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23 Employee Appreciation Gift Ideas That Your Staff Will Love in 2021

Imri Merritt

November 24, 2021

Giving gifts to your employees is a great way to make them feel appreciated– and boost morale. Certain gifts (like company swag) cultivate team spirit and cohesion, so everyone wins.

Consider it an investment: 40% of employed Americans say they’d put more energy into their work if they were recognized more often. Source: Harvard Business Review

While the holidays are an opportunity for gift-giving each year, most top-performing companies also celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, recognize achievements and employment milestones, as well as offer incentives, prizes, and bonuses. The more, the merrier!

Another remarkable stat: doubling the number of employees who receive recognition results in a 24% improvement in quality, a 27% reduction in workplace absence, and a 10% reduction in shrinkage. Source: Gallup State of the American Workplace Report

What’s in the box?

So it’s not a question of if you should give gifts– the question is what to give them?

We got you covered, with this list of 23 great gift ideas, including multiple examples for each. These ideas are for individual giving or a buy-for-everyone strategy. They’re also great for co-workers, clients, customers, and prospects.

Our gift ideas were chosen based on:

  1. The favorite types of gifts that employees like to receive.
  2. Being appropriate for almost everyone.
  3. Being within the average range that employers spend.
  4. Being excellent.

Make sure to scroll to the end and read our list of what not to get this year. Now let’s get into the gift-giving spirit!

Pro tip: Don’t wait until the last minute. Especially with supply chains being disrupted this past year. There may be delays on certain products and shipping times. If you’re getting custom apparel or promotional items, allow extra time (around 10 business days) to have them customized with your logo.

How much to spend per employee on gifts?

The gift ideas in our list are mostly in the $50 range. According to ASI’s employer survey, the average amount that companies spend per employee is $65. Based on these numbers, we’ve included some lower-priced items if you want to mix and match, as well as a few higher-ticket items (keep in mind that these prices can change).

23 gift ideas that employees will love

1. Gift card

The undisputed champ of favorite gift is the humble gift card, and it has been for years. Probably because it’s the next best thing to cash; people can choose to spend it on whatever they want or need. For the buyer they’re great, too, taking the guesswork out of gift-giving, easy to buy, and cheap to ship. And hey– no present to wrap.

Almost every major retailer and restaurant offer gift cards, but we recommend giving the most open-ended gift cards possible, providing the receiver with the least limitations.

Here are our top 3 picks:

  • Visa, Mastercard, or American Express – Cardholders can buy from just about anywhere that accepts credit cards through their networks, making these kinds of gift cards the most valuable, and they can encourage people to buy local and from mom-and-pop shops– rather than the big retailers. You can brand them with your company logo, or customize them with photographs through sites like Gift Card Granny.
  • Amazon – Gift cards to this retail behemoth are the most popular of all, for the same reasons the company itself is so popular: massive selection, great deals, easy to navigate, guaranteed delivery (and free delivery if you have Prime). The one limitation is the card can only be used through their online store. And they have regular deals where you get a $10 credit for buying a $50 gift card.
  • Target – Target stores are everywhere, and they have a wide selection of great products, so we’re including this for those who want to give a little bit of the excitement of a shopping spree. There’s still something fun about browsing the isles with money in your pocket that needs to be spent. If you buy gift cards from Target, they also offer the credit card kind and have discounts for bulk orders (10 or more).

Gift card tip: Make sure to get gift cards, and not pre-paid debit cards. Although prepaid cards may seem to have more options (such as withdrawing from ATMs), they often charge various fees, including activation, monthly, and transaction.

2. Custom branded apparel: T-shirt, hoodie & cap combo

People love getting new apparel. According to a nationwide survey of employees by ASI, it’s one of the most popular gifts and second only to gift cards (39% vs 44%, respectively). Here at RushOrderTees, we love getting company swag.

What’s great about custom apparel is your company gains credibility out of the deal, along with some free advertising. Meanwhile, your employees feel appreciated and part of a team. And they look good too. It’s a win-win.

Our recommended T-shirt, hoodie, and baseball cap combo customized with a simple logo printed or embroidered will put your price point right around $50 per person at a quantity of 50 (and bigger price breaks with higher quantities).

Browse our catalog to choose your items and then upload your logo. We handle the rest. Here are three of our most popular items that would make a great gift in combination:

Custom branded apparel buying tip: Get everyone’s size before placing your order. If you’re ordering blind, see this article about ordering the right size breakdown in bulk orders.

 

3. Wireless noise-canceling headphones

Music helps focus the mind and fuels productivity, along with boosting mood. So what better gift for employees than a brand new pair of headphones? It’s also one of the rare gifts that people still get excited about even if they already have some. Headphones tend to get lost, damaged, or stolen, so a new set is always welcome.

Plus, the technology is always advancing and the price point dropping, so the latest models sound amazing, do a great job at canceling noise, hold a charge for longer, and won’t break the bank. Here are two of the best and most affordable headphones to give for gifts this year:

Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Hybrid Headphones – $50. Active noise-canceling over-ear headphones w/ wireless Bluetooth, 40 hours of playtime, BassUp technology, and memory foam ear cups. Over 30,000 ratings on Amazon and 90% of them are 4 or 5 stars. They come in black, blue, and silver.

TOZO NC9 Hybrid in-Ear Headphones – $60. Active dual-ear noise-canceling and snug design w/ the bells and whistles of expensive headphones: 1-step Bluetooth pairing, transparent mode, wireless charging case, and waterproof. One of the better pairs for this price point. In black, blue and silver.

Headphones buying tip: Avoid any headphones in the $20 to $30 range. According to reviews, they tend to be cheaply made and the sound quality is lacking.

4. Gift certificate to a local eatery

Encourage bonding and camaraderie between employees as they see each other at a great local restaurant on their lunch break, or go together after work for happy hour.

While chain restaurants are dependable and offer something for everyone, we encourage you to support independent, mom-and-pop places. A $50 gift certificate should provide four lunches or two visits for dinner.

Local eatery gift certificate tip: Use Yelp to find the best place in the vicinity of your area. Look for not just the highest-ranking, but look for features such as lunch specials and indoor dining, and read a few of the reviews as well. Or ask around the office and find out which places are already employees’ favorites and why.

5. Custom branded backpack

Bags provide a real utility for employees that they will use every day. Branded with a logo, it advertises your company on their commutes. Both of the bags below are high-quality and have all the features people look for. They can both fit a laptop, notebooks, a change of clothes, and more. The minimum order is 12.

Augusta Large Tri-Color Backpack

Commute in style with a customized Augusta Sportwear Large Tri-Color Backpack. Streamlined design, sturdy, lightweight, and made with 600-denier polyester and PVC coating, with padded straps and back for comfort.

The zippered main compartment and front compartments are large enough for essentials, and the padded inside pocket has an opening for earphones. Comes in black or charcoal gray (with white trim).

Customized for approximately $35 each (at a quantity of 100).

Augusta Sportswear Ripstop Backpack

Pack for adventure with a customized Augusta Ripstop Backpack. Its durable construction features a main compartment with a covered zipper, a zippered front pocket with pen holders, and mesh side pockets.

The interior cell phone holder has a zippered pocket, and the padded back provides support and comfort with adjustable padded shoulder straps. Comes in black, gray, red, green, or blue.

Customized approximately $25 each (at 100 quantity).

Custom branded backpack buying tip: Choose embroidery as your print method of choice for a classy, professional look that lasts, and simplify your logo or design and reduce the size (price increases with colors and complexity).

6. Gift certificate to a local coffee shop

Coffee is a popular gift, and a caffeinated workforce is a productive workforce. But not everyone drinks coffee. Some people prefer tea, energy drinks, or don’t do caffeine at all. Many coffee-centric gifts come in the form of a box with a particular brand of coffee, along with other items that people may not want.

A gift certificate to your local coffee shop solves this problem. People can use it for a variety of drinks, or breakfast, or whatever else they might sell there. And like other ideas on this list, it’s a gift that keeps on giving. A $50 gift certificate can be used many mornings on the way to work. It’s a perk– in more ways than one.

Coffee shop gift certificate tip: Starbucks is the easy go-to as they’re everywhere, but look for an independent coffee shop first. Help support small, local businesses. Use Yelp to find the best place in the vicinity of your area, or ask around the office and find out which places are already employees’ favorites and why.

7. Grocery delivery membership

Grocery delivery has quickly grown into a big industry, but many people haven’t yet experienced the convenience and joy of skipping a trip to the supermarket by having someone else do it for you– and deliver it right to your door.

A limited membership to one of these services makes a great gift. If your employees like the service, they can renew it. Each one of our picks offers gift cards:

Instacart – One of the biggest and fastest-growing services out there, Instacart leverages the gig economy to bring their customers groceries from any of their favorite stores, and recently streamlined their service, putting them at the top of the pack. They offer bulk gift card deals and you can choose from a variety of designs.

Shipt – One of the newer services (owned by Target), Shipt focuses on great service and is similar to rideshare apps: they post your request to the app and one of their fleet of shoppers takes the order. It also includes a rating system. The app ensures accountability and shoppers honor the smallest requests. A gift membership is $50 for 6 months.

HungryRoot – This unique service is a combination of grocery delivery and meal plans, focusing on healthy eating and sustainability. New members take a quiz to create a taste and preference profile and can save about $22 per week. Items are curated but people can choose their own. Gift cards start at $75 for one week of groceries and meals.

Grocery delivery membership gift tip: Read the fine print for any service you’re thinking about. Some plans have membership fees, delivery fees, rush fees, or other fees, so look out for that.

8. Amazon Fire Tablet

Tablets (especially iPads) run into the hundreds of dollars, so they’re not the most affordable gifts. But a couple of the Amazon Fire tablets are surprisingly affordable so we’re including them on this list.

Amazon Fire 8 – $50. A solid budget tablet with an 8″ screen for basic apps, gaming, and ebook reading. It features 32 G of storage, up to 12 hours of battery life, and Alexa. You can’t beat that for 50 bucks.

Amazon Fire 10 – $150. Twice the RAM, twice the storage, and twice as fast processor, this works for most apps, along with HD streaming. This is a great backup tablet, even for people with a fancy iPad.

9. Desk organizer/charging station

This gift helps tidy up the desktop and keep personal items in place while charging devices all day. Pens, notebooks, post-it notes, and more have a home with these neat and compact charging stations. Say goodbye to clutter, lost items, and dead phones.

Teslyar Wood Phone Docking Station/Desk Organizer – $43. Elegantly designed, made of handsome solid wood, and fully adjustable. The cords are tucked neatly away underneath, and the acrylic pieces allow for custom configurations. The phone charger is removable.

 

EasyAcc Wireless Charger/Desk Organizer – $38. Slim, black leather w/ stitching, multiple compartments, and two slots for notebooks, papers, or tablet computers. Wireless charging base works on any Qi-enabled device (most phones). Multiple extra USB ports are on the side.

 

FutureCharger Desk Organizer w/ Charging Station – $30. Large, black faux leather w/ stitching, various compartments including penholder, slots for cards, and valet tray for keys, watches, etc. The wireless charging base works on any Qi-enabled device (most phones).

 

10. Branded premium jacket

Our premium jackets make outstanding employee gifts– and jackets tend to be worn more than a custom T-shirt or hoodie, so your company logo is more visible, more often. Here are some picks for men, women, and one unisex style:

Threadfast Apparel Unisex Bomber Jacket

Bomber jackets are awesome always in fashion. Made with 100% polyester shell w/ PVC coating for a slight sheen, and lined with 100% polyester satin. Medium insulation fill for year-round wear. Utility pocket on sleeve. Retail fit, unisex sizing, and premium YKK zipper. Customize it now.

 

Champion Women’s Performance Zip Up Jacket

Champion is high-quality and everyone knows it. 100% polyester lightweight performance fleece fabric provides warmth without weight. Two-ply collar w/ plush lining, forward shoulder, reverse coil zipper, contrasting side panels with side pockets. “C” logo on left cuff.
Customize it now.

 

Under Armour Men’s Ultimate Team Jacket

Under Armour is the world leader in performance wear. 100% polyester, bonded two-layer softshell material w/ warm brushed inner layer, moisture-wicking, forward shoulder seams, full-zip, stand collar, zippered hand pockets, athletic loose fit, UA logo on right chest. Customize it now.

 

Under Armour Women’s Ultimate Team Jacket

Matching ladies’ version of the jacket above. 100% polyester, bonded two-layer softshell material w/ warm brushed inner layer, moisture-wicking, forward shoulder seams for comfort, full-zip, stand collar, zippered hand pockets, athletic loose fit, UA logo on right chest. Customize it now.

 

Branded jacket tip: Ordering in bulk lowers the cost per item, along with certain other decisions you can make. See our recent article for more tips on saving money.

11. Company trip to a local amusement

Give as an individual gift card or a ticket, but for the most bang for your buck, pick a date and organize a company trip. Having everyone get together is an awesome way to build team cohesion and bonding.

Many places have group discounts on tickets and special deals for teams, like your own reserved area, or food and drink specials. Do this in addition to individual gifts, as a reward for meeting a team goal.

  • Top Golf – If you haven’t been to Top Golf yet, you’re missing out. And you don’t need to know how to play to enjoy the fun. It has multiple levels to add a nice view, a variety of games that anyone can play, great food and drinks, and it lights up at night. Price point: around $50 per person for a few hours of games.
  • Six Flags – When you want the biggest and best amusement park around, you go to your nearest Six Flags. There are locations all around the country, and each one is filled with unique thrill rides and entertainment. You’ll want to go early and make a day of it. Price point: around $40 per person with a group deal (not including food/drink).
  • Axe throwing – These places are getting popular and are popping up everywhere. While axe throwing sounds like an accident waiting to happen, they prioritize safety by enforcing rules and giving free instruction. Typically offer food, drinks, and group deals. Price point: around $35 per person for a few hours (not including food/drink).
  • Bowling – The classic game that everyone can enjoy is still alive and kicking, with bowling places thriving while becoming more high-tech (glow in the dark, sound effects, and animated digital score displays), along with offering full bars and food menus. Most places have arcades and other games to keep everyone happy. Price point: around $30 per person for a few hours (not including food).

Tip for company trips: Consider the food and drink situation, and if you want to cover that expense as part of the trip. Otherwise, let people know that will be separate.

12. Office chair seat cushion

Sitting in the same chair all day in the same position can take its toll. Give the gift of comfort with these ergonomically-designed seat cushions that will relieve pain and pressure, improve blood flow, happiness, and productivity every day.

Everlasting Comfort Office Chair Seat Cushion Pillow – $50. Designed for back, coccyx, and tailbone pain relief. Made with pure memory foam, conforms to shape and fits any chair. A breathable cover allows air to circulate. Comes in a variety of colors.

 

ComfiLife Gel Enhanced Seat Cushion – $44. Also designed for back, coccyx, and tailbone pain relief, as well as sciatica, this seat cushion has a combination of non-slip orthopedic gel and memory foam, with a non-slip rubber bottom. In black and gray.

 

Everlasting Comfort Gel Infused Memory Foam Seat Cushion – $39. Similar to the first one but at a lower price point, this one is made with gel0infused memory foam and features ventilation holes to control temperature. Comes in black only.

 

13. Branded thermos, mug, and tumbler set

This combo of drink containers customized with your logo is the perfect gift for any employee. Whether it’s keeping coffee hot, or keeping soft drinks cold, these items provide a useful service all day. And a coffee mug with the company logo to take home.

The price point for this combination together is about $37. That’s based on a quantity of 50 and includes a 1-color custom print. Larger orders = bigger price breaks.

  • 11 oz White ceramic coffee mug – Classic, standard size mug, durable, with a wrap-around print area.
  • 15 oz Polar Camel tumbler with handle – 2X Heat and Cold Retention Compared to glass or plastic, double-wall vacuum insulation for maximum heat retention, BPA free, slide lid included.
  • 20 oz Ringneck tumbler – Vacuum sealed lid, keep cold drinks for 24 hours and hot drinks for 12 hours. Double-wall construction eliminates condensation. Stainless steel with a powder coat finish provides maximum durability against damages. The narrow mouth opening on the lid doesn’t spill and the narrow bottom fits standard cupholders.

14. Digital photo frame

Make your employees feel at home with a digital photo frame they can load up with images of their family, friends, and memories. Maybe even a picture of you. The technology for digital photo frames has come a long way and most have lots of great features, including the best one: reducing clutter.

LOVCUBE 8-Inch Digital Photo Frame – $60. Features HD display, motion sensor, photo auto-rotate, USB and SD card slots, and remote control. Also has a clock, calendar, supports video and MP3s.

 

BSIMB 9-Inch Digital Picture Frame – $50. Features HD display, USB and SD card slots, and remote control. Also has a clock, calendar, and supports video and MP3s. Can be wall-mounted as well.

 

Aluratek 8-Inch LCD Digital Photo Frame – $40. Features HD display, USB and SD card slots, calendar, and auto-slideshow. This one has a wood frame and can also be wall-mounted.

 

 

15. Membership to an online learning platform

Give the gift of knowledge with a membership to one of the fantastic online course websites. Many of them have personal growth and business-related courses, which are valuable for the employee and employer alike.

Everyone taking the same course can be fun. Some of them have starter memberships you can give as gifts, others you can buy individual courses.

Here are the top 4 that stand out:

  • Skillshare – Massive library (35,000) with a variety of courses covering any possible interest someone could have. $14 monthly or $167 annual. Team plans are flexible and have custom pricing.
  • MasterClass – Successful professionals, academics, celebrities, and influences share their knowledge. $180 for a one-year membership gift, billed in $15 monthly installments.
  • Coursera – Real courses from real universities and companies (over 4000), covering a wide variety of useful skills and trades. This can truly count as an investment. Contact sales for team options.
  • Udemy – The most affordable of the bunch, with classes starting at $14 each. Choose from 183,000 video courses with new additions every month. Many business and trade skill-related courses.

16. Portable Power Bank

Everyone has electronic devices these days, so power is something we all need– and what’s better for portable devices than portable power? You can never have enough, so extra power is always a welcome addition. The kinds you can buy at a department store tend to be overpriced and run out fast.

Anker PowerCore 20 Ultra High Capacity Power Bank – $50. This sleek and lightweight power bank packs a punch, with the fastest charge out there and the capacity to fully charge your phone multiple times over. Includes multiple ins and outs, and comes with a travel case and a micro USB.

 

Baseus Power Bank – $43. This one holds more charge for a lower price point and can charge up to 3 devices at once. It’s also fast at 2.5X times the charging speed of other chargers. It’s also capable of pass-through charging, meaning you can recharge it at the same time you’re charging devices.

 

Minrise Solar Power Bank – $33. Heavy-duty construction as well as capacity, this one can be taken on the go and charged in the sun when needed (normal recharge through wall outlet). Dual outputs can support the charging of two devices at the same time. Also has a safety feature to regulate current.

 

17. Lumbar Support Pillow

Most office chairs are not designed with lumbar support, and it makes a huge difference for posture, back pain, blood flow, and general comfort on those long days.

Everlasting Comfort Lumbar Support Pillow – $35. Made with memory foam, dual adjustable straps, and a machine washable cover with breathable mesh for temperature control. A best seller on Amazon, with 26,000+ ratings and 85% of them giving it 4 or 5 stars. Comes in multiple colors.

 

Niceday Lumbar Support Pillow – $30. Also made with memory foam, dual adjustable straps, and a breathable mesh cloth cover that is washable. This one has more of a full-back ergonomic design and can be used for the car and also a wheelchair. It features a built-in zipper and a side pocket.

 

18. Laptop stand or lap desk

Combining usefulness and affordability, this one is an outstanding gift for those who work from home either full time or part-time (which is a lot of people these days). Who wants to sit at a boring desk at home? Give them the gift of being productive from the couch, the bed, the floor, and more.

Rossie Home Premium Acacia Lap Desk – $45. This spacious-size personal desk fits laptops up to 15.6″ and features a wrist rest, leatherette mouse pad, phone holder, and has a beautiful natural acacia wood surface. The cushion underneath is a blended cotton fabric that contours to your lap.

 

Amoskey Lap Desk and Tray Table – $29. This highly adjustable (5 leg heights plus custom table angle) all-purpose folding personal desk can work on the sofa, the floor, and the bed as well as a tabletop. It features a wood surface, storage drawer, wrist rest, and phone holder. And how about that price.

 

19. Ergonomic under-desk footrest

Anyone who works at a desk all day will welcome any extra comfort that can be afforded. An under-desk footrest can provide exactly that– and boost productivity in the process. Properly positioning your feet can have benefits to your spine as well as your legs, reducing aches and fatigue. So show you care and make some feet happy.

ErgoFoam Footrest – $40. Featuring “velvet-soft” memory foam, large surface area, detachable cover, and adjustable height, the New York Times called this “the most comfortable footrest in the world” and is recommended by chiropractors. An Amazon bestseller with almost 5000 ratings and 80% of them are 5-star.

 

PaceEarth Footrest and Balance Board – $35. Made of high-quality poplar wood, this sturdy footrest will outlast the plastic or foam ones. Its rocking action supports blood flow, improves posture, and can also be used as a balance board for standing desks. Features a no-slip grip surface and supports 400 lbs.

 

Mind Reader Footrest – $30. Fully adjustable, with an angled structure and textured surface so you can massage your feet while you’re working. Features a swivel action for dancing in your seat. Well-built with sturdy resin plastic, this has over 13,000 ratings and the vast majority of them are 4 and 5 stars.

Foot rest gift tip: Avoid footrests in the $10-$20 range. According to customer reviews, they tend to be cheaply made and don’t last long. Although they seem like a low-impact item, apparently putting feet on something all day can cause a good amount of wear and tear.

20. Premium lunch box

Here’s something that employees can use every day– and everyone always needs a new one. It keeps food fresh and encourages healthier eating habits. No more trips to get fast food over a lunch break when they can enjoy home-cooked food at the office.

HSG Thermal Lunch Box Tote – $37. Insulated and leakproof, large and durable, this tactical cooler has everything, including mesh side pockets, adjustable padded strap, front compartment, and YKK zippers. Built to last and holds 12 cans or 2-3 meal preps. Veteran-owned company. Four styles.

 

Lille Home Lunch Box Set – $36. This handy kit includes multiple bento-style, BPA-free food containers, along with a lunch bag and portable cutlery set. The vacuum-seal, insulated lunch box can keep food warm for 4-6 hours, twice as long as most others. This set comes in blue, green, or pink.

 

FineDine 8-Piece Lunch Box Set – $30. This streamlined lunch cooler has two compartments and 3 glass food containers with lids that lock and are leakproof. It also has an adjustable strap, mesh side pockets, and an ice pack. The inside lining is waterproof nylon and washes easily. Comes in seven colors.

Lunchbox gift tip: You may also want to include name tags if you’re buying the same lunch box for everyone.

21. Tile Bluetooth Tracker/Locator

A Bluetooth tracker is a great gift for anyone who is misplacing things or can’t find items like keys or their phone. Which is pretty much everyone. Bluetooth trackers are not the same as GPS trackers (global, require subscriptions, and have limited battery life); they work in short-range only and the batteries can last up to a year. Although they cannot track an object that is out of range, they can tell you the last place it was in range.

Tile Starter Pack – $50. Includes one Mate (for the keychain) and one Slim tracker (for the wallet). Both work up to 200 ft. The Mate has a 1-year replaceable battery and is water-resistant, the Slim has a 3-year battery and is waterproof.

 

Tile Pro – $35. Great for attaching to a keychain, bag, or another portable valuable item. Works up to 400 ft, has a 1-year replaceable battery, and is water-resistant. With this tracker in hand, you can find your phone– even when it’s on silent mode.

22. Book club membership

Books are one of the best gifts to give because they come with adventure, love, mystery, comedy, knowledge, inspiration, and much more (depending on the book). The trick has always been picking the right ones.

Book club memberships solve this problem by delivering great reads right to people’s doors– either curated by discerning experts or chosen based on the subscribers’ given tastes and preferences.

People rave about the joy they feel getting a new book in the mail, and membership is the literal definition of the gift that keeps on giving. Even non-readers can become avid readers, and that is life-changing. Here are two of the best we found:

TBR (Tailored Book Recommendations) – Launched by the powerhouse website Book Riot, TBR is one of the newer book clubs on the scene, and is designed to be tailored to an individual’s taste by their resident “bibliologists”. They have simple gift packages (starting at $16), the main package ($85), and a full year ($315).

Book of the Month Club – The original book club still going strong (since 1926!). It also happens to be one of the most affordable and easy-to-use memberships. They have three tiers to give as gifts. Choose from a 3-month plan ($50), 6-month ($90), or a full year ($170). And they have a cute character named Boxie to assist you.

Book club tip: When choosing a book club, make sure they will have some say in which book they receive, rather than random picks– even if they are picked by book experts. The better plans allow users to fill out a detailed survey about their interests.

23. Spa treatment with a day off

For our final suggestion, here’s one that would probably rank high in employee surveys, but it’s not something typically given. So if you want to be the coolest boss in all the land, here’s an idea that will truly show your appreciation: give them a day off to go get pampered at a local spa.

Full body massage, facial, steam bath, mud mask, the works. Employees will return relaxed, refreshed, re-energized, and thankful.

The price point for this will vary from place to place (Omaha vs Beverly Hills), along with what is included, but the average cost of a day spa will be somewhere between $50 to $150. Combined with the cost of giving people a full day off, this is a big-ticket item. So you may want to reserve it for extra special occasions. Or extra-special employees.

Alternatively, you can go with just the spa treatment alone– that’s affordable enough to give to your whole workforce (and they can schedule the treatment on their own time). We just wanted to end the list with a bang.

 

Gifts to avoid when buying for everyone

  • Food/snacks – Many people have dietary restrictions (pork, sugar, gluten, dairy, etc) and/or food allergies (peanuts). Some people are vegetarian or vegan, or just particular about what they like to eat. Choosing food for others is a losing game.
  • Alcohol – Not everyone drinks, and some people might not want to be tempted (especially recovering alcoholics). Besides, is boozing-it-up something you want to encourage of your employees? Save it for the company happy hour.
  • Sports tickets – While this is an exciting gift for sports fans, not everyone is into (or cares at all about) sports. Even if they are, they might not be fans of the local team (especially remote workers). So don’t take them out to the ball game.
  • Chotchkies, art, decor – Not everyone shares your taste, as great as it might be. Items like this are best chosen by the person themselves. And s people just don’t want more stuff cluttering their lives. Even if it really is a lovely unicorn desktop sculpture.
  • Flowers or plants – Nice, but the fact is that flowers die. So this gift is only as good as their shelf life. And while plants can liven up a room or desk, they also add a new responsibility of taking care of it. You’re basically giving them another job.
  • Gym membership or fitness equipment – Health is vitally important, but this kind of gift can send the wrong signal (what are you trying to say? Thanks a lot). Besides that, many people already have gym memberships or the equipment they need.
  • In-person classes -Everyone has different interests and hobbies. The chances that people will be interested in particular classes (on baking, pottery, or art, etc) is slim to none. That’s on top of them fitting the time and location into their schedules.
  • Housewares – Another gift category that is based on the taste of the buyer. Most people already have what they need (glassware, cutlery, kitchen utensils, napkin sets, etc). The chances of making everyone happy with this gift are about zero.
  • Scented candles (or scented anything) – Some people might not like the scent you choose, and some people might even be allergic to certain fragrances or perfumes. But let’s not overlook the obvious– candles are a fire hazard. Smells like a no.
Please, please don’t be scented candles…

 

Best of luck with your shopping! We hope you found some excellent ideas on our list. If you have any questions about the products or services we offer, don’t hesitate to ask.

 

Imri Merritt

About the Author

A graduate of the Multimedia program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Imri Merritt is an industry veteran with over 10 years of graphic design and color separations experience in the screen printing industry.