12 Employee Appreciation Gifts That Will Make Your Staff Happy
Happy staff members are productive and positive! These employee appreciation gift ideas will make your online shopping excursion fast and easy. Many of these gifts can be bought in bulk – and yet they are personalized so each staff member will appreciate both the fairness and the thought you put into his or her gift.
“I’m a manager of an office, our team has 14 employees including my personal assistant,” says Maureen on Corporate Gift Ideas for Business Clients and Colleagues. “I want to give each staff member an employee appreciation gift but I don’t have time to shop for each person. Neither does my assistant! We were thinking of giving each employee a Shiatsu Pillow Heated Neck Massager but don’t know if it’s an appropriate gift for all the staff. Do you have any gift ideas or tips for how a team leader can thank her employees without spending a ton of money or taking a long time to come up with creative or unique ‘thank you gifts’? I don’t want to give gift cards or financial bonuses; those aren’t the right type of employee appreciation gifts for our office. Thank you!”
Yes, I think the heated neck massager is a great employee appreciation idea! I’ve received many gifts from my supervisors and managers, but nothing so relaxing. My favorite gifts were always gift cards (especially when I get to choose the store) and gift baskets. Those aren’t creative thank you gifts for staff, are they? Nope. But I’m extremely practical and I like gifts that I can actually use. Like money.
Employee Appreciation Gifts That Will Make Your Staff Happy
The thank you gift ideas I included in this list are both practical and creative. And, they’re divided into three separate categories to make your online shopping excursion quick and easy.
In this article, you’ll find 3 types of employee appreciation gift ideas:
- Personalized “thank you gifts” for each staff member (bulk ideas)
- Individual employee appreciation gift ideas
- Group “thank you” gifts for the whole office
As I write this, I’m trying to decide if I should include Stress Relief Designs Adult Coloring Books in this list. If I do, you’ll find a variety of coloring book options in the last section of this list (“group thank you gifts” for all the staff members). I’m hesitating to include them because although those coloring books are trendy, they won’t be appreciated by all employees.
I like the idea of coloring books for adults because each page is designed to help employees relax. It might also inspire them to be more creative at work and home. The variety of designs and coloring books ensures that every employee will find something interesting to color.
When you’re shopping for thank you or employee appreciation gifts for your staff, remember to be fair and equitable. Give each staff member a gift (or don’t give any gifts at all). Make sure your gifts are professional unless you are 100% certain the employee will appreciate a more personal gift.
Happy shopping! May your gift decisions be quick and painless for you, yet valuable and meaningful for your employees…
1. Personalized “thank you gifts” for each staff member (bulk ideas)
These staff appreciation gifts are fun and meaningful. And, everyone gets the same gift – which your employees will appreciate. We like things even steven! You can buy these gifts in bulk, which makes your online shopping excursion fast and easy.
Fitbit fitness watch
A Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch will WOW your employees – and help them stay fit, healthy, and thus more productive and positive at work.
Fitbit is a super smart fitness watch that helps you maximize every workout and every day. With advanced technology in a versatile design, this revolutionary device is built to track your workouts, monitor your performance stats, and gauge your progress. All-day activity and sleep tracking and call, text and calendar notifications help you track your day with ease. Interchangeable watch band and frames and customizable clock faces on the hi-res color touchscreen let you personalize your style for every occasion.
How do you personalize this gift? By giving each employee a different color of wristband. The clock faces are also customizable.
Coffee mugs with each staff member’s name
The Personalized Coffee or Tea Mug is a fun way to ensure every employee keeps her coffee mug safe from the lips of another. The name can be personalized to each employee – and you can add a photo, symbol, or unique message. Different colors and fonts can be used. The imprint is vibrant, long lasting, and lead-free – and it’s microwave and dishwasher safe. The mugs will be shipped the same day they’re ordered, so it won’t be one of those employee appreciation gifts that take weeks to arrive.
Add a Starbucks Gift Card, natch.
Another gift idea is the Magic Photo Mug Customizable White Ceramic with a Single Horizontal Image – the mug is all black until hot liquid is added. Then your employee’s photo appears, like magic! It’s a fun office gift, but the mugs won’t be identifiable until they’re filled with hot coffee or tea. Your employees might not appreciate having to do the detective work it takes, especially before their first cup of coffee.
Personalized leather notebook
A Handmade Personalized Leather Notebook is a beautiful way to make work more positive and encouraging. The leather is supple yet durable, and the inside cover includes card slots and a zipper pouch for gadgets.
I’ve worked in many office jobs, and I never liked the cheap notebooks found in the office supply rooms. They didn’t inspire me or make me feel appreciated as an employee. They were flimsy, which made it difficult to write standing up (which I love to do).
If you give your employees a personalized leather journal as a thank you gift, give them the option of taking it home instead of using it at work. Some employees don’t want to use such a beautiful personalized notebook for work. They appreciate the gift, but they’d rather enjoy it as a private journal.
I also included this gift idea in 14 “Sleepytime” Gifts for Insomniacs and People Who Can’t Sleep, because it helps track sleep activity.
2. Individual employee appreciation gift ideas
These thank you gifts for individual staff members require you to have slightly a more personal relationship with your employees. This doesn’t mean having dinner with them every Sunday night; it just means you know something about your employee’s life outside the office.
Gifts for employees who drink wine after a hard day’s work
The Drinking Giraffe Wine Bottle Holder – along with a bottle or two of good red or white wine – is a cheeky gift for staff members who enjoy a tipple now and then. Graceful, elegant, and funny, this safari-inspired wooden wine holder is both useful and destined to delight any staff member who also fancies herself a wine connoisseur….or just enjoys a nice glass of Merlot or Zinfandel at the end of a tough day at work. This one of those “employee appreciation gifts” that is more personal than professional, so make sure you know your staff member before handing them out.
You might consider giving different types of decorative, creative wine bottle holders to each employee – there are many to choose from on Amazon. Include a nice bottle of wine, and you have one of the best thank you gifts in the business. This is a great way to ensure that every staff member gets the same gift, but it’s personalized to fit their lifestyle and hobbies.
Lumio folding “book lamp” for the office
The Lumio Nightlight Booklight is a beautiful way to say “thank you” to the whole office. Give each staff member their own book-shaped lamp, and you’ll fill the office with warmth and comfort.
This lamp doesn’t need to be plugged in, so it can be used anywhere in the office. When you open the book, it turns on; when you close the book, it turns off. The LED lamp is flexible and creative – it can be used as a droplight, desk lamp, unique decoration, outdoor light, etc. This is a great gift for her mom and dad because they can choose the shape in according to their space. Lumio is easy and convenient to carry around, because it is powered by an inside Li battery that can support the lamp for eight hours. The lamp can be placed anywhere – and it is wireless. It folds right back on itself, which means it can cast a full 360 degrees of light around…and the magnetic ensures that it is easy to set up and use.
The best thank you gifts for employees take their personality traits into account. Are they introverts or extroverts, dog lovers or cat lovers? If you want to buy an individual employee appreciation gift related to your staff member’s personality, read Best Jobs for Introverts and People Who Like to Work Alone. You’ll gain some insight into how your employee’s personality affects his or her work performance.
3. Group “thank you” gifts for the whole office
These employee appreciation gifts can be shared and enjoyed by all the staff members. Bonus: these gifts bring the office together in an activity or an experience, which will bond them. The more positive interactions they have, the more positive they’ll feel about work.
Healthy nutritious snacks for the office kitchen
I included the Nut Harvest Variety Pack because my husband sometimes forgets to take his lunch to work, or his banana gets crushed, or he works longer than anticipated. His office doesn’t have a “free for all” box of healthy nut mixes or granola bars, and I know he as an employee would appreciate this gift very much (along with a bonus of $5,000,000 which I would appreciate too).
More “bulk employee gift ideas” for office kitchens:
- KIND Bars, Nuts and Spices Variety Pack (gluten free)
- Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel Variety Pack
- Stacy’s Pita Chips Variety Pack
- Individual Jars of Nutella Hazelnut Spread with Cocoa
These nutritious snack foods will keep your employees healthy and happy; they aren’t energy-draining boxes of chocolates or fatty cheese gift trays that have to be consumed before the office closes for the holidays or a long weekend. Rather, these gift ideas are a consistent source of nutrition, so your employees don’t let hunger get the best of them. They will appreciate that! If you keep this thank you gift on the office supply list, you’ll ensure everyone is happy at snack time.
Group fitness fusion class, such as Capoeira or Zumba
When I worked at my municipality’s parks and recreation department, we had a group fitness class. Ballet! At first I was reluctant – most of us were, I think. But it turned out awesome because not only did I learn how difficult and effective ballet is an exercise form, I also bonded with my coworkers in a whole new way. Our group ballet class brought us together as a team…and the fact that I’m sharing it as an employee appreciation gift idea 10 years later shows how meaningful it was to me.
“Group gift experiences” that your employees can share:
- Sushi-making or Spanish tapas cooking class
- Ski Day at a local hill, Skate Day at a local outdoor rink, Beach Day, etc – on company time
- Team leadership course (ropes courses are the most common)
- Splatter painting class through a local community center or artist store
- “Bring your pet to work” day
- Chocolate or Caramel Fondue Day
If you’re a manager, supervisor, or boss of an office staff, it really is in your best interests to ensure your employees feel united as a team. This means helping employees feel happy and appreciated by giving gifts that bring them closer together. And nothing does that better than a group gift experience for your employees.
Chocolate fondue fountain for “staff appreciation day”
The Stainless Steel Chocolate Fondue Fountain is a fun and delicious way to celebrate a big success or win at work. Not only is chocolate the glue that holds office staff together, a fondue is an interactive way to bring employees together to show your appreciation.
Your Chocolate Fondue Day can be incredibly creative if you challenge your employees to bring unusual food to dip in the chocolately flow. Different types of breads, veggies, and even meat can be explored. Speaking of meat – you might want to have two fondues going at the same time. That way, the staff members who don’t eat meat won’t be turned off by people dipping chunks of chicken in the chocolate (it actually tastes delicious, but vegetarian employees won’t appreciate that “gift”).
The fondue fountain can be “loaded” with caramel or other melted delights. The heated basin allows the chocolate to melt in the fountain, and the tier system and dishwasher safe parts make cleaning a breeze.
If any of your employees are caregivers, you might find it helpful to read 15 Thoughtful Gifts a Caregiver Will Love and Appreciate.
If you have any ideas for employee appreciation gifts, please share below! I want to expand this list – especially if you know of any good bulk gift ideas that can be personalized and given to staff members. I love the idea of making online shopping quick and easy while giving thank you gifts that are personal and thoughtful.