“Wait, wait, then quick, quick.” Corporate Gifts are urgently needed, but rarely purchased in advance of that need. Buyers simply, and correctly, calculate that the advantage of buying before the product is needed are small, while the costs are high. A rational corporate might keep t-shirts, caps, pens, keychains around for their regular need but is unlikely to keep various other business gifting items ready which are more theme and event dependent.
Most of the time products and services under corporate gifts are, almost by definition, unimportant, uninteresting, uninvolved categories so they are delayed till the last moment. However, when the occasion or event dates comes closer…. suddenly the need to solve the problem is overwhelming. Now your determination to get the problem solved right now and, more important, get it done right, so right that the colleagues or team members have no reason to complain, can lead literally, to a rapidly increased heartbeat, cold sweats, team arguments, and so on.
Precisely because corporate gifts are generally low-interest categories, the opportunity to make a visible mistake is large, and you know that. Whether or not you bring a lot of internal emotional baggage to the buying experience you are still confronted by external phenomena and the word typically use to describe such time as wasted which you still have to calculate as compared to spending on some more important activities around the bigger event.
Corporate gift suppliers with a big team has advantages like choice of products, scale, backup system and experience of serving large corporates. Do check on the various industry segments they are catering to get a good hold on their domain knowledge, experience, and expertise. You can consider speaking to their good regular accounts to get a current update on their credentials. Insist on a finished sample before you place your order to ensure that there are no surprises on what you expected and what you finally received.