Ultimate Guide To Corporate Gifts / The Top 50 Corporate Gift Ideas

With the holliday season almost here, it is about time to start thinking what to get your employees as a sign of appreciation and to say thank you for the hard work they have put in during the year.

It is often hard to find  a gift for a friend that you know well, not to mention dozens or hundreds of employees. It can seem like a lot of work coming up with ideas for the best gift, especially during the holidays. Not all of the employees drink alcohol, or have the same holiday spirit. But, almost everybody likes to get a gift and feel special and appreciated.

A perfect corporate gift should be appropriate, of fantastic quality, personal, not too expensive but not too cheap either, and ideally something that can be used all year around.

We put up a list of 50 gift ideas that will help you in this gifting quest. Have a look and show your employees how valuable they are to the company.

 

1. Holliday Bonus

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Although research has shown that money is not always the best motivation and a sign of appreciation, no employee will be disappointed with a bit of extra money for the holidays. If you don’t have the time to explore gift options or go gift shopping, a bonus is the way to go.

It shows that you honor the work of your employees and is definitely a good way to avoid all the craziness that gifts can bring.  

 

2. Relaxation Kit

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No matter what type of business you are dealing with, it can be quite stressful. Every job carries a certain amount of stress and this gift will definitely be a good choice. Your employees can use this after a busy day when they are in the comfort of their home.

What this gift should contain are fragrant candles, a bathrobe, soft home slippers, bathing products with a lavender scent or a similar relaxing scent.

We all need to let go from time to time. Day to day stress is almost considered normal and we just live with that. Remind your employees that they deserve to relax.

Throw in some meditation music so that they can have a full spa experience at home.

 

3. Power bank

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We all live with our smart phone in our hands all the time. The battery can be an issue no matter how strong it is.

A Power bank is a great gift for everyone on the go. It comes in all shapes and colors. From a white cubicle to a rainbow unicorn. Everybody will love this gift.

 

4. Spa Day

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Speaking of full spa experience, what is better than a day at a spa center! Gift your employees with a spa gift card and they will definitely appreciate it. Spa gift cards are easy and great gifts.

They are good for people that love to go to the spa, but also for those that are going to try it for the first time. And as more and more men are finding the joy of a spa treatment, the gift card is a good choice for male employees too.

Most spas have their gift programs all set, you will just have to pick what kind of treatment you want to gift your employees with. It can be something simple as a spa manicure and pedicure to something all inclusive like a full-day package.

Hot stone massage is definitely something that everybody will appreciate. This treatment will rejuvenate your employees and they will come to work full of energy and prepared for new challenges.

 

5. Gift card to a well known restaurant

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A dinner at a well know restaurant is a good and well thought gift. An evening with a loved one alongside good food is something to remember.

 

6. Books

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Books are always a safe and classic gift. There is no way to go wrong with this choice, unless you just give out random books to random employees. Don’t do that!

Instead, send out an email asking your team to write a name of a book they want to read for this holiday and surprise them with a gift that will have exactly that book. This way, you will give them the exact thing that they wanted.

And a book is a great way to relax and treat your mind. 

 

7. Cooking class

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Gifting your coworkers a cooking class is a great experience and good alternative to traditional gifts. Choose something fun and new like a sushi making class or chocolate making class for two.

 

8. Cuff Links

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This type of gift is for the male part of the office. It is a simple and elegant choice. And there are so many materials and shapes with cuff links that everybody’s taste will be covered.

Gold and silver are the classic materials, steel and white gold also look good on a pair of cuff links. Alternate materials are leather, wood, plastic, and these materials look very modern.

To make them more personal, you can have them engraved with your employee initials. There are even cuff links with superhero logos and those that have a USB drive inside of them. These would be great for the younger colleagues.

 

9. Engraved Pocket Mirror

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A gift for the ladies in the office. A Pocket mirror is something every woman has in her purse. By engraving it you’re making it more personal. A silver compact mirror is a classic and the ladies will love it.

 

10. Leather Goods 

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A good leather item is an ideal gift because you can use it all over again and it is something that lasts.

Let’s start with business card holders. They are the best corporate gift. Your employees will have a great way to show off their business cards in these leather holders. They come in so many colors and there are pink and pastel shades for the ladies.

Get your employees a leather photo frame. We all need a good frame on our desks to keep our favorite memories with us. Looking at a picture of their families and loved ones can increase your team’s productivity. Or they can frame a picture of their pets.

A Leather wallet is always a good investment. Laptop cases and laptop bags are always a good idea. Your employees are people on the go and they probably carry their laptop with them. Gift them with a great case or a bag so that they are elegant and classy all the time.

A good purse or a handbag is a gift that every woman wants. You can not go wrong is you pick this for the ladies of the office. For smaller purses go with bold colors, and for the handbags choose black or brown. It matches every color and you want them to use the handbags everyday.

For more gift ideas from Sagebrown visit their website.

 

11. Cleaning Service Voucher

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Give your employees more free time with a voucher for cleaning service.

Let’s face it, nobody really enjoys cleaning their own house. No mistake with this gift. It gives more time to relax and not thinking about cleaning the house for a while is the best gift of all.

 

12. Bitcoin

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Not the whole bitcoin, of course, unless you want to be nominated as the best boss on the planet.

With cryptocurrencies going up every day, a part of bitcoin is a very valuable and a self growing gift. Even if your employees are not in this crypto world, this is a great gift that keeps on giving.

 

13. Hot air balloon ride voucher

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This is an experience that everyone should try at lest once in their life. Give your coworkers the gift to float trough the sky and enjoy the views.

 

14. Adult Coloring Books

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These have become a must have gift for the holliday season.

Adults don’t use their imagination that much and this is a perfect way to do that. Coloring can boost your creativity and bring new and bright ideas. It calms you and brings a better night’s sleep.

 

15. Smart Notebook

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Smart notebooks are very useful in the office. They are a new generation of office tech. They can transfer written notes to cloud-based note software. It is done automatically by an app. This will save a lot of time for your coworkers. They will be thankful because they will no longer have to do it manually.

There are a couple of options of these notebooks and all of them work with Google, Dropbox, Evernote.

 

16. Event tickets

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Give your employees tickets to a movie, comedy show, concert, play or sports game. Make sure to find out who is into what and pick the best pair of tickets.

 

17. Wallet

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We already mentioned leather wallets from Sagebrown, no mistake there. Apart from leather, you can choose from a variety of materials for more modern and adventures coworkers.

Mighty Wallet- or paper wallet is durable, 100% recyclable, eco-friendly and vegan. It’s slim and lightweight and they call it the indestructible wallet.

Magic Wallet is also known as flip wallet. You put your notes or cards on one side and close it, and when you flip the wallet over, your stuff is magically stored.

A Stainless steel wallet is another great alternative to a classic wallet. It looks so modern and like it came from space. It's also impervious to stains.

 

18. Gift card for all-purpose store

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A very useful gift. Your employees can go to one store and find everything in one place. From home decor to clothing to cooking tools, every one of your coworkers will find what they need.

 

19. Something for the whole office

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Instead of individual gifts, you can surprise your employees with a gift for the whole office. A new printer, or a new coffee machine for all the coffee lovers.

 

20. Gift Basket

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Make a twist to a traditional gift basket by making it a cheese gift basket. Or fruit and nut gift basket.

Coffee and chocolate basket is also a good and delicious choice. And a tea basket for tea lovers. There are countless choices with gift baskets.

 

21. Photography class

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The perfect gift idea for creative people. Even if they have some experience in taking photos, there is always room to improve the quality of their photography. A great way to learn new technical skills and make everything seem more artistic and more professional.

And it is good for beginners too, they will learn how to make quality photos and get new skills.

 

22. Flowers and vase

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The flowers will fade, but the vase will be around for many and many new flowers to come. This gift combines two great gifts, one permanent and one temporary.

Flowers are a great classic gift and they lighten up every room.

 

23. Desk Toys

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There are a lot of desk toys that can really improve productivity and also be very fun. Wooden cube puzzle can be a great gift for the employees to use during their break time. It can be a distraction from the work stress and to improve concentration and focus. You can also get stress balls or other brain tease toys.

These serve as a stress free, fun and productivity boost  activities. They reduce anxiety and clear the mind.

 

24. Box of pet treats

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For those employees that have pets this is a great gift idea. Their pets are like family members and this gift will make everyone happy.

Be sure to find out what pet they have, so that you can personalize the gift box. You can even get a little bowl with the pet’s name on it.

 

25. Customized mugs

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A Custom mug gives a personal touch to the morning routine.

The mug can be as simple with the name of your coworker, or something out of the box such as in the a shape of their favorite cartoon character. It can also have a photo on it.  You can pair this gift with a gift card from a local coffee shop.

 

26. A day off

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Your employees can choose a day off of their choice. They can use it in addition to their standard annual leave.

 

27. Family pass to local galleries, zoo, museums

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A gift for the whole family.

In this day to day rush, it is nice to remind families to spend more quality time together and to engage in group activities. A trip to a gallery and a museum can also be a way to learn new things and to bond as a family.

 

28. Portable bluetooth speakers

 

These are compact and they come in many sizes to fit different tastes and needs. The portable bluetooth speakers can be used with any device that enables Bluetooth.

They are usually waterproof, which means they can be used outside while it’s raining and can be ideal for the beach or pool parties.

 

29. Pen and pencil set

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Very classic corporate gift. If you engrave them, this can be a gift that your employees are going to keep for a long time. You can combine this gift with a business card holder, making it a perfect professional gift.

 

30. Race car experience

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This gift will definitely be unforgettable. Perfect for car lovers and for those that are bold and like to try new things. A gift that involves a new experience is always a good idea an your employees are going to talk about it long after.

 

31. Travel Mug Gift Set

 

In these cold days, everyone needs a mug to warm our hands until we get to work. if you engrave your employee's name on the travel mug, this is going to make a perfect gift and will be used for a long time.

 

32. Cork Board

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A small cork board is a great office gift and your employee can use it many ways. It can be used for work organization, ongoing projects, to-do lists or to put up some family pictures.

It can be used all year around and for many many years to come.

 

33. Polaroid Camera

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Today, there are so many choices to choose from. Give your coworkers the gift to capture every moment with instant film photography.

 

34. Winter Skin Care Kit

 

Winter can be very bad for our skin. Cold wind outside or even radiators that take all the moisture from the skin. Make a kit that will protect your employees from all the winter horror. It should contain a good hand cream, lip balm, a soothing hydration mask, and a good facial moisturizer.

 

35. Wine With Personalized Label

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Pick a wine and create a custom label. It can be your employee’s name, job title, or some inside joke. This way, a boring gift becomes something exciting that everybody will love.

 

36. Cashmere Scarf

 

The soft and luxurious cashmere scarf is a great gift to give. It is great for the winter because it’s insulation against cold, but it’s light enough to be worn during the fall and the spring.

 

37. A dinner for the whole team

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Take the whole team out for dinner. A great way to know your employees outside of work and it is excellent as a team building activity.

 

38. Gym membership

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It is well known that people who exercise regularly have more energy and are more productive. Give your coworkers a gym membership to enhance their performance at work. Regular physical activity brings less stress, more tolerance and improves the quality and quantity of work.

 

39. Digital Photo Frame or Player

 

Having pictures in a digital frame or a player will bring your employees into the digital age. They can have as many pictures as they want in a single frame and more reminders of good moments means more productivity at work.

 

40. Custom USB Flash Drive

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Flash drives are regularly used today. Most of them are plain and in boring colors. Gift your coworkers with some unique and personal flash drives. Find a cool shape or get them engraved. This way, your gift will be remembered and used for a long time.

 

41. Personalized Fortune Cookies

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You can personalize fortune cookies to make them fun and memorable. Make messages that say cute things about work and your business. Also, include some that your employees can relate to. They can be customized inside and out. Sprinkles are going to make them more interesting and tasty, and if they are dipped in white and dark chocolate, they make a perfect and fun git.

 

42. Bonsai tree

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A great green addition to any office. It gives life to a sterile office environment.

 

43. Company shares

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A smart gift and a smart way to retain your employees.

 

44. Tailor-made office chairs

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Making comfortable work environment is very important for team productivity. The chairs can be made according to your specifications. Pick from a variety of styles to find the best one for your office.

 

45. FitBit

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This is a great both individual and team gift. If you get FitBits for the whole team, they can organize mini competitions, and this will increace their productivity and fitness.

Boost the energy in the office.

 

46. Popcorn Tin

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Very popular gift these days. Fun, easy and very delicious. There are so many popcorn treats to choose from. Your employees will love this.

 

47. Dance Class Voucher

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Dancing is always a great way to bond and have fun. Make the voucher for two and gift them with this experience. Make an open option as for the type of dance. Maybe they are more salsa than waltz.

 

48. Personalized Wood Luggage Tag

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A budget friendly and very useful gift. If you have a coworker that has a trip planned, this is a perfect gift idea. Have it engraved with their personal details.

 

49. Custom Christmas Ornament

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Great for the holiday season. It can have a custom text or photo and this way your employee will think of you every year at Christmas.

 

50. Wine stopper

 

For the wine lovers. Get a stainless steel one and have it engraved. No mistake with a gift like this.