscles somewhere. Massage guns are a great way to help relieve soreness or muscle fatigue between trips to the physical therapist or RMT, but they also have a huge range of other benefits!” Jaimie – Modern Sprout Aloe Care Kit “What’s great about aloe is that it’s such a hardy plant, making it perfect for beginners or those who think they have a brown thumb. This set also contains a lemongrass and clary sage diffuser, which is a nice self-care addition. It’s a kit designed to remind you to take care of yourself and your plant!” Jennifer – Touch Screen Gloves “There’s nothing worse than having your fingers freeze while you’re trying to use your phone outdoors in the winter! Since modern problems require modern solutions, touchscreen gloves have been a lifesaver during Canada’s 6 months of winter.” Jonathan – Engraved Wine Bottle and Box “For those on my gift list that have everything, a customized wine box and bottle is one of the few things they likely won’t have, thankfully! The personalization makes it much more memorable, and I get to be the best gift giver for another year.” Matt – Wireless Charger “I love my tech, especially tech that does double duty and helps keep my life organized! This is not only a sleek wireless charger for my phone but also for my fitness tracker, wireless bluetooth speaker, and wireless earbuds.” Michelle – Woodwick Candles “I love burning candles, but what makes Woodwick candles unique is the crackling sounds the wood wick makes as it burns, so it sounds just like burning logs in the fireplace. I...

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How to Build the Perfect Holiday Gift Box – Gifting Made Easy

Posted by on Oct 26, 2021 in Blog | Comments Off on How to Build the Perfect Holiday Gift Box – Gifting Made Easy

How to Build the Perfect Holiday Gift Box – Gifting Made Easy

With the most wonderful time of the year coming up, it’s time to launch our holiday posts to get everyone in a festive mood!  Today, we’re exploring how to curate the perfect holiday gift kit since they’ve become so popular! They provide endless options to curate by theme and preferences/hobbies, and there is so much creativity potential compared to giving a singular gift. Maybe your recipient loves snacking—add a jar of smoky spicy roasted almonds and bag sea salt caramels to the kit. What foodie can resist that?  Whether you’re gifting for your client or employee, we’ve got a planning checklist and product ideas to make these your best gifts yet. The best part? You can customize these products with your logo or other colours! But first!  1. Get to know your recipients  What are their hobbies? Favourite items? Which products can be problem-solvers for them? What do they need? (Maybe they just got a new house, which means that homegoods such as coasters, candles, and plants might be great options!) Are they more interested in practical products or experiences? If you’ve gifted them in the past, what stood out for them?  Thinking about these questions is a great start—not only does it help you understand your recipient, but if you’re doing this for multiple people, you can start a spreadsheet to find similarities and patterns that can be leveraged for better deals and pricing.  If you don’t know the answers to any of these questions, it might be time to search them up on social media and get clues about their lifestyle! After all, the most meaningful and appreciated gifts are the ones they actually want.  2. Look for gifting inspiration Platforms such as Instagram, Pinterest, and Etsy are fantastic for generating ideas and finding current trends. (E.g. air fryers were raved about on social media and saw tremendous growth in sales—admit it, did you buy one due to the hype?)  To make corporate and client gifting easy, we’ve curated some top notch products in our Boss Holiday catalogue, which contains everything from food to tech to outdoor apparel. If you’re looking to support local vendors this season, we also have our Made in Canada catalogue! 3. Source products  The last and most challenging step is sourcing! After all, you probably want the best value for your money and fast shipping, but also strong customer support when things don’t go as planned. Finding the right supplier can be a challenge with so many options available, and even riskier if you’re planning to spend a lot for your first order. With current shipping delays, some questions to ask your supplier would be costs and delivery times.  Our team at Boss Promotions has dealt with our fair share of stress and frustrations sourcing products nationally and internationally. However, this has honed our sourcing skills, so feel free to leave all the hard work to us! With in-house fulfillment and assembly services to ensure that every piece of merchandise is checked for quality and accuracy, we’re seasoned pros when it comes to corporate and client gifting. Top Picks for Holiday Gift Boxes and Kits Now that you have some ideas percolating, here are our top product picks across several categories that are perfectly sized for a gift box!  Food, Wine, and...

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23 Work Anniversary Gifts that Employees Really Want

Posted by on Oct 12, 2021 in Blog | Comments Off on 23 Work Anniversary Gifts that Employees Really Want

The average tenure for employees has been declining annually, currently at 4.1 years compared to 4.6 years in 2014. Unlike previous generations, Millennials are most likely to switch jobs for better pay and upward career mobility, and the average tenure for workers ages 25 to 34 is 2.8 years. Compare that with 9.9 years for employees ages 55 to 64! Employee retention has never been more important, considering how expensive turnover is. Making sure employees are appreciated and recognized is a proven retention strategy, and 66% of employees say they would quit their job if they felt unappreciated. Whether an employee celebrates their first or tenth work anniversary at your organization, celebrating these milestones and years of service is now more important than ever. Celebrating and gifting is a great way to show recognition and appreciation for all they do! Whether your employee is celebrating their 5, 10, 20, 30, or even 40 year work anniversary, we’ve got gift ideas they’ll really want! 1. Photo collage  Photo source: Pexels Give a trip down memory lane with a collage full of photos from their early days and memorable work moments. From photos of orientation to team/corporate events, this will remind them about fun work moments, and how far they’ve come in the organization!  Great for: All work anniversaries  2. Commemorative video If you have more time, creating a video is a great way to celebrate an employee. Video ideas could include video messages from the team (and clients) about their experience working with them, clips from company events they’ve been part of, photo slideshows, etc.  Great for: All work anniversaries  3. Team party Order in their favorite food (and maybe a cake) and have a team lunch! Create a playlist with music released the year they joined the organization, add some trivia, or other fun games to make the party a fun-filled memorable one.  Remote work version: team lunch over video call, create a collaborative playlist to be played anytime, virtual trivia  Virtual and free game ideas: Skribbl.io (drawing and guessing game) Lexulous (similar to Scrabble)  Great for: All work anniversaries  4. Take them to lunch Alternatively, taking the employee out to their favourite lunch spot is a great way to celebrate and unwind with a great meal. Great for: All work anniversaries  5. Offer lunch with senior leadership Having opportunities to sit down one-on-one with senior leadership is a great opportunity to connect on a professional and personal level, and in most organizations, this doesn’t happen often! This is a great chance for employees to share their ideas about the company, learn, and feel more inspired afterwards. Great for: All work anniversaries  6. Stock options Stock options allow employees to own part of the company, thus encouraging them to help grow and to feel more “connected” to the organization.  Great for: Employees with a longer tenure at the organization 7. Increase their number of sick/vacation days For all their hard work, extra leave days are always appreciated.  Great for: All work anniversaries  8. Monetary bonus  Who doesn’t love some extra money? A one-time monetary bonus will help employees pay for that trip they’ve been saving up for, or that sweater they’ve been eying, or that bike that’ll help them cut down their commute time. Bonuses can be assigned based...

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