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The Best Employee Gifts Your Teams Will Love

Best Employee Gifts| Social Imprints

Your employees and teammates go above and beyond to deliver their very best work, but when was the last time you rewarded or congratulated them for their exceptional efforts? Now that the COVID-19 pandemic is finally coming to an end, it's a great time to splurge on a few extra goodies to show your team that you're proud of everybody for pulling through.

Since everybody has their own tastes, it's tough to figure out what makes a great universal employee appreciation gift. Luckily, there are some categories of company swag that are useful no matter who you are.

Here are some of the best employee appreciation gifts that you can give to virtually any employee.


You can't go wrong with apparel. Apparel is a prime way for you to imprint your brand onto a piece of clothing that also looks cool and feels good to wear.

Custom apparel makes a great gift for employees and coworkers because there's a chance it ends up becoming a piece of memorabilia that your employee cherishes and wears for a long time.

Examples of great apparel thank you gifts:

  • T-Shirts

  • Custom Sweatshirts

  • Woven Shirts

  • Polo Shirts

  • Outerwear


Bags are a fashionable accompaniment to apparel. Get your employees custom branded bags that show off your appreciation, while also highlighting your company's unique sense of style. They may sound boring at first, but a truly versatile bag with the right amount of branding on it can leave a seriously positive impression on your employees.

This could even be the bag that your teammates carry their important groceries, paperwork, or other essential items in! Don’t underestimate the importance of a good, solid bag. Here are some specific types of bags that you can gift to your employees:

  • Tote Bags

  • Messenger Bags

  • Duffel

  • Backpacks

  • Rolling Bags


Drinkware is one of those item categories that is highly customizable and therefore makes a ton of sense as a gift. But, people always seem to stop at coffee mugs and don't explore any other options. A memorable coffee mug is just fine, but there are other drinks, and thus there are other forms of drinkware, to consider gifting to your employees and teammates.

For example, thermal bottles make a great employee thank you gift because you can simultaneously give your teammates something that's special and unique to your company's brand, while also reminding your team to hydrate more often. It's a win-win situation. If you have an active and outdoorsy employee base, thermal mugs or sports/drink bottles are other great choices that your employees are sure to enjoy.

But if you're set on gifting another coffee mug, you still can't go wrong. In fact, any of these custom branded drinkware items are sure to be a hit:

  • Ceramic Mugs

  • Thermal Mugs

  • Glassware

  • Sports/Drink Bottles

  • Tumblers

  • Custom metal water bottles

Tech Items

Tech is fundamentally important to any well-functioning office, which is why tech items make the best gifts for techie employees. Think about it: each of your teammates and employees has a real need for tech accessories and equipment. If you work in an office, it's likely that your entire office is staffed by tech-savvy people who own and use all kinds of electronics in their daily lives -- such as computers and smartphones.

There are all sorts of problems with being perpetually reliant on tech tools like laptops and phones, which are often fragile and need things like covers and cases to be lugged around comfortably. Or, if your office is running out of chargers, you'll want to buy more to have on-hand. You're just in luck, because you can even design and order custom chargers to really go the extra mile and wow your employees.

You can say "thank you" to your employees in style with these nifty custom tech accessories:

  • Chargers

  • Phone Cases

  • Computer Accessories

  • USB/Flash Drives

  • Headphones

  • Laptop Sleeves

Still not sure what the best options are? Don’t worry -- Social Imprints has a unique employee gifts catalog full of ideas for products that your employees are sure to love! Get in touch with us today and learn more about how we can make your thank you gifts stand out and actually mean something to your employees!

Custom Office Supplies

Regular, generic office supplies are boring. Why not design your own supplies and fill your office with those instead? Everything from tape dispensers to stationery kits are available to custom order and design the way you see fit.

Then, once you've created your own designs for things like custom journals and pens, you can gift them to your teammates and make the office feel even more like home. Besides, customers and employees alike are more likely to respect your business when your own name and brand appear on said office supplies used to do business.

Any of these custom office supplies can be used to brighten your employees workspaces:

  • Planners

  • Writing Pads

  • Jotter Pens

  • Ballpoint Pens

  • Tape Dispensers

  • Custom Journals with logo

  • Pouches

  • Stationery Kits

Gift Sets

You can also surprise your employees and teammates with entire gift sets that feature a variety of different items. For example, the Double Barrel gift set comes with matching mason jars (wrapped in leather sleeves to boot) and leather coasters. Meanwhile, the Speakeasy set contains whiskey glasses and laser-engraved whiskey stones in a muslin bag.

Here are a few more themed gift set examples. Each of these unique employee appreciation gift sets come with special items and samples that are arranged in complementary ways, making them sure to improve your employees' quality of life:

  • Eureka Kits

  • Outlander Sets

  • Sous Chef Sets

  • Ultimate Spa Sets


Now that it’s summer in San Francisco, your employees are probably aching to get out of the office (or out of their homes) and go on adventures around California. A good boss will nurture that craving for adventure, which is why your nature-oriented employees will love you for giving them unique custom branded camping gear that they can take with them on their next excursion.

Your employees will love these summer-themed custom items:

  • Coolers

  • Camping Chairs

  • Sticker Packages

  • Backpacks

  • Sunglasses

Bargain Items

If your budget is too tight to give all of your employees the best possible custom branded goods, there are a ton of items that you can customize and bulk order without breaking the bank, as well.

Check out how many cool toys you can get for cheap:

  • Mini-Button Packs

  • Mints and Lip Balm

  • Magnet Sets

  • Mini Totes

  • Folding Fans

  • Reusable Straws

  • Kanga Straps

  • Koozies

  • Lapel Pins

  • Spinsockets

Social Imprints is a San Francisco based, eco-friendly merchandise, promotional products, and swag company. Our social mission is in the very DNA of who we are -- we’re committed to being an employer for at-risk adults. To get in touch about your company’s next promotional project, contact us today!



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