We have recently taken on a new client in the construction Project Management arena and they came up with a really unique way of acknowledging their clients and key staff as part of their communications / marketing strategy.
In a nutshell what they did was ask us to design three hand drawn construction scenes and then super-impose caricature faces of key staff and customers into the scene. It was quite nice in that you could have the Customers "key man" fiendishly pouring the cement mixer onto the hapless Project Manager and the Financial Manager pulling her hair out at these shenanigans. It creates a really nice vibe for a small Corporate Gift in either a Calendar or framed Wall Picture format. Without talking my own book too much it does make a nice quirky and personal gift that a client can appreciate and you get to emphasise some of their hobbies and character habits.
Not sure if this works for me, but then again, the idea of personalizing and designing something that 'connects' to your clients in a highly individual way has a lot of appeal and is probably worth the money. If so, feel free to contact Rival Industrial at http://www.rival.co.za or Marc Ashton by email at firstname.lastname@example.org