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Employee Appreciation Day: all you need to know

February 15, 2023
3 min read

Find the perfect Employee Appreciation Day gift

It comes as no surprise that Employee Appreciation is one of our favourite days of the year. After all, it’s an internationally-recognised celebration of employees for all they contribute to their company’s success. We’re all for it!

Recognising the efforts of your employees on a regular basis is a central pillar of positive company culture. A smart strategy will include multiple opportunities to reward and celebrate colleagues throughout the year – and it’s especially important on this date. Read on for our insights and top tips to make Employee Appreciation Day a day to remember. 


What is Employee Appreciation Day?

Although Employee Appreciation Day was only established back in 1995, it’s become a key date for employees across a whole host of industries in Canada, the US and the UK. It’s a chance to celebrate employee achievements as well as contributions, and a great opportunity to promote a culture of continuous recognition in your workplace. 

Why we celebrate saying thank you

As we’ve discussed, a healthy, open appreciation of your staff has transformed from a nice-to-have into a business critical objective for most people teams in recent years. Recent research indicates that when employees feel appreciated, they are less likely to experience burnout and negative effects on their mental health. Ensuring employees receive consistent levels of support and gratitude is one of the best approaches to maintaining engagement and reducing staff turnover. 

Employee Appreciation Day gift ideas ‍

As part of an ongoing rewarding program, finding the perfect Employee Appreciation Day gift that says thanks for everything isn’t as tricky as you’d think. Don’t underestimate the power of our range of gifts that allow recipients to chose something they’d really like from our tried-and-tested range. Gifts of food and drink (like delicious Barefoot Bakery brownies, or hot drinks from Caffè Nero) are always popular – and we’re proud to offer options which accommodate a wide range of dietary preferences, too.

As this is a group celebration, you might consider bottles of bubbles or boxes of Krispy Kreme doughnuts which employees can enjoy together. After all, your company’s achievements are a team effort, and they deserve to be celebrated en masse! Just don’t forget to include remote workers with gifts, delivered to their door. Add a little extra something to their home office with gifts of candles and house plants, that will remind them of your appreciation year-round. 

Employee appreciation day gifts

Other Employee Appreciation Day gift ideas 

One of an employer’s most precious resources is their employees’ time. Employee Appreciation Day is a great time to remind your people how grateful you are for the time they dedicate to your business. Why not pay it forward by giving your employees an extra afternoon off work, or setting aside some time for them to relax and socialise in the office together over team drinks or a games night. The best Employee Appreciation Day gifts and activities come from a place of gratitude and are inspired by human connection (and a good sense of fun!) There are a multitude of ways to recognise and celebrate your employees – we hope you find something that suits your people perfectly.