4imprint, LLC

| Updated: June 02, 2021

According to the results of an Advertising Specialty Institute® (ASI) study, about 40 percent of companies gave employees holiday gifts in 2017. The average cost per gift (in case you were wondering) was in the ballpark of $44.

If you’re tasked with selecting the perfect gift for your hardworking team members, keep reading. We offer some of the best holiday gift ideas for employees that will show how much you care.

2018’s best holiday gift ideas for employees


Apparel topped the list of favorite holiday gift ideas for employees in 2017. Its popularity has grown 11 percent over the past three years, according to the same study. Two categories of apparel (outerwear and performance clothing) make the cut for the five best promotional products to positively influence a recipient’s opinion about a brand. If you’re looking for a classic piece of outerwear that’s sure to please, try this Eddie Bauer® fleece on for size. With the athleisure trend holding steady, you can’t go wrong with a Nike® performance polo. Both are available in men’s and ladies’ cuts.


Most Americans (77 percent) own a smartphone. Almost as many (75 percent) own a computer, and half own tablets. As the popularity of tech continues to grow, so does the number of available tech gadgets and accessories, making these the perfect holiday gift ideas for employees. Business Insider® names wireless chargers and car phone mounts in its list of 23 awesome tech gifts under $50. Give them the best of both worlds with this Magnetic Auto Vent Wireless Car Charger. Also making the list are power banks and Bluetooth® ear buds. This power bank and wireless ear bud combo combines two top gifts into one.


According to the American Institute of Stress, work is by far the primary source of stress for Americans. Help them unwind while showing them you care by giving the gift of relaxation. Business News Daily lists essential oil diffusers in its compilation of 15 inexpensive gifts your employees will love. Pair this Zen Electronic Diffuser with one or more Zen essential oils for a comforting gift. Or combine this massage roller ball with a jar of luxurious Body Butter to help relieve tension and soften rough skin.


Bags get more impressions (5,700+) than any other promotional item. Plus, they’re functional. And 85 percent (PDF) of people will keep a promotional item if it is useful, which makes branded bags the perfect employee gift. An especially useful bag is the Zoom Checkpoint-Friendly Laptop Backpack. This TSA-friendly bag will quickly become everyone’s go-to with its USB port and cord, laptop sleeve and more. This Case Logic® laptop messenger is another excellent choice—they can use it for work or travel.

We hope this list of holiday gift ideas for employees helps you choose the perfect item for your hardworking team. Regardless of what you select, make sure it shows them just how valued and cared for they are. Happy holidays!