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Employee Anniversary Gift Ideas

Updated on December 11, 2014
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Corporate Anniversary Gifts Let You Profit from Sharing

One way of showing, as a businessperson, that you care about your clients and employees is to give them corporate anniversary gifts. This is one of the best ways to express your appreciation for them as valued customers and valued team members.

Corporate anniversaries are a particularly good time for gifts to show your appreciation for those who are directly or indirectly involved with your firm.

Why Give Corporate Gifts?

Some may wonder, however, why they should spend any money on corporate anniversary gifts that do not directly contribute to the bottom line, no matter how much people may enjoy receiving free gifts and services.

The reality is that such gifts can be a good way to engender customer and employee appreciation and loyalty. Therefore, corporate anniversary gifts are used by nearly all companies and corporations in order to engender allegiance in their employees and customers.

Benefits of Corporate Gift Giving

Although some might think that such gifts are a waste of money, you're doing this for more reasons than just to make people happy. Indeed, corporate anniversary gifts can accomplish many things.

First, you engender employee loyalty and let your workers know that they are a valued part of the team. The returns on this can be substantial. This can make your employees feel more inspired in their work and can increase their productivity.

Anniversaries, such as when an employee has been working for a company for a certain number of years, are a particularly good time for gift giving. This is a great way to show your employees that you care about them and value their service to your company, as well as to aid in employee retention.

Giving corporate anniversary gifts to your clients shows that you appreciate and value them highly, which will encourage them to continue to avail themselves of your products and services.

This can ensure a steady and regular flow of clients and customers. Therefore, the hundreds or even thousands of dollars that you spend on corporate anniversary gifts can prove to be a good return on investment over the long term.

Corporate Gift Giving For Both Employees and Customers

Corporate anniversary gifts can range from small to large. Put some thought into them so as to ensure that they will be something that the customers can actually use. You can choose items that your employees can use in their everyday routines and you can give the same gifts to your customers when they do business with your company.

Corporate anniversary gifts can be a valuable addition to your marketing operations and work strategy. They can motivate your employees to encourage higher productivity and they can attract loyal customers and clients. Best of all, they can achieve all this in the true essence of sharing.

10" Qing Rosewood Oriental Jewelry Box

Oriental Furniture Rosewood Jewelry Box - Honey
Oriental Furniture Rosewood Jewelry Box - Honey

This high quality Oriental jewelry box comes in your choice of satin gloss, hand-rubbed rosewood lacquer honey or ebony finish with eggshell plush felt lining and removable tray ring.


You're a Gem Recognition Gift Basket

You're a Gem Recognition Gift Basket
You're a Gem Recognition Gift Basket

Here's a corporate gift idea that is sure to be appreciated by everyone. This attractive gift basket is a great way of reminding your employees and customers how much they mean to you. The words “You're a Gem” adorns each basket and effectively gets your message across. The basket itself contains such things as cheddar popcorn, chocolate dream treats, zesty cheese straws and fresh roasted almonds.


Worst Corporate Gift Ideas

The worst wedding gift of all-time must be the toaster, but how about the worst corporate gift? Knowing the answer to this question could save a lot of people a lot of shame and embarrassment!

The Useless Gift

If you are clueless as to what your boss or client is interested in, and assuming the recipient is a man, you may head straight to the men's aisle of the department store–you know, the section labeled “gifts for men.” Thinking that you're playing it safe, you grab the most expensive item there—a pair of boxing gloves. Unfortunately, your boss hates the gift and decides to test it out on you!

Instructional Videos and CDs

Even if the recipient is a big fan of Pilates or yoga or whatever exercise is available on video or CD, it may not be wise to give him or her such a gift. Not only are CDs and DVDs seen as rather “old school” these days, but you have no assurance that the recipient doesn't already have in their collection whatever gift you should happen to choose.

“As Seen On TV” Gimcracks

Yes, the Magic Chef or the George Foreman Grill or the exercise bands may seem tempting, but they may have seemed the same way to your boss or client who may have already purchased those items. It is all too easy to be enticed by slick marketing, but you have no way of knowing whether the recipient will like such items–or whether he or she already has them.

Overly Cheap Items

Yes, five dollars will still buy something these days, but it won't get you far in terms of a corporate gift. You may be able to get something, but will the discriminating recipient be happy with it?

Hand-Made Gifts

Whether you want your gift to have the personal touch or you want to save a little money, and no matter how much talent and time you have to make such a gift, it is probably not a good idea.

For one thing, you may end up spending more on tools and materials than you would save by buying an off-the-shelf gift from the store. For another, it may end up taking far more time than you anticipate, resulting in your having to give up sleep in order to get it finished.


Neckties are boring and a coat is too expensive. Besides, you want to impress the recipient, not insult him or her by getting something too small or too big. Besides, you have no way of knowing what color or style the recipient prefers.

It's hard enough to give apparel when you live with the recipient, much less when you're giving to someone whose preferences you aren't sure of. Better is to give a gift certificate or voucher.


Perhaps I should have put this at the top of the list! If you're single, and so is your client or coworker, then giving such a gift is a good way to be sued for sexual harassment!

Uninformed Gifts

It may be tempting to give chocolates or a gourmet gift basket, but what if the recipient is diabetic? Not good! Then there's the book on how to lose weight or how to be successful. Such gifts can imply that you think the recipient needs such advice!

The bottom line is that good intentions are no substitute for doing your homework in gift giving!

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Jechin Classic Mens Gold-Tone Quartz Pocket Watch Gold with Beautiful Watch Box
Jechin Classic Mens Gold-Tone Quartz Pocket Watch Gold with Beautiful Watch Box

Watches have long been a traditional corporate gift. This charming pocket watch comes with a 14 inch chain and an attractive silk lined gift box. Highly polished plated chrome with Quartz movement.


Note Cube & Pen Gift Set

Note Cube & Pen Gift Set - Thanks for Making a Difference
Note Cube & Pen Gift Set - Thanks for Making a Difference

This attractive note cube and pen set is the perfect way to tell your employees and customers how much you value them. The self-adhesive notes are adorned with four-color artwork including a verse that tells the recipient how much they mean to you, while the pen bears the words “thank you. Both are tied together with an attractive ribbon.


If you like watching more than reading, try this for ideas!

Selecting the proper corporate gift can make a great impression, but making the wrong choice can end up doing more harm than good! Watch this video for some good ideas.

Video: Corporate Gift Ideas

The Many Advantages of Giving Corporate Gift Cards

One of the most important considerations in any business is maintaining good relations with clients, customers and employees. This can help you retain partners for a longer time so as to increase your profits by providing more of your goods and services.

It is hard to underestimate the benefits of corporate gift giving in achieving these ends. It is a way of marketing your company as well as of expressing your gratitude for a mutually beneficial relationship with your customers.

Your company can lay a more solid foundation for your relationships as well as promote good working relations with your prospects. In addition, you can use corporate gifts to build team spirit and to reward your employees for their achievements.

Benefits of Gift Cards

The corporate setting can be pretty hectic and it is easy to overlook gift shopping for your clients and employees in the hustle and bustle of conducting business. Fortunately, there are many options in corporate gift giving.

Although gift cards are frequently part of employee incentive plans, they can also be used as corporate gifts. Due to the difficulties of selecting appropriate corporate gifts, many companies have opted to reward their employees and customers with gift cards and similar options.

This can be a better choice than giving people prepackaged gifts that are not very useful and may not fit the recipient's needs. Therefore, corporate gift cards can broaden your options.

Gift cards, due to their convenient and compact format, are rapidly replacing paper gift certificates. Such cards may have fixed values of those assigned on multiple levels, allowing them to be used partially while retaining a balance that can be used at a later date.

Gift cards are certainly a bestseller in the gift giving arena. Although they are generally assigned only to specific merchants and stores, they still allow great flexibility for the recipients in allowing them to choose what they want and when they want it.

Gift Card Options

Such gift cards come in many forms, the most popular being the reloadable type which allows the company to continue to add value to the card so that the cardholder can use the same card again and again.

Some corporate gift cards are backed by such major credit card companies as MasterCard and Visa. Others are specific to a particular merchant and must be used in certain outlets or stores. These are generally less expensive than the aforementioned multivalue cards.

Since the trend these days is to shop online, a popular option is to give clients and employees online corporate gift cards. With so many choices available, the recipients are sure to find value in such gifts.

For all these reasons, corporate gift cards can be an excellent choice of gift. They allow you to give your employees the freedom to make the choices they wish, yet are more formal than cash cards and more convenient than gift certificates. Corporate gift cards can give you the best of both worlds by putting all of your gift-giving needs on a single convenient plastic card.

Amazon Gift Cards - Box of 50 Cards $25 Gift Cards, Pack of 50 (Old Version) (Classic White Card Design) $25 Gift Cards, Pack of 50 (Old Version) (Classic White Card Design)

Amazon is the world's most popular online retailer and it sells literally everything under the sun–from books to hardware to home furnishings. If Amazon doesn't sell an item directly, you can be sure that one of its partner vendors does. Amazon gift cards are available in boxes of 50 cards in denominations of either $25 or $50 each, plenty enough for you to give to your employees or your customers.



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      Meshack Bwoyele Keya 3 years ago from Vihiga County,Western Kenya

      Vital information goes a long way in preparing people to give worthwhile corporate gifts. That is exactly what your hub is all about. Thank you for sharing such valuable hints. I have benefited from them greatly.