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The UK corporate gifting market is currently thought to be worth around £78.3 million.
But why is employee gifting so important, especially at Christmas?
- It helps staff to feel appreciated. Recognising your team’s contributions is confirmation that they are performing well and are valued by the business.
- It brings festive cheer and positivity to the workplace. 75% of employees believe that receiving gifts enhances morale.
- It helps to motivate your team. According to a recent survey by Swarovski, 80% of employees said receiving corporate gifts made them feel motivated to meet or surpass their performance targets. Even more so for high-income employees.
But what should you get for your team this Christmas? Here are our top 10 Christmas gifts for staff.
1. Christmas gift cards for staff
Can I give my employees gift cards for Christmas?
Of course, you can! Gift cards make ideal staff Christmas presents because they’re flexible.
They can be redeemed for an item of the recipient’s choice at a time to suit them, preventing gifts from being wasted or discarded.
You’ll also save time by not having to consider everyone’s interests and requirements, which you’ll need to consider when buying individual gifts.
2. A staff Christmas day out
Staff Christmas gifts don’t just need to be physical gifts, they can be experiences too!
Take the whole team on a day out to thank them for their hard work.
There are lots of experiences targeted at staff days out and team building, but we recommend:
- Test your clue-solving skills in an escape room
- Challenge the team to a cook-off at a cooking event
- Immerse yourself in a murder mystery event
- Enjoy a tree top adventure at Go Ape
- An evening of axe throwing – these venues are popping up around the country
Our team recently enjoyed a trip to Axed Lincoln ahead of our peak season. Great fun...though we were a little worried about the accuracy of some!
We recently enjoyed a British Hamper Christmas team trip to Axed Lincoln!
A chance to let your hair down and have fun whilst helping to improve team communication.
3. A Christmas charity donation
You aren't limited to physical gifts when thinking about staff Christmas present ideas.
Charity donations embrace the spirit of Christmas and allow you to give to causes that are important to your team.
This could be a one-off donation or the start of regular payroll giving throughout the year, helping to make a difference and boost staff morale by supporting an important cause.
Make sure this speaks to a cause that your team are invested in.
The festive season is the time for indulgence, so why not treat your team to a Christmas food hamper for them to enjoy with their friends or family?
Who wouldn’t love receiving a surprise gift full of treats?
Festive food hampers are also a great Christmas gift for employees working from home as these can be delivered straight to their door.
Remember to take into account any dietary requirements looking at Christmas hampers for staff.
Explore our corporate Christmas gifts range, featuring vegan Christmas gifts, vegetarian hampers, alcohol free gifts, gluten free Christmas hampers and more.
5. Desk accessories
If you’re working with a lower budget, consider practical Christmas gifts that can also be used around the office.
A personalised pen or notebook will give your employees a sense of belonging. A thoughtful gift which will have practical use too.
6. A Christmas bonus
A cash Christmas bonus shows your appreciation whilst giving employees the opportunity to use their gift on what matters to them.
They may use this to treat themselves, contribute towards Christmas presents for friends or family or save this towards a future treat.
This could either be calculated as a flat rate for each team member, different rates depending on a staff member’s position in the company or a percentage of an employee’s wages.
7. Additional Christmas leave
Time is precious so why not thank your team for their hard work by giving them additional leave for the holidays.
An extra day in the build up to the festive season will give them time to get their Christmas shopping sorted, allow parents to spend more time with their children during the school holidays or just give them a chance for a well-deserved rest after a busy year.
This gift will help your team to take a break and be ready to push forward again in the year ahead.
8. A bottle of bubbly or wine
The classic Christmas gift for employees or clients, a nice bottle can be the perfect gift for sharing with a loved one during the holidays.
Do bear in mind that not everyone drinks – a bottle of non-alcohol sparkling elderflower is a popular choice for non-drinkers.
Gift a bottle of wine or bubbly to your staff this Christmas.
9. A Christmas staff meal
Take the team out for a festive meal as part of their Christmas gift.
Look for a lively local restaurant offering a drink or meal package or purchase restaurant vouchers for those working from home.
This is a great opportunity for team members to bond, whilst enjoying a meal and drinks on the company!
10. A subscription gift
A relatively new concept in the gifting world, a subscription is the gift that keeps on giving.
Access to a useful app or program as an additional work perk, or a delivered monthly subscription box provides a treat that your employee can enjoy year round.
- A baking subscription – Baked In offer a 6 month subscription to their baking club for £60.
- A cooking kit subscription – The Spicery offer a 3-month subscription to their Friday night curry discoverer box for £28.
- A quality coffee subscription – Pact coffee offers a regular coffee subscription from £7.95/bag.
- A mindfulness subscription – For just £49.99/year, give the gift of relaxation and mindfulness with a Headspace subscription.
Those are our top picks for Christmas staff gifts, will you be choosing any of these for your staff this Christmas? Let us know on our socials.
And if you need more inspiration for staff Christmas present ideas take a look at our corporate Christmas gifts range.