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29 best gifts for employees: Gift ideas to reward hard work

These gifts will put a smile on anyone's face.
Show you care with these top gifts.
Show you care with these top gifts.TODAY Illustration / Getty Images

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No matter where you work, your company's employees generally come to the office with a smile every day, even when that means having to video conference amid the additional challenges and responsibilities that come with working from home.

Whether they work for you or work alongside you, make you look good or make you laugh a lot, you may want to show your appreciation for their contributions to your team and life.

A little gratitude goes an extra long way. From small statements (like a playful lipstick or pair of socks) to more grandiose gestures (an elegant coffee maker, virtual assistant or steak dinner, perhaps?), read on for a mix of 29 useful, yet not yawn-worthy gifts that are guaranteed to put a smile on their face.

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Best clothing & accessory gifts for employees

1. Smoko Heated Slipper

Help them make their home office setup cozier with these cute heated slippers. Plug them in to warm up cold toes.

2. Happy Socks

Give them a wallet-friendly gift with wide appeal thanks to Happy Socks. The brand offers a seemingly endless supply of threads spanning from personal (insert inside joke here) to professional. We suggest going with a creative graphic for the ideal in between.

3. Lululemon Vinyasa Scarf

Keep them cozy and chic with this versatile scarf. Available in two neutral colors, this customizable option from Lululemon can transition from cardigan to wrap to scarf in a snap to keep them comfortable regardless of the weather.

4. J.Crew Cabana oversized sunglasses

You can't go wrong with a pair of these bestsellers in classic black. The oversized frame will keep them protected from UV rays — and keep them fashionable while they're out and about.

5. Everlane The ReNew 15” Transit Backpack

Upgrade their commute with a stylish (and sustainable!) backpack. This pick from Everlane’s ReNew line is made of recycled polyester, waterproof, and has compartments for all of their work and entertaining essentials (for those going the distance, Tumi’s Just in Case Backpack is another solid bet).

6. Allbirds Tree Runners

Put some extra pep in their step with these eco-conscious kicks from Allbirds. Dubbed by the brand as the ‘98 percent of the time sneaker,’ they feature a lightweight, breathable fabric made from eucalyptus trees and come in both women’s and men’s (go with a classic color or let them choose their own to ensure it’s a good fit).

7. Diff Koko Sunglasses

Protect their peepers, while giving someone else the gift of sight, with a pair of shades from Diff. Proceeds from every purchase are put toward eye exams, glasses surgeries and more for those in need.

Best food & drink gifts for employees

1. New York Bagel Brunch Kit for 6

It may be a while before you can all enjoy an office bagel spread together again, but you can send them an assortment to eat at home. This brunch kit includes authentic New York bagels, cream cheese and nova.

2. Godiva Dessert Lovers Gift Set

Satiate the sweet tooth with their own duo of assorted truffles. The pair are sure to be crowd pleasers.

3. DeLallo Cheese & Charcuterie Gift Collection

Keep the taste bud party going with a curation 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 bowed gift box.

4. 1-800 Flowers Spring Sentiment Bouquet

Brighten up their day with a classic bouquet filled with pastel daisies and roses. It's delivered in a grey-washed wooden cube to enhance the rustic chic look that's all the rage.

5. Blue Apron Meal Plan

Take some of the load off, while encouraging a little exploration in the kitchen, with a meal plan from Blue Apron, which can be customized to accommodate different schedules, serving sizes and dietary preferences (last time we checked, the menu was serving up hits like Zesty Pork Chorizo Tacos, Curry Mustard Chicken and Creamy Pesto Cavatelli). The brand’s gifting options include gift cards to purchase meals and wine pairings at their leisure.

6. Omaha Steaks Tasteful Gift

Treat them to a fancy steak dinner inside the comfort of their own home with an elevated combination of sweet and savory staples from Omaha Steaks. The Tasteful Gift has all the fixings for a festive feast (additional business gift packages and certificates for browsing here).

Best home office gifts for employees

1. Link UV-C Self-Cleaning Water Bottle

Everyone could use a little help hitting their daily water goal, and this bottle will make it easier. It's self-cleaning, so it will save them the hassle of washing it out every day.

2. Modern Sprout Ritual Live Well Gift Set

This three-in-one set will turn their desk into a sanctuary. It includes a tea steeper, mug and a chamomile grow kit to brighten their space.

3. Rifle Paper Co. Pocket Notebook Set

From gilded leafs to vibrant florals, there’s just something about jotting notes in Rifle Paper Co.’s patterned notebooks that feels special.

4. Hygge Games The Hygge Game

Encourage them to partake is 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.

5. Diptyque Narguilé Candle

Watch them light up with a bougie candle from Diptyque. This popular blend strikes the perfect balance between sweet and earthy, with notes of tobacco and honey (additional scents and sizes available).

6. Yeti 10-Ounce Tumbler with Magslider Lid

This tumbler from YETI keeps cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot, and boasts a splash-resistant MagSlider for avoiding messy spills.

7. Keurig K Mini Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker

Save them a crowded caffeine run with their own single-pod coffee maker. This one from Keurig comes in four shades and fits right at home (it’s only five inches wide) on most desk and kitchen tops.

8. Skullcandy Riff Wireless On-Ear Headphones

Noise can prove a big distraction at work, especially with many 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 (additional finishes available).

9. Apple HomePod Mini

Give them the gift of a virtual assistant with the newest addition to Apple’s HomePod family — a compact, yet powerful smart speaker that features Siri to help support all of their professional and personal scheduling and listening needs. Now showcasing: White or Space Gray.

Best grooming & relaxation gifts for employees

1. Away The Boost Set

Everyone could use a little boost right now, and this gift set promises to do just that. It includes superfood latte mixes, a face mask, an SPF mist and more, all packaged in a mini Away suitcase, that they can use time and time again to transport toiletries and other essentials.

2. OPI Hollywood Nail Polish Mini 4-Pack

If they change their nail polish as often as their button-ups, there’s a good chance they’ll appreciate this mini nail polish cracker from OPI, which opens to reveal four bestselling shades that are prime for work and play.

3. Drybar The Extreme Clean Team

Save the blowout enthusiast with a hard-working ensemble of detoxifying shampoos and conditioners from Drybar.

4. MAC Fireworked Like A Charm Mini Lipstick Kit

Help them stand out in all those virtual happy hours with this trio of lipstick darlings from Mac starring three universally flattering shades.

5. Lush Fresh As Gift Set

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).

6. Kiehl’s Since 1851 Healthy Hands Trio

You can’t go wrong with this handy trio from Kiehl’s, which contains two hand creams and the brand’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve — especially great for essential workers who use (and therefore wash) their hands a lot and couldn’t be more deserving.

7. Estée Lauder Radiant Skin 24/7 Gift Set

Help protect their skin from long hours of screen time with this trio from beloved Estée Lauder boasting a lineup of repairing and renewing products for tired eyes and skin.

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