Fun in the Sun: How to Organize Memorable Company Picnics

Organize Memorable Company Picnics

Simply put, nice weather brings people together. There’s something about warm sunshine and celebrating that allows us to more seamlessly enjoy each other’s company and build connections. 

Bringing your team together for a company picnic can strengthen your workplace while creating plenty of memories for your employees.

Some 75% of employees called collaboration and teamwork an essential part of their work experience. A company picnic is an excellent time to unwind and recharge, celebrate accomplishments, and begin planning discussions for the fall months. 

Here’s what you should know about planning memorable company picnics. 

Choose the best date and venue

Appoint a planning committee for your company picnic so you can uncover blindspots and remember the small details. Even the smallest company should create a committee of at least three people and appoint a treasurer and secretary.

The treasurer should create the budget for the picnic and manage the bank account to make supply and equipment purchases. The secretary should take notes, manage the meeting and planning calendar, and track and distribute tasks. 

Put your heads together and brainstorm outdoor venues that give you both maximum sunshine and shade, along with amenities for activities. 

Plan out the date, time and even the geography of the venue to minimize inconvenience on the day of the event. Consider these points when choosing a venue:

  • Don’t choose a location too far away. Spare your employees the travel time and gas mileage.
  • It’s best to hold the employee picnic during working hours, such as a Friday afternoon. If the picnic is planned for a weekend, ensure employees have plenty of notice so that more employees can make arrangements to attend.
  • Decide whether it’s a family picnic or meant for adults ahead of time. If your employees can bring their kids, make sure the venue has access to entertainment and activities for them.
  • Research whether the venue provides grilling and kitchen equipment or if you need to bring your own. Also, be prepared to bring provisions for bathrooms or consider different portable restroom setups, if necessary.

Map out the details that you’ll want to solidify in broad strokes such as location, food, activities, and restroom access. Then, create line items under each category for everything you’ll need for a successful company picnic. 

Think of your team first

When it comes to a summer picnic, you want your employees to feel energized and excited about coming, rather than obligated. Know that everyone values their personal time, especially if your planned picnic happens to fall outside of working hours. This is why it’s so important to plan an event people will want to attend. 

Avoid the cliches that employees dislike about company picnics and consider handing out a survey to give your employees the chance to pitch ideas about what they’d like to see or do.

Here are some quick ways to put your team first when planning:

  • Always account for weather! Make a contingency plan in case of rain, high heat, or other extremes and give employees a checklist of supplies to bring and clothing to wear. Provide reminders to bring outdoor items like umbrellas, jackets with hoods, sunglasses, water bottles to stay hydrated, and sunscreen.
  • Keep dietary restrictions top of mind. Include food  or requirements in the survey that you send out to ensure that nobody falls ill or is unable to partake in the meal.
  • Set goals for the summer picnic that enrich everyone’s workplace experiences. Consider activities like personality tests and exercises that help employees get to know each other on more authentic levels.

Every team possesses its own unique blend of personalities and special accomodations.Taking the steps to put your team’s interests and comfort first while planning your gathering will result in a more meaningful and enjoyable experience for everyone.

Stock up on supplies

Your planning committee should take inventory of everything that you’ll need for the company picnic. Think in terms of everything that you’ll need for grilling, cooking, food preservation, serving, decorations, and other important items. 

The sort of items that belong on your supplies list include:

Have your treasurer account for each item, so that you can obtain everything you need while staying on track with the established budget.

Plan your games and activities

Take advantage of opportunities to build memorable bonds with your team by adding a twist to common ice-breaker games. Plan for fun, collaborative games so that your employees genuinely feel comfortable relaxing, de-stressing from the rigors of the work week, and being themselves. 

Activities like these can make for a memorable company picnic:

  • Scavenger hunts
  • Variations of hide and seek
  • Water gun and water balloon fights – make sure that non-participants are spared!
  • Golf putting, croquet, volleyball, badminton, and other classics
  • Bounce houses and/or water slides
  • Tables for Taboo, Scrabble, Chess, Checkers, Yahtzee, Backgammon, Spades, Monopoly, Poker, and other board or card games

Choose games and activities that are challenging while requiring teamwork. Stoking those collaborative fires can lead to healthy competition and cooperation that carries over into the workplace dynamic and the next outing.

Create a theme

The theme of the event solidifies your goal and gives you and your employees takeaways to build on. Put your heads together with your committee to figure out what lasting impression you’d like to leave on your employees after your picnic.

Then, encapsulate it in a sentence or phrase and make it the theme for the company picnic.

A company picnic theme is similar to a mission statement in that it needs to be clear, demonstrate inspiration and direction, and align with your company values.

You can immortalize this theme on a company cup or item handed out at the picnic for employees to take with them. If the event happens each year, different themes imprinted on takeaway items become annual collector’s items around the office. This can serve as a lasting memory of the good times that everyone enjoyed together, while providing a daily reminder of the picnic’s theme and focus. 

Put together winning company picnics

Company picnics give you a chance to solidify direction for your company while investing in and re-invigorating your employees. Investing in your employees by putting effort into events like these is the driving force behind your team’s growth and collaborative strength over time, so always take time out to create memories that can last for years.

To browse promotional outdoor supplies for your company picnic, click here.

Are Employee Gifts Tax-Deductible?

When tax season rolls around, are you scouring your books to make sure you’re collecting every deduction that you’re due? Some 30% of small businesses today believe they overpay on their taxes because they miss out on valuable deductions. 

Gifts to employees are a recurring expense for most business owners. Expenses throughout the year, such as branded drinkware or apparel for new employees, holiday gifts, and raffle prizes can easily be forgotten or go unnoticed when it’s time to file.

With all of that in mind, the question stands: Are employee gifts tax-deductible?

Like with many questions related to tax deductions, the answer is yes but with some caveats. At Myron, we offer an expansive catalog of employee gifts for any occasion. Keeping track of these throughout the year will prep you for next season. Read on to learn more about the rules, exceptions, and which gifts qualify to be tax-deductible. 

The Rules 

It starts with a restriction on the amount you can deduct. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) allows you to deduct employee gifts up to $25 per gift recipient. This limit applies for the duration of the tax year. Note that the $25 cap applies to business gifts that you have given both indirectly and directly. For example, if you and your spouse gave gifts to the same person, you are both treated as a single taxpayer. 

Gifts that fall under this umbrella must be tangible items and don’t include activities or gestures such as taking an employee out for coffee or lunch. Eligible gift items must be separate from the employee’s gross income. Cash or gift cards are not considered eligible items.

Now that you understand the general rules, what do you need in order to record the deductions?

The IRS requires you to keep documentation of any gift to receive the deduction. Keep the receipts as they accumulate throughout the year, as you will need to show a record of the amounts spent on gifts.  Also make sure to note the business purpose the gift serves — when it comes to tax deductions, the IRS wants to know that this expense was value-driven. 

The Exceptions

So, what are the caveats?

The IRS allows wiggle room above the $25 limit for things like packaging and engraving, given that they provide value to the gift. If you purchase your employee an engraved plaque, for example, you can deduct the $25 for the plaque, and up to $100 on the engraving service. 

The engraving service is considered an incidental expense, as are things like packaging, wrapping, and shipping costs. 

Gift Ideas You Can Deduct

Since you receive a tax credit for your employee gift, use some discernment to ensure that you get your money’s worth. Having a game plan for the gifts you select will not only ensure that you are choosing thoughtful gifts, but also will give you the chance to record the unique purpose of each gift ahead of time.

As an example, pens and notepads are excellent gifts for new employee onboarding. On average, new employees complete 54 tasks during their onboarding processes. Having a company-branded pen and notepad is a highly practical and useful way of saying “Welcome to the team.”

Here are some practical pens and pads you can explore as valuable business gift solutions for your employees and record in advance of tax season:

Pens and pads aside, think outside the box when gifting your employees. You can find an array of impactful gifts for any of your employees while easily staying within the $25 limit. 

Here are some other gift options to consider:

  • A new coffee mug for employees to enjoy coffee daily or specialty beverages like  hot chocolate when the weather gets colder
  • A laptop bag that lets them travel efficiently and attend meetings in style
  • A master planning calendar to celebrate a new promotion
  • New sunglasses to get ready for team outings in the sunshine
  • Durable plastic water bottles to stay hydrated throughout the day

Shop for the Best Tax-deductible Gifts

The employee gift tax deduction has been around since 1962, yet it’s a credit that many business owners don’t know about. With a bit of organization and attention to detail, you can take advantage of the business gifts you distribute throughout the year and ensure you get what you are owed when tax season comes around. 
Need more tax-deductible gift ideas? Check out some of our best sellers to get started.

Gifting Employees With Personalized Tech Products That They Will Cherish

Personalized Tech Gifts For Employees

Have you ever just wanted to show your employees you care? Tech gifts are the universal “thank you” today because they’re something everyone can (and will) use.

In a world where 60% of the population uses social media, binge-worthy shows on streaming services dominate pop culture, and next-day deliveries are a few clicks or a swipe away — digital products and accessories are not just in-demand. They’re essential. Gifting tech-related products is an ideal way to connect with your employees by meeting them where they already are. Plus, your brand will benefit from the additional exposure!

Myron offers an assortment of personalized tech products for any occasion when you want to gift an employee with something special. Here are some things to consider as you shop around:

Smartphone care is always appreciated

If you use an iPhone or Android, you probably have an accessory or two that you use with your smartphone every single day. Since 97% of people today have smartphones, these accessories are can’t-miss gifts for your employees.

Many of us walk around with smartphones in our pockets that have a value of more than $1,000. We often have these devices within arm’s reach all day long. When you buy an employee a gift to use with their smartphone, your accessory, too, can instantly become part of their daily life. 

Choosing items this practical usually means that your employees will use them more frequently and keep them longer. 

Here are some smartphone gifts that’ll give you the most bang for your buck:

Smartphone accessories that you choose can be more than just useful — they’re unique, colorful, and creatively designed. Pair a unique accessory with your organization’s logo or a special saying and you’ll inspire appreciation and loyalty in your employees. 

Personalize whenever possible

What makes personalization such a great idea?

Personalized experiences tap into different parts of the brain, resulting in an experience that is more memorable for the recipient. Personalizing a gift for your employees expresses thoughtfulness and leaves a lasting impression. Tech gifts are not only valuable and useful, but they’re easily customizable.

Even when buying a mouse pad with a cool shape, you can brand it with your logo or include the graphic or color scheme that suits an employee best. They come in a variety of color options, like blue, gray, red, purple, and white. 

Your employee may also love to have their name engraved on a case or device as part of the gift. That level of customization is doable at a very small price but provides a much bigger payoff in the eyes of your employees, who will feel special and appreciated because of the extra step you took.

You can’t go wrong with chargers

We all know it: There’s nothing more frustrating than running out of battery in the middle of your day and not having access to a charger. Access to power sources is a constant need for all tech owners. While 4K streaming and unlimited messaging make our lives more convenient, they require lots of electricity. 

To get the most out of a device, it’s best to keep a charger nearby. Electronic experts know that the sweet spot is to keep your smartphone battery charged between the 30% and 90% mark. 

If you want to gift your employees with some charging equipment that stands out, consider:

You can count on these gifts getting plenty of use from anyone you give them to. People commonly keep chargers in the bedroom, living room, car, and office. There’s no reason that your custom branded charging equipment can’t become part of your employees’ routines. 

Supercharge their entertainment

Entertainment and emotion go hand in hand. 

Whether you’re listening to a song that reminds you of a special time, playing a podcast that inspires you to make life changes, or hearing the sound of your favorite movie playing from the next room, there’s always a piece of technology that marks the moment. You can become a more regular part of life’s moments when you gift your employees items that “supercharge” their entertainment. 

Here are some options to explore:

Your employees use these gadgets whenever they want to boost their mood, take in a good piece of information, or communicate with the people they love. They’ll cherish using your gift, creating more value over time than you could ever quantify.

Upgrade your employees’ home and office gadgets

About 18% of people work remotely today. This shift in lifestyle has blurred the lines of which items we use at home and in the office. 

Whether your employees are working in the office, at home, or from a coffee shop, these items will make their lives easier:

These nifty little gadgets help your employees in so many different areas of their lives. They’re also great for use indoors or outdoors, at work, or on the go. Gifting them shows that you understand the demands of your employees’ lives and want to provide thoughtful solutions.

A little goes a long way

Who says electronic accessories or gadgets have to be stuffy or impersonal? With some extra consideration, you can mix the practical with the sentimental seamlessly. 

Distinctive, personalized tech tools are not only trendy, but they also show that you understand your employees’ needs. Whether you’re giving out awards at an employee banquet or just want to show them you care, select a gift that will instill true appreciation.

How to Create Custom Swag Boxes for Employees and Customers


How to Create Custom Swag Boxes

There’s nothing like receiving a box of carefully curated swag. Even before today’s influencers populated the internet with hours of unboxing videos, takeaway packages had long proven themselves to be a hit at any event. There’s something undeniably special about receiving a package of hand-selected items. Many people even look forward to receiving regular, subscription-based boxes at home.

Companies today can create magical impressions on employees and customers alike with a secret weapon – the swag box. 

What exactly is a swag box?

It’s a custom box filled with your merchandise or quality branded products. Brands and companies ship these boxes or hand them out in person. Some of the many uses of the swag box include employee appreciation gifts, freebies at events, business or executive gifts and brand promotion merch. The only limit is your imagination.

When you create swag boxes for your team and existing or potential customers, you: 

  • Make people feel appreciated
  • Create an instant bond and rapport
  • Keep your brand on people’s minds
  • Assist in generating new sales
  • Incentivize people to take action

Did you know that people have to interact with your brand 5 to 7 times before even remembering it? Giving away free branded swag creates more opportunities for brand interaction and, ultimately, recognition.

Plus, creating your own swag box builds loyalty by making an impression that people won’t soon forget. However, the right swag strategy is important to ensure positive brand recognition. 

At Myron, we have customizable items well-suited to every swag box strategy. Here’s how you can create memorable swag boxes for your brand.

1. Know your target audience

Everyone loves freebies, but creating custom swag boxes with your audience in mind will get better results. Are you holding an employee recognition banquet or putting together boxes for an event where you’ll meet potential customers?

Write out your customer personas by analyzing information from your prospects, sales and other data. Create boxes that offer swag based on those personas.

As an example, are any of your clients or employees fitness junkies? If so, one gift they might value is a water bottle that helps them remember to hydrate throughout the day. Studying your audience and thinking about their daily interests will provide insights that inspire everything from the box’s design to the items you fill it with.

2. Pick goodies that are high-quality, creative and useful

Quality, creativity and usefulness are the three benchmarks you need to keep top of mind for your recipients.  

Work with a company that sells high-quality branded products. Your recipients will notice if you’re giving away poorly made products. Your items should be solid and made from durable, long-lasting materials. 

Creative, high-quality swag box items may include:

  • Notebooks and stationery
  • Mousepads
  • T-shirts 
  • Food items

Your swag box can serve as a small preview of your business. In addition to branded items, for example, a natural products business could fill their swag box with free product samples. Opening a box full of candles, apple butter, honey, artisan lotion and other goodies creates a first impression that stimulates all the senses.  

Custom swag boxes for employees can be professional (or literal) survival kits and might include a water bottle, coffee mug and an office supply gift card. 

Everything you include in your swag box should have your logo and branding. This helps to solidify you in your customer’s minds, increasing brand recognition and recall. 

3. Create a theme 

Your chosen theme is the secret ingredient to stand out and create a positive impression. It’s the fool-proof foundation that makes sure you communicate your brand’s value and what you believe in. 

If you’re making new employee swag boxes, the message you’re sending is, “Welcome to the team.” The box’s design should create the impression that the recipient is joining an exclusive club. 

A family-owned business might add extra personality to its swag box by including photos of actual customers and local landmarks. The key is to be consistent with the theme, from the color, font and materials to the presentation of the items inside. 

Tie your company’s mission and goals in with your swag box. It should serve as a physical example of what your company is all about. 

4. Choose colors and designs that have meaning

Consider the effect that you’re going for when someone receives your box. What do you want their reaction to be when they open it up and see what’s inside?

Your choice of color and designs largely affects how the entire package is perceived. Effective use of color can give you 80% better brand recognition. 

Using color psychology is one place to start. Color psychology studies how colors affect human beings’ behavior, emotions and interpretations. 

Here’s how your color choices can affect the mood and emotion of your recipients:

  • Blue denotes authenticity, trust, enthusiasm and sincerity.
  • Red conveys strong feelings of power, passion, love and danger.
  • Green can symbolize nature, good fortune, safety and peace.
  • Purple gives a sense of royalty, mystery, abundance and imagination.
  • Yellow might create feelings of energy, enthusiasm, cheerfulness and warmth.

The design also needs to match the tone and overall vibe of your brand. Here are some research-backed ways your design choices affect the mood and emotions of your recipients:

  • Humans prefer visual simplicity.
  • Round shapes express things like mystery, femininity, magic and calmness.
  • Every font has an inherent meaning. Certain fonts, like serifs, denote sophistication and practicality. Script conveys elegance and style. 

5. Choose quality materials

You need durable cardboard that won’t get crushed in transit during shipping. Even the best designs will be disappointing to open if your swag arrives broken. It should also hold up for a long time after being handed out in person. 

Corrugated cardboard is sturdy, allowing you to easily shape and brand your box. This type of cardboard has three ruffled layers, making it more durable. It’s also eco-friendly and recyclable. 

Include shipping materials like packing peanuts, shipping paper and cardboard inserts. 

6. Don’t forget your budget

Boxes that are large, cumbersome or complex might require special provisions when shipping. Details like the size, weight, material and mail service will directly affect your shipping costs.   

Draw up a budget for your shipping, custom boxes and materials. Revisit your budget any time shipping and material prices go up, or when you’d like to make changes to your boxes. 

Purchase your swag box materials in bulk to get better prices. Having more boxes on hand will also motivate you to market more effectively by giving them out. Have a dedicated team to assemble the swag boxes and always check them multiple times for quality control.

7. Include contact information

The purpose of your swag box is to build stronger relationships. Make it easy for recipients to order additional products or learn more information about you. One way you can do this is by displaying your logo prominently, along with your website, phone number, e-mail or any other contact information.

If you want, take it a step further and include a QR code that links to your company’s website. QR codes can also be used to:

  • Address FAQs
  • Gain e-mail list opt-ins
  • Direct to product landing pages
  • Show video content
  • Lead employees or customers to training/welcome videos
  • Reduce paper waste

Build awe-inspiring custom swag boxes

Custom swag boxes are a game-changer because they show that you’re serious about your brand and about providing value upfront. They foster connection, engage employees or customers and incentivize people to keep interacting with your brand. For every well-put-together box, you give the gift of a little piece of imagination and creativity.

No matter how modern marketing changes, people will always appreciate personalization. Include a thoughtful note that your recipient can read as soon as they open the box and personalize wherever possible.

Myron provides business gifts and promotional products for every occasion. Our family-owned company has the branded swag you need to create lasting impressions and get results. 
Start with these tips and check out our wide array of customizable products to build brand awareness and engagement, one swag box at a time.

5 Corporate Gift & Award Ideas for Employee Recognition

5 Corporate Gift & Award Ideas for Employee Recognition

As an employer, the relationships you build with your employees are the most important ones. Taking every opportunity to recognize their efforts and performance will make them feel valued and cherished. 

Just 36% of workers in the United States are engaged at work on any given day. Engagement in this study was measured by factors like opportunities for professional development, clear expectations from the employer, and whether they feel their opinions are valued. Employee recognition gifts and awards can boost engagement and make people feel seen, heard, and appreciated. 

What Happens When You Give Employee Gifts?

Companies often purchase corporate and promotional gifts to give out at banquets, team bonding outings, holiday gatherings, or to remind employees that they are appreciated. Corporate gifts and awards are an excellent way to build lasting and meaningful work relationships.

When you purchase customized gifts to recognize employees, you:

  • Motivate everyone in the company to achieve more
  • Improve the morale of the workplace
  • Express gratitude to the people that keep your business running smoothly
  • Lower the rate of employee turnover
  • Foster more creativity and productivity
  • Open the floor for valuable conversations and feedback by creating a more open environment

Choose Gifts That Make an Impact

At Myron, we sell quality branded products that can reward and incentivize your employees. While traditional awards, such as engraved plaques, can be used to show appreciation, consider something different. Gifting your employees with something practical they can take with them and use on a regular basis will go a long way. Here are some ideas that you and your employees will love. 

1. Branded Company Apparel and Accessories

Apparel and accessories with your company’s branding on them increase your business’ brand recognition in a fun and expressive way.

Here are some examples of what can go in a branded apparel and accessory gift pack: 

Apparel with your brand colors and a motivational phrase of affirmation can provide motivation and inspiration for your employees.

Items like these get regular use by employees, which keeps the organization’s mission and affirmation at the top of their minds. Research-backed studies also show that self-affirmed employees are more receptive to their errors, which means they’re better able to correct them. 

Create your branded apparel with company values in mind, and it’ll offer inspiration and motivation that leads to happy employees. In turn, they’ll perform better and find more purpose and fulfillment in their time working for you. 

2. Custom Metal Pens

Fancy pens and business deals go hand-in-hand. Companies go out of their way to bring out beautifully-designed custom metal pens whenever a critical contract is on the table. They’re perfect keepsakes for new employees, employees receiving a promotion, or they can be combined with an employee recognition certificate. 

These are the types of pens that don’t get lost in the mix of the junk drawer. Your recipient will go out of their way to take care of the pen and use it, particularly if they regularly journal or brainstorm. 

Here are some custom pen options you can reward your standout employees with:

Browse different color options, decide which font is best, and choose a laser engraving style that is legible and attention-grabbing. Myron has a wide variety of these pens, and you can get them in quantities of 50 to 1,000. 

3. Personalized Drinkware

Professionals that work in offices for 40-plus hours are usually creatures of habit. They even have routines about the fluids they drink each day. A coffee drinker likely has a favorite brew. Avid water drinkers probably have a favorite thermos they use to count their ounces. 

Glassware is a popular gift because of its versatility. It’s used to celebrate, unwind, and commemorate special moments, but it can also become a staple in your employees’ everyday lives. Gifting your employee’s drinkware lets you say thank you in a useful way.

 Here are some options your employees will appreciate:

In-office drinkware helps to keep your employees in the game. Coffee is a cognitive enhancer that promotes brain activity, focus, and creativity. Plus, staying hydrated prevents brain fog and enhances mood. In-office drinkware, such as coffee mugs and water tumblers, can help you enjoy your morning coffee and then hydrate throughout the workday. 

Add a name, award, or personal touch to the drinkware, and it’ll quickly become a favorite item for your employees. Quality branded drinkware will also have features like vacuum sealing and materials that preserve the temperature and freshness of the beverage. 

4. Tech Gifts and Gadgets

In a tech-centric world, you can’t go wrong with gadget gifts. These gifts are easy to use immediately, whether for work or recreation. 

These tech-centric gifts are excellent for employee recognition:

People check their devices several times throughout the day. Gadgets with your logo, colors, and company name create brand loyalty with little effort. The amount of use these devices get from the average person creates unlimited opportunities to make connections. 

5. Individual Hobby Gifts 

Knowing your employees is the key to finding the right gift that suits them best. Personal gifts are often more touching because they’re specific to someone’s lifestyle and show you went above and beyond to recognize them as an individual.

Consider your employee’s hobbies and interests outside of work, and shop the items they’ll love. To gather this information upfront, you can make a hobby section part of your employee’s intake form or start a spreadsheet where they input their interests. Also, getting to know the team’s individual interests can make a great topic for a Zoom meeting. 

Here are some great hobby and lifestyle gift ideas:

No matter how small the item is, getting things a person loves makes it a gift from the heart that they won’t forget. 

Strengthen Your Business Through Employee Recognition

Developing soft skills like relationship building is essential to thriving in business. When you understand how to connect with the people in your company, your employees will feel recognized and will be motivated to contribute more to the team. 
Myron is here to help you do that every step of the way. Whether you have a small team of 500+ employees, our corporate gifts and awards will ensure that they all feel like #1. Shop our inventory of business gifts for any occasion to get started.

How much should you spend on employee gifts?

Gift-giving is an age-old tradition that promotes harmony and establishes strong relationships. Giving gifts to employees helps them feel appreciated and seen as a member of your team. But there is a way to go about it that ensures that everyone is happy without breaking the bank.

Keep reading to answer the question we’re all asking, ‘how much should you spend on employee gifts?’

What are the best gifts to give?

Psychologically the two best types of gifts to give are experiential gifts and personalized promotional gifts. These gifts create memories that last a lifetime. These make people feel special and foster a sense of belonging.

As an employer, it’s difficult to offer experiential gifts on a regular basis, especially if you have a very large team. These gifts are best held as events every 4-6 months. Personalized gifts are easier to offer when you want to show your team some appreciation. They also come in handy during team events. 

Our website offers small items that you can engrave to personalize like keychains, awards, and stainless steel water bottles.

In a survey by Office Depot, 80% of employees believed it was the thought behind a gift that mattered most. This means, as long as your intention is to offer something unique that you believe employees will love, you can’t go wrong with your gift. 

How much should you spend on employee gifts?

The amount you spend on gifts for your employees depends on how many employees you have and your relationship with each. Gifts that are too budget/economical may come across as impersonal or “cheap.” Gifts that are very expensive may inadvertently make employees uncomfortable.  

Typically you want to spend more than $25 per employee but less than $100. An exception to this is for team members you work closely with like an assistant or other management. This price range offers a myriad of quality options that still fall within your company budget. 

Our website makes it easy to shop 100s of branded gifts for your team by product or price range. From kitchen items to health and wellness gear, you’ll find something for everyone in one spot.

Gifts to Avoid 

Avoid gifts that are overly personal like body care products, perfumes, lotions, etc. Gifts that are for an individual employee however may be different. For example, you may want to get a personal or heartfelt gift for a retiring employee, as a wedding gift, or as a baby shower gift. In these circumstances, customized gifts are welcome and more accepted. 

You also want to avoid getting gifts that suit some employees but not others. For example, we carry an assortment of golf-related promotional gifts. All of your employees may not be into golf. In these situations, you should consider gifts that will be beloved by many. Alternatively, you may opt for a gift everyone can use like notebooks, planners, and pens. 

Gift giving is a time to show employees that you value them. You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to do that but you do want to take price into consideration. If you have a smaller team, you can spend more and offer more personalized touches and consider higher-priced options. For large teams nearing 100+ employees, it’s reasonable to spend less. In those cases, less expensive items with your logo and their name engraved can go a long way to creating a sense of belonging. How much do you spend on employee gifts?

The Best Custom Promotional Tumbler For Your Business

The Himalayan tumbler i's made of stainless steel

Do you know just how many impressions promotional drinkware can generate throughout its lifetime? 1400. Personalized tumblers are well worth the investment!

For any company or organization searching for custom tumbler ideas, the Himalayan Tumbler is truly top tier. It can be customized in a variety of ways, from the color of the product to the color of your logo, so you get a business gift that perfectly represents your company and connects with your audience.

What Makes the Himalayan Tumbler So Special?

  • The Material: It’s made of stainless steel. Stainless steel is food-safe, BPA free, and durable enough to withstand everyday use. It doesn’t dent or crack as easily as other materials can, so drops are less of an issue. Simply put, custom stainless steel tumblers like the Himalayan are top-quality business giveaways.
  • The Insulation: The Himalayan Tumbler has a double wall design with vacuum insulation and a copper lining to keep beverages hot or cold for up to 12 hours! The double wall construction not only helps with insulation, it works to prevent condensation too, so customers won’t have to worry about water on their desks or in cup holders.
  • Travel-friendly Design: To top it all off, the Himalayan Tumbler has a spill-resistant lid with an easy slide opening for drinking. It can be used at home, at work, or anywhere in between. Such an easily-portable gift makes sure your custom logo or message is constantly being introduced in new spaces. Whenever and wherever it’s used, your company’s custom imprint will be noticed by both existing and prospective customers.

Create Your Own Promotional Tumbler

  • Several color options: The Himalayan Tumbler is available in several classic colors, including silver, black and red, to create a beautiful gift that complements your existing logo design.
  • Add your custom imprint: We offer a single-color imprint on any one of these promotional stainless steel tumblers, or a full-color imprint on the silver style to attract even more attention.

With Myron, your satisfaction is guaranteed, so you’re sure to get a promo gift that meets your needs.

You’ll Benefit from A Versatile Business Gift

There are a number of ways to incorporate this custom insulated tumbler into your promotional schedule.

  • For customers: It makes a thoughtful customer appreciation gift. It’s well-made and offers lasting quality to remind recipients every day that they’re valued.
  • For employees: Employee appreciation is important to the success of your business, too. The Himalayan Tumbler can be used to celebrate teams or individuals and keep morale high. You might present it as a work from home gift, or use it to welcome employees back to the office.

However you choose to use this promotional insulated tumbler, it will boost your recognition and awareness, and help you build better relationships with your customers and employees.

Returning to Work After COVID-19: 5 Questions to Ask and Answer Before You Reopen

Reengagement customers after COVID

It’s been months since the COVID-19 pandemic began to spark shelter-in-place regulations and business closures across the U.S. Now, those restrictions are starting to let up and we’re all eager to get back to normal—especially business owners. Unfortunately, it won’t be as easy as just opening your doors.  There are a few things you’ll need to consider in order to make your reopen a success.

1. What is the best strategy for reopening?

How you reopen is just as important as when. Take the time to personalize your reopening strategy with ideas and practices that fit your unique culture.

Will your full staff return or will some employees continue to work remotely? Do seating arrangements need to change to maintain social distancing? How can you accommodate employees who are wary of taking public transportation or may not know what to do about childcare?

In some cases it will be best to give employees the option to remain remote. Chances are, you’re going to need to be open and flexible, especially early on.

2.  How have we made things safer for employees and customers?

Before you reopen, you’ll want to have the office thoroughly cleaned, especially the common areas, bathrooms and door handles. Stock up on hand sanitizers and be sure you have more than enough antibacterial soaps and cleansers for the days ahead.

You might even consider implementing new guidelines, such as one-way hallways with signage throughout the office to reinforce new policies.

Whatever you decide, communication is key. Let employees know what’s been done to prepare for their return and what you expect from all of them. The same goes for a customer facing business. Communicate what customers can expect when they return to your boutique, salon or gym so that they can feel safe doing so. If you really want to make an impact, send an update letter to their homes and include a little personalized gift.

TIP: Give people a chance to voice concerns. Try a digital survey or virtual Town Hall for employees, or a social media Q&A for customers.

3. What should the first week back look like?

Don’t attempt to get straight to business. Instead, set up something to welcome your employees back. Maybe you arrange a fun activity to give people time to catch up. Maybe you greet them with gift bags, filled with personalized items like hand sanitizers and desk accessories. You might even modify the workday to include wellness activities that help ease anxiety. In the wake of the pandemic, and the many lifestyle changes it’s caused, they’ll appreciate you making the effort to boost team morale and keep spirits high.

The same goes for customers who come into your establishment. Give them something special to show you missed them and appreciate them.

4. What changes do we need to make to our business model?

As you probably expect, opening your doors and getting back to normal are not one and the same. The return to normalcy may actually be slow. Figure out ahead of time how you should operate moving forward. 

Consider whether or not remote work can be a permanent change in your office. How will your meetings be held? Maybe you relied heavily on in-person interactions and are discovering that you need to ramp up your virtual offerings. That’s ok! This is the perfect opportunity to change.

If you’re a primarily customer facing business, consider whether you change the way you schedule appointments, or limit the number of people allowed inside at one time. Can you still accept walk-ins? Do you need to modify your return policy? Will you offer curbside pickup or delivery options?

Look to see how you can make changes that not only keep customers and employees safer, but work to make their lives easier during this time. You can thrive by keeping their needs and concerns at the forefront of your decision-making.

5. How are we planning to publicize our opening?

In office settings, you may not need to do anything at all—but when reopening a brick and mortar business, publicizing is key. You can’t simply open the doors and expect customers to come.

You may not be able to rely on the same methods you used before COVID-19. You probably won’t even be able to throw a large customer event in your storefront. What you can do, however, is reach out to your customers via email and direct mail. Use online avenues and social media to connect with people in your surrounding area, then hold a virtual grand reopening event walking everyone through some of the changes you’ve made. You can also still rely on promotional gifts to help you get your message out.

Overall, treat your re-opening like a grand opening!

Say “Thank You” with Promotional Products

employee appreciation gifts

Every small business has someone to thank, whether that someone is an employee, client, investor, or business partner. Whomever you would like to thank for helping your small business grow, do it with a promotional product! Show them their direct impact on the success of your business with an appreciation gift that proudly displays your branding. Consider any of the following promotional thank you gifts:

3-Color Pen with Stylus

A quality pen at a low, affordable price point, the 3-Color Pen with Stylus is the perfect appreciation gift for a large group of people, such as all your employees. With three ink colors and a universal touch-screen compatible stylus tip, it’s the only pen they’ll ever need!

Econo Corkscrew and Bottle Opener

The Econo Corkscrew and Bottle Opener is a complete bar and kitchen tool set with a stainless steel corkscrew, bottle opener, and foil blade. Offering the perfect backdrop for your imprint, it comes in three striking colors: bold red, sleek black, or unique semi-transparent turquoise. This classic gift alone is a great way to express your gratitude, and for someone whom you’re particularly grateful, you can pair it with their favorite wine or bubbly!

Denim Wireless Charger with Bluetooth Speaker

This stylish, wireless charger has a secret: it’s also a Bluetooth speaker! Compact and minimalist, it fits discreetly on any desk, while packing a ton of power and volume. Ideal for office parties or at-home use, this charger and speaker combo guarantees your full-color imprint will be in the spotlight frequently!

For more employee and customer appreciation gift ideas, visit the Myron blog or explore our huge catalog of promotional products. With a 100% satisfaction guarantee, Myron ensures that you receive the highest quality products at the best possible price point.

Holiday Employee Gift Guide

Employees are the driving force behind any business, so show your appreciation for all that they do with personalized promotional gifts for the holidays! Branded holiday employee gifts are not only a kind gesture, but they can also encourage a team-oriented atmosphere and pride in the business. This year, we have compiled a complete holiday employee gift guide to help make corporate gifting easy, allowing you to enjoy the holiday season and focus on what really matters: your connection with your employees!

Cozy and Bright

Something to keep you cozy is always a welcome gift during the cold months! Your employees can keep Jack Frost at bay this season with any of the following gifts:

Gildan Adult Heavy Blend Hooded Sweatshirt: What’s better than staying cozy all winter long? Being able to stay cozy at work regardless of dress codes thanks to a company imprinted sweatshirt! Stylish, fleece-knit, and available with multiple screen printing options, employees will adore this comfy sweatshirt.

Port & Company Core Fleece Pullover Hooded Sweatshirt: Want to outfit your employees in company colors? Well you can with this sweatshirt! Available in over 40 rich colors, this hoodie is thick, durable, and the perfect canvas for your company logo!

Personalized Econo Sweatshirt Blanket: What could be cozier than a blanket? Your employees will be wearing this soft, sweatshirt-material blanket at sporting events, campfires, and special evenings with family.   

Drink and Be Merry

There’s no better way to enjoy the holidays than to curl up with your favorite drink! Whether at home or at work, your employees can enjoy a taste of the holidays with custom drinkware.

12 Oz. The Spooner Custom Oval Mug: Stir up some holiday cheer with this playful yet practical mug and spoon combo! The Spooner is perfect for coffee, tea, soup, or cereal.

14 Oz. Moscow Mule Barrel Mug: The Moscow Mule is an iconic winter cocktail thanks to its spicy ginger flavor that warms you up from the inside out! This attractive double-wall copper-plated mug with barrel design makes for stunning holiday drinkware. A recipe for the cocktail is included with the mug, but the mug suitable for any cold drink, making it a great option for year-round use!

16 Oz. Tuscany Thermos & Tumbler Gift Set: This two-piece gift is already perfectly packaged and ready to give! The matching thermos and tumbler are insulated stainless steel and come with soft faux-leather sleeves with your custom imprint.

‘Tis the Season for Tech

Technology and accessories are always a hit during the holidays. Get your employees something to improve their time at work or that they wouldn’t buy for themselves like any of the following customizable employee gifts:

Bluetooth Earbuds with Case: These high-end bluetooth earbuds have on-wire controls for volumes, songs, and calls, as well as a built-in microphone and can hold their charge for two hours of continuous use. Complete with a usb charger, the earbuds are presented in a slim carrying case with your company logo.

Folding Bluetooth Keyboard: Ideal for frequent meetings or remote work on the go, this folding bluetooth keyboard is wireless and triple-folds for maximum convenience and space-saving. Thanks to its bluetooth technology, it can connect to any device as far as 32 feet away, making it a great tool for presentations.

All Day Computer Briefcase: If you really want to wow your employees this holiday, gift them the trendy and colorful All Day Computer Briefcase. Its internal padded laptop pocket fits laptops up to 15”, while multiple internal and external pockets neatly store everything else your employees need for work.

Holiday Getaway

Recently, employers have started offering extra paid vacation days for the holidays in lieu of a physical gift, allowing their employees to make the most of their holidays. Whether or not your business is following suit, you can still help your employees enjoy their holiday travels in other ways.

Tuscany Duo-Textured Luggage Tag: This luggage tag is ideal for large offices or for combining with other travel-themed gifts to create your own employee gift set! Wherever your employees spend the holidays, they can take your brand with them.

Cordoba Journal Book: While traveling, your employees can keep everything all in one place with the Cordoba Journal Book. It has pockets for cards, a mesh photo ID window, a pen loop, and 100 sheets of white lined paper for memos, appointments, holiday shopping lists, and other travel notes.

Molise Leather Weekender Bag: Send your employees off on holiday vacation in style with this luxurious leather weekender bag. Extra large and crafted from soft, genuine lamb leather, this bag is durable, stylish, and the perfect carry-on. Your laser-engraved imprint will always remind your employees of your well-wishes while they travel.

Make your corporate holiday shopping simple this year with Myron! Our 100% satisfaction guarantee ensures you’ll find and create the perfect holiday employee gifts, while our stellar customer service assists you every step of the way.

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