8 Unique Employee Appreciation Gifts to Keep Teams Connected

Whether they're deemed essential or not, businesses big and small simply cannot function without their dedicated employees and administrative professionals. So, while the country's workforce has had to shuffle around to comply with shelter-in-place restrictions, workers are still showing up and diligently getting the job done!

These unprecedented times provide the perfect opportunity to send unique employee gifts to help boost morale, show your staff appreciation, and keep your hardworking team connected while working from home. Instead of just the usual employee appreciation ideas -- no gift cards here -- we set out to create a gift guide of original employee appreciation gift ideas that reward hard work with a little fun.

Recognize your employees' contribution (whether it's Employee Appreciation Day or not) and motivate them to keep moving forward by sending gifts with a personal touch. From artisan chocolates to hands-on fun and games, send your valued team members monthly acts of appreciation like a boss! And, if you work for yourself or keep your home running smoothly on the daily, go ahead and treat yourself with these great gifts that say, "Thanks for all you do!"

1. The Adults & Crafts Crate


Price: Starts at $30.00/month

What’s Included: Getting hands-on with The Adults & Crafts Crate can be a great tool to help get subscriber's minds off of stressful situations, making it a welcome way to offer employee recognition to your team members adjusting to remote work. Bringing an all-inclusive monthly craft experience, including materials, tools and how-to's, get on Zoom for a team-building crafting experience creating DIY decor projects to spruce up those home offices.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. around the 20th of the month

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2. House Plant Box


Price: Starts at $11.25/month

What’s Included: Help both old and new employees create warm and productive office spaces with the beautiful natural elements packed into the House Plant Box. A straightforward gift set that specializes in unique houseplants, succulents and air plants, choose from 5 different subscription options, including a pet-friendly option, to send 1 plant and detailed plant-care instructions, all grown with care and backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. in the 2nd week of the month, with renewals shipping in the 2nd or 3rd week each month

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3. Finders Seekers Mysteries


Price: Starts at $25.00/month

What’s Included: Remind your team members that life's not supposed to be "all work and no play" with a mystery to solve in their off hours! Finders Seekers Mysteries is the perfect gift to help make that point by encouraging them to spend time with family and friends enjoying a one-of-a-kind game night experience. Each monthly box immerses players into an intriguing mystery set in a new city and culture, and puts their code-breaking and puzzle-solving skills to the test!

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 23rd of every month

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4. Success Crate


Price: Starts at $22.25/month

What’s Included: From goal-setting to gratitude and mindfulness, Muse Illuminate is a one-of-a-kind business gift that brings the benefits of a pro seminar right to the front door. Employees of all persuasions can get the tools they need for introspection and growth with a monthly box that delivers 1 New York Times bestseller, workbooks and goal-oriented activities, webinars, articles, and an accountability check-in plus 3-5 office gift items like pens, notepads and desk accessories.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 18th of each month

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5. Succulents Box - Monthly Subscription Box


Price: Starts at $4.75/month

What’s Included: Say "aloe there" from afar with the Succulents Box, a budget-friendly monthly gift subscription that gives your employees the chance to grow their own collection of cheerful succulents or air plants. Delivering between 1-4 easy-to-grow plants in 2-inch plastic pots, along with an info card and specific care instructions, they'll get a smile from their new plant babies and appreciate the thoughtful happy mail!

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. 3 business days from ordering, with renewals between the 18th-20th of the month

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6. SnackSack


Price: Starts at $23.50/month

What’s Included: Working from home can involve plenty of snacking, so make sure your valued staff members refuel with the high-quality nutrient-dense options packed into the SnackSack. With classic, vegan and gluten-free options, keep an assortment of between 11-15 healthy snack items coming on auto-pilot. Featuring tasty treats from tried-and-tested brands, each box brings an assortment of sweet and salty goodies, like bars, cookies, veggie crisps and nut mixes.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. beginning on the 10th of the month

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7. Boxed Locks


Price: Starts at £22.50 GBP/month

What’s Included: Easy shipping to the U.S. and Europe makes Boxed Locks a fun gift idea that can include employees at home and overseas! Engaging and entertaining, each monthly delivery highlights that the devil is in the details, providing props, puzzles and clues that need to be solved to crack the final code that unlocks the box. Every box is carefully curated to include items that can be used afterwards, along with a help card to use as needed!

Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.K. around the 1st week of every month, beginning with the month following signup

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8. Managerine Female Leaders Book Club


Price: Starts at $20.99/month

What’s Included: Ideal for self starters and entrepreneurial women, the Managerine Female Leaders Book Club is here to inspire personal growth and help strong women reach new heights of success. Each monthly box sends 1 leadership-focused New York Times bestseller, 3-5 pieces of success-celebrating swag that supports women-owned businesses, like candles, stationery and self-care goodies, and a motivational mix of development strategies and leadership ideas.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. on the 15th of each month

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