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Welcome Gift Ideas for New Employees
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Welcome Gift Ideas for New Employees

February 06, 2019
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Onboarding gifts are a great way to make your company stand out and make new employees feel welcome on their first day. These gifts emphasize a positive company culture and will show the employee that you value their presence. The best new hire gifts are personal, useful, and will set your company apart in some way. Consider giving a new employee welcome gift that will have employees remembering their first day for years to come.

Include an Overall Message

When welcoming a new member to the team, it’s essential that they know your company’s message and mission. Whatever that message is, try incorporating it into your new employee welcome kit. If the company focuses on sustainability then make the gift sustainable, too. If you work in the beauty industry, make beauty part of the story in their onboarding gift. Your new hire took this job because they’re excited about your company’s purpose, so it only makes sense to include this purpose in their first gift. It’ll give them some added excitement and motivation on their first day to jump right into their position.


Personalizing new hire starter packs, whenever possible, is a great way to show the new employee that you care about them and you see them being around for the long haul. Whether you provide them with a name plate for their desk, a stack of business cards, or something else personal, it’s a great feeling to walk in on the first day and already feel included in the team. Instead of being the new kid on the block who has to wait for their things to arrive, it looks good on the company that you took the time to get something personalized for the employee before they arrived on day one.


Make It Welcoming

First days are nerve-wracking for everyone, so when you’re deciding on welcome gifts for new employees, try to include some comfort items that will make the first day run as smoothly as possible. Whether this involves snacks, a gift card for lunch, or other small knick-knacks — these items can make a long first day feel a little easier and more bearable. Another great (and free) way to make your new employee feel welcome is to send out a short email to the company that gives a photo and bio on your new employee. That way, as they’re walking around the office, they won’t feel as invisible.

Create an Experience

What’s most important to remember, when searching for welcome gift ideas for new employees, is that you’re trying to give more than just material things. It’s not about how much you can spend on the gift. If your company doesn’t have a big budget, that’s okay. Get creative! One great and inexpensive way to welcome your new team is through branded company stickers. Office supplies are also a useful and appreciated gesture. Your goal is to create an experience and a lasting impression on your new employee so that they leave the office on day one feeling excited about their new position and confident in their decision to join the team.

In the end, however you choose to welcome your new employee, make sure that it’s original and represents your company values. This new hire is now a part of the team, and the best way to make them feel at home, with or without a gift, is to show them who you are as a company and why they fit perfectly in the equation.

Written by:

Junel Seet
Digital Marketing at Kisi