December 29, 2009

Business gift idea: custom cookies

Filed under: Marketing & Promotion — Tags: , , , — lidia @ 8:02 pm

I just had to share this idea… because I used it myself this holiday season: custom cookies.

Baked by the fabulous gumdrop cookie shop in New York, the yummy cookies can be printed with any logo or artwork (in this case, they are graced with my company’s logo) and arrive ready for gifting in a lovely gift box.

I’ve always believed in edible gifts (they never go to waste) and what better way to make a memorable, not to mention, tasty impression. Judging by the number of enthusiastic thank you emails I received, the celestial cookies are a success!

December 15, 2009

Business gift idea: eco-friendly coffee cup

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — lidia @ 2:49 pm

Searching for a last-minute gift for a co-worker or colleague with a caffeine addiction? Buy them the I Am Not a Paper Cup travel mug. The washable and reusable porcelain cup will keep drinks warm in the office—and empty paper cups out of the trash. And the silicone lid keeps your drink from spilling during your commute.

Available in Chicagoland at Paper Source and online at Amazon.com.

November 24, 2009

Shop local this holiday season

Filed under: Local (Chicago) — Tags: , , , — lidia @ 2:09 pm

Holiday shopping locally this season? In our series of posts featuring business gift ideas, we’ve mentioned many fabulous local artists and businesses. Need more ideas? Download Local First Chicago’s Independent Chicagoan Shopping Guide! The guide featuring local shops and services who are members of Local First Chicago, makes it easy to get your shopping done while also supporting your community.

Happy shopping!

November 20, 2009

Business gift idea: city neighborhood posters

Filed under: Goods & Wares,Local (Chicago) — Tags: , , , , — lidia @ 2:39 am

I first noticed a Chicago Neighborhood Poster by Ork Posters a few years back while strolling the Chicago neighborhood of Lincoln Square… and have been enamored ever since. The city neighborhood posters are available for many popular cities (Chicago, LA, NYC, Seattle, Boston + more) in both single- and multi-color prints (my fave shown at left). I think they would make a great gift for local coworkers—or business associates across the country. And if you really love them, you could have it framed too.

Buy online or if youre in Chicago, stop by the Ork Posters Holiday Store in Ravenswood.

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Watch the bright spot for new business gift ideas each week! And for more ideas read our Tipsheet How do I Find Alternatives to Traditional Gift Giving?

November 17, 2009

Business gift idea: notecard set

Filed under: Featured Design Project,Goods & Wares — Tags: , , , — lidia @ 2:00 pm

A great way to say thank you to clients and coworkers is with a set of decorated notecards. We all know how meaningful a handwritten note is, but it’s easy to forget—especially during the busy holiday season. Make it easy for your gift recipient and give them a set of notecards plus a fancy pen and packet of stamps. In fact, maybe you should pick up a set (or two) for yourself too!

Shown are favorites from (left to right) our own line of greeting cards, Night Owl Paper Goods and fellow Chicago artist Laura Berger.

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Watch the bright spot for new business gift ideas each week! And for more ideas read our Tipsheet How do I Find Alternatives to Traditional Gift Giving?

November 10, 2009

Business gift idea: PANTONE flash drive

Filed under: Goods & Wares — Tags: , , , — lidia @ 10:30 pm

pantone-flash-driveI love this idea that PANTONE tweeted about earlier today: custom PANTONE flash drives. Choose from 14 PANTONE colors. Order 10+ and get your logo and website engraved (see my faux example—cool eh?) Order a bunch to give away for the holidays—as well as to keep handy in your laptop bag for client meetings (never be without a flash drive when you need one!)

These would also be useful for photographers or illustrators who supply clients with images on disk. It makes a neat, memorable leave-behind. The possibilities are endless. Thanks for the idea, PANTONE!

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Watch the bright spot for new business gift ideas each week! And for more ideas read our Tipsheet How do I Find Alternatives to Traditional Gift Giving?

November 9, 2009

Business gift idea: nifty desk pads

Filed under: Goods & Wares — Tags: , , , — lidia @ 3:26 pm

30019_PerfectAssistantBundlThe Perfect Assistant Bundle of desk pads from Knock Knock is the perfect gift for a cubicle-dwelling co-worker or client. The set includes essentials such as My Top Secret Password Pad, Endless Voicemail Paper Mousepad, While You Were Out Nifty Note and the Paper E-Mail Nifty Note.

Or make a custom desk stationery set by choosing from Knock Knock’s assortment of fun and snarky desk pads and file folders. Make working fun again!

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Watch the bright spot for new business gift ideas each week! And for more ideas read our Tipsheet How do I Find Alternatives to Traditional Gift Giving?

November 6, 2009

Get a jump on holiday shopping

Filed under: Featured Design Project,Goods & Wares — Tags: , , , , , — lidia @ 8:00 am
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photo by monstershaq2000

We are delighted to be featured in the 2009 Indie Biz Chicks Holiday Gift Guide!

Brought to you by Indie Biz Chicks, the Guide featuring holiday tips, ideas and recipes also showcases artisan-designed gifts ranging from holiday cards and greeting cards (by yours truly) to handcrafted jewelry, totes, and kids wearables. Start your holiday shopping—all in one place.

November 5, 2009

Business gift idea: (hip) gift basket

Filed under: Goods & Wares,Local (Chicago) — Tags: , , , , — lidia @ 3:22 pm

6fcb35dfa03f040c0f14ed342d633a38For a modern take on the traditional holiday gift basket, head over to That’s Caring. Gone are the fruitcakes and meats, their hip gift baskets offer gourmet pastas, spa goodies and pet treats, just to name a few. Many selections are from local businesses such as one of my faves, The Enterprising Kitchen—and their baskets are packaged and shipped using environmentally friendly materials and methods. Your client or colleague will be thrilled with their gift—and you’ll have the warm fuzzy feeling that comes along with supporting local businesses and the envrionment.

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Watch the bright spot for new business gift ideas each week! And for more ideas read our Tipsheet How do I Find Alternatives to Traditional Gift Giving?

November 4, 2009

Business gift idea: designer coffee mug

Filed under: Design & Art,Goods & Wares — Tags: , , , — lidia @ 3:05 pm

17596_ftGive your client or co-worker a stylish mug in their favorite (PANTONE) color. This colorful collection of 10 PANTONE-hued mugs from Uncommon Goods is available in shades that are sure to satisfy everyone on your business gift list. Pair with a bag of coffee or box of tea and you have an easy yet thoughtful holiday gift.

P.S. My favorite is 549C!

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Watch the bright spot for new business gift ideas each week! And read our Tipsheet How do I Find Alternatives to Traditional Gift Giving? for more ideas.

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