The Ultimate Guide To The Best Corporate Gifts

October 12, 2022

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What is Corporate Gifting?

Much like it sounds, corporate gifting is the art of sending gifts to those who help your company thrive. From your most valuable customers, your trusted advisors, your hard-working employees, diligent suppliers, and more, your business is filled with associates, customers, and other business partners that help make it thrive. By sending a thoughtful gift to them, you are sending a message of appreciation. 

Everything your company does leaves an impression, whether good or bad, and that includes your corporate gifting. When companies take the time to send gifts for associates and clients it’s a direct reflection of your company and your values. 

Amazing corporate gifts are thoughtful and send a positive message- even without saying a word. From the actual product and packaging down to the delivery, presentation is everything. While these details are important, they don’t have to be expensive or over the top to get the job done. 

The Benefits of Corporate Gifting:

There are many benefits in sending out special business gifts. Well thought out gifts can help reinforce your brand image. Furthermore, by choosing custom gifts for employees and clients that are fun or on-trend, practical, and sustainable, you can give a gift that reflects positively reflection on your company. 

On the flipside, gifts for workers and clients that are of poor quality, fall apart, or lack any appeal or usefulness can negatively impact the impression you are trying to leave and in some instances, are worse than sending nothing at all. While bad gifts can happen to good companies, there are many resources available to companies to ensure all of your corporate gift items are every bit as awesome as you imagined! 

Tips to ensure your gifts send the right message:

  1. Choose Quality Every Single Time. Even for companies on a small budget can score high-quality, unique gifts for employees and customers. In fact, even company’s on a shoestring budget can send    good gifts for employees and clients in the form of high-quality snacks or hand-written cards. 
  2. Think through your presentation. The branding doesn’t end with your product. Whether you’re preparing to ship your gifts or personally hand them out, the presentation is part of the experience. 
  3. Sustainability is key. An important component of any gift is thinking through its impact on the environment. There was a time when plastic water bottles littered the floors and overflowed from every trash bin at conferences and it was expected. Today, that’s not only frowned upon, but leaves a negative impression of your company. 
  4. Unique and useful! Want good gifts for employees? Why not great gifts? When it comes to amping up your swag and creative corporate gift ideas, think fun and functional!  

Corporate Gifting Is Great for Business!

Is corporate gifting right for your company? Yes! No matter what industry you’re in, what product you sell or the service you offer, corporate gifting is a great way to show your appreciation. In addition you can use personalized corporate gift ideas to generate sales leads or to create your own merch store. 

In fact, corporate gifting is perfect for:

  • gifts for employees for years of service
  • corporate thank you gift ideas
  • gifts for associates for milestone achievements
  • corporate gift items for holidays
  • corporate birthday gifts for employees
  • and more!

What You Need To Know To Start a Corporate Gift Program:

Ready to start a Corporate Gift Program? When you partner with a company like Gemnote, you can rest assured, your corporate gifting is in good hands. From receiving curated collections that are on-brand and within-budget to quality customization, fullfillment and warehousing, they can help you with all of your corporate gifting needs from start to finish. 

For the best gifting solutions for corporates, trust Gemnote to: 

1. Design and development. Gemnote can bring you product options to reflect your ideas, branding, mood board, budget, and more. And, when it comes to customization, they leave no stine unturned. From helpful one pagers for approvals, color matching, mock ups and proofs, there are no unexpected surprises along the way. 

2. Sourcing and Production. Think of us as your gateway to the word’s best suppliers. Plus, with your own Swag Product Manager, missing a production deadline is never a thing. And, when it comes to customization, you have plenty of options! Need a pre-production sample for a big order? We got you!

3. Packaging and Sustainability. Forget over-the-up waste. From basic to stand out packaging, we get that less is more. What you get? Quality packaging that’s 100% recyclable, compostable, reused, and meets best practices for commercial packaging, or ASTM D5118 if your techy.  

4. Fulfillment and Warehousing. Don’t have your own warehouse? You don’t need it. With Gemnote you can store and ship your branded swag with us, and remotely manage inventory and restock products. Plus, we can handle bulk- and drop- shipping. We’re all about fast service, scalable fulfillment, and on-time delivery. 

Learn more about all of our services →

20 Unforgettable Corporate Gifts For Employees & Clients 

1. Lacoste Classic Pique Polo

For name-brand gifts for women and men look to iconic brands like Lacoste. 

  • Classic fit 
  • Embroidered croc logo 
  • Stretch cotton piqué

Compare to Vineyard Vines, The North Face, and Eddie Bauer.

Shown: Lacoste Men's Classic Pique Polo

2. Born Chocolate Bar

Not just any old chocolate bar, this one is infused with tangy blueberries, roasted almonds, and crunchy buckwheat, and finished with sea salt flakes. The perfect addition to your gift packages for employees and clients. 

Compare to Compartes chocolate, Mast chocolate, Ritual chocolate.

Shown: Born Chocolate Bar in Blueberry & Almond 62% Dark Chocolate

3. Subtle art Studios Tile Coasters 

Hand-crafted limited edition designs are perfect for executive holiday gifts. 

  • High-quality glass
  • Thick, durable, and long-lasting 
  • Other color options

For comparable coasters to Areaware Bower Studios Table Tiles and Areaware terracotta Ben Medansky Dune Coasters. 

Shown: Tile Coasters in by Subtle Art Studios

4. Rains Woven Pants 

No one does modern styling quite like Rains! As corporate thank you gifts or unique gifts for employees, this hardworking brand is known for its style and high quality design. For gifts trending gifts this year, their woven pants will be your recipients favorite. 

  • Drawstring waist 
  • Single back pocket
  • Side slant pockets

Makes great corporate Christmas gifts ideas. Compare to Men’s training pants by AS Colour and Saturday Pants and Saturday Joggers by Marine Layer. 

Shown: Rains Woven Pants

5. Vegobears Santa Monica Gummies 

Yummy snacks are ideal for your gift packages for employees. For more corporate gifts for employees check out these 20 Best Food Items for Corporate Gift Baskets

Compare to California Gummy Bears, Candy Club, Compartes Chocolate, and more. 

Shown: Vegobears Santa Monica Gummies

6. AS Colour Duffel Bag 

A modern take on your favorite duffel, the AS Colour offers the perfect trending gifts for those who want a sleek, minimal style. 

  • One outside and inside pocket 
  • 100% Recycled Polyester

Looking for a name-brand style to add your logo to? You can’t go wrong with the Nike Brasilia Small Duffel, Carhartt® Canvas Packable Duffel with Pouch, or The North Face ® Apex Duffel. 

Shown: AS Colour Duffel Bag 

7. AS Colour Chambray Shirt

For trending gifts, you can’t go wrong with a denim button down. Sure it’s a classic, but it’s the timeless fashion staple that continues to please. 

  • Regular fit
  • Pre-shrunk
  • Customizable

Compare to Port Authority® Slub Chambray Shirt for him and her. 

Shown: AS Colour Chambray Shirt

8. Pearly Hotel Keychain

A little retro and lot cool! For a hotel keychain that brings the fun try this one in your choice of colors. 

  • Available in black, light blue, orange, pink or white.  
  • Great for branded gifts for employees
  • Inexpensive - starts as low as $3 each

Possible con: Marbling effect may vary from one to another.

Ask your Gemnote rep for more creative corporate gift ideas. 

Shown: Pearly Hotel Keychain

9. Not Neutral Lino Coffee Mug 

The Not Neutral Lino Coffee mug offers clean lines, an interesting silhouette and plenty of great colors to choose from.  

  • 11 colors available
  • The design was in collaboration with award-winning baristas
  • Cups optimized for latte art and thermal insulation

Compare to: Kinto, Hasami, Corkcicle

Shown: Not Neutral Lino coffee mug in canary yellow

10. Custom Linen Robe

For the best business gifts, don’t forget to spoil them with luxe faves that comfort them in their downtime. Want to elevate this luxe robe? Why not add embroidery or a sewn on label featuring your logo? Talk to your Gemnote rep for even more customizing ideas. 

  • Linen fabrication
  • Perfect for customizing
  • Makes a great corporate gift idea

Check out our Holiday Gift Guide for more professional gift ideas in great neutrals. 

Compare to the Port Authority® Checkered Terry Shawl Collar Robe and Alpine Fleece - Mink Touch Luxury Robe. 

Shown: Custom Linen Robe

11. Field Kit The Fire Burning Wood Candle

Not just any candle, but more like a carefully crafted bonfire of spiced smoke and 

enchanting tales. As professional gift ideas go, a great candle makes great gifts for workers. 

For the perfect gifts for office employees you may consider products that don’t require a flame. Talk to your Gemnote rep for pics like essential oil diffusurs, reed diffusers, and more.  

Compare to 3.5" Heath Lavender Plant The Box Pure Soy Wax Candle and 5.5" Woodblock Stoneflower Pure Soy Wax Candle. 

Shown: Field Kit The Fire Burning Wood Candle

12. Escuyer Tie Dye Cotton Beanies

When it comes to corporate gifts ideas for employees, think out of the box. After all it’s the unique employee gifts they’ll remember most! Check out our Best Custom Made Tie-Dye Hoodies & Shirts post from March for more great picks featuring tie dye. 

  • Name brand
  • 100% cotton 
  • Warm and breathable
  • Designed in Brussels, Made in Portugal
  • Unisex, one size fits all

Compare to the Marine Layer Tahoe Beanie in Coronet Blue Marl (featuring 100% recycled plastic), Champion Ribbed Knit Cuffed Beanie, The North Face® Truckstop Beanie, Carhartt® Watch Cap 2.0, and Nike team beanie.  

Shown: Escuyer Tie Dye Cotton Beanies

13. Poketo Glass Straws

These Borosilicate glass straws make great employee gifts! Not only are they fun, practical, and sustainable, but they are also ideal for pairing with tumblers and drinkware for brilliant employee giveaway ideas as well as corporate thank you gift ideas. 

  • 4 reusable straws 
  • 1 drawstring bag
  • 1 case
  • a brush cleaner

Compare to the Corkcicle tumbler straw 2-pack and Areaware glass straws.   

Want to add more tie dye to your corporate employee gifts swag box? Talk to your Gemnote rep today. They can help you make your swag goals a reality!

Shown: Poketo Glass Straws

14. Poketo Double Wall Groovy Cup 

Best work gifts for employees are made to be noticed. Take for example this funky—or should we say groovy— cup that’s all about adding interest! The hand-blown double wall groovy cup from Poketo adds instant interest. Plus, it is as useful as it is unique—two of our favorite things! 

  • Double wall to prevent sweating
  • made of hand-blown Borosilicate glass for extra durability
  • A favorite for your gen z employees and clients


Compare the Poketo Double Wall Groovy Cup to Areaware’s stackable Confetti Cups.  

Shown: Poketo Double wall groovy cup 

15. Aimé Leon Dore Pennet Graphic Tee

You can’t have a corporate gift items list without adding a great graphic tee. As best work gifts for employees and corporate Christmas gifts ideas for clients, nothing says we appreciate you like this everyday staple! 

For great corporate gift ideas similar to this one by Aimé Leon Dore, look for features like 12oz cotton Jersey fabric. Then add your custom design to the front and back. 

Ready to create your own? Great tee shirt brands for customizing include Hanes, Bella Canvas, American Apparel, and AS Colour. Talk to your Gemnote rep for additional tees that are perfect for customizing. 

Photo courtesy of Aimé Leon Dore; Shown: ALD Pennet Graphic Tee

16. Baggu Horizontal Duck Bag 

For an elevated canvas bag, Baggu’s duck bag is ready for customizing!

  • Fits a 15” laptop
  • 16 oz recycled cotton canvas
  • Machine washable

See the review → 

Compare to Baron Figs. 

Photo courtesy of Urban Outfitters; Shown: Baggu Horizontal Duck Bag

17. Glass Water Bottle

Water bottles are a favorite among corporate gift ideas for customers as well as company gifts to employees. If you’re looking for cool gifts for employees and clients, we’ve got you covered!

For amazing corporate gifts, your recipients will appreciate Soma Drinkware items like the glass water bottle. With its 5-star rating, the glass  water bottle from soma is perfect for sipping! Whether you’re looking for corporate gifts ideas for employees or personalized corporate gift ideas for your event swag and giveaways, a high-quality water bottle is always an excellent choice.    


Check out the review for the Soma glass water bottle → 

Compare to Kinto 500 ML travel Tumbler. See the review here → 

The Soma glass bottle is also comparable to the The Porter Bottle which also features borosilicate glass and silicone, is bpa free. Plus, its dishwasher safe and cal prop 65 compliant


Shown: Soma Glass Water Bottle

18. Renew rPET Computer Backpack

Functional, modern, and sustainable thanks to recycled fabric and webbing made from plastic bottles!

  • Features recycled fabric and webbing made from plastic bottles
  • PVC Free Product*  
  • interior pockets 
  • Top handle
  • Dual-side water bottle pockets 


Compare to Miir backpack. 

*Choosing items with PVC alternatives are better for the environment. 

Shown: Renew rPET Computer Backpack

19. Miir Flip Traveler

Drinkware should never be boring. With Miir you get safe drinkware and maximum functionality! It's also a great corporate gift that gives back thanks to the trackable code.

  • BPA free
  • Perfect for traveling
  • More colors and easy to customize

Compare to Corkcicle.

See the review from the crew →

Shown: Miir Flip Traveler

20. OnlyNY Paint Cans XXL Tote Bag

Don’t let corporate birthday gifts for employees pas syou by. Why not make their day special with a custom tote? It’s a corporate gift idea they can use both on and off the clock. 

Benefits of customizing your own tote: 

  • Endless selections of colors and customization 
  • Perfect for corporate gift ideas for customers attending events
  • Acts as gift packages for employees - just add cool swag inside!
  • For the best professional gifts that truly are one size fits all
  • Totes make perfect gifts for office employees
  • Totes are still a trend favorite this year 

Want to create a cool gifts for employees that are similar to this indie-brand, New York favorite tote bag from Only NY? Talk to your Gemnote rep today for more options and customization ideas.   

For features just like these, look for: 

  • Heavyweight 15oz cotton canvas.
  • Screen-printed graphic (Gemnote has you covered!)
  • Made in U.S.A.

Photo courtesy of Only NY; Shown: OnlyNY Paint Cans XXL Tote Bag

Added Benefits of Corporate Gifting 

With unique for gifts for office employees, remote workers, clients and more, you can reinforce your brand while leaving a positive lasting impression with your customer. Best of all, when you partner with a company like Gemnote for the best gifts for employees and clients, you can leave the heavy lifting to us while taking all the credit with your recipients. 

What are the best gifts for employees to send? 

Looking to create the envy of gifts for your dedicated team? Here are just some customizable favorites that are sure delight any recipient—including your employee!

1. Custom hats. Hats make fun custom merch. They can act as event uniforms at your next conference, team building swag for your next outing, and of course they make great corporate gift ideas. Don’t want to think about sizing? Beanies are still a top trend for cool weather and many are designed to be one size fits most. 

2. Custom drinkware. From insulated stainless steel styles to trendy and durable glass options, sustainable water bottles and travel tumblers for sharks and coffee, the options for brand matching are as plentiful as the selection. Talk to your Gemnote rep for the best options. 

3. Cool tech. Tech is always a favorite—to both give and receive. For the best company gifts to employees, think cordless earbuds, custom power banks, wireless stations and more. How will you know your employees like the gift? They’ll still be talking about—and using— it in the year to come. 

Want cool tech gifts that will help them relax and unplug? Talk to your Gemnote rep for ideas on massagers, foot baths, or even products like the Hatch Restore that promote a good night’s sleep.  

4. Branded apparel. When it comes to  the best gifts for employees, don’t underestimate the power of great customized tee shirts, crewneck sweatshirts, hoodies, tanks, and even joggers and shorts. To help narrow down your selection, talk to your Gemnote rep about getting a peek at curated collection of options to match your company brand, your marketing merch goals, and of course your budget. 


Gemnote is your gifting solutions for corporates. From colorful whimsical home goods to custom polos and sweatshirts and everything in between, they really are your one-stop-shop for the best professional gifts. 

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