For a certain segment of traveler, no trip to London is complete without an afternoon at Harrods, the city's vast department store in Knightsbridge. Filled with an eye-popping variety of luxury goods, the store returns visitors to a time of retail grandeur, exuding its almost 175 years of history even as it showcases the latest fashions. During the holiday season, there are few more ideal spots to pick up gifts.
That's particularly true for those buying corporate gifts or looking to give incentive winners a singular buying experience. Memorable keepsakes to send to clients, personalized incentive rewards to inspire members of the sales team or customized experiences in the store itself all are available through Corporate Service at Harrods, a dedicated team that helps incentive-program managers and corporate buyers tailor the offerings of the store's 330 departments to their own particular needs.
"Whatever your interests or your customers' or employees', we can help create a gift experience around that," says Tracy Finn, head of Corporate Service at Harrods.
Buyers looking to give the gift of Harrods are partnered with one of the team's account executives; these professionals help clients navigate the store's vast offerings, figuring out what would be the best fit for a particular gifting program. Harrods can help you select the right bottle of wine to send to top clients, a fitting luxury accessory to offer top sellers or the perfect tin of biscuits to send to employees -- and arrange to have them shipped throughout North America and Europe. The account executive works with each client to personalize the gift with embossing or engraving, adding a personal card to help drive home the message.
For the holidays, Harrods' Christmas Hampers are among its most popular (and most easily customizable) corporate gifts. The Corporate Service team can help buyers source and personalize these sturdy wicker baskets packed with goodies like wine, cheese and sweets.
"When it arrives, it's really impressive," says Finn. "And the hamper is a gift in itself that the recipient is going to hold on to."
If a manager is still stumped on which corporate gift to purchase, the Corporate Service team can arrange for customizable gift cards in denominations ranging from £25 to £500 (approximately $32.50 to $650).
And, of course, for those buyers based in London or visiting the city for an incentive trip, the team can provide visitors with a customized in-store experience, complete with a gift concierge and a tour of the store. As memorable as the gifts might be, it's hard to compete with the in-person experience.