Budget-Friendly Employee Appreciation Ideas

By November 22, 2021 Managers

With the winter holidays right around the corner and 2021 coming to an end, it’s essential to take a step back to show your employees they’re valued. It’s understandable to want to tighten the budget at the end of the year, so how can you show your employees appreciation without breaking the bank? Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Free Team Lunch

A holiday party is a hallmark of the season, but you don’t have to get too fancy. A free team lunch is just enough to show your employees you are grateful for the work they do. Have the lunch catered in by a local hotspot, and be sure to include foods for all types of diets so everyone can partake. It’s also a nice break from the workday for just a couple of hours.

Happy Hour

You don’t have to limit your office party to work hours, either. And you still don’t need to host a formal event. A simple employee happy hour can be enough to get everyone out of the office and out of their shells. Take over a local watering hole for an evening and celebrate the holidays with a couple of cocktails.

Hand Written Thank You Cards

Sometimes the most straightforward ideas are the best. If your budget is tight, consider providing all of your employees with handwritten thank you notes. You can buy beautifully designed thank you cards online or locally at any shop. Then take time to write each employee a personalized thank you to show your gratitude. Your words of appreciation will go a long way.

Subscription Box

If you have a bigger budget or only a few employees, one popular idea is to gift a subscription box. There are many to choose from, and most will allow you to buy just one box so your employees can try it out and see how they like it. There are boxes for everything from pets to sweet treats to games to play with the whole family.

Secret Santa

If you want your office holiday celebration to be more interactive, coordinate a Secret Santa gift experience. It’s a great way to promote good relationships between coworkers. Have each employee draw a name and suggest a small budget so they can buy a gift to be exchanged at an office gathering.


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