23 thoughtful corporate gifts your employees will actually like

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  • Give back to the hardworking employees who keep your business running with these 23 corporate gifts.
  • They're both thoughtful and useful, and unlike many corporate gifts, they don't look cheap.
  • Some of them can be customized with your company's colors and logo, or a personal touch like a monogram.
  • Find more gift ideas for everyone in your life here.

A company is nothing without its employees. Whether you manage a lean team of five out of a coworking space or oversee thousands across offices nationwide, you know that your employees are invaluable to the success of your business - and perhaps you want to thank them beyond simply paying a salary.

Skip the tired and cheap corporate gifts and surprise your employees this year with these elevated, thoughtful, and useful options instead. Some come from our favorite startups, while others are just a click away on Amazon. Go the extra mile by customizing them with company colors, a logo, or a personal touch that truly shows your appreciation.

These 23 corporate gifts are sure to wow your employees.

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Gourmet gummies from Sugarfina

Gourmet gummies from Sugarfina
Baby Champagne Bears Large Candy Cube, $20, available at Nordstrom

Give your employees a sweet treat they'll remember with a Sugarfina Candy Cube. Packaged thoughtfully in clear acrylic boxes, these candies were made for gifting.

Nylon tote bags from BAGGU

Nylon tote bags from BAGGU
Nylon Tote Bag, $10, available at Amazon

These waterproof nylon totes hold 50 pounds of stuff, fold down to a fraction of their size to fit in your back pocket, and can be customized to let your employees flaunt where they work. As eco-friendly practices become more than a passing trend, you'll only see more of BAGGU's stylish yet functional bags out on the streets. You can request a custom quote at BAGGU here.

Chocolate covered strawberries from Shari's Berries

Chocolate covered strawberries from Shari's Berries
Gourmet Drizzled Strawberries, $34.99-$64.99, available at Sharri's Berries

Peak indulgence is a box of strawberries dipped in rich milk, white, or dark chocolate, and maybe even sprinkled with nuts or chocolate chips. Shari's Berries are our favorite chocolate covered strawberries and they might just become your employees' favorite too after they try them. You can request a business gift quote at Shari's Berries here.

Succulents from Lula's Garden

Succulents from Lula's Garden
Live Succulent Plant, $48, available at Amazon

A dash of greenery on their desk or in their room will make them happy — make it low-maintenance and nearly impossible to kill, and they'll be even happier. Choose from single succulents or mini gardens, then customize the rest of the box to create the perfect plant gift. You can learn more about custom gifting at Lula's Garden here.

Wine from Vinebox

Wine from Vinebox
Vinebox Transitional Whites, $75, available at Vinebox

Instead of gifting them a bottle of wine you're not sure they'll like, let them personalize the selection themselves. Vinebox takes the intimidation and pressure out by delivering wine flights in unique bottles and helping budding wine enthusiasts discover their favorites. You can learn more about corporate gifting at Vinebox here.

Hatch Idea notebooks

Hatch Idea notebooks
Hatch Ideas Notebook, $25, available at Uncommon Goods

A well-executed idea doesn't happen overnight. Help your employees hatch the next big idea with this cloth-bound notebook that's organized into three sections: Conceive, Incubate, and Hatch. You can submit a corporate order inquiry form at Uncommon Goods here.

Steaks from Omaha Steaks

Steaks from Omaha Steaks
Tasteful Gift, $79.99 on sale (originally $160.93), available at Omaha Steaks

Omaha Steaks has a long history of delivering some of the best steaks in the country. It offers many different gift combos that feature a mix of steaks, burgers, other meats, and desserts. You can also order custom certificates so your employees can pick and choose their own menu. If this piques your interest, shop custom certificates and gifts, and request an employee gift quote at Omaha Steaks here.

Mini hand sanitizers from Olika

Mini hand sanitizers from Olika
Minnie Hand Sanitizer 6-pack, $36, available at Amazon

These adorable mini hand sanitizers, which have a twist-lock mechanism and contain more than 500 sprays each, are a desk drawer must-have. They combine non-irritating cleansers with natural essential oils like bergamot and spearmint to deliver a soothing, hydrating experience.

Suitcases from Away

Suitcases from Away
The Carry-On, $225, available at Away

Business travel has never looked so cool. With a bag from Away, they'll be organized and stylish as they fly from destination to destination. You don't have to gift a piece of luggage — you can also choose a backpack, garment bag, or simple luggage tag. Submit a corporate gifting form here for orders over 25 units.

Patterned socks from Happy Socks

Patterned socks from Happy Socks
Mix Gift Box, $48, available at Happy Socks

Regardless of your office dress code, fun socks will always be appreciated. You'll have difficulty narrowing down the final choice from Happy Socks' large selection of colorful, quirky patterns and prints. Custom designs with the company colors or logo are also available for orders of 6,000 pairs or more.

Tumblers from YETI

Tumblers from YETI
Roadie 20, $200, available at YETI

Whether you're sipping on a hot or cold drink, YETI's stainless steel, double-wall insulated tumblers never fail to keep your beverage at the optimal temperature. Employees can keep them on their desk or bring them along to the trails on their days off. You can fill out a corporate gift form at YETI here.

Cookies and other sweet treats from Milk Bar

Cookies and other sweet treats from Milk Bar
The Hallelu-yaahh, $57, available at Milk Bar

Christina Tosi's creative, nostalgia-driven cookies and truffles will win over anyone with even a hint of a sweet tooth. Fan favorites include the anything-goes Compost Cookie and celebratory B'Day Truffles. The gourmet treats may be pricier than average desserts, but one bite will have your recipients immediately hooked. Get 10% off corporate gifts and bulk orders over $1,000 here.

Leather accessories from Leatherology

Leather accessories from Leatherology
Bifold Wallet with Flap, $90, available at Leatherology

Send employees home with a beautiful, full-grain leather accessory like a luggage tag, business card case, or keychain. For an extra special touch, add a debossed monogram or logo. Though leather goods sound like a premium gift that could be out of your budget, Leatherology sells its bags and accessories without the markup, so customers don't have to spend so much for a touch of luxury. You can fill out a corporate gift inquiry form at Leatherology here.

Wine bottle stoppers from Williams-Sonoma

Wine bottle stoppers from Williams-Sonoma
Wine Bottle Stopper, $12.95, available at William Sonoma

Simple, sleek, and practical, a wine bottle stopper makes a handy kitchen tool. These affordable ones from Williams-Sonoma are made from silicone and create an airtight seal to keep wine at its best. To inquire about discounts on business gift orders totaling more than $1000, email businessgifts@wsgc.com or call 800-838-2589.

Movie gift cards from Fandango

Movie gift cards from Fandango
Custom Gift Card, $50-$100, available at Fandago

Everyone loves going to the movies, which is why a Fandango gift card is a no-brainer. You can get bulk discounts for orders over 100 cards so your employees can enjoy the latest summer action movie, surprise indie hit, or highly anticipated animated sequel whenever they want.

Sunglasses from Sunglass Hut

Sunglasses from Sunglass Hut
Polo Ralph Lauren, $175, available at Sunglass Hut

Sunglasses are a common gift or employee freebie, but they're rarely worn because they're plain or cheap. Sunglass Hut offers top brands and stylish options that everyone will actually want to wear. A perk of ordering through Sunglass Hut is that anyone can go to a store to receive a free personalized adjustment if the glasses don't fit well. You can learn about corporate gifting at Sunglass Hut here.

Flowers from The Bouqs Co.

Flowers from The Bouqs Co.
Honey Crisp Arrangement, $49-$79, available at The Bouqs Co.

Valentine's Day and Mother's Day aren't the only occasions where a bouquet of flowers is appropriate. Welcome new employees and remind current ones they're appreciated with The Bouq Co's farm-fresh flowers, which are always arranged and designed beautifully. Business customers can get up to 25% off regular prices. You can learn more about corporate gifting at The Bouqs Co. here.

Phone grips from Popsockets

Phone grips from Popsockets
Rose Gold Aluminum Popsocket, $13, available at Popsocket

Popsockets grips are the small, simple, and affordable phone accessories that your employees will wish you had gifted them earlier. These round buttons stick to the back of their phone and expand whenever they need a grip or a stand. They can take photos, text, and hold their phone without worrying about dropping it, or prop it up to stream content and video chat. You can order custom Popsockets grips here.

Mashable magnet toys from Speks

Mashable magnet toys from Speks
Speks Original Magnetic Balls, $24.95, available at Amazon

Our team loved these tiny magnet toys a lot more than we expected to. Less obnoxious than fidget spinners, they're immensely satisfying to play with and build with as you work through a problem or concentrate on a task. The set includes 512 rare earth magnetic balls, metal building base, plastic splitter card, 16-page starter guide, and carrying case.

A warm sweater from Patagonia

A warm sweater from Patagonia
Womens Better Sweater 1.25 Zip, $165, available at Amazon

A branded sweater isn't only about flexing the Patagonia name (though that's certainly part of it). Patagonia's sweaters really are top quality, whether you opt for microfleece, polyester fleece, or down for your employees. Especially as cold weather lingers after the holidays, they'll be grateful to have this sweater on hand. You can fill out the corporate sales application form at Patagonia here.

Candles from Otherland

Candles from Otherland
Chandelier Candle, $36, available at Otherland

There are plenty of candles out there, but few quite as giftable as Otherland's. These premium candles are available in many scents to suit the different personalities of your employees, and they look great on any tabletop (office, bedroom, or otherwise). You can email hello@otherland.com to inquire about corporate gifts and place a large order.

Socks from Bombas

Socks from Bombas
Men's Merino Tie Dye Calf Sock 8-Pack, $129.60 on sale (originally $144), available at Bombas

Part of Bombas' appeal, other than the obvious differences in fit and feel, is that it donates a pair of socks to a homeless shelter every time someone buys a pair. This philanthropy doesn't stop if you take part in its corporate gifting program. It can work with your company's current charity partner, or help you find the perfect donation recipient. You can fill out a corporate gifting form at Bombas here.

Bath and body gifts from L'Occitane

Bath and body gifts from L'Occitane
Hand Indulgences Hand Cream Trio, $29, available at Nordstrom

From luxurious hand creams that are sold every three seconds around the world to nourishing soaps and shower oils, L'Occitane offers many options to pamper your employees. You can combine multiple products to create mini gift baskets or dish out individual stocking stuffers at the annual holiday party. Email corporategifts@us.loccitane.com to learn more about its corporate gift program.

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