29 thoughtful corporate gifts your coworkers and employees will love

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  • Give back to the hardworking employees who keep your business running with these 29 corporate gifts. 
  • These gifts are both thoughtful and useful, and unlike many corporate gifts, they don’t look cheap. 
  • Find more gift ideas for everyone in your life here

A company is nothing without its employees. Whether you manage a lean team of five or oversee thousands across offices nationwide, you know that your employees are invaluable to the success of your business – and perhaps you want to thank them beyond simply paying a salary. 

Skip the tired and cheap corporate gifts and surprise your employees this year with these elevated, thoughtful, and useful options instead. Some come from our favorite startups, while others are just a click away on Amazon. Go the extra mile by customizing them with company colors, a logo, or a personal touch that truly shows your appreciation. Whether or not your company is working from home, it’s our hope that these gifts will allow you to stay connected to both your business and each other.

Here are 29 corporate gifts sure to wow your employees:

This list includes a Sponsored Product that has been suggested by Crowd Cow. It also meets our editorial criteria in terms of quality and value.*

Customized snack boxes from NatureBox

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Bestsellers Box, available at NatureBox, $33.99

Many folks are missing the company snack bar now that lots of offices are closed, and nothing says I appreciate you quite like a box filled with delicious snacks. Why not make your their day with a custom snack box from NatureBox. NatureBox’s SnackPass box allows employees to choose their preferred snacks and get them sent directly to their houses. NatureBox offers a wide snack selection and its corporate gifting program allows you to send a customized snack box after simply providing some basic information.

Plants from BloomsyBox

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Cape Town Orchid, available at BloomsyBox, $34.99

Bring some life into your employee’s home office setup by gifting them a beautiful flower arrangement or plant from BloomsyBox. The retailer offers a wide variety of floral arrangements and plants and even offers subscriptions so that you can send your employees flowers on a consistent basis.

Gift sets from Bath & Body Works

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Eucalyptus Spearmint Gift Set, $14.50, available at Bath & Body Works

With all of the hand washing and sanitizing we’re all doing due to the pandemic, there’s no better gift than this set from Bath & Body Works, which includes a hand sanitizer, hand lotion, and hand soap. While you can order quantities up to 25 directly from the site, Bath & Body Works’ corporate gifting program allows you to order larger quantities of gift sets as well as gift cards. Use this contact form, to get more information about Bath & Body Works’ corporate gifting program or to make large gift orders.

Decadent chocolates from Vosges

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Vosges Mini Exotic Chocolate Bar Library, $25, available at Vosges 

Our pick for the best chocolates you can gift, Vosges offers gift sets that are sure to impress your employees. Not only is each set beautifully packaged, it also includes high-quality chocolates. The Chocolate Bar Library is a great gifting option as it includes nine unique chocolate flavors, including banana coconut, matcha, and raw honey, in a keepsake box. Aside from this very giftable set, the Hazelnut Praline Bonbons set and the Champagne Truffle set are great gifting options. Vosges also offers a corporate concierge which can help guide you through personalizing your chocolate selection with your company’s branding and help coordinate shipping to multiple addresses. 

Sweet treats from Baked by Melissa

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Latest & Greatest Cupcake Pack, 25 count, from $32, available at Baked by Melissa

There’s a reason that these bite-sized but flavorful cupcakes are a go-to gift for many. Baked by Melissa’s Latest & Greatest pack includes customer favorites such as red velvet and cookie dough as well as new seasonal flavor additions. Purchase these cupcakes in large quantities directly from the product page, or if you would like a more customized experience for your giftees, check out the brand’s corporate gifting information here.

Face masks from Vistaprint

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Custom face masks, starting at $11, available at Vistaprint

In our current times, face masks are an incredibly useful gift. Vistaprint, which is typically known for their customizable business cards, clothing, and more, has added masks to its extensive product lineup. Customize masks for your staff with your company’s logo or choose from one of many pre-existing designs. Submit a request for orders of more than 1,000 masks here.

Gift cards from Starbucks

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Gift cards, starting at $5, available at Starbucks

While many of us no longer have the option of working from coffee shops, Starbucks gift cards are a great gift to help your employees switch their morning routine up. With locations all over the country, Starbucks gift cards are great if you have employees spread across many locations. Starbucks’ corporate sales program has options that range from physical gift cards, branded gift cards, or digital gift cards delivered directly to your recipient’s email. You can also set the value of the gift cards to anywhere between $5 to $500. Learn more about Starbucks’ corporate sales program here.

Delicious baked goods from Goldbelly

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Baked goods, starting at $29, available at Goldbelly

You can never go wrong with gifting delicious baked goods. With an option to narrow your search by region, Goldbelly’s corporate gifting program allows you to send local eats to your employees no matter where they’re located. It offers everything from organic mixed fruit baskets, to Magnolia Bakery’s World Famous Banana Pudding. Every order also helps support small or minority owned businesses. For bulk orders of 15 recipients or more, you can email concierge@goldbelly.com.

Custom jackets from L.L.Bean

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Custom jacket, starting at $69.99, available at L.L.Bean

When it comes to gifting clothing, one size does not fit all. Luckily, L.L.Bean’s business gifting site offers a wide range of inclusive sizes, from XS to 3X. Its fitness fleece quarter zip jacket is available in five colors and can be customized with a logo. The retailer also has a selection of other customizable products such as beanies, blankets, and duffle bags. You can place a corporate order here.

Tumblers from YETI

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Rambler 20 Oz. Tumbler, $34.99, available at YETI

Whether you’re sipping on a hot or cold drink, YETI’s stainless steel, double-wall insulated tumblers never fail to keep your beverage at the optimal temperature. Employees can keep them on their desk or bring them along to the trails on their days off. You can fill out a corporate gift form at YETI here.

Socks from Bombas

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Men’s Merino Calf Sock 8-Pack, $136.80 on sale (originally $152), available at Bombas

Women’s Merino Calf Sock 8-Pack, $136.80 on sale (originally $152), available at Bombas

Part of Bombas’ appeal, other than the obvious differences in fit and feel, is that it donates a pair of socks to a homeless shelter every time someone buys a pair. This philanthropy doesn’t stop if you take part in its corporate gifting program. It can work with your company’s current charity partner, or help you find the perfect donation recipient. You can fill out a corporate gifting form at Bombas here.

High quality meat and seafood from Crowd Cow

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Check out Crowd Cow’s corporate gift bundles

Crowd Cow specializes in high-quality, eco-conscious seafood and meat, all the way down to its 100% carbon-neutral packaging. Crowd Cow’s curated list of gift bundles provides plenty of options, but you can also opt to work with a dedicated corporate gifting representative who can help customize a package based on your budget and company size.

*Sponsored by Crowd Cow

Gourmet gummies from Sugarfina

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Baby Champagne Bears Candy Cube, from $9.95, available at Paper Source

Give your employees a sweet treat they’ll remember with a Sugarfina Candy Cube. Packaged thoughtfully in clear acrylic boxes, these candies were made for gifting. 

Nylon tote bags from BAGGU

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BAGGU Nylon Tote Bag, from $12, available at Amazon

These waterproof nylon totes hold 50 pounds of stuff, fold down to a fraction of their size to fit in your back pocket, and can be customized to let your employees flaunt where they work. As eco-friendly practices become more than a passing trend, you’ll only see more of BAGGU’s stylish yet functional bags out on the streets. You can request a custom quote at BAGGU here.

Custom pencils from Shutterfly

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Custom Pencils, $7.50, available at Shutterfly

Something to write with can always come in handy, be it for to-do lists, doodling, or anything in between. These custom pencils come in a set of 12, are available in four colors, and the message can be anything from a company name to a fun joke that coworkers share.

Chocolate covered strawberries from Shari’s Berries

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Gourmet Drizzled Strawberries, $34.99 to $64.99, available at Sharri’s Berries

Peak indulgence is a box of strawberries dipped in rich milk, white, or dark chocolate, and maybe even sprinkled with nuts or chocolate chips. Shari’s Berries are our favorite chocolate covered strawberries and they might just become your employees’ favorite too after they try them. You can request a business gift quote at Shari’s Berries here.

Succulents from Lula’s Garden

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Live Succulent Plant, from $27.99, available at Plants.com

A dash of greenery on their desk or in their room will make them happy — make it low-maintenance and nearly impossible to kill, and they’ll be even happier. Choose from single succulents or mini gardens, then customize the rest of the box to create the perfect plant gift. You can learn more about custom gifting at Lula’s Garden here.

Custom sticky notes from Zazzle

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Post-It Notes, from $6.95, available at Zazzle

Sticky notes are a productive gift that you know they’ll make great use of, whether jotting down assignments for the day or using them for out of office tasks and grocery lists. Add a custom touch to this office staple with a team photo, company logo, or personal text. Zazzle allows for orders of up to 500 packs at a time, and bulk ordering can save up to 60%.

Patterned socks from Happy Socks

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Mix Gift Box, $48, available at Happy Socks

Regardless of your office dress code, fun socks will always be appreciated. You’ll have difficulty narrowing down the final choice from Happy Socks’ large selection of colorful, quirky patterns and prints. Custom designs with the company colors or logo are also available for orders of 6,000 pairs or more. 

Suitcases from Away

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The Carry-On, $225, available at Away

Business travel, so long as it’s done safely, has never looked so cool. With a bag from Away, they’ll be organized and stylish as they fly from destination to destination. You don’t have to gift a piece of luggage — you can also choose a backpack, luggage tag, or Away’s very useful travel wellness kit. Submit a corporate gifting form here for orders more than 25 units.

Leather accessories from Leatherology

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Bifold Wallet with Flap, $90, available at Leatherology

Send employees a beautiful, full-grain leather accessory like a luggage tag, business card case, or keychain. For an extra special touch, add a debossed monogram or logo. Though leather goods sound like a premium gift that could be out of your budget, Leatherology sells its bags and accessories without the markup, so customers don’t have to spend so much for a touch of luxury. You can fill out a corporate gift inquiry form at Leatherology here.

Sunglasses from Sunglass Hut

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Polo Ralph Lauren, from $67.50, available at Sunglass Hut

Sunglasses are a common gift or employee freebie, but they’re rarely worn because they’re plain or cheap. Sunglass Hut offers top brands and stylish options that everyone will actually want to wear. A perk of ordering through Sunglass Hut is that anyone can go to a store to receive a free personalized adjustment if the glasses don’t fit well. You can learn about corporate gifting at Sunglass Hut here.

Flowers from The Bouqs Co.

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Shop bouquets from $49 at The Bouqs Co.

Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day aren’t the only occasions where a bouquet of flowers is appropriate. Welcome new employees and remind current ones they’re appreciated with The Bouq Co’s farm-fresh flowers, which are always arranged and designed beautifully. Business customers can get up to 25% off regular prices. You can learn more about corporate gifting at The Bouqs Co. here.

Phone grips from PopSockets

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Rose Gold Aluminum PopGrip, $15, available at PopSockets

PopSockets PopGrips are the small, simple, and affordable phone accessories that your employees will wish you had gifted them earlier. These round buttons stick to the back of their phone and expand whenever they need a grip or a stand. They can take photos, text, and hold their phone without worrying about dropping it, or prop it up to stream content and video chat. You can order custom PopSockets PopGrips here.

Mashable magnet toys from Speks

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Speks Original Magnetic Balls, $24.95, available at Speks

Our team loved these tiny magnet toys a lot more than we expected to. Less obnoxious than fidget spinners, they’re immensely satisfying to play with and build with as you work through a problem or concentrate on a task. The set includes 512 rare earth magnetic balls, metal building base, plastic splitter card, 16-page starter guide, and carrying case. 

Candles from Otherland

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Chandelier Candle, $36, available at Otherland

There are plenty of candles out there, but few quite as giftable as Otherland’s. These premium candles are available in many scents to suit the different personalities of your employees, and they look great on any tabletop (office, bedroom, or otherwise). You can email hello@otherland.com to inquire about corporate gifts and place a large order.

Hatch Idea notebooks

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Hatch Ideas Notebook, $25, available at Etsy

A well-executed idea doesn’t happen overnight. Help your employees hatch the next big idea with this cloth-bound notebook that’s organized into three sections: Conceive, Incubate, and Hatch. Although there’s no automatic option for bulk purchasing, the Etsy shop owner typically responds to messages within 24 hours and should be able to accommodate larger orders.

Bath and body gifts from L’Occitane

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Hand Indulgences Hand Cream Trio, $29, available at Nordstrom

From luxurious hand creams that are sold every three seconds around the world to nourishing soaps and shower oils, L’Occitane offers many options to pamper your employees. You can combine multiple products to create mini gift baskets or distribute them individually. Email corporategifts@us.loccitane.com to learn more about its corporate gift program.

Wine from Vinebox

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Vinebox Wine Gift Boxes, from $48, available at Vinebox

Instead of gifting them a bottle of wine you’re not sure they’ll like, let them personalize the selection themselves. Vinebox takes the intimidation and pressure out by delivering wine flights in unique bottles and helping budding wine enthusiasts discover their favorites. You can learn more about corporate gifting at Vinebox here.

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7 ways to prepare your small business and increase profits during peak holiday season

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Your website needs to be mobile friendly to capture the most customers this holiday season.

  • It’s time to start preparing your business for the holidays, especially if you want to maximize time, profits, and sales. 
  • Most people will be online shopping this winter, so it’s critical your website updated with new pictures, products, and a smooth and flexible checkout flow. 
  • Engage with your customers by responding to comments or reaching out to “abandoned cart” customers, and show off your excellent customer service with a self-help resources page. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The holiday sales season is here, and if you haven’t already started preparing your business to maximize your time, you could be missing out on major profits. In 2019, over $135 billion was spent during the holiday sales season.

For most small businesses owners, particularly those in the retail and consumer products space, Q4 is their largest quarter for gross revenue. Yet, most small business owners are leaving money on the table during this time because they are not adequately preparing.

Read more: A 37-year-old entrepreneur created a card game right before the pandemic that became an instant hit. Here’s how she made 6 figures in revenue in less than a year.

Here are seven things you should be doing now to prepare your business for the upcoming holiday season.

1. Update your website

Online sales for my clients have skyrocketed this year. With everyone at home, online shopping is a necessity for most. Therefore, keeping your website up-to-date and easy to use should be one of your top priorities,

This could include updating your product photos, reviewing descriptions of your products and services, confirming your prices are correct or making necessary adjustments to shipping rates.

Also use this time to plan promotions or set up any promo codes that you will be using in your marketing during the holiday season (think Black Friday, Cyber Monday, etc).

2. Test your checkout process

If you haven’t done a test run of your check-out process recently, now is the time to do one.

Potential buyers are looking for a seamless experience and if the check-out process is clunky and cumbersome, you could lose sales. Just remember that one-click buying is now at consumers’ fingertips, so simplicity is key.

3. Consider additional payment methods

Most online businesses accept payments through credit cards, debit cards, or PayPal, which are great but customers are looking for increased flexibility and an easy buying experience.

For example, Apple Pay makes it easy for people to pay with their phone (online and in-person). After Pay allows you to offer payment plans to customers.  

Consider adding alternative payment options if it makes sense with your ecommerce system and makes it easier for your customers to shop with you.

Read more: Entrepreneurs say Instagram Stories have helped them sell products faster and attract customers from home. Here’s how they leverage the social media feature to grow their businesses.

4. Recapture “abandoned cart” customers

Cart abandonments account for $18 billion in lost revenue annually across ecommerce stores. It’s an astounding number.

Win back customers who fill their carts, but fail to complete the checkout process by sending abandoned cart emails.  

Send two or three fun, on-brand follow-up emails to remind your customers to head back to your shop and complete their order. You can set these up ahead of time and automate the process.

Reminding and incentivizing customers who have abandoned their shopping carts will build connections with your customers and increase your profits – with little effort on your part!

5. Mobile-friendly is a must 

A mobile-friendly website is an absolute necessity. 34.5% of ecommerce spending during the 2019 holiday season was made via smartphones.

Use tools like MobiReady to test your website on different browsers and devices to make sure it’s a smooth experience for the customer.  

6. Communicate clearly

Communication is always key, but during a pandemic, it is critical. Now is the time to communicate and educate your customers so they are informed on your business’ return policies, shipping delays, or deadlines, etc. 

One example of this are holiday shipping deadlines. 

Most online retailers have strict deadlines of when orders need to be placed to guarantee arrival by Christmas. Display these deadlines prominently on your home page or an announcement bar across the top of your site, highlight them in your check-out process where customers choose their shipping options, talk about these deadlines on social media and in your marketing emails.

Overly communicate important details with customers in a clear and concise manner.

7. Provide excellent customer service

Exceptional customer service creates loyal customers who are willing to refer your business to everyone they know. Poor customer service can also be magnified in the same way.

How are your customers engaging with your brand? How are they impacted? How could you make it a better experience for all?

For example, build out a self-help resource section on your website to reduce customer service inquiries. A FAQ page won’t solve every issue but it may minimize questions and give you a place to direct customers when needed.

Aim to strengthen interactions with your customers at every touch point. This includes responding to comments on social media, timely responses to email inquiries, and finding ways to surprise and delight them at different phases of their customer journey (sending birthday cards is one example!).

These seven strategies will ensure you head into the holiday sales season with a strong foundation. You’ll be able to easily layer in your sales and marketing strategies because your products will be ready, your site will be ready, and your company will be focused on providing a positive experience for your customers.

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