It’s that time of year again and you find yourself asking the same question: what holiday gifts should I give my remote employees this year?
From work holiday parties and secret santa gift exchanges to personal holiday gift shopping and holiday travel, it’s a lot to juggle. On top of this, it can be especially hard to know what gifts are good for employees, let alone remote workers, without coming off as unthoughtful or cheap. We get it.Hubstaff's top ten gifts for remote employees to help you show your appreciation this holiday season. Click To Tweet
Luckily, we’ve put together a hand-picked list of our top ten holiday gifts for employees to help you show your appreciation this holiday without breaking the bank.
Holiday Gifts For Employees
1. Coffee and tea subscriptions
But, first: coffee. We all find ourselves saying this phrase each morning. Our work day doesn’t start without a big ol’ cup of caffeine to jump start the day.
If you work with a coffee or tea lover, why not give the best holiday gift this season that will keep on giving every single day: a coffee or tea subscription.
With the rise of specialty coffee culture, there are a variety of different subscription services for your coffee-loving remote worker. A variety of coffee subscriptions are available from single roasters such as Stumptown Coffee Roasters and Blue Bottle Coffee, or you can get into a subscription program like Craft Coffee and Bean Box that lets you taste coffees from a variety of different roasters.
Single roaster and multiple roaster coffee subscriptions ideal for holiday gifts, include:
Starting at $96 for three months of coffee, Stumptown Coffee Roasters gives you the option to gift from a selection of flavorful coffee beans from the artisanal coffee roaster, then the option to customize the quantity of coffee you’d like to send, along with the subscription time frame such as three, six or twelve months. For three months, your employee will receive six shipments, one bag every two weeks for three months — great for the coffee aficionado!
Craft Coffee, $29.99
Craft Coffee selects three different roasters each month, sourcing the beans from a long list of independent roasters around the country, starting at $29.99. With Craft Coffee you have the option to gift a coffee sampler, single-origin selection or flagship blends. Once you’ve selected the type of subscription you’d like to gift, then you can select the subscription gift time frame of one, three, six or twelve months of coffee — perfect for the coffee lover who wants to discover new roasters.
Starting as low as $9 per month, Simple Loose Leaf Tea Company tea subscriptions offer the perfect mix for tea lovers. The Classic Tea Box offers four loose leaf teas including both caffeinated and non-caffeinated teas — ideal for tea lovers that need something to wake up with and something to go to sleep with. Additionally, a decaf tea box is also available at $9 per month including a combination of decaf black, green and herbal teas, allowing for a wide range of experiences that won’t keep you up all night. Once the tea box type is selected, you can opt in for monthly or quarterly memberships.
Art of Tea, $54
Take your remote employee on an exciting journey into the world of tea with the Art of Tea — a true experience of tea classics, rare finds and specialty blends without leaving home! All you have to do is choose your desired program and Art of Tea handles the rest. Starting at $59 for a three-month subscription, this special experience will be the perfect gift for any tea lover at any level.
Whether you need a caffeine fix or enjoy a cup of decaf, these coffee and tea subscription offerings have something for every taste palate and preference, and will ensure your remote employee will never run out of coffee or tea again!
2. Amazon Echo, $79.99
Make life easier for your remote employee and give them the gift of a personal home assistant with the Amazon Echo, a hands-free speaker controlled by voice starting at $79.99. Echo connects to Alexa Voice Service to play music, ask questions, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, news, weather, and so much more — instantly.
Need to send an email but don’t have your laptop or phone nearby? Running out the door and forgot to check the weather to see if you need that rain coat? Want to play some classical music quietly in the background as you edit a work paper? Echo can help you with all of this, with just your voice.
3. Travel drinkware
Travel drinkware like YETI’s Ramble Tumbler and Hydro Flask’s hydration water bottles are the perfect go-anywhere drink companion on your busiest professional and personal days. Helping to keep your cold beverages extra cold and hot drinks hot for hours . Hot coffee and ice water on the go has never been easier!
YETI Rambler 30 Oz. Tumbler, $34.99
The Rambler 30 ounce is the tumbler that gets you through the day, keeping cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot until the last sip. Available in stainless and DuraCoat™ colors that won’t peel, fade or crack, this tumbler is made with kitchen-grade stainless steel with double-wall vacuum insulation to protect your drink at all costs.
One of Hydro Flask’s best-sellers is vacuum insulated water bottles. Because of its size and versatility, the 21 ounce water bottle can easily be stashed in a small bag, backpack or car cup holder, and holds enough to keep you going for hours without weighing you down. The bottle’s insulation eliminates condensation and keeps beverages cold up to 24 hours and hot up to 12 hours.
4. Media subscription
Bring music, or even an audiobook, to your remote worker’s ears with a music or audiobook subscription — a gift any remote employee would appreciate!
Spotify Premium, $9.99
For the music-loving employee, give the gift of Spotify Premium. With Spotify, you can play, discover and share music for free. Spotify Premium allows you to download music to your phone, computer, tablet and more, for only $0.99 for three months and $9.99 per month after. Your remote worker will appreciate having music wherever and whenever, especially when there’s no cell service or WiFi.
For your book-loving worker, Audible will provide them with endless options of digital audiobooks, radio and TV programs, and audio versions of magazines and newspapers for only $14.95 per month. Audible members can also enjoy one free audiobook each month, exclusive savings on additional purchases, and complimentary access to audio shows.
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5. Beer or wine of the month club
Do you work with a craft beer or wine enthusiast? Your beer and/or wine connoisseur will be excited about these beer and wine of the month clubs that are sure to get them cheer-ful!
The Rare Beer Club, $34.95
The Rare Beer Club from The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club offers a completely unique monthly beer club experience for only $34.95 per month. Each month, members receive beers crafted using cutting-edge aging techniques and formulas. Members not only receive quality beers from the iconic beer producing countries like the US, England and Belgium, but also exciting new styles from up-and-coming beer producing countries like Brazil, Japan and many more.
Wine of the Month Club offers wine lovers “wine to your door” and a fun tasting experience for $37 per shipment. Each shipment includes two bottles of wine, accompanied by full color newsletter packed with information for both the novice and experienced wine taster, as well as winery and winemaker history, recipes, cellaring suggestions, serving suggestions and wine anecdotes to share.
6. Desk exercise equipment
Do you work with a fitness fanatic? Check out these cool workout options for your desk!
Use the DeskCycle just about anywhere when you’re sitting down and your legs are free — place under your desk or work area and get a bicycle workout while you work! For $159.00, your remote employee can get healthy exercise while working, watching television, reading a book, on the phone and so much more. Talk about multitasking!
Another unique option is the Stamina In-Motion Elliptical Trainer, a compact, lightweight elliptical trainer for the home or office. The elliptical foot-pedal-only chassis fits handily under a desk or in a closet for only $70.99. Pretty neat, right?
7. Snack subscriptions
Any foodie will fall in love at first bite with these delicious snack subscriptions. Keep your remote employee fueled with customizable snack packages shipped directly to their door.
Murray’s Cheese of the Month Club, $275.00
For the foodie and artisanal cheese devotee, Murray’s Cheese of the Month Subscription is the most delicious gift you can give! At the beginning of each month, Murray’s in-house cheesemongers sample the whole cheese cave and decide on the three most spectacular cheeses of the moment, and send those delicious superstars out to the lucky subscribers. On the second Thursday of every month, subscribers receive these three cheeses right on their doorstep. Cheeses come packaged in an insulated Murray’s box with ice packs and a pamphlet explaining the featured cheeses for $275 for a four-month membership including free shipping!
Mouth offers mouth-watering goodies for every type of mouth delivered monthly to your doorstep. Whether your employee is a pickle fan, snacker or foodie who loves to explore, Mouth offers something tasty for everyone. Subscriptions start at $60 per month for three months.
If you’re looking to send your an employee a special holiday gift basket, take a look at Williams Sonoma’s beautifully-designed gift crates. From dried fruit and nut baskets, to holiday baking baskets, there’s something for everyone.
8. Desk garden, $35.00
Surprise your remote employee with a delightful piece of nature that will brighten their desk or side table.
Starting at $35.00, Lula’s Garden offers hand-planted succulent gift boxes shipped nationwide — an eco-friendly way to show you care! Pick from a variety of lovely succulent and box options including the Original Gardens set, which contains three small, fresh succulents pre-planted in a beautifully designed and sturdy planter box, or the Holiday Bliss Garden, which contains a fresh succulent garden in a beautifully, holiday crafted planter gift box.
One of the essential pieces of work equipment for any employee, especially for a remote worker on the go, is a high-quality pair of earphones.
Beats Beatsx Earphones, 149.95
Beats offers premium earphones with incredible sound quality, and the Beatsx Earphones are no exception. With up to eight hours of battery life for when you’re on the go, these wireless earphones, suitable for any device, are Fast Fuel-enabled — a five-minute charge gives you two hours of playback when battery is low. Perfect for employees on the go, you can take calls from anywhere with these headphones without worrying about battery life. Plus, you can even select from a plethora of color options including matte gold, blue, white, black, gray and matte silver, suited to your employees’ color preference.
Apple AirPods, $159.00
Described as wireless, effortless and magical, Apple’s AirPods will forever change the way you use headphones. Whenever you pull your AirPods out of the charging case, they instantly turn on and connect to your iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, or Mac and audio automatically plays as soon as you put them in your ears and pauses when you take them out. No more untangling your earphones and fidgeting with them — simply amazing!
10. Gift cards
If you’re still having trouble finding the perfect holiday gifts for your employees, why not give them the gift they’ve been asking for? If your employee always ask for Starbucks gift cards or tickets to the movies, get them a gift card to their favorite shop or activity. Nowadays, many stores allow you to send eGift Cards so you can easily email the gift card and don’t have to physically visit the store anymore.
Show your appreciation for your remote employees with one of the gifts listed above — there’s something for everyone!
Have a holiday gift suggestion for remote employees? Share your suggestion with us in the comment section below!