From Everything But Flowers to The Chocolate Box and Red Balloon, here are 5 handy corporate Christmas gift ideas.
Christmas is coming, and some businesses like to mark the festive season and the end of another year by sending gifts to favoured customers and other significant individuals.
Buying these corporate gifts online saves you visiting crowded shops, and perhaps more significantly eliminates the packing and dispatch chores.
Here are a few ideas that we've found, but be aware that we haven't tested their products and services.
1. Hampers: A hamper is a very traditional corporate gift. We spotted some at Big W at prices between $18 and $79, plus $9 delivery. One disadvantage is that the receipt is sent to the recipient.
2. There are plenty of businesses that offer gift hampers year-round. One example is Everything But Flowers with a range that includes a Maggie Beer gourmet hamper ($70) and a six-pack of James Boags Premium plus a pair of thong cufflinks ($39). Delivery starts at $9.95.
3. Liquor: Dan Murphy caters for the corporate gift market with a range of individual bottles and gift packs starting at around $30. Delivery is from $7 in metro areas.
4. Confectionary: There are plenty of choices in this category, but how about a pack of chocolate coated coffee beans from The Chocolate Box Prices start at $9.95, with $12.99 flat-rate delivery. Paying an extra $5 for the "hot weather protection pack" might be wise to reduce the risk of your chocolate gift melting in the back of a hot delivery van.
5. Gift cards/certificates: we're not fans of retail gift cards even though they are so easy to send, as that's a bit too close to giving money. But 'experience' gifts such as those offered by Red Balloon show you've thought about the recipient. Examples from the low end of the range include ghost tours (from $25), a deluxe shave ($50), and a two-hour smartphone photography lesson ($69). If your budget allows, various cooking classes, horse rides and helicopter rides are offered at around $125.