New Eco-Friendly Corporate Gift Ideas for Employee Appreciation in 2022
Feb 21, 2022
As we move into 2022, the global expectation for eco-friendly products and sustainable business only grows stronger and more impassioned. Consumers and employees alike are continuing to shift their priorities, choosing to work with companies that share their care and concern for our planet.
So, we’re here to help your company do just that!
We know the importance of making your employees feel welcomed and appreciated with personalized gifts and branded merch, but with many of the gifts available being single-use or made of unsustainable materials, offering them to employees without consideration for the bigger environmental picture no longer sits too comfortably with social values.
Thankfully, we’ve curated a list of trending eco-friendly promotional products and stylish corporate gifts to leave a lasting impression for your brand without creating any plastic waste. Whoever said you couldn’t have the best of both worlds?
From clothes to cutlery, totes to technology, candles to wellness kits, there is something on this list for everyone. So let’s jump into it!
20 New Eco-Friendly Corporate Gift Ideas for Employees in 2022
Our sherpa jackets are the perfect eco-friendly replacement for fleece. Not only are they an ideal gift to keep your employees warm and cozy in the office (and yes, it feels as soft as it looks), but we have no doubt that after experiencing the comfort they offer, your employees will be wearing theirs on to watch the kids play soccer on a chilly Sunday morning or slip out to the grocery store to grab some dinner. That means, not only are your employees free walking billboards for your company, but it is a high-quality product that will actually be used!
While we’re talking comfort, these unisex eco-fleece jogger sweatpants are the ultimate cozy gift for employees working remotely from home. Your employees will love lounging around in their custom joggers and be able to work more efficiently who doesn’t love a company that understands the importance of comfort?
Recycled Fuzzy Slippers
With more and more people working from home, why not incorporate house shoes and slippers into the corporate uniform?
Let’s be real, we all know zoom calls already consist of corporate on top and comfort on the bottom, so let’s all finally ditch the polos and button-downs and lean right into it. If you’re not quite ready to normalize loungewear or pajama-chic as the corporate uniform of the future, we suggest starting with a pair of branded fuzzy slippers—and we know your employees will love the creativity and humor in them.
Recycled Bamboo Face Mask
We understand a lot of employees feel hesitant about returning to the office amidst the Omicron outbreaks and it is important to show employees their safety is of paramount concern. Providing a recycled bamboo face mask is a great way to do that.
This mask is eco-friendly and made from reusable material and 100% cotton, making it a great sustainable alternative and the disposable surgical masks. And the flexible nose piece and adjustable ear loops for the perfect fit. Not only does gifting your employees a bamboo face mask reiterate your care about employee safety and their comfortability while at the office, but it also assures them of your commitment to preserving our planet and reducing single-use face masks. Covid is still here, so stay safe with our PPE items and hand sanitizers.
Blue Light Blocking Glasses
Custom Blue Light Blocking Glasses are the ultimate blend of protection and style. If your company requires your employees to spend hours of their day staring at a computer screen or scrolling on their phones, this is absolutely the gift for them.
Not only will our blue light glasses elevate their work look, but they’ll also help to reduce eye strain from overexposure to blue light and allow your employees to work more productively - a win, win!
Cutting Board Charcuterie Set
There’s no denying employees love working for a company that understands work-life balance. Particularly in a world of social isolation, gifting your employees something that encourages them to unwind and spend quality time with their friends and families after work hours is always appreciated. You could even go one step further and organize a virtual happy hour with coworkers, ensuring there will be cheese boards and fruit plates galore!
Of course, a charcuterie board wouldn’t be complete without a glass of wine (or three). Sending your employees home on a Friday afternoon to relax and unwind with a refreshing glass of rośe in hand is a sure-fire way to boost company morale.
Gift your team a set of personalized cocktail glasses, champagne flutes, or wine goblets lets them know you respect and value their enjoyment and quality of life beyond the office.
Marble and Reclaimed Bamboo Coasters (set of 4)
Our recycled bamboo, wood, and marble coasters are an awesome sustainable gift or giveaway idea, not only because they can be personalized and laser-engraved to add a chic design or custom logo, but because they’re useful both in the office and at home.
That means, while your employees host their friends and family for lunch or a nice cup of coffee, they’ll enjoy a refreshing drink while you enjoy the free advertising!
rPET Canyon Computer Backpack
Showcase your commitment to our planet by gifting your employees the new anti-bacterial, recycled computer backpack. Made from recycled plastic water bottles, and featuring a 15” laptop compartment, this sleek backpack will go down as a treat at the office! Just imagine the free marketing you’ll receive every time your employees step, backpack in hand, onto the train or bus for their morning commute. You could even go one step further and personalize the Canyon backpack with your employees’ names. In fact, if customization perks your interest, some of your favorite brands offer products that can be branded with your logo or full-color artwork, including MiiR, Osprey, Moleskine, CamelBak, Nalgene, Thule, and so many more!
Recycled Tear-Resistant Paper Tote Bag
We absolutely adore this bag and know your employees will too. Made from supernatural paper with a Tyvek-like feel, this vegan tote bag is just as stylish as it is sturdy. Gifting your employees this tear-resistant, washable, reusable bag will undoubtedly tick all the style and sustainability boxes.
Cork Journal & Branded Pen Combo
This biodegradable, hardcover notebook and pen combo is an organizer's dream gift. In 2022, we’re all leading busy lives with a blurred work-life balance, so a practical gift like this never goes astray.
For the employees who love planning, and organizing, this will be the way to their hearts, and for those employees who perhaps who simply enjoy writing poems, jotting down notes or at work, or journaling… well it’s a win for you too!
Wheat Fiber Wireless foldable charging Pad & Phone stand Combo
Now, this is the ultimate gift for lovers of technology (and the planet!). We all know the technology sector can sometimes drag its feet on environmentally friendly options, so your employees are bound to be impressed when they learn this eco-friendly foldable wireless charger pulls out all the sustainability stops. Not only does it feature a 15-watt wireless charger, foldable design to support various charging modes or watch Netflix on your screen and LED indicators, includes a biodegradable C cable, made from biodegradable wheat fiber materials, and is even delivered in a recyclable and reusable box. You check off sustainability and employee satisfaction with this useful desk accessory.
Recycled Wheat Bluetooth Earbuds
While we’re on the topic of technology, let us introduce you to the wood Bluetooth earbuds. We’re living in the age of the endless video conferences and phone calls, but also a time of Spotify and podcasts, and your employees deserve to put their feet up and chill out while they take in their favorite shows or music.
Eco-friendly headphones also come in handy during weekly zoom meetings and or to pump you up for a high-intensity workout (if that’s your thing). Oh, and did we mention they also boast a recycled wheat fiber case and are made with 35% wheat husk. Eco-friendly technology? Music to our ears!
Bamboo Water Bottle with Infuser for Tea or Fruit
Practical, durable, and stylish all at once, the bamboo water bottle takes the cake for us. The beautiful bamboo exterior wraps around a high-quality stainless-steel bottle with added copper lining for extra insulation power so your employees will know they’re getting spoiled with quality and longevity.
The best part is, the bottle features a removable tear and fruit infuser perfect for adding a splash of flavor to your drink. Perhaps a sweet iced tea to wake your employees up in the morning, or a hit of lemon or cucumber to keep the day fresh?
Shatter Resistant Glass Bottle
Get creative with the Veranda Glass Bottle! We all love to receive personalized gifts, and your employees are no different! With a full-color 360-degree wrap imprint area to work with as well as a customizable lid, the possibilities of what you can create are endless. And practicality? The Veranda Bottle wins in that category too. Made with high-temperature resistant borosilicate glass, it’s the perfect gift for your employees who need a hot coffee pick-me-up to drag themselves to the desk in the morning or a cold refreshing beverage to stay hydrated throughout the day.
Recycled Bamboo Fiber Coffee Tumbler (with silicone sleeve and spill-stopper)
What’s better than a coffee tumbler, you ask? A recycled one! We just know this gift will go down as a treat at any workplace. We’re living in a society that is constantly on the move, and as we start branching back out into the post-lockdown world, we know a lot of your employees will desperately miss the easy access to hot coffee at their WFH desk.
So why not help them out with a branded coffee tumbler? Made from naturally organic bamboo fiber and packaged perfectly in a sleek gift box, you’ll be saving the planet and saving their day.
Reusable Bento Box with Cutlery
We always encourage gifting your employees something they wouldn’t expect. Not only does a bento box food container show extra care and thought, but it lessens the chance of gifting your employees something they already own (a big no-no for sustainability). This is the perfect example.
Show your care and concern for minimizing single-use plastic spoons, forks, and knives by providing your employees a practical, reusable, durable, and stylish alternative to plastic bags and single use lunch bags. Did we mention it’s a double-decker and features cutlery and an adjustable divider too? Perfect for all food lovers to keep your lunch and snacks fresh for snacking while on the job or on the go!
Recycled Bamboo Fiber Reusable Cutlery
This is another great example of a practical, eco-friendly, and well-thought-out gift. This silverware set is reusable and made from recycled wheat fiber, a sustainable material reducing the need for single-use plasticware and utensils and solidifying your commitment to the environment while encouraging healthy eating and promoting employee health.
Air Plants, Succulents, and Seed Kits
Working from home or in the office often means being stuck inside at a cubicle without much sunshine or nature for a long period of time. Needless to say, it can get a little lonely at times. The Grow Guy planter is the perfect way to bring a little bit of nature inside. Gift your employees a little buddy to add to their desk and make their days in the workplace or home office a little greener! If our grow guy isn’t your type, we also offer a range of succulents, terrariums, garden kits, and seed bombs and other seeded paper products that can be customized for lots of different events and tradeshows that make memorable giveaways.
Plant-Based and Soy Candles
If you say you don’t like the smell of candles, we say you’re lying! Our white linen plant-based candle offers a beautiful clean and fresh scent, is made with 100% sustainable plant based-wax, and can be customized by adding your custom logo or full-color art designs. It truly is the ultimate gift for lovers of candles and the environment… and a nice way to help your employees unwind and relax at home after a long and stressful day of work.
Personal Wellness Kit
Our customizable wellness kit is the perfect gift to say, “We care about your health and happiness and you deserve a break!”. It comes with a moisturizing jojoba oil and shea butter lotion, hand sanitizer, and SPF 15 Broad Spectrum Lip Balm to keep your employees feeling fresh, moisturized, and protected at work, traveling, or out and about.
The Wellness Kit is packaged together beautifully with your choice of either a recyclable white pillow box or reusable white organza bag!
Stress Less, Zen More Gift Box
These curated wellness gift boxes are a wonderful way to show employees you appreciate their hard work and encourage them to put their feet up, unwind and relax on their time off. We all know these past two years have been stressful (an understatement), so letting your employees know you understand how they feel and gifting them a little something to de-stress will go a long way! The gift box includes scented bath bombs and calming essential oils to help relax your body and mind. Of course, it’s packaged in a 100% recyclable box to go with our suitability mission.
‘Pause and Unwind’ - Adult Coloring Book Gift Box
If there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s never to underestimate the power and relaxation of a good coloring-in session. The ‘Pause and Unwind’ gift box is the ultimate de-stress package. It includes an adult coloring-in book, a beautifully decorated coffee cup, and a delightfully scented candle, together setting up the perfect scenario to sit slow down and enjoy the moment by either reflecting, meditating, or just getting creative while you draw.
Encourage employees to take time for themselves and help them relax and reconnect with their self and loved ones at home or with co-worker in the office. We know your employees will love this creative gift!