While it might be September, it will not be long until the festivities begin and everyone is in full holiday mode for Christmas. As with anyone with a large family or a large business, planning ahead can save lots of heartache or disappointment, so it is best to start thinking about gifts sooner rather than later.
Your employees deserve the best, so to ensure they feel recognized and appreciated, some gifts will go a long way (along with a pay rise, of course!). This piece is going to take a look at some great gift ideas you can get your hands on this year to thank your employees for their hard work. Read on to find out more!
· A Bonus
Nothing says thank you quite like a bonus at the end of the year. It is no secret that many people are struggling with the cost of living – so every little helps. If your business is in a position to do so, a small bonus to all employees could boost morale and be the difference between someone having a nice Christmas dinner or making do. Alternatively, why not contribute to their Christmas lunch with food vouchers, turkeys, or other festive food expenses?
· Gift Boxes and Hampers
Gift boxes and hampers are one of those gifts that are always welcome, as long as you know what your employees like to eat and drink! There is not much point in giving a wine hamper to someone who does not drink alcohol, much like there is little point in giving a roasted peanut variety to someone who has an allergy. Take some time while it is not last minute to learn about what your employees like, and make it personalized. This can go a long way when showing your appreciation to them and making them feel like an individual, not just an employee of the company.
Gifting your employees with an experience to remember will make a nice change from the more traditional gifts that people opt for, especially if you want to keep morale up while the festive season is taking place. For example, why not treat your team to a virtual chocolate tasting session? This can be held in the office together, and everyone gets to enjoy some delicious chocolate. You can purchase a separate box of chocolates for those who are not in, so no one misses out. Browse corporate chocolate gifts for some ideas!
· Desk Merchandise
If you are struggling with ideas on what you can get for your employees, especially if they are new or not around a lot, you might find a food-based gift a little risky. Because of this, some desk merchandise can be a neat idea. Those at work can never have enough pens, notepads, or stickers (especially when they go missing!), so kitting them out with some office essentials for next year crosses one thing off their to-do list for when they are back!
Your employees are an integral part of your business, so do not forget to show them your appreciation!