Top corporate holiday gifts for your reward or incentive program

Posted by Dan Kelly

December can be a very busy time in the corporate world, so it’s important to keep your employees focused and motivated through the holidays. It’s therefore a good time to set up a reward or incentive program with a selection of rewards on offer that can help your staff achieve (and maintain) a high level of performance.

At this time of year, your incentive rewards can mean so much more to your employees, as they can be perceived in different ways. As the festive season is a time for giving, for instance, it’s an ideal opportunity to include corporate holiday gifts in your program that reward your staff and fit with the spirit of the season.

Your incentive rewards can also make great corporate holiday gift ideas that staff can give as presents to their loved ones. You could even choose corporate gifts that will help to make their holidays that bit more special, like luxury food or drink, which they can share with their family and friends.

There are many types of rewards to choose from, each with their own benefits, from experiences to health and beauty to stocking stuffers. We’ve listed the top corporate holiday gifts that you should consider including in your incentives program this year.

Experiences & day trips

These rewards will allow your staff to enjoy an actual experience, while giving them some long-lasting memories that they can associate with you and your company. This makes them stand out as a unique reward and a great corporate holiday gift to give your best employees. They span a wealth of areas, including:

  • Spa days
  • Winery and brewery tour
  • Sporting venue tour
  • Helicopter lesson
  • Hot air balloon ride
  • Zip line course
  • Indoor skydiving

Technology & entertainment

Many of your staff will probably live very busy lives and rely on technology for work and pleasure. This makes it a popular reward category. Products across technology and entertainment can also make aspirational corporate gifts for employees, as many will probably love the chance to receive the latest, TV, smart phone or camera. Popular choices include:

  • Apple iWatch, iPad, iPhone, Mac
  • Bose portable speaker
  • Samsung HD TV
  • Xbox video game console with games
  • Sony digital camera
  • Microsoft Surface Book
  • FitBit watch
  • Veho drone

Gifts & gadgets

Rewards with character, these items are attractive because they are often perceived as high value. This can make them great corporate gift ideas for your staff or good presents that they can give to their friends or family. They include:

  • Magazine subscriptions
  • Montblanc pen
  • Swarovski necklace and earring set
  • Michael Kors watch for her
  • Citizen-E watch for him
  • Gentleman’s dapper grooming kit

Food & drink

Ideal for this festive time of year, decadent food and drink can make great luxury gifts to give your staff. They can indulge or share these treats through the festive season with their family and friends. Products include:

  • Festive family gift basket
  • Artisan cheese and wine
  • Beer lovers case
  • Godiva chocolate basket
  • Winter picnic
  • Harry & David holiday tower gift baskets

Health & beauty

These are great gifts for your employees as they encourage some probably much-needed ‘me-time’. They also contribute to wellbeing and have a luxurious touch, as they’re the sort of items they might not buy for themselves. The selection includes:

  • Calvin Klein Contradiction perfume for her
  • Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume for her
  • Jean Paul Gaultier aftershave for him
  • Armani Acqua Di Gio aftershave for him
  • Babyliss Pro deep waver hair styler
  • Babyliss Pro curling wand
  • Babyliss super clipper for men
  • Philips electric shaver

Stocking Stuffers

A smart, seasonal option, these small but high-value rewards are functional items with a designer label. This makes them highly desirable and good stocking stuffers, which can generate a great deal of appreciation when given as a gift. They include:

  • Montblanc leather passport holder
  • Montblanc leather wallet
  • Radley umbrella
  • Alison van der Lande makeup bag
  • Gucci cufflinks
  • Hugo Boss credit card holder

We’d love to help you engage, motivate and inspire your team with an innovative reward and incentive program strategy.

As a founding partner of CR Worldwide in 2002, Dan helped develop the company from a start-up business into the multi-million global brand it is today.