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 showing you care than checking a box. Below are 19 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 to comforting gifts that evoke feelings of warmth and well-being, 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.

Cherry Blossom Spa Gift Set

Cherry Blossom Spa Gift Set

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 an artisanal wooden cabinet that has a second life as a display case.

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.

Magnetic Succulent Trio

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 to achieve a portable Zen garden.

Hand Cream Gift Set

Hand Cream Gift Set

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 lavender, coconut, aloe, jasmine, honey almond, jojoba, and green tea 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.

Deluxe Christmas Gift Box

Deluxe Christmas Gift Box

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.

Good Day® Holiday Socks

Good Day Holiday Socks

Start their Christmas morning off right with a fun pair of festively decorated socks. They’ll want to keep these on all day long — right through the time they pass out on the couch from an overabundance of merriment.

Traditional Bakery Gift Tower

Traditional Bakery Gift Tower

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.

Jar Of Smiles

Jar of Smiles

Words matter. Each jar is filled with 31 encouraging messages to help put a smile on their face and make their day just a little brighter.

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 are said to bring extra luck and attract the energies of wealth and prosperity.

Magical Unicorn Truffle Cake Pops

Magical Unicorn Truffle Cake Pops

Got a one-of-a-kind employee? Show them their unicorn abilities by gifting them impeccably crafted truffle cake pops. These decadent and adorable treats are lovingly made by hand, and will convey to your employee how truly unique they are.

Popcorn thank you tin

Thank You 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, 56, or 104 (!) 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 RealSimple.com 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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