Both! As others have said, I’ve given clients gifts when they’ve reached milestones or achieved a specified goal. I’ve also sent cards or a small gift at a birthday or when something is happening in their lives (death of a family member, birth of a new baby, etc.). I like to recognize their achievements and major life moments.
I’ve also had clients give me gifts. Many were from clients that I had trained for a long time and our relationship had morph from just that of client to that of friend. I’ve had clients invite me to birthdays, weddings, showers.
Personal training is just that…personal! I really make it a habit to get to know my clients. What is going on in their lives. Why they’re striving for their goals. What their motivations or deterents are. Alot of those are the people they surround themselves with. Overtime we get to know each other really well, both personally and professionally!
I do give and receive gifts from clients. Some have become friends and you want to recognize holidays or personal milestones. For clients who are trying to lose weight or who struggle with food choices I like to give cookbooks that are full of healthful ideas. It can help keep them on track and it’s a nice way to show you are thinking off them. At the same time, it’s supportive but not extravagant.
I have given gifts and have received gifts from clients. I am a small studio owner so I try to come up with something useful during the holdiays this year I gave totes with my studio logo on them and placed a couple goodies in there as well. I acknowledge Birthday’s by sending cards and to new clients I give them a studio T-shirt. I have rec’d gifts during the holidays and as a token of thanks on different occasions as well.