Appreciation and recognition are critical aspects of happiness at work. As a manager it is important to celebrate their employees’ accomplishments even if your team is currently working from home. One great way to do that is through work anniversary gifts. This should be celebrated annually and ideally on the date on the first official day on the job. Work anniversaries can be celebrated every year, but generally the 1st, 5th, 10th, 20th, and 25th are the most recognized years. Whether it is a personalized, quirky, funny, or everyday gift, the token is sure to be appreciated by the employee.
Here’s a Quick Overview of the Best Work Anniversary Gifts in 2021:
Starting off our list of work anniversary gifts is an anniversary guest poster. This is great if you have an office that wants to get involved in celebrating your employees time spent with the company. Encourage those who sign it to also write a short message that explains why they appreciate them or even a short inside joke from work.
The leather journal can be an excellent work memento for both in and outside the office. For those that still take notes on paper, it is a great item to show off during team meetings.
Otherwise, many people find that keeping a journal in the mornings is great to motivation, positivity, and productivity. Checkout the 5-minute journal to learn more about why this is beneficial. The general thought is that writing down memories and goals creates a signal to your brain that these things are important. To get the most out of journaling, it is recommended that it be done both in the morning (to build goals for the day) and in the evening (to recap what went well and what could have been improved upon).
Who doesn’t love having more plants, especially Bonsai Trees, in the office? There are numerous proven benefits of having plants in the office such as reduced anxiety, improved productivity, noise reduction, boosts in creativity, and overall making the space feel more natural.
Bonsai trees are becoming more and more popular and make for a great conversation starter when placed in or near a workspace. With more and more people working from home, plants such as a bonsai tree are a great way to add more personality and character to a home office setup.
From Denmark watch manufacturer Skagen, the Minimalistic Stainless Steel Quartz Watch impresses with its simple design and stylish appearance. The inspiration from the Denmark made watch embodies a coveted kind of energy: modern, minimalist, and playful.
The watch band can come with either leather or mesh metal; either boasting a very professional look. Adding to its functionality, the watch is waterproof against splashes from washing your hands and can even be worn in a swimming pool.
Kenneth Cole began as a street shop in Midtown Manhattan in 1982, but today the company is recognized as an international leader in the fashion industry. The Laptop & Tablet Fashion Travel Backpack appeals to fashion conscious user who value both style and function.
This backpack is crafted with full-grain Colombian leather, which is a proven wear resistant material. The main pocket can fit laptops up the 16”, has a padded pocket for tablets, has an EZ-scan feature for air travel, and the trolley tunnel fits over most luggage handles. This makes it one of the perfect work anniversary gifts for employees who are on the road a lot for their job.
Looking for a business savvy laptop business portfolio? The Leather Dual Compartment Flapover is made of a luxurious cowhide Colombian leather that is very durable and ages beautifully. Another great feature is that the inside has a fully lined tear-resistant lining to stand up to daily use on the road or in the office.
The front organizer can help arrange a plethora of business supplies such as a work phone, laptop computer, tablet, and other accessories. Lastly, the rear exterior open compartment allows for easy access supplies stored for quick access.
At first sight, this looks like a pretty intimidating pen, but it actually is quite practical! The high quality Tactical Pen + LED Tactical Flashlight has 4 primary functions:
Shine a super bright light.
Smash a car window (if you’re trapped inside for whatever reason).
Fend off an assault.
Take notes at an important sales meeting (if you have to).
Unlike pretty much every other pen you would find around the office, this pen is CNC machined from aircraft grade aluminum for superior strength yet also lightweight. Outside the office, you can also find this durable and rugged pen in the pockets of military pilots, Navy SEALs, first responders, and other challenging professions.
The survival tactical pen gift is a hard act to follow so we went with a gift on the funnier side. The My Boss Thinks I’m Awesome Coffee Mug is a great way to show your appreciation to an employee. This gift for your employee is another great conversation starter at the coffee pot in the break area.
For the employees who really appreciate receiving gifts as a token of their appreciation, look no further than the Jade Glass Paperweight. This one is great because it can be personalized with 3 lines of engraved text. For example, could include the employee’s name, award (e.g. Top Sales Manager), 2021.
The glass jade material definitely feels higher quality than a lot of the other plastic appreciation gifts out there. To truly feel appreciated, a gift like this should feel heavy-duty; something that they can proudly display in the office or in their home office.
Presenting a welcoming aromatherapy, the scented candle set includes 4 fragrances: lavender, fig, lemon, and spring. Each scented candle emits a peaceful and pleasant scent.
The aromatherapy candle set comes well packaged and gift wrapped, which is an ideal present a work anniversary. While this probably will not be used in a busy office, candles are great for creating a relaxing ambiance for relaxing at home after a long day of work. The tins used for the candles come in really cool designs so they can even be used to store knick-knacks or office supplies such as paper clips after the candle wax is all gone.
Every feel like you are barely keeping your head above water at work? This Everything is Fine Paper Pad is a funny gift to get a colleague who you know has had a stressful year at work. Inserting a little humor in and out of the office can be a great way to boost your mood. This phrase works right? “A smile a day keeps the doctor away.” For a list of quotes about work, check out a recent post we did on Inspirational and Funny Working from Home Quotes. Jokes aside, if you want to achieve a big goal or complete a project, a motivational quote can help remind you why you are doing it.
The Felt Letter Board comes with a custom tripod stand made of high quality solid oakwood so it can be moved around the office or home. No need to hang it in one spot in the office! It comes with an exhaustive character set of 340 plastic letters includes alphabets, numerals, special characters, signs, symbols, emojis, punctuation marks and more!
If you are buying it for an employee’s work anniversary, then it would be great to pre-write “Happy Anniversary” on the felt board. Other great sayings are “we value your contributions” or from the comedic side “my boss bought me this to show her appreciation”.
Coming from boutique British luxury pen manufacturer Scriveiner, the Stunning Pen with 24k Gold Finish comes in a beautiful presentation box making it the perfect gift. It is made of Brass with jet-black lacquer finished in 24 karat gold. Whether utilized as an executive pen for work, office or personal use, the Scriveiner ballpoint will be admired by those around you.
Boasting 4 deep-kneading shiatsu massage modes, the Neck and Back Massager Pillow has bi-directional rotating to loosen back, lower back, neck, shoulder, and other tight muscles. Many office workers spend way too many hours seated in the same position, and this can have undesirable long-term effects on your musles, and joints.
The two-layer protection material makes it durable for use over multiple years. Show some appreciation to your employees who have toiled in front of a computer screen at work by giving them a relaxing way to unwind after a long day in the office.
The Leathario Leather Padfolio Writing Pad is made for the modern individual looking for style without compromising function. This has many pockets and functions that it almost could replace a work backpack or briefcase! The versatile minimalist design matches most work outfits. Coupled with a slim and sleek profile, the portfolio accentuates an individual’s natural confidence and sharpness.
When you open the zipper there are multiple business card slots on the left side, a pen ring, a zip pocket, and a notepad compartment. There is also a pen holder in the middle. Multiple layers make it easy to organize your items. Finally, it comes with a 30-page notepad on the right side.
The hand-blown elegant Whiskey Decanter Globe Set features an etched globe design and antique ship in the bottle. This treasure makes for a great work anniversary gift if you know your employee likes to enjoy a beverage from time to time. It will undoubtedly enhance your drinking experience while making a bold impression on your work colleagues or friends while hosting a cocktail party.
A classic item to have on an executive desk of an old, sophisticated office, Newton’s Cradle is sure to be well received as a work anniversary gift. The metal marbles bouncing back and forth is a classic example of Newton’s law on the conservation of momentum. This is a great gift to buy for a long-time engineer in your company.
Using wireless transmission, this is one of the coolest work anniversary gifts. The Levitating Moon Lamp is powered through electromagnetic induction, so no for power cables. It has a soft LED light, which is easy on the eyes and has a long service life.
The moon lamp comes in 3 color modes from warm yellow color to a white color. This gift will be sure to impress a few co-workers as a mainstay on a desk.
A great gift for the employee who could use a little organization! This Wooden Organizer Desktop has a two-tier mail sorter, accessory compartment, accessory drawer, and a set of calendar blocks, allowing you to stay organized. The perpetual block calendar will work year-round; no need to buy a new desk calendar each year. The desktop organizer comes with drawers making storage a breeze and even has a mail tray too.
Place this relaxation fountain on display to bring about a calming effect. The Homedics Relaxation Indoor Tabletop Fountain is great because it is just the right size indoor fountain to add a decorative accent to any desk, bathroom sink, or office counter in the break area. It includes a 3-tiered waterfall, natural stones, and a large basin at the bottom. The babbling sound of the fountain creates a soothing sound that is great white noise while working on an important project. Overall, fountains can be used to destress and relax after a hard day.
No office party would be complete without an Anniversary Banner displayed prominently. It can be hung on the ceiling, on the wall, on the window, on the dessert or gift table. Make sure to take a picture if front of it with your employee! It is made of a thick, strong cardstock, so you can store for the next work anniversary celebration.
A card should probably be paired with one of the other work anniversary gifts listed above. A Sentimental Card is a great way to privately express appreciation and respect for the employee celebrating their work anniversary. These cards come in a fun typographic design with gold holographic foil embossing.
Last but not least, if you haven’t found one after reading the first 22 work anniversary gifts, then there’s always an Amazon Gift Card. They come in multiple dollar denominations and are sure to be appreciated by your employee.