22 holiday gift ideas for coworkers & employees in 2023

It’s that time of year again! Festive gifts are a great way to say thank you to your staff for their hard work and dedication throughout the year. Here are our top tips for creating employees’ and co-workers’ gifts – from choosing the perfect Christmas gift ideas for employees and co-workers, to personalizing them in minutes.

Why are Christmas gifts for coworkers important?

Are you thinking about creating holiday gifts for employees in your company? Great idea! Here are 3 key reasons why staff Christmas gifts are so important for small business owners:

1 . They strengthen your bond with your team
Whether it’s their favorite sweet treat or a mug they’ll use every day, a special gift that matches each team member’s unique interests will make them feel appreciated.

2 . They boost morale
For many businesses, the holiday season is the busiest time of year. Your team has been working hard, so a small token of appreciation can be a nice pick-me-up after a busy day.

3 . They help your business stand out
Your employees might upload a photo of their gifts to social media or show them to their friends and family – helping spread the word that your business truly appreciates and cares about its staff. It’s also great promo for your products or services. That’s ideal at such a busy time of year for consumers.

So, while you’re prepping your gifting list for the holiday season, make sure to include your employees or co-workers. It’ll bring a smile to their faces – and it can even help spread the good word about your brand.

Holiday gifting tips & etiquette

Before choosing your employees’ and co-workers’ gifts, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with employee gifting etiquette to help you get it right this holiday season.

Choose a gift that matches their interests
Is there an amateur chef in your team? Gift them a custom apron for the holidays. Have a coffee-loving co-worker? Create a personalized mug they’ll want to use year-round.

Give them something useful
Like a travel mug – so they can sip their favorite beverage on the daily commute. Headphones they can use in the office. A bag that’s great for the gym – or for grabbing groceries. Items that people can use time and time again, either at work or at home, are most likely to be appreciated.

Make them laugh
Gift giving doesn’t have to be serious. Decorate your gift with a funny photo, quote or in-joke that’ll make them smile. You could even organize an office Secret Santa – this is especially great for smaller teams where everyone knows each other.

Don’t wait until the last minute
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22 holiday gift ideas for co-workers & employees

Think about your co-workers’ or employees’ interests and find a gift to match. If you have a larger team and don’t know each employee personally, consider allocating a gifting budget to each manager – or create matching gifts for the entire team. You could even create holiday gift baskets for employees, filled with treats they’ll love. Here are some ideas:

For tech enthusiasts

1. USB flash drives
2. Mouse pads
3. Wireless charging pads
4. Finger phone straps

For stationery collectors

9. Pens
10. Pencils
11. Notebooks
12. Portfolios

For music lovers

16. Headphones
17. Earbuds
18. Speakers

For foodies

5. Candy
6. Chocolate
7. Snacks
8. Gourmet gifts

For gym goers

13. Gym bags
14. Soccer jerseys
15. Pedometers

For the whole team

Custom clothing is ideal for office parties and events (check out our favorite festive T-shirts)!
19. T-shirts
20. Totes
21. Jackets
22. Sweatshirts

How to create employees’ & co-workers’ gifts

Once you’ve decided which gifts you want to give, it’s time to create. Need some inspiration? Here are our tips for creating beautifully personalized employee gifts in minutes.

1. Pick a festive template
At VistaPrint you can find hundreds of design templates for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa – we also have templates for many other holidays and festivals that are celebrated around the world.

2. Upload your logo
You can upload your business logo or team emblem in any of the following formats: .jpg, .png, .ppt, .ai, .pdf. Creating products with a logo or emblem is a great way to showcase your brand or team.

3. Add a personalized touch
Use our intuitive design studio to add all your custom touches, like names or photos. It’s easy to use – you can even preview your design in 3D before you buy so you’ll be satisfied that your product will be printed, engraved or embroidered exactly as you want it.

VistaPrint Tips

  • Consider personalizing smaller items, like custom pens, with your employees’ names. Some of our engraved pens even come packaged in individual boxes ready for gifting.
  • Photo gifts are always a great idea. Some of our T-shirts, tote bags, mouse pads and other products can even be customized with a full-color photo. Consider adding a photo of your team, a funny meme or office in-joke as a special way to show your appreciation – and your sense of humor.

More inspiration

For more Christmas co-worker gift ideas, check out our collection of holiday corporate gifts. We’ve curated our top holiday gift ideas for employees, co-workers and even customers. Find products mentioned in this article and so much more – like festive T-shirt designs handpicked for holiday events.