Over the years, I've given many closing gifts out to my clients. I also go back and forth about whether or not a closing gift is necessary. If I have major surgery, my doctor doesn't give me a gift to thank me for my business. If I go to a restaurant, I have to tip the server instead of them tipping me to thank me for my business. When I go to the dentist, I get a $0.25 toothbrush which is impersonal since I use an electric toothbrush.
With that said, when I do give closing gifts, I like to give things that last so each time they look at it, they always think of me. Or if a friend comes over and sees it, they mention me. I always hand out my personalized, reusable grocery bags and chip clips that have my name and contact information but those are almost party favors. There are three main gifts I've given over the years that have been better than others. I've given personalized picture frames with their name and address. Sometimes a message like "Our First Home" engraved in it. It sits on their fireplace mantel or office desk. It's seen everyday. I've given travel vouchers to the Bahamas, Hawaii, Vegas, and other places. Granted, the trip can end, but the pictures they take on those trips last a lifetime.
The best gift is the gift I've been giving over the past year. I hooked up with a professional photographer in the Austin area and she created Gift Certificates specially for me. They are placed in a decorative box and it's for a photo shoot and a free 8X10 picture. This is not a gift just for a traditional family. I had a closing yesterday with an older couple and they're going to get family protraits taken with their children and grandchildren. I had a closing a couple of weeks ago and they don't have kids, so they're getting pictures taken with their pets. This photographer will meet you anywhere in the Austin area so you can capture the outdoor trees or rocks or whatever other nature you want in your pictures. She'll meet you at your house if that's what you want.
I think giving the gift of pictures is a great gift for any situation, and I think it's a keeper! My clients can make their pictures as personal and as fun as they want, and they'll always thank me for this moment in time. And for full disclosure, I get nothing in return from this photographer. I still have to pay for my photo shoots, and there are no referral fees or anything like that involved.
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