18 Best Employee Welcome Kit Ideas for HR & Talent Teams

January 14, 2022

Welcome your new hires with one of these employee starter pack ideas.

The best HR onboarding welcome kit ideas feature multiple items to welcome your employee. From customized gear to swag that’s fun inside and out of the office, a strong onboarding kit for new employees offers something for everyone. 

There are many different ways to put together an employee welcome kit depending on your goals and budget. Our list of welcome kit ideas features a themed assortment for a fun twist. 

Each theme includes one or more items that can be customized with your company’s logo and branding. In addition, these kits comprise products perfect for the office. Furthermore, even though these creative welcome kit ideas are theme-related, they are also curated in a way that anyone can appreciate. This is important since you most likely won’t know your new hires’ preferences and will want to order in bulk. 

New Employee Welcome Kit Ideas

1. Coffee Connoisseur

Show your new HR hires the perks of the job from day one with coffee-loving swag. 

What’s inside: 

Kinto Brewer Stand. Your team works hard all week, now surprise them with a slow coffee style brewer that’s all about relaxing and enjoying the weekends. 

Verve Coffee. A single-origin coffee that boasts incredible flavor.  

Soma Brew Bottle. Customize yours with glass etching! This Soma bottle is perfect for making the perfect cup or tea wherever you are. 

Vanilla Almond Simple Syrup. As any good employee knows, it’s all about “the extra touch”  that goes above and beyond. 

2. Green Thumb

For those with green thumbs or just a clever pun on “Opportunities for Growth,” this onboarding welcome kit for new employees requires no plant knowledge whatsoever. 

What’s Inside: 

Nike Tech Basic Dri FIT Polo. Another personalized must-have. When it comes to choosing your company’s perfect polo, you can’t go wrong with a Dri FIT style by Nike that wicks away moisture. 

Plant Life Pencil Set. Whether you’re looking for inspirational messages like "grow with us", or to customize with your company’s name, tagline or website, a customized pencil set lets you get down to business. 

Appointed note pad. Forget school-aged-notebooks of the past, this stylish notebook offers a modern, professional look that’s perfect for the office.   

Garden Herb Jars. This no-fail herb jar from Modern Sprouts boasts a passive hydroponic system (think: self watering) and six organic herbs to choose and easy set up. Plus, it was picked in 2015 as one of Oprah’s favorite things

3. Best in Class 

From strategic planning, screening, interviewing, and hiring to conflict resolution and more, your Human Resources team members are an essential part of your company. Use this welcome kit for HR team building or onboarding to show your appreciation. 

What’s inside: 

Adidas Solid Polo. A no-sweat way to reward your new hires! This customizable Adidas polo features UPF protection and moisture control for team outings and more. 

Concrete Desk Collection. Staying organized is key to optimal performance, so give them a helping hand right from the start with this modern collection of essentials by Areaware. 

Soft Cover Notebook. New hires have a lot to learn. Luckily, this Public Supply Company notebook was made for easy note-taking. Plus, it’s made from 10% recycled content. 

Pocketo Slim Pen Classic. Claimed to write as smoothly as they look, this metallic pen pack is sure to be their new favorite. 

4. Outdoor Enthusiast 

Even for those who aren’t looking to scale a mountain or catch the next big wave, this adventure-loving creative welcome kit for new employees is sure to please. 

What’s inside: 

The North Face® DryVent™ Rain Jacket. The North Face rain jacket withstands the elements while the brand name boasts quality and durability. 

Topo Designs Dopp Kit. At home, in the office, or for traveling, the fully lined, spacious dopp kit with a unique self-standing triangular shape keeps toiletries and small items organized and out of the way. 

Adventure Quencher Traveler. There are travel tumblers and then there’s the Adventure Quencher that's roomy enough for smoothies, protein shakes, and just about anything you want to drink. 

Adventure H2O Plus Waterproof Rechargeable. This charger can hold up to just about anything thanks to its rugged and waterproof design!


5. Jet Setter 

The best welcome gifts for new employees are those that can be enjoyed in and out of the office. In addition to that, you’ll love that all items are available for customization (your Gemnote rep can you walk you though all the options) for extra marketing gusto! 

What’s inside: 

The North Face® Apex Barrier Soft Shell Jacket.  Nothing beats a name-brand jacket that stands up to wind and rain, offers multiple pockets, and is comfortable for wearing every day. 

Kiko luggage Tag. Whether they’re on vacation or en route to the next big conference, a customizable luggage tag helps them feel first class.   

InCase EO travel backpack. With an expandable design and laptop compartment, this backpack opens up flat for ease when traveling, plus it’s water-resistant.  

Swell Onyx Roamer. Staying hydrated is no joke. Thankfully, this S’well Roamer from their Stone Collection is all you need to keep drinks hot or cold longer and is BPA and BPS free. 

6. Over Achiever 

This new employee welcome kit example goes above and beyond, thanks to its ability to provide all customizable products that help your new hire hit the ground running. 

What’s inside: 

Marine Layer Henley.  A made for casual Fridays, softer-than-soft henley that’s perfect for adding your company logo, tagline, or even your next event handle.   

Topo Designs Accessory bags. There’s a place for almost everything thanks to these fully-lined accessory bags. Best of all, they’re Fair Wear certified production and meet fair labor standards for the safety, health, and wellness of employees.

Kinto To Go bottle. A stylish bottle that keeps drinks cold with a built in silicone spout for no spills. 

Appointed Vision journal. For a classy notebook,  reach for the Vision Journal that offers two pockets, and a grid interior for all those lofty goals.   

7. The Grill Master

Regardless of how you like your steak, this employee welcome kit is all business! Featuring customizable products that are perfect for the office and a 3-piece spice collection for grilling; whoever said, variety really is the spice of life was on to something.   

What’s inside: 

The Grill Father.  A spice kit by PS Seasoning featuring Better Burger, Poultry and Ultimate Blends. 

Baron Fig Confident Notebook. Choose from three sizes, multiple colors, hard or soft cover and personalization. No matter what you choose, you can’t go wrong, since Baron Fig will plant a tree for every Confident notebook sold.  

Nike Hat. An essential cap for sunny, windy, and just about any days.   

Swell Eats. Perfect for keeping foods hot or cold, it’s ready to travel and swell for transporting to the office!

8. Team Player 

Featuring all the essentials for team outings, casual Fridays, and more, this collection of apparel plus office-friendly items make a new employee welcome kit even stronger since each item can be customized. 

What’s inside:   

Champion Hoodie. A basic hoodie that’s brand-loving and ready and just begging to be personalized! 

The North Face Cap.  You don’t have to start a softball team to enjoy customize caps. These are perfect for your new HR employee welcome kit, team outings and more. 

Leuchtturm Drehgriffel Rising Colors Pen. Don’t worry, you don’t have to know how to spell or even pronounce this name to enjoy all the ink flow this pen set offers. Plus it comes in your choice of colors.

Nike Brasilia Backpack. A classic backpack for days when anything is possible.  Includes ample interior space a plethora of pockets, padded laptop sleeve, side mesh bottle holder and more.   

9. Sweet Tooth

Indulge their sweet side with a tasty treat and all the essentials to help them get started with ease.

What's inside: 

Champion Long Sleeve Tee. Just add your branding and your new hire will instantly feel like part of the team. 

Topo Designs Accessory bag. For pens, paperclips, ear buds and anything else they want to keep organized, nothing beats a hard working accessory bag like Topo Designs.  

Vivid Gel Pens. People love gel pens thanks to their smooth writing, and this set features a comfortable rubber grip and professional black ink. 

Candy Club Candies. Nothing sweetens the deal like Candy Club Candies! 

10. The Creative

Need a welcome kit for HR team meeting? This one is perfectly curated for meetings, onboarding, and even your welcome kit for HR team leader. 

What's inside: 

Corbet Pullover. A reversible pullover for double the colorful style! Make yours even better by adding embroidery. 

Geometric Sticky Notes. Add a little fun to your swag bag with colorful notes. It’s great for new hires who are learning the ropes at lightening speed.   

JBL Wireless earbuds. Traveling, commuting, or in the office, these wireless buds are perfect for hands-free calls and of course tunes. 

Clean Hydration sticks. For hard days and late nights projects, there are Basis hydration mix packets to the rescue! 

11. For the Detail Oriented 

The best welcome kit for HR team members is thoughtful down to the last stitch, just like these customizable products.

What's inside: 

Nike DRI Fit Polo. Their hands maybe sweaty, but thankfully this moisture wicking shirt will keep them looking cool. 

Mast Organic Chocolate Collection. A collection of 12 divine chocolate bars featuring one of each flavor: Dark, Milk, Sea Salt, Almond Butter, Mint, Olive Oil, Coffee, Lavender, Raspberry, Oat Milk, Tea, and Hazelnut.

Pocketo Everyday Notebook. Stitched binding, thick cover and lots of graphed inside pages for notes, doodles, and just about anything else worth jotting down. 

Herschel Retreat Backpack. A classy unisex backpack that never goes out of style.  

12. For the Kid at Heart 

We know, you hired a professional, one who rocks at Human Resources. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t show them your fun side too with a selection of products that are sure to induce smiles.  


What’s Inside: 

Raglan Tee. A soft raglan tee that’s perfect for working from home and casual Fridays.  

JBL Pure Bass Headphones. Designed for wireless comfort with high-quality sound, Bluetooth streaming, 40 hours of playtime… oh, and did we mention these can be personalized?   

Compartes Chocolate. A little something sweet to help them feel right at home.  

Little Puzzle Thing. A fun puzzle that’s easier to solve than the new employee welcome booklet. 

13. For the Goal-Oriented 

The perfect swag kit for your hard-working team that will help keep them plugged in and part of the team!

What’s inside: 

Native Union Key Cable and Native Union Cable Belt.  Keeping their device charged and ready for anything just got easier thanks to Native Union’s key cable and charging cord. 

Kiko Leather Mousepad. When it comes to first impressions, the Kiko leather mousepad offers understated elegance that’s perfect for leather embossing with your company’s logo. 

Adidas Performance Polo. Available in styles for him and her, adding a customized polo to your welcome kit will help them feel like one of the team. 

14. For the Superstar 

When it comes to onboarding, annual events, team building ideas and more, your Gemnote rep can provide the best employee welcome kit vendors and personalization tips to help you achieve superstar status at work. 

What’s inside: 

The North Face® Ladies ThermoBall™ Trekker Vest. The perfect outerwear layer for cool days.  Also available in styles for him. 

Firetree Chocolate. Nothing says, We’re so glad you're here, like yummy chocolate. Talk to your Gemnote rep about additional treats that are perfect for adding to swag bags! 

Anker Bluetooth Speaker. If finding your new hire was music to your ears, repay the favor by adding this Bluetooth® Speaker to your new HR employee welcome kit. 

Stojo 16 oz Cup. Touted as the world’s safest silicone, this LFGB Certified cup is dishwasher safe, available in 25 colors, and features a built-in straw for the cup.  

15. The Happy Camper 

Help them start their position off on the right foot with an employee welcome kit sure to make them smile.

What’s inside: 

Vuori Men’s Ripstop Jacket. Versatile ripstop fabric, hand and chest pockets and comfortable styling keeps the adventure going long after the work day ends.  

Leuchtturm Classic Notebook. With customization, 24 colors to choose from, a pocket, numbered pages, table of contents, 2 bookmark options for soft or hard cover, stickers and more, dare we say this notebook is like the Cadillac of notebooks. There are so many creative ways to customize this.

Miir Camp Cup. It’s the perfect coffee cup for impromptu meetings, bumpy commutes (thanks to the snug slide lid), and of course team building or camp-site outings. 

Escuyer Cashmere Socks. Featuring 5% cashmere and 35% wool for incredibly soft warmth, these socks are primed for personalization and available in additional colors. 

16. For the MultiTasker

A welcome kit that walks a balancing act between fun and functional and is every bit as hard working as your new hire!

What’s Inside: 

OGIO® Endurance Fulcrum Full-Zip. With reflective details, zippered chest pocket and front zip lower pockets it's their perfect go-to piece. 

Corkcicle Classic Tumbler. Stainless steel, and triple insulation for drinks that can stay cold for nine hours or toasty for three.   

Corkcicle Nona Roll Top lunch sack.  Features insulated inside, swift durable construction, and adjustable design for easy to transport meals.  

Buckle Money Pouch. Sporty, versatile, and so-very functional. It’s the smallest of the Rains family buckle series for a compact style that goes anywhere.  

17. For The Perfectionist 

When it comes to new employee welcome pack ideas that suit almost everyone, this grouping is close to perfect.  

What’s inside: 

A Customizable Nike Fleece Crew.  Available in multiple color ways, and perfect for personalizing, it’s the sweatshirt they didn’t know they wanted. 

A Customizable Button. Add your company’s branding with countless design options, colors, and sizes for added swag flair. 

Table Tile Optics Coasters. Functional for the home, office, or anywhere else you want to save furniture from condensation rings. 

Native Union Snap 2-in 1. A magnetic Wireless Charger that keeps their space cord free and their tech easily charged. 

18. The Foodie

Who says welcome gifts for new employees have to be boring? Give your HR team members something they can really sink their teeth into with fun food-related welcome kit swag boxes. 


What’s inside: 

Set of 4 Free Form Geode Coasters. For a functional gift with style to spare, these coasters protect furniture from unsightly watermarks while displaying like a piece of art.   

Plate Dish Tote. From potlucks to dinner parties, this tote is perfect for office and after hour meals. 

Leather Potholders.  Ask your Gemnote rep about leather embossing for the ultimate in personalized swag. 

Rains Transparent Shopper. Perfect for running errands, groceries or just traveling light. 

When it comes to designing welcome kit boxes for your HR new hires, there are endless options for product groupings. Don’t see something you like? Gemnote can also put together curated collections of items that fit your company’s branding and accommodate your budget. 

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