It’s that time of year again – The time of year when you have to rack your brain for corporate gift ideas that you’ll give to your valued employees.

While you could give all of your employees the same gift, consider upping the ante this year and coming up with a variety of creative ideas.

Let’s first start with your new hires. These are the employees who are just starting out with your company, so you want to make sure that you create and foster an environment where they feel welcomed and encouraged to do their best. Although they’re new, you still want them to feel that they are special in your eyes so your corporate gift should reflect this sentiment.

Give them something sweet

Chocolate boxes are a great gift to give newer employees. After all, who doesn’t love an assortment of sinful treats to indulge in over the holiday season? If you want to make these chocolate boxes even more special, customize them. Add the employee’s name, company logo, and a kind message to the packaging to add a personal touch to the gift.

Customizable coffee mugs

For many, coffee is part of our morning routine. When we first get to the office, we turn on our computer, get situated, and grab ourselves a cup of coffee to wake us up. This is a great opportunity for you to give your employees something functional and something that they can use every day! Whether it’s a travel mug or a good old-fashioned coffee mug, get creative. Add your company’s logo and something special like the person’s name or a cool color scheme. You want your employees to take note that you didn’t just slap your logo and their name on a mug and called it a day. You want them to see that you’ve taken the time to create a thoughtful gift to give to them.

Now, let’s move on to the next echelon of employees – The people who have been with your company for an extended period of time. You want to show these people that you really appreciate their time with and their loyalty to your company. This means that you’ll really want to take extra care in deciding on the corporate gifts that you’ll give to these employees.

Here are a couple of ideas:

What’s trending?

When you keep your thumb on the pulse of what’s trending, you’ll be more apt to find corporate gifts that people actually want and not give them gifts that’ll collect dust or find their way immediately to the garbage can. Now, when we say trending we don’t mean fidget spinners, we mean that you should show your employees that you’re listening. If your employees utilize headphones to carry out calls and you hear that they’ve been complaining about them, replace them with high-end headphones that’ll alleviate that headache for them. You always want to create an environment where your employees feel that you’re paying attention to them and what better way to show them that you are than by giving them corporate gifts that they can use and that will make their lives at work, easier. 

Gift baskets

Let’s face it; everyone loves a good gift basket. Especially if it’s filled with things, you actually want and could use. This year, consider giving your employees themed gift baskets. For instance, you could create a variety of different options that they could choose from. You could make an assortment of baskets from a movie-themed basket that’s filled with candy, movie theater gift cards, and a company-branded popcorn bowl that they can use at home. Or, you could make a coffee basket and fill it with a variety of different coffee blends, cookies, coffee-flavored candies and of course, company-branded coffee mugs.

Finally, we move on to your top performers. The employees who make sure that your company runs like a well-oiled machine. These are the people who make sure the lights stay on, and the business continues to prosper. These are your most valued employees. To show your gratitude and to show that you recognize their hard work, an over-the-top corporate gift will not only show that but will, in turn, encourage them to continue with their foot on the gas to perform at their best.

Vacation packages: Luxury and Adventure Vacation

We anxiously await our yearly vacations. It’s the time when we can unwind, disconnect, relax and rejuvenate ourselves. In the eyes of your top-performing employees, what would be even more special is if their company paid for their vacation. This year, consider giving away luxury vacation packages to the employees who go above and beyond to meet their goals day in and day out.

If your employees are thrill seekers then adventure vacation packages would be a great option, young companies have started creating adventure clubs and give opportunities of trekking, rafting, skydiving and other adventure sports . Give them the chance to get out of the office and do the things that they love. When you give your employees the chance to enjoy their passions and new experiences, they’ll come back to the office ready and raring to go.

In both cases, make sure that a company-branded welcome package is waiting in their hotel room for them upon their arrival. This personal touch will make them feel even more special than they already do.

Branded pens and notepads are a thing of the past, as time goes on, companies should take the time to think outside-of-the-box and come up with creative corporate gift ideas to give their employees. After all, without them, your business wouldn’t be able to run as it does!

About the Author: 

Melissa Lobo is an avid reader who enjoys getting lost in the world of books. Caught by the fashion bug, she also loves to pen down her thoughts on paper and share them with the world. A traveller by heart, she enjoys meeting new people and experiencing new cultures.