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 12 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.

holiday gifts for employees Holiday Mug Blanket Cocoa and Cookie Gift Set

It’s nesting season — encourage your team to cozy up and relax on the weekends with this plush sherpa fleece-lined blanket, one of four holiday-themed mugs, and some eatable and drinkable goodies to warm them up. It’s the perfect recipe for self-care.

holiday gifts for employees Virtual Flower Arranging Workshop

Virtual Flower Arranging Workshop

Farm-fresh flowers: check. Stylish vase: check. Putting it all together: not yet. Give the gift of knowledge with a virtual master class from Alice’s Table. It comes complete with a flower kit and on-demand video lesson on how to create a beautiful floral arrangement.

holiday gifts for employees Eggs Benedict 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.

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.

holiday gifts for employees Cherry Blossom Spa Gift Set

Cherry Blossom Spa Gift Set

This gift set lets your employees know that they’re covered 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.

holiday gifts for employees Magnetic Succulent Trio

Magnetic Succulent Trio

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 affixed to file cabinets, refrigerators, you name it, for a surprising pop of plant.

holiday gifts for employees 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.

holiday gifts for employees 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, such as Royal Riviera® Pears, dark chocolate, and Christmas tree shortbread cookies.

holiday gifts for employees holiday flower tree

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.

holiday gifts for employees 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

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.


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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