Clever Holiday Gift Ideas for Employees

Clever Holiday Gift Ideas for Employees

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Your employees play a major role in the success of your business. This holiday season, you can reward them with gifts that are unique and personalized to their specific interests.

2018 Holiday Gift Ideas for Employees

If you’re looking to go beyond the basic thank you note or box of chocolates, here are some unique employee gift ideas to consider in 2018.

Passion Planner

Clever Holiday Gift Ideas for Employees - Passion Planner

To help your team keep track of their meetings, to-dos, thoughts and goals, get them each a planner for the upcoming year. This 2019 version also includes some journaling pages and goal sheets.

Leather Luggage Tags

Clever Holiday Gift Ideas for Employees - Leather Luggage Tags

For the world travelers on your list, these synthetic leather luggage tags could make for a fun yet practical gift. They’re fairly inexpensive, so you can get them for a large team or if you’re on a strict gift budget.

Geometric Wire Photo Frame

Clever Holiday Gift Ideas for Employees - Geometric Wire Photo Frame

Help your team members decorate and personalize their desks with photos of family or friends. This geometric frame is perfect for a desktop and provides a bit more interest than a standard one.

Winc Gift Card

Clever Holiday Gift Ideas for Employees - Winc Gift Card

For the wine lovers on your list, Winc is a personalized wine delivery service that offers a gift card program. You can send a personalized gift package to your team and let them pick out their favorite wines. The company even offers corporate and volume discounts.

Coffee Cup Dish Towels

Clever Holiday Gift Ideas for Employees - Coffee Cup Dish Towels

You know those people who congregate around the office’s coffee pot all day? Get them these dish towels printed with cute coffee mugs so they can express their love of coffee at home.

Tea Infusers

Clever Holiday Gift Ideas for Employees - Tea Infusers

For those who prefer tea, you can get them these infusers for loose leaf tea. It lets them enjoy all of their favorite flavors and varieties in the office and at home.

Indoor Bonsai Tree

Clever Holiday Gift Ideas for Employees - Indoor Bonsai Tree

Plants can make for great desktop and office decor. This indoor bonsai tree is fairly easy to care for and is also a symbol of financial abundance.

Personalized Money Clip

Clever Holiday Gift Ideas for Employees - Personalized Money Clip

A money clip is a popular accessory for men. This brown leather version also comes with an engraved metal piece so you can have it personalized with the recipient’s initials.

Noise Cancelling Headphones

Clever Holiday Gift Ideas for Employees - Noise Cancelling Headphones

Noise cancelling headphones can help employees stay focused or drown out distractions around the office, or even enjoy some of their favorite music or video content.


Clever Holiday Gift Ideas for Employees - Fanchest

If you have any major sports fans on your list, get them some memorabilia from their favorite teams. Fanchest lets you shop by team or purchase gift cards to each team member can choose.

Adventure Coffee Table Book

Clever Holiday Gift Ideas for Employees - Adventure Coffee Table Book

A coffee table book can be a great gift that you can personalize to each employee’s interest. If you have any travelers or adventure lovers on your list, this book about adventures could be perfect.

Reusable Water Bottle

Clever Holiday Gift Ideas for Employees - Reusable Water Bottle

For environmentally conscious offices, get every member of the team a reusable water bottle in their favorite color or style. This insulated version keeps liquids hot or cold all day.

Party Game

Clever Holiday Gift Ideas for Employees - Party Game

For those fun loving team members, you could opt for a fun party game like What Do You Meme? It includes photos and caption cards so that players can put together their very own memes offline.

Desk Clock

Clever Holiday Gift Ideas for Employees - Desk Clock

If you want to opt for a more traditional style gift, a clock is always a good choice. This one has a modern design but a traditional analog face.

Messenger Bag

Clever Holiday Gift Ideas for Employees - Messenger Bag

A messenger bag is a very practical gift for employees. They can use it to carry their laptop and other work supplies or even take it on trips or use it for personal outings.

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Annie Pilon Annie Pilon is a Senior Staff Writer for Small Business Trends, covering entrepreneur profiles, interviews, feature stories, community news and in-depth, expert-based guides. When she’s not writing she can be found on her personal blog Wattlebird, and exploring all that her home state of Michigan has to offer.

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  1. Hi Annie,

    Great selection of gifts. I especially like anything tech–like the keyboard skin. Companies can also help pay down student loan debt or contribute to college savings using a Gift Card. You can find them now in ToysRUs stores or buy them online.

    It’s a not only a thoughtful gift for the holiday but a great way to show support in helping millennials pay down their crushing college debt.

    Happy Holidays,

  2. Thank you for sharing these wonderful gift ideas for employees. All great suggestions, I would like to add that employees may also benefit from gifts that help them relax and unwind after a long hard working year, such as aromatherapy gifts; instead of a scented candle consider an aromatherapy soy candle infused with natural essential oils such as Lavender or Sage and Chamomile or Jasmine. Essential oils can have a positive effect on ones wellbeing unlike synthetically fragranced candles which smell nice but have little to no affect on your mood or wellbeing. Additional gift ideas to consider would be spa gift baskets or tea gifts. Tea is also known to have a relaxing and calming effect.

  3. Annie: How about the employee who likes tea? 😉

  4. While I am generally not in favor of gifting in the office as it can raise expectations, I still think that business owners should reward employees in this season.

  5. Thanks for this. Struggling with some ideas for employees and clients. It’s just not a place I like to channel my creativity. I’d rather spend that for my client’s projects.

    So while I am busy helping them with their plans…thanks for helping with mine!

  6. It is important to give gifts that are cheap but can be used by your employees.

  7. These are really nice ideas. I may use one or two for my employees.

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