The series “Rules of Workplace Gifting” offers business gifting tips that will help you make a lasting impression on clients, employees, and others. Looking for the perfect holiday gifts for employees to express your gratitude for a job well done? Look no further than this gift guide!

We all know how challenging it can be to shop for the holidays, especially when it comes to those you work with. Whether it’s a gift that’s useful, indulgent, or just for fun, giving gifts to your employees should be more about sharing your care than checking off a box. Below are 20 amazing gift ideas for the holidays that will seriously impress coworkers with your thoughtful and creative gift-giving.

Focus on the experience with a holiday gift

Some of the most memorable presents foster an immersive experience. From delicious food gifts to handcrafted fragrances, try one of these thoughtful gift gestures that tap into all the senses. Our curated picks transform corporate gifting with presents that aptly show employee appreciation.

Blanket Wrap and Mug Gift Set

It’s nesting season — encourage your team to cozy up and relax on the weekends with this soft, wearable blanket and simple, chic “Happy” mug to fill with a favorite hot beverage. It’s the perfect recipe for self-care.

Waft Personalized Fragrance

Woodsy or citrus? Bright or smoky? You can let your recipient or your colleagues answer those questions when they curate a personalized scent based on their style, mood, and preferences. Waft, a prestigious perfumer, uses the info to craft each bespoke bottle.

Eggs Benedict in a box

Gourmet Eggs Benedict Box

Rise and shine! Just add eggs and you have all the fixings for a delicious gourmet breakfast. The Eggs Benedict Box serves around four people — perfect for a lazy, Sunday morning feast.

Flower arranging

Virtual Flower Arranging Workshop

Farm-fresh flowers: check. Stylish vase: check. Putting it all together: not yet. Now, Alice’s Table offers a complete flower kit and virtual master class to learn how to create a beautiful floral arrangement.

Holiday gifts for employees that they wouldn’t buy themselves

The most undervalued gifts are ones that your recipient didn’t even know they needed! It’s not necessarily a luxurious splurge, but it’s the practical and useful gifts that are high on beauty and fun too.

Photo of a cherry blossom spa kit

Soothing Cherry Blossom Spa Kit

This gift set lets your employees know that when it’s time to clock out and unwind. The essentials spa kit includes such self-care favorites as a luxurious shower gel and lotion set, packaged in a fashionable rope tote that has a second life as a catch-all.

Glass succulent terrarium

Glass Terrarium for Succulents

Even employees with a black thumb will enjoy this beautiful desktop terrarium. On-trend and easy to maintain, these succulents will bring a lush pop of nature to any decor.

Photo of a trio of magnetic succulents

Magnetic Succulent Trio by Real Simple

These three small succulents go beyond basic desktop accessorizing and will add a bit of life to unexpected places. The trio of magnetic, stylish containers can be fixed to file cabinets, refrigerators, you name it, for a surprising pop of plant.

Juniper Bonsai Tree

Give the gift of calm and beauty with a juniper bonsai tree. This inspired work of art can provide years of enjoyment with proper care. Add a trickling illuminated waterfall and a portable Zen garden is achieved.

Hand cream gift set

Beautiful Hands Kit

Keep hands smooth from the car to the office with this kit that’s rich in oils but also absorbs very quickly, leaving no stickiness behind. Rich scents of blood orange, minty rosemary, and zesty verbena will delight the senses as well.

Surprise and delight with holiday gifts for employees

Opening a gift should be a moment of unexpected happiness. These gifts are fun, festive, and above all, memorable.

A photo of a Christmas tree made out of flowers.

Beautiful Holiday Flower Tree

This classic flower tree brings festive flair to any space. It’s got fragrant evergreens, decorative ornaments, and a merry red bow on top for an original and surprising holiday gift.

A photo of the Deluxe Favorites Gift Basket, a popular gift tot employees.

Deluxe Favorites Gift Basket

A holiday-styled box full of gourmet treats will put a smile on anyone’s face. it’s stuffed with some of the very best, like the Royal Riviera® Pears, dark chocolate, and Christmas tree shortbread cookies.

Happy face socks

Good Day Smiley Socks

Start their day off right with a fun pair of emoji-inspired smiley face socks. The message says it all: “Gonna Be a Good Day” is printed on each toe.

Cookies gift box

Traditional Gift Tower – Happy Holidays

This festive assortment of baked favorites is sure to be a treat! With a variety of holiday cookies and bite-sized snacks, anyone’s eyes will widen when they see this festively wrapped gift tower!

Give gifts with personalized meaning

It’s indeed the thought that counts. The best gifts share a personal message or meaning and amp up the sentimentality.

Photo of notes of inspiration jar, a perfect business gift to employees

31 Days of Kind Notes for Inspiration

Words matter. Each jar is filled with a motivational message from notables like Oprah, “Only surround yourself with people who will lift you higher,” and Vince Lombardi, “It does not matter how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get up.”

Money tree

Money Tree for Extra Luck Prosperity

Brighten up someone’s desk with a beautiful Money Tree. Not only do live plants boost happiness and air quality, according to feng shui enthusiasts, but the seven leaves also allegedly bring extra luck and attract the energies of wealth and prosperity.

Photo of popular employee gift-- Unicorn Sparkle Strawberries

Unicorn Sparkle Strawberries

Got a one-of-a-kind employee? Show them their unicorn abilities by gifting chocolate-covered strawberries dipped and decorated with magical treatment.

Popcorn thank you tin

Thanks a Bunch Popcorn Tin

There are many ways to say “thanks,” and this popcorn tin can do it better than a card! It comes in a variety of sizes and is great for showing your appreciation with 32 cups of popcorn bliss.

Olive tree gift

Olive Tree

Ever heard the phrase “extend an olive branch”? Another option in the hidden language of plants is the olive tree, which symbolizes abundance, peace, and friendship.

Photo of the Grand Signature Gift Basket, a great gift to employees

Grand Signature Gift Basket

There’s no better way to share your sentiment than with this gourmet gift basket! With several options to choose from, you can customize your gift to truly fit the receiver and show some extra care this season.


With more than 20 years experience in the media world, Kathleen Harris has been an editor, writer, and content strategist for media companies, premier brands, and startups alike. Her specialties include business and career insight, leadership advice, and lifestyle trends. Her track record includes working as the Editor of and Deputy Editor at The Knot. She has written for Huffington Post, Washington Post, Pop Sugar, Real Simple, and more. She was trained as a journalist at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.

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