It’s the holiday season; time to trim the Turkey and spend time with our families! It’s aso time to begin preparing our holiday gift lists. Investing a little time to select thoughtful gifts for clients is a great way to strengthen relationships with clients and business partners. And let’s be honest, sometimes it can also be fun to buy a gift or two for ourselves.
Here are a few great ideas that can help you make the holiday season special, whether for a past or present client.
Gifts for your clients
Personalized gifts – One of the best things about working in real estate and the mortgage business is helping people start new chapters in their lives, whether they’re moving to the Phoenix Valley for the first time, relocating away from the area, or staying within the Phoenix Valley. Our clients are special to us – selecting a holiday gift that’s personalized is a great way to show your appreciation. They also remind those clients of us each holiday season. Here are two great ideas:
- Holiday doormats from Personalization Mall can be personalized with the client’s name, and are available in dozens of fun holiday designs. They can be reused for years, reminding our clients of us each time a guest walks through their door. Personalized ornaments are another great gift that serves as a reminder year after year.
- For that special listing client, a personalized Shutterfly gift makes a great memento of the home they are leaving. Use your listing photos along with other photos of the client from Facebook or social media (with permission) to create a small book. Pillows and other décor items are another great way to create a gift that your listing and buyer clients will treasure.
Chocolates from Zak’s – Did you know the Phoenix Valley is home to one of the world’s top chocolatiers? You might not think so given the desert heat, but it is true. Zak’s Chocolates is based out of Scottsdale, where they hand select ethically sourced cocoa beans, roast them, and blend them up into delicious truffles, bars and more. Zak’s was an International Chocolate Award winner in 2016 and was voted Best Chocolate in the Phoenix Valley in 2017. They can ship gifts anywhere in the United States. They protect every shipment from excessive heat and cold by shipping in insulated containers, ensuring a deliciously smooth taste of Phoenix for any client that has left or is new to the area.
Gifts for YOU – the Realtor
Battery Charging Cases – Real estate agents are on the road a lot, leading tours for buyer clients, previewing homes or visiting potential listing clients. One of the biggest annoyances when you’re on the road – especially if you’re relying on GPS or other smartphone features – is lack of battery life. Fortunately, there are a number of reasonably priced battery charging cases coming on the market that can significantly extend the battery life of your phone, including Boostcase and Mophie. If you’ve thought about purchasing one of these in the past but were put off by the size and weight, you’re in luck. This generation of charging cases is much thinner, lighter and with most priced under $100, they’re a great way to stay connected.
DJI Spark Drone – If you’re a Realtor who’s been thinking of getting started with drone photography but the cost of most drones has put you off, the DJI Spark drone might be just the thing to convince you to pull the trigger. The DJI Spark retails for $499 and can be controlled with your smartphone, making it easier to use with less equipment. One downside of the DJI Spark is that it is unable to shoot 4K video, but for lower res interior video uses (the majority of what you need for a listing and aerial photography), the Spark is a great way to get started. One caveat on the Spark, however: small drones are very light and can be difficult to control in windy conditions, so you’ll need to limit its use to calm days when using it outdoors.
Garmin Speak – If you like Amazon Alexa in your home or office, and would like a similar voice activated assistant for use in your car, then you’ll love Garmin Speak. The Speak device works with your Bluetooth enabled smartphone; allowing you to use voice commands to stream music in your vehicle, control smart devices at home, ask for driving directions and more. The ability to access apps and services hands-free is essential when driving; Garmin Speak brings this capability to those of us who drive cars without an onboard infotainment system.
Here’s hoping your holiday season is a special one. From everyone here at the Mortgage Brothers Team – Happy Thanksgiving!