Affordable thank you gifts for your employees!

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Whether it's the holiday season or Employee Appreciation Day (Mar. 3), or you just want to give your staff a thank you gift, we've got you covered! Spread some cheer with a small token of your appreciation to show your employees you value them; after all, it's the season of giving.

Here are 25 fun, unique and affordable gifts you can give your employees, all for less than $50.

Bonsai tree set

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Bonsai trees are a calming presence in any office, and a great gift for the resident green-thumb. Watch these characteristic trees grow along with your business. Available at Amazon ($22.99)

Oojra home fragrances

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For the homemaker in your office, Oojra home fragrances offers a line of scents that will brighten any home. As the company says "home fragrances are the finishing touch on your decor -- but the first thing anyone notices." At ($39.99)

Yatra Aquatune bluetooth speaker

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Aquatune's line of bluetooth speakers are designed to withstand the outdoors; they're weatherproof, portable speakers with a high quality sound. The Aquatune 5712 is an inexpensive, durable model that your employees will love. At Shop Yatra ($34.99)


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Do any members of your staff love fitness? Get them something to make those long runs or days at the gym a little easier. Flipbelt offers a unique way to carry your phone and other belongings while you workout. You can also attach a light if you're heading out for a late night jog or bike ride. At Flipbelt ($28.99)

Broadway Basketeers Token of Appreciation tower

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Who doesn't love sweets? If your staff is the snackable kind, look no further than Broadway Basketeers Token of Appreciation Tower, to show your employee's how appreciated they truly are. Gift tower includes: Milk Chocolate Bavarian Pretzels, Double Dipped Chocolate Peanuts, Chocolate Drizzled Popcorn, Vanilla Caramel Kiss Taffies, Cappuccino Chocolate Chip Cookies, Brownie Crisp Cookies, and Sea Salt Flavored Pita Chips. At Amazon ($23.36)

Oster rechargeable wine opener and chiller

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There's bound to be at least one wine aficionado on your staff. This wine opener and chiller combo from Oster will definitely keep them happy. Make that old corkscrew a thing of the past; just pop the bottle open with the automatic opener and then chill out! At Amazon ($29.99)

Heat changing coffee mug

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Have a stargazer in your workplace? Gift them this heat-changing constellation mug, which lights up like the night sky when coffee, tea or any other hot beverage is poured into it. Show your employee that they're a star in your company's sky! At Amazon ($16.95)

Amazon Fire TV Stick

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If there's a television enthusiast working for you then look no further. Amazon's new Fire TV Stick comes with a voice-controlled remote and allows the user to sync up applications like Netflix or Hulu. Perfect for any employee who just can't stop binge watching their favorite series. At Amazon ($39.99)

Desktop electric pencil sharpener

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Do you have an employee on staff who prefers the old-fashioned pencil and paper to a digital screen? This electric pencil sharpener fits nicely on any desk and will ensure their pencils are always looking sharp and to-do lists are up to date! At Amazon ($29.99)

Cube alarm clock

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If you have an employee who's habitually late but has a good sense of humor, gift them this alarm clock to help them get out of bed on time! Work in an office? Even better! The cube shape will remind them to hustle up and get to their own cubicle by the start of the workday. At Amazon ($19.99)

Hot cocoa gift box

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Everybody loves sipping hot cocoa, making this gourmet hot chocolate set a great gift option. It comes complete with both milk chocolate cocoa mix and peppermint cocoa mix, as well as a set of s'mores candy sticks for stirring. At Harry & David. ($29.99)

Travel charging kit

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For employees who are always on the go, this travel charging kit is a thoughtful and practical gift. With this kit, you can charge three devices via USB ports using one outlet or an auto cigarette lighter, and all of the parts are easily organized in the included travel pouch. At Sharper Image. ($39.99)

Desktop storage shelf


Give employees the gift of organization with this handy bamboo desktop storage shelf. It features six different compartments for various office supplies and is designed to fit over a computer keyboard to maximize desk space. At ($28)


A box of chocolates is nice, but if you want to give your employees a more unique confection, this gourmet chocolate and pecan-topped toffee should be at the top of your list. Handcrafted in Newport Beach, California, B.toffee products are sold online and in major food retail stores. At (starting at $4.95)

Wall art

For a very small staff, you can select a truly personal decoration to liven up each employee's workspace. The Curioos "XMAS Collection" of fine art prints has a wide variety of options for everyone's tastes, ranging from landscapes and animals to comic books and pop-culture characters. At (starting at $20)

Bottle stoppers

Whether it's wine, champagne or sparkling cider, nearly everyone pops a bottle or two throughout the year. These adorable porcelain owl bottle stoppers by Kate Spade New York are sold in a set of two, so your staff can properly preserve more of their leftover holiday spirit(s). At ($30)

Phone dock and cord wrap

Anyone who keeps a spare phone charger at the office knows how easy it is to lose it among all the other clutter stashed away in a desk drawer. With a MonkeyOh cord wrap and smartphone dock, your employees' charging cables will be easily accessible and ready to use — and their workstations will look a little neater, too. At ($14.99)

Elastic shoelaces

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If you have any runners on staff, give them the Hickies shoelace replacement system to upgrade their sneakers. These elastic "laces" snap into place and won't come undone when your employees hit the pavement. ($14.99)

City map coasters

Do you and your employees love the city you work in? Show some pride for your company's home base with these wooden map coasters. Packaged in a set of four, each coaster features a hand-designed section of your city's map. They're currently available for Baltimore, Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago, Los Angeles, Manhattan, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego and San Francisco. At ($36)

Sport performance headphones

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The other item every fitness lover needs is a solid pair of headphones. Gel caps ensure that sweat and movement won't knock these earbuds out of place during high-intensity workouts. Even if your staff members aren't hitting the gym every day, they're sure to appreciate the high-quality sound. At ($29.99)

Flameless candle

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Candles can create a soothing, relaxed atmosphere, but an open flame in your workspace spells trouble. Let your staff decorate their desks with these scented battery-powered wax candles that flicker like the real thing. At ($34.99)

Bluetooth tracking tag

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Have your employees ever been late to work because they misplaced their keys at home? Make that excuse a thing of the past with a Bluetooth tracking tag. When you sync the keychain with your mobile device, you can quickly locate the tag through a downloadable app. An "alert" button on the tag makes it work both ways in case you have your keys but lost your phone. At ($40)

Keurig travel mug

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If the trash cans at work are filled with disposable coffee cups, help your employees go green with a stainless steel travel mug. This leak- and spill-proof mug can be operated with one hand so your staff can type and sip, and it conveniently fits under the office Keurig machine. At ($31.19)

Clock photo frame

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When your staff is counting down the minutes at the end of the workday, this gift lets them watch the clock while reminding them who they'll see when they get home. This battery-powered atomic clock displays the time, date, day, temperature and your employee's favorite 2 1/4" by 2 1/4" photo. At (starting at $16.50)

Additional reporting by Brittney Morgan (Helmrich).

Grocery gift cards

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Many employees have enough trinkets at their homes or on their desks already, but everybody can use a little extra cash in their pockets, and everybody has got to eat. Consider offering your employees a round of groceries on you! Show them how much they're appreciated by helping them save a little extra on their next trip to the grocery store.