We hope you enjoyed the summer, because it’s time to think about Christmas

There’s officially less than 100 days to go until Christmas. And even less than that before our last order on Christmas rewards.

That might seem like a long time. But between then and now, lots of companies are in a mad sprint to wrap up outstanding projects.

We know we like to come into the year with a fresh start, nothing left undone before a winter break.

So we understand when rewards aren’t always the first thing on people’s minds at this time of year.

But our customers do have a habit of leaving things til the last minute. We’ve got the phone bills to prove it.

We don’t mind that, obviously, and we’re here for you right up until the week before Christmas. But a lot of you could save yourselves some stress by putting your orders in early.

Love2shop Business has Christmas covered

We’re among the UK’s most trusted and most popular Christmas reward suppliers.

More than 30,000 businesses turn to Love2shop every year for their end-of-year rewards.

They come back for our fun rewards, quick delivery and a team of account handlers that can’t go far enough for our clients.

Whatever your staff or customers need, we have you well covered.

Gift cards

The Love2shop Gift Card is one of the most popular rewards in the UK.

It comes with 95+ in-store retailers, a selection of online retailers, and an e-gift card exchange on

Our e-gift card exchange lets a gift card holder trade the value of their card for a reward from a special online catalogue.

This opens up an extra selection of in-store retailers, online shops, experiences, restaurants and more.

We also offer a special selection of custom Christmas designs, pictured above, for extra festive flavour.

Having so much to choose from is what makes our gift card Love2shop’s flagship reward product.

Reward codes

Digital RewardsOur reward codes are super fast, super flexible rewards.

They’re delivered through SMS or email, and redeemed online. The codes open up a huge catalogue of gifts.

Code recipients pick from high street brands, online shops, meals, exclusive experiences and more. Whatever you need, we handle all the delivery and fulfillment.

Because they’re mobile and digital, they’re prefect for employees working remote. You can send codes direct to users, or include them in a personalised Christmas message.

Gift vouchers

The Love2shop Gift Voucher is (still) the most popular multi-retailer voucher in the UK.

And with good reason. Our vouchers are accepted in more 150 stores across more than 20,000 locations in the UK. That includes beloved brands like Argos, HMV, New Look, River Island, Waterstones and Schuh.

They’re immediate, tactile, and easy to include with Christmas cards or recognition letters.


Hampers are ideal when you really want to make a fuss.

We have a range of hamper options that are guaranteed to delight your staff. They’re overflowing with indulgences like chocolates, wine, gin and more.

Talk to us

Whichever rewards you think work best for your business, get in touch with the team. They’re always happy to chat. But for your own sake, we recommend you get your orders in early. Once it’s out of the way, you can tick it off the list and rest easy.

We call last orders for Christmas orders at 15:00 on December the 20th, so feel free to get in touch any time before then and we’ll be here to help.

You have until 15:00 on December 19th to get your orders in:


Secret Santa makes Christmas gifts for employees more fun

£15 or less: Secret Santa Christmas gifts for employees

Christmas gifts for employees that won’t get re-gifted or binned – 31 great ideas and 5 really bad ones

It’s time to think about Christmas gifts for employees. Because Christmas will be here before you know it.

Whether you’re counting sleeps until the 25th, or dreading it like a medical procedure. It’s coming all the same.

And with Christmas comes the expectation you’ll organise some Christmas gifts for employees.

We’ve got 31 great staff Christmas gift ideas that won’t go straight into the bin. Or end up re-gifted to someone’s least favourite cousin.


1. Gift vouchers

Love2shop Vouchers make great christmas gifts for employees

Simple and easy to combine with a thank-you note, vouchers are can be called a ‘lazy’ option. But the reality is that the only laziness is in presentation.

Put some effort in and make a fanfare of the occasion. Give your staff a few ideas on how they can use them, and make a fuss of all the choice the vouchers offer. Drive home the excitement.


2. Gift cards

Love2shop Gift Cards are exciting christmas presents for staffGift cards function almost exactly like a voucher, but with some key advantages.

You can get them branded to your company’s look so they’ll be more effective at generating gratitude.

They also often come with an online option. That could be direct online spending, or an online exchange to trade the funds for another selection of gifts.


3. Wines

If you don’t know what your employees like, just ask an expert. Find something less “recognisable” than the usual brands carried in supermarkets though.

An unusual or exotic wine feels much more special than something familiar.


4. A big Christmas lunch

A lovely meal makes a great staff christmas giftGet everyone out of the office for lunch at a nice restaurant near the office. Hosting the meal during the day also makes celebrations more inclusive.

Employees with children or other responsibilities often struggle to juggle children and evening events.


6. Wholesaler memberships

A membership to a wholesaler like Costco could save staff an enormous amount of money on bulk household items.

A few litres of toothpaste aren’t exactly a ‘Christmas-y’ thought, but your employees with families will be grateful. Especially during the winter seasons when they’re entertaining a houseful of guests. They make helpful and well received christmas gifts for employees.


7. Special coffee or tea mugs

The UK drinks more than 60 billion cups of tea every year. That’s more than enough cause to know special mugs make a great gift.


8. Funds for a party

Your staff would love a night out on the company dime as a work Christmas presentA work-organised Christmas party can end up feeling like a school dance. Instead of trying to be in charge of it, let your staff organise something fun.

You just need to provide the resources and let them do the rest. They can pick the right venue, the right food and the right booze for themselves.


9. Digital reward codes

Reward codes are sent over sms or email, then redeemed online. They make more sense than gift cards or vouchers for more “online” staff.

To give them a more personal touch, spruce the delivery up with personal messages of appreciation.


10. Flexibility

The Christmas period is hectic. The cash might not be there to fork out for a load of gifts for staff.

But just being flexible with hours during the period could be as welcome as a fancy bottle of wine.


11. Tote bags

Cool tote bags are great Christmas presents for staff and stay useful all year roundWe all want to make less waste, but that means lugging more containers about with us.

Rucksacks aren’t always a chic choice, but totes are. A quality sustainable fibre tote is a great gift for someone sick of dragging a tatty Bag for Life around.


12. Great books

Books are often a byword for boring gifts. But that’s because they’re often just the latest vapid celebrity biography, or a tenuous link to a hobby.

Put some time and thought into a good book and it will be a fantastic gift. it shows not just that you’ve thought about someone, but that you actually know them well enough to pick them out a great book.


13. Luxury gift cards

We have already mentioned gift cards. But special gift cards for high-end shops like M&S or John Lewis are different.

Even the most dour employee can find something delightful with a luxury gift card. Only being able to get something luxurious makes them great Christmas gifts for employees.


14. Hampers

Hampers are a classic. And they tend to stick around the house while you pick away at the chocolates, spreadables, cheeses and preserves.

Just make sure what’s in the hamper is special. That’s what sets hampers apart when it comes to Christmas gifts for employees.


15. Recognition

Earnest employee recognition is a corporate Christmas present lots of staff would appreciateFor some employees, offering your heartfelt thanks would go much further than any cash-value item.

Knowing their efforts are valued and noticed as they head into a Christmas break does as much for morale as rewards might.


16. A BS button

Give someone the chance to call BS out when they see it. Or more to the point hear it.

Gift a novelty button that breaks the tension when someone wants to call BS on a bad idea without feeling awkward.


17. Donation to a charity

You really need to know the room before making a call like this. People might feel let down, or maybe even a bit patronised.

But if you look at the office and can’t imagine what to get for your socially-conscious millennials, a donation works. As long as it speaks to a cause they’re invested in.


18. Steaks

Any meat lover worth their salt enjoys a good steak, they make delightful staff Christmas presentsAlmost every meat eater enjoys a high quality cut of steak. Good steaks are an indulgence that really needs to be savoured.

You can’t really go wrong by plumping for one of the marquee cuts either. Ribeye, filet, or a strip all work. Or really go wild with some T-bone or porterhouse options.

And for your vegan or vegetarian staff, there are some amazing developments in vegan and plant-based alternatives.


19. Custom print cushions, pillows or luggage

Submit someone’s picture, or maybe a picture of their pet, and it becomes a print of the item. That could be pillows or cushions.

But the best is luggage – there’s no debating who a suitcase belongs to when your face is all over it.


20. Wireless shower speakers

Ideal for anyone that really can’t go a minute without a bit of stimulation. Not even for the duration of a shower. Also ideal for an employee that likes a long soak in the bath with a good podcast.


21. An office pet

Dogs are for life, not just for office Christmas presents. But they do bring life to your office.There are loads of benefits to having dogs in the office. They make your company more fun, less stressful and more empathetic.

Who could be mad when there’s a cute dog in the room? Of course, only break this one out once you’re sure no one has an allergy or phobia of dogs.


22. Wallet-friendly powerbanks

Always running out of charge is annoying. But so is carrying around a giant power bar all day.

A wallet-friendly power pack helps your electrically-challenged employees stay online. Without taking an unwieldly battery everywhere.


23. Event or theatre tickets

You always hear theatre fans saying they “should” get tickets when Wicked or War Horse is on. Make sure they don’t miss out this time. Make your Christmas gift for employees something they’ve been putting off for years.


24. Multi-tools for outdoorsy types

Our outdoors types love a multi-tool. Especially the specialised ones for cyclists, climbers, woodsmen and more.

Depending on what your staff get up to in the outdoors, there’s a quality multi-tool out there.


25. Slippers for indoorsy types

Our indoors types, by contrast, love a good pair of comfortable slippers. Everyone loves a really comfortable pair of slippers for those cold nights in.


26. Infusion water bottles

Infusion bottles keep everyone healthy and hydrated during christmasSupplying staff with their own refillable, non-toxic bottles benefits you and your staff. They cut down on waste, saving money on disposable cups.

And they help staff stay hydrated during the work day. Infusion bottles also let staff stick a bit of citrus fruit of a tea bag in for a healthy flavoured drink.


27. Speciality coffees

Caffeine is an essential office supply. A specialty coffee selection is a great gift for anyone that always says “yes” when the barista offers them the special blend.


28. Stadium tours

It’s amazing how many people live in a city with a major sports team but never take a look inside.

Stadium tours give you a glimpse into the history of a team, and how that history affects the city you live in.


29. Guided museum or heritage tours

Not everyone’s into sport. But a guided tour of a gallery, historic site or museum would be a huge treat for staff that like a bit of culture.


30. Streaming sticks

Like Roku or Amazon. They turn laptops and televisions into streaming devices with thousands of channels available.

They’re a quick and easy way to get more out of the great indoors without having to buy a cable or satellite subscription.


31. Adult learning classes

For someone that’s always wanted to speak Spanish. Or wishes they knew how to paint with oils or create pottery.

They’re fun and personal. And they let your staff do something personally fulfilling and enriching outside their work.


5 Christmas gifts for employees to avoid at all costs

It’s the thought that counts. Unless you’re thinking about really bad gift ideas. Or even worse if you don’t think about someone at all.

Steer clear of this stuff if you want good Christmas gifts.


1. Being forgotten

Forgetting to buy some employees gifts is a miniature morale crisis. That goes double if they’re remote or mobile.

They’ll already have their guard up about not being in the office. And being forgotten amplifies that feeling.


2. Cash

Cash is one of the most unimaginative employee Christmas gifts out thereOld reliable, and reliably boring. No one hates having more money, but cash doesn’t make a great Christmas gift for employees.

Especially in companies where year-end bonuses are the norm for performance targets.


3. Cheap and boring food and drink

Anyone can walk into a supermarket and buy themselves a bar of Dairy Milk. It’s not interesting, thoughtful or special.

If you’re so out of ideas you’re thinking about buying someone a Toblerone, just get them a decent gift card.


4. Gag gifts

Sometimes they work, but it’s best avoided. That goes double if you’re the boss. Remember that as an employer that you’re “punching down.”

You’re most likely in a position of authority or power over your staff. What seems harmless to you can come off as an assault on someone’s work, or their position in the company.


5. Self-help books

The Secret and Rich Dad, Poor Dad might have completely turned your life around.

But don’t try to pressure other people into “improving” themselves. It’s incredibly patronising and not very exciting at Christmas.



4 simple guidelines on Christmas gifts for employees

Keep a few ideas in mind when you’re looking to gift to stay on the safe side.

1. Be fair

It’s a gift, not a bonus. No one should feel hard done by when you save the lion’s share of your gift budget for the best performers.


2. Be consistent

Pick a price range you’re confident you can stick to next year too. A big blowout one year and little the next isn’t great for internal credibility.

It gives off uncomfortable boom/bust vibes.


3. No company logos

We love employee engagement but we don’t want to see staff turned into walking billboards for their company.

Let your employees enjoy their gift without having to sport the corporate logo everywhere they go.


4. Keep HMRC happy

Keep in mind the value of what you gift is subject to tax regulations. Especially if the cash-value of your gifts adds up to more than £50 per employee over the year.

Talk to your finance people and make sure you keep everything square with the tax man when gifting.


Remember: There’s no need to stress about it

If you’re stressing about it, let me stop you right there. Just get the basics right.

Put the effort in, try your best to anticipate the tastes of your employees, and act in earnest gratitude. Hit those notes and you’ll be alright.

And if you’re still not sure, get in touch with us. We’d be happy to talk you through a few options.

Or read about the Christmas gift options available through Love2shop Business Services here.


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