Gifting Trends for Travel Incentives & Meetings

Offering onsite gifts and pre-travel gifts for your travel incentives or destination meetings shows appreciation and builds excitement for your top producers, clients, or business partners. There is an abundance of gifting options to choose from for both onsite gifts and pre-travel gifts.

At Sutton Planning, we know how important it is to cultivate a positive work environment and build meaningful relationships. That is why we have compiled a list of eight gifting ideas for your next incentive travel or destination meeting experience:

Sustainable gifts. In 2023, everyone is especially conscious of the environment and our impact upon it. Choosing environmentally friendly gifts lets your participants know that you are not only aware of this growing concern, but that you also are actively trying to combat it. Consider gifting eco-friendly options like gift baskets, clothing, and swag bags made with recycled or reclaimed materials.

Givebacks. Givebacks are a highly impactful way to show how much you appreciate your employees, clients, or business partners. Companies like TOMS and Warby Parker donate products to those in need for every purchase made. Other companies make donations to hospitals and charities. Consider making a donation to support charities and organizations that matter to your participants.

Onsite gifting experiences. There are some experiences that can only happen in specific destinations. While on an incentive travel trip or destination meeting, offer opportunities for your guests to experience the local and cultural moments that make that place so special. These are one-of-a-kind gifts that make lasting memories.

Brand shopping. High-end brands are a popular gifting trend for a reason. Brand named items offer luxury, quality, and a name people know and trust. These higher cost items makes recipients feel appreciated.

Wellness. In a post-pandemic world, people are more aware than ever of their health and wellness in 2023. Demonstrate to your participants that their health and well-being matter to you by offering a gift certificate for yoga classes or a day at the spa. Or, perhaps encourage mindfulness by gifting products that are soothing and relaxing.

Customized gifts. You’d be hard-pressed to find something more personal than a customized gift. This shows that you value your participants as individuals. A customized gift may be a monogrammed item or something that is tailor-made for that person.

Electronics. Offer your participants the latest in high-end technology. This luxurious gift idea lets your people know that you care about staying up-to-date on the ever-changing landscape of technology while also rewarding your top producers, clients, or business partners with extravagance. Some tech-related gift options include headphones, smart watches, and tablets.

Online gifts. Online gifting may be the most convenient and budget-friendly option. For this option, consider digital gift cards as well as corporate gifting sites. Gifting sites in particular let employees choose their own gift, making it totally personal and customized.

 However you choose to give back to your top producers, clients, or business partners, the important thing is that you do. Gifting leaves a lasting impression on participants as it is a memory or physical reminder of the experience and the company that values their work or partnership.


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