Whether they commuted into the office every day or helped the team succeed behind the scenes, they gave their all to the company this year, so why not give them a token of appreciation in return?
If they work for you or work alongside you, make you look good or make you laugh a lot, a little thank you can go a long way in showing you value their contribution.
From small statements (like a cozy pair of gloves) to more grandiose gestures (an elegant coffee maker, perhaps?), read on for a mix of useful, yet not yawn-worthy gifts that are guaranteed to put a smile on their face.
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- Best clothing and accessory gifts for employees
- Best food and drink gifts for employees
- Best home office gifts for employees
- Best grooming and relaxation gifts for employees
Best clothing & accessory gifts for employees
Give the gift of good eyes with these blue light-blocking reading glasses (that they'll probably recognize from Oprah's Favorite Things List 2022). They make the perfect gift for anyone who wants to protect their peepers from too much screen time.
Of course, you can never overestimate the power of warm gloves on a frosty winter day. This touchscreen-friendly cashmere pair from Quince comes in a range of colors for different office personalities — from everyday neutrals to statement shades.
For the employee who deserves a work bag upgrade, we love this gender-neutral shoulder bag from Eastpak. It's got enough room in the padded, fleece-lined organizer pockets to fit most laptops, tablets and other items they tote on their commute. It can be carried over the shoulder, using the top handles or looped onto their luggage via the trolley sleeve, making it a multitasker they're sure to get plenty of use out of.
Best food & drink gifts for employees
Let them know what you think of their professional efforts and impact with this adorable dishwasher- and microwave-safe ceramic mug
Snacking is practically part of work culture, so make sure they have something healthy within reach. This box of organic mandarin oranges comes in three different sizes and is great for people working from home.
This limited-edition set of ten incredibly useful everyday spices makes a great gift for home cooks who pack their lunch everyday. From those just dipping their toes into the world of flavor to bonafide chefs, this set will be right at home in any kitchen.
Work with a budding chef? Encourage them to grow their shiitake mushrooms at home. To start, they'll soak the wood, then store it in a damp and dark place for six weeks.
Whether they work from home or trek into the office each day, this temperature-regulating mug is sure to come in handy at their desk. According to the brand, the Ember Mug² does more than simply keep your coffee hot — it allows you to set an exact drinking temperature, so your coffee is never too hot or too cold. Then, the brand claims it will keep your beverage at that perfect temperature for 1.5 hours.
Speaking of cocktails, you can always count on a good bottle of bourbon to make spirits bright. Woodford Reserve is one of our go-tos for something that feels premium at an accessible price point.
Keep the taste bud party going with a gift basket of meats and cheeses. This spread from DeLallo brings together the brand’s Black Pepper Dry Cured Sausage, Sliced Prosciutto, Sweet Sopressata, Granino Cheese, and a Merlot BellaVitano Wedge, all wrapped up in a big silver bow.
Not sure what to order? Consider a gift card from Goldbelly, which can be used to dial in a range of local and nationwide eats. Shake Shack, Pat’s King of Steaks and Lou Malnati’s Pizza are among some of our mouthwatering picks.
Best home office gifts for employees
Help your office pal stay organized and ahead of their to-dos with this handy notepad, which you can monogram with their initials.
Encourage them to partake in some thoughtful fun with a card game from Hygge Games. This conversation starter is sure to be a hit with their office or home pod.
This tumbler from Yeti keeps cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot. The splash-resistant MagSlider lid also comes in handy for avoiding messy spills.
Artifact Uprising is known for their gorgeous designs, and this A5 journal is no different. It's the perfect size for taking notes in meetings, crossing off to-do lists or jotting down thoughts throughout the day. It also comes with a smooth ballpoint pen, so all you have to do is personalize it with their initials and it'll be ready to gift.
This double-sided tool gets in between all those keys that are probably sticking to the keyboard. It removes dust, dirt and food bits that've fallen down from lunch.
Help them stay hydrated with this innovative water bottle. Not only will it look sleek sitting on their desk, but it self-cleans within 60 seconds and is capable of holding a charge for up to a month, according to the brand. They won’t have to worry about washing it out every day!
From gilded leafs to vibrant florals, there’s just something about jotting notes in Rifle Paper Co.’s patterned notebooks that feels special.
Save them a crowded caffeine run with their own single-pod coffee maker. This one from Keurig comes in several shades and fits right at home — it’s only five inches wide— on most desks and kitchen counters.
Give them the gift of instant ambiance with a luxurious, hand-poured candle from Le Labo. The smooth, smoky scent of Santal 26 adds an air of sophistication to any work den and has soothing effects for unwinding after a long day.
Noise can prove a big distraction at work, especially with many still logging in from alternative (read: family-filled) environments. These sleek, wireless headphones from Skullcandy will help them unplug and provide the quiet comfort they’ve been craving.
Best grooming & relaxation gifts for employees
There are weighted blankets, and now, there are weighted blankets for the eyes. According to the brand, this strapless eye mask can help promote restful sleep, which is something any employee would appreciate.
Last but not least, consider pampering them for a productive year with a SpaFinder gift card that can be redeemed for a service and at a location of their choosing.
Coming in clutch for last-minute surprises, this clean box from Lush is pre-packed with the brand’s Happy Happy shower gel and bar for keeping skin fresh and moisturized. They even did the wrapping for you!