7 Great (not so materialistic) Gift Ideas for Yourself & your Employees

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Gifts for employees boost morale. They’re more than just material tokens and there are ways to express gratitude and make employees feel valued. In one employee happiness survey, 45% of respondents even said they believe appreciation gifts reflect their value at a company. 

The Holiday season doesn’t have to be wasteful! There are plenty of perfect presents that don’t take up any space at all and will make the giver and receiver feel great. In fact, many of these gift ideas give you the opportunity to show how much you really know and care about your employees – rather than just sending another gadget or gift basket their way. 

The gift ideas next are not only sustainable and environmentally friendly, they’ll also help you forge a strong relationship with the people who are the heart of your business.  

1. Additional paid time off

Company-wide gifts might help bring employees together because employees perceive this gift as a gesture of gratitude for their efforts. Paid time off for all employees sends a message that they performed well during the year, and they’re rewarded with additional relaxation. 

Paid time off highlights the company’s commitment towards a work-life balance. A work-life balance prioritizes wellness, which can decrease employee turnover and increase employees’ commitment to an organization. A team-oriented gift helps foster a collective workforce since its rewards depend on the team’s performance, and it encourages employees to interact and build relationships with one another.  

2. The Holiday Bundle

The Holiday Bundle is a collection of 4 games that will help everyone get to know each other better. It’s perfect for any company event or family gathering where people need an icebreaker activity. You can use it in Zoom meetings, break rooms, and even at home with friends. 

 You’ll have everyone laughing and learning how much they have in common with their peers by playing these interactive games that are sure to bring out some interesting facts about who they really are. This bundle includes four different activities that will keep everyone on their toes while also helping them bond over shared experiences, whether virtually or in-person. Click here to buy it!

3. Cookie Decorating Class

A custom holiday cookie kit that includes 10+ freshly baked vanilla sugar cookies, pastry bags filled with frosting, and a special blend of confectionaries to have a cookie decorating class. And you can do it all over Zoom. 

Why employees love this holiday gift? It’s easy, no stress, and they get cookies at the end. Talk about an employee holiday gift that has it all! 

4. Virtual Clue Murder Mystery

This is an online experience where employees can channel their inner detectives, split into teams, examine clues, and review case files to solve the murder of billionaire Neil Davidson before the clock expires. 

Part escape room, part choose-your-own ‘Crime Junkie’ adventure, employees wind their way through fun and exciting narratives by solving puzzles with their friends, family, or work team members. Click here to learn more about it!

5. Personalized snacks

Personalized snacks are a meaningful gift for employees with dietary restrictions. They may include dairy-free snacks, gluten-free snacks, free of nuts and soy, etc. You can still give sweets to employees without dietary restrictions, but the attention to employees with food allergies conveys that the company prioritizes their health and well-being. 

6. Work from Home Essentials

With the pandemic situation forcing everyone to stay indoors, working from home became the new normal for many worldwide. However, the sudden shift to work from home also negatively affected the employees’ morale since most were not prepared for such a change. 

However, this Christmas you have the perfect opportunity to cheer them with work from home essentials as their holiday gift. You can include various items like desk accessories, laptop stand, file organizer, customized diary with your company logo, etc. 

7. Coaching – the best Holiday gift

2021 was the year of the unexpected…a year that compelled organizations to completely rethink and rework their business to adapt it to a global pandemic. While the embers of this disruption seem to settle a little, it is clear that disruption is going to stay in our lives for the foreseeable future.  

A painful lesson that the past year taught us was that even the best-laid plans can bite the dust and that the future might not unfold as we predict or want it to. Building organizational resilience becomes critical in this world of constant disruption, especially because the rules of engagement, of how you control and manage things and people, have changed. 

With no physical interaction and dynamics at play, employees need new tools to hone their critical skills that enable collaboration – critical thinking, communication, strategic thinking, ownership, accountability, empathy, and essential skills for productivity and agility. 

And we have the perfect gift idea that will benefit both you and your employees: A membership to our Programs and a unique combination of coaching, consulting & enablement across four main Business & Life areas:  

  • Start-Up Journeys (part/full-time independent work)
  • Digital Journeys (Develop and sell online products and services)
  • Business Journeys (Management, Efficiency, Agility)
  • Personal Journeys (Resilience, Balance, Wellbeing, Healthy Lifestyle). 

Explore our Business & Life Pack and learn how to work with it. Give yourself and your employee the gift of engagement, learning and development to sail through to 2022. Click here!

Each company has its way of celebrating the Holiday season. We hope our list has helped you to select the best holiday gift for your employees and to cheer them this festive season. Do you have more ideas? Leave them in the comment box below. 

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