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Employee Gift Ideas

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

One of the most challenging things for bosses and business owners is coming up with good gift ideas for employees. This is somewhat of a delicate situation for a couple of reasons. First, as the boss or owner, you want to thank your employees for the hard work and dedication that they have put into their jobs. However you also do not want to purchase an employee gift that is especially expensive because it will drain a great many of your companies resources.

With all of that in mind, let's look at some employee gift ideas that have been successful for bosses in the past. The key thing to look at when considering these examples is these employee gifts are suggestions for a team or small business. If you are the manager of a large number of employees, such as more than 1,000 individual employees, then many of these gift ideas will not be the most appropriate for you. In fact, I might consider talking to a representative of a company that works with large corporations for giving gifts to a large number of employees.

But, let's say that you need to get gifts for a smaller number of people, what are some good ideas for gifts for your employees? Let's take a look at some of them.

1. Amazon.com gift cards

Probably the easiest gift for an employee (or any person really) is to get them a gift to an online retailer. Some people like to purchase gift certificates to nextag.com or walmart.com, however I find that amazon.com is the best choice because of their immense selection and speedy shipping and quality assurances. The reason that you might want to get an amazon.com gift card is that it is nearly entirely like giving cash but indicates a bit more thought than simply handing out $20.

With a gift card to a retailer as large as Amazon, you are really telling your employees that they can get anything they want, within a certain price limit, and that you will pick up the tab. Many of your employees might first think that Amazon is primarily a bookseller, but they will be surprised to learn that you can literally purchase nearly anything in the world at this site. Because of this, it can be hard to go wrong with an Amazon gift card for your employees. It is kind of like getting a gift certificate to Walmart but it is better because at Amazon you can find a great many more products than you would ever be able to find at Walmart, plus you do not actually have to step foot into a Walmart, which I know many people are none too fond of.

Therefore, considering all the alternatives, I believe that a Walmart gift card is probably the number gift selection for people who have less than 20 employees to buy for. It is a gift choice where you can not go wrong.

If for some reason you think that an Amazon gift certificate is not personal enough for your employees then you will need to consider what your employees have in common when thinking about gift ideas. If, for instance, you operate a type of business that attracts a certain kind of person to work for you, then you might be interested in purchasing some employee gifts that center around the theme of your business. For instance, if you operate driving range and all of your employees are avid golfers then you might want to purchase something golf related, such as golf balls, to give to them. The only problem here is that you are giving your employees something related to your work environment and, no matter how much your employees like their job, you want to highlight the fact that you are aware of (and respect the fact) that they have lives outside of the office.

The final suggestion for a gift for employees is something related to an experience. For many people, food and drinks are a fail-safe gift option. If you live and work in a city with a vibrant restaurant scene, a great idea of gifts is to give restaurant revolving gift cards. The way that this gift option works is that you buy a $25 gift certificate to a different restaurant for each employee. You will want to make these casual dining restaurants where two persons can order two entrees for about $25. Then you simply put all the gift cards in a hat and have your employees draw a gift card from the hat. All of your employees will get a gift card to a different restaurant. Then the employees can trade amongst themselves so that each ends up with a restaurant that they like. This is a popular option in cities where there is a great variety of first rate casual dining restaurants.

As you can see, there are a great variety of great gifts that you can get for your employees. It is important to think a little bit about different ideas for employee gifts and put a little bit of thought into your purchase. The fact of the matter is that your employees work very hard to make you money, it is important that you show your appreciation with a decent employee gift.


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