5 Christmas gifts that aren't vouchers

by Stewart 7. November 2013 18:34

Buying Christmas gifts for your staff at Christmas time is an essential part of employee care. Kevin Kruse, contributor at Forbes magazine states that “feeling appreciated—which comes from recognition from others—is one of the top three drivers of employee engagement.”
We’ve thought up 5 unique staff Christmas presents that step away from the traditional voucher.
1. A Christmas decoration
Step away from the commercially branded baubles and think more unique.
A different Christmas decoration for each member of staff will be well received and needn’t mean you spending hours trawling the shops.
You can order a selection of high quality baubles online and package them separately.

2. Flowers
At Christmas time flowers are a fantastic addition to an office desk or home.
Poinsettias are a classic flower for the festive period and a plant or arrangement can be found relatively cheaply.
Staff will love the cheerful Christmas vibes around the office on gift day.

3. A bottle of luxury

A bottle of wine is a great place to start when gifting to staff.
An extra bottle of wine in the house will never go amiss with your employees.
If you want to be known as the best boss in the world then have the bottles personalised.

4. Do something nice
Why not gift your employee a service?

Arranging to have their car valeted or their house cleaned is a great surprise that shows that you have thought about their hectic life.

A clean house just before Christmas will be a dream come true.

5. A voucher… for a restaurant
There is a difference between a voucher for the cinema or a coffee shop and a voucher for a high quality local restaurant.

Not only is this showing your staff that you want them to relax it is also supporting local businesses which is great for your company as well as the others around you.

For more inspiration head over to our port, wine & cheese hampers page.

Christmas gifts for staff and their families

by Stewart 21. October 2013 19:46

Showing staff that you think of their life outside of work is a great way to demonstrate your thanks.

Choosing gifts for families can be a lot of fun and there are many different options to consider.

Here are our top 5 gifts for staff and their families:

 1. A day out

A day out with the whole family can become expensive so your staff will really appreciate tickets for the local theme park or a trip to a Christmas panto.

Such a great experience will mean that staff feel truly appreciated by their employers and are more likely to perform well.

 2. A board game

Cranium, Pictionary and Monopoly are great for wiling away the time at Christmas.

When mum and dad are busy in the kitchen or wrapping presents, an exciting new board game will be a great addition to any household.

3. A membership

A family membership to the zoo or cinema is a gift that keeps on giving.

Whether it’s during the long summer holidays or on a rainy weekend, your staff will thank you for putting the thought into this one.

4. A gift hamper

A hamper filled with treats for the whole family is a fantastic present for staff and their families.

Pop in a bottle of wine for mum and dad as well as some biccies for the kids and maybe a selection of hot chocolates for everyone to share.

5. A donation

If you think your employees and their families would appreciate a gift of good will then make a donation to charity in their name.

You could even sponsor an animal at the zoo, buy mosquito nets for Oxfam or donate to a charity of your staff’s choice.

For more Christmas present inspiration head to our Christmas Hampers page.

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