How to Make Nice Gift Bags or Baskets for Your Employees

Create personalized gift baskets to show employees your appreciation.
Create personalized gift baskets to show employees your appreciation. (Image: Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

A creative way to show employees how much you appreciate their efforts is to create nice gift bags or gift baskets filled with items employees will find useful at home or in the office. Present them with gift baskets or gift bags after sales goals have been met, for the holiday season or during employee appreciation events.

Things You'll Need

  • Gift baskets
  • Gift bags
  • Gift items
  • Gift bows
  • Thank- you cards
  • Tissue paper
  • Fabric
  • Ribbon

Decide on the a purpose for giving your employees gift bags or baskets. Anything from a company anniversary to hitting sales targets on time are reasons to award employees with a special gift to show thanks.

Determine how many gift baskets or gift bags you need. This number will vary based on the number of employees you plan to present with special gifts.

Create a budget that details how much money you plan to spend on baskets, bags, bows, thank-you cards and items to fill the baskets.

Decide a theme for the gift baskets and bags you plan to create. Common themes could include movie night, relaxation, books, gardening, coffee or sports. Depending on the number of employees, using one theme for all workers is likely the easiest. For a smaller group of employees, pick a custom theme for each employee, if possible, based on his hobbies and interests. This will make the gift bags and baskets more useful.

Make a list of the items you plan to include in each gift basket. For a large group of employees, break this down into either male-oriented and female-oriented items or choose all food items. For a smaller group with custom gifts, ideas for a coffee lover might include a mug with the recipient's initial, a selection of gourmet coffees and creamers and tea biscuits. A gift for a book lover might include a blanket, a selection of books and a small lamp for late night reading.

Select an assortment of baskets or gift bags from local discount stores, craft stores or at yard sales. Purchase similar sizes and opt for neutral colors or colors that match the company branding.

Select liners for the bags and baskets. Tissue paper is ideal for gift bags but can also be used for gift baskets. Fabric works best with gift baskets. Use neutral colors or select colors that match the company's branding.

For gift bags, arrange tissue paper inside of the bag you selected so that some of the tissue paper is revealed at the top of the bag. Include the items you purchased and place more tissue paper to cover them. For gift baskets, place tissue paper or fabric at the bottom of the basket and arrange the items on top. Place each basket inside of a cellophane bag. The cellophane bag will ensure that the contents of the basket are secure during transport.

Use a ribbon to decorate the bags and baskets you create. Affix a small thank you card to each basket with a personal message to each employee. If possible, list specific examples of achievement.

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