I'm curious how many of you have experimented with holiday gifts to go with a card. this past leaf cleanup season i got an enormous amount of potential new clients from doing some advertising. I'm not interested in turnin them from one time cleanups to weekly maintenance accounts next season. My original thought was just a holiday card, but then i realized they'll be getting them from every family and friend under the sun, and will most likely just toss them in "the pile." My next idea came when i literally tripped over the new pointsetta's my mother had bought and planted sporatically around the house. Why not invest a little money in something that will last a bit longer than a card, and also not just get thrown in "the pile" I went through my address list and screened who i wanted to really impress and try to get as customers as new clients for next season, all in all it was 10 out 12. the 2 others were too far out of my route to be efficent. but the other 10 will make excellent clients due to their close proximity to other well paying accounts. With that in mind i went out and bought 20 - 6" pointsetta's at homedepot for $3.33/ea. I think that's a fairly cheap investment to attempt to gain them as clients for the next season. I'm going to hand deliver these to the account s this week just to show my face again before going completely dormant for the winter. each will have a little card on a stake that says To: the XYZ Family From: me. So hopefully when these things do eventually die they'll just get a little refresher on who gave them to them. I'm also including a traditional holiday card as well.