Affordable gifts for your employees

Affordable gifts for your employees
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Your employees deserve appreciation and reward for their hard work. Whether it's in celebration of a promotion or holiday (or just a pick-me-up for their exceptional performance), buying a gift for your workers shows them that you care as their employer.

But finding a unique gift can be tough, especially if you're on a budget. Here are 15 unique gifts for your employees, all for less than $40.

Donations to a charity/fundraiser of their choice (Price varies)

Donations to fundraiser
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The holiday season is truly a time for giving. Your employees will appreciate your donations to a charity or fundraiser that means a lot to them.

Ask them about their most cherished organizations and offer a generous amount to show your support and respect.

MoodyCards ($12.88)

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Want to add some comic relief to the office? Break the tension with MoodyCards, which will allow your workers to write their own messages to display on their desk or use the pre-printed ones, like "Do I look like Google??" and "Try turning it on and off…" Your team will appreciate humor during a stressful day.

Dundie Award ($19.99)

Dundie Award
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Everyone loves The Office – or should, at least. 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 approach and use the trophy as a token of appreciation for your workers.

Good Day, Bad Day Mug ($15.95)

Good Day, Bad Day Mug
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We all have our good days, bad days and some we really would like to forget. The hilarious Good Day, Bad Day mug will remind your employees to unwind after work, whether it be with a cup of tea or something stronger (we're not judging!)

Coffee Mug Warmer ($10.99)

Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer
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It's a classic desk-job dilemma: the cold cup of coffee. With a coffee mug warmer like the Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer, your workers won't have to chug their coffee when it reaches its perfect temperature in hopes of avoiding a lukewarm liquid just minutes later.

Touchscreen gloves ($9.99)

Touchscreen Gloves
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Gloves are often 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 use the phone with your mittens on, not being able to activate your phone's touchscreen.

If you work in a cold climate, consider purchasing the Trendoux Winter touchscreen gloves for employees so they can answer calls and texts, shuffle music, browse social media or type an email while keeping their hands warm.

Earbud holder ($6.29)

Earbud Holder
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Earbuds always get tangled in bags and pockets. But with the $6.29 ELFRhino Cord Organizer, your employees can secure their headphones and protect them from damage. It is very inexpensive and comes in a variety of 10 colors that range from pink to transparent.

Weeknight Dinner Cookbook ($14.95)

The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook by Mary Younkin
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After a long workday, the last thing most employees want to do is come home exhausted to cook an elaborate meal. With The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook by Mary Younkin (Page Street Publishing, 2016), employees can experiment with simple recipes meant specifically for busy weeknights. Each chapter is split into cook times of 15 to 25 minutes, 30 to 40 minutes and five to 10 minutes of prep time.

Mrs. Meyer's soy candle ($13.36)

Mrs. Meyer's Candle
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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 should burn for up to 35 hours and is free of animal-derived ingredients.

Essential oil diffuser ($25.99)

VicTsing Diffuser
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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 powers off automatically when it runs out of water, or it runs for up to 10 hours.

Portable power bank ($25.49)

Anker Power Bank
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Many employees commute to work and spend at least eight hours in the office or at the job site. It's not uncommon for phone batteries to drain during the day, which can lead to panic. With a portable power bank, like the Anker PowerCore 10000, your workers' lifelines can be recharged whenever and wherever they need it.

SELF journal ($33.99)

BestSelf SELF Journal
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BestSelf Co. SELF Journals allow people to record their to-dos and appointments in one place, decreasing stress and increasing productivity. With all the details organized and in front of them, your workers will feel inspired to reach their goals. It features monthly, weekly and daily spreads, without actual dates to constrain you to a year.

Bubble umbrella ($29.89)

Totes Signature umbrella
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Especially for workers who commute by foot or bike, an umbrella is a must-have – but not just any kind. Try the $29.89 Totes Signature bubble umbrella that protects you from both the rain and the wind, covering your face but allowing you to see out.

YETI Rambler ($29.99)

Yeti Rambler
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YETI thermos bottles are renowned for their ability to keep fluids hot or cold, depending on your beverage's original temperature. On a damp winter day, your workers will appreciate their coffee's heat burning hours on end. And in the summer, their ice water will still be refreshing by the end of their shift.

Coffee gift card (price varies)

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