From birthdays to company events, to regular recognition for your top performers, a good boss never runs out of reasons to buy a gift for employees.
If you don’t have the budget for bonuses or vacation time, a personalized gift is a thoughtful replacement which shows that you care about your staff.
Try not to rely on fail-safes like gift cards or lottery tickets. Instead, consider a useful and high-quality gift that anyone would appreciate.
If your team is small enough that you can shop for individuals, then this gives you an even better chance to pin down a personal gift that shows you care.
However you plan to go about your shopping, you can start right here.
We’ve picked out a handful of thoughtful and practical gifts that range from safe corporate thank-you gifts to more personalized presents with some attitude.
Want to browse even more gift ideas? You can check out more gift posts from Heavy here.
1. World’s Okayest Employee Coffee Mug
This gift is the perfect payback for that one employee who got you that cheesy “World’s Best Boss” coffee mug.
Such a disingenuous gift can only be a joke at your expense. Well now the shoe is on the other foot. Give your favorite office comedian a jab to the ribs with your own corny gift. This one doesn’t mince words.
Price: $12.99 (7 percent off MSRP)
2. Vobot Smart Alarm Clock
The Vobot Smart Alarm Clock is the perfect gift for the tech-savvy worker who still hasn’t figured out how to show up to a shift on time.
This USB-rechargeable Bluetooth speaker connects to your home Wi-Fi to access Amazon’s cloud-based voice service Alexa.
Combine this voice-activated assistant with a retro LED dot-matrix display and you’ve got a high-tech alarm clock that knows hundreds of different skills.
Simply tap the capacitive snooze key at the top and say, “set an alarm for [time of day]” for single alarms, or “set a repeating alarm for [day of week] at [time]” for repeating ones.
Then they’ll have no more excuses.
Price: $45.00 (24 percent off MSRP)
3. Kikkerland Magnetic Decision Maker
Move over, Magic 8-Ball.
There’s a new decision making tool in town, and it’s the Kikkerland Magnetic Decision Maker. This is the perfect desktop companion for your most indecisive staff member.
4. Cork Pops Nicholas Portside Flask
Depending on your relationship with your employees, this one might send the wrong message.
But this gift is all about the gesture. As long as you don’t think they’ll actually use it at work, your employees will get a real kick out of getting a flask from their boss.
5. TaoTronics Active Noise Cancelling Earbuds
Everyone should have a decent pair of noise cancelling headphones.
Active noise cancellation helps you get away from the hustle and bustle of the work day and escape to a relaxing sanctuary when you need.
If your workplace is the kind where you can pop in some earbuds and get away from it all, consider gifting these TaoTronics Active Noise Cancelling Earbuds to your most distractible employee.
These earbuds sound great, and fit comfortably into most ears. Plus, they have a monitoring mode so they can’t tune you out completely when you have something important to say.
6. Playable ART Helicone
There are certainly more useful gifts you can give than a desktop toy, but the elegant and dynamic sculptures from playableART are too cool to pass up.
Their Helicone structure can be easily transformed from an abstract pinecone shape to a tight helix to fit your mood. Its sophisticated design looks great in even the most rigidly decorate workplaces.
Price: $59.95 (20 percent off MSRP)
7. WaterLuu Thinking Fidget Pen
Fidget spinners might have a reputation as a toy, but these stress-relieving toys can also be helpful to your workplace’s most ADD employee.
This Thinking Fidget Pen from WaterLuu has a fold-out pen on each side of its spinning center.
That way you can use it to fill out reports, or you can use it to focus at a staff meeting.
8. Eachine E010 Mini UFO Quadcopter Drone
If one or all of your favorite employees love to tinker with electronics, chances are they’ll be thrilled by anything RC.
This pocket-sized quadcopter drone is a fun and easy mini RC device to mess around with on your downtime.
This drone has a wide operation range, and a number of different control schemes. This allows you to tweak your approach and fly the E010 any way you want.
9. Queen Polar-Fleece Blanket
A luxurious fleece blanket is a great overall gift for the holiday times. You can never have too many blankets.
Additionally, gifting a blanket to your staff members is a great way to let them know they can relax after doing plenty of hard work. This is especially handy if they have a vacation coming up.
10. FlexiSpot Standing Desk Riser
If you’re shopping for an employee who complains about sitting at a desk all day, the best gift you can give is that of comfort.
This FlexiSpot Standing Desk Riser can convert any standard desk into a hybrid sit/stand desk without having to fully replace the desk you have.
Its pneumatic lifts make it super easy to convert, and it’s price is more than reasonable for how much it can help your own productivity.
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