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Unique Employee Appreciation Gifts for Back to Office Life

Soften the blow of returning to the office with these unique employee appreciation gifts!

It’s beginning to look like the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. While we’re not all the way there yet - cross your fingers that we can reach that coveted 80% vaccination mark sooner rather than later - things are finally looking better. As a result, offices are beginning to bring their employees back into a shared workspace, which means getting used to being around one another in physical proximity again.

If that’s your business, and you’re looking for a way to show appreciation to your employees once they return to your office, you’re in luck. There’s plenty of custom branded swag that you can give to your employees to show them the appreciation that they deserve for sticking with you during this whole pandemic business. The best part is that you can snag them all right here on Social Imprints -- or have us set you up with your own online company swag store!

Not sure what to look for? There’s so much to check out, but we’ve made your search easier by selecting and curating a list of six unique employee appreciation gifts that are immediate go-to’s for back to office life, while remaining both practical and stylish. Take your pick:

On-The-Go Tech Essentials Kits

The On-The-Go Tech Essentials Kit is first on our list because it’s full of small but essential items that are useful to any office employee working in any industry. It’s especially perfect for back to office life because it covers things that your employees may not have!

It includes a mesh vanity bag, earbuds in a case, an on-the-go car adapter, a 3-in-1 charger cable with a phone stand, and a silicone phone wallet. This employee appreciation gift is less ‘unique’ than the others on our list, but it’s still guaranteed to make a fantastic stocking stuffer.

And like the others on this list, we can place your company’s branding on it with a little swag printing magic - making it a cool, branded accessory that they can show off no matter how they commute to the office.

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Silicone Phone Wallet with Stand

This Silicone Phone Wallet with Stand makes a unique employee appreciation gift because it allows your employees to store their phones in a branded container that both looks cool, but is also convenient, given that it also contains slots to store cash and credit cards.

But remember: this is a customizable promotional product - making for some easy advertising when your employees set their phones down in a public space like a bar or a restaurant. It’s designed to fit most smartphones, making it versatile and perfect for any recipient, be they a Google or Apple fan.

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KapstonÖ Pierce E-messenger

The KapstonÖ Pierce E-messenger bag is lightweight and airy, but spacious and stylish. It contains space for your employees to store important documents, and there’s even a slot for them to store their laptops, as well.

For accessibility, the KapstonÖ Pierce E-messenger bag features an adjustable shoulder strap, zippered closure, an exterior vertical zip pocket, and inside organizing compartments that each contribute to making this particular messenger bag extra versatile.

But that’s not all. Imagine this: When your employees go on a company outing or business trip together, they can show off their custom e-messenger bags with your company’s logo and branding attached, which is the best part about getting your order fulfillment direct from Social Imprints.

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Jackets and Outerwear

Jackets and outerwear always make for unique employee appreciation gifts at any time of year, as they’re possibly the most universal way you can both show your appreciation while showing off your brand.

But you might especially consider making custom jackets, custom sweatshirts, and outerwear for your employees right now - the autumn season is only a few months away, and keeping them warm is absolutely one of the best ways to let them know you appreciate them!

Social Imprints offers plenty of different selections of jackets and outerwear for both masculine and feminine bodies, or even for your employees’ kids:

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11 Oz. Color Changing Mug

It may not seem like much at first, but the 11 Oz. Color Changing Mug is one of the best gifts on this list. And don’t think that I picked it out on a whim! I love my Color Changing Mug; it gets me excited to pour hot coffee every morning as I watch the graphic glow, and it’s absolutely a novel way to show off your appreciation for your employees.

And here’s how it works: You can conceal your company’s branding (or something even more clever, if you prefer) behind a graphic that only becomes visible once hot liquid is added to the mug. It’s made of a safe, thermal-sensitive material that is easy to clean by hand, but I don’t recommend washing it in a dishwasher. Make sure your employees know that!

Regardless, a Color Changing Mug is a memorable and unique appreciation gift for back to office life. And it’s also a chance for you to get creative with your branding and logo!

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Color Changing Journal

Like the Color Changing Mug, the Color Changing Journal is heat-activated, meaning that it changes color and reveals an image based on where you touch it. It’s a great productivity gift (because every employee should have their own journal, frankly!) and it’s also totally unique, making for a cool gift that isn’t too distracting but still lets your employees get their thoughts onto paper in a creative way.

This is also a nice journal whether or not it contains the fancy bits. Of course, it has its color-changing pleather cover, but it wouldn’t be complete without an attached pen loop and a built-in ribbon bookmark for quick access to that important page. You can choose from four base color schemes, but then you can make it truly your own by sticking your company’s branding right on top.

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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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