Companies cannot thrive without the hard work and dedication of their employees. Employee Appreciation Day is a day dedicated to the recognition of the best employees.
Express your gratitude for your staff on Employee Appreciation Day with gifts that are meaningful, personal, memorable, and enjoyable.
Here are 49 of the best employee appreciation gifts.
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1. Coffee Mug
A mug with a funny phrase, quote, or slogan that suits the employee will remind them they are appreciated each time they reach for their cup in the lunchroom.
A journal or notebook with a special ‘thank you’ cover design is great for employees to jot down their thoughts and ideas.
The office can get loud at times. Headphones can help your employees focus during busy hours.
Plants can brighten the workplace. A small succulent is a cute keepsake for the desk.
5. Desk Plaque
A plaque that says “May you be proud of the work you do, the person you are, and the difference you make” shows your appreciation and acknowledges their hard work.
A funny poster for your employee to hang on the wall of their office is nice to lighten office morale.
Anyone who appreciates artwork will enjoy a pretty piece they can look to for inspiration or, on a bad day.
Flowers bring life and beauty into a room.
Find a puzzle design that fits your employee’s personality. They can enjoy the significant gift at home or complete it in the office during a break from work.
Other novelty items to consider:
Make it personal. Say thank you to a special employee by customizing a gift to make it uniquely theirs. Check out a few more staff appreciation ideas.
A notepad with your employee’s name printed at the top is useful and thoughtful. Every time they write a note for a coworker, they will know who it is from.
15. Personalized Pen
Pens get lost and taken, but not a pen with your employee’s name engraved on it.
Help them stay organized with a planner. Customize the cover with their name or with a design of appreciation.
Design a special mouse pad with pictures of the employee under a special thank you note.
18. Custom Mouse
A custom mouse goes perfectly with the personalized mousepad. Customize a mouse with their name or favorite design.
You can never go wrong with a food gift. Find out what your employees' favorite treats to munch on are, and consider the following employee appreciation ideas:
19. Sampler Set
Find what they love, whether it be coffee syrups, hot sauces, or teas, and gift them a sampler set for them to try a bit of everything from something they love
Gift a box of donuts that spell out “thank you.”
Other food items to consider:
- Muffin Gift Basket
- Fruit Basket
- Box of Chocolates
- Tin of Cookies
- Candy Box
- S’mores Gift Set
- Popcorn Set
- Coffee or Tea set
To give our best, we must feel our best—Foster their need to prioritize themselves with a self-care gift.
Candles with Lavender scent or citrus aromas have a calming effect that can relieve stress.
30. Cozy Socks
Some jobs require employees to stay on their feet for long hours. Cozy socks are a nice way to let your employee know you are aware of their commitment and care for their comfort.
A gift set with items such as face masks, lotion, and bath bombs is the perfect essentials for them to have a spa day at home and take care of themselves.
32. Paid Day Off
The best way for anyone to take of themselves is to take a day off to relax. Gift them a day to sleep in on a guilt-free paid day off.
Outings, events, and experiences take our minds off our daily stress. Gift an experience they will never forget.
33. Movie Tickets
Nothing takes our mind off our day like a good 2-hour movie.
34. Tickets to a Sports Game
Anyone who cannot stop talking about the amazing homerun or touchdown made by their favorite player will feel the love with tickets to their team’s game.
35. Private Guitar Lessons
Invest in your employee’s passion or interest to play an instrument with a virtual private guitar lesson.
36. A Day at the Spa
Work can get overwhelming. Acknowledge their hard work and give them a day at a spa to unwind.
Sitting at a desk all day can strain our backs and neck. A 30-minute massage will help relieve any pain and discomfort your employee may feel.
38. Movement Meditation Class
Support your employee to clear their mind and release stress with a movement meditation class.
Gift your employee the experience of traveling without leaving the comfort of their home with a virtual tour of Israel.
Other experiences to consider:
- Tickets to a Museum or Art Gallery
- Tickets to a Show
- Sip and Paint Voucher
Coffee is life for some people. If you see an employee walk in every day with a caramel macchiato from either coffee shop, they will love this gift card.
Lunch is on you. Gift a card to their favorite lunch spot.
Gift them the night off from cooking dinner with an UberEats gift card. No cooking, no dishes, and the food is delivered straight to their home.
Does your employee love music? A Spotify gift card will give them unlimited access to all their favorite songs without the limitations of skips.
Other gift cards to consider:
Your employee will feel valued and appreciated with these thoughtful gestures that acknowledge their hard work and dedication to the company. Pick one of the suggested employee appreciation gifts, and you’ll see the motivation of your team skyrocket.
Still looking for the the perfect gift? Read more useful gift guides to help you decide how to make someone feel appreciated.
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