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20 Ways to Say Thank You and Happy Holidays to Your Staff 

Thank Your and Happy Holidays

The holiday season is a wonderful time to show your appreciation to the hardworking and dedicated members of your staff. It’s the season of giving, and one of the most valuable gifts you can offer is the gift of gratitude. While traditional holiday bonuses and office parties are always appreciated, there are unique and creative ways to say thank you and happy holidays to your staff that can leave a lasting impression. In this guide, we’ll explore some innovative and heartfelt ways to express your appreciation and spread holiday cheer among your team, creating a joyful holiday season.

1. Gifts

Consider creating customized care packages for your staff members. These packages can include a variety of items tailored to individual preferences and needs. For example, you can include personalized stationery, a favorite book, or a spa gift card. The key is to show that you’ve taken the time to understand each employee’s tastes and interests. It’s a gesture that goes beyond the generic and demonstrates your thoughtfulness. If you’d like to select a pre-curated, ultra-personal gift, check out these amazing Delightly gift kits – perfect for corporate holiday gifting. 

2. Gratitude Wall

Create a gratitude wall in your office or virtual workspace. Encourage team members to share messages of appreciation for their colleagues. This not only promotes a culture of gratitude but also allows employees to express their thanks to each other. It’s a heartwarming way to celebrate the spirit of unity and camaraderie within the team while fostering a joyful holiday season. Start the wall with your own note to say thank you and happy holidays to your staff. 

3. Decorations

Decorate your employees’ workspaces for the holiday season. Consider personalizing their desks with festive decorations, such as mini holiday trees, twinkling lights, or ornaments. You can even add a touch of personalization by including a custom gift or ornament. This effort transforms the office into a joyful and festive environment.

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4. Notes

A handwritten note is a classic and timeless way to express gratitude. Take the time to craft personalized notes for each employee, highlighting their unique contributions and expressing your appreciation. This personal touch can mean a lot and serves as a keepsake that employees can treasure. Get inspired with these 30 Simple Employee Holiday Card Messages.

5. Development Opportunities

Investing in your employees’ professional development is a powerful way to show your appreciation. Consider offering them the opportunity to attend a conference, take a course, or participate in a workshop that aligns with their career goals. This not only enhances their skills but also demonstrates your commitment to their growth and success. It’s a meaningful gift for the holiday season.

6. Donations

In the spirit of giving, make charitable donations on behalf of your employees. Allow them to choose a charity or cause close to their hearts, and then make a contribution in their name. This not only benefits a meaningful cause but also fosters a sense of shared values within your team. Another way to do this is by purchasing a gift that gives back…something that perfectly fits the holiday spirit.

7. Classes

Consider providing personalized online classes or workshops as a holiday gift. You can offer a variety of options, from cooking classes to yoga sessions or even language courses. Tailor the choices to align with the interests of your employees. It’s a unique way to encourage learning and self-improvement while saying thank you and happy holidays. The holiday season is always made better with an experience-centric gift.

8. Time Off

Offering additional time off or flexible hours during the holiday season can be a valuable gift. It allows employees to spend more quality time with their loved ones or engage in holiday traditions. The flexibility to balance work and personal life is a thoughtful gesture for a very happy holiday season.

9. Team Building

Organize team-building activities or outings that promote bonding and relaxation. Whether it’s a fun-filled day at an amusement park, a friendly sports competition, or a holiday-themed team-building event, these activities foster camaraderie and allow your staff to unwind together during the holiday season.

10. Office Upgrades

Empower your employees to choose office upgrades that will make their workspace more comfortable and enjoyable. This can include ergonomic chairs, adjustable desks, or even personalized artwork. When employees have a say in their work environment, it enhances their sense of ownership and comfort.

11. Escape Room

Engage your team in a virtual escape room challenge. It’s a fun and interactive way to encourage teamwork and problem-solving. Team members can bond while working together to solve puzzles and escape within a set time frame, making it a fun gift for a wonderful holiday.

12. Decorating Contest

Organize a themed office decorating contest. Let your employees unleash their creativity and compete for the best-decorated workspace. This adds a festive and competitive spirit to the holiday season. Consider giving out a prize or small gift to the winner!

13. Wellness

Create personalized wellness kits for your staff, containing items like stress-relief tools, essential oils, and healthy snacks. These kits promote well-being and self-care, reinforcing your commitment to your employees’ health.

14. Performances

Arrange surprise virtual performances for your staff. It could be a live concert, a magic show, or even a stand-up comedy performance. These surprises bring joy and entertainment to your employees, creating a memorable holiday experience.

15. Crafts

Engage your team in a collaborative art project. Each employee can contribute a piece to create a collective work of art. It’s a unique way to unite creativity and commemorate the holiday season.

16. Video Messages

Create personalized video messages for your staff. Express your gratitude and well wishes in a heartfelt and visual format. You can even include messages from the leadership team to add a personal touch.

17. Movies

Host a virtual movie night for your team. Send them popcorn and movie tickets and watch a film together online. It’s a fun and casual way to enjoy a movie night from the comfort of home.

18. Awards

Introduce employee recognition awards for outstanding performance. Acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of your team members with personalized certificates and public recognition. Also consider hosting an end-of-year award ceremony.

19. Treats

Organize surprise coffee or treat deliveries for your team. Partner with local coffee shops or bakeries to provide delightful surprises to your staff. Gift them with a coffee tumbler to top it off for their holiday season hot cocoa and coffee.

20. Planters

Provide personalized desk planters for your staff. These planters not only add a touch of nature to their workspace but can also be engraved with names or quotes for a personal touch. They are perfect for the holiday season and will continue to flourish throughout year.


As the holiday season approaches, it’s the perfect time to pause and reflect on the year gone by. It’s a time to express your gratitude and celebrate with creativity and heart. Unique ways to say thank you and happy holidays to your staff not only show your appreciation but also foster a sense of belonging and unity within your team.

In the fast-paced world of corporate life, it’s easy for the daily grind to overshadow the contributions of your dedicated employees. Thanksgiving and the holiday season provide a welcome pause to recognize and honor the hard work, dedication, and resilience they’ve displayed throughout the year, especially in the face of challenges and uncertainties. Your team has shown strength and adaptability, and this season is a perfect time to acknowledge and reward those efforts.

Personalized gifts are a wonderful way to convey your appreciation. When employees receive gifts tailored to their interests or with a personal touch, it demonstrates that you value them not just as workers, but as individuals. Whether it’s a handwritten note, a custom mug, or a keepsake that holds sentimental value, these gifts serve as a lasting reminder of your gratitude during the holiday season.

In today’s digital age, virtual events have become a creative way to celebrate with a remote or hybrid workforce. From virtual holiday parties and team-building activities to online cooking classes or even a shared streaming session of a classic holiday movie, these events bridge the gap and create a sense of togetherness. They provide the opportunity for employees to relax and bond, outside the confines of their daily tasks, fostering a sense of camaraderie that’s often overlooked in the virtual work environment.

Don’t underestimate the power of heartfelt gestures. A simple thank-you note, a few minutes of your time for a one-on-one conversation, or public recognition of exceptional work can be powerful gestures that resonate deeply with employees. They show that you notice their efforts and care about their well-being. Such gestures also encourage a culture of appreciation that can extend beyond the wonderful holiday season.

The key to making the holiday season special for your staff is to convey your heartfelt thanks in a way that resonates with your unique team and company culture. These thoughtful gestures go a long way in strengthening bonds, boosting morale, and creating lasting memories. They can also inspire your team to approach their work with renewed dedication and enthusiasm in the year ahead.

So, as the holiday season dawns upon us, embrace the spirit of the season. Take the time to appreciate the collective journey you’ve been on, the challenges you’ve overcome, and the successes you’ve achieved together. Make this happy holiday season unforgettable for your staff, not just with material gifts, but with the intangible gifts of gratitude, unity, and camaraderie. From all of us at Baudville, we’re wishing you a happy holiday season!


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