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Four original corporate gift ideas for the Holidays

Credit: Emmanuel Coveney

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The Holidays are just around the corner and it is time to start spreading the joy to your clients and partners with corporate gifts.

If you’re looking to think outside the (ahem) standard gift box, Québec’s got chock-full of ideas for amazing Holiday gifts—with a local twist.

Idea 1: Call on professionals to find the perfect gift

The Québec City Convention Centre boutique offers a wide range one-of-a-kind of local and regional works of art, literature and terroir products that your recipients are sure to enjoy.

Idea 2: Give the gift of Québec City’s cultural and historical vibe

If you’re visiting Québec City within the next few weeks, be sure to check out our distinct streets and neighbourhoods, which are the perfect places to help you find some exceptional gifts that pay tribute to Québec City’s cultural and historical past. It a fun way for you to say Joyeuses Fêtes to those special colleagues and customers.

Idea 3: Turn to local producers and artisans

Nothing says “your special” more than going local—terroir delicacies, artisanal creations, and handcrafted creations. Scout out producers in your region to unearth an impressive treasure trove of gift ideas. A case in point: Économusée International, a network of small businesses run by artisans that are dedicated to specific crafts and located throughout Québec, Canada and Europe. Each Économusée offers a wealth of gifts that are second to none. Think bee products, breads, microbreweries, cider, cheese, furs and so much more.

If you’re in Québec City, be sure to stop off at:

Les Artisans du Vitrail for stained glass
Cassis Monna et Filles for liqueurs
La Forge à Pique-Assaut for blacksmith artwork
Atelier Paré for wood sculptures
Ferme Langlois et Fils (chez Médé) for canned goods

Another sure bet? Many cities with a European past hold Christmas markets. Québec City’s German Christmas Market features dozens of kiosks with locally produced fare and products that celebrate long-standing German traditions.

Idea 4: Get uber-creative with art galleries and museums

What an imaginative way to take your business partnerships to the next level with the gift of art. Now while tastes may vary in terms of artwork and approaches, even the most novice of art lovers can appreciate accessible pieces as gifts. In other words, art can be more accessible than you think.

Québec City’s art galleries and bevy of museums, including the Musée national des beaux-arts de Québec and the Musée de la civilisation de Québec offer a wide array of books, jewellery and works of art that will take your gift recipients on an unforgettable discover into the minds of local and internationally renowned artists.

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