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December 15, 2021 Amelia Wilcox

The Best Employee Appreciation Holiday Gifts: $10 to $125 and Up

Good holiday gifts for employees to show your appreciation

Your hardworking employees deserve employee appreciation holiday gifts!

One study found that about 1/3 of employees prefer to be appreciated by receiving a gift from their employer over other forms of recognition like words of affirmation.

With employee gift ideas ranging from $10 to $125 and up, a company of any size is sure to find some excellent holiday gift ideas here.

Great Employee Appreciation Holiday Gifts For Employees

Ask your culture committee to develop some ideas, and send this article to them for inspiration!

Inexpensive Employee Holiday Gifts: $10—$49 each

When your budget is tight, but you still want to show some appreciation, consider employee gifts like these.

  • Gift cards to a local boutique coffee shop or cafe (hint: national chains don’t have the same personal touch). Plus, 44% of employees prefer gift cards as their favorite employee recognition gift.
  • Flower arrangement (poinsettias are the classic Christmas-time choice!).
  • A box of chocolate truffles.
  • A personalized gift basket with unique snacks and beverages for each employee.
  • A pair of movie passes.
  • Company swag like shirts, Yetis, and hats.
  • Ergonomic desk accessories to reduce desk pain (like footrests, wrist pillows, and laptop stands).

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Best Employee Appreciation Holiday Gifts—10 to 125 and Up—festive white gift boxes

Mid-Range Holiday Gift Prices: $50—$124 each

After a particularly profitable year, these employee gifts are a nice treat!

  • Car detailing service.
  • A family membership to the local zoo, art museum, science museum, etc.
  • An electronic accessories like portable USB power, external hard drive, home wifi extender, and Bluetooth speakers.
  • A fresh holiday wreath.
  • A holiday turkey or ham for each employee.
  • Corporate chair massage service at your holiday party.

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High-End Employee Appreciation Gifts: $125+ each

Are you feeling extra generous? These gift ideas add a little more glitz to your holiday gift exchange.

  • An iPad, Kindle Fire, or other tablet.
  • A Fitbit.
  • A wine gift basket.
  • A bonus paid-time-off voucher to use in the next year.
  • Round-trip tickets for 2 to any domestic location.

The Best Gift of All: Mental Health Benefits

This one is even better than employee appreciation holiday gifts. Mental health programs are a great way to show employees you care about their entire wellbeing, and that you appreciate them as a person as well as an employee.

If you aren’t addressing mental health at work yet, don’t fret! Here are some articles to help you get started:

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Download the Mental Health Tool Kit to learn about mental health in the workplace – what it is, why it matters, and how you can start supporting employee mental health!

Amelia Wilcox

Amelia Wilcox is the Founder and CEO of Nivati, a leader in corporate massage and employee mental health support since 2010. Her high-growth B2B company provides employee stress management tools that arm businesses with actionable data and positive employee experiences to improve wellbeing, boost morale, and increase engagement.

Amelia has exponentially grown her company from a solo living-room service business to an international technology brand.

Recently listed as a Forty Under 40, Fast 50, Inc 5000 Twice awarded National Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year

Licenses, Certifications & Memberships
Licensed Massage Therapist since 2002
Member of American Massage Therapy Association
Served on Utah Worksite Wellness Council from 2012-2015

Attended Utah College of Massage Therapy
Educated in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at the University of Utah

Massage Magazine (AMTA's publication)