Appreciation Tokens: 7 Small Gifts for Coworkers

Sometime managers, directors and business owners need to buy gifts for a large number of people.  This can be a daunting task.  How do you save money while giving employees an appreciation token that makes them feel warm and fuzzy during the holidays?

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Digital Picture Keychains

For just a few dollars, consider buying your employees a digital picture keychain as a holiday gift.  Employees young and old are likely to take advantage of such a gift, proudly displaying their significant other, child or pet on these little gadgets.

USB Sticks

No matter how much of our information gets saved in the cloud, there will always be the need to back up information. The documents, pictures and music that is most important to us should always be backed-up in a physical location like a USB stick.  Hooking employees up with several gigabytes of storage space is another gift that almost every employee can use. You can personalize these with the company logo or a personalized message so that they know they are appreciated.

Wine Stoppers
Handing out alcohol at the office can be considered tacky by some, but drink accessories are a bit more acceptable.  A popular wedding favor (which makes them fairly cheap to buy in bulk), these reusable corks will help employees stretch that bottle of red and extra day…and when it comes to productivity…this can be a score for both sides!


Whether they are made from cork, old vinyl records, or rubber, these cool coasters are a household gift that are perfect for any occasion.  Choose between artistic designs or ones that convey a message.  Either way, you will help do your part to eradicate wet rings from coffee tables around the world, and that, is the true spirit of giving.

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Food items as office Christmas gifts are often a hit-or-miss affair. However, you would be hard-pressed to find an employee who does not enjoy the intermingling of salty and sweet.  Enter chocolate covered pretzels, the holiday gift that looks decadent and actually tastes good. Order in bulk and individually wrap in order to stretch those dollars.

Reusable Water Bottles
Are you familiar with the latest office accessory?  It’s not a bracelet you wear or a trinket for your desk, it’s a reusable water bottle.  Help the environment and reduce waste by encouraging employees to drink water out of a fashionable and dishwasher-safe water bottle. A good boss knows that a hydrated employee is a productive one!

Tote Bag

Everyday I am amazed at how much use I get out of my reusable tote bags, and your employees will be too.  I’m partial to the Flip & Tumble 24-7 Bag. Available in a plethora of color combinations, these fun and functional bags go from a small ball to a full-size bag in mere seconds.

Appreciation tokens for employees do not need to be expensive or elaborate.  Add your small gift ideas below.

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