4imprint, LLC

| Updated: March 20, 2024 4 min read

Finding and recruiting top talent can be a challenge. Luckily, your business may already have a secret weapon: Your current employees. They may be able to help deliver qualified candidates right to your doorstep. And an employee referral rewards program that encourages staff to bring their best business contacts on board can help unlock this hidden potential.

According to recruitment site Indeed, employee-referred candidates typically perform better than non-referred candidates, and they stay in their positions longer. Whether you are looking to launch an employee referral program or rejuvenate your company’s existing program, these unique branded giveaways and ideas can help.

Employee referral reward ideas that make stellar incentives

  1. Gifts for entertaining at home
  2. Luxurious travel items
  3. Hobby accessories
  4. Rest and relaxation items

Classy gifts for entertaining at home

Nearly 71% of Canadians prioritize spending time with friends and family, and entertaining at home is a perfect way to do just that.


A family eating a meal at a dining room table.


Employees are sure to feel motivated to talk about the great company they work for when your employee referral program rewards include unique branded giveaways that help make their homes into sophisticated destinations. A durable bamboo tablet or book stand is a helpful tool in the kitchen. A Modena 6-Piece Steak Knife set in brown or black looks sharp in any dining room, while a marble cutting board gives a stylish spin to their charcuterie display. For a beautiful and unique gift basket idea, combine a wine set, wine decanter and aerator and set of vacuum tumblers imprinted with your company’s logo. Recipients will love the simple and sleek design of these gifts. Hand out any of these gifts when employees send a qualified referral your way or hold a monthly draw where every referrer gets a chance to win a prize.

Travel items for a luxurious vacation experience

A 2022 travel survey showed that 77% of Canadians are excited to travel, either outside of their municipality or province or internationally. That means chances are pretty good that your employees are itching to hit the road.


Two people sitting in an airport.



Show appreciation for your staff members who send high-quality candidates your way with luxury employee referral rewards that will elevate their vacation experience. A durable duffel or  weekender duffel has plenty of room for a quick getaway or a longer trip. Have them ready to hit the beach with an picnic and beach blanket and 36-can cooler, or if camping is more their style, they’ll love a propane grill. Include a gift card to pay for fuel or snacks and watch how excited they’ll be as they open their gift. Up the ante by holding an end-of-the-year raffle that includes plane tickets and a hotel voucher.

Unique branded giveaways to indulge their interests

Show employees that you’re thankful for their recommendations with employee referral incentive ideas that tie in with their hobbies. Nearly 40% of Canadians consider reading an important passion, so a gift bag with reading accessories, like blue-light blocking glasses, a bookmark set and a coffee mug with lid, will help keep them cozy and comfortable while devouring the latest thriller or mystery.


Woman reading a book with a dog in her lap.


If your employee has a beloved furry friend, consider pairing a pet bowl with a pet bandana or reflective collar tag. Does your top referrer love to spend time in their garden? A tool set, rain gauge or bird feeder makes a thoughtful gift that will keep them happy while tilling soil and enjoying the sunshine. Include a handwritten note explaining how you appreciate them sending a qualified referral your way, and they’ll remember your thoughtfulness for a long time to come.

Perfect products for rest and relaxation

Being well-rested can reduce stress, boost creativity and improve work performance.


Two people in robes wearing spa masks and drinking tea.


Encouraging your employees to stay well-rested is a great way to show your support and appreciation for everything they do for your company, including making excellent referrals for open positions. Cozy items, like a blanket made of chenille, fleece or sherpa, will keep them warm while cuddled on the couch or taking a quick snooze. A classic hoodie or pair of joggers are perfect loungewear options for a leisurely afternoon at home, and they’ll love your brand’s logo imprinted proudly on the chest or pocket. For a spa-like atmosphere they can enjoy at home, present them with a gift box containing a microfleece shawl collar robe, slippers and a scented candle. Present these unique employee referral program awards along with a “coupon” for a surprise half-day off work at a staff meeting so everyone will be motivated to find the best person for your next open position.

Employee referral rewards help your company tap into hidden talent reserves

With unique employee referral reward ideas, such as home products, vacation accessories or luxurious relaxation items, your employees will vie for the top spot in helping fill your company’s job openings.