Team gift ideas for work: 30 fresh ideas to impress employees

Cassy Aite
July 20, 2022
Team gift ideas for work: 30 fresh ideas to impress employees

We love celebrating people’s hard work, personal achievements, and professional growth. It’s one of the best things about being a team leader. A great way to show your appreciation is with a thoughtful gift for a team member.

In this gift guide, we’ll share our top gifting ideas for your team members. Whether you’re shopping for the perfect holiday gift or need something to welcome a new team member, we’ve got you covered.

35 fun and unique team gift ideas for work

Ready to build your team gift idea shortlist? Take a look at some of our best gift ideas for team members, coworkers, employees, and the people you care about most at your organization. 

1. Mini arcade game machine

Surprise your team members with a super fun gift idea — a mini arcade game machine. Give them a new way to pass time between meetings or challenge each other to a match, while tuning into that love for all things vintage and retro. 

2. Candy hamper

Candy is always a hit, so package some up into a mini hamper as a festive or birthday gift for a team member. Put together a mix of candy, dark chocolate, marshmallows, and more treats and send them out to your staff members as a sweet way to express your gratitude. 

3. Succulents or small plants

You’d decorate your corporate office, so sending your team members a succulent or small plant is a lovely gift idea for their WFH space. Look for something that’s low maintenance and pair it with a quirky pot for an easy team gift idea. 

4. Virtual gift card

One of the best gifts you can give is one of choice. Send your team members a Hoppier virtual credit card as a gift for the holidays, their birthday, or simply as a thank you gift. With their Hoppier card, your coworker can choose to shop anywhere they like for the perfect gift.

5. Fresh baked goods

There’s something so tasty about getting some freshly baked goods in the mail. Treat your team to a delivery of something amazing from a local bakery, right to their door. Brownies, cookies, and donuts are all great options here — and if you can get them personalized, even better. 

6. Board games

With us all spending so much time at our computers, things like board games become even more of a welcome way to relax and enjoy some downtime. Send your employees a board game as a wonderful gift for the holiday season, or as a themed gift to go alongside a virtual event.

7. Throw blanket

If it’s a little cold where your employees are now, encourage them to get cozy and unwind with a lovely throw blanket. Choose a design that’s fun and bold, or have something custom printed with your brand colors for another way to bring your community together. 

8. Audiobook subscription

Whether it’s a good crime fiction story or a book all about marketing, most of us love to take time out to read something interesting. Give your team members the gift of an audiobook subscription — like Amazon’s Audible — so they can enjoy something new.

9. Watercolor set

Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from technology completely. For a thoughtful gift idea, try sending your coworkers a watercolor gift set. Whether they’re expert painters or total beginners, it’s a great way to take a break and do something different. 

10. Self care box

For a super sweet way to encourage your team members to really relax, send them a self care gift box. Choose an off-the-shelf mailbox gift, or create your own bespoke version with things like face masks, aromatherapy candles, cozy socks, and a notebook to capture all their best ideas. 

11. Charging station

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Make sure your team members never run out of juice with a desktop charging station for their home office. The time they’ll save on looking for the right charger can be put to much better use — like relaxing with an audiobook, or taking some extra time over a delicious lunch. 

12. Indoor gardening kit

There’s something lovely about growing your own plants and flowers. Not everyone has lots of outdoor space, but an indoor gardening kit is an awesome team gift idea. Send your team mates a gift in the mail and encourage people to share snaps of their mini garden’s growth over time. 

13. Online class or course

For an employee gift that keeps delivering benefits, try an online class or course. Send your coworkers the gift of a specific class, or a membership to an online learning site where they can choose. You could even try taking one all together as a team building activity

14. Themed gift basket

We love the idea of sending a themed gift — they work so well as a coworker gift for birthdays, or a welcome gift for new employees. Choose a theme based on their interests or the time of year, like a holiday gift basket, or a movie night gift box. Select a gift basket, load it up with goodies, and have it shipped to your wonderful team member to enjoy. 

15. Origami kit

Sometimes taking some time away from the computer can be so refreshing. Encourage your coworkers to enjoy a break and exercise a different part of their mind with an origami kit. This unique gift works so well for secret santa gift exchanges, or you could send one to everyone and then host an origami challenge. 

16. Yoga mat

If employee wellness is high on your agenda, send your employees the thoughtful gift of a yoga mat or yoga accessories. This is a great way to encourage people to get moving in a gentle way. Host a virtual yoga class for everyone to join, or leave it up to your team members to find their own path. 

17. Desktop photo frame

When you work from home, your desk space is often an extension of your personality and what you love most. Encourage people to personalize their space even further with a desktop photo frame. Whether you opt for a traditional or digital version, your coworkers can then add their favorite snap and be reminded of what it’s all about. 

18. Gratitude journal

Reflecting on what brings you joy and what you’re thankful for can be a great habit to form. Let your coworkers discover this useful practice by sending them the thoughtful gift of a gratitude journal. Mail or message them with some gratitude journal prompts too, so they can get started right away. 

19. Essential oil diffuser

Give your employees a new way to relax after a long day at work with a gifted essential oil diffuser. Choose a product that matches their aesthetic tastes, then send it along with some different essential oils for them to try out. 

20. Jigsaw puzzle

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Problem solving can be super rewarding, and so can putting that skill to use with a jigsaw puzzle. Find a super fun, quirky, contemporary design and have them sent out to your team members. Run a challenge to see who can complete theirs the fastest, or make it a more relaxed gift. 

21. Mini desktop fan

If it’s hot where your team member lives, there’s one must-have desk accessory — a desktop fan. Look for an adorable mini fan that they can keep on their desk and switch on when things get a little too warm for comfort. 

22. Lunch box

Surprise your team members with a high quality, expertly designed lunch box for their meals. This is a great gift for anyone, but especially so for a travelling sales rep or anyone that’s often out and about or on the road. They can travel in comfort, knowing their lunch is not only secure but packaged in a fun way. 

23. Mini waffle maker

There’s something so sweet about mini waffle makers. Send one to your team members as a thoughtful employee appreciation gift, along with some recipe ideas, toppings, and serving accessories. It’s a lovely way to create a little moment alongside your gift.

24. Phone stand

For most remote employees, your phone is never far away. Upgrade your coworkers’ desk space with a phone stand that’s not just functional but aesthetically pleasing, too. This is a great office gift for anyone that’s constantly checking their screen for notifications or wants somewhere to keep their phone safe nearby. 

25. Fitness tracker

Wellness is a top priority for lots of us these days. If there’s room in your budget, splash out on a fitness tracker for your employees. Not only does this help them keep track of their fitness goals, but it’s a fun way to introduce some friendly competition to the team if they want to challenge each other. 

26. Scented candles

Like the essential oil diffuser, scented candles can be a helpful tool for anyone looking to relax and unwind at work or over the weekend. Send a collection of your favorite scents out to people, or handpick a candle to give as part of a hamper or gift box.

27. Personalized tumbler or water bottle

Whether it’s tea, coffee, or water, most of us have a drink on the go all day long. Make things super simple for your team members by sending them a personalized coffee mug, stainless steel tumbler, or water bottle. Ask them for their favorite color or style, then have one sent right out to them as a thoughtful personalized gift. 

28. Headphones

For a really kind employee appreciation or birthday gift, add high quality headphones to your list. While headphones might be a little more expensive than some other team gift ideas, it’s worthwhile as they’ll enjoy a better audio experience not just in meetings but when listening to music too. 

29. DIY craft kit

If you have some artistic coworkers, a craft kit is a lovely way to appreciate their hobby while encouraging them to take some time out to relax. Craft kits make excellent holiday gifts, but they’re also a fun thing to send alongside an invite for a themed virtual event.

30. Mini seasonal hamper

Package up a bright Christmas gift box or cozy Fall hamper and send them on their way to your employees to say thank you for their hard work. Handpick a collection of your favorite brands and products, or work with a hamper company to create something bespoke just for you. 

31. Charity donation

It’s always great to give your employees the option of swapping their team gift for a charity donation instead. While we love the ideas in this gift guide, some of your team members might decide they’d prefer your budget to go towards a cause close to their heart instead. 

32. Mini speaker

Celebrate the good times and send your team members a high quality bluetooth speaker so they can play their favorite tunes all day and night long. It’s a fun way to liven up their workspace, or give them a better way to listen to their focus playlists while they work. 

33. Fun stationery

Stationery is always a great birthday gift idea, and it’s also fun for secret santa gifts too. Look for office supplies in your brand colors or that you know your recipient would love. Magnets, art prints, postcards, pens, pencils, and desk accessories are all great options. 

34. Branded swag

If you want to mix your team gift idea with some corporate fun, branded swag is always an option. Have something designed and made in your company colors. Keychains, sweaters, t-shirts, tote bags, tumblers, and stickers are always a hit. 

35. Cocktail making kit

Encourage your staff members to get creative and try something new with a cocktail making kit. We love the idea of sending out a cocktail making kit as a gift and scheduling a virtual happy hour or Zoom meeting so everyone can join in, make drinks, and relax together. 

Make corporate gifting easy with Hoppier

Looking for the perfect gift for someone can feel like an impossible task at times. Simplify things by choosing your favorite idea from this list or with the ultimate gift of choice — a virtual gift card.

With Hoppier, your gift recipient can spend their balance on anything they like. They can shop for the sweater they’ve been lusting after, or spend the balance on a new houseplant for their home office. The choices are endless. 

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It’s easy to get started with Hoppier. Set up a program, then customize your card with your company logo and colors. Next, set your spending balance and when the card can be used. You can also specify certain vendors, which is perfect if you want to include your Hoppier card as part of a themed virtual gift box or alongside a virtual event. 

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Hoppier makes it simple for you to give your employees exactly what they want, plus it simplifies the whole process for you too. No more browsing online stores looking for the right gift — instead, set up a program with Hoppier and have your virtual gifts ready in moments. 

Show your employees you care with amazing team gifts this year

Team gifts are perfect for any occasion — whether you’re celebrating a successful year, someone’s birthday, or welcoming a new person to your close knit team. Take inspiration from this gift guide to help you find gift ideas that your team will love.

If you’re sending gifts to team members ahead of a virtual event tie in, check out our webinar on how to create memorable and engaging virtual events. It’s packed with ideas and tips from event experts on how to make the most of the moment.

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