The Ultimate Remote Team Holiday Gift Guide


While we hope you’ve been showing appreciation to your remote teams throughout the year, we’ve reached the season where gifts can be a capstone token of appreciation for your employees’ contributions through what has assuredly been a difficult year.

Our team has pulled together a robust list of gift ideas that are specifically for professionals who work from home or as a part of distributed teams. We’ve focused on physical gifts as well as virtual presents for teams. Since we’re a small business ourselves, we aimed to include fellow small businesses throughout our suggestions.   


Physical Gifts that Require Shipping

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Because so many professionals continued to be physically disconnected from friends, family, and co-workers this year, it can be especially meaningful for employees  to receive a physical token of appreciation. Note: many of these physical gift options are optimized for, or only available in, the US. If we know of international alternatives, we’ve included those as well.


“Work from Home” office upgrades


Staying healthy while working remotely

  • Inspire team members to get outdoors with an Annual National Parks Pass and some supplies to make it happen from Parks Project
  • Regular hydration is critical! Here’s a favorite sustainable water bottle option from Yomious or customize some with your company logo via Vistaprint.
  • Sometimes it’s helpful to have the extra nudge and reminder to get up from our desks. Outfitting your team with Fitbit Trackers or smartwatches can also inspire some future team motivation or competitions.
  • Two of our team members have doorway pull up bars that allow them to squeeze in a quick workout in between Zoom meetings. 
  • Ergonomically correct posture unfortunately tends to deteriorate the more we sit at our desks. Our CEO, Tammy Bjelland, has been using the Comezy Posture Corrector to help course correct.


Tasty fuel for work or play days


Books that support remote teams

Many members of our team are inspired by books and opportunities to learn (our CEO, Tammy Bjelland, committed to and accomplished reading over 100 books in 2020). Here are a few books that we recommend. (*These could also serve as virtual gifts as most are available in eReader and audio editions as well.)


Hard to find something that works for everyone?  

  • Snappy Gifts is an excellent option. Employees choose their own gift, and Snappy Gifts ships anywhere. This is an especially helpful option for larger teams.
  • Tight budgets mean creative solutions, but that’s not the only reason to consider something extra personal. A hand-written note goes a long way to demonstrate how much a team member means to you, your team, and your business. Our CMO, Jacqueline, shared that both she and her husband have hand-written notes tacked up in their offices. These could easily accompany some of the virtual gifts below. 

Virtual Gifts

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With team members distributed across the globe, physical gifts may not make the most sense. Here’s our round-up of virtual gifts that can be received and used almost anywhere.


At-home wellness + channels to relieve stress. We all need it.

  • Our Senior Customer Experience Specialist, Megan Eddinger, loves meditations and stress-reducing rituals from Simple Habit due to their abundance of options that work for her whole family. 
  • Calm also offers a year of mental health support for your team members.
  • Avenues of escape, such as Netflix or Disney+ subscriptions, or even an actual virtual escape room challenge can be incredibly valuable.
  • In keeping with the theme of staying healthy while working remotely, a virtual gym or fitness membership can help to establish healthy routines. Our team recommends both Obé Fitness or Peloton Digital

New Skills for the New Year

  • Our hearts reside in this space with our own Growplaceless Remote Career Development program.


It takes a [virtual] village

  • A work-from-home virtual support community from Caveday. Multiple Workplaceless members are avid “cave dwellers” who feel their most productive when joining this community. 
  • We know many professionals currently working from home are simultaneously still parenting and supporting remote learning for their children. Consider gifting hours of a personal assistant from Task Bullet or My BTLR. (Note: we have not personally worked with these organizations.)

Work Local. Shop Local.

  • While this might take a bit more upfront legwork, team members are often extra appreciative when you also support their local community. Just because your company doesn’t have a central physical HQ, doesn’t mean you can’t support the community of your professionals via gift cards.
    • USA Today has pulled together a searchable directory of small businesses by zip code. Some our team’s favorite local spots to give you gift card inspiration:
    • As we’ve been working to promote diverse, and specifically Black, professionals in remote work, we thought it would only make sense to extend that support to other business areas as well. Some of the links we’ve included throughout deliver on that goal and Bon Appetit has also pulled together a list of black owned restaurants by location. 

Gifts that Give Back

  • Donations to causes that team members care about can go a long way to show that you care about them. Organizations that our Workplaceless team cares about:
    • Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians a workforce development non-profit that promotes inclusive economic growth through immigrant integration.
    • All Square, a nonprofit social enterprise centered on a craft grilled cheese restaurant and professional development institute that invests in the minds and lives of formerly incarcerated individuals.
    • Color of Change which “helps people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us.” 
  • Give a gift that perpetuates more giving and “changes lives around the world.” Kiva is an organization that utilizes crowdfunding loans to create economic and social good. A Kiva gift card isn’t a donation but rather gives your employee the “chance to make a loan to a borrower who inspires them. When that loan is repaid, they can lend those funds again and again to make an even bigger difference.”

The gift of time

  • Give your team a bonus day off! Our Learning Experience Lead, Katie Scheuer, was always grateful when her team at Bucknell University recognized the value of time as a gift, or even a more efficient “shopping day.”

We hope some of these ideas inspire you to truly find the perfect gifts (or gifts) that fit the needs of your remote teams. 

If you have more remote team gift ideas, please share them with us on LinkedIn!

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