How to Start Custom Corporate Gifts Business

Corporate gifts are a tasteful way for businesses to send messages of thanks, and appreciation to employees, clients and partners. While many make their own gifts, others also turn to the pros to do it.

You can be that pro, churning ideas into innovative, creative and original gifts for companies. Learn the basics on how you can start this business.

Corporate or executive gifts have become a common way for businesses to promote good relations with employees and other establishments they do business with. Executive gifts carry many messages. It can tell a valued employee who has achieved something great for a business to keep up the good work. It can tell employees who worked hard on a difficult project to keep going. It can tell vendors and suppliers we appreciate your contribution to the business. It can tell prospective clients we will be happy to establish a business relationship with you. It can impart good cheers to holidays.

Some businesses chose to buy, embellish and wrap their gifts. But some that has the money to spend to have their executive gifts done, choose to let the professionals do it. If you are creative and enterprising and you live in a big busy city where there is a market for custom corporate gifts, this is one business you can start.

  • One of the first things you should think about is the type of corporate gifts you want to carry. This business is basically a printing business. And there are many things you could do under this category. You could print on fabrics like t-shirts, and bags; embroider on towels, and caps; engrave on glass key holders, electronic gadgets and pens; decorate mugs and glasses.
  • Another is location. Your shop should be somewhere where many executives and professionals nub-hub. It could be a shop or stand near a corporate area or mall.
  • Funding is another thing to seriously consider. You’d need a few month’s operating capital and rent plus money to spend on initial inventory (sample items), printing tools and equipment, and fixtures like shelves and hooks. To be thoroughly prepared for the financial aspect of this business, you should put down in detail every item you should need to spend money on. How much you will spend will depend on the type of printing you will do because it will dictate the equipment you will use.
  • Marketing Strategy. Before opening your shop, you should have already done your marketing to prospective clients. Your clients in this business are a select class. They are the few people within the company who are usually entrusted with the task of finding corporate gifts. As part of your marketing plan, you could visit offices and distribute fliers to these key people.

The other tasks you need to do concern the technicalities of starting a business like getting a license.

 

43 Comments

  • emmanuel onochie said on September 17, 2011
    i am starting a corporate gifts business. pls send me more detail information to help me start and manage the business well.thanks
  • vinay said on December 12, 2011
    want to start corporate gifts business in india want details about business.
  • pooja deora said on May 11, 2012
    i want to start corporate gifting business in apparels need some guidance kindly reply as soon as possible. Thanking you
  • Harish said on June 13, 2012
    Hi, I want to start a corporate gift business in hyderabad. I have good experience and knowledge, pls help Thank you Harish
  • Harish said on June 13, 2012
    Hi Pooja Deora, If possible pls send your details, i think we can share our business knowledge and work together if ur really interested. Thank you, Harish
  • johnny said on June 27, 2012
    Hi, i want to start a corporate gifting business in Mumbai. i have some knowledge in printing. Kindly help.. thanks
  • Mrs Agarwal said on April 30, 2013
    Hi, i am starting up corporate gifting business Request you to help with the details on how to go about it. Business Location : Pune & Mumbai. I have experience in hospitality of 5 yrs. current city pune & mumbai, Maharashtra, India. Thanks
  • Ankush Tyagi said on May 23, 2013
    hello, I live in Gurgaon, I am planning to start Corporate and wedding gifts business. Kindly suggest me the best way to start. Rgards, Ankush Tyagi
  • Poorva said on June 5, 2013
    Hello @Mrs Agarwal can we have a telephonic discussion. Even am planning for the same business. am also leaving in Pune
  • Gloria said on June 16, 2013
    HI, i have an online gifting business spread around 180 countries. i want to start a corporate gifting as well. please help me in making a business plan.(like how should be the marketing strategy, different plans) Thanks Geetha
  • Mansi Shah said on July 2, 2013
    HI, I am planning to start corporate business in mumbai. please help in making business plan and whom to approach. Thanks
  • Srinath said on October 27, 2013
    Hello Friends, I am currently planning to start a corporate gifting business in UK and have built loads of contacts in UK.
  • neha said on November 17, 2013
    hi Harish, I run customised corporate gifting company in hyderabad. I'm planning to expand. let me know more about your experience
  • Tlaki said on January 16, 2014
    Good day, i have a printing/corporate gifting business, i've sent my company profile to a whole lot of corporate companies in South Africa and i even tried looking at different market like approaching schools and universities but unfortunately most of them already have companies that they'v been dealing with for years, and cash flow is a huge problem, how do you think i should approach this clients?i feel i should identify a key factor that makes me stand out from the rest, as in why they should purchase from me? Please help Thank, Tlaki
  • punit said on June 4, 2014
    Hi @Gloria - I am in domain for corporate gifting business for more than a decade now. Having exposure to pan India market. We can surely share our views on this subject, feel free to write to me..
  • punit said on June 4, 2014
    I am based out of Mumbai- punit.sanganeria@gmail.com
  • vera said on October 27, 2014
    hello, i'm also planning to start a corporate giveaway business. is it possible that i can start with a minimal amount?? thanks
  • Dinesh Malhotra said on November 5, 2014
    We are in a business of creative and ethnic corporate gifting. Now a days looking forward for alliance to initiate attractive and ethnic holi gifts for various corporates. It carries a handsome profit margin as well as great exposure. Anybody can contact us on 08750476111.
  • Hemangi said on December 17, 2014
    Hi I want to start corporate gifts business Pl guide for business plan or way to start with do we need to keep lot of inventory need large amount of investment?based in poona
  • johnny soloman said on February 1, 2015
    Hi, i am planning to start corporate gifting business, please need your guide. i am already into printing. but want to start professionally.
  • Kumendra Raheja said on April 5, 2015
    I am from Pune and desirous of starting a corporate gifting business. Would be open for franchisee / co-owned options in the same space. DO suggest
  • Ashik Mallesh said on April 19, 2015
    Hi All, I am from Bangalore and have heard its got a big market here, due to many MNC's. I want to start this in Bangalore. Please get in touch with me if any body wants to be co-owner with me.
  • Vikram Gaur said on April 19, 2015
    Hi we have capability to create handcrafted customized gifts with wood, metal, papermashe, & cloth. For discussion i welcome the mails for scheduling the telecon or meeting.
  • Aseza Tena said on July 6, 2015
    Hi, I want to start a corporate gifts Business in Cape Town (South Africe) and would like for you help me with the Business Plan and if it's possible for me to start at a small amount of Capital.
  • umakant said on July 8, 2015
    Hi, my name is umakant. I am planing to start a corporate and wedding gifting business in Mumbai. I was doing whole lot of research on this and found that it is quite a big market to tap on. Can anybody help me with the business plan and marketing strategy. it will be thankful to you. you can connect with me on 9167566506.
  • geft said on March 7, 2016
    Hi. I need more strategy as I am starting up a cooperate gift business.
  • Sapana Joshi said on April 26, 2016
    Hi, I am Sapana Joshi from Pune. We r in design and manufacturing of fashion & Decor products. Some of our decor products are sold for corporate bulk gifting also. Anybody who is interested in getting manufactured Customized decor products in bulk...can contact me on 9923472191. Also, we r extending our gifting section this year. Hence require connects with importers.
  • Poonam Rao said on May 2, 2016
    Hi All Just read the thread, looking forward to start up corporate gifting company. Looking for strategy or business plan to start from scratch. Would appreciate if any one can put on insights or share your experience on the email id - sharpoo.84@gmail.com. Thanks Regards Poonam Rao .
  • Ajay kumar Jha said on September 5, 2016
    hello, I live in delhi , I am planning to start Corporate gifting and promotional gifts business. Kindly suggest me the best way to start. Rgards, Ajay Jha please cont us my 9971193181. i am looking a business partner
  • Eson said on November 7, 2016
    i am starting a corporate gifts business. pls send me more detail information to help me start and manage the business well. thanks
  • Lakshmi said on November 16, 2016
    Hi all, My name is lakshmi and I live in oxford. I want to start a corporate gifting business and am a new to this can someone please do guide me on this
  • abhimanyu said on December 26, 2016
    Hi, My name is Abhimanyu. I would like to start my corporate gift business. Any body interested to work, discuss please contact 735338334. I have worked with corporate gifting company for 3 years. Need help and guidance for startup.
  • narsingrao said on January 15, 2017
    Hi everyone I would like to start new corporate Gifting business in Hyderabad, I have good experience in this industry and also I have many clients with good relationship..But I don't have money any one invested to in this industry Plzzzz contact:9052157408. Narsingraom418@gmail.com
  • Naresh Rajai said on January 26, 2017
    Hi I am from Ahemdabad Gujarat I want to start corporate gift business having marketing experience of 5 years having good contacts with buyers & manufacturers interested In joining can contact on below details, 9879320538
  • Navneet Aggarwal said on February 7, 2017
    As i understand, gifting business can be better done if u work as a team i.e u become part of the network of like minded people having similar businesses so that u can share resources & enjoy the benefits of scale. Please let me know about such networks in mumbai where one can become part off.. I am in Ghatkopar(w)- mumbai which is surrounded by many large corporates & affluent masses.
  • Akanksha Joshi said on March 10, 2017
    Looking to start for a corporate gifting business. Kindly send me all the details about it. Based at bangalore. Would happily welcome someone equally interested from the same location and start a joint venture.
  • sandesh kamat said on April 12, 2017
    @poonam rao i'm into Handmade Glass products manufacturing. Looking to expand in corporates gifting looking for partners or joint venture in Mumbai or major cities call 9869756930 mail: sanskritiaf@gmail.com
  • Matsila LS said on May 12, 2017
    Hi please send me more information on how to start up a corporate gift business. Thank you
  • Mohd Danish Ali said on June 8, 2017
    Hi i want to start a corporate gift business in Delhi please send me more detail information to help me start the business
  • Alpa Godhania said on July 3, 2017
    Hi I am quite new to this industry and plan to start with corporate gifting as gifting as been something I have Always been passionate about. Can you please guide me as to how can I reach clients at an initial stage, what should my approach be like? And also how many products should I include in my first stages. Your suggestions will be of great help and am positively awaiting your reply. Thank you.
  • Martin said on January 4, 2019
    HI all what are the legal registration documents we require to start corporate gifting company. Pls mention statutory registrations require..? email: martin.hsbs@gmail.com
  • Martin said on January 5, 2019
    Hi neha help me with your email id , im looking corporate gift shops in Hyderabad
  • sheetal agarwal said on June 25, 2019
    hello! my name is sheetal Agarwal. I want to start corporate gift business.i have a great unique idea for that.i want to start in Chandigarh.so if anyone interested they can email me at agrawalsheetal76@gmail.com and then we can plan accordingly

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