17 October 2016 | 16 Comments
I know, it’s a bit early for the holiday season, but I like to plan ahead!
Over the last few years, I’ve made it a tradition in November and December to show my appreciation to the partners who have a big impact on Stonemaier Games. Many of them from 2015 are listed here, and that list will expand in 2016.
I thank these people in different ways, but if an individual had a particularly big impact on Stonemaier Games in the last year, I like to send them a token of my appreciation. I’m not particularly good at this, as gifts aren’t my love language, but I do my best.
Last year I went to a local chocolatier and filled a bunch of custom boxes with carefully selected truffles. We sent this to our key partners in the US. For international helpers, I located local chocolatiers in their area and placed orders remotely.
All of this requires a surprising amount of time and effort. I have to find sellers within each area, find the right product, and place the order. For the US, I can either do the same thing or try to support a local business, but then it takes us additional time to select the item, pick it up, and ship it out.
This may not sound right, but I’ll say it: I wish it were a lot easier to send these gifts. Yes, it’s the thought that counts in these types of situations, but as my list continues to grow each year, I wish there were a simpler way to send these corporate holiday gifts.
Here’s what I really want: I’d like to upload a spreadsheet with all recipient addresses to a single service, enter the type of gift (chocolate, gift card, etc) and the budget, and the service would automatically ship the gifts to each person from within their region.
I’m mentioning this to you because it’s quite possible this service already exists. Perhaps it’s called “Jamey should hire an assistant to do this for him.” But it seems like the kind of thing that could be automated.
What do you think? Does this exist? Do you send holiday gifts to partners who’ve had a big impact on your business? How do you manage that process?