The transition back to the office after an extended period of remote work or a long vacation can be a mix of emotions: excitement, nostalgia, and even a touch of apprehension. As employers and team leaders, one of the most impactful ways to ease this transition and emotionally charge a returning employee is to give a thoughtful "welcome back gift".
In this post, we'll delve into the do’s and don’ts of welcome back gifts—it’s important to start from principles. And then review 12 unique gift ideas from the Postal marketplace, perfect for welcoming your team back in 2023.
The Do's and Don'ts of Welcome Back Gifts
Gifting in a professional setting can be a delicate balance. While the right gift can strengthen relationships and boost morale, an inappropriate or thoughtless gift can have the opposite effect. Here are some do's and don'ts to keep in mind when selecting office gifts:
Personalize When Possible: A gift that shows you've put thought into it, like a custom-branded item or something tailored to the recipient's interests, can make a big impact.
Consider Cultural Sensitivities: If your office is diverse or you're gifting to clients from different cultures, always be mindful of cultural norms and preferences.
Opt for Quality: It's better to give a smaller, high-quality item than something larger but of lesser quality. The durability and usability of the gift matter.
Include Everyone: If you're gifting items to a team, ensure that everyone is included. It's essential to promote inclusivity and avoid favoritism.
Stay Within Budget: While it's tempting to splurge, always set a budget for corporate gifting and stick to it. There are plenty of thoughtful gifts available at various price points.
Select Overly-Personal Items: Gifts like perfumes, clothing, or jewelry can be considered too personal for a professional setting and might make the recipient uncomfortable.
Reference Controversial Topics: Avoid gifts that touch on potentially sensitive subjects, such as politics, religion, or personal beliefs.
Forget Presentation: How a gift is presented can be as important as the gift itself. Ensure it's packaged nicely and includes a personal note or card.
Make It Obligatory: While giving gifts can be a wonderful gesture, it's essential to ensure that it doesn't feel like an obligation or an expectation, especially if reciprocation might put someone in an awkward position.
As you plan your team's return and consider gifting options, remember the do's and don'ts to ensure your gifts are always well-received. With these in mind, let’s look at some of the best gift ideas for welcoming your team back to work.
12 Welcome Back to Work Gift Ideas
1. Desk Essentials Kit
The Desk Essentials Kit is a personal workspace enhancer for every member of your team. The Porter insulated tumbler from W&P ensures beverages stay at the desired temperature throughout the day. And that air plant hanger from Calilove? It's a little reminder to chill out and breathe, even on those crazy Mondays. Plus, for those "I need a treat" moments, these chocolate chip cookies from Partake act as mini mood boosters.
2. Custom Branded White 10oz Ember Mug
Elevate your team's morning routine as they return to the office. That first sip of their go-to drink? Total game-changer. The Ember Mug takes that experience up a notch. With its tech-savvy design, their drink stays just how they like it, from the first sip to the last. Branded with your company logo, it's a warm welcome back.
3. The Ultimate International Snack Box
Why settle for local when you can go global? Transport your team's taste buds around the world with this International Snack Box. From Spain's savory delights to Ireland's sweet indulgences, it's a curated collection meant to celebrate your team’s return. Each snack is chosen to bring a touch of international flair to the workday.
4. Thoughts – Notebook
In a world of screens, putting pen to paper can be a welcome change. Made with sleek vegan leather, the Thoughts notebook is where style meets substance. These laser-engraved designs are a blend of old-school craft and modern style. Whether your employees are jotting down big ideas or just doodling during a call, this notebook's got them covered.
5. Custom 4 Pint Ice Cream Collection
Jumpstart those team bonding moments with the Custom 4 Pint Ice Cream Collection. As everyone settles back into the office, flavors like Sea Salt Caramel Brownie and Coffee Toffee serve as a delightful treat to share and reminisce over. It's a scrumptious way to reconnect after a long time apart.
6. White Wine Gift Box with Company Logo
Raise a toast to your team's return with the White Wine Gift Box. This Chardonnay from Sozo is a sophisticated way to mark new beginnings and the joy of being back together. Presented in an elegant black gift box with your company logo, it's a gesture that says, "Cheers to us!"
7. Gourmet Popcorn Fancy Crown Box
Add a touch of gourmet to your team's snack breaks with the Gourmet Popcorn Fancy Crown Box. As projects pick up pace and meetings resume, let flavors like Cookies and Cream or Party Time offer a delightful pause. It's a simple way to show appreciation and boost morale during busy days.
8. The Cheers
Welcome your team back with "The Cheers," a curated gift set that perfectly captures the spirit of new beginnings. Nestled in our signature 10" box with a Teak & Twine band, it boasts sleek Black + Gold Resin Coasters and delightful treats like "Pop the Champagne" popcorn by Eatable and Champagne bears by Sugarfina. The Sparkling white tea by TOST offers a refreshing break, while a sparkler and Champagne lollipop add a fun flair.
9. Cell Phone Stand for Desk
Let's face it: our phones are practically our lifelines. As your team returns to their desks, ensure they have the tools for seamless communication. Think hands-free video calls without the awkward angles, or just having their notifications pop up in their line of sight. Designed with a modern aesthetic, it's a stylish yet functional addition to every workspace.
10. FYY Electronic Organizer
Welcome your team back with a solution to the all-too-familiar tech clutter. With the FYY Electronic Organizer, your team can say goodbye to tangled cables and lost USB drives. Made with top-notch materials, it's designed to keep everything in its place, ensuring your team is always ready to plug in and power up. Plus, its sleek design means it's as stylish as it is functional. Tech woes, be gone!
11. Lakeside Boat Paint by Numbers
Encourage your team to take mindful breaks with the Lakeside Boat Paint by Numbers kit. No matter if they’re a budding Picasso or just looking to try something new, this artistic escape can be a therapeutic way to relax and recharge. Whether displayed in the break room or offered as a personal project, it's a creative outlet that adds a touch of tranquility to the workday.
12. EMEA Deli Nuts & Coffee Box
Kickstart your team's return to the office with the EMEA Deli Nuts & Coffee Box. This curated set showcases the best of Danish brands, combining eco-friendly Fiddle's nuts in distinctive flavors with delectable ice-coffee. It's a thoughtful blend of sustainability and taste, perfect for energizing morning meetings or afternoon breaks.
Ease The Back-To-Office Transition With These Welcome Back Gifts
Transitioning back to the office is an opportunity to strengthen team bonds and re-establish workplace dynamics. A well-selected welcome back gift can make all the difference.
With Postal's diverse and curated range of products, every gift tells a story, making the return to work a positive experience. As you plan your team's return, consider adding a touch of warmth, appreciation, and luxury with these unique gifts. Chat with us today to get started.
Alex Barca is the Director of Demand Generation at Postal, where she oversees paid acquisition, direct mail, corporate gifting, and inbound sales development. Prior to Postal, Alex worked across marketing functions at Bullhorn and Curata. Outside of work, Alex enjoys watching reality TV and spending time with family and friends in the NYC area.