Wow Your Staff With These Clever Employee Gift Ideas

Clever Employee Gift Ideas

Update: To sneak a peak at the picks for 2016, have a look at Clever Holiday Gift Ideas for Employees.

Your employees are a big part of your business’s success story. So understandably you want to make them feel appreciated. A special and memorable gift is a great way to show your thanks for all they do. Why don’t you take advantage of the gift giving season to wow your staff with clever employee gift ideas and perhaps the unexpected gift.

When you want to show your appreciation for all your employees have done for you, look no further. We’ve compiled a list of clever employee gift ideas sure to fit every need and budget.

Clever Employee Gift Ideas

Williams-Sonoma Wine Collection

Clever Employee Gift Ideas

Chances are you work with someone who appreciates wine. WIlliams-Sonoma offers a varied collection of wines in a number of price ranges starting at $50. Each collection is centered around a theme and includes tasting notes and complimentary recipes.

Percy the Pencil Porcupine

Clever Employee Gift Ideas

It’s so cute! This is definitely not a gift you should consider for the more straitlaced individual in the office. But for the colleague that enjoys adorable and functional desk wear this little porcupine has a point. Little Percy can hold pens and other slender utensils all while keeping a smile on his face, and he comes with a not too shabby $19 price tag.

Juniper Bonsai

Clever Employee Gift Ideas

A little greenery is a great addition to any office so a desk-friendly plant makes an appreciated gift option. On that note take a look at this Juniper Bonsai. It’s not your average indoor plant. Steeped in tradition, a bonsai makes an unforgettable and even “interactive” gift for anyone on your list. This one comes in its own glazed ceramic pot atop a rock humidity tray for $34.99.

Personalized Sports Wall Prints


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If you have that one staff member that can’t get enough of their favorite team then a gift of one of these personalized wall prints could go over well. Each print sports four jerseys from official MLB or NFL teams that feature three favorite players names and numbers of your choice. The fourth jersey can be personalized with the recipient’s last name to make them feel a part of the team. Prices vary depending on size but starts around $69.95.

Apple Breakfast Tote

Clever Employee Gift Ideas

Gift baskets are an easy gift that almost always goes over well. But might we suggest a gift basket idea that’s a little unexpected? Instead of the usual cheese or chocolate, this gift tote comes loaded with a delectable morning spread. Apple Cinnamon pancake mix, apple butter and cinnamon maple syrup come packed in this canvas tote for $29.99.

Yard Dominoes

Clever Employee Gift Ideas

Here’s a gift that gives some outdoor fun. These yard dominos are made from solid wood and handcrafted in the U.S. The set comes with its own drawstring jute bag for convenient storage and portability. This may be one gift your employees won’t see coming but has potential to please. Available for $59.95.

Compendious Coffee Chart

Clever Employee Gift Ideas

Here is a gift for the coffee lover without actually giving them coffee. The Compendious Coffee Chart is an elegant piece of wall art displaying all the many ways this favorite morning brew can be, well … brewed! This unique gift will run you $29.

Word Stone Nests

Clever Employee Gift Ideas

Cute and simple, these word stones nestled in their own individual nests would make a good gift for the staff member that likes a touch of whimsy on their desk. Pick the inspirational word you think the recipient would like most and you’ve got the makings of a cute and inexpensive gift. Available for $12.

Antique Camera Clock

Clever Employee Gift Ideas

So it’s not actually antique, but this desk clock is anything but expected. It can’t point and click but it does tick and tock. Made from metal to look like an old camera with a clock face instead of a lense, the camera desk clock is sure to be an attention grabbing gift. Priced at $51.99.

Personalized Wood Luggage Tag

Clever Employee Gift Ideas

If you have a traveler on your list one of these personalized luggage tags could make an excellent and budget friendly gift. Constructed from alder wood with a brown leatherette strap, the tag can then be laser engraved with the recipient’s initial, name and any four line personalization on the back for $12.95.

Terroir Pocket Knife

Clever Employee Gift Ideas

Perhaps a pocket knife is not the most clever gift idea, but how about one with an elegant and rugged design? Originally designed in Northern France this pocket knife is far more eye catching than one you would pick up at the local hardware store. With a solid rosewood handle and handy stainless steel blade it’s beautiful, functional and not too bad on the wallet at $18.95.

Cheese & Crackers Serving Board

Clever Employee Gift Ideas

Clever with a touch of humor this Cheese & Crackers board is made for serving…well…cheese and crackers! Made from North American maple, this witty serving board is covered with a teak oil finish, making it an attractive addition to the home or office of any party host. You can purchase this useful and amusing gift for $48.


No matter who you’re buying for you want your gift to be memorable and make an impression. These clever employee gift ideas are a good place to start looking in your search for gifts that will impress your staff and thank those who have helped make your business a success.

Why not choose the item that not only fits your budget, but won’t easily be forgotten?

Update: To sneak a peak at the picks for 2016, have a look at Clever Holiday Gift Ideas for Employees.

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  1. I think that wine, coffee and chocolates never fails. Wine may be a bit risky for some people don’t like to drink. But I think most are happy to have it.

  2. Last year, i gave all my coworkers air plant zen gardens and they loved them!

  3. So I have 100 employees, and I have to use my own money, let’s see, I’ll just buy everyone an antique camera clock, that’s 51 bucks, times 100, yeah my wife won’t notice that. Seriously though, these suggestions are bunk. Trying too hard to be original and coming up with garbage that nobody wants. Yard dominoes? That’s a re-gift, unless it hits the thrift store the same day. And Wine? What part of “clever gifts” am I missing?

    • If you have 100 employees, “JFK”, you’re probably looking at a gift card or a turkey — or no gift if you can’t afford much. Do a kind gesture instead. Give them a day off. Or bring in a team to provide massages or car washes free of charge for employees – their choice.

      As a company grows, it’s hard to give anything other than cash/gift card or an inexpensive food gift. Or a group gesture or celebration.

    • Why don’t you publish some of your own timely wisdom then instead of simply picking the article apart?

  4. I always give Craft, artisanal chocolate delivered to their door… always met with such delight. It’s a great service that I discovered when I received a box myself. As a chocolate lover, I’m totally obsessed with it. Highly recommend!

  5. While material gifts are great, gifting an experience that they can choose from is something they will remember for a lifetime !

  6. Great ideas! Really got my brain going on some creative tangents. Many thanks

  7. I’m sorry but this is not at all practical. I’m looking for ideas to gift to my best performers, and none of this comes even close to appropriate. Personalized diaries, stuff are even better than this. Maybe even vouchers for shopping or food.
    IMO the gifts should be personal but professional, not casual and friendly. Only the porcupine is a good option.

  8. No material gift will mean more than this:
    Look them in the eye, shake their hand and say, “I appreciate all you do for my company.”
    Mail (good ol’ snail mail) them a hand-written card with personal and specific notes to them. “Hand-written is the key, of course.
    How about a “thank you” card to their spouse for their support of your employee. You do know their spouse’s name, right?

  9. I am looking for gift which we can give to employee of the month under 200$. Any idea will he highly appreciated

  10. Thank you for the beautiful compilation. Really liked “Juniper Bonsai”. Will try to get this one this time. Thanks again. Very helpful 🙂

  11. Priyanka Prajapati

    great article. nice While material gifts are great, gifting an experience that they can choose from is something they will remember for a lifetime !

  12. The apple breakfast tote is awesome. One of my employees would love that.

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