As the holiday season swiftly approaches, it is time to put a plan in motion for your employee gift strategy. Gifting before the New Year is a wonderful practice to keep momentum moving as the holidays inevitably provide employees with distractions. Recognition is proven as one of the most effective avenues to improving work motivation and employee engagement. To simplify the decision-making process, we have broken down employee gifting into three simple categories.
Holiday gifts that can be used and displayed by team members at work are a great option for companies that operate primarily in an office space. Desk gifts also work well for remote employees, since it draws a tie back into the employees who work together in person. A fun idea for a gift in this category is a tin of sweet treats, branded with the company logo. Hershey kisses are an awesome way for employees to self-reward as they work through the long days headed into holiday season!
If your company has a culture that would rather not gift food, we have another great option for desk-displayed presents: company mugs or branded thermoses. Caffeine will be key in helping employees through the holidays, and what better way to say “thanks for all your hard work” than with a reusable container for their coffee or tea consumption. Gifts of this kind also add a bit of color to an office routine that typically consists of white styrofoam cups. It’s a win-win!
If you think your employees would appreciate a gift with a cozier or more sentimental flavor, consider the option of gifts they can use at home. For example, a branded Holiday Candle Set is the perfect way to send a message for the team to relax while taking time to celebrate the season. Another simple gift to engage employees emotionally with the company is a keepsake. Holiday ornaments with the company logo are a subtle route to connect positive feelings with your brand, even while employees are away on vacation.
Last but not least, our favorite strategy for employee gifting is the combination approach. Pairing a material gift with an intangible one forms a wholesome present that employees will surely appreciate. Make an awesome impact by surprising employees with an extra day of PTO or something of that nature, combined with a gift of branded apparel or accessories. Convey the message that you hope they use their company vest, quarter-zip, or branded weekender bag while enjoying time off!
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