Corporate events are a wonderful opportunity for employers to show their appreciation for all that their employees do, but they’re made infinitely better – for the staff at least – by the presence of some fun corporate swag. For most companies, corporate events only come around once, maybe twice a year, so it’s a fitting opportunity to give your workers a little something special as a token of appreciation.
Below we’ve compiled a list of 5 fun corporate event swag ideas, that run the gamut from practical to cutting edge, and everything in between.
1. Nicer Branded Attire
Most companies these days have branded gear for their employees to wear, but it’s often the budget-type t-shirts that are cool looking, but not the most durable or long-lasting. Ordering brand name items – say a heavier embroidered fleece if you’re in a cooler climate, or a higher-end zip-up trainer says that you put some thought, and cash, behind the gift. As a company you still get an opportunity for some “free” advertising, but your employees are much more likely to wear it, and love it.
2. Portable Make-Your-Own Cocktails
This one only applies to companies that don’t view a casual cocktail as something taboo, but these days it seems that a drink after – or at – work is becoming more and more commonplace. And for good reason! Portable cocktail kits are a fun, unique gift, great for companies whose employees are either remote or travel often. All they require is that you add a splash alcohol, and wa-la: a craft cocktail in your hands.
3. Collapsible Coolers
As we head into the warmer months, it’s natural to start thinking of the outdoors. Or perhaps, you’re based in a place where it’s warm year-round? Either way, collapsible coolers are a fun and practical choice. When empty, they compress down into nearly flat packages that are easy to pack or tuck into a bag, but they pop up into useful coolers in a matter of seconds. If you’re looking for something really practical that your employees are sure to get a lot of use out of, these are a great pick.
4. The Newest Tech
Whether you’re in the business of technology or not, cool new tech gifts are always a popular pick. If you’re on the smaller side (or have a generous spending budget), you might be able to splurge on something pricier like a tablet or e-reader, but even for larger companies, more affordable items like fitness trackers or quality headphones are sure to be a hit. You could even consider dolling out slightly sillier technology-related gimmicks like selfie-sticks, if your employees would enjoy that kind of (gag) gift.
5. A Philanthropic Gesture
Donations aren’t always considered a “gift” to everyone – it takes a very philanthropically minded individual to appreciate this kind of gesture. But these days, a lot of companies offer their employees such awesome perks on a daily basis – endless snacks, catered meals, unlimited vacation, beer on tap – that it’s a sensible, and generous, alternative to a material gift.
These are just a few of our favorite, less traditional corporate gift ideas. We’d love to know – what’s the best corporate gift you’ve ever received?