For many organizations, corporate gifts are an essential item on the holiday to-do list. In fact, the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI), reports that in 2015 organizations plan to spend an average of $48 per customer, which is up 9% from 2014. And with the holiday season well underway, this trend certainly rings true at Shawmut.
As a certified ASI partner, we’ve helped an increasing number of clients order customer appreciation gifts this year through our PromoMall. But with only a few weeks till Christmas, Shawmut wondered if the same spending trends were true for employees. After all, appreciation is a great way to retain top talent, and that can have a big impact on a company’s bottom line.
What we found is that the growth in spending on employee holiday gifts outpaces that of clients and prospects. According to ASI’s 7th annual Corporate Gift Spending Report, spending on employee gifts has grown by 16%—almost double that of clients and prospect gifts. Also, nearly one-quarter of all companies giving gifts to employees will spend more than $100 on each employee, versus 18% in 2014.
With these trends in mind, we gathered a list of some of the top employee promotional gifts this holiday season. But the best part is that all of the items below have quick turnaround times so you can still get them in time for the holidays!
Five employee gifts just in time for the holidays
Custom Fleece Blanket
What could be better than a cozy fleece blanket for the winter nights ahead? Best of all your gift will last well beyond the holidays. Place a rush order of this blanket and your order will be shipped in just three business days.
Laptop or Tablet Travel Bag
Traveling salespeople and everyday commuters will enjoy the sleek convenience of these branded portfolio bags. Each bag has the space they need with a large zippered main compartment, a front zippered compartment with multi-function organizer, a padded tablet pocket (fits all tablets), a front slash pocket and a side mesh water bottle pocket. And with a rush production time of 1-3 business days, this gift is sure to arrive in time for the holidays.
Personalized Cutting Board Set
Help employees prepare for the holiday meals that lie ahead with this personalized cutting board set. It comes in a branded wooden storage box and includes a cutting board and two knives. Order this item and it ships in 1 business day from proof approval.
Customized Bluetooth Speaker
There are countless reports that music can help employees be more productive at work, plus it makes people happier. Your employees will love this customized Bluetooth speaker that connects to their smartphone or tablet and allows for 3 hours of music play time. And it can be branded with your company logo in just three business days.
Tumbler Filled with Mints
Something sweet and practical! Give your employees a tumbler they can use every day to keep drinks cool in the office. These double wall insulated tumblers come filled with starlight mints, matching 9" straw, stopper, and lid. They are available in 5 translucent colors and rush orders are done in 3 business days.
Need more ideas on how to recognize employees throughout the year? Check out our Spectrum Celebration catalog filled with employee gifts that will fit any budget.