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14 Gifts Your Employees Will Love

Kiely Kuligowski
Kiely Kuligowski

Show your appreciation for your employees' hard work with these thoughtful gifts.

  • Gift-giving can boost employee morale, leading to increased productivity in the workplace.
  • 95% of employees say that proper recognition leads to a more engaged and positive workplace culture.
  • Gifts for employees should be work appropriate and not lavishly expensive.

Your employees are indispensable to your business, and a thoughtful gift is a great way to express your appreciation for their hard work. Also, recognizing your employees is a good business practice. According a study by Snappy Gifts, 95% of employees attribute recognition in the workplace to a stronger, more positive and engaged company culture.

Unfortunately, 30% of employees feel undervalued, and 45% say they feel that their value is reflected by the gifts they receive. This can make the already difficult process of finding a gift for employees even harder – you want to give a gift that won't break the bank, is work appropriate and is something that will show employees how much you appreciate them.

We're here to help you find the perfect gift. Check out these 14 special gifts for your employees. [Need more holiday gift ideas? See our recommendations for co-worker gifts or gifts for your boss.]

Moodycards ($12.88)


Want to add some comic relief to the office? Break the tension with Moodycards. Employees can write their own messages to display on their desk, or they can use the more than 30 preprinted flip-over messages to express how they feel, like "Do I look like Google??" and "Try turning it on and off …" Your team will appreciate humor during a stressful day.

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Dundie Award ($14.95)

Everyone loves The Office (or should!). If you've watched it, you likely know that Michael Scott created a great reward system to express appreciation to his team: the Dundies.

While he might not have awarded the most appropriate titles (like the Extreme Repulsiveness Award – sorry, Toby!), you can customize your Dundie and use the trophy as a token of appreciation for your workers.

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Coffee mug warmer ($8.79)

Mr. Coffee

It's a classic desk-job dilemma: discovering your coffee has gotten cold while you've been working. With this mug warmer from Mr. Coffee, your workers won't have to chug their coffee when it reaches the perfect temperature in the hopes of avoiding a lukewarm beverage a couple minutes later. The 17-watt warmer has a long cord to stretch to desks and can be used for any hot beverage, including tea, coffee and hot cocoa.

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Touchscreen gloves ($9.55)


Gloves are a necessity in the winter, especially if you commute to work and walk a decent distance to your office. However, it can be frustrating to try to use the phone with your mittens on – you often end up with one freezing hand and a mitten tucked precariously under one arm as you type out a Slack response.

If you work in a cold climate, consider Trendoux's winter touchscreen gloves. Employees can answer calls and texts, shuffle music, browse social media or type an email while keeping their hands warm.

The gloves have touchscreen-friendly conductive material on the thumb, pointer and middle fingers as well as a silicone panel on the palm to maintain a good grip on the phone.

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Mrs. Meyer's soy candle ($13.96)

Mrs. Meyers soy candle

What better way to brighten someone's day than gifting them with a calming and comforting candle? Mrs. Meyer's is known for its clean scents and natural products; the company's candles are no exception.

This two-pack soy candle burns for up to 35 hours and is free from animal-derived ingredients.

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Essential oil diffuser ($31.99)

VicTsing diffuser


Essential oils can encourage tranquility and offer a sense of comfort in your personal space. Employees can use the VicTsing 300ml Cool Mist Humidifier natural diffuser in the office or at home to clear their mind and unwind. It runs for up to 10 hours and powers off automatically when it runs out of water.

The diffuser features seven light color options and 15 lighting modes, so you can choose the one that best suits you.

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Portable power bank ($29.99)

anker power bank

A great gift for the employee on the go, the Anker portable power bank offers 2.5 iPhone X  or Galaxy S9 charges. The Anker PowerCore 10000 Redux is small and light, and quickly charges phones so your employees can be powered up and back on the go in no time.

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Amazon Echo Dot ($24.99)

Perfect for a busy multitasker, the Amazon Echo Dot is a smart speaker that can easily be tucked into a desk. Alexa can make lists, play music, order office supplies straight from Amazon or control other smart devices in the office. Alexa can also be programmed with skills to make office life easier, like conference management, email assistance or document creation.

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YETI Rambler ($29.99)

yeti rambler

YETI thermos bottles are renowned for their ability to keep liquids hot or cold, depending on your beverage's original temperature. On a cold winter day, your employees will appreciate their coffee's heat, which lasts for hours. In the summer, their water will still be fresh and cold by the end of their workday.

YETI Ramblers also boast extreme durability, which makes them great gifts for workers with rougher jobs. The rambler features a durable coating that won't sweat, a magnetized lid to avoid spills and double-walled insulation.

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Coffee gift card (price varies)

Your caffeine-addicted employees likely spend a chunk of their salary purchasing coffee. The next time they head over to their favorite coffee house, tell them it's on you with a gift card.

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Bonsai tree ($22.72)

9greenbox bonsai tree

These ornamental dwarf trees will bring a smile to any nature-loving employee and add some life (or even, according to feng shui, good luck) to the office. Caring for them through maintenance pruning is one way to cut stress, too.

Be careful not to overwater it – bonsai do not require very much water to thrive.

The 9GreenBox Fukien Tea Bonsai comes with a 6-inch ceramic pot, but if you really want to go all out, you can add the Zelar Made Bonsai Set for $8.99, which includes a pruner, fold scissors, a mini rake, and a bud and leaf trimmer.

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Cornhole bean bag toss game set ($76.49)

Treat the whole office with a GoSports Cornhole game set. It will liven up your next office party, is good for lunch break tournaments and is a great team-building experience. It comes with two tailgate-size cornhole boards, eight all-weather regulation bean bags, a carrying case and an official set of rules.

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Noise-isolating headphones ($10.96)

betron noise-isolating headphones

As anyone who's ever worked in an open-plan office will tell you, focusing can be difficult, and the key to a productive day is often a set of quality headphones (or sheer willpower).

The Betron GLD100 Earphones claim to offer noise-isolating and bass-driven sound. The 3.5-mm audio jack fits nearly any laptop. The earphones come with a carrying case and a one-year warranty for manufacturing defects.

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For your resident employee with a sweet tooth, you can't go wrong with this gourmet biscotti gift basket from Oh! Nuts. The box features 18 different toppings on dark and white chocolate cookies, including nut brittle, caramel chocolate chips, craisins, nonpareils and shredded coconut, all packed in a wrapped gift box. The cookies are OK Kosher certified and made fresh.

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Kiely is a staff writer based in New York City. She worked as a marketing copywriter after graduating with her bachelor’s in English from Miami University (OH) and now writes on small business, social media, and marketing. You can reach her on Twitter or by email.