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Affordable Gifts for Employees: 24 Little Ways to Say Thanks

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2020 was a tricky year for everyone, it’s fair to say. It makes sense if you are a business to reward your employees for their hard work, especially in such challenging times. We understand budgets might not be big and posting to lots of different addresses can be a lot, so we’ve rounded up the best affordable gifts for employees to inspire you.

Sending small gifts for your employees is a great way to boost morale and make everyone feel appreciated and valued. Read on to discover the best affordable gifts for employees that will make your staff’s day.

If you’ve got a small team that are all mates, check out our best cheap gift ideas for your friends for more inspiration.

24 of the Best Affordable Gifts for Employees

Natural Bath Salts – Etsy

You can choose from a range of dreamy scents to help your employees unwind when picking these natural bath salts. Prices start from £1.20, depending on the scent you choose.

Himalayan bath salts affordable gifts for employees idea

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Double Trouble Chocolate Mice – Fortnum & Mason

How cute is this Double Trouble chocolate mice box from Fortnum & Mason? At £2.50 for two luxury chocolate mice, it’s one of the most special affordable gifts for employees we’ve found.

Double trouble chocolate mice from Fortnum and Mason

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You’re a Star Wish Bracelet – Etsy

These star-themed wish bracelets, £2.50, are a touching yet budget-friendly way to show your employees how much you appreciate all that they do.

You're a star wish bracelet little gifts for employees

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Cocoba Marshmallow Hot Chocolate Spoon – Oliver Bonas

At £3.50 per spoon, the Cocoba Marshmallow Hot Chocolate Spoon from Oliver Bonas is a small, affordable gift for your staff, but it’s still an indulgent treat that will be greatly appreciated. It’s also a pretty great secret Santa gift idea.

Hot chocolate spoon with marshmallows

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Themed Biscuits – Etsy

Create branded, themed biscuits for your employees to enjoy! Whether it’s your logo or something relevant to what you do, this Etsy seller can create amazing biscuits from £3.58 for you.

Themed biscuits for your employees

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Assorted Lindor Truffles – Funky Hampers

Can anyone resist a Lindor truffle? This box of assorted Lindor truffles, £3.95, contains milk, dark and white chocolate so there will be something for everyone.

Small box of assorted truffles

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Ultra Pure Milk Soap – Molton Brown

Who doesn’t love Molton Brown?! This ultra pure milk soap, £4, is a little bit of luxury, but the small price means it’s in line with the whole ‘affordable gifts for employees’ brief. Browse more budget-friendly Christmas gift ideas here.

Molton Brown milk soap

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Let it Grow Card – Firebox

The Let it Grow card from Firebox is a great gift idea for your employees – you can write a touching message of appreciation, and they can plant it in their garden and enjoy the resulting blooms. It’s £4.99 for one, or £13.99 for a pack of three.

Eco-friendly seed planting card

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Plant a Star Paper Gift – Not on the High Street

This plantable star paper is the perfect affordable and postable gift for employees. It’s £5.50 for one, but you get discount for bulk ordering.

Plantable star paper

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One in a Melon Soap – Fragrance Direct

Tell your employees how much you value them in the form of a pun with this sweet-smelling ‘You Are One in a Melon’ soap from Fragrance Direct, £5.50.

One in a Melon soap gift for employees

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Personalised Christmas Decoration – Not on the High Street

Let your employees know you think of them as stars with this star-themed personalised Christmas decoration from Not on the High Street, £5.95.

Star themed personalised christmas decoration

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Personalised Sweet Box – Etsy

For just £5.99 you could give your employees a personalised box of sweet treats each! These personalised sweet boxes from Etsy are a fun way to say thanks.

Personalised sweet boxes from Etsy

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Team Tea Break Hamper – Not on the High Street

This letterbox hamper is a great affordable gift for employees who miss catching up over a cuppa together. The team tea break hamper, £6.50, includes a selection of teas and can be sent out with a note inviting everyone to a virtual catch up, if you fancy it. This would also make a great gift for a teacher!

Virtual tea break letterbox hamper

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Small Tuck Box – Funky Hampers

The small tuck box from Funky Hampers, £6.95, is the perfect selection of retro sweet treats if you think your employees deserve a little sugar rush after a crazy year.

Retro sweet tuck box

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Accountant Pencil Set – Not on the High Street

If your search for affordable gifts for employees directly relates to your finance team (because they are the ones telling you to keep it affordable, we assume), you might like these funny accountant themed pencils, £7.95.

Funny pencils gift for accountants

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Chocolate Card – Not on the High Street

You can’t really go wrong with chocolate, so this branded chocolate card, £8.99, is a cute and delicious way to show your appreciate to your team. Browse more chocolate gift ideas here.

Branded chocolate Christmas card

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Sourdough Starter Kit – Etsy

This sourdough starter kit, £8.99, is an unusual and creative gift idea for your employees and will have them baking up a storm! If you’re looking for more craft gift ideas, we have plenty.

Sourdough starter affordable gifts for employees idea

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Grow Your Own Christmas Tree – Not on the High Street

This is a lovely festive gift idea for your staff. Send them some festive cheer with this Grow Your Own Christmas Tree Kit, £10.95.

Grow your own Christmas tree gift

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Posse of Penguins – Hotel Chocolat

Hotel Chocolat do have a corporate gifting scheme, but if you’re buying on a smaller scale, we love the Posse of Penguins, £12.50, and your staff will too.

Posse of penguins from Hotel Chocolate

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Chocolate Brussels Sprouts – Not on the High Street

If you’re looking for affordable Christmas gifts for your staff, you should consider these chocolate brussels sprouts, £12.50. They’re, funny, festive and budget-friendly.

Chocolate brussels sprouts

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Botanical Fresh Flower Box – Not on the High Street

Nothing says ‘I appreciate you’ quite like flowers, and this mini fresh flower box from Not on the High Street, £12.95, is the perfect budget friendly way to nail it.

Fresh flower box

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Enamel Team Mugs – Not on the High Street

Are you even in a team if you don’t have matching team mugs? These enamel team mugs, £12.95, can be personalised with everyone’s name too, making them even more special. You get discounts for bulk orders.

Enamel personalised team mugs

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Christmas Party Box – Etsy

This is an affordable gift for employees if you’re totally forgoing the Christmas party or the summer get together this year. Send them a Christmas party box, £27, containing a cheeky drink as well as some tasty snacks, and arrange a time for everyone to get together online to enjoy them.

Christmas party box for employees

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Super Dooper Mega Mix – Funky Hampers

At first glance, the Super Dooper Mega Mix from Funky Hampers, £99.95, might not seem like one of the most affordable gifts for employees out there – but with 122 servings of sweets and chocolate inside, it’s a great option if you’re all in the workplace together.

Mega sweet hamper for employees

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Still looking for gift ideas for your employees? Browse even more gift hampers to suit everyone for similar ideas.

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