Thoughtful Gifts for Employees
They’re your team, and you want good things for them. Here you’ll find a few small things that are very good indeed.
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Treat the office to a little pre-holiday girth enhancement. The Zingerman’s Office box feeds about twelve people and includes: Sourcream Coffeecake, Koeze’s Cream-Nut Peanut Butter Clusters, Italian Biscotti, Peeled Snacks all natural dried Mangoes, all natural Smooch Lion Gummis, Virginia Peanuts, Zingerman’s Freshly Roasted Coffee, Homemade Spiced Pecans, two Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, a Ginger Jump Up Cookie, and a couple Magic Brownies.
That last one should be especially popular.
OK, everyone in the world. You know how you’re always asking me what to get as a relatively inexpensive but cool gift for employees? And you know how I always tell you to just give them the cash instead? OK, I have a new idea.
This! Get them this. Then tuck some cash inside.
(Price varies by quantity.)
If you have an office full of women, this book of poetry by Deborah Garrison is such a fun gift – proof that poetry needn’t be inscrutable to be intelligent. My favorite poem:
God forgive me– It’s the firemen,
leaning in the firehouse garage
with their sleeves rolled up
on the hottest day of the year. As usual, the darkest one is handsomest.
The oldest is handsomest.
The one with the thin, wiry arms is handsomest.
The young one already going bald is handsomest. And so on.
Every day I pass them at their station:
the word sexy wouldn’t do them justice.
Such idle men are divine– especially in the summer, when my hair
sticks to the back of my neck,
a dirty wind from the subway grate
blows my skirt up, and I feel vulgar, lifting my hair, gathering it together,
tying it back while they watch
as a kind of relief.
Once, one of them walked beside me. to the corner. Looked into my eyes.
He said, “Will I never see you again?”
Gutsy, I thought.
I’m afraid not, I thought. What I said was I’m sorry.
But how could he look into my eyes
if I didn’t look equally into his?
I’m sorry: as though he’d come close, as though this really were a near miss.
Wouldn’t you rather be woken by a “gently illuminating light” than, say, a spine-slamming alarm that sends adrenaline spiking through your veins? Me too. The Moonbeam Clock wakes you naturally with light, and has a backup bell for mornings when you need extra encouragement.
( 5"H x 7"W x 3"D.)
I’ve had this dopp kit for years now, and it’s one of my favorite gifts. If your employees travel a lot, this is the perfect dopp kit.
The bag is spacious, has a water-resistant interior and a stain-resistant exterior, and is made of good-quality materials. Also, it comes in orange, lime, pink, light blue, and red. I keep my travel toiletries and an extra toothbrush inside, so I can just throw it in my suitcase without thinking too much. It has this handle that unzips two zippers at once, giving you wide-open access to the top of the bag so you never have to rummage around for anything. It has one interior-zip pocket, which I use for small stuff like bobby pins and hair bands, and a small exterior pocket, which is great for jewelry or keys.