If day-to-day office life gets in the way of expressing how much you appreciate your employees, don’t worry. These things get away from everyone sometimes. But, luckily, employee appreciation day is the perfect day to show them how much you care!
And if you’re looking for things to do for employee appreciation day, you came to the right place! This is your opportunity to show your employees how much you value them and recognize how much they do for you and your workplace.
So, whether you’re looking for ideas for employee appreciation day or something simpler, we’ve got you covered. Here are the best employee appreciation day gift ideas!
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Best Employee Appreciation Day Gifts Under $20
If you’re shopping on a budget, then finding the cheapest employee appreciation gifts that still pack a punch is exactly what you need. Especially if you have to find gifts for a big group of people. But, luckily, there are plenty of staff appreciation day ideas that are both reasonably priced and loaded with all the things you could never say without, well, compromising your authority. Or maybe that’s not what you’re worried about. Regardless, we’ve got you covered! Here are our favorites.
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work Bracelet
Handmade, simple, and sure to cement how much you appreciate your workers, this Teamwork Makes the Dream Work bracelet is the perfect present to get your employees. More than just a bracelet, every time they wear it will serve as a reminder.
With a message celebrating the importance teamwork, this handmade item is a great way to maintain cohesion among your staff. Adjustable and minimalist, you can’t go wrong with this one! Just pick the color and wait for it to arrive.
Dry Erase Board
If you’re looking for something they’ll be happy to display on their desk and get loads of use out of, then this dry erase board is the perfect present to get your employees. Especially if they have a tendency to forget things.
But, still, between selecting the name you’d like to be spelled at the top in scrabble pieces and specifying what exactly you want the background of the white board to be designed like, this gift offers innumerable ways to make it unique and touching!
Employee Recognition Spa Gift Box
If you and your staff have had a rough year and could use some relaxation, then this employee recognition spa gift box is the perfect gift that will keep on giving. And not just for them—a Zen staff means a Zen atmosphere. Which means less stress for everyone.
With a color printed box, scented soy candle, peppermint candy cane, bath bomb, moisturizing lip balm, handcrafted soap, colorful matches, and a beautiful greeting card you can personalize, there’s no employee that wouldn’t love getting this one!
Blue Forget-Me-Not Plant with Planter and Seeds
If you and your office could stand to use more greenery, then this might be the perfect gift! And, seriously, having plants around does make a difference. So this blue Forget-Me-Not plant with a planter and seeds is great for the whole office.
With a seed packet, peat pellet, and a wooden cube planter, this has everything they need to start something like a garden at their desk. Easy to use and set up, everyone could use a little more green—and when money isn’t abundant, this is the next best thing.
OK—keychains can be a little tacky, but hear me out. If you don’t know what to get your employees, or you get the impression there’s nothing you could give them they’ll use, then these motivational keychains are perfect!
This pack of 12 inspirational dog tag keychains are almost the perfect gift because they’re sure to attach them to their keys and think of you and this gift every time they retrieve them. Aluminum, durable, and lightweight—these will offer inspiration for a long time.
Best Employee Appreciation Day Gifts Under $50
If nothing has done it for you so far, then you must have a pretty special team that you can’t wait to go above and beyond for. And, if that’s the position you’re in, then don’t worry! Because there are plenty of gifts that are sure to be immeasurably appreciated by the appreciated and only cost a smidge more. So, whether you’re looking for worker appreciation day ideas or actual presents themselves, there’s something for everyone! Here are the ones we liked best.
Work/Life Balance Keychain
As the boss, it might be hard sometimes to encourage your employees to strike a good work/life balance. After all, you’re only supposed to really care about their work performance. But this work/life balance keychain is a great reminder!
Especially if you have employees who never give themselves a break, or if you have employees that feel like they have to make work their lives, then this keychain is a great way to show that you also care about their overall life satisfaction.
Before Work Mug, After Work Wine Glass, Weekend Shot Glass
Hilarious and definitely useful, this is the kind of gift for employees who you’re friendly with. But, more importantly, if the work environment is high-stress, this before work mug, after work wine glass, and weekend shot glass are perfect!
Now, I suppose the shot glass doesn’t have to be just for weekends, and the before work mug could also function as a wine glass, but these are semantics. This kind of gift will demonstrate you understand the pressure they’re under and you want to help.
Now, let’s be honest, who doesn’t like food? Especially it’s free. And, more specifically, who doesn’t like brownies? The answer is no one—or no one sane, that is. And that’s why you can’t go wrong with these benevolent brownies.
Particularly great if you don’t know what your employees would even like, these brownies come in different flavors. With brown sugar blondies, chocolate fudge, snicker doodle, and even vegan fudge, there’s sure to be something for everyone!
Essential Oil Dough
This is another gift to get employees when you just need them to take a deep breath every now and again. And who knows—you’re probably bound to gift these to someone who doesn’t pamper themselves as often as they should and this will be an epiphany for them.
Lavender and chamomile scented, this pack of five essential oil dough tins is a great gift to get your staff. With the word Team and its definition on the lid’s label, the message will be clear and the gift will be appreciated.
You Rock! Rock Gifts
If you’re shopping for a huge group of people and don’t know what you can give everyone, this might be your saving grace. Because these You Rock! rock gifts are sure to drive the point home. Plus, they’re bound to get some laughs.
Each of these natural river stones is engraved, and the recipients can easily take them with them anywhere they go. Smooth, polished, and light, these are great gifts when you need to encourage your team.
Best Employee Appreciation Day Gifts Under $100
So you’re still shopping for your employees. And, I’ve got to be honest, it’s hard not to be jealous. But, especially if the last year has been particularly challenging for you and your staff, this might be just what you need to galvanize morale. So, whether you’re looking for employee appreciation day ideas for remote employees or employees that work in the office, there’s something for everyone and every employee deserves a little recognition like this from time to time. Here are the best gifts we found.
Essential Worker Wire Sculpture
If you’re employees are essential workers, then this essential worker wire sculpture is one of the best ways to honor them. However, it’s also a great gift they can keep around to remind themselves of the service they did for their country.
Choose between a farmer, health care worker, and postal worker, and you’ll receive a handmade trinket fashioned out of wire. Six inches high, this gift will fit perfectly in virtually any workspace. This is proof that every hero deserves a statue.
Garden Jars and Wildflower Growing Kit
Should you be interested in getting some vegetation included in your office aesthetic, these garden jars are a great way to encourage your employees to grow their own personal plants. And, in some ways, it’ll cultivate some solidarity.
More than just adorable jars, they come with everything they need to grow a miniature wildflower garden. This includes a soil pod, pure wildflower seeds, a glass jar wrapped with a bow, instructions, and a lid with a design or quote of your choice.
The perfect way to show your employees you care (even when they’re tying one on after a particularly long day of work) these awesome custom drink coasters are unique and sure to be used plenty, and they’ll fit in with virtually any household aesthetic.
Made out of reclaimed scrabble pieces, you can personally select what words you’d like them to say. Handmade with love and care, these coasters will last a while, and their messaging is sure to get through to them eventually if not right away.
The Go-Getter Gift Box
If you’re looking for something that’s all business—if you have employees that want nothing more than to succeed and do their best—then this go-getter gift box might be the perfect gift. Because for those types, nothing can truly come before work.
With the option of having a personalized message included, this gift box comes with a beautifully crafted wood box, hardcover notebook, key ring, granola, to-go tumbler, and brass pen. All of which are made to do one thing: keep them on the ball.
Employee Appreciation Plaque
More traditional in nature, but still a great gift that enables them to show off how much you appreciate all the work they do, this employee appreciation plaque is one of the better gifts you can get employees who do especially outstanding work.
With a custom, engraved black brass nameplate that you can personalize, as well as a quartz clock face, this beautiful piece is handmade out of rosewood with a piano finish and will look just as good in their home as it will on their desk.
Best Employee Appreciation Day Gifts Over $100
If you’re still looking, it would be awesome if you could send us an application form so we can maybe join the club. Because it sounds pretty sweet. Though, I have to admit, it does also sound like you’re compensating for some recent layoffs or something of that nature. Regardless—we’re just here to help you dazzle your staff with how much you care. Because appreciation can be weaponized—don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Anyway, here are our favorite employee gifts for employee appreciation day over $100.
Engraved Pen Set
One of the most perfect gifts for an office setting because there’s always something to jot down and pens seem to always go missing, this engraved pen set will remind your employees of how much you care every time they have to write something down.
With 12 fonts available, you can personalize what text you want engraved above the window, below the window, and even on the pens themselves. Fashioned out of maple wood, this is the kind of gift that shows them how grateful you are to have them.
Stainless Steel Tumbler With Lid
Let’s be honest—you can always use another one of these. And that’s what makes this set of 10 stainless steel tumblers with lids a prime gift selection to recognize your employees and all the hard work they do day-in and day-out.
Insulated and 16 ounces, these tumblers even come with a simple but affecting message on them: Thank you for being awesome. Whether they use them for water or wine (off the clock obvi), they’ll think of you with every sip (or slug) they take!
Custom Corporate Corn Hole Boards
Maybe you want to do something unique—something they can enjoy with their families, friends, or even by themselves. And, if that’s the case, these awesome custom corporate corn hole boards are the perfect gifts to raise the bar.
With custom design options available, these handmade items come with the boards treated with weather resin and duck cloth bags for you to toss. And who knows—maybe you’ll be invited to a barbecue or two after this one!
Engraved Maple Syrup in Leaf Bottle
The perfect gift for practically anyone because who doesn’t like pancakes, waffles, or French toast? This set of 24 engraved maple syrup in leaf bottles is a great gift. Though, admittedly, it won’t be for everyone. So do your homework first.
Filled with Vermont Amber Rich Taste Maple Syrup, this is a gift that’s sure to satisfy and enrich every breakfast. Just get in contact to let them know what logo you’d like to have engraved on these beautiful bottles!
Indiana-shaped Personalized Cutting Boards
Maybe this is a bit niche, but if you happen to live in Indiana and are looking for the perfect gift for your employees, then this set of 11 Indiana-shaped personalized cutting boards is one of the best ways for you to demonstrate your appreciation!
Handcrafted out of bamboo, these cutting boards will hopefully also earn you a few free meals, too. Just send in your company logo, and they’ll never forget where their food comes from. And we mean that literally.
Hopefully our list helped you find the worker appreciation day gifts you were looking for!
We’re convinced we’ve provided you with the definitive list of employee presents for employee appreciation day. And don’t worry—no matter what the price range is, the fact that you’re showing them you care will make that irrelevant at the end of the day.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask! You are, after all, the culmination of your employees’ work. So, in many ways, this is, like, the least you could do for them. So make it good.