Employee gift Ideas
Especially during the holiday season, it can be difficult to find an appropriate and worthwhile gift for one employee or 200 employees. If it weren’t hard enough to find gifts for a handful of people that we know, it can seem like just too much to find an appropriate gift for several, dozens, or hundreds of employees.
Not every employee drinks alcohol, not every employee is religious during holidays, but most employees do love gifts they can use year-round or any day of the coming year.
BEWARE: The trend for giving company-logo gifts has worn itself out. Some people may not want to advertise your company year-round.
Stick to gift ideas that can be used away from the company.
Here are the Top 25 employee gifts that your group is sure to love, that will fit within your budget and make every employee feel appreciated for the work they have done:
1. A Monetary Bonus
Hands down, the #1 employee gift idea is a nice bonus check.
Although this can seem like the least thoughtful employee gift, it can be the most appreciated, especially during hard economic times.
2. A Night Out at the Movies
Another gift idea is a night out at the movies with a partner, complete with a card for popcorn and soda. Look for the most prominent movie theater chain in your area and buy movie ticket and popcorn cards in bulk, or gift cards worth a few tickets and snacks. This way, employees can enjoy the gift any time they want a night out.
3. VISA Gift Cards
VISA gift cards can be used anywhere and are a great gift idea. A word of warning for this employee gift: if some employees’ cards are worth more than others, you could have a mutiny on your hands.
4. Lottery Tickets
Giving out scratch-off type lottery tickets can be fun and inexpensive, and who knows if one of those lottery tickets turns out to be a big winner?
Giving lottery tickets in groups of 10, 20, or more to each employee is especially fun during a company party or get-together.
5. Amazon.com Gift Certificates
Today, Amazon caters to all kinds of gifts and also carries gift cards. This idea allows people to pick the gift(s) they would like, whether it be books or other items. This is also the type of gift idea that can be used at any time of year.
6. Tickets to Special Events
This gift idea can be a bit tricky, but insofar as Christmas gift ideas are concerned, if the Nutcracker is coming to town, tickets to this event is a very gift idea. This requires a little more knowledge of your employees’ likes and dislikes than some other gift ideas.
7. Gold Canyon Candles
Almost everyone loves candles. The most requested brand is Gold Canyon. Gold Canyon candles (or other types of similar-quality candles) are a great gift idea that can be enjoyed through several months.
8. Portable USB Storage (Thumb) Drive
The small, thumb-size USB storage drives today are not only becoming more and more affordable, but they are very useful.
Today, there are so many to choose from, you can even select different designs or colors for different departments or company “teams.”
A USB thumb drive is a versatile gift. Depending on the size of the drive, employees can store family photos or corporate documents that they can access from any computer, any time, anywhere.
9. Desk or Houseplants
A plant or small rock garden that requires little care can be a great gift idea that employees can either keep on their desks or take home is.
Garden varieties, flowering or not, are especially welcome because employees can transplant them into their home gardens.
10. Calendars or Day Planners
This is another useful gift idea. Again, though, be careful with this one. Calendars and day planners should not have the company logo stamped on every page. Reserve those for vendors.
You can often find similar gift ideas through vendors such as VistaPrint, who often carry gift certificates and allow people can choose their own.
11. Fruit and Nut Gift Baskets
A favorite standard, fruit and nut gift baskets are always welcome. Many fruit and nut gift baskets can be ordered online from a variety of sources or from your local grocery store.
12. Restaurant Gift Cards – “A Night Out” or “Dinner for Two”
Today, almost every major restaurant chain offers gift cards in various amounts. You don’t need to go to them to get them, either.
Restaurant gift cards can be purchased at reduced rates in bulk online or, if you have fewer employees, you can visit your local Walmart and other stores for them.
13. Personalized Business Card Holders
Personalized or not, classy business card holders are also a favorite employee gift.
Business card holders, available online at sites such as ePromos or at your local office supply store, are great for keeping business cards clean and showing professionalism.
14. 1-Pound Boxes of Chocolates
Chocolate.com claims to be the largest online chocolate store in the U.S. and chocolates have always been among the favorites.
Note: Belgian chocolates, by the way, is wonderful for diabetics as well as everyone else who has a sweet tooth.
15. Photo Frames
Photo frames are available in a wide variety of styles and prices ranges at such sites as Corporate Gifts Company as well as through retail and office outlets.
How many people do you know don’t have a photo of a loved one on his or her desk?
16. Laptop Cases or Sleeves
Laptop cases and sleeves are very popular. Who doesn’t need a new one periodically? Kolobags has an amazing assortment of laptop cases, backpacks, sleeves, and many other accessories for employees on the go.
17. Lunch Cooler Bags
Lunch cooler bags make excellent gifts. Keep Your Cooler provides an incredible assortment of all kinds of lunch coolers.
If you want a cooler that is truly unique, check out this “take out” cooler that looks like a Chinese carry-out box.
18. Pen and Pencil Sets
Where is a pen or pencil when you need one, right?
office Max, Staples, and stores such as Walmart carry a variety of pen and pencil sets sure to please employees.
Combined with a business card holder, these are very useful and professional gifts that can be used year-round.
19. A Day off
Who doesn’t appreciate a paid day off?
If your company can afford it, paid days off thrill employees. For extra pizzazz, enclose the note along with a movie or restaurant gift card.
20. Clocks and Timepieces
We know employees often use the clock on their computer desktops to look at the time. However, a nice desk clock enhances an employee’s desk.
One of the best sites around for finding beautiful timepieces of all kinds in all price ranges is Gifts for Professionals.
21. USB Photo Key Chains
USB photo key chains are very hot gifts. In fact, anything “USB” is hot these days.
22. Fruit-of-the-Month Clubs
Fruit-of-the-Month clubs are timeless and classic. Who doesn’t like fresh fruit? One of the best sites that offer such a club as well as other fruit gifts is Harry and David.
23. Popcorn Gift Tins
Forget the fruitcake. Popcorn has taken on a whole new taste and, according to Oprah Winfrey, the best place to head is her favorite at Dale and Thomas.
You won’t believe the many flavors and varieties of outstanding gourmet popcorn and tins available.
24. Cookies and Desserts
Cookie and dessert gift packs are beloved by everyone and Cheryl&Co has them all.
These types of gifts are especially appreciated around the holidays.
Last, but not least, are poinsettias. These beautiful and striking flowers are a mainstay of holiday season decoration.
No matter a person’s religious preferences, poinsettias still make our Top 25 of employee gifts, especially during the December holiday season.