|FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS|
|1) "Why do celebrities get free stuff when they can afford to buy the merchandise themselves?"
Usually this question stems from the fact that people erroneously think that we are going out and buying gifts for celebrities. This is simply a marketing program for participating companies. They give away product to high-profile individuals who will help their brand if they wear their t-shirt or visit their establishment. We are not gifting movie stars and music icons out of a sense of philanthropy. We are gifting them for the same reason that they are paid upwards of $20 million for a single film . . . because their personal brand has value as a commodity. When you compare the average wage of a box office star to the average American family income, there is also quite a disparity. People often look at our celebrity gifting promotions through the lens of jealousy rather than appreciating them as a very straight forward marketing endeavors. Juxtaposing companies’ willingness to give gifts to people in a position to help their brand with middle class or lower class earning potential is like criticizing Audi for spending millions on Super Bowl commercials rather than donating that money to the poor. Marketing and Charitable Giving are two completely separate buckets . . . with most brands contributing to both in different ways.
2) "What do I get someone who has everything?"
Even people who have everything tend to enjoy gift items specific to their interests, hobbies and passions. Catherine Zeta-Jones loves candles. For Halle Berry it's white roses. Shoes flip Celine Dion's switch. By paying attention to the things people buy for themselves you'll be one step closer to the perfect present. As cliché as it may sound, it really is the thought that counts . . . as long as you make some sort of effort, even the Oprah Winfreys of the world will appreciate your gesture.
3) "Giving great gifts seems easy when you have a lot of money, but what about when you're trying to find the perfect present on a very modest budget?"
Your goal isn't necessarily to impress with the price tag but rather with your creativity, thoughtfulness or practicality. If someone loves coffee, show up at their office with a late afternoon pick-me-up latte. Get them a DVD of a film you enjoyed together at the movie theater. If someone has young children, give them something that won't cost you a dime . . . your time (in the form of a gift certificate for complimentary baby sitting services). Find novelty items that reflect personal collections or celebrity idols. Incorporate their favorite colors, scents and fabrics. Be sure to pay attention to the presentation of your gift, as an inexpensive token gift that's presented nicely (think beautiful ribbon, a fresh flower as a garnish, etc.) will be perceived to have a far greater value.
4) "I'm having an event and want to create gift bags for all the guests. How do I get started?"
Be forewarned, this will be a lot of work for you. And if it's not a highly publicized celebrity-oriented event it will also cost you a lot of money. Your first and most crucial step will be finding the bag itself. Whenever we do this, the sponsor/host of the event typically creates a vinyl or canvas bag with their logo on it. These can be obtained fairly inexpensively from any number of online sources (anywhere from $3-$30 per bag depending on the turnaround, quality and number of colors used). I recommend getting a smaller bag (as a small bag filled with stuff is much better than a large bag with a few random items floating around inside). Then you'll have to start soliciting the product. For our entertainment functions, this means soliciting product companies to convince them to donate product for the event in question. It will be a numbers game, and beauty products are always much easier to get than electronics or expensive jewelry. Keep in mind that this is simply a token gesture, so it doesn't need to be super expensive to serve its purpose. I always recommend that companies who are trying to do this on their own with very small budgets stick with thematic items (or even a single item) that make sense for the recipients and/or the event.
5) "Does Distinctive Assets sell individual gifts to non-celebrities?"
Absolutely! Although we have many celebrity clients who enjoy the benefits of shopping with us, we are equally happy to sell you an individual candle for your Aunt Betty. We do not have minimum orders and carry merchandise ranging from $10 to $100,000 and everything in between. Whatever your need, big or small, we can help you find the perfect present!
6) "Do you have any extra stuff lying around your office that you'd be willing to send me?"
Although we get hundreds of e-mails asking for “leftovers,” we don't have “extra” product available for distribution. We always request the exact number of items from our clients that we need for a particular event . . . and we are quite accountable to them in terms of providing a listing of CELEBRITIES and MEDIA who received the products they so generously donated and paid us to distribute for them. We do make numerous charitable donations throughout the year to qualified philanthropies. However, priority is given to requests made by clients and close work associates.
7) "I have a product I think would make a perfect present for Distinctive Assets' gifting endeavors. How do I become a vendor you offer to your clients?"
We are always looking for fabulous new merchandise. Feel free to send a sample of your product, along with any catalogs or line sheets. If you'd like your product returned, please include your FedEx or UPS number, and we will happily mail it back to you after evaluation.
8) "Your company sounds amazing! Are there current openings for employment opportunities?"
Although we do not currently have any openings for employment, you are welcome to e-mail your résumé to the attention of our Human Resources Department at firstname.lastname@example.org. We do sometimes have a need for part-time or seasonal staffing. We keep qualified candidates’ information on file and will contact you when specific opportunities arise. We also utilize both summer and semester-long interns.
9) "Do you only handle Los Angeles-based gifting projects?"
We can send the perfect present anywhere in the world. No matter where the gift is going, the client always pays for the shipping or messenger fees anyway. We do recommend that you allow additional time for out-of-town delivery so you can avoid overnight shipping charges, which can add a substantial amount to your gift purchase.
10) "How can I take advantage of your gifting expertise to improve the gifts I give for personal and/or professional occasions?"
We're just a phone call or e-mail away! Contact us for a price quote on specific gift ideas for any occasion.