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Gift Ideas for the Whole Squad: 15 Presents Your Team Members Will Love in 2023

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Looking for gift ideas at work that go beyond the usual office staples? You’ve come to the right place! Whether you’re celebrating birthdays, promotions, or just want to show appreciation, thinking outside the box can turn your gifting ideas up to eleven! 

And in today’s fast-paced work environments, building positive connections is vital, especially given the amount of time you spend with one another! Thankfully, gift-giving nourishes these relationships and ensures a productive work culture for all.

With so many gift options available, knowing where to start can be overwhelming. You need to consider unique personalities and job positions to find the right gifts that fit individual preferences.

That’s where Thankbox comes into play. Whether you’re looking for a small token of appreciation or a more substantial present, we’ve got you covered. 

Let’s take a look at some ideas that will delight your co-workers!

Benefits of gift-giving in the workplace

If you’ve ever considered gifting a small token of appreciation to your co-workers, you’re on the right track! While gift-giving may seem like a simple gesture, the benefits to your workplace are massive!

Aside from boosting staff morale, a well-chosen gift can improve relationships, enhance teamwork, and even elevate productivity! By taking the time to show your colleagues that you value their work, you single-handedly create a more supportive environment.

When to give a gift to your teammates

Gift-giving in the workplace can be a delicate matter, as you’re walking a fine line between being too personal and inappropriate. However, there are many appropriate occasions to give a gift to your co-worker, including:

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  • Birthdays: Recognising a colleague’s birthday with a thoughtful gift shows that you care and value their contributions. It’s the perfect opportunity to show how much of a positive impact they make within your team.

  • Work anniversaries: We praise milestones outside the workplace like weddings and engagements, so it makes sense to celebrate work anniversaries. After all – their hard work and dedication shouldn’t go unnoticed.

  • Promotions: Congratulating a co-worker on a promotion is a thoughtful way to show support. They’ll no doubt be on top of the world, so why not add to their happiness?

  • Retirement: Gifting a thoughtful retirement gift is a perfect way to say “farewell” to a cherished colleague while commemorating their contributions to your team.

It’s important to remember that gift-giving should be voluntary and not feel like an obligation. Remember, the best gifts come from the heart and are filled with sincerity.

Fifteen unique and thoughtful gift ideas for 2023

So without further ado, let’s take a look at the 15 best gift ideas for your fellow team members in 2023:

1) Express your appreciation with Thankbox

What better way to celebrate team members than with a heartfelt and personalised e-card from their colleagues? Thankbox offers a variety of designs and options to help you and your team craft messages for any occasion, from maternity leave to work anniversaries and everything in between.

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With Thankbox, each team member can add personalised messages, images, GIFs, and videos to create a one-of-a-kind present. Once complete, the lucky recipient receives an e-card full of lovely messages that they’ll treasure forever

And because Thankbox is online, it’s the perfect gift for remote employees!


2) Unwrap the joy of digital gift cards

Celebrating your associates has never been easier thanks to Thankbox’s digital gift cards! 

With Thankbox, you can set up a group gift collection and let members of your team choose to claim the cash value as a gift card or receive a prepaid debit card. This gives them the freedom to use their reward however they please.

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Thankbox’s secure and easy-to-use platform makes it simple for your co-workers to contribute and collect money online. Plus, with access to over 700 popular retailers globally, there’s something for everyone, no matter their interests! 

To find out more, check out Thankbox’s gift cards and start gifting!

3) Gift the sound of silence with noise-cancelling headphones

Nothing can be more distracting than a noisy work environment, making it difficult for co-workers to stay in the groove and be productive. Thankfully, a great pair of noise-cancelling headphones easily blocks out distracting noises for a bit of peace and quiet!

4) The perfect start to the day with a personalised coffee mug

Help your co-workers start their day off on the right foot with a personalised coffee mug. A coffee mug with their name, a special message, or an inside joke can add a personal touch to their workspace and make them feel extra appreciated. 

After all, who doesn’t love a nice cup of joe?

5) Stay connected with a portable phone charger

Give your co-worker the gift of a fully charged phone with a portable charger. This practical gift is perfect for colleagues who are always on the go and need to stay connected 24/7. 

With a portable phone charger, they can charge their phone anytime, anywhere, without searching for that (rarely convenient) outlet.

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6) Give the gift of comfort with a lumbar support pillow

A lumbar support pillow gives relief for back pain caused by sitting for long hours. It’s designed to promote good posture and reduce the strain on lower back muscles. It’s a  thoughtful gift that shows you care about their wellbeing. Trust us – they’ll thank you within a few hours!

7) Turn entertainment up a notch with a VR headset

A virtual reality headset allows your co-worker to immerse themselves in a fully interactive and 3D environment – think of it like “Avatar” but from a comfy chair. It’s an ideal gift for tech-savvy team members who love to explore the latest gadgets and technology. 

8) Get into the groove with a Bluetooth speaker

Give your music-loving associates the gift of high-quality sound with a Bluetooth speaker. 

Recipients can easily connect their phone or tablet to the speaker and play their favourite music at workMeatloaf, anyone? It’s a thoughtful gift they can use in the office, at home, or while on the go.

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9) Help them make a statement with a personalised stationery set

With their name or initials beautifully printed on paper, your co-worker can add a personal touch to their correspondence with a throwback to the Downton Abbey era (minus the loveable Mr. Carson). 

Whether it’s for professional or personal use, a personalised stationery set helps employees make a statement with every message they send. 

10) Taste the difference with a set of coffee samplers

Treat your coffee-loving co-worker to a set of coffee samplers boasting different blends and flavours. Whether they prefer a light or dark roast, a coffee sampler set lets them try something new and discover another favourite. Not only is this a thoughtful gift, but it’s a delicious one, as well!

11) A gift basket jam-packed with spectacular gourmet treats

Speaking of delicious gifts, gifting a gourmet food basket is a great way to help your colleagues unwind and enjoy a little indulgence. From gourmet chocolates to artisanal cheeses, their gift basket can be customised to suit specific preferences – this is your opportunity to show off how well you know them!

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12) Keep your snacks close by with a mini fridge

As additions to an office go, a mini fridge is as cool as it gets (apologies for the pun). It’s a practical gift that saves on trips to the break room or kitchen, as snacks and drinks are within arm's reach. We guarantee they’ll be the envy of everyone in the office by the end of the week!

13) Stay professional by gifting a leather portfolio

A leather portfolio is a practical and stylish accessory that any professional co-worker would appreciate. The classic look of a leather portfolio adds a touch of sophistication to any outfit and shows you care about their professional image. Plus, a leather portfolio is a durable and long-lasting gift they can use for years.

14) Create a calming atmosphere with an aromatherapy diffuser

With the ability to diffuse essential oils, your team members can enjoy reduced stress and improved mood. Plus, many diffusers also have ambient lighting features that add to the calming ambience. This gift can be used in the office and at home, allowing them to unwind after a long day at work.

15) Get creative by gifting wall art

Wall art adds a personal touch to your team member’s workspace, and best of all – you can pick a piece that reflects their personality and interests. Striking wall art can be a great conversation starter for when they’ve exhausted their classic office chat – including “Did you have a good weekend?” and “Can you believe it’s only Wednesday, it feels like a Thursday.

Elevate your gift-giving game with Thankbox!

Gift-giving in the workplace is a great way to show appreciation to your colleagues and build strong relationships. Additionally, it’s worth remembering small acts of kindness go a long way in crafting a positive and collaborative work environment. To put it simply – small acts make big impacts.

So, why not elevate your gift-giving in 2023 with Thankbox? With a few simple clicks, our platform makes it easy to craft customised e-cards and group gift collections for your superb colleagues and friends.

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If you want to take Thankbox for a test drive, create a Thankbox today and start your digital journey.

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