When you’re buying gifts for your employees, it’s hard to decide what to get. Whether your budget is large or small, you’re sure to have all kinds of personalities to think of. This list gives you plenty of options, and we’ve avoided cash and gift cards entirely.
This cool and stylish bag will do double duty for you. It’s a great employee gift, and it will make your workers more likely to take their laptop home and get some extra work done. Which makes you both a thoughtful boss and a strategic motivator. Good work!
You want your employees to feel important. Taking out a money clip is one thing—taking out a sterling silver money clip is another. Get this gift so your employees can feel like the boss, even though you know you’re the boss. But make sure they have money to put inside!
Keep it lighthearted, playful, and Zen with this desktop sandbox. Your employees can relieve stress, have fun, and imagine they’re at the beach, all without getting up from the desk. With the umbrella, lounge chair, and pail, they’re really think they’re in the tropics. It’s inexpensive enough to buy for everyone—we’ll call it a team gift.
This one is for your “dude” employee. The one who’s always trying to get everyone to go out for drinks after work. The guy who knows all about the latest microbrew and can explain the difference between an IPA, a lager, and a stout. This gift will keep him happy in beer for a whole year.
We’ll call this team gift number two: anyone who’s ever worked at a desk knows how easy it is to get distracted and lose yourself in the computer screen. Then your perfectly proportioned coffee gets cold and you have to get up and start all over again. Get this little electric warmer pad for your employees, and they’ll never have that problem again.
This is a great employee gift to give for the holidays, or to one of your people right before they head out on vacation. It’s a leather passport case/wallet made from calfskin, lined with carbon to keep sneaky thieves from snatching credit card data and personal information.
You know and love your employees, but sometimes you wonder about their decision-making process. It’s natural. When you give this gift, you don’t have to wonder about their process anymore. You know exactly where the ideas are coming from. Brings new meaning to “the buck stops here.”
Ah, the knife set. There’s a reason why it’s such a classic employee gift—and that reason is that a set of good kitchen knives is an awesome thing to get. Everyone needs them, no one wants to buy them. So you swoop in and make your team happy. Happy team=happy office. Go, you!
Got an eco-friendly, nature loving, chunky granola type around the office? Or maybe your whole staff is that way. This pen will make them feel like they’re out in nature with their toes in the dirt every time they pick it up to write. The price is low enough to buy several—for everyone—which makes it team gift number three.
This blanket is super soft, thick and cozy. Anyone who thinks a fleece throw is a lame office gift clearly has not cuddle up under one that thick and soft like this one. It makes a wintertime “Netflix and Chill” night toasty from the start.
Busted Knuckles to the rescue with the perfect gift for the office manager of a construction company or an auto parts store. Its solid steel, designed to look just like the full sized rolling toolboxes used by the pros. It’s big enough to store an entire desktop full of office supplies.
Time to implement that company-wide policy on health, wellness, and mindfulness, aka team gift four. Studies prove that sitting still all day has negative effects—so be a good boss and get your employees this office yoga kit. It’s filled with quick ways to get your team healthier, happier, and more productive.
This is a fantastic gift for a star employee who just happens to be a total foodie. It arrives in a re-usable, insulated cooler to keep the contents fresh. Chock full of gourmet meats, cheeses, oils, rubs, and specialty accoutrements, it comes with picnic bags so you can take your food on the go.
The ancient art of Japanese Bonsai is world-renowned for its soothing, meditative effect. A real Bonsai looks just like a fully grown tree hundreds of times its size. Looking at them transports you to a peaceful pine forest, a windswept mountainside, or a rugged cliff by the sea.
This gift is so cheesy—but it’s supposed to be! We admit it: this is the gift to give the employee you have no idea what to give. But that’s why you’re reading this list, right? You can’t go wrong. It’s loaded with yummy gourmet cheese, crackers, and meats.
Your employees deserve a stylish, soft, and warm scarf around their neck. This cashmere piece from Scotland is warm enough to wear all winter and light enough for fall and spring. It comes in a gift box, which makes the presentation easy—because how do you wrap a scarf, anyway?
Your employees can take this fun gift home or leave it on the desktop in the office. Any time they have any frustration—with family or clients of course, not you or their co-workers—they can give this punching bag a love tap. Consider it part of your company’s unified stress management strategy.
This funny cell phone holder catches the hand in action, in mid-text. It’s a perfect addition to any desktop. It displays the phone so you can see the screen without having to pick the phone up. Employees can turn off the screen lock, put it on voice-to-text, and text without missing a beat.
There are coffee lovers and then there are coffee aficionados. The former make a pot of coffee, the latter brew the latest trendy bean. This gift is for the latter. It’s a blind taste box of four coffee samples shipped fresh, within a week of roasting. Put the aficionado to the test!
Got a whiskey lover on your team? They can drink their hooch in style from these specially crafted whiskey-sipping glasses. This elegant and classy design won the 2006 Queen’s Award for Innovation. These crystal beauties have a full bowl, a stylish base, and a tapered top to bring out the nuances if the whiskey.
It looks like magic to us. We assume it’s got something to do with the magnets and electronics and processors in the base, but we don’t want to ruin it for anyone by bringing science into the conversation. Suffice it to say that this globe really levitates and looks really cool when the lights are out. Get it for your techie-dude.
Comprehensive employee health and wellness program part two: the fit deck, aka team gift five. These cards are designed to be used in a workplace in regular office attire. The deck of cards contains eighteen exercises that tone and strengthen the body without the whole hassle of leaving work and going to the gym.
Make your employees feel more important with these personalized desk nameplates. It’s like giving them a promotion without actually having to give them a promotion. You’re wicked smart, boss. They’re handmade with a wood base, glass plate, and vinyl lettering. Choose from four colors for the custom letters.
We think your employees totally deserve a classy way to keep their credit cards, driver’s license, and cash all in one place, all in one pocket. Wallets aren’t out—they’re in. This super soft item is a great way to tell them you appreciate their work.
When you send your team out of town for a big presentation, give them this before they go. This travel charging station comes with three USB ports and cables for Mac, PC, iPhone, and Android. You can guarantee they’ll be charged and ready come meeting time.
It’s a real, functioning appliance, no lie. Tailor-made for the employee who loves to keep their workspace nice and tidy. It comes with two attachments so they can get to all the tight spots around the knick-knacks, behind the monitors, and down between the keys on the keyboard.
Here’s a gift for the wine lover in your bunch. This basket comes with two bottle of classic California wine as well as gourmet chocolates and assorted snacks. The handwoven basket is designed to be reused and makes a display for fruit or vegetable at home.
Who knows more about hump day than a camel? No one does. This funny rhodium plated multi-chain bracelet makes a great gift for female employees. They can wear it on Wednesday to celebrate the coming weekend, or any day of the week that feels like hump day to them.
The modern classic that cooking icon Julia Child swears by make the perfect employee gift. The seventy-fifth edition resurrects recipes that were dropped over the years, keeps contemporary health conscious dishes added over the past few years, and of course include the fundamental cooking tips that make this the reference for any kitchen.
Get the ultimate iPad cover for your most organized employee. This tablet folio is more like a travelling desk. It’s got stand, a pad, and special places for pens, credit cards, a driver’s license, and a cell phone. It’s made from leather, zips closed, and has a little hole for the earphone cord and charger.
There’s nothing in the world like the first sip of a rare Irish whiskey on a Friday afternoon. Or a Monday afternoon…but we digress. When you want to splurge on your employee who loves whiskey, go for the best and get them a bottle of Middleton’s. Maybe the first sip will be yours.
Spa baskets are another great go-to employee gift for the employee you really don’t know what to get. Everyone loves pampering bath products, even men, though the more manly-men rarely admit it. This gift comes with bath salts, shower gel, body scrubs, and throws in a couple of cookies and caramels to round it off.
It’s just the coolest paperweight in America, that’s all—the F-bomb. Give this to that employee that cusses like a sailor all day long. But you don’t care, as long as clients aren’t in the office and the work gets done. You probably drop a few yourself when things get busy.
For the employee who’s always up on the latest hip shows on television, the Roku player is the right choice. They’ll be able to pick and choose what they want and get it delivered right to their TV via their internet router. Roku has access to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime—all the best new video apps.
Give your resident thrill-seeker the adrenaline rush of a lifetime—a skydiving adventure from Cloud9 living. Or you can issue it as a friendly challenge to the one who needs to push themselves outside their comfort zone. The choice is yours, boss. We just know that an adventure experience is one of the best gifts you can give anyone.
8 DIY Gifts for Employees
This DIY tutorial shows you how to make a beautiful, colorful iPhone wallet using a couple of store bought items, glue, and a needle and thread. Your lucky employee will be touched you took the time to make this with your own two hands. The design includes credit card slots and a window for the camera.
If you’ve got a small office crew, you can spend an afternoon on this DIY and you’ll have friendly gifts for everyone. These mug wraps will keep everyone’s hands safe when they’re drinking hot coffee in the morning. You’ll need a little bit of sewing skill to follow her five-step process.
Some say the fluffy beards that have been all the rage for the last couple of years will go the way of the 70s mullet, but until that time, every office has at least one man rocking a Duck Dynasty-esque bear. This DIY employee gift is for him. It will get his beard game tight enough to send him out to wow your clients.
Here’s another one you can make for a small office crew. The idea behind it is great—an iPad case made from an old wool sweater you shrink down to size intentionally for the project. Then you put the case together using basic sewing supplies, a toggle button, and you finish it off with a hot steam iron.
This crafty project yields an employee gift for the grill-masters out there. The detailed steps show you how to make customized hanging grill towels out of regular hand towels and a few items from the sewing kit. They hang with Velcro from the grill so the grill boss always has a towel handy.
Believe it or not, there are people out in the world who still write things down. On paper, with pens and pencils and other antiquated tools. This tutorial shows you how to DIY a set of notepads using paper, a little bit of fabric, and a few easy passes under a sewing machine needle.
DIY art at its finest—a copper pipe desk organizer. All you need is about three feet of copper pipe, a pipre cutter, steel wool, a cork coaster, a marker, and a hot glue gun. You cut, buff, and glue according to the directions, and the final product is a beautiful piece of fully functional desk art.
Is there a doctor in the house? One who knows how to sew? This DIY is for you, doc, to make for your favorite nurse or nurses. You know they make every day possible, and you know you want to thank them for all their hard work. It’s not neurosurgery, so you should be able to pull this one off with ease.
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