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Top Staff Appreciation Gift Ideas for Employee Appreciation Day

Count Down to Employee Appreciation Day

March 1st, 2019

Employee Appreciation Day is the perfect reason for managers of all levels to show their gratitude for their employees with staff appreciation gift ideas. Successories has a wide variety of exclusive, high-quality employee appreciation gift ideas your team members will love. From desk accessories to drinkware and lapel pins, there's something for everyone on your team.

Acknowledge your employees with personalized staff appreciation day gift ideas, or give them fun motivational gifts that recognize their hard work. Get ready for Employee Appreciation Day no matter what time of year it is by browsing our selection of hundreds of ideas for appreciation gifts for employees now. Check back regularly to see what new Employee Appreciation Day gift ideas we've added.

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Ideas for How to Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day

Employee Appreciation Day is a time when your business can come together to commemorate the exemplary effort your team has shown at their jobs and use employee appreciation gift ideas to recognize achievements. Hosting a special event and giving staff appreciation gifts create long-lasting results that improve morale, keep employees motivated, and strengthen relationships among co-workers. Here are some ideas for making your next Employee Appreciation Day special, as you think about ideas for appreciation gifts for employees:

Hold a Luncheon

Besides keeping stomachs fueled and happy, a company lunch offers ample opportunities for socializing, which your staff will enjoy. Business leaders can mingle with staff and express thanks for a job well done, while everyone enjoys a well-deserved break in the day.

Throw a Party

A social get-together at work or after-hours gives employees the chance to bond with co-workers and have some memorable fun. You may even invite allow them to invite their significant others and children to the event to make it more inclusive and help team members bond on a deeper level. Party theme ideas include an office Olympics, a luau, or a casino night. Create games during the party that promote teamwork, and offer rewards that emphasize Making a Difference or playing an Essential Part to complement the goal of employee appreciation.

Give Gifts That Keep on Giving

Besides reducing turnover rates, thoughtful Employee Appreciation Day gift ideas can serve as constant reminders of your thanks when they're also practical. Items like mouse pads or pens are gifts your employees will love using and that will continue to bring smiles to their faces long after they've received them. Wherever these gifts are displayed, they also show others that you value employees, too.

Make It One-of-a-Kind

For an employee gift that is truly special, create a personalized reward your employees will cherish. A custom photo gift or plaque can spotlight an exciting moment from the employee's career, or you can add the receiver's name to a precious item like a personalized clock. Seeing one's name on a gift makes an employee more likely to hold on to it for years to come and proudly display it for others.

More Ways to Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day

Besides giving Employee Appreciation Day gift ideas, here are some ways to commemorate great work from your team.

  1. Bring a box of doughnuts or snacks for employees.
  2. Offer to buy an employee a cup of coffee.
  3. Write a handwritten thank-you note. Be genuine and specific with the message.
  4. Give a speech, and say “thank you� to one or a group of employees all at once.
  5. Create a certificate of appreciation for everyone in the office.
  6. Offer some free time, such as extra time for lunch or to leave for home early.
  7. Bring in pizza or host a potluck.
  8. Bring baked goods and treats to your next weekly morning round table.

Appreciating employees shouldn't be limited to a single day each year. Use these ideas year-round, whenever you want to reward employees or show your appreciation.

Employee Appreciation Day Gift Ideas:


1. Bags & Totes

A functional gift that shows your appreciation and is used practically daily.


Teamwork Dream Work Value 5 Gift Set Admin Gift Teamwork Dream Work Fantastic 4 Gift Set Admin Gift Thanks for Being Awesome Sport Tote Admin Gift Thanks For All You Do Executive Tote Bag Admin Gift Thanks for All You Do Fantastic 4 Gift Set Admin Gift Thanks for All You Do Value 5 Gift Set Admin Gift Making a Difference Sport Tote Admin Gift Thanks for All You Do Perfect 5 Gift Set Admin Gift

2. Drinkware & Bottles

Tell them "Thanks for all you do" with every sip from a ceramic mug to stainless steel bottles.


Thanks for Being Awesome Soup Mug & Spoon Admin Gift Thanks for Being Awesome Gold Rimmed Bistro Mug Admin Gift Thank You Flip-Top 26oz Water Bottle Admin Gift The Joe - Thanks for All You Do 20oz. Stainless Steel Tumbler Admin Gift Thanks for All You Do 15oz Campfire Mug & S'Mores Gift Set Admin Gift Thanks for All You Do Leatherette Tumbler Admin Gift Thanks for All You Do Glitter Travel Tumbler Admin Gift Thanks for All You Do Soup Mug & Spoon Admin Gift

3. Stress Relievers & Games

Our exclusive fun motivational gifts includes games, toys & much more that will allow them to destress and have fun at work.


Rockstar at Work Stress Reliever Admin Gift Thanks for Being Awesome Notepads Admin Gift You Make the Difference Red Soup Mug & Spoon Admin Gift Rosewood Interactive Gear Clock Personalized Desk Clock Admin Gift Attitude Is Everything Mood Dude Admin Gift Thanks For Being Awesome Handy Highlighter Set Admin Gift Thanks for Being Awesome Stress Reliever Admin Gift Teamwork Magnetic Clip Holder Admin Gift

4. Gift Sets

Make them feel really appreciated & give them even more with affordable gift sets and bundles.


Thanks for All You Do Fantastic 4 Gift Set Admin Gift Teamwork Dream Work Value 5 Gift Set Admin Gift Vegan Leather Phone Stand Gift Set Admin Gift Thank You Blue Bistro Mug Gift Set Admin Gift Thanks for Being Awesome Fantastic 4 Gift Set Admin Gift Thanks for Being Awesome 5-Piece Gift Set Admin Gift Thanks for All You Do 15oz Campfire Mug & S'Mores Gift Set Admin Gift Thanks for Being Awesome Gold Rimmed Bistro Mug Admin Gift

5. Personalized Gifts

From engraved keepsakes to vases and clocks, make your gift personal by engraving names, dates and eveny your company logo.


Achievement Is Everything Vase Admin Gift Celebration Vase Admin Gift Leadership Compass - Personalized Metal Paperweight Admin Gift Teamwork Rowers Executive Sculpture Admin Gift Wedge Crystal Clock Admin Gift Personalized iPhone Stand Admin Gift Sapphire Crystal Clock Admin Gift Thanks for All You Do Pen Holder Admin Gift

6. Tech Accessories

Keep them happy & productive with tech gifts that show your appreciation while they stay connected in style.


Make It Happen Mousepad Admin Gift Vegan Leather Phone Stand Gift Set Admin Gift Thanks For Being Awesome Mouse Pad Admin Gift Thanks for All You Do Screen Cleaning Dude Admin Gift Excellence Eagle Mousepad Admin Gift Making a Difference Screen Cleaning Dude Admin Gift Personalized iPhone Stand Admin Gift Thanks for Being Awesome Microfiber Cleaning Cloth Admin Gift

7. Pens & Pen Sets

Functional & Fun! Pen's make great gifts for the office. Used every day, your employees will treasure them.


Thanks for All You Do Handy Highlighter Set Admin Gift Thanks for All You Do Pen Holder Admin Gift Making A Difference Notebook and Pen Admin Gift Essence of Leadership Chrome Pen Admin Gift Stress Free Guy Talking Pen 4-pack Admin Gift Thanks for Being Awesome Pen Admin Gift Thank You Talking Pen 4-pack Admin Gift High Five Pen 4-pack Admin Gift

8. Lapel Pins

Bring flair to Employee Appreciation Day. Lapel pin awards are a trendy keepsake that shows you care.


5 Years of Service Lapel Pin Admin Gift 25 Years of Service Lapel Pin Admin Gift 15 Years of Service Lapel Pin Admin Gift Leadership Compass Lapel Pin Admin Gift 20 Years of Service Lapel Pin Admin Gift 10 Years of Service Lapel Pin Admin Gift 1 Year of Service Lapel Pin Admin Gift Custom Service Blue Lapel Pin Award Admin Gift

When Is Employee Appreciation Day?

Employee Appreciation Day is the first Friday of March. Mark this down in your calendar now to make sure you take advantage of this special day, which helps keep employees engaged and enjoying their jobs. Research backs employee appreciation, with benefits including:

  • Increased loyalty
  • Improved productivity
  • Greater satisfaction
  • Better retention
  • Less stress and absenteeism

Giving out staff appreciation day gifts is a tangible way to show thanks. Today, on-the-job employee engagement is dismal, with the vast majority of global employees not feeling involved at their jobs. Improve retention and your company's bottom line with genuine employee gratitude not just on Employee Appreciation Day, but throughout the year.

How to Create a Successful Employee Appreciation Day

Creating an Employee Appreciation Day your team will love is simple. Follow these steps.

  1. Set aside money in your budget. When you plan your company budget at the start of the year, set aside money for staff appreciation gift ideas. You don't want to have to sacrifice these costs because you don't have the funds due to poor planning. Without employee recognition, your company is at risk of seeing a loss in engagement and productivity. Give staff a reason other than a paycheck to work hard. Have money ready to invest in events like an Employee Appreciation Day party.
  2. Send out sufficient notice In an email or company announcement, inform staff of the date and time of the event so you can maximize participation. This will allow them to plan ahead, whether it means leaving that hour open or planning to come into the office that day if they work remotely.
  3. Leverage vendor loyalty A lot of companies have a local restaurant they turn to for lunch meetings and company events. It often is advantageous to use the same establishment for catered functions, as many restaurants offer discounts for loyal customers. You can also rest assured that the food is high quality, and the service is reliable.
  4. Choose an all-inclusive menu If you're serving food to employees, consider all types of diets and food preferences as you submit your order entry. Send out an email a few days before the event, and ask if anyone has any food allergies. Have vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and other options to accommodate all tastes and dietary needs.

Proper planning and the intent to make sure everyone has a great time during an employee appreciation event increase your chance of success.

Employee Appreciation Speech Ideas

As a leader of your business, thanking and motivating employees personally through a quick speech at a company lunch or event can benefit morale. To make sure you're delivering an inspiring speech that is going to keep your team working through even the biggest of challenges, make sure you cover these bases.

Lay Out Specific Points Ahead of Time

Chances are good you have a few specific points you want to get across during your speech. These may include providing a brief summary of the company's goals and noting certain benchmarks your team has met and how they've helped the business. Highlight these beforehand, so you don't end up forgetting to mention something important. This will also help you to keep your speech short and sweet.

Emphasize Success Through Real Stories

Research shows employees are more likely to be engaged with their work when their leaders are. A passionate, engaged leader will take note of both individual successes and those made by the company as a whole. Show your enthusiasm and engagement by mentioning two or three specific stories where your team excelled, and individual achievements were made by staff members. This will make it known that you recognize your business wouldn't be where it is without this commitment from its employees, and that good work never goes unnoticed.

Make Goals Personal and Specific

Talking about the potential you see in your company is a key point to make in your speech. However, it's not going to hit home for your audience unless you make it personal. Explain that you're excited about how specific products or projects are going to drive the company's success and how. Emphasizing your confidence will also show your staff the trust and faith you have in them. Explain that you have high expectations because you know you have a team that is talented enough to not only meet, but exceed them.

Show Your Team You Love Leading Them

Research shows employees are likely to leave a company not because they don’t like the job, but because of poor leadership. As a manager or business owner, you are the one your employees are looking to for direction and motivation. After you've expressed clear goals for your team and recognized key players in the company's success, it helps to note how proud you are of your staff as a whole, the confidence you have in them and their abilities, and how excited you are to continue leading them.

Convey Gratitude With Employee Appreciation Day Gift Ideas

You’ve learned why it’s important to have an Employee Appreciation Day and how to make it effective for the management team and for employees. However you choose to celebrate, giving out employee appreciation gift ideas is a way for employees to have a real token of your gratitude that they can hold on to, show off to friends and family, and use in the future to be reminded of how much they appreciate your business, too. Start planning by checking out a wide variety of staff appreciation gift ideas here.


Customer Favorite Employee Gifts

Updated Sunday 12-09-2018
Teamwork Mental Block
from Sweet and Low of Plano, TX

Teamwork Mental Block

As expected
Used as prize for winner of contest

Be the Bridge 15oz Ceramic Mug
from Rob of Alexander, ND

Be the Bridge 15oz Ceramic Mug

Very nice for the price
I gave this to my boss for boss's day and she loved it. Very nice size mug.

Make It Happen Sailboat Framed Desktop Print
from Beth of Morgantown, WV

Make It Happen Sailboat Framed Desktop Print

Easy and Fast
We wanted awards to provide to our Sales Team for going above and beyond. This process was easy, quick and we are very satisfied with the end results and product. We would buy it again.