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The 12 best Christmas gift ideas for employees - on a budget

October 7, 2022
4 min read

Take the Stress Out of Holiday Gift-Giving: Low-Cost Ideas to Delight Your Team


This Christmas, if the thought of organising team gifts for your office makes you feel like Olaf in the sunshine, you're not alone. Forbes reports that 94% of workers want a gift from their employer that makes them feel valued, no pressure then. Add in a limited budget and a busy schedule and it soon becomes a chore rather than the thoughtful task it deserves to be.

Thankfully, help is at hand!

Giving the perfect small gift 

If you think that you can’t make a big impact with a modest budget, think again. We’re not talking about a token of appreciation, the idea of a token undersells what you're aiming for. Small, low-cost gifts for employees can be mighty - if executed correctly. Micro treating is intentional treating, it shows your team that you’ve put in the thought to choose something you know they’ll enjoy and use. It can be efficient, personal and smile-inducing and that goes for the experience of the sender (you) too. 

We've spent the time researching meaningful Christmas gift ideas on a budget for staff, so you can focus on enjoying the run-up to the festive period without the sinking feeling of being overwhelmed. 

Send budget friendly Christmas gifts with Huggg

Ideally, you’d like to make every colleague and client feel noticed. Choosing something considered, not wasteful and definitely wanted. At Huggg, we don’t stock anything we don’t love and we gleefully test every item ourselves so you can be assured of quality. This carefully curated list of small budget Christmas gift ideas for your employees is just the first step in saving you time, and money. 

Being able to schedule your festive gifts now (or when you have five minutes) allows the task to be sorted ahead of time. With Huggg, recipients neatly enter the address details themselves which is perfect for in-office, hybrid or remote teams and removes any worries around GDPR compliance. The Christmas thinking caps were well and truly on, to make the process as easy for you as possible.

Add excellent customer support throughout the festive period and you could say that all festive gifting blockers were gobbled up. 

Bring back the joy of gifting 

If you gift through onerous obligation, it will show. Finding the joy in gifting allows the joy to be passed on. The experience is much more than the reward which is why being able to personalise each gift for every colleague and client makes it more meaningful.

From a low cost gift idea for a new hire, to a luxurious hamper to celebrate long service, every gift receives the same attention to detail.

To be able to complete the entire task in under five minutes makes it a satisfying experience for the gifter too. Working under the assumption that everyone is the backbone of the company, one and all can receive a little something thoughtful, useful and sustainable this Christmas.

Jack & Beyond mince pies and Cafe Nero festive drinks

‍Magic-sprinkling, budget-friendly gift ideas for your team

To keep your Christmas gifting on budget we've selected some of our most cost-effective festive options for you to share across your teams. From cockle-warming treats under £5, to indulgent gifts that will delight into 2023 for under £26. 

Here's the pick of our low cost office Christmas gifts...


Christmas gifts under £13

From encouraging your team to take an indulgent moment with a festive warm drink from Caffè Nero, to enabling a trip to the cinema with Vue on a crisp, cold day, these treats are not only budget-friendly Christmas gift ideas for employees, but can be sent right up until the last minute or even several times during the festive period. If you are looking for a physical gift, a delivered festive house from Prestat, yummy, festive Candy Kitten sweets or a popcorn-packed Joe and Seph’s Christmas cracker are the perfect seasonal stocking fillers. 


Christmas gifts under £17 

If there is a small stretch in your budget for employee gifts this Christmas, sending luxurious and delicious macarons from Mademoisselle Macaron or festive Krispy Kreme doughnuts will certainly hit the spot. Or try a heartwarming, indulgent treat with hot chocolate spoons from Cutter and Squidge or a Tony’s Chocolonely festive trio of chocolate. All greatly appreciated treats that also make pretty great secret Santa gift ideas.

Christmas gifts under £26 

With the top end of the smaller budget for staff this Christmas, you can give the gift of a real, little Bloom and Wild festive tree, perfectly desk-sized or beautiful on a window ledge at home. A delicious Little Star hamper from Harding Gomez or handmade, deep-filled Jack and Beyond Mince Pies may be the ultimate Christmas gift for home or office sharing whilst a Gluttonous Gardener Christmas seed kit will spread the holiday joy long into the New Year.