“A fine antique or work of art can send a message more eloquent than even the most luxurious gift from a high-profile retailer,” says Gillian Craig, director of the BADA Antiques and Fine Arts Fair, Great Britain's most prominent antiques show. The event, held in London, is for the first time promoting itself as a unique source for corporate gifts.

Some gift suggestions from the antiques experts: For a gourmand, what about china or candlesticks? For a wine connoisseur, choose a decanter, glasses, a wine box, antique corkscrews, or a wine rack. Rather than the standard gold watch, you can select a pocket watch. For the outdoorsman, consider hunting or fishing prints. Visit www.bada-antiques-fair.co.uk.