BlogMar 24, 2023

The Best Team Building Gifts for Employees – 15 Fun & Creatives Ideas

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Team building is an essential aspect of any successful organization. It involves the creation of strong relationships among team members, boosting their communication skills, and fostering collaboration to enhance the company's overall productivity.

In short, it helps your team grow stronger and work together more effectively especially through team building events. Providing team building gifts is an excellent way to kick start the process and show your employees appreciation for the work they've done.

Here we'll present you 15 team building gift ideas available in our catalog of personalized gifts. You will find environmentally friendly gifts as well as pretty inexpensive gifts that can suit big as well as small businesses. For a wow effect that will instantly bring joy, create a nice package to send your team before end (also don't forget the employees working remotely) and set up a good start to a successful team building moment.

Team gifts - Personalized Hoodie, t-shirts or sweater

First thing first, personalized clothing is the top gift to give to your employees for a team building or any team building activities for leadership excellence!

But nobody wants another bad t-shirt with an ugly design they'll not wear. So go humble in the customization. Make it discrete to maximize your chance of having your team using your gift for as long as possible.

If you have a specific theme for the team building, it's even nicer to have a design made specifically for that purpose.

Ask your employees to wear the custom t-shirt, hoodie or sweater during the team building activities to enhance the team spirit and sense of belonging within each team member.

Browse our selection of customized t-shirts, sweatshirt & hoodie here. More ideas? Browe our branded holiday gifts blog post.

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The classic team building gift - A custom tote bag

Like t-shirts or sweatshirts, a nice tote bag is somewhat of an essential. If you haven't already given one to your employees, it's a great gift idea. After the team building, this gift will be perfect year round. For carrying work-related items or to use outside of the office.

Creating your team building a pack and put all the items in a customized tote bag can also be a good idea to reduce waste.

On merchery.co, you will find many options of natural cotton tote bags, but also some cool alternatives that changes from what we are used to see such as the recycled utility tote or the Osprey tote bag.

Visit the site and take a look at our wide selection of tote bags here.

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Gift ideas for a physical activity - Personalized reusable water bottles

Perhaps you are planning a sportive or physical activity? If so, your employees will need to stay hydrated.

A nice water bottle with your company logo on it is therefore the top 1 gift idea to encourage team members to stay hydrated and show off their company pride.

Discover our selection of personalized reusable water bottles here.

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Gift ideas for outdoor activities - Rain coat or jacket

Planning a team building with some outdoor activities? We have just what you need. Outdoor or rain jackets are great gifts.

We have a wide range of branded jackets on our site, such as those from Patagonia, The North Face and Rains.

For a smaller budget, we also have everything you need, such as hoodie jackets, zip jackets and short sleeves jackets or commonly called body warmers, which are very trendy at the moment.

Browse our selection of rain & outdoor jackets here.

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Gift ideas for soft sport activities - meditation/yoga accessories

Many team building activities are sports or physical activities. To please everyone, a yoga, meditation or other soft sport activity is perfect. Ideal for all levels and can make your team members relaxed and reduce stress while boosting their productivity.

In this case, you can equip your employees properly and what better way than to have customized yoga gear that matches your brand image?

Personnalise yoga/sports mats from the brand Stakt (soon available) are the way to go.

To provide them with the full package, you can also get the meditation accessories such as the meditation cushion & the lava rock diffuser from the brand Walden. And all this will match perfectly with the water bottles we suggested above.

If you need more ideas, discover our wellness gifts for employees.

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Gift ideas for lunch time - Lunch or snack boxes

Team buildings usually take place over a whole day or even several days.

If you're out of the office, it's not always easy to get a lunch or cook something. In this case, offer your employees a nice lunchbox/snack box. The Yeti lunch bag or the Bamboo lunch box are super sustainable corporate gifts to offer and will help your team members reduce waste at the same time.

Check out from our great selection on our website.

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Gift ideas for the coffee lovers - Americano tumbler or coffee mug to go

Sometimes team building means travelling, which means early morning! Nothing better than offering a nice reusable coffee or tea mug that keeps drinks hot. A great gift idea for the tea as well as coffee lovers. They will be able to refill it whenever they want and proudly display their company logo/design while sipping.

Shop through our selection of tea and coffee mugs here.

For the ultimate coffee fans, you can also offer barista accessories such as the VSSL coffee grinder, the Miir dripper or the Fellow french press.

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Gift ideas for the bike lover - Cycling gear

Planning a bike ride as a fun team building activity is often a good idea. It's enjoyable for everyone, it gets you out in the open air and it's easy to arrange.

But be sure to properly equip your team. At Merchery, we've got you covered. Get your employees a bike helmet from Fend (soon available), a water bottle from Vapur or a nice backpack to keep their items save such as this one from CamelBak. Your team won't ever say no to a single extra mile!

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Gift ideas for a fun time - Afterwork gift package

To show your employees your appreciation, organize an afterwork. Because who doesn't like an afterwork? Most companies usually throw one during the holiday season for Christmas or New Year. But if not during the holidays, any time of the year will do.

An afterwork is the perfect way to relieve stress, meet employees in person and spend some quality time outside work hours.

For a wow effect, offer some beers or drinks with a nice bottle opener. For example, this crown bottle opener or this wavy bottle opener from Craighill. This way your team can go home with a lasting memory of the activity.

For the remote employees, don't hesitate to create a little gift package with some drinks & encourage them to join via call.

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Gift ideas for the food lovers - Kitchen accessories

Organizing a team building activity around cooking is also a great idea. Equip your team with kitchen gifts such as a cutting board, knives or pans or even a nice Peugeot Paris mill.

Definitely thoughtful gifts your team will want to keep!

Browse through our selection of cooking items here.

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Gift ideas for the sun - Hats

Planning a team building trip to a sunny destination ? That will have a positive effect on your team. But you won't be at your best if your employees get sunburned.

A branded hat is one of the best gift ideas in this case. A recycled bob or a cap with your company logo on it will surely do the trick!

Check out our stylish customizable hats here.

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Gift idea for camping & adventure lovers - Outdoor items

If you know your employees love adventure, take them on a great team building trip to the mountains. The right team building gift will then be a pocket knife such as a Swiss knife.

Discover from our catalog other super cool outdoor items such as the puffy blanket or the coalatree hammock! Your team will be prepared for any adventure.

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Gift ideas for an overnight stay - Care package

Team building often means spending an overnight stay away from home. To make your employees feel at home, get them a nice pouche such as this one from Peak design filled with personalized gifts like an hair brush or even an eyemask.

A perfect care package to please even the homebodies!

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Gift ideas for travelling - Customized duffels/suitcase

Leaving for a team building weekend or going abroad with your team ?

Equip them with a nice custom bag, duffel bag or even suitcase.

Also perfect for the employees doing remote work, they will be well equipped each time they come visit the HQ.

Check out our selection of suitcases & duffel bags here.

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Gift ideas for event - Environmentally friendly accessories

You're throwing an event for your team for the holidays? Make sure to make it an eco-friendly event by ordering the right gifts. From notebooks to keytags, we've got what you need!

To finish the event in style and show appreciation, make them go home with a bottle of sparkling wines or a custom gift from our catalog.

Discover our offer of event gifts for employees here.

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In conclusion, team building is crucial for any business to thrive. It's the occasion to thank your team for the hard work and make them feel valued.

Giving gifts is an excellent way to foster strong relationships among team members. Forget the boring gift card, be creative.

With the selection of team building gift ideas above, you're sure to find the perfect gift to keep your team motivated and engaged. Browse on our website, order some team building gifts and make your team building an unforgettable moment for your team.

Merchery, your best corporate gift supplier.

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