In the Philippines, the ‘ber’ months usher in good tidings. Like a switch, Filipinos shift into a more cheerful albeit busier season that starts from September and lasts even beyond December.
However, if you or your company want to avoid the Christmas rush, it’s best to get started on your gift lists early. And if you want to leave a good impression on your staff, clients, or customers — and leave no bad environmental impact — consider giving sustainable gifts.
What is sustainable corporate gifting and why do it?
Giving gifts is a common way of affirming, maybe even strengthening, relationships with clients and employees. It’s a way of expressing that these people are important to your business.
But what if the gift can also make a statement about your brand values?
When you give sustainable corporate gifts instead of the usual mugs, redundant desk accessories, and calendars with your company logos, you communicate positive messages. First, you express that you appreciate the gift’s receiver, enough for you to give some thought to the gift. Secondly, this shows that you care about the planet and want to reduce your carbon footprint. And finally, you demonstrate that you want to help or inspire the receiver to do the same.
Ultimately, the act of giving sustainable corporate gifts benefits not just the receiver but also your business, the local community, and the planet!
What makes a gift sustainable?
For a gift to be called sustainable, it should have a positive impact on people, communities, and the environment. The term could mean one or more of the following:
- Gifts made from eco-friendly, recycled, or upcycled materials
- Gifts that use organic materials
- Locally-made products
- Gifts made through sustainable processes (e.g., free from bleaching, dyes, pesticides, etc.)
- Gifts with less or reusable/biodegradable packaging
- Functional and high-quality gifts
- Healthy consumables
Sustainable corporate gifts must not be necessarily expensive but they must reflect the quality of your relationship and remain useful well beyond the holidays.
Sustainable corporate gift ideas
To help you source nature-approved gifts, here are some eco-friendly corporate gift ideas for every type of budget:
Corporate gifts under P500
Hand Sanitizer Gift Set – Perfect for people on the go, this set comes with two bottles of Antibac Hand Sanitizer Spray in a convenient canvas pouch.
Spa in a Bottle Duo – Powerful natural aromatherapy oils are blended to provide a quick breather in the middle of a hectic workday and relieve congestion, stress, nausea, or dizziness. Comes in an eco-friendly canvas pouch.
Basics Set – ECHOstore’s bestselling Antibac Hand Sanitizer and Spa in a Bottle in one set! This one comes in a reusable tampipi box.
Coffee Drip Sampler Set – Drip bags of Benguet Arabica and ECHOstore Blend coffees to help receivers stay caffeinated wherever they are.
Kadasig Mask & Pouch + Hand Sanitizer – These WHO-approved masks are woven by women weavers from Marawi and sewed by Typhoon Yolanda survivors from Tacloban.
Corporate gifts under P1,000
4 Teas Set – Give the gift of health and Zen with these Honest Herbs Tea Duos.
Coffee Trial Set – Champion Philippine coffee with this set that includes five kinds of coffee. Choose from Benguet Arabica blends, Liberica, Robusta, or Peaberries.
Corporate gifts under P1,500
Naturals Kit – A bundle of science-backed natural products, this healing set includes Tawa-Tawa Concentrate, Turmeric and Ginger Tea, and Honest Herb Lagundi Tea.
Happy Hour with Dad Set – Booze responsibly with this set of Seaweed Cracklings, Spicy Tuyo in a Bottle, Kamias Vinegar, and small bottles of red and white wine
Coffee, Choco and Tea Basket – A mix of local and women-crafted snacks and drinks, this set includes Turmeric tea, Mamon Bites, Tomato Jelly, Peanut Butter, Tablea, and Drip Coffee.
Corporate gifts under P2,000
Survival Kit – Contains pantry staples like the ready-to-eat Tuyo in Oil, nutritious Raw Wild Honey, VCO, Chit’s Blend Coffee, Choco Loco Tablea, and Lowland Brown Rice.
Clean Home Set – Give the gift of a clean and safe home with this set that includes Natural Laundry Granules, all-natural Fruit and Veggie Wash, an eco-friendly Dish Cleaner, and a Lavender Mint Room Spray.
Going Coconut Set – Promote coconut’s versatility with this set that includes Coconut Liquid Aminos, two types of VCO, Coconut Cider Vinegar, Coconut Flour, and Coco Sugar.
This coming holiday season, choose to be eco-conscious. Your employees and clients will love you for it. But more importantly, giving sustainable corporate gifts is an earth-saving act. It is, quite literally, the gift that keeps on giving.