10 Employee Appreciation Day Gifts

Employee Appreciation Day Gifts

10 Employee Appreciation Day Gifts

Awesome companies are made up of awesome people. Employee Appreciation Day is the opportunity each year to recognize employees for their early mornings and long nights. It gives employers the chance to thank their teams for keeping the company running. Whether you’re the founder of your own business or a manager at a corporation, it’s important to make the people you work with feel valued. Read on to see the list of items our team put together that your employees will love receiving.


Bohm Noise Cancelling Headphones

Bohn Noise Cancelling HeadphonesBohm Noise Cancelling Headphones

One of the most functional accessories for productive employees is a quality pair of noise-cancelling headphones. With all the commotion in the office, it’s important for employees to be able to block out distractions, buckle down, and crank out work. Coming in under $100, BÖHM created a quality and affordable pair of noise-cancelling and wireless set of headphones perfect for the workplace. Stylish in appearance, these provide crisp quality audio quality at a fraction of the price of competitor headphones in the market.

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Amazon Kindle

Amazon KindleAmazon Kindle

The best bosses are those that encourage employees to continuously learn. Even if it’s about topics unrelated to work, a well-read employee is a better employee. A great way to put that to action on Employee Appreciation Day would be to grab your employees an Amazon Kindle; reading is one of the best ways to learn new things.

The touchscreen display is easy on the eyes with no glare. Storage-wise it can hold hundreds to thousands of books, and a single battery charge can last for weeks. There’s something special about receiving an “electronic” not intended for social media, blogging, Youtube, etc. If you want to go the extra mile, you can preload the Kindle with books that you think your employee will enjoy.

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Ravishing Reds Gift Set

Ravishing Reds Wine Gift Set

Work is tough. Show your employees that you appreciate their efforts on those particularly tough days with this great set of red wines from Naked Winery. Complete with Godiva chocolate and wine glasses, this nicely packaged set is the perfect box to help your team unwind after a long day.

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If your employees aren’t fans of red wines, get them something that suits their tastes.


Gift Cards

gift card

A lot of people hate on the idea of gifting gift cards. They claim it’s unthoughtful and a cop-out. In some situations, we agree – we don’t think getting your wife of five years a gift card for your anniversary is a great idea. However for Employee Appreciation Day, we think it is totally acceptable. Manager-employee relationships vary from company to company. Depending on how well you know your employee, a gift card might be a better option than trying to guess at a “thoughtful” gift. If you do decide to go this route, pick a big retailer like Target or Amazon and you can’t go wrong.

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Cork Globe

cork globe

For the traveler-at-heart, give your employee the ultimate desk prop with this cork globe. Complete with six push-pins, this globe is the coolest way for your employee to show where they’ve been in the world. If you want to really go above and beyond, you can gift a few extra vacation days to help them add a few more pins to the globe!

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Adult Coloring Books

adult coloring book

Remember how fun coloring was as a kid? Why did we ever stop? Adult coloring books are gaining in popularity. This gift will give your employees a way to unwind in therapeutic way. However, don’t mistake these for the coloring books you had as a child; the designs here are much more detailed and intricate, giving your employees something to focus on other than the computer screen. Don’t forget to buy some color pencils too!

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Cards Against Humanity

cards against humanity

If you haven’t heard of Cards Against Humanity, get out from under your rock! The team here at the Gift Monk unanimously believed this would make a great Employee Appreciation Day gift. The game is basically a humorous (and sometimes NSFW) take on word association. Players take turns selecting the funniest word or phrase association played by the other players. This game a is great way to show off your “fun” side and let your employees that you’re not always the serious person you are in the office.

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Natico Decision Maker and Paper Weight

Natico Decision Maker

As much as we all want professional decisions to be data driven, sometimes no one has a clue. For those situations, equip your team with these fun little decision makers. They’re essentially magic 8 balls, but more professional looking and way more fun to use. We grabbed these for our team a while back and some of our team’s best decisions was a result of these puppies. They can make the tough decisions when no one wants to.

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Chocolate and Caramel Crunch Gift Basket

Chocolate caramel gift basket

A more traditional gift for Employee Appreciation Day, this gourmet gift basket is perfect for those with a sweet tooth. It comes with a variety of fresh and delicious chocolate and caramel covered treats packaged nicely in a seagrass basket.

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ApexDesk Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk

ApexDesk Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk

Here’s an idea that is something you’d want to do across all your employees if you happen to be having a good financial year. There are tons of articles out on the internet about how long periods of time sitting isn’t good for the human body. It’s bad for your back, legs, etc. Show your employees your appreciation by getting them a quality electric standing desk! This desk from ApexDesk is one of the best bang-for-your-buck desks available on the market. It is very sturdy, has plenty of space for monitors/documents/accessories, and adjusts heights smoothly and quietly. Extendable to a height of 71″, this desk is suitable for tall employees too!

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Other Employee Appreciation Day Gift Ideas:

  • Extra vacation days – grant them a few extra days off. That’s a gift everyone will love.
  • Team event – plan a fun team activity (e.g., go-karting, paint-balling, a cooking class…the list goes on.
  • Custom tie clip – small, affordable, classy
  • Flowers – another safe goto if you can’t think of anything else

Have other great ideas for Employee Appreciation Day gifts? Leave them in the comments below!

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