Employee Anniversary Gift Ideas

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Employee Anniversary Gift Ideas
Anniversary gifts for an employee are an excellent way to honour a hard worker. (office birthday image by DXfoto.com from Fotolia.com)

Many companies reward employees for outstanding and loyal service with a gift of gratitude on the employee's anniversary. The company does not have to give a gift every anniversary year. However, on special milestones such as a 10- or 20-year anniversary, a special gift is a thoughtful sign of employee appreciation. Employee anniversary gift ideas range the gamut from award plaques to comical knick-knacks. These anniversary gifts do not need to be extravagant, but they should show the employee that the company appreciates her work.

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Engraved Items

One of the most popular gift ideas for employee anniversaries is an engraved item, such as a plaque or trophy. You can find plaques and trophies in a wide variety of materials, ranging from glass to gold. Typically, an anniversary plaque includes an engraved message stating the employee's name and a special message from the company. Some plaques or freestanding trophies even include a photo frame so that the employee may commemorate his time in the workplace with a photograph. A personalised pen set is another gift idea that you can engrave with a special message from the employer to the employee.

Comical Gifts

Funny and comical gift ideas can be a great employee gift. Before investigating a funny gift idea, personnel should consider the atmosphere of the workplace. Comical or risque gifts are not appropriate for all work settings, and any gift-giver should consider this fact before buying a comical employee anniversary gift. One comical idea is a personalised "diploma" declaring the employee's competence in the workplace. Another example of an employee gag gift is to buy the employee a comical sign related to workplace culture, such as a sign that reads, "Please Let Me Drop Everything and Work On Your Problem." An employee may also enjoy a gift that makes a humorous statement about the hectic atmosphere of the workplace. For example, an office can purchase a personalised coffee mug that contains a checklist of everything the employee does in a day. You can also find funny stress relief presents for an employee. Stress balls are a popular gift, but an office can personalise the stress ball with slogans, such as the to-the-point "FU" Stress Ball sold on various gift websites.

Coupons

A coupon or gift token is another nice gift for an employee during her anniversary. A manager or the entire office staff can pitch in to pay for a substantial gift token at a restaurant, entertainment facility, getaway, retail store or service establishment, such as a spa.

Outings

The boss or entire office staff can pitch in for a large work day outing for the employee. The outing can be during an extra long lunch or an after-work event. A popular idea for an outing is a nice dinner with the staff or drinks at a local bar.

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