New Job Gift Ideas: 10 Awesome Gifts They’ll Actually Use

Landing a new job or earning a promotion is an event worth celebrating. Whether it’s your first job out of high school or college or you’re beginning a new career path, there’s nothing like the excitement and sense of achievement you feel with starting a new job. Since it’s such a special event, we compiled ten gift ideas to congratulate someone starting a new career. These gifts are great for a friend, spouse or boyfriend or girlfriend and will show them how proud you are of their achievement. Some can also help recipients get ready for their new jobs.

1. Gift Card

You might not know exactly what the person needs for their new job. Do they need a new suit, shoes or jewelry? Or do they just want to celebrate? A gift card gives them the freedom to get what they really need or want.

The Happy Moments Gift Card is a great option because of how versatile it is. It can be used at Macy’s, Sephora, Bed Bath & Beyond, Red Lobster, The Cheesecake Factory, Regal Cinemas and Buffalo Wild Wings. Your friend can use it to buy a new wardrobe or makeup, supplies for their cubicle or a celebratory dinner.

If you need a gift card that can be sent digitally, check out the Happy You eGift Card.

2. Wristwatch

bulova womens crystal stainless steel bracelet watch

A classic watch completes a professional wardrobe. A new career or big promotion is the perfect time to gift a luxury watch. We found a Citizen men’s leather strap watch that will go with just about any suit or outfit. For women, this Bulova women’s crystal stainless steel bracelet watch will make her shine as she walks into the office.

3. Personalized Pen

Cross Calais Satin Chrome Ballpoint pen gift set

We sometimes take them for granted but writing with a quality pen makes a big difference. Cross makes some excellent writing tools. The Cross Calais Satin Chrome Ballpoint Pen comes in a gift set with a black pouch. The pen can be engraved with the recipient’s name and gift wrapped in premium wrapping.

4. Tablet Case

pad and quill oxford ipad pro case

With everything going digital nowadays, a tablet is almost a must-have for some professionals. If you know what kind of tablet your friend has, get a quality case that will protect their device. For example, if your friend or spouse has an iPad Pro, the Logitech Slim Folio Pro is a popular case because it has a quality build and a built-in keyboard–perfect for taking notes during meetings. If they prefer something without a keyboard, Pad & Quill makes a leather iPad case that is ready for any professional meeting.


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5. New Suit or Blazer

express pink blazer women
express blue blazer men

We first shared this idea as a gift for recent graduates. (Check out our graduation gift guide if you’re shopping for a high school or college grad.) A versatile blazer will get their business wardrobe off to a good start. It can dress up any outfit and will complement just about any fashion. Express has blazers for men and women that come in a variety of colors. They’re a perfect balance of style and comfort.

6. New Job Gift Basket

ruler pencil pens office supplies

If you want to get your friend everything they’ll need to survive the first day of a new job, then put together a gift basket with all the essentials. Get a nice mug and stuff it with desk supplies so they don’t have to use the stock pens and highlighters the office manager gives them. Add sticky notes, scissors, snacks and more. You could even put a gift card in there so they can get whatever else they might need.

7. Lunch Money A.K.A. a Food Gift Card

happy bites gift card

Eating out can get expensive and a new employee might want to go out to lunch with their new co-workers the first few weeks instead of eating alone at their desk. A food gift card will be appreciated.

The Happy Bites Gift Card can be used at Jamba, Burger King, Panera Bread, Peet’s Coffee and Noodles & Co. It’s a versatile card so they won’t have to eat the same thing every day.

8. Chair or Foot Massager

office chair massager

Whether they’re working from home or in the office, sitting in a chair all day can get uncomfortable. That makes a chair massage cushion a great new job gift idea. The recipient can turn it on whenever they need to and give their muscles a relaxing massage to work out tension.

If they have the kind of job where they’re on their feet all day, give a foot massager. They can use it after a long day at work to relax their feet and sooth their arches and soles.

9. Wireless Earbuds

man wearing jbuds air true wireless earbuds

Working in an office can get noisy. Even if you’re confined to your home, there might be noise from neighbors, kids or pets. Wireless earbuds are a perfect solution.

If your friend is an iPhone owner, a pair of Apple AirPods will be perfect. If they’re on Android, check out the JLab Audio JBuds Air Earbuds. We first shared these in our budget gift guide. They’re under $50, but they pack a powerful punch. (If you’re on a budget, our budget gift guide has tons of gift ideas under $50, $25 and $10.)

A nice pair of earbuds will help drown out surrounding noise so the recipient can focus on crushing it at their new job.

10. Inspirational Business Books

start with why book
7 habits of highly effective people book

Learning is one of the most important keys to growing a career. Whether someone is starting a new career path or just got a promotion, they’re going to keep learning. Give them a head start with a relevant book. You can go with a timeless classic like The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, or if they’re starting a new leadership position, consider Start With Why or The First 90 Days.


Starting a new job or earning a promotion is a huge moment. Celebrate the event with these gift ideas. Let the person know you’re proud of them and help get them ready for their new job.

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1 thought on “New Job Gift Ideas: 10 Awesome Gifts They’ll Actually Use”

  1. I’m on a search for the perfect gift suggestions and I think yours is great! Thanks a lot for sharing this for everyone to read 🙂 Really, really helpful.

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