FILED IN: Client & Corporate Gifts
Posted By: Jamie Kutchman, Founder
Commercial mortgage company Berkadia was hosting a really special women's retreat to recognize its top female producers in the company along with some of their best female clients. Even more special? It was the very first time they were hosting this event within the company! We immediately knew we needed really unique corporate welcome boxes to welcome this group and kickoff this very inspiring gathering held at the Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, VA.
We knew we wanted the gifts to be luxurious and feminine but we wanted them to be even more than simply high-end and pretty. After brainstorming as team, we quickly agreed that with an event of this nature, we would design gifts featuring contents made solely by women-owned small businesses! Think: inspiring contents for inspiring women by inspiring women!
For the packaging, we selected high quality seagrass baskets to instantly achieve a luxe look but also a vessel that the recipients could reuse once back at home as a reminder of the memorable event. We also wanted to source gift contents that could be used long by the women after the event was over. So instead of including all consumables as is commonplace with corporate event welcome gifts (ie drinks and snacks), we focused more heavily on spa and beauty items and even something to wear!
For spa items, we included rose water toner, rosebud salve, and rose sangria body scrub. For an item to wear, we selected handmade scarves in a navy blue and white butterfly pattern in keeping with Berkadia's branding colors. For a sweet treat, we included blue raspberry gummies packaged in adorable clear gold-rimmed containers. We thought the gummies would be easy for the women to stash in their purse or tote bag as a secret little supply of sugar to enjoy while on the go!
To tie in the subtle hint of blush from the rose toner within the gifts, we finished the gifts off with elegant satin ribbon in champagne blush along with navy and white logo gift tags. We also used wood basket fill for an extra luxe look. In addition to pulling the branding into the gift with the logo gift tags, we also designed custom welcome letters with a message from Berkadia explaining the significance of how the items were chosen. We loved that they fully embraced the "women supporting women" concept and agreed to allow us to include it in their welcome letter messaging to all of the recipients!
We were incredibly honored to be a part of Berkadia's First Annual Women's Retreat and take the tedious task of corporate event gifting completely off of their shoulders so they could focus on all of the other many tasks on their to-do list in the weeks and days leading up to the event. Following the event, we were thrilled to hear this from our client:
"Now that the dust has settled from our event and I'm wrapping up, I wanted to say THANK YOU! You took our vision and made it a complete dream! We had so much amazing feedback on all the items and the presentation. I hope that we can work together again someday soon. Until then, I will live vicariously through your Instagram."
We always strive to bring our clients' visions to life while delivering a completely stress-free client experience. As you can imagine, it felt AMAZING to receive a note like this following such a special event. We believe in women supporting women and to be able to take part in this event was a huge honor for us and we hope to be involved in future events for years to come!
Do you have a corporate event coming up and not quite sure how you're going to come up with unique, on-brand gifts with all of the other things on your to-do list? We'd love to learn more about your gifting goals and see how we can help. For information on our signature Custom Gift Design Service, visit HERE. We'd love to hear from you!
Images: Lissa Ryan Photography