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June 1, 2017 Amelia Wilcox

13 Employee Appreciation Day Gifts Your Employees Will Love

Are you looking for some new ideas for Employee Appreciation Day gifts? Company culture is becoming increasingly more important, and one of the most important aspects of your culture is how valued your employees feel—and Employee Appreciation Day is a great moment to demonstrate this. In this article, we’ll give you 10 creative ideas for celebrating Employee Appreciation Day.

 13 Gifts  to Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day

Employee Appreciation Day Activities

1. Put on a Show

There are so many options for this one— you could hold a concert with a well-known or local band. You could hire a comedian to come in and treat your employees to some laughs. Or you could show a movie. Hold the event during work hours, offer some tradition show treats (like popcorn or candy), and your employees will appreciate a day off of work.

Related: Gifts for Employees: 6 Office Gratitude Ideas

2. Hold an office Olympics

This idea is also all about giving your employees a day of fun. You can be creative with the games you want to play—relate them to your business if possible. Be sure to provide prizes for your winners, whether you decide to group your employees or play every man for themselves.

Not only does this give your employees a day off, but it has the potential to increase office camaraderie AND it’ll show them how much you care.


employee appreciation day gifts

Employee Appreciation Day Gifts

3. Provide a subscription

Subscription boxes are one fo the hottest gifts right now. Give your employees a few months of even a year of a snack box subscription, a magazine subscription, or another creative subsciription. It’ll really depend on your company and the group of employees that you have. When they get that box or magazine in the mail each month, they’ll be reminded of how much they’re appreciated.

4. Give out company swag

Give your employees a new outfit choice for casual friday. T-shirts are great and hoodies are awesome if you live in a cold environment. Consider thinking outside the box a little—Entrata gives their employees and visiting clients red Vans. It’s an awesome client gift, and fun for employees to wear as well.

5. Hire a caricature artist

Having a caricature artist create a custom piece of art for each person is a fun and lasting memory. Your employees can keep the picture at their desks for months to come.

6. Gift Cards

Give your employees a gift card to a favorite restaurant, bookstore, or movie theater. You can even ask what they’d like to receive.

7. Give them fitness trackers

This is a great gift idea that will also speak about your company’s commitment to wellness. If every employee receives a fitness tracker, you can start off some great wellness initiatives.

Related: 4 Wellness Program Ideas HR Leaders Swear By


employee appreciation day gifts

8. Car Washes

Your employees will love getting a car wash on someone else’s dime. If you’ve got your own parking lot, you can hire people to come right to your office to wash employees cars. If this isn’t possible, give everyone a gift certificate to a local car wash.

Employee Appreciation Day Escapes

9. Give them the afternoon off

An easy way to treat your employees is to give them some paid free time to do whatever they’d like. This kind of gift really speaks to some people.

10. Take a field trip

Hold a family day at a local zoo or amusement park. Offer discounted or even free tickets. Your employees will love a day spent with their families and they’ll know how much you care.

Employee Appreciation Day Treats

11. Let them eat cake

Okay, so it doesn’t have to be cake, but people is an affordable way to celebrate. Bring in pizza for lunch, take everyone out for ice cream, or treat everyone to a favorite local restaurant. (Note: this idea is great paired with any of the other ideas.)


employee appreciation day gifts

12. Get a new office beverage machine

If you’re an office full of coffee-drinkers, buy a new fancy coffee machine. It’s a gift to your employees that they’ll use every single day. If you’re not coffee-drinkers, buy a soda machine.

13. Offer employee appreciation massage

Obviously, we’re biased but we think massage is one of the best ways to say thank you! Your employees will see health benefits, perform better at work, and feel more relaxed.

 Related: Employee Appreciation Day: How to Set Up a Chair Massage Event

employee appreciation day gifts


Whatever gift you decide on, make sure it’s clear to your employees that they’re appreciated. That’s what Employee Appreciation Day is all about.

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)