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‘Tis the season for sucking up to one’s clients

To give is better than to receive, right?In the online class I’m teaching this month, the question of whether to send holiday cards and gifts to clients — and if so, when and how much — came up. If you’re self-employed, holiday cards for smaller clients and gifts for larger ones are a must. Besides, it’s a tax write-off ($25 per client, per year, last time I checked).

This New York Times article outlines many of the do’s and don’ts of giving holiday gifts to clients. I second the article’s suggestion to avoid sending your gifts at the height of the holiday season when key contacts might be on vacation until long after your carefully selected fruit basket has gone moldy. Since I’m always late getting my holiday cards and gifts out, I just send ‘em during the new year. Even better, I’ve been known to hand-deliver them to my local clients. Doing so gives me a chance to check in, and people seem to welcome the distraction (and then call me the next week or month with a project they need done).

The NYT also advised thinking outside the gift box and getting something more unique than the tried-and-true (not to mention gross) fruitcake, something that ties in with your business model if you can. For example, I’ve been known to send newspaper and magazine editors books, journals, and stationery. However, I’ve also been known to make my own gift baskets filled with toys or bath products, which have little to do with writing but seem to be a big hit.

Curiously, while client gifting in December is here to stay, the Christian Science Monitor reports that cash holiday bonuses for employees seem to be going the way of the dodo. Well, at least those luckless employees can swill on all that wine, cheese, and chocolate their vendors and freelancers send them by the truckload every holiday season. I usually just get some rumpled, coffee-stained cards in the mail.* My dog can’t even eat those.

*In all fairness, I did get invited to several client holiday parties this year, which made me feel ultra-loved. Thank you, warm and fuzzy clients.

4 comments December 13th, 2006

Judge a book by its cover

Single State of the UnionSay hello to Single State of the Union: Single Women Speak Out on Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Happiness, a forthcoming collection of writing edited by my pal Diane Mapes. Seal Press will be publishing this puppy in April.

Doesn’t the cover rock?

I’m honored to have an essay in this book, along with writer pals Amanda Castleman, Litsa Dremousis, Jane Hodges, Judy McGuire, and fab women like Lynn Harris, Margaret Cho, Feministing‘s Jessica Valenti, and oh, I could go on and on…

But you can get the full meal deal in April. Or you can check out the entire lineup here, on the blog of lusty contributor Rachel Kramer Bussel.

If you can’t wait till April to make this pretty book your very own, getcher pre-orders here.

4 comments December 4th, 2006

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