November 16, 2022

Christmas Gift Ideas That Employees Will Love

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It’s officially the holiday season! You know what that means—singing carols, gingerbread cookies, and…a lot of stress about buying the right gift for friends and family. And that holds true for company gifts, too. While the right gift can have amazing benefits, such as strengthening relationships, increasing happiness, and raising productivity, you don’t want to waste time and money on getting gifts that people won’t appreciate

How do you get the right Christmas gifts for employees without getting completely overwhelmed? We have a few ideas for you.

What Makes the Best Employee Holiday Gifts?

The answer to this is simple: the best gift is something that you want. So the best employee gift is something that they’re excited to receive because they want it. But how do you do that for dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of employees?

The easiest solution is with something that allows people to buy their own item. Not a gift card, since that still limits the employee’s choices. No, the best option is with points. Points allow employees to choose exactly what they want, empowering them to treat themselves with the gift that will mean the most to them.

Awardco’s partnership with Amazon allows employees to choose from millions of reward options, making your holiday season easier than ever. Simply give out points as a gift and watch as employees’ holidays get a bit merrier and brighter.

What If You Want to Give Physical Gifts?

We understand that physical gifts can be fun and exciting to give. Points are great, but if you want to give something physical, a curated list of options is the way to go. That way, your list can include different options for people to choose from, and you’re still providing them with a physical reward from the company.

The key is still to find out what exactly your employees would like. Do you have a lot of movie buffs at your company? Do a lot of your employees regularly hit the gym? Maybe you have a lot of readers? Whatever the case is, curate your list to include items that will appeal to as many people as possible. Let’s look at a few ideas to get you started.

  • Pro tip: Employees can find all of the below items on the Awardco platform. Doesn’t that just jingle your bells?

Employee Gift Ideas for Movie Buffs

Movie buffs are loud and proud of their favorite films, and with so many movies and licensed gifts to choose from, these employees should be relatively simple to buy for. Here are some ideas.

1. Ticket Stub Diary

If you’re like us, you have a stash of ticket stubs somewhere in your home. Many movie lovers enjoy keeping their tickets as a sort of journal, and a ticket stub diary is perfect for the task.

2. LED Projector

What’s better than watching your favorite movie anywhere you want? With this portable projector, movie buffs can enjoy their film of choice wherever there’s a blank wall.

3. Director’s Chair

Make the simple act of sitting more immersive than ever with a piece of classic cinema history. Employees will love owning a movie-accurate director’s chair (even if it doesn't look that comfortable).

4. Movie Jigsaw Puzzle

This puzzle is perfect for those who want to think about movies without actually watching one. Rebuild the classics, both old and modern, and let employees create something they can cherish.

Mint popcorn maker on yellow triangle background

5. Gourmet Popcorn Maker

Gourmet popcorn made from the comfort of your own home? Yes, please. No self-professed movie lover would turn a gift like this down!

Employee Gift Ideas for Fitness Fanatics

Promoting wellness is always a great idea, and what’s better than encouraging wellness and getting a desirable gift at the same time? Here are some ideas for gifts to enhance the fitness routine of your employees.

1. Workout Planner

With all of the fitness apps around nowadays, sometimes a nice journal is just what the doctor ordered. This fitness journal is perfect for planning workouts, tracking weights, and setting goals.

2. Under Desk Treadmill

Do you really want to make your physically active employees happy? Help them stay active at work! This under desk treadmill is perfect for walking while working at a standing desk. While it costs a pretty penny, it might be just what your employees want.

3. Personal Blender

Protein shakes and keto smoothies, this blender can do it all. And in a quick and convenient package, too! Help your active employees get the nutrients they need with a gift like this.

Black massage gun on red square background

4. Massage Gun

Working out is hard, and being sore is no fun. A massage gun is perfect to find the relief of a massage without paying for massage therapy. We bet this would be a popular option for fitness fanatics, couch potatoes, and everyone in between!

5. Yoga Equipment Set

Yoga is growing in popularity, and for good reason! This low-impact, high-intensity exercise is perfect for anyone wanting to get in shape. And with a yoga set like this, anyone can get their yoga on.

Employee Gift Ideas for Bookworms

In the winter, nothing beats snuggling into some blankets by the fire and reading a good book. For those employees who agree with us, these book-centric gifts can make their holiday season spectacular! (And yes, you could give these people a book, but where’s the fun in that?)

1. Mythologie Candles

Remember what we said about reading by the fire? Well, a scented candle is the next best thing. And Mythologie Candles has high-quality candles based on the Lord of the Rings books. What more could a book lover want?

Framed, multicolor book bucket list poster on black shape background

2. Book Bucket List Poster

Bookworms love to keep track of the books they’ve read. What better way to do that than with a scratch-off book bucket list? This way, every reader has a way to prove they’ve read 100 of the most well-known classics.

3. Blind Date With a Book

Readers often get into ruts, consuming the same type of book over and over. This gift is the perfect way to help a daring someone to branch out! Who knows, maybe you’ll help them find their next great read!

4. The Book Was Better Shirt

Anyone who reads has said this at least once in their life. (For us, we said it after every Harry Potter movie…) Give the gift of a shirt that lets your employees express their opinion without having to say a word.

5. Book of the Month Club Subscription

This is a gift that keeps on giving. Buy a subscription that lets employees choose a new book each month from Book of the Month’s curated catalog. 

Employee Gift Ideas for Outdoorsy People

The great outdoors is, well, great. And chances are, plenty of your employees love camping, hiking, skiing, fishing, or any other outdoor activity. Here are some gift ideas for them.

1. CamelBak Backpack

Anyone who spends any amount of time hiking would love a gift like this. Help your employees stay safe and hydrated with a CamelBak backpack.

2. Trekking Poles

Another great (albeit expensive) option for those who love to explore, these trekking poles allow adventurers the ability, and stability, to go where no man has gone before.

Black Garmin GPS Smartwatch on blue circle background

3. Garmin GPS Smartwatch

Give the gift of safety with a smartwatch that comes with GPS. This helps employees stay safe no matter where they trek or how much they explore.

4. National Parks Pass

Our nation is full of amazing scenery, and with a National Parks Pass, your employees can see the most beautiful sights of all.

5. Portable Cooler

A classic for a reason, coolers are a great idea for those who love to spend time outdoors. And the best part is, there are dozens of options anywhere from $20 to $500, so you can find one that fits in your budget.

These gift ideas aren’t the end-all-be-all for your holiday gift list—the best thing you can do is to communicate with your employees to find out what type of things they like or hobbies they have. Then, put together a list of gifts that reaches as many people as possible. You’d be surprised at how holly and jolly your Christmas is this year when everyone gets something they want!

Give the Gift of Showing That You Care

The main takeaway from this post is that gifts are an amazing way to show employees that they’re valued and that they matter. And with the holiday season right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to think about what you can give your people that will truly convey how much you appreciate them. Don’t settle for everyone getting the same, unwanted corporate gift. Instead, use these gift ideas for employees to spice up your gift giving.

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