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6 Ways to show your employees appreciation this holiday season


Your employees are the ones who help keep your business up and running. They’ve got your back when you need their help, they represent your organization in the most positive light, and above all, they’re incredibly hard working. As the holiday season will soon come to a close, you probably want to find a special way to celebrate your staff. But finding the perfect balance between useful, thoughtful, and work-appropriate might not be that simple. Thankfully, we’ve curated 6 of the best ways to show your employees how much you appreciate them this holiday season.

1) Set the seasonal setting

Before you even get into gift-giving, you probably want to start by setting up something special for your staff members to get together and celebrate the holiday season. The holidays are about spending time with one another, right?

A good company holiday party is one that allows your employees to let loose (in a work-appropriate way), is formal enough to feel special (but not too stuffy), and ultimately, it’s a time to recognize your employees in a thoughtful, festive way.

Here are a few ideas to pull inspiration from:

  • Host a fancy dinner at a local restaurant
  • Book a block of rooms at a fun hotel
  • Think of a fun activity to do together (paint and wine night, laser tag, a cooking class)
  • Keep it casual with a white elephant gift exchange and cookie decorating competition

You know your staff members best, so use your best judgment to determine what kind of holiday party suits your company’s culture (and your budget).

2) Reward them with a company-wide vacation

Speaking of budget…if you have a substantial amount to work with and you want to make your staff feel extra appreciated, you might consider rewarding them with a company trip. This is not only a great perk for your employees, but it’s also a fun way for your team to bond and get to know each other better

3) Show off some workplace pride with custom gear

If your workplace has a strong sense of culture and pride, you really can’t go wrong with custom gear, especially if it’s something your staff members will actually want to use, like custom socks, tumblers, mugs, notebooks, or tote bags. And if you can’t decide on just one, feel free to create a basket full of company swag for your employees to enjoy.

Pro Tip: Because these items are often sold in bulk, they tend to be pretty affordable which makes them great gift bags to give your staff following your holiday party or event.

4) Make their lives easier with tech essentials

One of the best things you can do to reward your hard working employees is to give them the gift of convenience. Here are some of the best tech items you can give them:

  • Amazon Echo
  • Noise-cancelling headphones
  • Mug warmer
  • An electric kettle
  • A subscription to a music subscription service

5) Give them the gifts that keep on giving

For those employees you just can’t thank enough, you’ll want to make sure you find a gift that shows just how much you appreciate them. That means just one gift won’t do. Subscription services are an excellent way to remind your staff how much they mean to your company’s success—even when the holiday season is over!  What’s more, there’s a subscription service for just about anything, so you can even tailor your gift to each of your employee’s preferences and passions. Take a look at some of the examples below.

  • For the barbeque enthusiast…ButcherBox is a food subscription service that delivers high-end meats right to the gift recipient’s door.
  • For the employee who should start prioritizing “me time”…a beauty and spa box would give her the perfect excuse to enjoy her time off the clock
  • For the book worm…a subscription to their favorite magazine or audio book service would inspire them to keep learning
  • For the wino…let them know it’s okay to unwind with a glass of wine after a stressful day of work by signing them up for a monthly wine box delivery

6) DIY gifts from the heart

If you’re on a tight budget but have strong crafting skills, making your own gifts might be right up your alley! Here are some fun crafts to try:

  • A desk plant with painted pot
  • A care package with desk essentials (gum, hand sanitizer, chapstick, chocolate)
  • Hand baked goodies

Final notes

Make sure the holiday season is bright for your team with these fun and thoughtful gift ideas!

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