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For December, 2010

Chinese New Year, or “Chun Jie” which literally means Spring Festival celebrates the coming of spring and a fresh start to one’s life.  This was a time for the Chinese to congratulate each other and themselves on having passed through another year, a time to finish out the old, and to welcome in the New Year. 

Other than traditional festivities, the Chinese will decorate their homes in colours of red and gold, paste poetic “Spring Couplets”, a tray of togetherness filled with special foods are some examples.  It is also a time of exchanging meaningful gifts between business partners.  Giving candy trays filled with special food items of significance are good for strengthening ties.

Completely lost what to give your clients this Chinese New Year?  Get hints from the Chinese New Year traditions, auspicious sayings and food.   

A very nice gift will be a “ba qua” box filled with chinese new year’s goodies.  The box is also written with a Chinese character with a auspicious meaning.  “Fu” brings blessing, good fortune and good luck to the recipient.

Click here for other corporate gift ideas for Chinese New Year

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Today, I have just received a text message from my friend inviting me to a Christmas party at her home.  As usual, we have to bring a small gift for exchange below $30. 

This always poses a headache for many people, as 1) you don’t know who is the recipient, so you need to get a “gender-neutral” gift;  2) the budget of $30 nowadays does not take you very far in terms of a nice gift.  Of course, for me, it is always easy, because I can just get a gift from the large array of options at Qua.  This time round, I decided on a penholder.  Perfect for the office desk for the men, or for some of us, ladies, a makeup brush holder, and it is only $19!  Looks really pretty in the bathroom as well.

Penholders Galore

Penholders Galore

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Alternatively, you may also want to consider a wineholder.  The number of designs you can choose from is stunning!

Wineholder - All Designs

Wineholder - All Designs

 

 

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Lamps Galore

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A lamp in one’s home speaks of the owner’s taste and personal style.  At Qua, we have lamps that are oriental and contemporary.  Both functional and doubles up as adorning art pieces, our artists have created stunning hand painted imageries to mesmerize the most discerning art connoisseur. 

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 Click here to view the complete lamp collection.

The yearend is coming and corporate gift giving provides excellent opportunities to build relationships and thanking clients for their support throughout the year. However, this is no easy task with the dizzy array of choices. Before you set out to find the perfect corporate gift for your clients, know the essentials of corporate gift buying:

1) Check Corporate Policies

Many companies have policies limiting the value or type of gift. Be sure to check, otherwise, the recipient will have to return the gift.  For example, civil servants are not able to receive gifts above a certain value.

2) Giving Some Thought

If you are giving to an individual, it will be best to give him something that he can use or like. For example, think about “what is his hobby?”, “What is his favourite colour?”, “what does he have (or not have) on his desk in the office?”

Even better, personalize it to ensure that he remembers you everything he sees or uses your gift.

3) Consider Cultural Differences

Each country and culture will have their own rules for corporate gift buying. For instance, in China, a gift should never be wrapped in white since it symbolizes death.

We will explore this in a little more detail in future writeups.

4) Spend on Quality Not Quantity

Nowadays, there are too many cheap gifts that we throw into the bin. If your budget is limited, consider giving only to your top 20% clients. Anyway, aren’t they the ones that contributed 80% of your revenue this year?

5) Deliver Personally

Remember this is an opportune time to build a stronger relationship with your client, so always deliver the gift personally.

Corporate gift giving is an opportunity to connect with your clients, strengthen ties, and share your holiday cheer. So if you have any questions, do drop us a note, we can help you to make this year’s corporate gift giving less stressful, and memorable for your clients.

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Wording: a lacquered desk collection consisting of business card holder, penholder, in-tray, letter-holder is practical and reminds your client of your company each time he uses them).