Harrison Maddox / Sep 08, 2019
It’s never too early to be thinking about corporate Christmas gifts for employees. These annual gifts can mean a lot to your employees, making them feel appreciated and like they’re part of a family rather than a company with no personality.
But how do you pick the right holiday gift without breaking your budget? Fortunately there are more than a few options out there that are both thoughtful and economical.
Company Outing - A group outing can accomplish two things at once: it allows your employees to escape the office for a day and enjoy food, beverages and activities rather than working; It also serves as a team-building exercise, as your coworkers are sure to mingle and share a few laughs and experiences throughout the event. This leads to stronger relationships and better cooperation among your staff. Anything from bowling to a cookout to an arcade or a sporting event can serve as the ideal vehicle for your outing. Get creative and keep your employees’ interests in mind.
Coaster Gift Set - Another gift that can serve dual purposes. A nice set of coasters is a thoughtful gift that adds pizzazz to your employees’ everyday lives. Ideally, they’ll each keep one or two in their offices and protect your investment in office furniture as well. Which coasters should you give? There are a million options on the market, but you might as well get the best and most functional coasters out there. Sarah Selects has a line of absorbent ceramic coasters that come in a brilliant mandala pattern with turquoise, purple, or blue coaster color options. These coasters are solid and absorb moisture rather than allowing it to pool up (preventing small spills of moisture that you’d get from metal, glass, or lacquered wood coasters. These also come with a cork padding on the underside to prevent scratches on furniture—everybody wins.
Company Logo Wear - Giving logo wear as corporate Christmas gifts not only keeps your employees warm and comfortable (think flannel shirts, fleece jackets, or nice coats since you’ll be giving these in the winter months), it gets your company’s name out there in an unobtrusive way.
An Emergency Kit - Show your employees you care about their well-being by giving them all emergency preparedness kits for their cars or homes. Everyone knows that they should have flares, blankets, a radio, flashlight, matches, and first-aid gear with them for worst-case scenarios, but few people actually take the time to put together a kit that could save their lives. Make sure they’re always safe with this thoughtful gift.
A Small Plant - For a small and simple gift that they can keep at their desk or bring home, consider giving your employees each a small potted plant, such as a succulent. Be sure to pick plants that will do well with the light in your office area (do they need lots of sunlight or will they survive in an office that only gets afternoon light?). If possible, provide your employees with the name of the plant and instructions on caring for it so that it can thrive.
A Day Off - No matter how great your office culture is, everyone enjoys a day off here and there to spend time with family and friends, work on a passion project, or simply relax. Consider padding your employees’ paid-time-off banks with an extra day or two—they’ll appreciate the surprise vacation time and will likely return rested, recharged, and more productive. Have an office full of people who never use their vacation? Close the office for a day
These are just some ideas to get you thinking—if you have a small staff and know them well, don’t be afraid to personalize your corporate Christmas gifts. Perhaps a coaster gift set for the employee who’s always drinking coffee at her desk, and a bike tool for the guy who commutes to work on a bike, or a nice bottle of wine for the aficionado in the office. Remember that above all, Christmas gifts to employees should show that you are thinking about them during the holiday season; a little thoughtfulness can go a long way.