Showing appreciation in uncertain times


December 23, 2020



’Tis the season for gift giving. There’s no better time to show your appreciation for your colleagues, employees and customers.

Because 2020 was a challenging year for so many, a gift is a great way to brighten someone’s day. Many companies that opted out of hosting holiday parties this year because of state and local mandates calling for social distancing, staying at home and/or limiting large gatherings have chosen to offer meaningful gifts instead.

Company-branded blankets, plush robes, fuzzy socks, and coffee mugs filled with hot chocolate mixes or coffee beans are thoughtful gifts for employees who continue to work remotely and customers whose business you value.

For workers who meet with customers remotely, practical gifts include wireless ear buds, Bluetooth speakers, a ring light, and a fake or real plant that will add interest to their backgrounds during video conference calls.

Care packages for workers who remain in the field could feature company branded hand sanitizer, face masks and hats as well as healthy snacks for when restaurants and grocery stores are closed.

A virtual party can help lift spirits and give employees something to look forward to. A festive care package with party favors, tasty snacks, cocktail mixes and branded glassware adds to the fun and helps encourage participation.

Gifts of time always are appreciated, particularly during stressful times. Offer employees extra paid time off during the holiday season, or an additional vacation day or two to use in the new year.

Showing your appreciation can help boost employee motivation, morale and retention. In a year most are all too happy to forget, giving thanks will help get 2021 off to a positive start.

Please share your holiday gift-giving tips via email at If you have given or received a memorable gift, we want to hear from you.


About the Author

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Diane Sofranec is the senior editor for PMP magazine. She can be reached at or 216-706-3793.

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