Treating your staff at Christmas doesn't have to cost the earth
Christmas is the perfect time to say thanks for all your employees' hard work
Ending the year on a positive note is a great way to make sure everyone comes back to work in the New Year refreshed and ready to go – one of the easiest ways to do this is with rewards... or, Christmas gifts for your employees!
Picking out the right gifts for a diverse employee base is often a challenge for HR teams and it’s important to put your own spin on festive motivation, rewards and incentives to make things a little more personal – no one likes to feel like they’ve received a box-ticking exercise, after all.
So to help you get started, we’ve picked out five affordable Christmas gifts that always go down well:
1. The classic: wine
It’s a classic Christmas gift, and not just because it can work out surprisingly cheap when you buy in bulk! The holidays are traditionally a time for treating ourselves, and most people will appreciate a bottle or two to share with friends and family over the holidays.
It doesn’t necessarily have to be wine, either – there are plenty of options for craft beers, cocktails or gin for those of your employees who aren't a wine fan. Pick something you wouldn’t normally see on a supermarket shelf and you’ll be onto a winner.
Of course, it’s important to be sensitive – not everyone will drink alcohol, whether for personal or religious reasons. If you don’t know everyone in your team well enough, the simplest way around this is just to ask people whether they’d prefer an alternative!
While it may ruin the surprise a bit, it does mean that no one gets left out, and no one is offended.
2. The delicious: food hampers
Following the trend for delicious treats, Christmas truly is a time for food. And lots of it!
The food hamper is another classic Christmas gift with so many possibilities and let's face it, who's going to complain about free food?! You can go for chocolates, festive cakes and biscuits, cooking supplies, Christmas meats, fruit baskets, cheese boards, preserves... the list goes on! Plus, it's something the whole family can enjoy!
For a more personal twist, choose a branded hamper with your company logos – it shows a bit of extra effort, and means employees will be thinking positively about their return to work in the New Year as they indulge a little in front of the TV this Christmas.
3. The GENEROUS: EXTRA HOLIDAY/TIME OFF
Now we know what you’re going to say, but before you do, we should just make it clear that we’re not going to suggest that you allow your team to have the whole of December off. Although that would be nice, wouldn’t it.
Instead, what we’re saying is an extra day off or a few early finishes certainly wouldn't be sniffed at.
There’s a lot to be said for companies who know the importance of a work-life balance and giving your employees the luxury of extra time off, over and above their usual holiday allowance, can be really good for both morale and wellbeing.
Whether it’s to take time off to volunteer at a local charity shelter or running some Christmas errangs, time back at the end of the year is always appreciated.
4. The modern: tech
We’re not suggesting kitting your entire office out with Apple Watches or Fitbits for Christmas, of course not – but a handy piece of tech always makes a great gift. It could be something as simple as a desk phone dock, or some Bluetooth headphones.
If you've got a slightly larger budget, then why not give your employees the choice with their chosen piece of tech. Our affordable tech scheme gives your employees access to the latest technology and devices at a discounted rate, with the option to spread the cost through their salary. There's no upfront cost, credit checks or interest for them – just an affordable payment plan for the latest mobiles, laptops, smart TVs, tablets and more!
5. The gift of choice: evouchers and gift cards
Available as both a reward and a supportive mechanism, our extensive range of eVouchers and Gift Cards are one of the quickest, easiest and most cost-efficient Christmas gifts you can choose.
eVouchers and Gift Cards may seem like an impersonal gift, but what people don't realise is that you're actually giving the gift of choice! We partner with a huge network of some of the UK's most popular retailers and supermarkets, meaning you can provide support in the right areas of your employees' lives.
Whether they use it for groceries to help with Christmas dinner, some tools to help with their next DIY project or treat themselves to something off their list, you can be sure that your staff are getting something they really want for Christmas.
ready to start planning your christmas gifts for employees?
Depending on the size of your team, lavish gifts for every employee might not be practical – but that doesn’t mean you can’t do something to make the festive period a little more… cheerful.
Saying thank you with rewards is not only a great way to keep spirits up during what can be a tough time for many, but also an opportunity to motivate them into the new year and beyond!
So, if you're still stuck for ideas, then get in touch with our experts who can help you spread some festive cheer!