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Presenting A Style Statement

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The onset of the festive season sees many corporate honchos queuing up outside malls, shopping arcades and the like, in search of the ultimate corporate gift. Gone are the days when diaries, day planners or desk accessories were considered standard corporate gifts. Today, it's all about being different and creating a mark.

"While companies may hand over boxes of sweets or chocolates to their employees, they prefer going for something exclusive when it comes to preferred clients and suppliers," says Ranjana Singh of Gifts4U that specialises in corporate gifts.

A tasteful and classy gift goes a long way in creating a lasting impression. So why not gift a bottle of wine? No, we are not talking about just any ordinary wine, but one considered exceptional even by connoisseurs. The French wine Château Palmer, priced at a whopping Rs 2.8 lakh per bottle, is a limited edition  available at select Living Liquidz stores in Mumbai. Of course, at that price you would probably buy just a bottle or two. But in case you are looking at gifting a case (containing six bottles), check out Italian Barolo that will cost Rs 42,000. Rest assured your company's name will be cheered with every sip.

Gifting something that goes beyond the office and is admired by the whole family ensures that the present is not shelved or passed on to someone else. Silverware, dinnerware, decorative items and art are some categories that can be explored.

Momentz has a large collection of silverware and silver-plated products that are manufactured in-house as well as sourced from Italian brands such as Tia and Chinelli. Everything from fruit bowls to Ganesha statues is available. But if you are looking at something exceptional, check out the Roman chariot made in 92.5 sterling silver priced at Rs 70,000. The collection is available in more than 200 jewellery and lifestyle stores across the country.

Though art is liked by most, it is also a tricky present to give as people's tastes vary and you can never be too sure. "Landscapes are a safe bet as most people like them and they match with most décors. Alternatively, it being festival season, one can gift a Ganesha painting," says Sandeep Singh of Delhi-based Art View gallery. Paintings by upcoming artists such as Anil Kumar and Harikrishan Kadam make great gifts as their prices are likely to appreciate.

The ultimate luxury brand in home décor is undoubtedly Lladro. The Spanish company has launched its ‘Gifts of Joy' collection for the festive season. Its Divine Love porcelain figurines of Radha and Krishna are exquisite. Of course, at Rs 1.88 lakh, it is meant as a gift only for your most high-profile clients. If you wish to spend less and still gift a Lladro, check out the Ganesha Lithophane for Rs 5,500.

One thing that will suit all taste buds is a tea set from Rosenthal. Gift a tea set from the ‘Rosenthal meets Versace' collection inspired by Marco Polo's journeys to one who swears by his morning cuppa.

Besides these, you can select from a wide range of products such as Mont Blanc limited edition pens, Swarovski crystals, Tag Heuer watches, Louis Vuitton bags and Bvlgari cufflinks. And if everything else fails, go for a gallon of fuel. As per an SMS joke doing the rounds, it's expected to be the most appreciated gift this season.

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(This story was published in Businessworld Issue Dated 17-10-2011)

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