6 Employee Appreciation Day Gift Ideas Your Team Will Love

by John Amato

Appreciating your employees is a sure way to promote unity in the workplace and encourage loyalty. With all the time and energy they pour into your company to see it grow, recognizing their efforts should be natural.

Your amazing team needs to be appreciated every day, but more so on Employee Appreciation Day, which is usually on the first Friday of March every year.

While a verbal “Thank You,” or handwritten notes may be great on this day, your employees will appreciate something more meaningful, practical, and valuable, like tangible company gifts.

They say giving gifts is an art, but just like all creative arts, knowing where to begin can be challenging. 

Ideally, you want to pick gifts that are:

  • Useful, personalized, and unique to each employee
  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Well packaged with some branding for a stylish look
  • Budget-friendly

We’ve curated a list of useful Employee Appreciation Day gift ideas to help you get started. There’s an option for everyone, from tiny personalized keychains to oversized long sleeve shirts and hoodies.

1 - Custom Scented Candles

Yule Do Better in Toledo Soy Candle

Candles symbolize light and peace of mind, give focus, and help create a cozy atmosphere. Let your employees know how much you appreciate their efforts by giving them personalized luxury scented candles.

There are multiple reasons why custom scented candles make perfect employee appreciation gifts: 

  • There are endless options to fit your budget—you don’t need to spend a fortune 
  • They’re an excellent marketing strategy—they’ll help spread your brand to outsiders
  • They’re loved by all—candles are popular, practical, and easily giftable to anyone
  • They double as great promotional merch—when bought in bulk, give out the extras to your clients to promote your brand further

Gifting your employees candles with therapeutic scents like eucalyptus and lavender is also a great way to boost their moods. 

As they burn the candles, the scent will help them calm down and relax. Such scented candles are a common choice for aromatherapy—the use of natural plant extracts to heal and promote health and wellness.

Higher positivity levels in your office will result in greater productivity.

Jupmode offers multiple scented candles that can be customized for your brand. Check out a few options below.


2.25 oz. Scented Copper Rectangular Candle

  • Min quantity: 50
  • Lemon verbena scent

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Aura 3 oz. Concrete Candle

  • Min quantity: 10
  • 3 scents—berry spice, citrus verbena, and sugar cookie

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Leather Wrapped Candles

Harper Leather Wrapped Candle

  • Min quantity: 10
  • 10+ scents

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2 - Cozy Branded Hoodies and Long Sleeve Shirts

Vintage MacQueen Orchards French Terry Long Sleeve Shirt

You can never go wrong with long sleeve shirts and hoodies on Employee Appreciation Day. 

They’re both made with warm, soft fabrics that are perfect for the cold month of March as winter comes to an end.

Long sleeve shirts and hoodies are super comfy and never go out of style. Your employees can wear them to the office and outside since they can be paired with just about anything.

Ensure these warm gear have your brand’s logo or slogan screen-printed or embroidered on them. This will increase your brand’s reach and freely advertise it to prospective clients.

You don’t want to skimp on quality when it comes to gifting hoodies and long shirts. Always choose the highest quality company branded apparel that’ll last a lifetime.

Below are a few key factors to consider before purchasing:

  • Color: The shirts’ and hoodies' colors should reflect your brand’s signature colors 
  • Logo placement: Choose a location that’ll provide maximum visibility to your logo
  • Design: Screen-printed or embroidered? Find out which works best for your company
  • Fabric: Should be breathable, non-fading, and durable, such as cotton/polyester blend—Jupmode’s choice fabric for long sleeve shirts and hoodies

Related Article: Company Apparel: A Practical Buyers Guide for Corporate Branding

3 - Personalized Keychains

Ohio Home Keychain

Keychains are one of the best budget-friendly Employee Appreciation Day gift ideas.

They’re small, portable, and practical everyday carry items your employees need. 

Everyone has keys of some sort (office keys, car keys, house keys…), and a keychain keeps them safe and organized.

Choose key chains that your employees will appreciate. They should have their names engraved on them and additional tools like cutters and flashlights useful for both home and office use.

Jupmode offers multiple options for such keyholders. See some of them below.

Bottle Opener Keychains

Aluminum LED Opener Keychain

  • 5 color options
  • 3 LED lights

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Keychains With A Charging Cable

Trey 3-in-1 Light-Up Charging Cable with Keychain

  • 3 color options
  • Laser engraved logo

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Keychains With A Safety Whistle

Quick-Alert Safety Whistle

  • 3 color options
  • Loud high-pitch whistle

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4 - Tech Gadgets

Power Disc 5W Wireless Charger

Useful, trendy, and high-quality tech swag won’t go unnoticed. 

Your tech-savvy employees will appreciate any form of technology that makes their lives easier in and outside the office.

Luckily, there are multiple inexpensive tech gadgets today. Whether it’s listening to the latest podcast show or blocking outside noise when working, these items will delight your employees without costing you a fortune.

They include: 

Check out our entire collection of tech gadgets that’ll make the perfect appreciation gifts for your employees here.

5 - Fun Office Game Sets

Office Fun Game Set

Fun games bring employees of all ages together and help them bond, unwind, and relieve stress, in turn improving their productivity.

But apart from being fun, games signal a friendly company culture where people can work hard, and equally play hard. 

Most crucially, it tells your employees that you trust them to manage their time and personal productivity.

Always have a wide variety of games and puzzles to choose from to keep the games interesting and activate your employees’ creative juices. 

Select game sets that are unique to every employee but can still be enjoyed by the rest to initiate team bonding.

Here are some options to consider:

Tic-Tac-Toe Desktop Game

Tic-Tac-Toe Desktop Game

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Tic-Tac-Toe Desktop Game

Office Fun Game

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Sidewinder Wood Puzzle Set

Sidewinder Wood Puzzle Set

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Lifestyle 7-In-1 Desktop Game Set

Lifestyle 7-In-1 Desktop Game Set

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Foam Axe Throwing Game

Foam Axe Throwing Game

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Push Pop Round Bubble Game

Push Pop Round Bubble Game

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6 - Branded Tumblers

custom branded tumblers

After apparel, the most popular promotional item we make for people is drinkware. From tumblers to coffee mugs to wine glasses, drinkware is a great gift for employees and customers. 

Tumblers, in particular, are on trend right now. 

A lot of the popularity surrounding tumblers is related to the rise in Yeti. While Yeti brand tumblers can be quite expensive, there are many options that have comparable quality.

Our favorite branded merch is easy to gift and gets a lot of usage. 

Tumblers have many beneifts as employee gifts for many reasons:

  • Can be used for hot or cold drinks
  • Great for in office use or on the go
  • Don't require knowing an employees specific size
  • Can last years and years
we'll customize the gifts according to your specifications

Thoughtful and Practical Gifts Will Make Your Employees Feel Appreciated

When choosing your employees’ gifts for Employee Appreciation Day, ensure they’re thoughtful, practical, and suited to individual employees.

Jupmode offers these, and many more unique gifts that’ll leave a footprint on your employees’ hearts. 

All our products are practical, versatile, and creative, ensuring they remain a vital part of your employees’ lives.

Even better, they double as perfect promotional items. So you don’t have to worry about purchasing in bulk as you can always give the rest to buyers, further increasing your brand’s reach and customers’ loyalty.

We’ll customize the gifts according to your specifications through our custom printing and embroidery services to ensure they’re tailor-made to your brand and employees’ needs.

Fill out our custom order form to receive a quick no-obligation quote for your project before we get started. 

If you’d like to know more, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll get back to you in no time.

"Jupmode is simply the best…Always professional, friendly, and with great quality and service."

Deborah M.

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