Small gestures go a long way when it comes to keeping employees happy and working hard. If you can’t afford quarterly or annual bonuses but want to show your employees how much they’re appreciated, take a look at the following gift ideas. From practical desktop accessories to gift cards, you’ll find a fantastic employee gift for every occasion.

Magnetic Pencil Holder



When people are organized, they’re less stressed. However, it doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy your entire office boring pencil holders and trays. This magnetic pencil holder makes office storage a lot more exciting—and stylish. Plus, it’s super functional with room for a “handful” of pens, scissors, rulers, and more. It even has a magnetic interior, so employees may keep track of memos, paper clips, and other small items.

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Lunch Box


Do your employees usually bring a brown bagged lunch to work? Then you should give them cool new lunch boxes to encourage communal eating in the breakroom. This lunch box suits men and women with its neutral gray and red tones, but if you know your employees well you can go for more bold designs or even monogrammed lunchboxes. Here’s an idea: give each employee a new lunch box stuffed with gift cards, a bonus check, a six pack of beer, or delicious snacks.

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Travel Kit



If your employees are hitting the pavement, jetting from one meeting to the next, give them this travel set to make business trips more comfortable. We like this pack because it comes with a neck pillow, sleep mask, slippers, and a blanket. Plus, it’s small enough to tuck in a carry-on. Traveling for business gets tiresome and expensive, so make sure your employees come back rejuvenated by giving them this travel set.

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Automatic Espresso Machine (Whole Office)


office espresso machine

Depending on the size of your company, it might be too difficult to buy a gift for each individual employee. Here’s a solution to that problem: a deluxe coffee machine for the break room. This Gaggia espresso machine will not only excite employees, but keep them in the office and more productive—since they won’t be running out for coffee a couple times per day. Just remember to stock the kitchen with lots of coffee beans to keep your employees caffeinated and satisfied.

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Southwest Gift Card



What do employees want? Time off! Give your hardworking employees a vacation with these convenient Southwest gift cards. Choose to load each card with $50, $100, or $200 for employees to put toward a flight. If you’re having an office party, these gift cards make wonderful additions to grab bags or as rewards for outstanding performance. They’re also something you can add to a company raffle. No matter what you do with these gift cards, they’ll be a homerun with your staff.

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Engraved Name Plate



There’s nothing wrong with a practical gift—especially these customizable name plates. Order a nameplate for every employee to display on their desk to help everyone in the office get to know each other. This is also a great gift if an employee has recently been promoted and they’re excited to show it off!

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Aromatherapy Diffuser



Aromatherapy aids in relaxation, concentration, and overall zen. Keep your employees calm and happy with this aromatherapy diffuser. Accompany this gift with lavender, peppermint, and bergamot essential oils for a complete package. You may also buy a few diffusers for common spaces like the kitchen, lounge, or restrooms if you want to reward the entire company. Just make sure everyone in the office likes the scent you choose, then fire it up and enjoy the aroma.

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Heated Seat Cushion



Employees who work in office jobs spend hours sitting in chairs. Make sure your employees are comfortable with these heated seat cushions. Also great for that one team member who is always cold in the office. They fit on standard office chairs, so you won’t need to worry about compatibility. Who knows, it might make your employees want to stay at work at the desks longer too!

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Planter with Succulents


planter for office succulents

Plants purify air, improve mood, and add life to a sterile office environment. Plus, succulents are perfect for offices since they thrive in indirect light. Purchase these planters and dole them out to your employees. Then, have everyone gather and plant a selection of succulents (ones you’ve also purchased) they love most. This isn’t just a great gift, but a fun and affordable company activity everyone can do together.

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Already planning on giving your employees the lunchbox we featured above? Include a portable coffee thermos as well. Depending on your employee’s sense of humor, you can choose this funny thermos we’ve featured here or go with a more safe-for-work option like “but first, coffee.” You’ll save on disposable cups this way too and help keep your office more environmentally friendly!

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Want to retain your employees? Make sure they feel appreciated, special, and well treated. That way, they’ll be more loyal to your company, work hard, and add to the positive office environment you’ve spent so much time trying to establish.

Looking for gift ideas for your boss? Check out our guide on gifts for bosses. Don’t forget your peers – we also have gift ideas for coworkers.

Victoria Earle

Victoria has 6+ years of experience writing in the advertising and marketing industries. She's elated she's found a way to incorporate her love for the written word and strategic thinking into a fulfilling career.