Client Gifts + J* Cookies

actually thought about making cookies. You know, a personalized gift I could send to clients and at the same time show off my baking skills. Except I don't have any. Baking skills, that is. If I was being honest, I'd admit I don't even own an electric beater. And since we're on the honest kick, I should probably come out and say I'm more talk than action.

Earlier this year, I recounted a story in which I realized I wanted to send gifts to my clients, but didn't plan properly to make it happen. It was sobering to realize that my follow through was lacking, but once the personalized chocolates were delivered, the outpouring of support rolled in. In the end, the gift, the gesture, made my clients feel special. It showed them I thought of them and appreciated their support for what they've enabled me to do...and I couldn't have been happier.

Each circular tin was covered in customized paper filled with personal instagram photos from the past few months...

Seven months have passed since sending the first gift, so I thought I'd send another one (I'm really hoping to send small gifts twice a year) since I'm booking clients for 2013 and I've already photographed roughly half my weddings for the 2012. With many thanks to the girls from Gifts for the Good Life, we came up with a sweet little summer gift...

Two of my favorite things are candles and cookies...even though my baking skills leave a bit to be desired. Each package contained customized J* cookies, a cookie dough scented candle, and matches...and trust me....people are much better off with these cookies than my homemade version.

Of course the gift couldn't come from me without a note...

It's taken me a while to find the right fit and time to send gifts. Knowing what I know now, I wish I had done it sooner. Letting people know I care is paramount to my business success and though a handwritten note (or even a message on Facebook) can be just as powerful, a little gift can go a long way too.

Happy Monday!
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Arvid - Wow what a great idea, thanks!  08.12.14 - 3:29am
Amanda Marie Photography - Ahhhh so cute. Love the gift idea. Actually been thinking about it as well but was not sure what to send. Hmmmmm.   10.02.12 - 2:22am
Hannes Uys - Swanky idea!  10.01.12 - 2:08pm
Christine Chang - Super cute! Love the idea!  09.19.12 - 4:10pm
Monika Greenaway - So cute!!  09.14.12 - 11:55am
vanessa H - Wow I love that!! What a great idea!! everyone loves sweets!!   09.10.12 - 9:35am
Stacey - Total City Girl - These are great Jasmine! I love all of the personalization and branding. I'm sure your clients were thrilled to get it.  09.06.12 - 7:29am
Lucie Zeka - thats a great idea  09.06.12 - 2:19am
Mele Hola - Wow your so thoughtful and amazing!   09.05.12 - 9:38pm
Moose - You should contact my Mom and she can make you some Letterpress goodies! Tail wags, ~moose  09.05.12 - 5:56pm
Mikaela - haha I'm glad you posted this I read it, because I hadn't found the note! You're clever. And it's true, the gifts certainly make one feel special and thought of :) Thank you!! xo!  09.05.12 - 11:09am
Kimberly - LOVE this idea! I've got to think of a creative little gift, too.  09.04.12 - 4:12pm
Wedding Snapper - Great idea!   09.03.12 - 10:50pm
Shannon Von Eschen - You are my hero. Why are you so cool? I can't wait to be like you when I grow up. ;)   09.03.12 - 10:19pm
Baby Chuck - Thank you for not baking. ;) They were delicious. Both of them.   09.03.12 - 7:44pm
Laura Elizabeth - How adorable! That's such a neat idea! <3  09.03.12 - 7:17pm
Chamonix Thurston-Rattue - Genius!!!! I love it. This is so adorable. I love how you find a way to wiggle your j* into so many different nooks and crannies (did i spell that right?) anyway...super cute and thanks for sharing. i feel a little burst of creative inspiration and a pre-christmas spirit of gift-giving, which is nice :D xoxo chamonix  09.03.12 - 6:34pm
Leslie - Ok - I might be obsessed with this idea .... awesomeness as always!!!  09.03.12 - 1:40pm
ashley goodwin - after all, it IS your love language, right? ;) I want some of those cookies!  09.03.12 - 1:26pm
Amy - Too neat, I love it! My photography business is called SweetAmy's Photograghy, and I actually do give my clients a container with homemade cookies from scratch with their session:) I used to have a small catering company that specialized in cookies and cinnamon rolls. If you are ever in my neck of the woods, I can hook you up!:) Clients really do love the personal touch, they place their order sometimes of what they want!:)  09.03.12 - 11:27am
melissa - hi jasmine love love love your work and creative ideas... was wondering do you send gifts twice a year to everyone from that year?  09.03.12 - 10:58am
Christine - this year i sent all my couples vintage forks with "mr" and "mrs" on them (from this sweet etsy shop: and they were a huge success! i've noticed that every single couple (so far) has used them at their reception for either their meal or cake cutting so i know for sure they appreciated them. a small gift can go a looooong way in making your clients feel valued.   09.03.12 - 10:51am
Marcy - Cute touch Jasmine. Thanks for reminding me to say Thank You to my clients in more ways.   09.03.12 - 10:37am
Ashley Christine - Brilliant idea! I love it!  09.03.12 - 10:26am
Kate Noelle - As a girl whose love language is gift giving and receiving.... I think this idea is perfect. Love it!  09.03.12 - 10:23am
Danette Chappell - I love this! I don't know why the thought of letting my clients know how thankful I for their support has never crossed my mind! How thoughtful and cute! Also I love that it creates a point of contact to keep your couples involved and engaged with you and your business! Love!  09.03.12 - 10:08am
Danette Chappell - I love this! I don't know why the thought of letting my clients know how thankful I for their support has never crossed my mind! How thoughtful and cute! Also I love that it creates a point of contact to keep your couples involved and engaged with you and your business! Love!  09.03.12 - 10:08am
Kate - Love this!  09.03.12 - 9:48am
White Dreams - This is so awesome, yet elegant! Love it! Thanks for inspiring me, I really needed a little bit of inspiration.  09.03.12 - 9:45am
Tamara @ Fishy Face Studios - love it! such an awesome touch to a client gift. :o)  09.03.12 - 9:22am
Traci - Great idea! Do you send them to all 2012 clients or ALL clients?  09.03.12 - 9:21am
Becky Male - What a lovely idea. I've been thinking about how I can do something special for my clients and this was a great prompt to get my butt into gear and organise something as lovely as this. A nice touch x  09.03.12 - 9:15am
Alexis - Aww! Sweet! You are such an inspiration, J*! :) I keep your family, ministry and business as a wedding photographer in my prayers! Enjoy the holiday!  09.03.12 - 7:59am