30 Corporate Holiday Gift Ideas for Employees and Clients
With the holidays right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about awesome and cost-efficient corporate holiday gift ideas for employees and clients.
Updated: October 20, 2021
The countdown is on! It’s only a matter of weeks before the holidays come around and, while you shop for family and friends, you should also be considering corporate holiday gift ideas for employees and clients. But that can be easier said than done. Gifts for colleagues, customers, and clients need to strike the perfect balance of work-appropriate, creative and fun, and cost-efficient.
So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the idea of having to pick the perfect gift for every person in your professional life, don’t worry. We’ve compiled 30 corporate holiday gift ideas for employees and clients so that you can get a head start on your holiday shopping.
- Gift Ideas for Food Lovers
- Book Lover Gift Ideas
- Paw-fect Gift Ideas for Pet Lovers
- Office Accessories, Tech, and Decor Gift Ideas
- Terrariums and Plants
- AirPods Pro
- Phone Grips
- Wireless Chargers and Charging Station Racks
- Reusable Water Bottles and Coffee Mugs
- eGift Cards
- The Fall ZZ Plant
- Gifts That Keep on Giving
- COVID-19 Holiday Gift Ideas for Employees and Clients
Gift Ideas for Food Lovers
The holidays are synonymous with fun and indulgences. By that logic, you can’t go too wrong with food, snacks, and beverages as business gifts.
Check out some of our favorites.
Let Them Build Their Own Gift Box
Whether your recipients have dietary preferences, a family to share with, or just want something for themselves, Caroo’s CustomSwaps feature has something for everyone. With their straightforward platform, employees can create the ideal gift box packed with healthy snacks, tasty sweets, hard-to-find items, and even company-branded swag.
Compostable Coffee Pods
Every office has its coffee lovers, and many organizations provide their staff with single-serve coffee makers in their breakrooms. You can help your own company or a customer’s business to reduce waste with compostable coffee pods like Woken Coffee. These sustainable, high-quality espresso pods are 100% compostable and break down completely in a matter of weeks.
The holidays call for celebrations and time with family and friends. If you’re looking for corporate holiday gift ideas that will help enliven the party for your colleagues or customers, sparkling wine is an excellent choice. We recommend Mionetto’s Prestige Rosé Extra Dry or, for something a little fancier, a bottle of their Luxury Cartizze DOCG.
Boozy Ice Cream
Want to help your customers and colleagues add a fun twist to their holiday desserts? Then you’ll love this: boozy ice cream from Tipsy Scoop to help put them in the holiday spirit. With their Eat & Be Merry Pack, you’ll get six boozy flavors, including Candy Cane Vodka Martini, Drunken Gingerbread Man, Holiday Spiced Eggnog, and more. We recommend picking up a pack as a gift for yourself while you’re at it.
Book Lover Gift Ideas
For your peers that you’d like to keep it more professional with, useful books, tools, and resources can be gifts that keep you top of mind throughout the holidays and beyond. For example:
Planners and Notebooks
As the new year rolls in, you can give gifts that help people stay organized. But rather than regular planners and notebooks, you might want to check out some that have focused purposes.
This planner from Life & Apples combines goal setting, gratitude, daily scheduling and to-do lists, journaling, and habit, meal, and goal trackers to help drive and increase productivity and success.
A Customized Planner
By using a no investment merch creation tool, you can create your own customized notebooks or planners for your team. This way, you can add certain sections, colors, marking, design, or anything else your teammates might find useful or inspirational.”
Insightful and Enlightening Books
Give the gift of knowledge and insight with one – or a few – of these awesome books.
For anybody who wants to be successful, this book is a solid read – and would make for a great corporate holiday gift idea for employees and clients. In this book, author Stephen R. Covey takes readers through the keys to success, from self-mastery and moving from dependence to independence, to enhancing teamwork, collaboration, and communication skills, and moving from independence to interdependence.
If you have business leaders in your network, they’ll love this book. Penned by Outback’s own Joe Britto, it dives into the key factors that define every great leader: flexibility of mind, resilience, genuine curiosity, mindfulness, enterprise thinking, and creating leaders.
At Outback Team Building & Training, we are huge fans of this book. In fact, each of our employees has read it. For leaders, it is packed with insights about practical things you can implement to make a noticeable difference in the performance of your company, all based on three pillars: priorities, data, and rhythm. If you’re looking for an awesome and insightful business-focused book for people of every professional level, this is a good bet.
Around this time of year, many people start thinking about New Year’s resolutions. In The Happiness Equation, Neil Parischa offers readers a healthy dose of feel-good perspective and insights. It would make for an awesome and inspiring corporate holiday gift idea for employees and clients.
This New York Times bestseller from Charles Duhigg dives deep into the scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With examples ranging from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to the sidelines of the NFL and beyond, this book explains how and why the key to being successful in any endeavor is to understand how habits work.
Unlike the other books listed here, this one is less about the input of ideas and more about the output of ideas. What does this mean? Hatching your next big idea doesn’t have to involve a flurry of Post-It notes or coffee-stained napkin sketches. Designed to help you transform daydreams into reality, this notebook is organized in three sections: Conceive, Incubate, and Hatch. The system breaks down grand ideas into realistic action items, offering a framework for brainstorming, tracking ideas, evaluating their merits, and deciding which ones to pursue and execute.
Paw-fect Gift Ideas for Pet Lovers
We all know that one person in our network who absolutely adores their fur babies. And if you’re looking to put yourself in their good books, you should go with a holiday gift that benefits their pets.
Here are a few ideas we love.
Giving the gift of dog treats and toys will help bring joy to your colleague or customer’s pup, but it’ll also save them the hassle and expense of picking them up at the pet store. With a service like BarkBox, you can gift a holiday-themed box filled with awesome pup stuff.
For pet owners, the more they know about their animals the better. Basepaws is the first DNA test for cats, and it can provide tons of information about their health, breed, traits, and habits. This makes for a fun and informative corporate gift idea.
Etsy is chock-full of incredible and unique ideas. And what’s a better gift for a pet lover than an ultra-regal custom portrait of their pet? Any pet owner will go crazy for this one.
All pets deserve treats! And if they’re going to have a treat stash, it might as well be a stylish, custom-engraved glass treat jar. Not only will it be fun for the recipient, it’ll also look nice in their house.
Office Accessories, Tech, and Decor Gift Ideas
When it comes to corporate holiday gift ideas for employees and clients, you can’t go wrong with things that people can keep in their office or use at work. For instance:
Terrariums and Plants
There are big benefits to adding a touch of green to an office space – especially in the wintertime. That’s why things like terrariums and desk plants are a fun, visually appealing, and cost-efficient corporate gift idea. If your recipient is a bit of a green thumb, they might like the Plant Theatre Bonsai Trio Kit that gives them everything they need to grow their own miniature Bonsai tree.
This seems like a pretty high-value gift, but hear us out: for many employees, working remote means taking team meetings from home (or wherever they might be working from). AirPods Pro offer exceptional battery life, incredible audio quality that helps people be heard during meetings, and sound cancellation capability that helps people focus even in loud or distracting places.
Have you ever seen those expandable knobs that people put on the back of their phones? They’re a huge craze, and for good reason. They make it even easier to grip your phone and avoid dropping it. They’re really useful, and also pretty inexpensive, making them an awesome business gift idea for the holidays. And, best of all, if you’re giving them to customers and clients, you can brand them with your company logo to keep you top of mind all year round. Check out Popsockets for a huge variety of styles.
Wireless Chargers and Charging Station Racks
For the tech-fanatic who has every device – and every cord that comes with it – you might want to consider giving a charging station rack to hold all of their smartphones and tablets. You also can’t go wrong with a wireless charging station that can conveniently charge everything from their phones to their smartwatches, all in one convenient and wire-free place.
Reusable Water Bottles and Coffee Mugs
For a handy and environmentally-conscious corporate gift idea, you might want to look into reusable water bottles and coffee cups. For instance, S’well bottles are a high-quality option, and they’re available in a variety of styles. Or for something a little more unique, you might like the Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle. You can also consider giving reusable coffee containers to help your colleagues or customers stay warm through the winter. We love the ZOJI Zojirushi mug which can keep drinks hot – or cold – for up to six hours.
If you’re not sure exactly what to give your team, don’t worry: eCommerce makes this extra easy! Consider giving them an eGift card. This could be for something general, like Amazon, or a sporting good retailer for the outdoorsy folks at your office, Starbucks gift cards for the coffee lovers, or a restaurant gift card.
Think a plant can’t be beneficial for mental and physical wellbeing? Think again (for more evidence, check out our blog post on the topic). With this low-maintenance desk plant from The Sill, you can literally give your colleagues or clients a breath of fresh air since it will purify the air around it.
Gifts That Keep on Giving
For the person who has it all, or if you’re looking to give a gift to an entire organization, there are a ton of awesome corporate holiday gift ideas for employees and clients that keep on giving.
The holidays are the perfect occasion to do some good in the world. So, when you’re looking for business gifts, you might want to think about donating to a great cause on behalf of a colleague or customer (for more insight and examples, read our blog post: 5 Inspiring CSR Success Story Examples). Organizations like Kiva allow you to make loans to entrepreneurs and small businesses from across the world. And the best part is that, with a 96.8% repayment rate, the person or company that you donate on behalf of can take those funds and reinvest them over and over again.
Group Skills Training Programs
Give your team the gift of investing in their development both personally and professionally. With group skills training programs (which are available both in-person and in a virtually hosted format for remote teams), you can help your employees build key skills that they can take with them throughout their careers and lives.
Virtual Team Building Activities
Around the holidays, employees often just want to relax and socialize with one another. And with virtual team building activities, you can help them do so in a fun, productive, and cost-effective way.
Here are a few holiday-themed virtual team building activities you might like.
The holiday season is all about coming together and celebrating! So, in Frost’s Virtual Holiday Trivia, you and your team will be invited to join the Frosts in the lounge of their brand-new ice hotel. While you’re there, you’ll compete through three rounds of holiday and winter-themed trivia questions, earning points for each one answered correctly. But the fun doesn’t stop there! You’ll also become better acquainted with your colleagues as you take part in a round of Frost’s Icebreaker Questions.
As the holidays get underway, sometimes all you and your colleagues want to do is celebrate the season and spend quality time together. And with Elf’s Virtual Merry Mingler, that’s exactly what you’ll do.
Set in a venue in Santa’s North Pole village, this virtual holiday team building activity is made up of a series of social mixer activities that are all about sharing a laugh, creating some positive festive energy, and letting teammates enjoy each other’s company—regardless of the geographical distance between them.
If you and your team love a high-energy activity, then Virtual Holiday Hijinks is perfect for you.
This festive holiday-themed virtual team building activity is a perfect addition to any office holiday party. It’s all about working collaboratively to tackle a variety of physical, cerebral, and skills-based challenges, such as:
- Cookie Conundrum – Luke made 42 holiday cookies. He brought half of them to his office. He ate one third of the cookies that were left. Then he gave 8 cookies to his neighbor. He left the rest of the cookies out for Santa. How many cookies did Santa get?
- Elf Yourself – Each team member needs to create the most unique gift you can using only the items available to you. Snap a photo of everyone showcasing their gifts.
- Junk Yard Jingle – Record a 5-second video of a teammate creating the beat to a holiday song using objects found around your house or office. Be sure to practice getting your notes right as the instrumental version has to be in tune!
Each team will compete to complete as many challenges as possible, earning points along the way. Whichever has the most points when time runs out will be crowned the Virtual Holiday Hijinks Champions!
COVID-19 Holiday Gift Ideas for Employees and Clients
As the COVID-19 pandemic approaches its two-year mark, giving gifts that can help your colleagues and clients to enjoy the new normal a little bit more is always a safe bet.
Here are a few suggestions you might like.
Home Office Tech Items
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and forced remote work, your team could benefit from helpful items that make remote work easier. This could be things like a great headset. And the good news is they don’t have to be expensive. We love this Mpow USB headset for an affordable, high-quality option.
In many places, the fall and winter months can be shorter days and more darkness. This, in turn, can be tolling on your team’s wellbeing during the best of times, let alone during the pandemic. Happy lights (also known as Light Therapy Lamps), use full-spectrum light that imitates sunshine and, in turn, gives you your daily boost of sunshine-induced happiness.
Give the Gift of Togetherness
With so many teams being forced to work remotely, in-person camaraderie and engagement may be suffering. So, if you’re looking for corporate holiday gift ideas for employees and clients that will bring people together, virtual team building activities are a great option. They’re a fun way to wrap up a year of hard work by celebrating together and having some fun – all while increasing collaboration, communication, and teamwork – with colleagues located all over the city, country, or even the world.
Wool Felt Mouse Pad
Help your colleagues make their home office a little more stylish with a small but significant gift: a beautiful mousepad crafted from merino wool and natural cork from Grovemade… We know what you’re thinking, and yes: mousepads can be beautiful.
There’s no doubt the pandemic has been a bit of a brain drain and, for those who feel under-stimulated working from home, this book full of brain-twisting puzzles might be exactly what they need to keep themselves feeling sharp and inspired.
This year has been challenging for employees and organizations around the world. So, it’s a good idea to consider gifts that will help brighten people’s moods during the pandemic. This can include:
The holidays present a great opportunity to show your colleagues and clients you’re thinking of them and in turn build even stronger relationships.
What gifts are you getting for your peers this holiday season? Let us know in the comments section.
Learn More About Team Building Activities for the Holiday Season
For more information about team building activities for your workgroup this holiday season, just reach out to our Employee Engagement Consultants.