Appreciation Gifts Family and Colleagues Actually Want
They say it is better to give than to receive, but meaningless appreciation gifts are hardly going to warm the hearts of you or your recipients. When you just can’t bear to give another coffee mug, it’s time for some inspiration.
No worries, we’ve got you covered with some gift ideas that are sure to bring a smile to your loved ones and colleagues.
Gifts for Teachers
Outside of family members, your children’s teachers are often some of the most beloved people in your family’s lives. They help shape and guide our kids in important ways.
But with opportunities for gift giving typically occurring twice a year or more, it can be challenging to come up with appreciation gifts that feel truly special.
While everyone appreciates the thought behind any gift, most teachers enjoy gifts that are practical, useful, or heartfelt.
While school supplies may not seem very fun as a gift idea, teachers always appreciate them. Most schools don’t have big enough budgets to fully stock each classroom with supplies. Teachers often make up the difference out of their own pocket.
The most helpful gifts include pricier items such as dry erase markers or Sharpies. Another good category is classroom supplies that are always in high demand. These include pencils, glue sticks, and erasers.
For added flair, package the items with a stylish gift tag and container, to offset the mundane quality of the gift.
If going the practical route lacks enough warmth for you, another approach for appreciation gifts is the homemade one. These include baked goods or treats, or a simple but heartfelt note. The personal touch means a lot more than the monetary value.
Teachers and coaches are in their professions because they love working with children and want to make a difference in their lives. They are rarely in it mostly for the money.
Giving them gift cards allow them to get something they really need or would enjoy. For example, restaurant gift cards allow them to indulge in a night out, or a simple treat. Store gift cards can be used for both practical or personal items.
Again, you can present the gift in a nice package or with a cute printable tag to spice it up.
Gifts for Mom
When it comes to mom, it’s hard to go wrong with any gift that comes from the heart. Anything handmade or personal is sure to make her happy. Or anything that lets her indulge or relax will make her feel appreciated.
Handmade Gift Ideas
Sure winners are any gift with a personal touch. These include projects that incorporate artwork, handprints or footprints, or photos of the kids.
For older kids, giving mom a note of love and appreciation will be cherished more than the most expensive gift. But why stop at just one? An Appreciation Jar with 52 notes, one for each week of the year, keeps the love coming all year long.
Gifts of Time and Indulgence
You can never go wrong by giving mom a time out from the kitchen. You can make dinner (from the grocery shopping to clean up) or treat her to a meal out with a restaurant gift card.
Gift cards to the spa are popular, but if a massage breaks the budget, you can do a DIY version. Let her pick a time for a long, hot bath and get the kids out of the house. Or simply give her an afternoon to herself either at home or out doing whatever she chooses.
Gifts for Dad
Why is it that everyone struggles to come up with the perfect appreciation gift for the dads of the family? These days, hardly anyone wears neckties anymore, so even that gift is off the table.
The fact is, dads like many of the same things as moms. Gifts from the heart, time spent with family, and an indulgence or two. Here are a few winning ideas to help you with the next Father’s Day.
Anything with a real personal touch will warm the heart of any father. Those cute gifts with photos, artwork by the kids, or a handwritten message will win him over every time.
The Gift of Time
What do you give someone who says he doesn’t need anything? The one thing you can’t buy: time with his family. If dad has a hobby, whether it’s cycling, golfing, or playing video games, set aside time to do it with him.
And if you personally hate playing video games? Do it anyway. That’s what makes the gift even more precious.
Let Him Indulge
Sometimes dads don’t take the time to have a little fun. So give him the gift of a fishing trip, a pub crawl with friends, or a kid-free home so he can take a nap.
Another approach is to raise the luxury quotient of a favorite food or drink of his. Does he love beer? Give him a Corkcicle Chillsner Beer Chiller so his beer stays cold to the last drop. How about a coffee aficionado? Blue Bottle Coffee will deliver its gourmet beans within two days of roasting.
Gifts for Employees
One of the best ways to keep employee morale high is to make them feel appreciated. This doesn’t mean breaking the bank with expensive gifts. It does mean being sincere and giving employees something they would truly enjoy.
Group Appreciation Gifts
They say the way to a man’s (or woman’s) heart is through their stomach. So providing food for your employees is a great way to make them feel appreciated. Having a regularly-scheduled meal, such as breakfast the first Friday of every month, allows time for a bit of staff bonding as well.
Treating the office to a fun outing, such as to a sports event or concert, also helps with team building in addition to showing appreciation.
Flex or Free Time
Some high schools have a “late start” day a few times a year where kids get to come to school two hours late. That extra time in the morning is a real treat. Since closing down the office for that late start is impractical, try offering late starts to a small group of workers at a time, to keep things running smoothly.
Giving out vouchers of time away from the office can be used as special recognition gifts. Or if giving time off is not practical, try giving flex hours instead.
To reward individuals, restaurant gift vouchers to a staffer’s favorite eatery or a high-end establishment is an especially nice gift. Or give your employees a choice of restaurants. Gourmet Guide lets you purchase a gift card in any amount redeemable at any restaurant listed on the Gourmet Guide website.
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