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We dont participate in this practice.
Tony nailed this one too.
John McCormack nailed this one!
I have struggled with this for years. What is appropriate and what has lasting impact? I tried the engraved knives, but they seem very expensive for the pereived value the receiver gets. I would never guess they cost $200 if someone gave them to me.
In my first 3 months in business sold a very large home, and picked up my clients in a limo, went to a nice steakhouse for dinner, then by their new home. Was a celebration for me too, never had received that large of a check!
We stopped giving closing gifts years ago. It has not had any influence on our business at all.
An agent I knew when I was first starting out gave bright red Weber grills - a nice gift and certainly memorable
Each Client is different. I give different gifts to possible meet a need.