Some people are just so creative! I like to think of myself that way but actually, my clients do things for me that express the art of appreciation in creative ways that just delight me.
Our style and wardrobe services are so personal. Really, how many professions have you inside people’s closets, drawers, and psyches? We have the pleasure of matching someone’s style to the clothes they wear on their backs Monday-Sunday. It’s no wonder people look at me in an envious way when I tell them about my career. Believe me, I feel truly blessed.
In my private practice, I serve a fairly small number of people on a regular basis. It’s not like I have thousands of clients. So it makes it very manageable to show them my appreciation with fun, personalized gifts. I like surprising my clients and letting them know that I value them and enjoy spending time with them on their wardrobe projects. Over the years I’ve come up with a fair amount of gift ideas that convey my feelings in at least small ways.
It’s not a one-way street. This gift in the picture above was given to me by a client at the end of an appointment last month. I was so touched! On the left hand side, you can see what it says on the front of this notepad. My client actually undid the packaging, slid the notepad out of the cellophane packaging and placed stickers on the first line that spelled out my name. On the right hand side of the picture, you can see what it says on the back of the notepad. It’s a gratitude pad and the company that created it is R. Nichols. Maybe you’ve seen their products around.
As an aside, this gift couldn’t have been more perfect for me. I’m a fan of gratitude lists. I create one most mornings right after I do my morning writing. I embraced this habit about ten years ago when I was going through a dark time in my life. I was facing a serious health challenge that had really put a kink in my lifestyle. As the days and weeks went on and I continued to struggle, I seemed to get more and more impatient and pissy. I tried not to show it on the outside but on the inside I was a mess.
I decided I had to turn my attitude around so I pulled out a journal and started writing ten things every evening that I felt grateful for. Just knowing every morning that at the end of the day I’d have to come up with ten items made me start looking for them early in the day.
It was tough in the beginning, I won’t lie. It would take nearly 24 hours to come up with those ten times! But then it got easier and it wasn’t long before I was feeling better, much better, even though my circumstances hadn’t really changed.
I get out of the habit from time to time but it’s a pretty easy one to pick up again if I find myself slipping into a sour place. I’ve switched from doing it at night to doing it in the morning. But now with my nifty gratipad, I could probably do a quick one in the evening too!
On my list of things I’m grateful for I definitely have the name of this client. She’s so dear, so fun to work with, so appreciative. We’ve been together several years. I’ve helped her get dressed for a lot of things: her kids’ graduations, the wedding of a daughter, trips to Europe and the Middle East, her mother’s funeral, her own recuperation from a couple of surgeries, and day-to-day life. It’s a rich life and I am honored that she shares so much of it with me.
Personalized gift giving is easy with examples like this one. I hope it might inspire your creative juices to come up with a way to let your clients know how much you appreciate them. We wouldn’t be enjoying this great work without our wonderful clients to serve.
What are some ways you’ve come up with to show your appreciation. Would you mind sharing them with us? Thanks!