33 Mailable Gift Ideas for Remote Employees

We handpicked some of our favorite mailable gift items, to show remote employees how much you care

by Nikhil Bendre

As we pass the one year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic, most HR professionals are reflecting on the impact that the virus has made on our lives thus far. The workforce endured unforeseeable difficulties as the new normal settled in, from getting set up in a home office to meeting virtually every day. The large-scale shift to remote work has been the safest option, but hasn’t been ideal for employees in aspects such as motivation, productivity, and morale. According to a study from Oxford University’s Saïd Business School, happy employees are 13% more productive.

This should come as no surprise to HR, as employees are more inclined to contribute to an organization that makes them feel valued. With that being said, in order to fight the work-from-home slump, now is the time to reassure your employees that they are seen and cherished.

One of the simplest things you can do to show your continuous regard for your team is to send them tokens of appreciation. We’ve compiled a list of some creative gift ideas that you can mail to your employees to remind them that they’re valued while staying safe.

1. Gift Cards to Local Restaurants

Treating your employees to a good meal is always a great gift! In these times, it may be wise to encourage taking advantage of takeout or delivery options. Get to know the dietary needs and restrictions of your team and take them out to dinner pandemic style!

Where to buy:

You pick!

2. Branded Masks

In the age of COVID-19, this is a gift that is certain to be appreciated and utilized. Here at GoCo, we quickly mobilized to send branded masks to our employees when the pandemic hit. Show your employees that their safety is your number one priority.

Where to buy: Swag


3. Branded Clothing

Whether it’s a day full of Zoom calls or just relaxing at home, a branded outfit is sure to be a go-to grab. Our team members and their kiddos love sporting GoCo swag anywhere they go. Keep your employees and their families cozy and comfortable in quarantine!

Where to buy:

Price: Up to you!

4. Branded Coffee Cups

Here is a simple yet effective gift choice. We all need a little caffeine pick-me-up sometimes, so consider providing your employees with a company branded cup!

Where to buy:

Price: Still up to you!

5. Scented Candles

Candles could be a great option, especially around the colder months. Allow your team to submit their choice of scent(s) and treat them to something warm and cozy!

It’s important to note that you should consider supporting small businesses. For example, we love the candles from Simply Scents Candle Co.! 

Where to buy: Simply Scents Candle Co.

Price: $7.00

6. Nespresso Machine

This one may be a bit of a splurge, but if you have the budget, your employees deserve it. We’re all spending a lot more time at home, so give the gift of high quality coffee!

Where to buy:

Price: $239.00

7. Milk Frother

This option goes hand-in-hand with our last one. Coffee has become a huge part of our quarantine, so a milk frother can help your team unleash their inner barista!

Where to buy:

Price: $13.97

8. Smart Watch

Though this suggestion also starts at a steeper price point, the versatility of this little device pays for itself. Whether your employees use it for tracking steps or simply organizing their notifications, this gadget definitely won’t disappoint!

Where to buy:
Apple, Fossil 

Price: Apple – $399.00, Fossil – $249.00

9. Bluetooth Headphones

Working from home could mean working with the ambient noise of other family members, so this is a solid option to help maintain a quiet and peaceful work environment.

Where to buy:
Apple, Beats by Dre 

Price: Apple – $249.00, Beats by Dre – $49.99

10. Yoga Mat

It’s easy to let stress get the best of us with everything that’s going on in the world. This gift shows that in addition to your employees’ professional contributions, you also prioritize their mental and physical well being.

Where to buy:

Price: $16.98

11. Self-Care Kit

Sending your employees items such as soaps, scrubs and face masks says, “We notice the hard work you’re putting in. Here’s a little something to help you wind down at the end of the day!” When lockdown first began, the GoCo team curated self-care boxes for the entire company, with everything from fluffy socks to mental health resources. 

Where to buy:

Price: $36.00

12. Charcuterie Board

These boards and their beautiful spreads have skyrocketed in popularity over the past year, and are sure to be a hit! Get your team in on the trend by helping them express their culinary creativity.

Where to buy:
Sur la Table 

Price: $34.95

13. Weighted Blanket

A step up from your average, run-of-the-mill blanket, a weighted blanket is a great choice to keep your team comfortable. As part of our

Christmas Employee Gift Catalog, we offered up a weighted blanket as one of the options, and received overwhelming positive feedback from the team. The new work uniform for Zoom calls is a professional top on-camera with pajamas and a weighted blanket off-camera!

Where to buy:

Price: $49.90

14. Pet Gifts

If any of your team members have some furry friends at home, sending gifts such as toys, treats and accessories would be a pawsome thing to do! Let your employees know you care by going the extra mile for their fur-babies.

Where to buy:
Amazon, Chewy 

Price: Amazon – $12.99, Chewy – $24.99

15. Happy Hour Box

Just because we’re not in the office doesn’t mean our jobs are any less stressful. For your 21+ members, a nice bottle of wine with some complementing snacks could be a welcome way to take the edge off at the end of the week. 

Where to buy:
BoxFox, SnackNation 

Price: BoxFox – $98, SnackNation – $64.95

16. Plant

A low-maintenance plant, such as a prayer plant or spider plant, would help to liven up the at-home office space that we’re all a little too familiar with at this point. Try to go with non-toxic varieties to protect your employees’ pets!

Where to buy:
Try your local nurseries or ship with Amazon

Price: $15.00

17. Bluetooth Speaker

Here’s something the whole family can enjoy during those off-the-clock dance parties! Whether your employees use it at the beach, in the park, or even for their shower concerts, this is an awesome portable gift.

Where to buy:
Beats by Dre, Amazon 

Price: Beats by Dre – $179.95, Amazon – $21.99

18. Blue Light Glasses

One thing that we’ve become a little too acquainted with over this past year is our screens, be it our phones, tablets, laptops, or televisions. These glasses can help alleviate some of the inevitable eye strain.

Where to buy:

Price: $16.98

19. Portable Hammock

A great way to get out of the house while maintaining appropriate social distancing is to explore the outdoors! A portable hammock makes for a fun and relaxing time outside of the usual four walls.

Where to buy:

Price: $29.99

20. Custom Stationary

Give your team office supplies that they’ll actually be excited to use! Adding personal touches, such as the employees initials, illustrates an individual level of care that is sure to be appreciated.

Where to buy:
Paper Source 

Price: $109.00, $1.09 each

21. TV Streaming Extension

Something within the realm of Apple TV and the Amazon Fire TV Stick could prove useful as a way to fill the extra free time we can now enjoy from home!

Where to buy:
Apple, Amazon 

Price: Apple – $149.00, Amazon – $49.99

22. Flowers

Everyone loves receiving flowers. The beauty of this option lies in its simplicity. They’re easy for you to send and are sure to make a lasting impression with your team.

Where to buy:
Urban Stems 

Price: $35.00-$150.00

23. Pedometer 

With all the time we spend at our desks nowadays, the gift of a pedometer could be a good motivator and reminder for your employees to get their daily steps in!

Where to buy:

Price: $138.00

24. Branded Bag/Backpack

A company bag tends to be a go-to in the merch department, but that doesn’t make it any less effective. Give the gift of utility so that your employees can be hands-free while still representing your organization!

Where to buy:

Price: Depends on what you need!

25. Watch

A watch is a timeless gift that your team is sure to love. A plus is that you can choose from a variety of price-points depending on your budget!

Where to buy:
Movado, Fossil

Price: Movado – $595.00, Fossil – $195.00

26. Record Player/Vinyls

A nice personal gift idea would be to take note of your employees’ favorite albums and then gift them the record alongside the record player! This is a great addition to any household and your team will surely remember that you went the extra mile to note their interests.

Where to buy:

Price: $54.99

27. Designer Small Leather Good

If you’re really looking to spoil your team, surprising them with something like a designer wallet can go a long way! This gift is something that can be used on a daily basis and is sure to make your employees feel extra special.

Where to buy:
Louis Vuitton 

Price: $390.00

28. Portable Charging Bank

Here’s a more practical, functional option. It’s guaranteed to come in handy, especially if a random

natural disaster ever happens to come through and knock out the power supply for days on end. But what are the odds of that happening, right?

Where to buy:

Price: $39.99

29. Coasters

Look into the option of custom coasters! Personalizing these to each employee would add a warm touch to their home. You might want to consider pairing this gift with one of the coffee related gifts that we mentioned before.

Where to buy:

Price: $12.99

30. Polaroid Camera

The gift of memories will never fall short. Set your team up with a Polaroid and some film and let the memories begin!

Where to buy:

Price: $99.99

31. PopSocket

After a long work day when you’re laying in bed on your phone, the last thing anyone wants is to drop their phone on their face. Personalize these with your company’s logo and send them to your employees as a neat little token. 

Where to buy:

Price: $15

32. Tech Accessories Travel Bag

Traveling with tech can be stressful with all the gadgets and wires. You can solve that problem for your team with this nifty idea!

Where to buy:

Price: $24.99

33. Visa Gift Card

Last but certainly not least, you can’t go wrong with a plain old Visa gift card. It’s always a crowd pleaser and your team will appreciate the flexibility to use it however they choose.

Where to buy:
Try your local grocery stores or find them online at Visa.

Price: Take your pick!

Today, it’s more important than ever to ensure that your team feels appreciated as we all navigate new obstacles that have been placed before us. We as HR professionals have a unique opportunity to truly demonstrate compassion for the ones that contribute to our teams, and these gifts are a great way to get that message across!

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