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. If you have staff that likes to bake (or eat baked goods), this silicone spatula is the gift that keeps on giving. Write your personal greeting, along with your favorite cookie recipe, on a recipe card and attach to the spatula. They’ll think of you every time they bake their holiday treats. Or consider writing your season’s greeting on a chalkboard mug. It’s the perfect gift for just about anyone!

Commemorative gifts

Regulations and tax laws can make it difficult for nonprofits to show their appreciation. But remember, thank-you gifts don’t have to be expensive. Consider gifting employees a holiday ornament each year, imprinted with your organization’s logo and the date. They’ll enjoy their growing collection of these 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 colors.


Multi-tools take two spots on Good Housekeeping’s® 2018 list of the 12 best gifts under $5, making them great holiday gift ideas for employees. Your organization’s message will stand out on this multi-tool. 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 heartstrings? Gather testimonials from those most affected by your organization and present them to volunteers. Or gather all of your employees 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!