Tuesday, July 22, 2008

25 Incentives For Under $50

By Denis Jensen

Don’t let the price tag fool you. These on-the-cheap motivational items are guaranteed to wow employees.

Gas prices are skyrocketing. So is the price of milk, bread, and even a bright, shiny apple. These days, consumers are feeling the pocketbook pinch everywhere. But those planning incentive programs needn’t feel the pain. Successful Promotions went in search of unique incentive items that won’t bust even a tiny budget. Here are our top 25 picks that all have a price tag of $50 or less (note: contact Tall Girl Promotions for exact prices).

Summertime is the perfect time to offer this gleaming, stainless-steel 6-piece barbecue set to members of a high performing team. Couple it with some barbecue sauce (choose one with a customized label featuring your company or team logo) and you’ve got one hot incentive. Or, use the set to “fire up” sales for 2009. It comes in a nifty aluminum case that can be engraved with your logo. asi/36988
2. Flash That Flask
Heading to the links on an incentive trip? This tarnish-proof, stainless-steel flask combo is the perfect pillow gift to give attendees the night before the outing. It’s encased in a leather holder lined with tees and ball markers and it comes with a belt loop for easy carrying.

3. Time to Pick a Winner
Women on your team will vie for this women’s analog watch.
It’s an ideal item for a monthly sales contest or for whomever contributes the best idea in the company suggestion box. The watch features a cut mineral glass dome and precise quartz movement.

4. Bragging Rights
This gyroscopic clock has a beautifully crafted wood base which can be engraved to represent team achievements or inscribed as an individual award milestone. In addition, the spincast medallion can be customized for a variety of industries and awards. asi/63110

5. Go for the Gold
This premium gold gift box comes loaded with a generous assortment of individually foiled Gevalia coffee pouches, Ghirardelli chocolates, luscious cookies and a host of other gourmet goodies. Perfect for the employee who just closed a big deal or was named “employee of the month.” Deliver it to employees’ homes so they can share the goodies with their families.

6. The Great Outdoors
If you’ve got a rugged group, this combination backpack, cooler and folding chair makes an excellent reward. The cooler holds 18 drinks and the chair is made from 600 denier fabric with a sturdy enamel-coated steel frame.

7. Comfy & Customized
This triple-layer woven throw is the ideal prize to hand out at company meetings. Or, give it as a thank-you to executives at the next corporate retreat. Choose either this triple-layer woven throw blanket or its custom tapestry companion. Both can be customized with a design or logo. Available from asi/74299.

8. For the Spa
This luxurious spa robe is made of soft-as-a-cloud micro chenille fabric. Embroider it with your company’s logo and you’ve got the perfect gift for an incentive trip. Pair it with some spa necessities, like a loofah and some lotion, and attendees will feel really pampered. Offered in both men’s and women’s sizes.

9 It’s a Survivor
Crank up the volume on this month’s sales contest by offering this AM/FM survival radio as a prize. The radio comes with a compass, flashlight, alarm, siren and hand-crank charger, so winners will be well-equipped even in the event of a power outage.

10. Jazzy Jogging
Jogging is defined as running less than six miles per hour. Customize this California fleece zip with a logo and watch the grateful recipient zip past the speed limit. It’s made with incredibly soft combed cotton that’s machine washable.

11. Hold Everything!
This simulated leather briefcase is both functional and classy. It features a wraparound gusset that expands to 8 inches, a cell phone pocket and an accordion file. Offer this to sales reps as an incentive and encourage them to bring in enough orders to fill it.

12 The Write Stuff
.Everyone has use for a fine writing instrument. This Selectip roller ball pen features an onyx resin finish. Inscribe it with a special message – “Way to go!” “You have the write stuff!” – and you’ve got the ideal gift to perk up practically any program.

13. The Future’s So Bright. . .
Incentive trip winners will feel extra-cool when you bestow upon them these Jupiter matte aluminum shades, complete with a metal clamshell case, a lanyard with leather tag and a cleaning cloth encased in a drawstring pouch. Give them out at the final night awards banquet and predict a bright sales forecast for the upcoming year.

14. Pearls Of Wisdom
This beautiful double-strand pearl necklace will be a big hit with female overachievers. Save this one for a situation when something extra-special is called for – say, when she finally gets an impossible client to sign on the dotted line. Features sterling silver clasps and a gift box.

15 The Big Picture
.Give your team members a close-up view of the action with these prism binoculars with ruby-coated lenses and 8 x 21 power. Presentation is the key here: Pass them out at the incentive kick-off party and explain how seeing the big picture is the key to success.

16. Scratch Their Backs
This handmade durable back scratcher is a great gift for the individual who has everything. It’s crafted from exotic hardwoods and comes topped with a solid brass claw. Recipients will want to keep it in their offices as a fun icebreaker.

17. No Stems Required
For a fun fall activity, throw a wine and cheese tasting – and send top employees away with this set of two stemless 21-ounce wine glasses. Employees will appreciate your good taste and congratulate you on your hipness.

18. Side by Side
Incentivize your hard-working sales support team by offering them this double wide portable folding chair that’s great for two and includes a table area between the seats.

19. Get in the Zone
This silver passport world time alarm clock features multiple time zones. It’s finished in brushed aluminum with an easel-style stand that makes it an ideal incentive gift for on-the-road salespeople and traveling executives. Comes with travel pouch.

20. The Green Machine
Companies that want to capitalize on the green theme will appreciate incentive offerings like this eco-friendly flashlight/charger that serves as both an LED flashlight and hand-crank cellphone charger. It works with Sony, Nokia, Samsung, Motorola and other cellphones and features a molded plastic case with wriststrap.

21. Safety First
This 151-piece auto emergency toolkit comes with a tire gauge, jumper cables, drive sockets, wire brush, siphon pump and so many other accessories that recipients will run out of excuses for getting stalled on the road. A great option for carpool incentives.

22. Ants Not Included
Employees putting in a lot of overtime? Present them with one of these picnic backpacks and give them an afternoon off. Backpack comes with stainless cutlery, melamine plates and wine glasses for four. Throw in a bottle of vino and you’ll really be a hero.

23. For Spectators
This recreational recliner works anywhere; at the beach, the stadium or at local gatherings or sports events. It’s made from polyester with a sturdy steel frame that’s adjustable for 10 different positions and its shoulder strap portability makes it a wise choice as an arrival gift for outdoor incentive functions.

24. Keep ’em Busy
Family incentive out-
ings can be greatly enhanced by providing something to keep the kids occupied. This Busy Basket makes sure your incentive recipient’s children will never run out of things to do by including a DJ party CD, a sticker game, a book and drawing pad, a jump rope and delicious snacks.

25. Have Wheels, Will Travel
Never underestimate the power of a piece of luggage. This wheeled travel bag whisks through check-in with in-line skate wheels, full-length protective skids, a convenient “U” shaped main compartment and a hideaway telescoping handle. Give it as a gift to road warriors and you’ll make their on-the-road lives just a little bit easier.

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