The employer’s guide to a budget Christmas

ChristmasChristmas is closing in and it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg to make your staff feel valued.

Whether you’re a small or big business, spend a thought or two on how to reward your employees with a token of appreciation after a long year. It doesn’t have to be a big or elaborate gift, just something as simple as a USB stick, organising a Christmas party or lunch (remember to send out a memo), or simply an act of kindness such as offering extra time off work. Your employees will be grateful you’ve made the effort to acknowledge them.

Here are a few ideas to help you appreciate employees without spending a fortune.

The gift of time

Christmas should be a time to relax and celebrate, but for many it is a time where everyone is frantically rushing around. So, if there’s one thing you can offer your employees this time of year – it is the gift of time. Although it may not be possible for every business, try to allow your workers extra time on their lunch break, or alternatively, you can allow employees to have a day off with full pay.

Christmas hamper

A Christmas hamper can be as extravagant or as cost-effective as you like. You can personalise a hamper by creating it yourself, or if you don’t like the fuss of a DIY job, you can buy them ready-made and beautifully packaged.

Secret Santa

There’s an endless string of little gifts you could drop into Santa’s bag of goodies; everything from a USB memory stick, office stationery, gift card, candles, playing cards, wine bottle stoppers, keyring, personalised mugs, to mini pamper products and funky gifts. It’s simple and effective.


There’s nothing betting than a relaxing massage to soothe away all the stresses of the year. Hire a masseuse to come in to the workplace and give employees a free massage or spa treatment.

Sharing is caring

Organise employees to bring in their own homemade tasty delights – it can be as big or small as they like and doesn’t cost the earth to make (just a few pounds on the hips), it brings everyone together to enjoy good food as the year comes to a close.

Discount vouchers

Discount vouchers work for everyone – groceries, drinks, fuel, holidays, sailing trips, electronics, jewellery, books, massage, events and concerts, it’s a great little gift where everyone will find use for it.

Christmas lunch / dinner

Celebrating Christmas with a lunch or dinner is a good way of engaging with your employees to end the year with a good get together. Organise the lunch at the office during working hours, that way everyone is already present.

Company business function

Whether you think it’s a good idea or a bad one, a Christmas party is a place where everyone can casually mingle with others to get into the festive spirit. It’s a great way to get to know people you don’t meet every day at the office, and have informal conversations in a relaxed environment.

-Thanks to Academy Publishing for these wonderful tips.