16 of the best virtual gifts for clients and employees

Thomas Paris
October 28, 2021
16 of the best virtual gifts for clients and employees

Virtual gifts are a great alternative to sending gifts by mail. It’s an eco-friendly way to wish someone well, celebrate a birthday, thank a client, or send holiday gifts to your team or customers. Plus, you don’t need to worry about organizing shipping to multiple locations.  

Whatever your reason for sending virtual gifts, it’s all about finding the perfect gift that matches your recipient. Take a look through this list of creative and thoughtful virtual gifts that’ll leave an impression on your employees or clients. 

8 creative virtual gifts for employees

It’s time to say goodbye to a soulless virtual card and an extra few dollars in your employee’s pay packet. Treat them to one of these interesting, personalized, and more exciting digital gifts instead. There’s something here for every occasion — whether you need a birthday gift for a gamer, or a thank you gift for a coworker that’s made a difficult project a success. 

1. Entertainment service subscriptions

After a long day at work, sometimes all you want to do is relax and unwind. Send your team members a virtual subscription or gift card to a streaming service of their choice and take the hassle out of treating themselves to their favorite TV shows and movies. 

You can buy a subscription to most streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Disney Plus easily. These are great for people that love catching up with the latest popular show, or rewatching a movie from their childhood. If your gift recipient is more into music, a Spotify subscription is a thoughtful alternative. 

2. In-game content for video games

Video games can be such a rewarding hobby. Not only is it a stress-free way to relax after work, but it can help you build skills in strategy, awareness, curiosity, and persistence. If you’ve got a gamer or two on your team, show some interest in their hobby by investing in some in-game content or virtual currency for their favorite game. 

This is a great gift idea if you know your giftee well, and you’re sure that you know which game they play the most. That way, you can send them a gift they’ll really want. Find a way to send them some premium in-game currency with a thoughtful note, or buy the latest expansion pack or game pass for their current favorite game so they can continue the adventure. 

3. Tickets to an online class

One thing that’s amazing about the online space is that it’s so easy now to learn something new. Treat your employees with a gift voucher for a live or recorded online class, so they can level up their skills in something that matters to them. 

Sign up for a membership on an online class website like Skillshare, or handpick a masterclass that you know your recipient will love. The beauty of this gift is that you can tailor it perfectly — whether your giftee would adore an online cooking class or a masterclass in how to use watercolors.

4. Online fitness class membership 

When you work remotely, it’s not always easy to get to the gym — especially if there isn’t one close by. Investing in fitness equipment can be a big expense, but you can help make that easier by giving the gift of an online fitness class membership. 

What’s great about these gift subscriptions to fitness classes or virtual gyms is that they’re easy for beginners to access. You don’t need a lot of complex, expensive equipment at home, and you can fit them into your schedule whenever it works best. It’s a simple yet thoughtful way to help your team members stay fit and focused, wherever they are. 

5. Digital tickets to a concert or performance

Even though your gift is virtual, it doesn’t mean that the experience has to be. If there’s a big show coming up or your employee’s favorite band is playing locally, buy a couple of tickets online and have them emailed across to them as a gift. 

This is a thoughtful way to celebrate the things your team members enjoy, and it doesn’t have to be expensive either. If you want to make the gift even more impactful, arrange for them to have a VIP experience at the venue, or have some tour merch sent to their home address too. This also works as a fun virtual team party experience too, if the band is playing a live streamed show. 

6. Gift voucher for a travel company

For a lot of people, taking time off to relax isn’t always top of their mind. In a busy company where you’re always on the go, prioritizing a solo or family trip can feel challenging. Encourage your team members to take a well-earned break with their loved ones and make it easier with a gift voucher for a travel company. 

This is one of those employee gifts that’s more of an investment, but it’s a lovely idea for a milestone anniversary or reward for a successful year. Make this virtual gift feel even more personal by including a list of suggestions and ideas to help them plan a fun getaway. Feature a list of your top destinations, things to see, and personal recommendations based on your experiences and what you know about your giftee. 

7. Beauty or wellness subscription membership

Just like vacations, sometimes those smaller moments of self care are all too easy to put off. Make it easier for your team members to enjoy those opportunities to relax, unwind, and hit pause by signing them up to a beauty or wellness subscription box service. 

There are lots of great subscription boxes out there, so there’s something for every giftee. Look for a beauty or wellness box that matches their needs, and is filled with luxurious treats or miniatures that mimic a spa day, wellness retreat, or cozy weekend in. 

8. Virtual gift card

While e-gift cards were once thought of as an easy “last minute” gift, they’re now a fun way to say thank you or celebrate together — especially if you use Hoppier. Personalize your card, set a balance, and send it on its way with a handwritten email when it’s time to celebrate. 

One of the best things about sending the gift of a Hoppier virtual card is the huge amount of flexibility. Your giftee can spend their gift card balance on a language learning subscription, the latest Apple technology, or put it towards a new Fender guitar. Not only are you sending them a gift to say thank you, but you’re giving them the ultimate gift of choice. 

8 of the best virtual gifts for clients 


Virtual gifts aren’t just ideal for your team, they’re also a wonderful idea for your clients or customers, too. Take a look at these virtual corporate gifts for clients to find inspiration to surprise your most valued customers. 

1. Digital tickets to a sports game

Sending sports tickets as client gifts is a timeless tradition, and something that’s super easy now that you can order them online. Find out what your client’s favorite sport is and who they support, then give them the gift of tickets to their next game. 

Not only does this make a great gift idea, but it’s a fun way to build relationships too. If you’re close by, have a conversation before you buy the tickets and see if it’s something you can do together. Make the gift even more special by sending enough tickets for their loved ones to join them for the game and dinner afterwards. 

2. Donation to a charity or cause of their choice

Your client might be someone that has everything and doesn’t need to be gifted something to feel like they’re valued. If that’s the case, use this as an opportunity to make a charity donation on their behalf instead.

Check in with your client and ask them which charity or cause they’re most passionate about, then send a donation to them instead of a holiday or anniversary gift. This is a lovely way to help make a difference. If you can, go a step further, and see if you can donate yours or your team’s time to support a virtual fundraiser or charity event too. 

3. Virtual coffee or tea subscription membership

Many of us spend lots of time at our desks, and if your clients are remote workers they’re often relying on their kitchen supplies to enjoy a good cup of tea or coffee. Help make that coffee break feel more indulgent or relaxing by sending them a membership to a coffee or tea subscription service. 

These tea and coffee delivery services are a wonderful way to discover new flavors and brands, or to keep your client’s supplies of their favorite blends topped up. If you want to combine this with a physical gift, mail them a gift package too that contains a mug, coaster, and some delicious local cookies. 

4. Audiobook subscription certificate

We talked about gifting wellness and entertainment memberships to employees, but that’s something that works just as well for clients too. A prime example of this is an audiobook subscription service. 

Send your clients credit for a service like Amazon’s Audible so they can relax and unwind after work with the book of the month, or use this as an opportunity to catch up on the latest industry publications while they’re exercising. This is an affordable gift that brings your giftee benefits way beyond the monthly cost. 

5. Virtual styling appointment

We all know someone that absolutely adores interior design and loves to get their home or office space styled just the way they like it. If you have a client like this, consider giving them the gift of an appointment with a virtual stylist to help them create something amazing for their space. 

This is the perfect corporate gift idea for a client that you know well, as you can surprise them with it when you know they’re considering renovations or have just invested in a new office space. It’s a fun way for them to get a fresh perspective and new ideas, and for you to help be a part of that experience. 

6. Software or resource subscription 

Running a business or managing a team comes with a lot of costs, and one way you can give a small yet thoughtful gift to a client is to pay for one of their monthly subscriptions for them. This works great if there’s an expensive or must-have software tool that you know they use regularly. 

Great examples of the kind of software you could offer to cover the costs of include graphic design tools, productivity tools, or virtual counselling tools for their team. You could also gift credits or vouchers for resources like graphics, stock photos, or stock video footage if they’re part of a creative team. 

7. Virtual wine tasting experience

If you’re looking for a client gift that works well for a team, something like a virtual wine tasting experience is ideal. You can book your client’s whole team in for a virtual session, led by a wine expert, as a corporate holiday gift or client thank you gift. 

This is a fun idea if you want to give an online gift that has in-person elements, to create a hybrid experience. There are lots of companies that offer virtual wine tasting or beer tasting experiences, that take care of the sending of products and live demos — so all you need to do is find the perfect partner and make the booking. 

8. Gift certificate to spend with a freelancer or agency

Sometimes what your client needs most is another pair of hands to help out — especially if they’re a super early stage start-up or a freelancer themselves. Hook them up with a gift certificate for a talented virtual assistant, graphic designer, or another professional to work with them on a project they’ve been meaning to tackle for ages. 

What’s lovely about this virtual gift idea is that you’re supporting not just your client, but another freelancer or agency too. Your client benefits from getting something done that they didn’t get the chance to before, and the other party gets the work and the opportunity of a future ongoing client. 

Hoppier: a better way to send virtual gifts

Even if you enjoy choosing a personalized gift for every recipient, that’s something that takes time. When you’re busy running a team or a business, you need a way to give a virtual gift with a personal touch — without it taking you forever to organize. 

Hoppier can make it easier for you to send thoughtful virtual gifts to your employees and clients. With our virtual credit cards, you can give the gift of choice and make the whole experience fun, colorful, and engaging. It takes just a few moments to set up a program, and then you’re ready to get started. Once you’ve set up a program, you can customize your card with colors and a logo, set a spending balance per card, and decide which dates the card can be used between. You can also set vendor limits, which is great if you’re sending a gift card themed around wellness, entertainment, food and drink, or just treating yourself. 


virtual gift card hoppier screenshot


It takes just a few moments to set up a program, and then you’re ready to get started. Once you’ve set up a program, you can customize your card with colors and a logo, set a spending balance per card, and decide which dates the card can be used between. You can also set vendor limits, which is great if you’re sending a gift card themed around wellness, entertainment, food and drink, or just treating yourself. 


screenshot of hoppier gift cards


Hoppier is a great way to do gift-giving throughout the holiday season, for anniversaries, birthdays, and any occasion where you want to say thank you or reward someone. It’s an eco-friendly alternative to mailing out gifts across distances, and lets your giftees choose exactly what they want to spend their balance on. 

Express your gratitude with these inventive virtual gift ideas 

Virtual gifts used to feel less special than their in-person counterparts, but there are lots of interesting and engaging ideas out there these days. Take inspiration from this list to help you put together a master list of great virtual gift ideas, or make the switch to Hoppier and streamline the whole process. 

If you’re thinking of going a step further and throwing a holiday party for your employees or clients, take a look at our webinar on the best vendors for your holiday party. We’ll take you through our recommendations on the tech vendors you need to help you create a showstopping holiday party. 

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