4 employee appreciation gift ideas that aren't more branded t-shirts

Celebrate your employees differently this year with appreciation gift ideas from Capital One Business Deals. Start saving on great gift options.

Don’t misunderstand us, there is absolutely nothing wrong with branded t-shirts.

But if you are looking to celebrate your employees differently this year, here are four ideas for how you can show your appreciation without adding to that pile of old branded swag at the bottom of your employees’ closet.

1. Treat your employees to dinner

If you have a small enough team, and they all live in the same area, a fun and easy way to celebrate your staff is to take them out to a nice dinner. Footing the bill for a large group can be painful, but with these restaurant gift cards, you won’t have to worry about breaking the bank.

Darden restaurant cards

Darden egift cards can be used to dine at Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, Yard House, Seasons 52 and Bahama Breeze.

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2. Support your employee's continued learning

Do you run a team of ambitious people who are constantly looking for opportunities to learn new skills? Show your team that you understand and appreciate them for who they are by providing them with access to hundreds of courses on countless topics.

Coursera for teams

New customers of Coursera can access over 5,000 courses from top global universities and industries.

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TrainUp has live virtual classes, as well as in-person sessions, and even the opportunity for you to bring an instructor onsite to your business.

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3. Throw a party for the office

If you are back in the office and looking for a low-lift way to gather your team and celebrate them together, hosting a party in your office could be a great option. Don’t worry about spending too much to stock up on wine & spirits - these deals will help you stay on budget.

Total Wine & More

With this discount from Total Wine, you can save on 750ml and 1.5l wines, which are perfect for hosting.

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ReserveBar premium alcohol delivery

If your employees like the finer things in life, ReserveBar can help you find rare and premium spirits that your team will love.

Premium spirits & win at a great price >

Drizly Corporate Concierge

Not sure where to start? Drizly Corporate Concierge can help you find the right mix of drinks, and they’ll even place your order for you.

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4. Support the self-care goals of your employees

One of the best ways to show your employees that you care is to provide them with the ability to care for themselves! With these deals on fitness and wellness subscriptions, you can show your employees that you support them in being whole, healthy people.


If you have the space, you could stock an office gym with Echelon-connected bikes, treadmills, rowers, fitness mirrors and more.

Get a discount on gym equipment >

Discover more ways to show your employees how much you appreciate them

Our Holiday Gift Guide may spark some more ideas, or you can read our advice on how you can level up your employee appreciation in 2023.

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