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Corporate gifts are a fun way to show employees, clients, or partners that you care.
When picking corporate gifts—whether they’re for clients, employees, or partners—the promotional products you pick should balance personalization with branding. Impersonal gifts run the risk of going straight into the donation bin, but thoughtfully curated ones can be just as useful for their recipients as your company.
Ready to go beyond the usual pens and keychains? These corporate gift ideas will help you pick the right swag for any occasion, from holidays to corporate events to team-building initiatives.
The benefits of branded corporate gifts
The great thing about branded corporate gifts is that everybody wins: recipients get unique items they can use in their day-to-day lives, while your company gets tangible branding opportunities.
As you explore ideas, consider that corporate gifts can also provide these benefits to your company:
- Boost team morale
- Reinforce brand identity
- Fortify company culture
- Expose brand to new markets
- Nurture client relationships
- Motivate employees
- Express appreciation
- Promote goodwill to teams and partners
- Differentiate your brand from competitors
- Build loyalty
38 unique corporate gift ideas
Ready to give out some unforgettable custom swag? Here are some of our best corporate gift ideas for promoting your brand while impressing your partners, rewarding your employees, or thanking your clients.
Double-walled camping mugs take branded coffee mugs to a whole new level. Outdoorsy employees will love taking these tough-as-nails mugs on their next camping trip, while frequent travelers will appreciate their portability. Stanley products come with lifetime warranties and are built to last, meaning your logo will be on display for years and years to come.
For people who can’t enjoy an ice-cold beverage without a straw, the FinalStraw 2.0 will go with them everywhere. This collapsible, food-grade stainless steel straw folds up into a convenient carrying case that fits perfectly into a pocket, purse, or travel bag—helping keep disposable plastic straws out of landfills and showing off your company logo in the process.
An umbrella may not seem like a flashy item, but for customers and team members in rainy locations, it makes a thoughtful business gift. This auto-open umbrella opens at the touch of a button and packs back down with a convenient carrying strap.
Most people have drawers full of free t-shirts, so to make your promotional apparel stick out, consider screen printing something a little different. Made of a moisture-wicking material that keeps you cool and dry, performance t-shirts are functional gifts for employees and clients with active lifestyles.
With 90s styles making a comeback, bucket hats have also come back into fashion. As trendy as it is durable, Nautica’s departure from the usual baseball cap will make an in-demand customized gift for employees riding the retro wave—or anyone who just needs to keep the sun at bay.
Another eco-friendly gift idea, this simple, sleek fanny pack from NBN is made from recycled materials and has plenty of space on the front to show off your design. This gift is perfect for environmentally conscious brands whose teams or markets have an interest in travel.
Looking for a sporty corporate gift? This full-size blanket from one of the world’s most iconic athletic brands is warm, durable, and comfortable. Custom printed with your unique design, this Champion blanket can be used to cover up outside on cold evenings or laid down to relax outdoors.
If your employees or customers are avid hunters or outdoor enthusiasts, camouflage apparel from Russell Outdoors is a company gift that’s sure to stand out. 100% polyester, moisture-wicking, and featuring a realistic Realtree EDGE® print, these shirts can be worn around town or in the woods.
Renowned for their double-wall travel cups, YETI’s can cooler is the rare corporate gift that most people probably won’t already have—and will want more of. With a quick-turn gasket, this keeps cans cold and sweat-free while displaying your design above the YETI logo.
We’ve all been there: you get a bottled drink, discover it’s not a twist-top, and realize you don’t have a bottle opener. Every time someone reaches for your branded bottle opener, they’ll see your logo as they’re preparing to enjoy a refreshing drink.
As any commuter knows, the biggest problem with big travel cups is that they don’t fit into cup holders. The Stanley Quencher H2.0 tumbler remedies this issue by packing a full 40 oz capacity onto a narrow base that fits into any standard cup holder. With its vacuum-sealed design, this customizable tumbler will become the go-to travel companion for both hot and cold drinks.
If you really want to make an impression with custom tech products, look no further than Skullcandy Jib 2 earbuds. Widely renowned as one of the leaders in sound quality, Skullcandy’s earbuds deliver top-notch wireless audio and offer a handy lost earbud location feature and a quick-charging case displaying your company’s logo.
Candles are a perfect gift for anyone and any occasion. This minted lavender and sage candle is made from food-grade soy wax and features two wicks for an even burn. With a burn time of 65 hours and a distinctive earthy scent, it’s a gift that keeps on giving at home or in the office.
If your teams or clients are located in cold climates, they’ll love this duck sherpa-lined blanket from Carhartt. This premium blanket is incredibly warm and boasts Carhartt’s characteristic durability, demonstrating your commitment to quality. Customized with your logo, it’ll become a staple throughout the winter months.
The great thing about vests is that they can easily be worn over any outfit when the temperatures drop unexpectedly or when the AC is set a little lower than is comfortable. A branded quilted vest from Brooks Brothers is perfect for when people need just a little extra warmth, giving your logo added exposure both indoors and out.
There are countless wireless speaker options out there, but few are made by companies with as long a history of manufacturing quality audio products. The Bose Flex speaker is compact but boasts surprisingly robust sound and can be customized to feature the design of your choice right next to its own logo.
Nike’s Brasilia duffel bag is the perfect companion for sports, travel, or the gym. Featuring a padded shoulder strap and displaying the large, iconic swoop logo on the side, this functional, stylish gift is sure to impress your partners or boost your team’s morale.
Whether it’s rounding out a casual outfit or helping keep you warm on a chilly day, a beanie is a necessity for any wardrobe, and The North Face has produced some of the finest ones for years. Just add your logo and pick your colors, and you’ll have a corporate gift people will love.
For those who like to enjoy their tea and coffee from cups with a more distinctive, natural feel, a ceramic Tahoe mug is the perfect corporate gift. Conveniently constructed to hold your tea bag as you drink and featuring a spill-resistant lid, a unique design, and a laser-decorated finish, this piece of custom drinkware perfectly blends form, function, and branding.
Most of us have at least one journal lying around, but what about an all-in-one note-taking station? The Lock-it Spiral Notebook is more than just a collection of blank pages—it also includes sticky memo pads, a ballpoint pen made from recycled cardboard, and magnetic closure—not to mention your bold logo emblazoned on the cover.
In many cities, shopping bags have been banned or now require a fee to use. Canvas tote bags are the norm, so you can never have too many of them. Unlike standard-sized canvas bags, this large, durable option is perfect for grocery shopping or carrying bulky items, all while displaying your custom artwork wherever its wearer goes.
As one of the most environmentally conscious and highest-quality producers of outdoor goods, Patagonia’s Torrentshell 3L Rain Jacket is the perfect corporate gift option for outdoor enthusiasts. Simply lightweight and capable of packing into its own pocket, this is the perfect emergency garment for staying dry during an unexpected shower. If you’re based in a climate with frequent showers, your team members will appreciate this gift immensely.
Pens may be the most common branded corporate gifts there are, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be distinctive. Employees or customers with interests in the environment will appreciate high-quality, eco-friendly pens made from bamboo, a sustainable material. With stylus tips and distinctive design, these pens will become a go-to option for people who often need to take notes or fill out forms.
This compact, insulated can cooler is the perfect companion for a trip to the beach, a picnic in the park, or a summer camping expedition. Made from durable recycled materials, this rip-resistant bag has a 15-can capacity and offers a great branding opportunity for companies in the outdoors vertical.
This unique gift idea is perfect for avid campers, occasional daytrippers, and backyard loungers alike. Manufactured with High Sierra’s trademark durability, this packable hammock is rated for two people and has a 500lb capacity—all while packing down into a built-in carrying sack featuring your custom art.
Smartphones may have replaced traditional desk clocks for most people, but this one from Keen may change that. This modern digital clock doubles as a wireless charging station and even displays the temperature—along with your custom design, right where the charging device goes.
We’ve all done the juggling act of holding a phone in one hand and a steering wheel in the other while traveling, watching our battery drain with the navigation app open. Aero’s handy phone mount puts an end to that, charging your phone as it holds it in place on your dash. This is the kind of gift people don’t know they need until they have it.
For some teams, this branded backpack from The North Face should be a highly sought-after piece of corporate swag. Compact, water-repellent, and chock full of pockets, this bag is perfect for everything from day hikes to gym day, making it an amazing gift for just about anyone.
Earbuds are great, but they aren’t for everyone—sound quality purists still prefer on-ear headphones like JBL’s wireless Tune 660NC’s. Made by one of the industry leaders in sound technology, these can display your logo in the gym, on the plane, and anywhere your resident audiophiles take them.
If your team is constantly on the go, chances are they regularly take multiple devices with them—along with multiple charging cables. Made with Thule’s characteristic quality, The Subterra PowerShuttle makes a perfect branded gift for regular travelers, giving them a convenient carrying case that keeps all their charging cables from becoming one impenetrable knot.
Whether it’s for lounging around the house, hitting the gym, or rounding out home office business casual attire, a comfy pair of sweatpants is a necessity for any wardrobe. This customizable pair from Champion will be a hit for any team.
Looking for an alternative to sweatpants? Custom Champion leggings are comfortable, durable, and made from recycled polyester for enhanced sustainability. Featuring the artwork of your choice on the front upper leg, this is a corporate gift activewear fans will love.
Are you looking to impress clients who like to hit the links? Nike dri-fit polos come in various colors to complement your logo on the chest. With mesh construction and the quality you expect from Nike, this unique corporate gift will be sure to make an impression.
If you’re looking for a really unique corporate gift idea, consider a branded wearable blanket from Port Authority. Half blanket, half hoodie, and 100% comfortable, this is a fun, functional gift that will stand out from the usual branded gifts—especially for remote teams who work from home.
We’ve all got a branded water bottle or two, so to make your drinkware stand out, consider something a little more distinctive like this wine bottle from CamelBak. Made of stainless steel, this custom bottle locks in your favorite wine’s flavor with a vacuum seal and double-wall construction.
For offices full of dog lovers in colder climates, canine-friendly gifts like this chore coat from Carhartt will make a lasting impression. This thoughtful gift idea combines a distinctive branding opportunity with the quality and practicality you expect from one of the top workwear companies.
For those who like purely practical items they can put to use in their day-to-day lives, a multi-tool like this one from Tonca is a fitting option. With 11 utilities packed into one pocket-sized branded tool, people will want to carry this corporate gift—featuring your custom artwork—with them everywhere they go so they’ll always be ready for an emergency.
Tips for picking the best corporate gifts
There’s an art to picking just the right corporate gift. Whether it’s for internal or external partners, you need to start with a strong understanding of the people and how the product relates to your brand.
As you browse through the above options, here are a few ideas to consider for your gift of choice:
- How it fits with internal culture
- How it relates to your product or service
- How it will reflect on your brand
- Whether it’s truly useful or desirable
- How its cost fits into your budgets
- What kinds of interests your team members have in common
- What interests or hobbies your partners or clients have
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About the Author
Based in New Mexico, Bryce Emley holds an MFA in Creative Writing and works as a content writer specializing in SaaS, tech, and eCommerce. When he isn’t writing content, he's probably writing poetry, screenplays, or creative nonfiction, or shopping for vintage anime t-shirts.