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25 Christmas gifts for employees - costs and times

25 Christmas gifts for employees - costs and times

Why Christmas gifts for employees are important

Christmas is approaching and with it the time to show appreciation and gratitude to employees. Personalized Christmas gifts for employees are a popular way to do this. In this article, you will learn why gifts for employees at Christmas are such a meaningful gesture and the many ways you can make your employees happy.

In today's fast-paced business world, it is crucial that companies show their employees the right amount of appreciation. Personalized Christmas gifts underline exactly that appreciation. They show that you have taken the time to select and design something very special for your employees.

By giving personalized Christmas gifts to your employees, you strengthen the bond between them and the company. Employees feel valued and are more motivated to continue working towards the success of the company.

Sustainable employee gifts are more than just trendy

In the age of sustainability, it is important that gifts also follow this trend. Eco-friendly gift options and the reduction of disposable packaging show that the company takes environmental awareness seriously. For personalized

Sustainable and personalized gift ideas for employees go hand in hand. 3D printing with biodegradable or recycled plastic in particular offers the advantages of personalization and sustainability for your gift ideas.

We present you the 25 best Christmas gifts for employees that are not only sustainable but can also be individually tailored to your employees.


1. Cookie cutters with individual designs

Give away cookie cutters with your logo or with fun Christmas motifs. These personalized gifts are not only practical, but also a nice gesture to show employees that you have put some thought into them.

  • Cost: 2-5 € per piece
  • Lead time: 1-2 months (depending on quantity)
Cookie cutters as a Christmas gift
Individual cookie cutters as a Christmas gift

2. Tailor-made desk accessories

Personalized desk accessories such as pen holders, decorative containers or picture frames are not only functional, but also a nice way to personalize your workplace and create a positive atmosphere.

  • Cost: 10-30 € per piece
  • Lead time: 1-2 months (depending on quantity)


3. Personalized soaps

With custom engravings, company logos or even customized fragrance creations, you can give your employees unique soaps as gifts that they will cherish.

  • Cost: 5-10 € per piece
  • Lead time: 1-2 months (depending on quantity)

Personalized soaps by Katja Banfai

Individual soaps from Dr. Banfai


4. Chocolates with company logo

Why not give away chocolates with your company logo ? Show your employees how important they are to your company and surprise them with these delicious and personal treats.

  • Cost: 10-30 € per piece
  • Lead time: 1-2 months (depending on quantity)


5. Individualized trophies and medals

Reward your employees' achievements with custom trophies and medals. This not only shows your appreciation for their hard work, but also motivates them to continue to do their best.

  • Cost: 10-100 € per piece
  • Lead time: 1-2 months (depending on quantity)

Personalized medal for employees

Personalized medal for employees


6. Personalized Christmas cards

Handwritten Christmas cards with a personal message are a simple but effective way to show employees they are appreciated.

  • Cost: 1-2 € per piece
  • Lead time: 1-3 weeks (depending on quantity)


7. Individual Christmas tree balls

Simply give each employee a Christmas tree bauble with their name or a personal motif to decorate the office tree or your own Christmas tree. You can find many regional manufacturers of Christmas tree baubles on Etsy.

  • Cost: 3-10 € per piece
  • Lead time: 1-2 months (depending on quantity)


8. Christmas dinner together

A shared lunch or dinner in a cozy restaurant is a great opportunity for the team to relax outside of the office and enjoy the festive atmosphere. If you prefer to cook yourself, you can find great Christmas dishes at Chefkoch .

  • Costs: approx. 50-100 € per employee
  • Lead time: reserve at least 2-3 months in advance

Christmas dinner for employees

Christmas dinner for employees


9. Personalized Desk Calendars

Calendars with individual photos or quotes can help employees start the coming year organized and motivated. At Vistaprint, you can have standing calendars with photos created for your office desk.

  • Costs: 4-10 € per employee
  • Lead time: 1 month (depending on quantity)


10. Company Christmas party

A well-planned and entertaining company Christmas party offers employees the opportunity to relax, have fun and get to know each other better.

  • Costs: 2-20 € per employee
  • Lead time: 1 month (depending on quantity)


11. Christmas gift baskets

Filled with treats like chocolate, cookies, tea and other delicacies, gift baskets are a popular choice for delighting employees. At Gift and Basket, you can easily buy and send gift baskets online .

  • Costs: from 50 € per piece
  • Lead time: 1-2 months (depending on quantity)


12. Desk toys

Desk toys are a great way to lighten up the workplace and create a relaxed atmosphere. Items like fidget toys are a great way to relieve stress. You can find a good list of anti-stress toy ideas at Stern.

  • Cost: 1-5 € per piece
  • Lead time: 1-2 months (depending on quantity)


13. Christmas team building activities

Joint activities such as ice skating, a snowball fight or a Christmas rally with Mario Kart action promote team spirit and ensure fun and cohesion.

  • Costs: from 40 € per employee
  • Lead time: reserve at least 1-2 months in advance

Christmas Rally Mario Kart Battle by Teamazing

Christmas Rally Mario Kart Battle by Teamazing


14th Company Christmas Show

A show or musical performance where employees can show off their talents is an original and entertaining idea for a company Christmas party. If you don't have any talented employees, there is also Project PQ who can save the evening with their fire show .

  • Costs: only planning time
  • Lead time: plan at least 1-2 months in advance


15th Company Christmas Market

An internal Christmas market in the office, where employees can sell homemade gifts and treats, creates a festive atmosphere while supporting local artisans. A professional service provider such as Tagkonzept can help you set this up.

  • Costs: only planning time
  • Lead time: plan at least 1-2 months in advance


16. Vouchers for personal experiences

Vouchers for restaurants, spa treatments or leisure activities are a great way to give your employees a break and show them that you appreciate their hard work.

  • Costs: approx. 100-200 € per employee
  • Lead time: 1-2 weeks


17. Individual office equipment

Make sure your employees work comfortably and stylishly by making your environment modern and in keeping with your company. With individual decoration from the 3D printer, you can create extraordinary objects for office equipment.

  • Costs: Individual according to object
  • Lead time: Individual according to object


18. Personalized office plants

Bring life into the office and promote the well-being of your employees by giving them personalized office plants. Each employee receives a plant that suits their personality or their workplace. To match this, even more personalization can be created with individually designed plant pots. You can find a large selection of office plants at Foliagedreams.

  • Cost: 20-60 € per piece
  • Lead time: 1-2 months (depending on quantity)


19. Tailor-made workwear

Show your employees that they are part of a team by giving them custom work clothes with the company logo or their name. From shirts to aprons to shoes, every item of clothing can be customized. At Brandible, you can have good work clothes directly printed with your logo .

  • Cost: 30-50 € per piece
  • Lead time: 1-3 months (depending on quantity)


20. Personal wellness packages

Pamper your employees with personalized wellness packages tailored to their individual needs. From massage vouchers to face masks to relaxing music, each package can aim to reduce stress and increase wellbeing.

  • Costs: 100-300 € per employee
  • Lead time: 1-2 weeks


21. Personalized keychains

Order personalized keychains with the initials, name or an individual design for each employee. These small but practical gifts can help organize keys and ID cards while adding a personal touch. You can find sustainable unique keychains at Gravur.

  • Costs: 2-5 € per employee
  • Lead time: 1-2 months (depending on quantity)


22. Personalized desk lamps

Print customized desk lamps in different shapes and colors to suit the preferences of each employee. These customized lighting solutions create a pleasant working environment while adding an original accent to the desk. Modern desk lamps with logo are available at PK Green.

  • Costs: 20-60 € per employee
  • Lead time: 1-2 months (depending on quantity)


23. Personalized action figures

Turn your employees into superheroes or cartoon characters with personalized action figures. These fun gifts can be customized using a 3D scan of the employee or boss.

  • Costs: 40-100 € per employee
  • Lead time: 1-2 months (depending on quantity)
Employee gift action figure

Employees as action figures from Layerlab


24. Personalized business card holders

Create personalized business card holders with each employee's name or logo. These stylish accessories are not only practical for keeping business cards neatly organized, but also an elegant way to increase professionalism in the workplace. You can buy classy business card holders directly from Vistaprint.

  • Costs: 10-50 € per employee
  • Lead time: 1-2 months (depending on quantity)


25. Individual headphone holders

Design individual headphone holders in fun shapes or engraved with each employee's name. These practical accessories help keep the desk tidy while adding a touch of personality. We can make headphone holders with logos in individual designs for you thanks to 3D printing. Simply askdirectly using the contact form .

  • Cost: 20-40 € per piece
  • Lead time: 1-2 months (depending on quantity)


Costs for employee gifts

The cost of employee gifts varies depending on the industry and company. It is advisable to adjust the value of the gifts to the employees' salaries. Although there are no clear upper limits, it is important to keep an eye on the budget. On average, companies in Germany and Austria spend €300-500 per employee on Christmas gifts.

Tax-free employee gifts

In Austria, a maximum of €186 per employee per year is considered tax-free for gifts. In contrast, in Germany, €50 per employee is considered tax-free for gifts. A special case applies in Germany for individual employee gifts on special occasions such as birthdays or weddings. On these occasions, the tax-free amount may be €60. Unfortunately, Christmas is not included.


Personalized Christmas gifts are a simple, cost-effective and effective way to show appreciation to your employees and boost employee loyalty. Take this opportunity to surprise and delight your employees - it will pay off in the long run.

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