Wanted to leave an update for all my thoughtful respondents: I went with a local artisan chocolatier who creates raw, organic, handmade chocolates in scrumptious flavors ~ just sent the boxes out yesterday. Thanks to everyone for your inspired suggestions!
In view of the nature of your business - where most of your clients are seeking inspiration, a vision, an understanding and then a clearer path to their goals (and bearing in mind that you already produce e-books), might I suggest that your answer should be to provide something extra, from within your own vision of your business, that is exclusively for your clients. Perhaps an exclusive miniature e-book "limited edition" - you could keep it simple to something like an e-calendar - with weekly motivational phrases inserted. You only need 52 short sentences and you have created a gift that they may well look at every day of the year - so a marketing boon that costs only the time you put into it - and personalised in that it is a gift unique to you - if it is a success - it also removes an annual headache
a cheap gift is just that, a cheap gift. If you are a small company invest the money back into your products and service. Customers will leave you based on your products and service and giving them a low-budget "cheap" gift will not keep them.
Amara, As a business owner its difficult to determine what someone likes that will not be the same run of the mill thing. In one of my businesses I found something that I use throughout my others to thanks my clients. Perhaps it will be of value to you also
See if they meet your needs and budget
Star Bucks card, ipod or iphone "your logo" mini speakers (smaller than an egg) - good sound, Fandango movie tickets. Best, Steven
We have cool and new gadget StartUp in our prtfolio http://www.clickandgrow.com/
We use to gift Smart flower pots to our different clients and they are happy:-)
You may offer a special holiday discount or even a free service. You may determine the expiration date of either the holiday discount or free service,
NOTE: I gave this answer AFTER I saw someone already suggested the brilliant idea. Great minds think alike!
In my opinion you can send them to Greece !
Mykonos , Santorini , Corfu , Athens !
Why not give the gift of another client's product or service? That's what I'm planning to do this year. I have several clients who are in the culinary field. I have others who are service providers, and I plan to buy one client's service to give to another client.
If you only know them from email relations, try to do a little bit of side research and run some searches on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media platforms. Run some searches and you can find more about them.
I usually give something that is delivered like chocolate. I find gifts that express an emotional connection with them are the best remembered. I gave out chocolate lollipops one year and my clients raved about how much their children enjoyed them. Another year I gave out very expensive single malt scotch and I got one or two thank you's. It is the emotional connection of the gift that will pay dividends.
Buy them the book, I Can't Believe I Get Paid to Do This! It is full of inspirational stories and success strategies of highly successful people. You can find it on Amazon:)
Non referral based gift card or gift certificates, compliments only, no profiteering. The clients will remember your generosity and return the favor or refer you business in perputuity.
There is no one-size-fits all answer.
The best way to determine the most appropriate gift is to first understand your clients. Once you have determined the personality of your client and the image/ message you want the gift to convey, then regardless of which website you visit, your chances of finding the best gift will be easier.
The worst gift to give is one that looks like a "just give this to everyone" type gift. There are promotional product companies that offer classy, inexpensive gifts that are designed to also carry your brand imprint. Be careful, once it begins to look like advertising, it is not longer a gift.
I personally think nothing beats an Amazon Gift card. They're versatile, allow the giftee to get exactly what they want and it's really easy to transfer virtually over long distances.
If you're looking for something that's a little more hip and is an actual good, I suggest checking out either birchbox.com (for males or females) or bespokepost.com (for males).