‘Tis almost the season and this year is one that we all are happy to see the back of – so let’s mark the occasion with a festive cheer that’s better than ever. But how do you pick the right bottle for the right person? And what do you do about delivery if your clients are working from home? We’ve got it all covered with these six ideas for easy corporate gifting and pandemic presents to surprise anyone from a client to that hard to buy for loved-one – at every budget.
1. Champagne is always a good idea
Ah, Champagne. Even the name just oozes sophistication. Winston Churchill’s wartime declaration that "it's not just France we are fighting for, it's Champagne!" still rings true as we come out of the war that is 2020 – and you can never go wrong with a good French. From a vintage Dom Pérignon to one of the world’s favourite Champagnes, Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial or a beautiful pink like the Ruinart Rosé NV – this is the wine that makes everyone feel special – and there a beautiful bottles to suit every budget. For something extra special to say au revoir to 2020 in a toast, we love the idea of gifting a touch of Hollywood with Brad Pitt’s brand new offering, Champagne Fleur de Miraval Exclusivement Rosé NV.
2. Dress to impress
French chic continues into how they dress their best bottles – think rustic wooden gift boxes, polished packaging and limited-edition packaging such as Piper-Heidsieck’s ice-cream cone cooler box. But best dressed is not limited to the French nor wine. Willett Pot Still Reserve Bourbon comes in a unique hand-numbered pot still shaped bottle, while Clase Azul Reposado Tequila is bottled in majestic decanters hand-painted and numbered by local artisans. And an easy gifting idea is a gift box of a bottle complete with glasses, such as the stunning floral adorned stemware accompanying Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque 2012 or the tumblers in tow with The Glenlivet 12-year-old Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
For something extra special, gift a super celebratory size – many great Champagnes and table wines are available in Magnums and there’s even a 12-litre Balthazar bottle or two such as the Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut NV. France produces the world's finest brandies in Armagnac and Cognac – and a fine Cognac is truly something to behold – it’s another favourite of James Bond no less. A wonderful and always appreciated choice is the Hennessy XO Cognac, which is a special blend of 100 eaux-de-vie. You can gift it beautifully packaged in its own ice bucket with tongs – a special choice for a hard-to-buy-for client.
4. Love local
If there was ever a year to love local, then it is 2020. Many Aussie battled the bushfires and then the dreaded C hit us all, so we’re proud to support and showcase Aussie producers big and small from every corner of the country. Any great red or white with the capacity to age or has been released from the cellars to enjoy now makes for a unique gift – such as a Magnum of Grosset Riesling or a museum release of Seppeltsfield Para Tawny 1960. You can also never go wrong with a collectable red from the iconic Penfolds label, or why not send a duo or trio of wines in a special gift pack such as the Mr Riggs The Chap Shiraz Cabernet Triple Gift Pack – good things always come in threes. Even just choosing something from a region that resonates with your recipient makes a gift personal – buying Australian truly is the gift that keeps on giving.
5. Tasting gifts that keep on giving (and don’t break the bank)
Christmas inspires producers to create plenty of festive cheer, from advent calendars and special packaging to tasting and blending kits. We especially love the partnership between Archie Rose and Gelato Messina who have joined forces for a limited-edition homage to the classic Neapolitian strawberry, vanilla and chocolate ice cream combo with a three-Gin set to create cocktail-ready spirits. For Whisky lovers, we love the Chivas Regal Whisky Blending Gift Kit or a variety of spirit tasting packs to discover a few different drams from Gin to Whisky and Vodka to Rum - Check out the 12 Drams of Christmas Gin for some festive fun. A gourmet hamper is also an easy but fabulous idea and delivers some great non-alcoholic options too - we are loving the brand new ETCH range of natural water-based Sparkling infused with Austrlian native fruits and herbs in a hamper with beauty goodies.
6. Send hundreds of gifts in minutes
Virtual gifting is a gamechanger, especially for the festive season or as a pandemic present pick-me-up. 2020’s work-from-home environment means that delivering traditional corporate gifts is harder but our brand new Shorty’s Gifting Tool makes connecting with clients, colleagues and loved ones a simple and seamless journey. To surprise someone, all you need is the recipient’s name, email and phone number. We do the rest by contacting them and allowing them to choose a delivery address that suits them best – perfect if they’re going away and want to delay delivery or want a beautiful bottle to arrive at their destination. If you’re shopping for lots of people, simply upload a spreadsheet and chat to our Gifting Concierge for advice on gifts for hard-to-buy people, best bottles for your budget and personalised presents. Best of all you can record a video message to personalise the gift.
So don't be overwhelmed by Christmas gifting - we can help you fine-tune your naughty and nice list with ideas from our favourite corporate Christmas gift selections. We've got a sleigh full of special bottles to suit every palate and budget and rescue Christmas 2020. Christmas isn't cancelled - it's the perfect antidote to 2020.
3. Send your gift with ease!
Confirm order & send! Your gift is en route in an email and text message with your personalised message, ready for your recipient to confirm their preferred delivery address and the dispatch date.