The holiday season is upon us, and for managers, that means it’s the perfect time to show some gratitude for the people that keep your company going. No, I’m not talking about your CEO or the board of directors; I’m talking about your employees. Giving holiday gifts to your employees is a time-honored tradition, but it can be tough, especially if you have to pay for those gifts out of your own pocket. If that sounds like you, then keep reading.
Here are 10 gift ideas for your employees that won’t break the bank.
1. Hot & Cold Travel Mugs
Whether you drink coffee, tea or water, there are times when you’ll be drinking on the go. Why not get your employees a set of travel mugs or even just one that can hold hot and cold drinks?
2. Gift Cards to Movies or Nearby Restaurants
Your staff works hard for you. Why not help them relax after work? Giving gift cards to movie theaters and restaurants is a great way to let them know that you appreciate them and that you understand the importance of treating yourself every once in a while.
Have a Yoga fanatic on your team? Did you know there’s a book of Yoga poses that you can do in the office? Sounds like a great gift to me. If you’re going to get books for your team, make sure that it’s something that they would enjoy.
4. Lunch or Dinner for the Team
Sometimes experiences are the best gifts. Treating your team to a group lunch or dinner (out of the office, preferably) is a great way to bond with your team, and to let them know that you view them as colleagues, and not just employees.
5. Small Electronics
Bluetooth speakers, plug-in mug warmers, and external phone batteries are all useful gifts that won’t put too much of a dent in your pocket. Again, try to tailor this to your employee’s specific interests. There’s no rule that says everyone has to get the same thing.
6. A Job-Specific Tool
When I was still an electrician, my boss gave me a headlight as a Christmas gift. It allowed me to see in attics and crawlspaces while keeping my hands free. After all, hands are an electrician’s best asset.
7. Customized Accessories
Let’s say you have an employee who is both an iPhone owner and a huge Doctor Who fan (like me). Why not get them a Doctor Who iPhone case? Phone accessories are a great gift, and they’re usually not that expensive.
8. Desktop Decorations
From pencil holders to miniature terrariums, the list of possible desktop decorations is long and extensive. But, they do make a great gift.
9. Sampler Boxes or “Of the Month” Clubs
Coffee sampler boxes. Hot sauce sampler boxes. Wine of the month clubs. You get the idea.
10. Clothing Accessories
Scarfs, hats, gloves, sunglasses. If you think you have a knack for determining your employees’ style then clothing gifts are a great choice.
BONUS: Don’t Forget the Handwritten Card
Whatever you get your employees for the holidays, make sure to make it personal by accompanying your gift with a handwritten card that tells them how much you appreciate the work that they do.