10 Employee Appreciation Gift Ideas Your Employees Will Actually Like

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Finding the best employee appreciation gift can be challenging. But it’s worth the time and expense. Employee morale and company culture are top priorities for many workers and a proven way to keep high-performing talent.

Here are 10 employee appreciation gift ideas. If you’re looking for a gift that’s appropriate, personal and within budget, these gifts check all those boxes and will make your employees happy.

10 Best Employee Appreciation Gift Ideas

1. Coffee or Travel Mug

Wake Up and Smell The Coffee!

‘Don’t talk to me until I’ve had my morning coffee.’

You’ve probably seen that printed somewhere. If your employees don’t drink coffee, they might drink tea. Either way, most of us can always use another mug.

You have a lot of options here. You can go for an office-themed print like this Weapons of Mass Creation mug from Express. Bed Bath & Beyond has sports team branded insulated cups if you know what your employee’s favorite sports team is. For a cheery option, pick up this chic Wake Up and Smell the Coffee mug from Lord & Taylor.

Bonus idea for tea drinkers: Pick up a Mr. Tea tea infuser for a complete gift package!

2. Notebook

Faux Leather Journal

Death, taxes and meetings. There will always be meetings, which means a notebook will always be useful. Russell & Hazel makes some nice journals and notebooks, including a faux-leather journal and a bookcloth journal. The faux-leather journal has gilded pages for a sophisticated look. Both of those can be bought at Macy’s, so you can pick them up on your next shopping trip!

If you have an employee who’s into florals, give a floral spiral notebook for a bright and cheery gift.

3. Pen

Black Stylus Ballpoint Pen

What goes better with a nice notebook than a nice pen? True, many people might use electronic tablets for note-taking. But there are those who prefer the feel of pen and paper.

Lord & Taylor sells this stylish pen set for only $10 that will go with any notebook. You could get each employee a personalized ball-point pen and stylus or leatherette pen. For a pen set that will look great on any desk, give a Lillian Rose Burlap and Lace Pen Set.

4. Desk Accessories

Mini Rose Gold Lightbox

For many employees, their cubicle is a second home. They decorate, accessorize and do just about anything to make their time at work more comfortable. Give these employees useful and fun accessories to brighten up their workspace.

For a fun gift, give this mini lightbox from Express. It’s small enough for a desk and comes with 100 letters, numbers and symbol tiles. If you want to give a practical gift, consider a Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer or a tablet stand.

5. Weekly or Daily Planner

Vera Bradley Butterfly Planner

If your employees have packed schedules or prefer to keep their work and personal calendars separate, weekly planners will be super-useful.

For starters, this Frye and Co. planner at Macy’s will suit anyone’s style. The leather planner is modern and sophisticated and comes in black, tan and navy. And don’t worry about giving it as a gift after January – the planner is dateless and is a spiral binder so dates and pages can be added and removed.

For something with a little more flare, consider a Vera Bradley planner with a butterfly design or this ban.do planner with a floral design.

6. Headphones

iLive Bluetooth Headphones

Offices can be busy places, filled with phone conversations and other background noise. Some of your employees might prefer a quieter workspace. Instead of making them settle for company-issued earbuds, pick up nice pairs of headphones to help drown out the noise.

These iLive headphones are wireless and have on-ear controls. They come in black, green, blue and red – a color for everyone! For something with a modern, sleek design, try these headphones by Innovative Technology. They’re also wireless and have on-ear controls, but the design might suit employees who prefer more unique styles.

If you know of an employee who prefers earbuds over headphones, give them a pair of wireless earbuds.

7. Umbrella

Shedrain Reversible Umbrella

An umbrella might not sound like the most exciting gift, but think about it – most everyone needs one, it seems like there’s never one around when it’s raining and no one wants to buy their own! If you’re going to gift an umbrella, give one that goes beyond the ordinary.

For example, a reversible umbrella makes it easy to get in and out of the car without getting wet and it won’t drip water when it’s folded. Macy’s has a Shedrain reversible umbrella that comes in pink, black and red. This InBrella from Lord & Taylor has an awesome constellation print on the inside.

There are lots of other options. Live in a windy place? Get a Windguard Auto Open Umbrella by Samsonite. Looking for a classic design? Give this Totes Foldable Wood-Grip Umbrella – it comes in Black, Blue and British Tan.

8. Chocolate

Godiva 8 Piece Box of Chocolate

Never underestimate the power of chocolate. Almost everyone loves it! You can spring for a basket of good ol’ fashioned Hershey’s or spend a few extra dollars on a special gift set.

Macy’s has a House of Dorchester gift set that says ‘Thank you’ right on the box. It doesn’t get any easier than that! For a few dollars more, Godiva has an 8-piece ballotin box that has a variety of rich chocolates.

9. Dinner

People Making Toast

Either plan a team dinner or give your employees the gift of dinner with gift cards. There are plenty of options for restaurant gift cards. If you’re not sure which restaurants your employees like, give them a Happy Dining gift card. A Happy Dining card can be used at six different restaurants – McCormick & Schmick’s, The Cheesecake Factory, Red Lobster, Buffalo Wild Wings, Cracker Barrel and P.F. Chang’s.

10. Professional Massage

Spa Candles For Massage

We can probably all use a little relaxation and stress relief. Why not give each employee a gift card for a relaxing massage? The Spafinder gift card can be used at thousands of spas and salons nationwide, so it’s your safest option. In fact, a Spafinder gift card, a box of chocolate and a coffee mug or notebook would make a nice gift set!

The Perfect Employee Appreciation Gift Idea

Now you have ten great options for employee appreciation gifts. If you’re not sure exactly which ones your employees will like the most, keep it simple. All of the products we mentioned in this article can be bought at the stores listed on some Happy Card gift cards, all of which can be used at multiple stores.

Whatever the gift is, your employees will appreciate the recognition. Whether your gift is a personalized pen, a simple box of chocolates or a gift card, employee appreciation goes a long way.

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