Yolanda Huo -April 01 2020

It’s Time to Give Gifts to Your Employees Who Keep Working in Essential Business

We are all experiencing a hard time with the rapidly spread of COVID-19. To keep safe, people cannot hug their friends and families, nor can they meet their colleagues. Most people stay at home and work from home. However, there are still some workers in the essential services who keep working during the panetic period. It is high time to give your employees support. Why should you give gifts to these workers amid this health crisis? First of all, they must also be anxious while facing people at work, your encouragement will help them get through this difficult time and get better at work. Secondly, it is because of them that you can still make profit during the slump of the economy. Giving some gifts will show your gratitude for their hard work amid this time. It is important to choose some valuable gifts for them, especially amid this special period, the gifts should be more intimate and personalized. There are some choices concluded for you to take a look. 

Source: https://www.gonorthumberland.ca/2020/03/24/covid-19-essential-services-in-ontario/ 

Engraved Drinkware

Customized drinkware is strongly recommended. It represents more than just a water bottle, it also expresses care for a healthy and eco friendly lifestyle. There are a lot of options that can be engraved. For instance, the employees’ names can be engraved on it, or you can choose to engrave a sentence that is motivated, such as “we will make it a difference together”. Moreover, some important tips can be engraved as a warm reminder, such as the steps of washing hands properly. Customized drinkware shows how much you value your employees. As for custom methods, laser-engraving is more recommended compared to printed bottles. Not only does it have a more premium look, but it is also deemed higher quality since it is permanent and will not peel or fade. 

Source: https://www.lamose.ca/

One drawback is that a lot of drinkware companies require a large minimum order quantity to provide engraving service. Many companies also do not offer engraving individual names or custom graphics, which can be a setback if only a small quantity is needed. 

Here are some options regarding drinkware. 


Engraving Method: Laser-engraving and screen printing
Engraving Type: Graphic/Logo
Minimum: 100
Warranty: 1 year limited warranty on any manufacturing defects 

Source: https://www.swell.com/


Engraving Method: Laser-engraving
Engraving Type: Name;Text; Graphic/Logo; Photo
Minimum: No minimum orders
Warranty: Lifetime warranty on any manufacturing defects

Source: https://www.lamose.ca/pages/corporate-gifts


Engraving Method: Laser-engraving
Engraving Type: Name;Text; Monogram; Graphic/Logo
Minimum: 50 (No corporate sell in Canada)
Warranty: 5 year warranty on any manufacturing defects

Source: https://www.yeti.com/en_US/home

4. Hydro Flask 

Engraving Method: Laser-engraving and screen-printing
Warranty: Lifetime warranty on any manufacturing defects
No personalization service
No corporate sell in Canada 

Source: https://www.hydroflask.com/

Smart Speakers 

Smart speakers are also a great idea. Most of the workers feel anxious about the environment they stay in and their families are also worried about them in work. Music is always a great way to relieve stress for everyone. Smart speakers give them more opportunity to listen to the music after work without having to worry about their cubicle neighbours. 

Source: https://www.hydroflask.com/

However, compared to other gifts, a smart spraker is a bit pricey, which may not be a perfect idea if you have a limited budget.

Some popular speakers are concluded below. 

1. SONY XB12  

Bluetooth connectivity and Near Field Communication (NFC)
Compact and portable design
Rechargeable battery delivers up to 16 hours of playtime on a single charge
Extra bass technology
Waterproof and dustproof
Price: $79.99 

Source: https://www.sony.ca/en/electronics/wireless-speakers/srs-xb12

2. BOSE SoundLink Micro Bluetooth® Speaker

Extra bass with up to 6 hours of music
Voice input from phone's Siri or Google Assistant directly from the speaker
SoundLink Micro allows answering calls directly through the speaker
Two devices can be connected
Excellent waterproof
Price: $129.99 


3. JBL Link Music

Engraving Method: Laser-engraving
Engraving Type: Name;Text; Monogram; Graphic/Logo
Minimum: 50 (No corporate sell in Canada)
Warranty: 5 year warranty on any manufacturing defects


Fitness Tracker

Fitness tracker doesn't appear often in business gifts, but it is definitely a good gift amid the coronavirus pandemic. This is a way that benefits both your employees and you, the employer. First of all, by knowing their basic daily health condition such as sleep condition and blood pressure, employees can appropriately adjust their daily routines and diets according to this, so that they can improve their immune system. In addition, participants can also choose to transfer the data on their own devices to a computer system maintained by the company, so that the employers can pay more attention to the health of the employees in a timely manner and give their help as much as possible.


Below is the most popular smart health bracelet in recent years.

1. Fitbit Inspire Fitness Tracker - Sangria

All-day calorie burn check
Up to 5 days of battery
Swim proof+swim tracking emea
Intuitive touchscreen display
Wireless sync Fibit Inspire™ automatically connects to 200+ Android, iOS and Windows 10
Price: $99.95 


2. Misfit Ray Sport Band

Vibration alerts for call and text notifications, movement reminders, and alarms
Smart button enabled to control connected household devices
Swimproof, anodized aluminum cylinder with multicolor LED progress display
Automatically tracks steps, distance, calories, and light and restful sleep
Non‐charging, replaceable batteries last up to 6 months
Price: $96.88 


3. Galaxy Fit-e

Compact and Lightweight
1-week Battery Life
5ATM Water Resistance
Price: $69.99 


Reference: https://blog.hubstaff.com/holiday-gifts-for-employees/