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Thoughtful Holiday Gifts for Employees That Start at Just $8

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It’s hard to know what to get your coworkers for the holidays, but employee gifts don’t have to be boring (or expensive). Whether you’re shopping for your office Secret Santa gifts or need ideas for a whole team of colleagues, we rounded up our favorite Christmas gift ideas for employees that are thoughtful and show appreciation.

In our research, we found that Etsy, Amazon, and Target were some of the popular sites offering either great deals or personalized items. Below, you’ll find these inexpensive gift ideas for employees, ordered from lowest price to highest.

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1. Personalized Business Card Holder: $8 at Etsy

If you’re looking for something both thoughtful and practical, these personalized business card holders ($8, Etsy) are the perfect employee gift — and we’ve seen them marked down to just $8 each. They come in six different colors and can be customized however you like. Personalize it with an employee’s name, or order them in bulk with the company name or logo.


2. Tin Candle Gift Set: $10 at Target

Gift your employees a relaxing scented candle set they can take home and enjoy. This set of candles ($10, Target) is pretty enough that you don’t even need wrapping paper — just add a bow on top. You can give this package as a gift on its own or separate the candles for separate gifts that come out to about $3 each.

Opalhouse 3-Pack Tin Candle Gift Set
ONLINE or In-Store Deal
As low as $9.50 $10.00 (5% Off)
5% Off - Target RedCard Savings
Shipping: Free with RedCard or on orders of $35+
Pickup: Free

3. Undated Weekly Planning Pad: $10.99 at Target

Practical — but still cute — gifts that can be used in the workplace are always appropriate if you’re not sure what direction to go with your presents. This weekly planning pad ($10.99, Target) is both a helpful organizational tool and a pretty desk accessory, and it’s undated so employees can start using it at any time. If you have room in your budget, add a matching pocket calendar or color-coordinating pen set.

ONLINE or In-Store Deal
As low as $10.44 $10.99 (5% Off)
5% Off - Target RedCard Savings
Shipping: Free with RedCard or on orders of $35+
Pickup: Free

4. Personalized Christmas Ornament: $14.99 at Shutterfly

Commemorate ending another year with your team by creating a custom ornament. These metal ornaments ($14.99, Shutterfly) are exceptionally nice quality for the price of a double-sided, personalized ornament. Use a photo of your company logo or pick a team photo from a work outing. Each ornament comes with a pretty red ribbon, but keep in mind that the ribbons don’t come already tied, so you might want to set some time aside to do that (especially if you’re ordering in bulk).

$14.99 $24.99 (40% Off)

5. Pocket Notebook Set: $12 at Rifle Paper Co

These gorgeous pocket notebooks ($12, Rifle Paper Co) look a lot more expensive than they are at just $6 each. They come as a set of two, and you can choose from five different pattern combinations. Each one has gold foil accents on the cover and 32 unlined pages inside. Note that first-time shoppers can save 10% by signing up for Rifle’s newsletters.


6. Holiday Tea Variety Pack: $12 at DavidsTea

This holiday variety pack ($12, DavidsTea) can be enjoyed at the office or at home. It contains 12 different holiday-themed teas, with flavors like “caramel shortbread” and “sleigh ride.” It’s $12, but on and off throughout the holiday season, we’ve seen the site offer the following deal: buy two or more and you’ll get 30% off, which makes them just over $8 each.


7. Holiday Sweets Gift Tower: $16.99 at World Market

This set of holiday sweets is one of the nicest (and most inexpensive) we’ve found. The 2-tier holiday treats box ($16.99, World Market) is filled with a variety of chocolate truffles and chocolate-drizzled popcorn. Plus, if you become a World Market member, you can get 10% off and free shipping.


8. Hickory Farms Deluxe Savory Box: $17.99 at Target

Charcuterie boards are having a moment right now, and this box ($17.99, Target) has everything you need for a gourmet board for just under $18. It holds eight different snacks, including summer sausage, creamy swiss cheese, sweet hot mustard, and toasted crackers.

ONLINE or In-Store Deal
$17.09 $17.99 (5% Off)
5% Off - Target RedCard Savings
Shipping: Free with RedCard or on orders of $35+
Pickup: Free


9. Virtual Happy Hour Kit: $19.20 at W&P

It can be hard to know what to get coworkers you don’t see in the office on a regular basis. If you’re shopping for remote employees, consider gifting them an activity, like this virtual happy hour kit ($19.20, W&P). It has everything they’ll need to make two at-home margaritas, and you can organize an end-of-year Zoom cocktail party to enjoy them.


10. Custom Leather Charging Mat: $19.99 at Etsy

If you work in an environment that requires employees to use their devices, these personalized charging mats ($19.99, Etsy) are a sweet and practical gift idea. They’re available in seven different colors and have 12 different design options, so you can customize them however you like. Shipping time is about five days, and you can score free shipping when you spend more than $35 at this shop.

$23.32 $33.32 (30% Off)

11. Personalized Mini Portable Speaker: $19.95 at Custom Logo It

Whether it’s used at office happy hours or taken home, this mini portable speaker ($19.95, Custom Logo It) can be personalized with any logo. It’s a more creative gift idea than the traditional sweets or gift cards but still under $20. The price decreases as you buy more units, so consider grabbing one for everyone in the office.


12. Home Office Candle: $22.80 at Homesick

Whether you manage a team of remote workers or your office is operating on a hybrid schedule, this Homesick candle ($22.80, Homesick) makes a sweet gift for anyone’s at-home workspace. The packaging is pretty enough you don’t need to worry about wrapping it, and it’s just $22 for a 13-ounce candle with a burn time of up to 80 hours.

$22.80 $38.00 (40% Off)

13. Secret Santa Gift Box: $22.99 at Etsy

Need a secret Santa gift for a coworker? This Etsy shop has you covered! This sweet gift box ($22.99, Etsy) is filled with a mug, candle, and fuzzy socks for just $23. Give this as a single gift or split up the treats inside for a sweet surprise each day.

As low as $22.99

14. Custom Sugarwish Treat Box: From $23 at Sugarwish

A treat box from Sugarwish (starting at $23, Sugarwish) is an easy way to make sure employees get something they actually want. You choose what you want to send (pick from snacks, cookies, or candy) and then which price level works for you. If you send cookies, you can choose to send two varieties for $23 or four varieties for $34, etc. Your recipient then gets to choose exactly what flavors they want and where they’d like it shipped.

As low as $23.00

15. Engraved Brass Pen: $23.90 at Etsy

If you’re in search of an employee gift that’s a bit more elevated than regular office supplies, opt for a personalized brass pen ($23.90, Etsy). It comes with free engraving for just $24, and you can engrave a name, word, or phrase up to 30 characters. Shipping is free, and there’s no minimum, so you can take advantage even if you just order one.


16. Personalized Wine Bottle: $24 at Windsor Vineyards

A personalized bottle of wine ($24, Windsor Vineyards) feels like a very expensive gift, but this option is just $24. This 2020 bottle of cabernet comes with free personalization, so you can design a custom label with your company logo, a thank you message, or festive holiday greeting.


17. Custom Logo Cutting Board: $24.99 at Etsy

For under $25, you can gift a personalized cutting board with your company logo ($24.99, Etsy). It’s a sweet gift that can be given any time of year since it’s not holiday-specific. Choose from six wood types and sizes, with prices ranging from under $25 to $117 for the largest board. You also have the option to add gift wrapping and a handwritten note if you’d prefer to ship the boards directly to your employees.

As low as $24.99

18. Stainless Steel Coffee Mug: $24.99 at Shutterfly

Make the morning commute more enjoyable with a personalized stainless steel coffee mug ($24.99, Shutterfly). The 10-ounce mug comes with a splash-proof secure lid, so it’s practical for everything from the commute to afternoon coffee in the break room. Choose from Shutterfly’s selection of colorful patterns or upload your own photo design or company logo for no added cost.

$24.99 $39.99 (38% Off)

19. Holiday Gift Set: $26.39 at Etsy

This sweet holiday gift set has something practical to use at work and something to take home. It includes a 16-ounce soy wax candle ($26.39, Etsy). The candle features 130 hours of burn time and a pack of screen-cleaning towelettes. There are a few different design options for the candle, but we love the festive nutcracker pattern. The boxes ship free when you spend more than $35 at this shop, so you only need to buy two to get free shipping.

As low as $26.39 $32.99 (20% Off)
Cost per ounce: $2.06

20. 2-in-1 Godiva Gift Set: $26.98 at Sam’s Club

This delicious holiday gift set ($26.98, Sam’s Club) is two gifts in one but is meant to be split into two — which makes each gift less than $14. Included you’ll find a holiday-themed Godiva chocolate bar and a decorative jar that can be displayed on a desk or used to hold pens.

Godiva Holiday 2-in-1 Gift Breakapart Set

21. Thanks a Bunch Treat Tin: $29.99 at Harry & David

Send a sweet note of thanks with this “thanks a bunch” cookie tin ($29.99, Harry & David). The decorative tin holds 12 tasty treats, including buttercream-frosted cookies, pretzel clusters, and an assortment of other cookies. You’ll get free shipping on orders of $35 or more, so as long as you buy at least two, you won’t pay shipping costs.

$19.99 $29.99 (33% Off)


22. Mulberry Silk Eyemask: $29 at Brooklinen

Give your employees the gift of relaxation with a silk eye mask ($24.65, Brooklinen). The luxurious fabric is perfect for winding down after a long work week, and it’s available in 10 different colors, so you can choose one that coordinates with your company colors.


23. Potted Succulent: $30 at Lula’s Garden

This potted succulent ($30, Lula’s Garden) comes packaged in a pretty box with a sweet greeting, so it’s an easy way to thank your employees for all they’ve done this year. The succulent arrives in a planter gift box, meaning it’s ready to be displayed on a desk or an office shelf. Plus, succulents are easy to care for, so you’re not gifting someone a plant that requires a lot of maintenance.


24. Kiehl’s Self-Care Set: $30 at Nordstrom

Give a relaxing self-care gift set ($30, Nordstrom) that can be used both in the office and at home. This set is a $59 value, so you’re getting some of the best Kiehl’s products for less than half price. The holiday gift set is gender neutral and comes with a body moisturizer, facial cream, creamy eye treatment, and ultimate-strength hand salve. Employees can take a few things home and keep a hand cream in their desk.


25. Popcorn Box: $30 at Popcorn Factory

Give a sweet and savory treat with a festive box of flavored popcorn ($30, Popcorn Factory). Each $30 box comes with five individually packaged flavored popcorn bags, so you can give the larger box as a single gift or split it into five smaller options.



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