corporate holiday gift guide 2017

Employee Holiday Gifts: The Top 8 Promotional Product Categories for 2017

by Liz Peacock, Product Data Manager

Can you believe we are already in the midst of the holiday season? Decorative Gourd Season is here, Thanksgiving is coming, and before we know it we will be ringing in the New Year. While you probably know that promotional products are great for marketing initiatives, trade shows, and client gifts, you may not think about promotional products as employee holiday gifts. The holiday season is all about gratitude –  your employees have worked so hard this year, and a great way to express your gratitude is to thank them with a custom branded gift.

Since it is unlikely that all of your employees have the same hobbies and are into the same types of things, it might be hard to narrow down the perfect personalized gift for everyone. Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Here are the top 8 promotional product categories we are excited about for the 2017 holiday season:

Entertaining

Fall is absolutely my favorite time of year. Fall in Georgia is short and sweet, and one of my favorite things about Fall, and the holiday season, is spending quality time with family and friends. Whether I am hosting a Friendsgiving or sitting by the fire and playing cards with my husband, aesthetics are important to me. I don’t know if I’ve caught the "Fixer Upper" bug, or if it’s simply my personal preference, but when I’m entertaining I like for my home to feel and look polished, warm and inviting.

Copper is in this season, and one of my favorite custom entertaining pieces we offer for entertaining is our Bullware Mixology Set. This five-piece branded mixology set has all of the essentials you need to make an excellent cocktail – just bring the booze. Not only is this custom gift modern and high quality, it’s also very thoughtful. Most likely, your employees will be using this while mixing a drink and relaxing at home. Even though they are away from the office, this gift will enhance their downtime and remind them that they have a great job to be thankful for.

Another favorite holiday gift of mine is the Field & Co. Plaid Sherpa Blanket. I love this customizable blanket because it is soft, trendy and versatile. If you work in an office, then you know that sometimes it is boiling hot, and other times it’s freezing cold. This gift is great because your employees can keep it at their desk, or use it to cozy up around a bonfire. Either way, you’re keeping them warm and showing how much you appreciate them.

Plaid Sherpa Blanket
Bullware Mixology Set

Drinkware

Drinkware is one of the most popular promotional product categories, and we have some fantastic options for this holiday season. I suffer from a *minor* caffeine addiction, so I love a custom tumbler that I can use for hot coffee in the morning and that I can wash out and use for iced coffee throughout the day.

It’s pretty incredible that the branded Himalayan tumbler can keep beverages hot or cold for up to 6 hours. Some days I am so busy that I find myself sitting at my desk from the moment I get here till I get up to take my lunch break. When you are in the middle of a project, the last thing you want is to go for a sip of your delicious hot java only to find that it’s turned lukewarm. The Himalayan tumbler is such a life-saver for busy workdays, and the Everest Edition Himalayan Tumbler is my new favorite design. This custom branded tumbler is excellent for cold mornings on the soccer field, or for hot summer days at the park. It will help keep your employees fueled up and also hydrated for any kind of day their week might throw at them.

I also have to mention the Hot & Cold Celebration Tumbler. This promotional tumbler was a big hit at an event we held here at Pinnacle a few months back, and ever since, it has become a coveted item around the office. Everyone loves this thing, and it’s no surprise as to why: it holds up to 24 oz of liquid, can be used year round in all season and for various occasions, and is just plain cool looking. It also has a double-wall acrylic construction, press-on lid with a twist opening, and is BPA free. Plus, it's sparkly. Real sparkly. As in, shake-it-up-and-flash-back-to-glitter-pens sparkly. If you are looking to "wow" your employees with a unique (and sparkly) gift this year, then this is your show-stopper. It’s large enough to fill with smaller gifts, or is cool enough to gift on its own. Either way, your employees will be impressed!

Everest Edition Himalayan Tumbler 20 oz.
Hot & Cold Celebration Tumbler 24 oz.

Apparel

I love sporting my company's custom swag, especially on casual Fridays. I love where I work, and I feel proud to wear my company's branded attire to work and also out and about. Wearables are such an excellent and practical holiday gift for your employees. It’s pretty impressive when you realize how many different types of apparel and wearables you can brand with your company's logo.

One gift idea that has particularly caught my attention this year is the Polar Wireless Earmuffs. Everyone makes resolutions for the New Year to become a fitter and happier version of themselves. The wireless earmuffs will encourage your employees to get outside and start moving, while keeping their ears warm. They are packaged in black drawstring pouch, and they have high speed Bluetooth 3.0+ EDR capabilities, which means that they have a faster response time and Wi-Fi speeds, and more efficient power usage.

Another favorite of mine is the Port Authority Ladies Interlock Cardigan. This is another coveted item around the office, and is flattering on all body shapes and sizes. This cardigan is lightweight, has an open front, and the back seaming details at the waist give it a sophisticated and timeless look. What I really love about it is that it can be dressed up or down. I can wear this with workout clothes, to run errands, around the office and dressed up for meetings with my clients. This custom piece pairs well with so many different styles and and occasions, and is a classy way to promote your brand. The Port Authority Interlock ¼-Zip is our men’s compatible piece.

Branded apparel is one of our top selling product categories, and we are adding more unique styles all of the time. From short and long-sleeved polos, jackets, cardigans, dress shirts, workout attire, winter attire, or even wireless Bluetooth earmuffs, you will be able to find the perfect gift for your employees this holiday season.

Polar Wireless Earmuffs
Port Authority Ladies Interlock Open Cardigan

Food Gifts

Charcuterie boards are all the rage this year. Whether you are hosting a holiday event or bringing food to potluck, the Wisconsin Variety Package with Bamboo Cutting Board is the perfect item for the holidays, and year round. This comes with large, half-pound blocks of naturally-aged private stock medium and mild Wisconsin cheddar, paired with a five-ounce stick of tangy beef summer sausage and a box of water crackers. All are packaged with a handy knife on a bamboo cutting board. Delicious food, and high quality cutting board and knife make for an excellent and thoughtful custom holiday gift for your employees.

Mason jars are also very popular this year, and we have the perfect gift to fit this trend. Our Taste of Elegance Set is such a cool and "out of the box" (pun intended) way to show employee recognition this year. It comes with a heat sealed bag with your choice of fill, and two sweetZ filled mason jars in a wooden custom gift box with a laser etched lid and brown crinkle paper. Your employees can use the wooden box as a decoration or even for storage, and they can also use the mason jars for all sorts of things. Maybe they will keep them at their desk and fill them with promotional pens, or to save their coins for the vending machine. However they choose to use the box and mason jars, one thing is for certain, they will love emptying the delicious food that once filled them!

It is difficult to choose just a few food gifts for this season, but we have so many different offerings to meet your needs this season, that you will have no issue picking something that is tasty, classic, and memorable.

Wisconsin Variety Package with Bamboo Cutting Board
A Taste Of Elegance Set

Outdoors & Safety

We are so busy these days, and the holiday season is definitely the busiest time of year. Between working 40+ hours a week, trying to prep healthy meals, exercise, and sleep 8 hours a night the last thing most working professionals think about is their car battery. Most people commute to work everyday, and put a lot of wear and tear on their vehicles. Being prepared for the worst is important, and safety gifts are a great way to make sure your employees are safe on the road and able to get to work on time and arrive less stressed. The 8000mAh Car Jump Starter is the perfect gift for your commuter employees.

The Jump Starter kit has an 8000mAh UL certified Lithium Polymer battery that ensures 1000 charging cycles and power for up to 20 jump starts on one charge. It also includes a 20-inch Micro to regular USB cable, AC wall charger and 12V adapter. It comes with a spark proof smart car jump cable with short circuit reverse polarity and over/under voltage protection, and is packed in sturdy nylon case with zipper closure and operation manual. This is the perfect holiday gift for employees that have to commute to work. Living in Atlanta, commuting takes up a good portion of my day. On a good day I can make it to work in 45 minutes, and I would love having a kit like this in my car…just in case.

It’s almost impossible to keep weight off during the holidays. From work parties to family gatherings, food tends to be the centerpiece for all occasions. I am trying to exercise more and am really watching my diet. I want to be healthy, and there is a strong chance that your employees will make some sort of health-conscious resolution for the new year as well. The Solo Velocity Backpack is an excellent investment for your health. It’s perfect for hiking, but can also be used to pack gym clothes, healthy snacks, and whatever else your employees will need to tack their 2017 health goals. Corporate health and wellness initiatives are important for companies to focus on, and this is a great way to encourage your employees towards a healthier lifestyle.

8000mAh Car Jump Starter
Velocity Backpack

Technology

Technology is such a exciting and universal promotional product category. Every one of your employees uses some sort of technology every single day. From Bluetooth wireless speakers, power bank and jolt chargers, USB drives, headphones, wireless Bluetooth earbuds, and activity monitors, there are so many unique and modern gift options in this product category.

I am definitely a technology junkie, so this is the hardest category for me to narrow down, but I have to mention the TrueWireless Bluetooth Earbuds. The TruWireless Bluetooth Earbuds are the future of Bluetooth earbuds. The carrying case also doubles as a charging station. Once the case is charged it can be used as a portable charger for your earbuds. The Bluetooth working range is 10 meters (33 feet) and they also have 4 hours of talk time. These are excellent for commuting, traveling, exercising, and whatever else your employees are up to. Many of the newer mobile devices don't have a headphone jack, so wireless headphones are the way to go, making these headphones convenient and forward thinking.

We also offer an Active Gift Set which includes Force Bluetooth Earbuds, and an active health tracker with a heart rate monitor. Again, many of your employees will make resolutions for a healthier lifestyle in the new year. This is a great gift to give your employees, because it encourages them to pursue a healthy life and makes it easier for them to do so. This is a gift that can be used inside or outside of the office. We don’t realize how sedentary we are, and monitoring our activity is definitely a wakeup call. Many people in my office will walk on their lunch breaks and this increases productivity and helps with fatigue. This custom branded gift  will get your employees moving more, and ensures that your workplace will be a happier and more productive environment.

TruWireless Bluetooth Earbuds
Active Gift Set

Office

Personalized office products are practical and thoughtful. I know for me personally, I love my company branded notebook. My team has weekly meetings, and our sales department tends to have many meetings at various times during the week. The Cutter & Buck Bainbridge Writing Pad is is great choice if you are considering a nice notebook for your employee gift. It is made with genuine leather, which gives it a sleek and professional appearance. It also features an interior organizer with business card pockets and a document folder. This notebook can be used around the office or on-the-go for client meetings.

I love my notebook for organization, but there are so many other unique office categories for employee gifts. The ETL Listed Turf Charging Station is by far my favorite office holiday gift for the season.

This custom charging station is the answer to all of your charging needs. With four outputs you can charge four devices with a maximum output of 5V/6.8A. The top silicone portion holds up to three devices in place while charging. It also includes a AC cord and has passed ETL standards, which means it is safe and high quality gift. I think this item is so cool and so different. Your employees with absolutely love it.

Cutter & Buck® Bainbridge Leather Writing Pad
ETL Listed Turf Charging Station

Travel

Travel is another unique promotional product category that you may have not considered for holiday gifts. Whether your employees are traveling for business or pleasure, the Samsonite Andante 22” Wheeled Duffel bag is a fantastic holiday gift.

First, this duffel is durable and casual which makes it easy to use while traveling. The large U-shaped opening makes for easy access to pack and retrieve travel essentials. Its lightweight design and smooth rolling wheels offer effortless mobility. It also has multiple organization pockets, and comfortable top carry handles. These retractable handle locks in place in both the fully extended and stored positions for secure traveling. This duffel is a very high quality and thoughtful gift for you to give your employees this holiday season.

After a busy work year, relaxation is on everyone’s mind at the end of Q4. Our Aromatherapy Candle Collection is a fantastic employee gift for this purpose. Four small window tin essential oil infused candles are neatly packaged in a cardboard gift box, with brown crinkle paper and a clear plastic lid. The scent options to choose from are: Focus, Exhale, Immunity, Invigorate, Tranquility, Cloud 9 and Karma. The candles are branded with your company logo, and you can even add a thoughtful message to the label if you so choose. Your team has worked so hard this year, and they deserve to relax and feel appreciated for all of their efforts.

Samsonite Andante 22" Wheeled Duffel
Aromatherapy Candle Collection

Show your employees how much you care about them this holiday season by giving them the a unique and memorable holiday gift. Entertaining, Drinkware, Apparel, Food Gifts, Outdoor/Safety, Technology, Office and Travel are our top promotional product categories for 2017 holiday gifts. Whether you are wanting your employees to relax, pursue a healthy lifestyle, or simply enjoy a delicious treat, we can help you show your gratitude and create a lasting impression to show your appreciation. If you'd like great gift ideas broken down by price, check out our Our Holiday Lifestyle Catalog is a great source for expanded ideas in these product areas.

I hope this have given you some great ideas for your 2017 employee gifts.

From all of us at Pinnacle Promotions, we wish you a safe and happy holiday!

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