November 2, 2015 Erin Hall

Holiday Gift Ideas for Employees You Haven’t Considered

It’s not too early to start thinking about employee gifts for the holidays. Keep your budget tidy by planning now so you don’t have to scramble at the last minute. 

Here are some unique employee gift ideas to get you started.

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Employee Gift Guide for the Holidays


Creative employee gifts: Activities

Do you have some weekend warriors on staff?  Or maybe some after-hours theater geeks? Get your employees ready for their favorite local events with gift ideas like these: 

  • Ski lift passes
  • Winter sports clothing and accessories
  • Rock climbing training at local gym
  • Season tickets to the symphony
  • Family pass to local museum, zoo, or cultural center
  • Hot air balloon ride voucher
  • Tickets to regional theater show


Employee gift ideas: Gadgets & gear

Outfit your employees with the latest gear to help keep them happy both on and off the clock. Don’t forget about employees’ hobbies and interests — help them relax after work with some gear ideas like these: 

  • Gardening tools
  • Gift card to local nursery
  • Terrarium — fully assembled, or a build-your-own kit
  • Portable external hard drive
  • On-the-go portable USB power for phones or tablets
  • Portable Bluetooth speakers

Related: Best Ideas for Corporate Retreats: Building Culture Offsite 


Holiday employee gifts: Food & booze

It wouldn’t be the holidays without too much to eat and drink. Keep your employees’ taste buds happy with gift ideas like these:

  • Loose-leaf tea or locally roasted coffee with a hand thrown mug
  • Voucher for a wine tasting class at a winery
  • Raw vegan food prep course
  • Tasty treats from a local bakery
  • Beer-brewing class at local brewery




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