As friends and family gather for festive holiday traditions, sharing gifts, and giving thanks, you have yet another opportunity to make an impression on your clients before the New Year. To get you started on your holiday shopping, REMODELING has compiled great gift ideas for your customers and your employees. Some are industry-related, and some can be personalized with your company logo or the recipient's name, but all will help keep your company on the minds of those people who make your business successful. Happy holidays!
Bosch. For personalized on-the-job entertainment, the iPod Dock is the newest accessory to the popular Power Box (sold separately). Supporting five iPod models, users can enjoy their digital music, videos, or podcasts while they work. A weather- and dustresistant encasing protects iPods from the elements, while also guarding against disruption or movement. The dock plugs directly into the Power Box's 12-volt auxiliary outlet and 3.5-mm input jack to play music or charge the iPod without extra wires or plugs. 877.267.2499. www.boschtools.com.
Panasonic. Bring the slide projector into the 21st century with the HDTV Photo Player DMW-SDP1. The high-definition component allows users to view photos taken by SD-enabled digital cameras in HD quality on a large-screen TV. Simply connect the SDP1 to a high-definition TV and insert an SD/SDHC memory card into the slot. Easily search for photos by date or with up to 25 thumbnails on one index screen, then view favorites or watch a slide show on the big screen. 800.405.0652. www.panasonic.com.
World Vision. Give the gift of home and health to families that your services can't help. Through World Vision, gifts and donations at any level can provide everything from backpacks of school supplies to clean water to livestock for families living in poverty. Choose items in your own name or that of a co-worker or client. For every item you choose, World Vision will send a card to the friend, family, or associate to explain their gift's lasting impact. Click on “Ways to Give,” and then “Gift Catalog” on the World Vision Web site. 888.511.6548. www.worldvision.com.
L.L. Bean. Easy to pack but tough to wear out, the maker's classic Boat & Tote bags originally were designed to carry ice and are now labtested to hold up to 400 pounds. Perfect for work, groceries, travel, and more, the product line includes sizes small to extra-large in a range of colors and patterns. Customize each bag by choosing handle length, open or zippered top, and an optional monogram. Newer offerings include organizer pockets, dog breed embroidery, and a weekender duffel style. 800.441.5713. www.llbean.com.
Bloom Designs. For a gift, or for your company's own stationery, try the maker's creative home and holiday motifs on greeting cards, notepads, and invitations. Use the “Welcome Mat” (below) or “Neighborhood” designs on thank-you cards at the end of a remodel, or give clients a special gift of note cards with a mailbox design customized with their house number (left). Other homerelated designs or customization with a company logo or one-of-a-kind design are also available. 740.917.9176. www.bloomdesigns.com.
The Taunton Press. From Sarah Susanka, well-known architect and author of The Not So Big House series, comes Home by Design, a collection of 30 key design principles that produce a home. With examples pulled from 28 of the best-designed homes in the country, Susanka examines window positioning, ceiling heights, entryways, and more, and also includes 60 line drawings for added insight. Give as a gift to your designers for inspiration, or keep your clients thinking about future remodeling projects. Order at Amazon.com. www.sarahsusanka.com.
DadGear. Go straight from jobsite to playground with this twist on the traditional diaper bag. The Diaper Vest's strategically placed pockets for baby-care essentials let dad change, feed, and entertain the little ones with ease. When baby grows up or dad has the day off, the vest is a cool-weather fleece for work or play. Long-sleeve jackets and vests are available in men's sizes medium through double-extra-large. Women's baby gear is also available. 888.258.5610. www.dadgear.com.
Hettich. Perfect for a hefty jobsite lunch or a weekend picnic with friends and family, the Grip-N-Go by Smartsolutions is designed for those on the go. The sturdy cooler features strong wheels and a telescoping handle for easy transporting, and has a lid for stacking or sitting and a removable insulated liner to keep hot items hot, or cold items cold. The Grip-N-Go folds down to the size of a slim briefcase for easy storing. 800.438.8424. www.hettichamerica.com.
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