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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Corporate gifting

 It might sound a bit early, but the holiday season is right around the corner. With everything from Halloween to Hanukah & Christmascoming up over the next few months, this is a banner time to express how much you appreciate your clients and vendors.

That is why I wanted to bring up a few corporate gifting ideas now to ensure you get the best return on investment possible.

5 Ideas for Corporate Gifting

1. Express gratitude- The first key to a good corporate gifting program is you need to express gratitude for the other persons help. A branded gift through Illinois Nut can be the perfect way to show this gratitude.

By doing so, you not only show gratitude, but also create an experience for the customer to remember you for future business.  


2. Give gifts people want- Do you remember when you were a kid and you got the ugly sweater from a relative? Nothing worse than giving a gift that the recipient does not like. It does more harm the good when you do not consider your recipient.

The best way to avoid this challenge is to think about what your clients want for the holidays.

For example, one of the reasons so many corporations choose our English Toffee and Clusters Gift package is because they are pure decadence. People can buy carrots any day they want. However, delicious chocolate is always remembered.


3. Ensure your gift is helpful to the entire office- No one likes being left out. Therefore, if you do send gifts for the holidays, make sure it is something that the entire office can enjoy. That way there is no favoritism.  

A great gift for the entire office is a corporate gift basket. Unlike other items like a tie or chocolate bar, everyone can have a little.

The executive might enjoy the tie, but a corporate basket makes you a favorite to everyone in the office.

Since business is always changing, you never know who your next client could be.  


4. Be ahead of the curve- While every other company is preparing to give a gift in December, you should avoid being part of the pack. Instead, give gifts when your competitors do not.

For example, Halloween is the perfect time to give a treat not a trick. What better way to tell your clients how hauntingly happy you are to work with them.

Furthermore, you might want to also consider gifts for Thanksgiving as well! Despite the popularity of Thanksgiving in the United States, very few companies send out gifts of thanks during this time of the year.

Generally they wait until the holiday season is in full swing. That is too late to stand out from the crowd. However, providing gifts on Halloween and Thanksgiving can make you unique!  

5. Be a creative procrastinator. If you are late in sending out gifts during the holidays, then consider instead sending out New Years holiday gifts instead.

That way you can help your clients ring in the new year, and you again stand out. Who else provides gifts during the New Years?

This could be your chance to blow in the New Year with our Spell It In Chocolate Happy New Years gift!

How can we help with your corporate gifting?

Let Illinois Nut and Candy help you with your corporate gifting this fall. Let us know how we can create a custom solution for your corporate gifting needs. Call us at 847-677-5777. Thanks! 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Candy Man Knows Best

candy man
A month ago, I received an order from a customer looking to purchase candy for a party. We had a great conversation, and she provided me with a budget for the anniversary party at her home.

On the Thursday before the party, she came to the store to pick up her candies. I was out at the time of the pickup. While going through the order, she thought that I had undersold her. Yes, not over sold. Under sold.

She was upset, because she did not believe we provided her with enough sweets for the party based on her requirements. She then proceeded to purchase 3 times the amount we recommended while at the store.

Recently, I called her to find out how the party went recently, and she said that it was great. The only challenge was that she had a lot of extra candies. She mentioned that perhaps in hindsight she should have listened to me.

It got me thinking.

Preparing for your next party or event can be stressful. You have so many details to work out before the event starts. While it was gratifying to realize that this client appreciated my advice, I want to do my best to ensure all your parties can be a sweet experience for your guests.

To do that, we want to make sure that you do not overwhelm your party guests in a deluge of chocolates, candies, and other sweets. They should be singing your praise when they leave, not singing the Oompa Loompa song as they leave.

Therefore, for your next party you might want to consider one of party plates to ensure that you get the right amount of chocolates for your guests.

Perfectly Proportioned Party Planning Plates

Our Personalized Chocolate Box and Chocolate Party Plate is perfect for your next wedding, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, or corporate event.

You receive a personalized chocolate box filled with hand dipped chocolate pretzels, English Toffee, Peppermint Patties, and Rainbow Patties.

If that does not work, then take a look at our Cornucopia with Mix Nuts, English Toffee, and Customer Peppermint and Rainbow Patties Party.  It includes some great sweets for your event or party that you can share easily with your guest not fear they run out of candy and not have too much at the end of the night. 

Does the candy man know best?

Some secrets we can just not reveal. You just have to reach out to me and find out for yourself. However, we do have extensive experience working with event planners and party hosts looking to create the perfect atmosphere for your guests.

Feel free to contact us at 847-677-5777 for more information!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Illinois Nut and Candy Turns 11!

It may sound cliché to say it, but time flies when you are having fun. That is certainly how it seems as I celebrate the eleventh anniversary of owning Illinois Nut & Candy. 

Although it was 2004 when Melissa and I first took ownership of the candy company, it has been a labor of love that has made time pass quickly.

Our tireless work to meet our goals of being the largest Kosher and niche candy company is reflected in our recent winning of the 2015 Village of Skokie Merchant of the Year award.  On August 17h, 2015 at the Village board meeting, we were presented with a plaque and a trophy that will be on display in the store for one year. 

Providing quality products has always been a priority at Illinois Nut and Candy. Our wide selection includes over 600 confections. We have dried fruit, nuts, chocolate candy creams, truffles, and bark available each day for purchase.

Don’t forget our Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Sugar Free, Organic, and Vegan Friendly varieties.

Although providing customers with delicious products prepared by expert chocolatiers is of utmost importance, we always strive for more.

The service Illinois Nut and Candy provides to its customers is also a crucial component to the success they have attained.

We worked together to offer personalized service to meet the needs of each individual customer.

We are also proud of the work we do helping our corporate clients find the perfect gift for their colleagues, clients, and vendors.

Of course corporate clients are not the only ones who are concerned with gift giving and so Illinois Nut and Candy also provides solutions for our everyday visitors as well.

With the upcoming Rosh Hashanah holiday coming up, plans are already in the works to release these scrumptious confections to the public.  

Whether it be a party platter for a family get together or individual treats for the kids, there will be plenty of goodies on hand. The hard part is trying to keep from going overboard.

As Illinois Nut and Candy goes forward and enjoys another year in business, we are grateful to all of our customers for the support they have given in patronizing this store and coming back year after year. Without such a loyal client base we could not continue. Here is to another eleven years of business and beyond.


David Levine