Research shows that one of the most powerful ways that you can retain your best employees is to show that you appreciate them.

In fact, showing your employees that you appreciate them will also help increase their productivity and improve your company culture.

With 3% of the workforce quitting their jobs in the month of September, and the high cost to retrain new employees, the best employers are showing their star employees that they appreciate them in order to keep them around.

We have found that the absolute best way to show your employees that you appreciate them is through a comprehensive gifting program.

This goes beyond a thoughtless gift card and even an end-of-year bonus.  A good appreciation gift is something you put time and thought into, where your employee is going to go home and brag about what a great boss you are.

At GIFT·OLOGY, we have 7 key components that make up a great gift that will sure to delight and retain your star employees.

The 7 Keys to a Great Corporate Gift


Make sure your present is beneficial to the recipient. A gift that can be used daily (or at least 3-5 times a week) is unquestionably more valuable than a fancy item that practically has no use.


To stand out from the crowd, offer your gift in person, along with a customized message describing why you chose the item and why you felt they would enjoy it.


It’s a gift. You absolutely can not compromise the quality in any way. So, try getting a product of the highest quality within your budget. Longevity should be your topmost priority in this case.


To find an appropriate gift for employees, browse their social accounts to determine their interests and hobbies. Perhaps get them something they wouldn’t buy for themselves but would appreciate a lot if given to them.

Handwritten Notes

Don’t underestimate the value of personalizing your message by hand-delivering it or penning a handwritten note clarifying your intentions. Notes are always a way to add a special touch to anything.

Including Inner Circle

Another point to remember when you’re giving a gift is how you can make it useful for the recipient’s family. If their spouse or other family members are able to use the gift, you will ingratiate yourself further in their hearts and minds.

Continuity Theme

Try to create a theme or pattern with your gifts. In this way, you can make sure that the employees are looking forward to getting your gift. Multiple gifts can snowball an emotional impact on the employees.

Here are 9 gift ideas to give to your employees.

Virtual Experience

Give the gift of a virtual experience to someone you care about!  People will always be able to think back fondly on the experiences they’ve shared with their family and friends.  

And if you’re the one who contributed to that experience, you will be forever in their heart –  and they will remain loyal to you for a long time.

They may even be able to recruit their friends to come with you as well.  A win-win!

Your employee feels appreciated and you have high-quality talent applying for jobs in your company.

There are numerous companies that offer virtual experiences that can blow your team’s socks off.  Everything from appreciation dinners to zoom trivia and more.  Contact us 1 on one for recommendations.

LSTN Music Accessories

Listening to music has shown to have a multitude of benefits at work.  Music can help your employees improve their mood, increase memory retention, and feel more motivated.

LSTN is a socially good electronics company that creates beautifully designed accessories that are sure to be a conversation starter with those in the office who have them.

LSTN headphones made from Zebrawood will be seen as a badge of honor that your employees will be proud to wear while reaping the benefits of listening to music.

Another great reason to buy LSTN music accessories is that proceeds from your purchase will go to purchasing hearing aids to someone who needs them

At this time, LSTN has donated 50,000 hearing aids to those in need.


A great way to show your employee that you appreciate them is to improve their workspace.  

And one of the best ways to improve their workspace is to improve their desk.  Varidesk creates desks that can go from a sitting position to a standing position at the push of a button.

Studies show there are several benefits to a standing desk.

They help reduce weight gain, lower blood sugar levels, boost productivity, and make your employees happier.

By showing your employee that you care about them by gifting them a Varidesk, you are also creating a happier, healthier, and more productive employee.

Cork Pops

Are any of your employees avid wine drinkers?  If they are, then they know the pain and struggle of trying to remove a cork.

All the twisting, turning, praying it doesn’t get stuck inside of the bottle.  

But with Cork Pops, you can push a button and the cork flies off the bottle like magic.  

The interesting thing about gifting someone a Cork Pop is this:  It shows that you have taken an interest in their lives outside of work to indulge them in something they enjoy.

And it can be an amazing recruiting tool for you.  When your employees are opening a bottle of wine in front of their friends, they’re going to tell them how great of a boss they have.  



Chances are, your star employees are going to spend some nights working late hours.  And this might not always sit well with their significant other.

That’s why it’s critical that you give gifts that your employee’s inner circle will absolutely love as well.

It’s like putting money in the bank for when you have a hard deadline to meet or a project that went awry.

GlassyBaby is customized hand-blown, household glassware.  We know people who were gifted GlassyBaby and their spouses absolutely fell in love with the product.

For instance, John Hall had this to say about GlassBaby

“I was given a Glassybaby votive from the company’s founder after we met at an event and she said she wanted to work with my company. My wife fell in love with the product and constantly mentions it to me. I’m a believer in the “Happy wife, happy life” principle, and when my wife is happy, I have warm feelings about the person who gave her that gift. I’ve worked with the founder on different projects since, and I can’t see myself ever not advocating for GlassyBaby.”

Aura Frames

One of the best gifts you can give to employees who have grandkids is an Aura Frame.  

Aura Frames will display your photos as you take them.  Imagine that your employee’s Aura Frame is getting updated with pictures of their grandchildren on their summer vacation or their baseball game.

Aura Frames will also curate favorite images and eliminate duplicate or blurry photos.

For just a few hundred dollars you will be improving your employee’s workspace, making them more productive, and bringing “home” to the office.

Refresh Glass

refresh glass

Refresh glass is a company that turns old wine bottles into beautifully designed and customized glassware.

Like GlassyBaby, this is an item that your employee’s significant other will be able to use and love every single day.

That way, you’ll have an employee AND a supportive significant other in your corner to stay late for those hard deadlines.


For the record, we absolutely love gifting cutlery to our team members.

Cutlery checks off almost all of the boxes required for a great gift.

For instance, you can easily personalize cutlery with an engraving letting your employee know how much they mean to you.

Cutlery is extremely practical.  It is used every single time that a meal is prepared and served.

It is used by every single member of the family.  So it includes your employee’s inner circle.

And finally, a beautifully designed cutlery set will last forever, making it a best-in-class item.

Final words…

Showing your employees that you appreciate them will have some of the highest ROI that you can have for your business.

They will stay with your organization longer, meaning that you won’t have to pay the high price to constantly retrain new employees.

They will be happier, increase the company culture, and be motivated to recruit high-quality talent that will want to work for you.

And they will be more productive.

The best way to show your employees that you appreciate them is through a comprehensive gifting program.

To help you put together a comprehensive employee gifting strategy, contact us for a one on one consultation.