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The Best Corporate Holiday Gift Box Ideas

December 8, 2020 8 min read

The Best Corporate Holiday Gift Box Ideas What to include in your corporate holiday gift box

So this year there might not be the traditional company holiday party. Potlucks and festive get-togethers with clients or employees are off. Your business might even still be working from home, which means no holiday decorations at the office, no Christmas cookies being shared in the breakroom, and well - let’s be honest, a lack of holiday cheer. 

But wait, before I turn you into the Grinch, there is a way to still celebrate the season. With these unique corporate holiday gift box ideas, you can capture that same holiday cheer. Sure, gift-giving may look different, but by sending gifts straight to the door you'll create new opportunities to connect with both employees and clients.

Why Corporate Holiday Gift Boxes are Powerful

There’s something special about having a gift box show up at your door during the holiday season. Yes, traditional gift-giving at the annual holiday party is always appreciated, but when everyone is receiving the same gift, people don’t feel as special. Even if you ship the same gift to all your recipients, the individuality of receiving that gift at your door makes all the difference. 

If you do want to get personal, holiday gift boxes provide an easy way to do so. For instance, if you have two different buyer personas as clients, customize each gift box with the best items for each persona. Gift boxes provide an easy way to mix-and-match promotional products, while still creating a gift to please everyone.

4 Things to Include in Your Corporate Holiday Gift Box 

So what should your corporate holiday gift box include? It’s about more than just the products. Here are the four things we always recommend when planning a gift box for our clients. 

  • A Lift-Top Box

  • PackAGING Paper

  • A Message Card

  • Products


1. A Lift-Top Box

With the box being one of the first things people see when they receive your gift, it’s important to get it right. In the best case scenario, you would have enough time to choose a powerful custom box to activate your brand. With 90% of consumers reported to reuse packaging, and 40% more likely to post pictures of a brand online because of custom packaging, there’s sheer marketing strength in the box alone. 

For custom boxes, timeline is key. From mapping out the design to the printing process, the whole project takes about seven weeks. So if you're going the custom route for holiday corporate gifts, you’ll want to wait no later than October to begin the process. To help you plan ahead, we’ve put together this guide on how to select the perfect custom gift box based on your budget, timeline, and design ideas. 

For holiday gifts, we recommend choosing a box with a lift-top lid like this one. This makes your package feel more like a gift, as recipients can open it and see the beautiful products you’ve selected neatly laid out.

Design Your Own:

Talk to our brand activation team to learn more about creating your own custom box design.

Even if you don’t have enough time to go completely custom, you can still add some custom branding to your box. We offer custom sticker labels that will distinctly showcase your company’s identity while making an impression on your gift recipients.


2. Packaging Paper

It may seem trivial, but imagine receiving a gift with no wrapping paper at all. It loses its magic because presentation matters. Consider the study done by marketing professor Daniel Howard. He gave his students a sheepskin bicycle cover as a gift but packaged it in different ways for different students. He then asked them to rate the gift. Those that received the bike cover in gift-wrapping rated the gift significantly higher than those who received the gift in a plastic bag. He then did the same experiment testing the quality of wrapping paper. It turned out that it didn’t matter if it was cheap paper or expensive packaging, those wrapped in something were rated higher than those not wrapped at all. 

This tells us that we don’t have to spend a ton of money on packaging, but it is important to include it. According to Dr. Howard, “Gift wrapping not only affects the perceived value and ownership of a gift, but it also affects the mood and attitudes of the recipients.” 

Decorative and custom gift wrapping can be included in your corporate holiday gift boxes if you plan ahead. Remember the magic 7-week number. But if you're short on time, Howard’s study shows that even standard gift wrap is enough to do the trick.

3. A Message Card

Including a personalized message card is key in a corporate holiday gift box. This is what will give your gift that added personal touch, that will truly make your employees or clients feel valued. Consider a holiday-themed message or a simple “thank you” message. Remember, the purpose of your gift is to show your appreciation.

4. Products 

Last, but certainly not least is your products. Obviously, you don’t have a gift box without the actual gifts inside! It is important to note that when choosing products for a gift box, you do have shipping and size restraints to think about. So we’ve selected a list of our favorite products that would fit perfectly into a corporate holiday gift box.


Branded Apparel

Branded apparel makes a great corporate holiday gift because it’s an easy way to include your brand while giving a personal and thoughtful gift that an employee or client will want to wear. When considering holiday gifts, consider products that can be worn in cooler weather. 

Good: Pantone Matched Knee High Socks

Pantone-Matched-Jacquard-Knee-High-SocksThere’s nothing more fun and festive than branded socks. These pantone matched jacquard knee-high socks combine quality with creativity. They’re made of nylon, cotton, and spandex and woven together from scratch. Each sock can have its own knit-in design of up to 3 PMS colors. They even come with their own full-color gift box, so if you’re sending these as a stand-alone gift, you already have the packaging taken care of.

Better: Customized Full-Zip HoodieUnisex-Dye-Sublimated-Raglan-Full-Zip-HoodieOne of the most widely kept promotional items among Americans is custom outerwear. So consider a gift like this full-zip hoodie. It’s lightweight and can fit into most gift boxes, plus you can get really creative with customization. Using dye-sublimation, a slogan, hashtag, marketing message or promotional design of your choice can be featured on the jacket. It features a kangaroo-style handwarmer pocket in the front, a raglan sleeve, and a self-lined three-panel high neck hood. It’s made of 95% polyester and 5% spandex.

Best: Pinehurst Fleece JacketPinehurstFleeceJacket

If you want to go with a more professional look, this fleece full-zip jacket is our favorite pick. It combines cotton and polyester sueded washed fleece for extra durability, especially for the colder weather. Hands will be kept warm with a roomy jersey knit media pocket. Choose from a variety of sizes and colors like Burgundy, Atlantic Navy, Charcoal Mix, Black, and Indigo Blue. Embroider your company’s logo either on the right chest, or centered on the back.


Food Products

Food products are often small and simple to ship. They make a great addition to another product in a gift box and have the power of completing the package. Plus, when it comes to the holidays, sweets are always a must.

Good: Custom Wrapped Chocolate Bar

CustomWrappedChocolateBarSimple but sweet is this custom-molded 1.75-ounce chocolate bar. Choose between milk or dark chocolate based on your gift recipients’ preferences. The bar measures 5 inches wide and 2 inches high, and the wrapper can be customized with full-color artwork of your choice. Plus, mold the chocolate itself into your company’s logo or name. For a festive look, choose between gold or silver foil under the wrapper.

Better: Mini Truffle Pouch 

Mini-Treat-Pouch-with-Signature-TrufflesThis mini truffle pouch has the power to complete any holiday gift box. Packaged in a pinstriped pouch are two decadent pieces of truffles, one caramel, and one chocolate. Your company’s name, logo, or message can be placed with a one-color imprint on both the pouch and the treat itself. Consider pairing this elegant box with one of the other products in this post, for a delightful holiday gift. 

Best: Sea Salt Caramels

22318585 (1)Our top pick food gift for holiday gift boxes are these mouth-watering sea salt caramels. Going beyond traditional chocolate, these treats are the perfect balance between sweet and salty and are sure to bring some holiday cheer into your recipients’ homes. The set packs a mixture of four milk and dark chocolate treats elegantly placed in a red foiled box and decorated with a black band imprinted with your company’s name or logo.


Personalized Journals 

Personalized journals are small enough to pack into a gift box and can easily be personalized. Plus, it’s a gift you can be certain your recipients will get a lot of use out of, whether it’s for work or their own personal use.

Good: Eco-friendly Apple Peel Journal 

ApPeel-Medio-JournalGiving an eco-friendly gift demonstrates your brand’s values. With 89% of today’s consumers choosing to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle, this eco-friendly journal made from apple peels is a great way to combine appreciation while appealing to values. 

The journal is made by grounding up apple peels and emulsifying them into organic paper. It measures 5.25 x 8.38 inches and features 160 pages with green lines and gray end pages with colorful stripes. It also comes with a gold ribbon marker and back paper pocket for usability purposes. Brand your company’s logo on the cover with either a debossed or foil-stamped imprint.

Better: Moleskine Leather Ruled NotebookMoleskine-Leather-Ruled-Notebook

A slightly larger option is this elegant, leather notebook. It measures 5 x 8.25 inches and features a premium leather hardcover with rounded corners, bookmark, an elastic strap closure, and an expandable inner pocket. With 176 pages of FSC certified, ruled format, ivory-colored acid-free paper, this is a high-quality writing journal that gift recipients will use with appreciation. It comes in a premium two-piece Moleskine gift box, which takes your packaging up a level, while still being incorporated into a larger gift box sent to the home. Personalize it by adding a full-color imprint to various locations on the front color, or even inside the journal itself. 

Best: Cross Branded Notebook Gift SetCrossBrandedNotebookGiftSetA truly premium and professional pick, this Cross Branded Notebook Gift set will appeal to any executive. It features a high quality, leatherette cover with an angled elastic closure and ribbon page marker. The notebook includes 80-sheets of cream lined paper, perforated for easy removal. It comes paired with a Cross Century Chrome Ballpoint pen, stored in a unique pen slot within the spine. Brand the notebook with a deboss imprint on the spine or front cover.

This gift set comes packaged in a premium branded gift box that gives it the feel of a holiday gift. Remember the importance of presentation.


Branded Drinkware 

Branded drinkware is one of those corporate holiday gifts that will please everyone. With so many customization options and different features for hot and cold beverages, it’s easy to come up with a one-of-a-kind holiday gift for your holiday gift box. 

Good: 17-ounce H2go Thermal Bottle

17-ounceH2goThermalBottleThis stainless steel thermal bottle combines usability with a high-quality design. It holds 17-ounces of liquid in a copper vacuum insulated bottle made from 18/8 stainless steel. The bottle will keep your beverages cold for up to 12-hours, making it perfect for those constantly on the go. But, perhaps the best part about this bottle, is the customization options. Choose from 12 different bright and fun colors, like neon pink, orange, or Carolina blue. 

Imprint your logo in a variety of different printing techniques like spot color, heat transfer, or digital full color. There’s also a glitz option for those that want to add a bit more sparkle to their brand. This exclusive print process adds a glitter based on the standard PMS colors creating a truly unique look.

Better: 24-ounce Corkcicle TumblerCorkcicle-Tumbler-24-Ounce

For a slightly bigger option, consider this BPA free 24-ounce vacuum-sealed tumbler. It features triple insulation, a cup-holder friendly design, easy-grip flat sides, and a non-slip bottom. Each tumbler comes topped with a stylish, sip-through, spill-resistant lid designed to maintain the temperature of your beverage. Cold liquids will stay cold for over 9 hours, even in the sun. Hot beverages will stay warm for up to three hours. 

Choose between a black or white and laser engrave your logo in a variety of different locations on the tumbler.

Best: UV Sanitizing Copper Vacuum Bottle

UVSanitizingCopperVacuumBottleWith sanitization on the list of high concerns for most this holiday season, our favorite pick is this UV sanitizing bottle. UV light products have become the new trend this past year, as it’s been proven to kill 99% of all germs. This 18-ounce bottle uses UV technology to self-clean, keeping your water pure and odorless. It uses a mercury-free UV bulb to effectively neutralize microbiological contaminants. An LCD screen is included, which verifies success upon cleaning completion. It has a rechargeable battery that can treat up to 30 cleaning cycles. 

It also combines all the functionality of a traditional stainless steel bottle with copper insulation. Beverages will be kept cold for up to 48 hours, and hot for at least 12. It has a screw-on, spill-resistant lid, and is designed to fit most standard car cup holders.

Complete the gift, with a laser imprint of your company’s logo on the bottle’s durable black powder coating.

Embrace the Opportunity 

The holiday season is a time to celebrate, even in uncertain and unusual times. Don’t let these barriers put a stop to your corporate giving. Embrace the opportunity that holiday gift boxes offer, and delight both your employee and customers by coming up with a new way to give them their holiday gift. 

With so many pieces to think about, sending out a corporate holiday gift box might seem a little overwhelming. Our team is here to help you facilitate ordering and your customization needs. We guide you through each step until your package arrives safely at your recipients’ doorsteps.

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This post was originally published November 12, 2020