4imprint, LLC

| Updated: March 25, 2021

The holidays are right around the corner, so now is the time to get ready for the joyous—and busy—time of year. Nonprofits will be wrapping up annual appeals and logging last-minute donations while still finding time to celebrate the season. As your focus turns to what must be done before the year ends, remember to give thanks to all those who help your organization achieve its goals.

When it comes to holiday gift ideas for employees, we’ve got you covered! This list not only contains several thoughtful suggestions, it includes employee gift ideas under $5—so you don’t have to break the bank to give thanks!

Employee gift ideas under $5

Handwritten greetings

Writing a personal and thoughtful note is a powerful way to acknowledge your team. Staff members may enjoy a candy cane cookie cutter along with your favourite sweet treat recipe. Write your personal greeting on the front of the recipe, and they’ll think of you every time they bake. Or consider writing your season’s greeting on a chalkboard mug. It’s the perfect gift for just about anyone!

Commemorative gifts

As a nonprofit, you want to avoid giving out high-value gifts. After all, donors trust you to spend their dollars on the cause, not administrative costs. But remember, thank-you gifts don’t have to be expensive. Consider gifting employees a different holiday ornament each year, imprinted with your organization’s logo and the date. They’ll enjoy their growing collection of custom ornaments, year after year. These ceramic ornaments come in a variety of shapes. For something that really shines, choose this light-up ornament, available in four festive colours.


Multi-tools are a great option to consider. Your organization’s message will stand out on this multi-tool pen. It’s a pen, flashlight and an 8-bit screwdriver. The 15-in-1 slim pocket tool is the size of a business card, ensuring it’s always there when needed (just like your volunteers and staff).

A powerful story

Want to really tug at their heart strings? Gather testimonials from those most affected by your organization. Or gather all of your employees or volunteers for a group photo. Place in a logoed frame, and watch the warm feelings flow.


The best holiday gift ideas for employees come from the heart. Choose items that are thoughtful, personal and useful. And remember, you don’t have to break the bank to show you care!