When you need to dazzle your employees or business associates with great corporate gifts you need to choose wisely. You work with these respectable people day in and out, and therefore need to give them gifts that represents your gratitude for them. By making a rush decision or picking any old corporate gifts you can tarnish employees respect for you and damage your business partner’s allegiance.
While many promotional personal accessories are fitting giveaways, sending grooming sets and promotional dental giveaways can give off the wrong message. Though everyone could use a handy dental kit, it's not exactly a compliment. However, when you give a thoughtful promotional gift baskets, you're acknowledging your recipients’ successes and honoring their hard work. That way when they open their corporate gifts expecting to see naturally complimentary gifts, they'll be getting them.
When I went to the gas station Tuesday evening and I saw the way the cashier smiled at me, I figured I may be getting a compliment as well. But just like a promotional pedometer stocking stuffer, it left me wondering, "Is this an insult?"
The laid-back man working the register had a very thick accent and a kind smile. When I reached over to put the air freshener packet on the counter, I said, "Hey, how are you?" and he nodded and smiled. I motioned to the counter and he held the air fresheners out to me, "Ow much do you waan to pay for dese?" It was a fairly odd question, considering that I wasn't in Mexico bartering over a handmade necklace.
"Uuuh, how much should it be?" I asked him. He tapped the package against the counter repeatedly and crooked his head, "How much do you waaaant to pay?" he asked playfully. After making some strange faces and even stranger noises, I finally said, very questionably, "Uuuh, a dollar?" He nodded, took the ten dollar bill from my hand and handed me back nine dollars.
I chuckled and said, "Thank you," as I gripped the bills and looked up at the man. Before I had the chance to put the money in my bag the man began to speak again. In his thick accent and with the already perplexed feeling in my mind I listened to what I thought the man was saying. "You look....like a horse."
The feelings of confusion grew in my mind and I'm fairly certain it showed on my face because the
man repeated, "You look.......like a horse."
By now I was completely torn between feeling insulted, confused and amused. I looked up at the man and said after awkwardly giggling, "How do you figure?"
He then continued, "A horse. You look like a beautiful horse." At this point I realized he thought he was complimenting me. Or perhaps where he was raised, looking like a horse is goddess-like, because he continued, "A white horse! You look...like a beautiful horse."
When he finally finished telling me how much I resemble a beautiful white horse, I smiled and force out the most confusion driven, "thank you." I then went to my car, hid behind the gas pump and laughed hysterically. I pumped my gas and avoided looking back to the store window.
I looked in the mirror on the way home and thought, "Hmmm I kinda do look like a horse." A nice brown mane...soft eyes...big mouth...oh my. If he said, "You are very pretty," the whole charade would've gone much more smoothly. Instead with a compliment that only he understood the sentiment to, I was left perplexed. But at least it made me laugh.
To prevent this failed compliment situation from happening to any of our customers, we've selected only the best corporate gifts for you to browse. Then again, confusion and insults can sometimes be memorable, so maybe you should select some foot care items. I'm in the process of finding the perfect custom horse stress relievers to imprint my telephone number on and give out at clubs and bars. With a personalized horse stress relievers (resembling myself) recipients won't be able to get me out of their minds.