For those of you who enjoy Valentine's Day and want to share the love with your clients, here is an easy project for a gift to drop off at your clients' homes. I make these types of gifts for many of the smaller holidays, and they have been well-received. Show up with a smile on your face, and how could your clients not love you?
1. Purchase materials needed. Since I've been doing this for a while, it is second nature to me to keep an eye out for discounted items when I am out shopping. What you will need to have on hand is:
- Bags of candy, individually-wrapped in foil, such as Hershey Kisses, Reese's products, Dove, and so on. The foil wrapping adds festive coloring. I keep an eye out for specials like 2/$4.00 at local pharmacies.
- Small containers. I like to check Target's $1 bins and also look for unique containers in the housewares aisle. Christmas Tree Shops also have tons of containers. Bowls, buckets, glasses - anything will do. For this particular project, I used small Valentine-related pails.
- Cello party bags. You can usually get packs of 10 or more for $1 to $2. Try Target and Wal-Mart. You could use cell wrap instead and cut it to size, but I like the cello bags because they eliminate the need for cutting. Keeps it simple.
- Curling ribbon to match your containers. For this project, of course I used pink and red. White or light blue would work also.
- Scissors. You'll need these for curling the ribbon.
- Your business cards.
2. Assemble gifts. This is so easy and so fast, you can do several in one-half hour. Here's how to put it all together:
- Remove price tags from containers.
- Insert one cello bag into each container.
- Fill each bag with an assortment of candy. (Leave enough space to tie the top with a robbon.)
- Insert your business card into the bag.
- Tie a piece of ribbon around the top of the cello bag. Pull ribbon along one edge of the scissors to curl it. You're done!
3. Deliver gifts. Get out your list of clients and start making calls to let them know you will be stopping by. Or, if you are comfortable doing so, just stop by to say hello. I group my visits geographically to save time and gasoline.
Have fun with this easy, low-cost project. And Happy Valentine's Day! - Kathryn Acciari
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Kathryn Acciari, RSPS, SRS, RESE, CFA
Century 21 MetroWest
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Westborough MA 01581
Serving the Route 9/20 Corridors of Central Massachusetts
Sturbridge to Westborough
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