Affordable gifts for your employees

Affordable gifts for your employees
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You don't need an excuse to show your employees that you care. Any time of the year is a good time to express your appreciation.

But finding a unique gift for your workers can be tough, especially if you're on a budget. Here are 12 unique gifts for your employees, all under $50.

Touch Screen Gloves ($15.60)

Galeton touch screen gloves
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Gloves are often a necessity in the wintertime, especially if you commute to work and walk a decent distance to your office. However, it can be frustrating to try using your phone with mittens on, not being able to activate the touch screen. If you work in a cold place, consider purchasing these touch screen gloves for your employees so they can answer calls and texts, shuffle music, browse social media or type up an email while keeping their hands warm from the frigid air.

Buy at Galeton.

Headphone and Charger Holder ($35.00)

Colorfield Ear Bud and Charger Holder
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Headphones and chargers always seem get tangled in bags. But with this vegan leather zippered case, your employees will be able to secure their headphones and chargers in the same case, on separate sides and wrapped carefully in place. Customize the holders by choosing their favorite color or getting one with their initials on it.

Buy at Mark & Graham.

Weeknight Dinner Cookbook ($15.68)

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.

Buy at Barnes & Noble.

Rocketbook Everlast ($34.00)

Rocketbook Everlast ($34.00)
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The Rocketbook Everlast looks and feels just like a traditional notebook. However, this writing tablet connects to the cloud and saves your notes digitally. Your employees can jot down information or personal notes without the hassle of torn pages or lost papers. The Everlast is also reusable; all you have to do is wipe the page with a damp towel and start over.

Buy at Rocketbook.

Festive Bath & Body Works Candles ($24.50)

Festive Bath & Body Works Candles ($24.50)
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What better way to brighten an employee's day than a delicious smelling candle? Whether it's Christmastime or summer, Bath and Body Works always has a variety of season-specific candles. Purchase a long-lasting three-wick candle for any occasion.

Buy at Bath & Body Works.

Live Airplant Terrarium Garden ($34.50)

Live Airplant Terrarium Garden ($34.50)
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Biophilic design is a great way to reap the benefits of the outdoors without actually being outside. Airplant terrarium gardens are low maintenance and add a touch of greenery to your employee's workspace, which can boost their mood and promote better health.

Buy at Pottery Barn.

Essential Oil Diffuser ($34.63)

Essential Oil Diffuser ($34.63)
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Essential oils are known for encouraging tranquility and offering a sense of comfort. Your workers can use this natural diffuser in the office or at home to clear their mind and unwind.

Buy at Wonderful Scents.

myCharge RAZORMAX Portable Power Bank ($39.99)

myCharge RAZORMAX Portable Power Bank ($39.99)
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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 often to lead to panic. With a portable power bank, your workers' lifelines can be recharged whenever and wherever they need it.

Buy at Amazon.

Three Compartment Meal Prep Containers ($18.99)

Three Compartment Meal Prep Containers ($18.99)
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Meal prepping has become a popular project for many health gurus and frugal individuals. Get a 20-pack of these meal prep containers for employees who like to bring lunch and plan ahead.

Buy at Walmart.

Leather Desk Weekly Planner ($24.00)

Leather Desk Weekly Planner ($24.00)
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It's surprising how helpful an organizer can be to businesspeople. With a leather planner, your workers will feel more at ease by recording their assignments, meetings and appointments in a high-quality notebook. Choose from an assortment of colors.

Buy at Gallery Leather.

ShedRain Bubble Umbrella ($18.99)

ShedRain Bubble Umbrella ($18.99)
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Especially for workers who commute by foot or bike, an umbrella is a must-have – but not just any one. Try the bubble umbrella that protects you from both the rain and the wind, covering your face but allowing you to see out. You can even browse different designs and colors.

Buy at Target.

Shiatsu Massage Seat Cushion ($38.69)

Shiatsu Massage Seat Cushion ($38.69)
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Everyone can use a massage from time to time. Get your employees a massage seat cushion for stress relief and tense muscles. They can use it in the car while driving to and from work, at home on the couch or even at their desk at work (if you allow them!)

Buy at Amazon.com.

YETI Rambler Vacuum Bottle ($29.99)

YETI Rambler Vacuum Bottle ($29.99)
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YETIs 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.

Buy at YETI.

4 Gear EDC Hand Fidget Spinner ($7.42)

4 Gear EDC Hand Fidget Spinner ($7.42)
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It's easy to get fidgety while sitting at a desk for eight hours. Get your employees a fidget spinner to keep their fingers occupied and brain focused.

Buy at eBay.

Coffee gift card (Price varies)

Coffee gift card (Price varies)
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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.

Buy at Amazon.com.

All prices listed are accurate as of publish date.