Affordable gifts

Affordable gifts
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You may not be able to give your staff huge bonus checks or other expensive benefits during the holiday season, but that doesn't mean you can't still spread some cheer. Sometimes all it takes is a small reward to show employees they're valued, and there's no better time of the year to do so. Here are 20 fun and unique holiday gifts you can give your employees, all for less than $50.

Hot cocoa gift box

Hot cocoa gift box
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Sipping hot cocoa is one of the best traditions of the holiday season, 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

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. ($29.99)

Desktop storage shelf

Desktop storage shelf
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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 Fancy.com. ($28)

Cocktail mixer set

Cocktail mixer set
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Any drink enthusiast will appreciate this 12-piece global cocktail mixer set. It includes a dozen sampler bottles with flavors like Sydney sunrise, Moscow mule, Singapore sling, mai tai, mojito and appletini. At Urban Outfitters. ($28) 

Toffee

Toffee
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A box of chocolates is nice, but if you want to give your employees a more unique confection this holiday season, 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 Btoffee.com. (starting at $6.95)

Wall art

Wall art
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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 Curioos.com. (starting at $25)

Bottle stoppers

Bottle stoppers
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Whether it's wine, champagne or sparkling cider, nearly everyone pops a bottle or two around the holidays. 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 Macys.com. ($30)

Flashlight umbrella

Flashlight umbrella
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Don't let your employees get caught in the rain on their way to and from the office. This auto-open umbrella has a flashlight on the bottom to help light the way on dark and stormy days. For an additional $2.44 per umbrella, you can even print your company logo on it to remind your staff you've got them covered. At StaplesPromotionalProducts.com. (starting at $14.99)

Phone dock and cord wrap

Phone dock and cord wrap
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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 FelixBrand.com. ($14.99)

Elastic shoelaces

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. Hickies.com. ($14.99)

Gluten-free cookies

Gluten-free cookies
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Got employees with food allergies or dietary restrictions? A pack of gluten-free, vegan cookies will let them indulge in their favorite baked goods this holiday season. All of Lucy's cookies are free of gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, milk and eggs, and come in a variety of flavors, including Holiday Sugars and Chocolate Mint. Check the website for nutrition facts and ingredients. At DrLucys.com. (starting at $4.99)

City map coasters

City map coasters
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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 UncommonGoods.com. ($36)

Sport performance headphones

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 SkullCandy.com. ($29.99)

Holiday socks

Holiday socks
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Who doesn't love a warm, fuzzy pair of holiday socks? When chilly temperatures hit, you can help your employees stay toasty with some festive footwear. At Stance.com. (starting at $12)

Green tea

Green tea
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Promote healthy habits in the new year by giving your employees a tin of green tea. With benefits ranging from lower cholesterol and higher metabolism to reduced risk of cancer, it won't be as hard as you think to convince the office to kick that coffee habit. At Panateagreen.com. ($39)

Holiday cake

Holiday cake
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Fruitcakes may get a bad rap around the holidays, but employees won't turn their noses up at Panettone, a traditional Italian holiday cake from Milan. Made with simple, all-natural ingredients, your staff will love sharing this dessert with their families. Available at retail locations. At Amazon.com. ($9.99)

Flameless candle

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 Brookstone.com. ($34.99)

Bluetooth tracking tag

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 UncommonGoods.com. ($40)

Keurig travel mug

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 Amazon.com. ($23.95)

Clock photo frame

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 e-CorporateGifts.com. (starting at $16.50)

Business News Daily Assistant Editor Nicole Fallon also contributed to this story.