Company gifting doesn’t have to be limited to just special occasions — in fact, you should show appreciation for your employees all year round.
Recognizing big achievements and loyal team members can boost employee morale and loyalty. Most people can be motivated by positive reinforcement, and what better way to do so than with branded goodies? Custom gifts are a fun way to say “thanks for all you do” and encourage your employees to keep up the good work.
Whether it’s Employee Appreciation Day or just the first Friday of the month, take time to celebrate your team’s accomplishments with these 16 high-quality gift ideas they’ll love. These are our favorite swag items for employee engagement, from travel mugs to succulents and everything in between.
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Travel-friendly swag items are a great gift for the employee that’s always on the go. These favorites are practical, portable and would look incredible with your logo on them!
Anyone who owns AirPods can tell you they always seem to go missing. Keep them protected while traveling with a bright-colored custom case, and clip them to luggage with the attached carabiner.
Whether it’s for a grocery store run or a cross-country road trip, a customized tote bag is the gift that keeps on giving. Swap out those wasteful plastic bags for a trendy, durable branded tote instead.
Custom keychains are a great way to represent your brand no matter how far you wander. This convenient mint tin will keep your keys organized and your breath minty fresh on the fly. Break the ice during a networking event by reaching for a mint and offering to others.
Reward employees for a job well done with some time off AND a gift that’ll make it even cozier. A camper-style travel mug is essential for a weekend nature retreat or even just a relaxing staycation.
There really is nothing worse than a dying phone battery while traveling. A branded portable power bank easily fits into purses, backpacks and suitcases and is a friendly reminder to employees that your company’s always got their back.
A custom luggage tag is a great gift idea for the employees who are always traveling, whether it’s for work or pleasure. This modern woodgrain design will make it easy to spot their luggage – and your brand – in baggage claim.
Your employee appreciation gifts should always be thoughtful and useful in your team’s daily lives. Give a classic gift reimagined with your logo to show that their employer cares about their happiness and comfort.
The easiest way to ruin a good morning commute is to get caught in the rain without an umbrella. A custom branded umbrella will save the day time and time again, and your employees will be thankful their company can keep them covered — literally!
Daily life takes a toll on our skin, and what better way to refresh your lips, hands and feet than with a custom Burt’s Bees skincare Kit? With a variety of scents and products, this kit is sure to keep employees feeling their best even during the coldest, driest months.
Thoughtful desk accessories instantly brighten up and organize a workspace for productivity. Send some customized desk swag for the space your team uses all week and watch employee morale soar.
A stylus is a classic swag item that makes screen time much more bearable — and this one doubles as a ballpoint pen for a smooth transition from screen to paper. Plus, if someone needs to borrow a pen, it’s a great opportunity to show off your company in a smoothly subtle way.
Those who often misplace their keys or wallet will thank you for this thoughtful gift! A branded Tile Mate can be placed on important items and located through Bluetooth devices, so employees will always remember where their belongings are and how much they love their job.
Puzzles stimulate the brain and will keep your team’s minds sharp even while they put the pieces together with family or friends on a relaxing day. Upload your own custom logo designs for the puzzle image itself and the decorative box it comes in.
What better way to say “we appreciate you” than by supporting your staff’s physical and mental health? Whether in the office or working from home, focusing on wellness is a great way to unwind after a day of hard work.
Help your employees stay safe and germ-free with a one-ounce bottle of hand sanitizer that contains 68% Ethyl Alcohol. A carabiner clip keeps it handy on the go and associates your company with healthy habits.
Nothing screams “self care” like a big, fuzzy blanket and a Netflix marathon. Add a memorable touch to your staff’s cozy nights in with a branded blanket that shows you care.
Group fitness classes (whether remote or in-person) are an excellent way to squeeze in some movement and encourage team camaraderie. Your employees will show up to class in style and sweat it out while remembering their company gave them the motivation they needed to work out today.
Taking care of a plant is known for its calming benefits and will bring a hint of the great outdoors into the home or office. Succulents are relatively low maintenance and last a long time, making them a swag item employees will actively enjoy for a while!
Encourage calmness and stress relief with the subtle power of essential oils. Your team members will love the way this makes their home smell as they reap the benefits of aromatherapy.
Hydration is key for better overall health and steady energy. Adding delicious fruits and herbs to a sleek, modern water bottle makes it easier to drink the recommended eight cups a day!
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Logo’d drinkware is the perfect gift everyone will love both in and out of the office. Easily carry juice, water or coffee anywhere and boost brand awareness in the process.
Thermal bottles are one of our best-selling swag items — this one keeps drinks hot for 12 hours and cold for 24! No more lukewarm coffee or water, no matter how long it sits on your desk while your meeting drags on.
Help employees do their part to reduce waste at the coffee shop with this reusable tumbler! It’s available in 11 colors and can hold a 20 ounce cup o’ joe, making it perfect for the morning commute.
A reusable water bottle is one of the best employee appreciation gift ideas. Employees will use it every day and carry it with them, and it looks much more professional than a plain, disposable bottle or cup.
Switch up the usual happy hour routine by learning to make a new drink! These logo’d Moscow Mule Mug Sets include two mugs per set, so your employees can say cheers with a friend or loved one.
Wine glasses are a fantastic special occasion gift idea and come in handy for virtual happy hours. A generous pour and a generous gift make a great combination for relaxing after work.
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If your employees are going to play the part of a teamwork dream, they should look the part, too! Make #twinning cool again with branded apparel everyone will proudly wear at work and beyond.
Branded socks are one of the hottest swag items on the market! Put some pep in everyone’s step with a pair of highly customizable socks they’ll wear on a regular basis. That’s lots of mileage for your logo, too!
You can never have too many t-shirts! A quality shirt adorned with your logo is an eye-catching swag staple that will make any work-from-home or weekend outfit look good.
Office air conditioning is tricky — it seems like no one can ever agree on the temperature, and going from outside to inside in warmer weather can be a bit of a shock. A versatile branded hoodie is a work wardrobe staple, and can be tucked into a bag or draped over the back of a chair for easy access.
Whether they wear them at the gym, to a barbecue or just to cover a bad hair day, your team is sure to turn heads with bold classic Swag.com hats. Plus, sophisticated embroidery makes your logo weather-safe and fade-proof.
This trendy style backpack is the perfect accessory to make getting to and from work look good. It’s unisex and conveniently spacious, including a 15-inch laptop sleeve for safely transporting tech devices.
Unisex polos are great for employees to have handy for more formal occasions and events. Everyone can represent your brand with pride and professionalism, making your business truly stand out from the crowd.
This fully customizable beanie allows total creative freedom with the option to add your company’s colors and logos and even a pom pom. Your team will wish they could wear them all year round!
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Think about it: especially while at home, most of us spend our days going from the phone screen to the laptop screen to the TV screen and so on. If we can’t break that habit completely, why not add a sense of luxury or convenience to it to make your employees’ lives a little easier? These brandable tech gifts will wow them and make screen time more bearable.
Studies have shown that listening to music every day can dramatically improve your mood and energy levels. Give your employees the perfect wireless speaker to make their dance breaks and singing in the shower moments all the more enjoyable.
This Apple accessory has become a staple for everyday use. They’re handy to pop in for a meeting to reduce noise when sharing a workspace with others — or stick ‘em in your pocket for a quick walk with a favorite podcast. Add a custom logo design for company spirit on the go.
There are germs everywhere (yes, even at home), and mobile phones are the most obvious place for them to accumulate. Give your team the peace of mind of blasting the germs off their phones with the power of UV light, all while wirelessly charging. Sounds like a win-win!
Working from home can be challenging if your team members are sharing a space with family or roommates. Wireless headphones engineered with world-class noise cancellation make it easier to drown out distractions and listen to their favorite music for happy productivity.
Let’s be honest: nowadays, technology devices are probably at the top of everyone’s list of prized possessions. Featuring water and tear-resistant fabric and plush faux-fur interior lining, this laptop sleeve will keep your team’s tech safe and sound.
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The Best Employee Appreciation Gifts
A great gift can go a long way when it comes to your team’s hard work and dedication to your company. Practicing employee recognition is proven to increase company pride and employee retention, and your team members will be touched by a thoughtful acknowledgement of their efforts. Impress them with an unexpected gift as a way of thanking them for their contributions to your business.
The best employee gifts are ones that they will use often and will allow them to positively represent your brand without even thinking about it. Go a step beyond branded pens and stickers, and show your employees their true value with a quality swag item that reflects it.
Create a Custom Gift Set
With so many unique gift options at Swag, we totally understand it’s hard to narrow your selection down to just one! Create a personalized gift set with multiple items for a special token of appreciation your team will love and use.
Our customizable swag boxes are the key to the perfect gift basket for your employees. You can easily add almost any item on Swag.com to your cart as a swag box product. Once you place your order, we will pack each item into a gift box, store them and dispatch them at your command. Upload your logo designs and give employees a gift to remember in a branded box they’ll recognize right away.
Psst! Don’t forget to start planning your Employee Appreciation Day gifts ASAP — March is right around the corner.