Employee Gifts

13 Fabulous Ideas For Holiday Gift Baskets For Employees

September 20, 2022
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When choosing the perfect employee gift baskets to give out over the festive season, there's a balance to strike. You want to offer something that provides enjoyment or is beneficial to the recipient while speaking to the spirit of the holiday. 

To point you in the right direction, we’ve put together suggestions for amazing holiday gift baskets for employees. From themed snacks to delicate wines, there’s something in there for everyone. Spread Christmas cheer and show your team how much you value them with this careful collection of goodies. 

How Do You Celebrate Your Team Over Christmas?

Keeping up holiday traditions at work is just as important as doing it at home. Celebrating Christmas with your team can build employee morale and, in turn, result in greater motivation and engagement. 

Most companies take the team to lunch or throw an office party (see our post on staff Christmas party ideas) to celebrate this holiday.  

You can also send thoughtful messages to every person or celebrate virtually with those working remotely. 

When it comes to employee Christmas gifts, you have a few options too! You can go the bulk gifts route, personalize employee holiday gifts, or send fabulous Christmas baskets.

Baskets are ideal when you have a theme in mind, for example, wellness over the festive season or sweet treats to delight. You can gift a few items that fit the theme and package them nicely for a festive feeling.

Baskets are also helpful if you’re buying for people you don’t know too well and want to be more general in what you hand out.  

What Makes A Thoughtful Gift Basket?

It’s Got Festive Cheer

A big part of the holidays for many people is the idea of gift giving. Not only is this a family tradition in many households, but holidays are a chance to celebrate relationships, including those at the office.

So, giving out a holiday gift basket to employees is in the spirit of the season and sure to make your team’s day.

It’s Useful

In addition to being exciting to receive, a gift basket is often useful. If the recipient enjoys the general theme of the basket, the various items can be valuable to them. Whether it’s snacks or healthcare products, your employees are sure to get lots of use out of their packs.  

There’s A Personal Touch To It

Adding a personal touch to your gift baskets shows you care about the recipients. It’s an awesome feeling for the person if they know you’ve taken the time to think about how to connect on an individual level. 

Adding this touch doesn’t have to take a great deal of effort. It can be as simple as adding team Christmas cards that have handwritten messages to the packs. Or, if you have some time on your hands, figure out what each individual may like and select an appropriate gift basket within a budget range. 

13 Ideas For Holiday Gift Baskets For Employees

Here’s our list of fabulous holiday gift basket ideas for your employees. They’re mostly gift sets you can package up to create a fun spin on the gift basket concept.

Wellness and Cosmetics Baskets

1. Burt's Bees Gift Set with 5 Essentials - Burt’s Bees ($10)

This small gift set from Burt’s Bees is the perfect option if you’re looking to gift unique skincare products. Burt’s Bees is all about sustainable practices, so supporting them helps make the world a little more environmentally friendly.

The set is made up of five essential products that can improve anyone’s skincare routine. These include a deep cleansing cream, hand salve, body lotion, foot cream, and lip balm. 

All these items come in a convenient travel size, meaning they’re usable on the go. If you want to offer employees a useful holiday self-care package, the Burt’s Bees gift set is a winner.

2. Happy Daze Gift Set - Lush ($36)

If the office is celebrating the wind down toward the end of the year, the Happy Daze gift set is an excellent addition to your holiday gift baskets for employees. There are few cosmetic brands as well known as Lush, so you know you’re getting quality with this gift box. 

Besides quality, the colorful box and cheery vibe make this ideal for sharing happiness with the recipient. 

The Happy Daze set contains two bubble bars and two bath bombs. 

It seems like Lush proved once and for all that you can put happiness in a box. Your employee will look forward to relaxing in their bath for hours. 

3. DE-STRESS Relaxation Set - Scentered ($45)

Sticking with the theme of relaxation, Scentered has just the thing for those needing to take a break after a busy year. The DE-STRESS Relaxation gift box includes a full-sized de-stress balm as well as a sleep well mini balm. 

There’s also a microwavable wheaty bag to give the gift recipient a wonderful warming hug. That wheaty bag, in particular, is sure to help release tension in their neck and shoulders.

Giving this to your employees tells them you’re grateful for their work and that you care about their well-being. This gift will help them work out the kinks from the year and get them in a festive mood.

4. Meme-Theme Lavender Package - Spoonful Of Comfort ($46)

There isn’t a more soothing scent than lavender; it’s great for setting a relaxed mood. If you think your employees need a chance to de-stress, the Meme-Theme Lavender Package is a must. 

What sets this gift apart from other gifts designed around relaxation is the variety of feel-good items that can go into your employee Christmas baskets.

Besides the half-dozen delicious cookies, Spoonful of Comfort’s box offers a variety of aromatic gifts. The calming candle will provide a strong but pleasant scent throughout the room. A luxurious hand lotion and lip balm will draw compliments from those nearby. Perhaps the most exciting item is the lavender-filled face mask, which will help ease your employees off to sleep when they need it.

Related: 13 Perfect Corporate Christmas Gifts (Ideas For Your Team)

Snacks And Sweet Treats

5. Deluxe Cookie Gift Box - Insomnia Cookies ($30)

This premium cookie gift box by Insomnia Cookies offers variety and quality in one delicious package. It’s the perfect gift for employees who have a sweet tooth.

Insomnia Cookies’ deluxe cookies are large and loaded with taste. Their cookies are baked-to-order, meaning they’ll be fresh when they arrive for the office holiday party.

The stylish packaging and amazing smells are enough to make anyone want to peek inside. The box holds eight cookies, including triple chocolate, peanut butter cup, s'mores, confetti, oatmeal chocolate walnut, and salted caramel. 

6. The Savor - Linden Square ($69)

We doubt gift boxes can get any more visually appealing than this Linden Square pack with its crinkle-cut paper and keepsake box. It’s the perfect gift for anyone who enjoys the finer foods in life. 

The Savor contains rosemary and olive oil crackers, cabernet cracked pepper jam, and tupelo honey. They make stunning additions to the Christmas table and are perfect for any holiday party with a formal theme or atmosphere. 

Each item comes from prestigious names in the industry, meaning your employees get exceptional quality with each bite. 

7. Sweet Tooth Box - SnackMagic ($50)

This massive collection of snack packs offers the recipient an excellent selection of goodies. The mix of sweet treats also makes for a great group gift box if you want something for the entire team. 

The Sweet Tooth includes anywhere from 14 to 25 items, including jelly beans, gummy bears, cookie dough, and even carrot cake jam. 

The best part of it all? You get to choose what’s inside, meaning you can include items you know your employees enjoy.

8. Celebration Gift Box - The Hampton Popcorn Company ($55)

The celebration gift box is essentially a greatest hits album of Hampton’s sweet treats. The box contains two bags of rainbow bites, caramel corn, fruitfetti, and cupcake pop popcorn. They’ve also thrown in one of their whirly pops to top off the taste explosion. 

If your employees enjoy a variety of sweets and goodies, the Celebration Gift Box is an excellent gift choice. Gift it as is, or pack the bags with a selection of other snacks from this list. We guarantee it will make a festive basket your employees can enjoy over Christmas movies or when spending time with the family. 

Coffees and Teas

9. Chai Bundle: Troublemakers Puzzle + One Stripe Chai Co. Gulab City - Ordinary Habit ($55)

Ordinary Habit is all about helping people relax and enjoy life at a slower pace. Their Chai bundle captures this mood excellently by encouraging your team members to sit down and enjoy a soothing cup of tea. 

The gift box includes a 3.5oz Gulab City Chai blend that mixes chai with organic rose petals from India. Employees will want to take their time enjoying the unique combination of scents and flavors on offer.

While they’re at it, the person can chip away at the included 1,500-piece puzzle depicting a vibrant image. We can’t think of a better gift to unwind for hard-working employees after a long and productive year.

10. Surprise Coffee Sample Pack - Bones Coffee Company ($30)

For the coffee aficionados on your team, Bones Coffee Company offers a wide range of exciting coffee blends they probably won’t have tried before. 

The sample pack is the perfect gift for anyone who covets their cuppa joe and isn’t afraid of trying unexpected flavors. This gift set contains five of Bones coffee company’s signature blends, which you or your employee can choose beforehand or leave to fate. 

As far as gifting goes, these gift baskets will be a delightful surprise to share with family or friends over the holidays. 

Luxury Baskets

11. Appreciation Gift Box - Swanky Badger ($100)

Swanky Badger specializes in providing premium feeling accessories for everyday use. Their appreciation gift box is perhaps their best value set yet, with a flawless mix of variety and utility.

The box contains:

  • Birch plywood cigar box
  • 7oz matte black stainless steel hip flask
  • Stainless steel flask funnel
  • Split leather bifold wallet
  • 40-page notebook and pen
  • Stainless steel credit card bottle opener

If you’re looking to show your employees that the business looks after its own, you can’t do better than this. No matter who you give this gift box to, the variety ensures they’ll have a use for everything inside.

12. Superfood Parfait - Laumière Gourmet Fruits ($35)

The holiday season doesn’t have to be a time of overindulgence when balance goes out the window. The superfood parfait by Laumière Gourmet Fruits allows your employees to enjoy luxurious treats that are nutritious and not laden with sugar or preservatives. 

Besides being packed with all-natural flavor, these elegant snacks are gluten-free and vegan. Your employee can enjoy a healthy taste experience, sampling unique ingredients and flavor combinations. 

If you’re shipping directly to remote employees, Laumière will handwrite a note to include with the gift for an added personal touch. 

Alcohol Baskets

13. Rosé Party Pack - Maker Wine ($90)

What is an office party or holiday celebration without a little wine? With Maker’s Rosé Party Pack, your team members won’t have to find out. 

Maker is all about premium canned wines that make sharing a drink more convenient when glass isn’t allowed. The box includes six cans of Rosé of Grenache and Sparkling Rosé, as well as two GoVino Glasses.

Final Thoughts

We hope we’ve inspired you with ideas for your holiday gift baskets for employees. Whether you gift these as is or package them up to create bigger baskets or a variety pack is up to you. Either way, they’re sure to create a buzz and show your team how much you appreciate the work they do. 

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