Too soon? Nah, here are 10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Employees
(UPDATED Nov 21 2017)
I thought it might be too soon to start Christmas shopping, but I’m pretty sure our Christmas tree is going up this weekend and, well.. Black Friday (and the following Cyber Monday) are just around the corner!
So in the spirit of the season, here are 10 great holiday gift ideas that you can give to your employees! Gifts that will keep the budget in control… or allow the big spender to be a little overgenerous this year.
For ladies AND gentlemen. With salt sprinkled side-walks and varying degrees of wet cold snow… your employees probably could use a new pair of shoes. Now, I wouldn’t actually go buy them shoes, unless you are 100% confident of their size and style (and even then I wouldn’t). But gift cards are always in these days and even more so when it comes to employee gifts, so head over to a legitimate shoe store and grab a gift card. Note: I said legitimate, nothing says “I don’t really care about you” more than, “here, buy some cardboard shoes from this place!” …Oh, and I’d go with at least $100, you want them to be able to actually buy a pair of shoes, right?
I’m pretty sure that Nordstrom has some okay things… pretty sure…
Designer Shoe Warehouse is a good option – they sell some legit shoes.
2. A new Suit (or shoes, again!)
If you are looking for a big way to say thanks for a great year and have a little bit more of a budget, consider helping your employee build their professional wardrobe. A $500 gift card to a nice clothing store can go a long way. Whether it’s to buy a new full suit or pick up some new shirts and ties, this is one of those gifts that can really make someone feel great (not just because you gave it to them, but because new clothes feel good!). Here’s the thing though… I’m not really good at suggesting clothes for women, nor do I know much about where to buy professional clothes for women… so back to shoes, or that (now dual purpose) gift card to Nordstrom!
I love reading HBR – well written, well-researched articles on every aspect of leadership, management, and business. Thing is, Harvard Business Review is more expensive than many of the other business magazines that sit on the same shelf ($99/year U.S., $119/year USD in Canada). That doesn’t mean that it isn’t worth it though. It means that it makes a great gift, especially for those high potential employees who may not have the budget to spend $100 on a magazine subscription.
4. This Book: Winning, by Jack Welch
This was one of the first business books I read. I find that it provides a good foundational insight into how a business works and inspires people into leadership.
5. Or This Book: Who moved my cheese?
Not everyone on your team may be an avid reader. So for the casual/I’m not so sure about this whole business reading thing person on your list, give them this super easy, yet insightful read on change. It’s a fictional story about some cheese and a maze but it provides some good lessons for the business world.
6. Or maybe a Subscription to Audible!
For the person on your team who absolutely hates reading… give them the gift of two free books that they don’t actually have to read! …or maybe this is for the super book fanatic who wants to listen to one book while reading another at the same time… at 2x speed! Brilliant. PLEASE NOTE THIS DEAL IS ONLY GOOD UNTIL JANUARY 29 2017!
7. COFFEE! …or tea… and a mug… oooh or a Keurig!
Who doesn’t love caffeine? Sold.
A really cool company branded t-shirt! (Okay maybe not)
8b. A Personalized Business Card Holder
One of the first gifts I received in the corporate world was a business card holder with my name engraved on it. Not only was I grateful to receive anything from my boss, but it’s actually really practical. Business cards get bent, ripped, and discoloured when they are shoved in your pocket (or your purse, ladies). These card holders protect your cards and can also house a couple credit cards if needed.
9. A Team Dinner + a Small Token of Appreciation
If you love to cook, invite your employees over for dinner. It’s a great way to build relationships over the holidays and it allows you a practical opportunity to serve (literally) your team. That being said, if you hate to cook, invite your team out to a nice restaurant and enjoy the meal. (My one caveat is that if you are going to invite your team out to a restaurant… you should probably pay for the whole bill and allow 1 or 2 drinks, otherwise it could be a little awkward). Also, check your company policies to see if a portion of the bill could be reimbursed as a business expense for relationship building… and add in a simple gift and card at the end of the meal.
…these are probably the best chocolates in the world, so buy them for a gift/dessert!
10. A thank you card…
…maybe this one will actually mean the most. It’s been a challenging year, like every year, and the holiday season is a great time to express some gratitude for the hard work that your employees put in every day. After all, they’ve stuck with you, haven’t they?
okay… but probably not on a sticky note – get a real card!