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November 1, 2021

14 Employee Christmas Gift Ideas for 2021

14 Employee Christmas Gift Ideas for 2021

The holidays are upon us, and that means you might be looking for employee Christmas gifts, or gifts to celebrate Kwanza, or Hanukkah, or Giving Tuesday, or any number of holidays that fall during this time. Whatever you celebrate, giving gifts at the end of the year is a great way to recognize and thank your employees for all their hard work. 

Sometimes giving gifts at work can leave many people stumped. Do you give a large luxurious gift set? A gift card? Maybe something a little more meaningful and heartfelt? It can be daunting to figure that out, especially if you have a large team. We’ve got some ideas to help you find the perfect gift for your employees!

Here’s a little tip before we get started: at Awardco we’ve partnered with Amazon to offer a one-of-a-kind employee rewards and recognition platform that allows businesses to provide millions of rewarding options to their employees. With zero markups and free shipping options. Choosing a gift for people can be hard, but we make it easier than ever to let employees choose their OWN gifts! More on that later. For now, let’s dive in!

Gift Ideas on a Budget

Giving gifts during the holiday season often runs into the same issue year after year: budget. While you want your employees to feel cared for and appreciated, you also can’t break the bank on gifts. After all, you still have a business to run! However, you can still give great gifts on a budget. For example, here’s a few small gift ideas for under $10:

Adult coloring books.

Coloring isn’t just for kids! Spending time methodically coloring a landscape can often be just the thing to unwind and relax, and might even open more brain space for creativity. 

Veggie noodle spiralizer.

If you haven’t tried Zoodles or Squoodles, you’re missing out. Maybe it’s not everybody’s jam, but veggie noodles might be the perfect meaningful gift for your vegetarian coworker.

Airpod case covers.

Airpods are everywhere, and everyone that has them has misplaced them at least once. Give a case cover that they can easily attach to their keys so they’ll never get lost again!

PopSocket phone grip.

Most people have phones, and most people use them daily. Getting your employees a PopSocket is not only useful and practical, it’s thoughtful, too!

We could go on and on about giving meaningful gifts on a budget, but whatever you give remember this: make it as personal as you can. Your employees will appreciate anything that comes from the heart and something that shows you thought of them personally.  

Fun Gift Ideas

Employee gifts at the office, especially from coworkers, are often of the fun-focused variety. Concerned less with the meaning and more with amusement, giving fun gifts is a great way to show you care in a lighthearted way.

Portable pizza holder.

Who doesn’t love pizza? Now your coworkers can eat lunch at the next work-provided pizza party AND save a slice for later! 

Screaming goat figurine.

Next time your coworkers feel like screaming, let the screaming goat figurine do it for them. Funny AND practical!

The book of useless information.

Filled with fun facts, trivial, articles, and statistics to make anyone an expert on the most random facts imaginable. 

Cotton swab crossbow.

Way more fun than a sassy coffee mug, this little beauty will harmlessly launch cotton swabs with the ferocity of soft, pillowy cotton. A must have. 

Fun gift ideas are endless, plentiful, and if you put a little thought into them, very memorable. 

Personalized Gift Ideas

Personalized gifts go a long way to communicate how much you care, even if it’s just something you got with their name on it. Here’s a few ideas to help you deliver an experience to remember:

Remote work gift baskets.

Working from home can sometimes feel like you’re on an island. Letting your remote employees know you care with a personalized gift basket is a fantastic way to keep people engaged and happy.

Namesake straws.

Remember drinking your favorite beverage as a kid and watching it go through the crazy loops of your straw? Now imagine that, but the straw is your name! A personal, inexpensive, fun idea for anyone!

A monogrammed notebook.

Stylish, personal, and practical? Doesn’t get much better than that. Maybe their next big idea will come from owning this!

Personalized gift ideas are plentiful, from keychains to embroidered clothing items. Find what your employees might enjoy the most and see their eyes light up!

Gift Ideas That WOW

So you’re not into the fleece blankets, the pens and notebooks, or the bottle of favorite beverage as a gift? You want to go all out to provide something high-quality, memorable, and personalized, but need some ideas? Try these out:

Offer an experience.

When you offer things, that’s nice, but many employees appreciate experiences over items—especially if they can share that experience with others. A weekend getaway, a skydiving trip, or even a cooking class will go a long way to show employees you mean it when you say thank you.

Offer a really great perk.

If you go this route, the perk has to be more than a company-paid lunch or a little extra PTO. Consider offering a company matched 401K, all insurance premiums paid by the organization, a subscription to Audible, or even a company gym pass. Whatever it is, make sure it wows.

Let employees choose.

Hear us out here. The best gift is one an employee gets to choose. They might enjoy a mug, but they’ll truly enjoy that pair of shoes they’ve been really wanting, or maybe that hotel stay they’ve been dreaming of. Offering employees the power to choose their own gift is something they’ll never forget, and Awardco is the only employee recognition and rewards platform that partners with Amazon to do just that. (With zero markups too!)


Should you give employees gifts at all? Well, we’re not one to tell you what to do, but we will say that appreciating employees brings a measurable return back to the organization. Measurable to the tune of 17% more productivity. Reduced absenteeism. Less quality defects. And a whole host of other benefits that will actually impact your bottom line. So next time you’re thinking about whether or not you should appreciate employees and give gifts during the holidays, don’t forget that no matter if your gift is a mug or a weekend getaway, it’s going to make a positive impact.

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