Buying Guide: Employee Rewards

Picking rewards for employees that they’ll actually want to receive can be a challenge. While traditional awards such as plaques, crystals and badges have their place - today’s workers prefer branded merchandise that provides value, aligns with their interests, and will be useful in their everyday lives.

For that reason, when choosing to reward employees, pick items based on each individual's interest. 

Related Content: Create an Employee Recognition Program That Works

If you’re not sure where to start, use our buying guide below to find the perfect items for any member of your team.

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The Trend Setter

The people who need to be envied. They seek the latest, coolest, and greatest.

Stanley Quencher H2.O FlowState™ Tumbler 40oz

white Stanley Quencher H2.O FlowState™ Tumbler with light blue logo on front

Constructed of recycled stainless steel for sustainable sipping, the 40oz Quencher H2.0 offers maximum hydration with fewer refills. Commuting, studio workouts, day trips, or your front porch - you'll want this tumbler by your side. Thanks to Stanley's vacuum insulation, your water will stay ice-cold, hour after hour.

Hydro Flask® Wide Mouth w/ Flex Chug Cap 32oz

white Hydro Flask® Wide Mouth w/ Flex Chug black Cap 32oz with black logo on front

Refresh on-the-go with this 32oz insulated and stainless steel, wide mouth bottle with leakproof chug cap. Its TempShield® double-wall vacuum insulation keeps drinks cold up to 24 hours and hot up to 12. Made with 18/8 pro-grade stainless steel for durability, pure taste, and no flavor transfer, the narrow chug spout provides a convenient, controlled flow for wherever and whenever you need to take a sip.

Bellroy Sling


black Bellroy Sling bag with pocket, zipper, and white logo on front

The Bellroy Sling keeps your hands free and pockets light with a bag that's big enough for the essentials, yet small enough to never weigh you down. It features a quick-access front compartment and a main compartment with soft-lined sunglasses pouch and key clip. The expandable gusset self-compresses to save you time and space.

Shokz OpenRun Endurance Headphones

gray Shokz OpenRun Endurance Headphones with small white and red logos on ear and band

Unlike traditional in-ear headphones, OpenRun features the signature Shokz open-ear design to keep you tuned in to your music and your moments. The enhanced audio features ensure clear sound, powerful volume, and a rich bass while you're listening. These headphones are both lightweight and durable for comfortable all-day use that can also withstand the elements. Their IP67 waterproof rating makes OpenRun perfect for embracing sweaty and rainy workouts, although not designed for swimming.

Courant MAG 2: Essentials

Courant MAG 2: Essentials

The Courant MAG 2: Essentials charging gadget is the perfect accessory for iPhone and AirPods users! Magnetically snap your mobile device onto the stand and place your headphones on the bottom base for dual wireless charging ability. This unique, sleek design is MagSafe compatible, inspired by trending home decor, and works best on a desk or bedside.

The Adventurer

The people who are always on the move. They need rewards that will keep pace with their lifestyle.

Solr Powerbank

dark gray and multicolored Solr Powerbank on rock in the wilderness with phone charging on top

SOLR is your essential charging bank for powering up your phone wherever you go. Say goodbye to low battery notifications, unreliable connections, and tangled cables. With this solar powered device and built-in flashlight, you can wirelessly charge your phone without an outlet.

Orca Wanderer 24

man carrying blue Orca Wanderer 24 with logo at bottom on his shoulder

The ORCA Wanderer 24 zipperless, soft side cooler is built for the road. Easy to carry, stylish, and rugged, just pack up your favorite beverage, add ice, and off you go! For easy use, flexible side and rear pockets will stow your keys, cell phone, or wallet.

Rover Pack Classic

navy blue Rover Pack Classic bag with logo at top

Roam where you go with a stylish pack that stores it all. Include your branding on the top flap and change the puller strings color for extra customization to your bag.

Asobu Mighty Flask

person holding black and gray stainless steel Asobu Mighty Flask bottle

The new Asobu Mighty Flask is equipped with an easy grip handle that is ideal for outdoor activity. It features an easy access spout that makes it easier to drink or pour water with no need for taking the complete lid off. Enjoy the Asobu Mighty Flask tradition with a perfect bottle for those on-the-go!

econscious Yoga Carry Bag

woman holding dark-colored econscious Yoga Carry Bag with yoga mat and yellow branded logo on the side of bag

Carry your yoga mat in style with this beautiful fitness accessory! This bag measures 13.75" x 17.5" and is made from post-consumer recycled PET plastic bottles. Equipped with a large sling style, this product has plenty of room for a mat and has a long handle that makes it easy to carry when other items are inside.

The Cozy Homebody

The people who are always looking for the next series to binge. Home is where their heart is.

Noise Cancelling Headphones

black Noise Cancelling over-the-ear Headphones

Keep the music playing while sporting this awesome pair of noise-canceling headphones! This item offers a noise reduction of up to 20dB. and includes high-definition Bluetooth 5.0 technology. Enjoy up to 10 hours of working time with a full charge and a charging time of 1 hour for these over-the-ear headphones.

Holloway Eco Revive™ Ventura Soft Knit Joggers


man wearing black Holloway Eco Revive™ Ventura Soft Knit Joggers

Stay comfy in these Holloway Eco Revive Ventura Soft Knit Joggers with moisture-management properties and featuring pockets, self-fabric bottom cuffs, and a tagless label. This product contains 89% recycled polyester.

Newcastle Sherpa Blanket

gray with with white branding Newcastle Sherpa Blanket covering firewood

The two-ply blanket is made from rich fabrics that feel exceptionally soft against your skin and measures a luxury size of 50" x 70". It features an outer shell in an assortment of colors and heavyweight, dark grey Sherpa on the reverse side. It's perfect for cozying up next to the fireplace or on the couch to get comfortable with while enjoying time with friends or a movie.

Glimmer Gift Set

Glimmer Gift Set with concrete and copper logo engraved candles and matches bottle

It's far too easy to steal the limelight with this gift set! Each set features a 12oz hand poured, laser engraved candle with stunning copper and concrete details. The candle also comes with soft padded feet so it won't scratch tabletops or floors.  Bask in the amazing scent and elegance of this gift set.  Additional safety matches and branded bottle make it easy to use and store. 

Bamboo Sofa Armrest Tray Desk


Bamboo Sofa Armrest Tray Desk sitting on couch and holding a plate of food and mobile device

Carved from A-grade true bamboo, this board is firm, durable, and beautiful in appearance. The sofa arm tray clip-on can create a stable table in a few seconds so bid farewell to your huge side table! It features a 360 degrees rotating bracket and can satisfy your needs for watching videos on mobile phones and tablets from all angles. For the eco-conscious, pure natural bamboo has no pollution and protects the environment.

The Eco-Conscious Connoisseur

The people who want to do better. They need to know where and how a product is produced and that it aligns with their ethics.

Recycled ABS Fast Wireless Charging Pad

white Recycled ABS Fast Wireless Charging Pad with multi-colored branded logo

The Recycled ABS Fast Wireless Charging Pad supports three different wireless charging modes (5W/7.5W/10W), making it compatible with various devices. Use a quick charge power adapter (10W at least, not included) for fast charging capabilities. It comes packaged in a FSC®-certified natural gift box and the case is made of 100% recycled ABS plastic material. By choosing this charging pad, you're also supporting environmental nonprofits through our partnership with 1% For The Planet.

FEED Organic Cotton Rivet Tote
white FEED Organic Cotton Rivet Tote with natural brown branding on front

The FEED Organic Cotton Rivet Tote is more than just a tote - it helps provide five school meals to kids around the world. This stylish and versatile bag is the perfect grab-and-go size for shopping at the market, carrying books, or a trip to the office. Its features include an open main compartment for easy access, an exterior side pocket perfect for your daily essentials, and the FEED brand giveback message is printed on the interior. Crafted using 8oz of 100% GOTS Certified Organic cotton and stylish copper rivets - this tote is both durable and classic - designed to be kept in rotation and out of landfills.

Uptown™ Refillable NoteBook

black Uptown Refillable Note Books

Have your brand branch out with this new Uptown Refillable NoteBook! The beautiful book features genuine black leather and stitched flexible covers, filled with 128 sheets of refillable, off-white lined filler. It also includes two ribbon bookmarks, a black elastic pen loop, flap closure, and a thread-sewn book binding.

Klean Kanteen Eco Rise 14oz Mug

black Klean Kanteen Eco Rise 14oz Mug with white and black engraved branding

Meet your new favorite mug. Beautiful, functional and built to last, the Klean Kanteen Eco Rise 14oz Mug is made with certified 90% post-consumer recycled, 18/8 stainless steel. Wrap your hands around the ergonomic contours and revel in Rise's flowing lines and tonal colors. This mug's gorgeous exterior is matched by its award-winning Climate Lock™ vacuum insulation and double-wall construction which keep contents piping hot for hours. 

The Goods Recycled Fanny Pack

The Goods gray Recycled Fanny Pack with branding on front

The Goods recycled fanny pack is the perfect pack that can be worn as a crossbody or waist pack with a roomy, zippered main compartment and adjustable waist belt that reaches up to 54" total length. Through a partnership with 1% For The Planet, one percent of sales of this and all EcoSmart® products will be donated to environmental nonprofits.

The One Who Has Everything

The people who make choosing rewards and gifts a challenge. They seek outside-the-box ideas that add value to their lives.

FUJIFILM instax mini Link 2 Smartphone Printer

white FUJIFILM instax mini Link 2 Smartphone Printer and film

The FUJI instax mini Link 2 Smartphone Printer connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth and works with their free app to create 2" x 3" prints from still images or videos. Prior to printing, images can be decorated with frames, filters, sketches, and stickers. Or, use the instaxAiR feature to add bubbles, petals, neon, spray paint, glitter, doodles, and shapes to your photos... all by drawing in the air. You'll also be able to record a video of the drawing and share the moment as a printable QR code that can be scanned with a smartphone. 10 pack of film included.

Gaston Bamboo Entertainment Board

Gaston Bamboo Entertainment Board with meats and cheeses

Elevate your hosting abilities to new heights with the Gaston Puzzle Cheese Set! Designed for those who appreciate creativity, practicality, and the timeless beauty of wood, this set is made of eco-conscious, natural bamboo. It comes with a holder for storage and four pieces of multi-function puzzle pieces which can be used as coasters, party plates with wine glass holder, or the pieces can be connected to create one large trivet, cutting board, or charcuterie board.

Marcus Mini Massage Gun

all black Marcus Mini Massage Gun with branded carrying bag

Featuring a sleek and ergonomic design, the Marcus Mini Massage Gun helps to soothe your body, relieving tension and tightness anytime and anywhere you need. Surprisingly strong for its size, this massage gun is lightweight and offers a round massage head with padded silicone cover and two speed levels allowing for a customized massage experience to suit the user's needs. The Marcus comes with a drawstring pouch made from RPET (recycled water bottles) to hold the massage gun and the included USB-C to USB-A charging cable for storage or easy traveling.

Sprigbox Plant Grow Kit

Sprigbox Plant Grow Kit including wood box planter, plant, and custom multi-colored branded packaging box

Sprigbox is a delightful and versatile gardening gift that brings the beauty of nature right to your desktop or garden. Perfect for experts and novices alike, each Sprigbox includes a packet of natural seeds, specialized starter soil, a premium wood planter, and detailed instructions on how to care for and grow your plant. Give the gift of greenery that offers a fun, eco-friendly and unique opportunity to nurture life and spread positivity.

USB Desk Caddy

glowing USB Desk Caddy with charging outlets, fans, and pens

This USB desk caddy is a perfect office addition that will make any professional's life so much easier! Measuring 3 1/2" x 2 3/4" and available in three colors schemes, this convenient product features three high-speed USB ports. It lights up when the ports are in use and it comes with a USB cord. Additionally, it has the capacity to hold pens, notes, and more.

Employee Recognition with QRG

Our meaningful recognition solutions can help strengthen connections between employees and employers which creates a strong sense of community, leading to increased satisfaction and loyalty. Check out QRG’s recognition and retention solutions and contact an account executive for help starting a program at your company.


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