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New year, new gifts to share

A new year calls for new additions to our aspirational lineup, and we’re here to introduce you to each one. From CBD-infused skincare to cozy candles and cups of tea, browse this blog to discover new gifts your recipients are guaranteed to love.

The dos and don’ts of corporate gifting: focus on the gift, not the ‘wow’ factor

Even though the memory of a great gift exchange can be alluring, it isn’t everything. Research and reality are here to remind us that a thoughtful gift should last beyond the moment of surprise, becoming more useful and valuable for years to come. Yet, many gift-givers tend to focus on the moment of reveal instead of usability. To help us better understand, we’re sharing stats and science-backed research to help shift our gift-giving focus and look past the big reveal. Less shock, more awe.

The dos and don’ts of corporate gifting: branded merchandise

A new blog series that dives deeper into the reasons why Cultivate gift programs far surpass other incentive approaches like branded merchandise, cash, and gift cards. Through cited research and objective studies, we’re highlighting the reasons why these types of gifts don’t effectively recognize or reward recipients and sharing alternatives that are proven to deliver your intent to appreciate and inspire. Without further ado, let’s dive into branded merchandise.

True confessions of gifting gone wrong

Can you recall a time when gifting went wrong in your life? Maybe it was the time you received a gift you didn't want or didn't ask for or the time you dropped a thousand hints yet still didn't receive the item you really wanted. Or that year you received an already spent gift card. We’re cringing just thinking about it all. If you’ve ever received a less than stellar gift, read this blog and know you’re not alone. We're detailing what went wrong and how our concept of choice could have saved the day.

Best practices for virtual meetings and events: Master screen-time

In today’s workplace, you’re just as likely to be working with someone in a different part of the country as you are with someone in a different part of the office. Your screen presence matters during remote meetings—make it work for you and stand out for all of the best reasons.

Dining-in: How do you take your coffee?

Another addition to our popular ‘Dining-in’ blog series, and there’s nothing flashy here—just good, solid technique thanks to good, solid tools from your recent virtual gift experience. So you can get to the good part: tasting coffee. A French Press coffee recipe so good, you’ll never leave home for café-quality again.

Event and incentive planning in uncertain times

Navigating the unfamiliar isn't always fun. While some people and philosophies encourage you to "embrace the unknown,"—that can be easier said than done, especially when it comes to planning your gift program.

Best practices for virtual meetings and events: People prompts

Icebreakers are questions that you can include in a virtual meeting or event to inspire attendees to share a little about themselves. It helps you better connect on a more personal level and encourages everyone to participate. Let’s make like Nelly and ask 21 questions.

Recognize and reward essential workers with a virtual gift experience

There’s a conversation brewing about how to reward and recognize essential workers in a meaningful way. Companies who want to deliver heartfelt gratitude are looking past cash, gift cards, and tchotchke gifts and looking towards rewarding programs that will make an impact. Our solution: virtual gift experiences.

Holiday gifting: be the exception, not the rule

What’s the most memorable holiday gift you’ve ever received? If nothing specific comes to mind, it turns out you’re not alone. A 2018 research survey shows that 53% of recipients have forgotten about the holiday gifts they received last year. With the festive season right around the corner, these findings might make you think twice about the impact of your upcoming gift program. So, how can you avoid giving a forgetful gift? Here’s our take.

Best practices for virtual meetings and events: Online etiquette

Etiquette is more than saying “please” and “thank you;” it’s the protocol for being a respected, kind professional. But through a webcam, etiquette can be hard to navigate. How can we know if we’re behaving cordially online? Equal parts tender and tongue-in-cheek.

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