Gift Ideas for Your Restaurant Employees

Gift Ideas for Your Restaurant EmployeesThe holidays are here, and in the spirit of giving, you want to show your employees how much they are appreciated. There’s just one problem. You have no idea what to get them! Here are some great gift ideas your restaurant employees are sure to love.

Gift Cards

Gift cards are always a popular and welcome gift idea because they are easy for the giver – and the receiver gets to go shopping without spending any of their own money. It’s popular during the holidays to give gift cards from places that sell groceries, so employees can buy a turkey if they are having a holiday dinner.

Foot Massages

A large percentage of restaurant employees are on their feet for the majority of their shift. Show them you appreciate them by sending them for a pampering foot massage.

Free Meals

If you don’t already offer free meals as a perk for your employees, this would make a great gift for them to use any time, not just when they’re working.

Movie Tickets

Going to see a movie is a fun and relaxing way to spend the holidays. If your employees aren’t fans of crowds, they can save the tickets and treat themselves when the holidays are over.


Cash is always a great gift! If you’re giving cash to your employees, you can do it in the form of a holiday bonus or maybe even a raise. Bonuses and raises are always welcome, but especially during the holidays.


If bonuses and raises aren’t in your budget this year, give your employees the chance to boost profits with an app like IncentivizeMe. IncentivizeMe allows you to run contests based on staff performance. As employees are successful at upselling and meeting certain performance targets, they win prizes – and you get the added benefit of additional revenue. IncentivizeMe is a great tool for motivating and rewarding your staff.

Themed Gift Baskets

Themed gift baskets are a fun way to show your restaurant employees you’re thinking about them during the holidays. Ideas for themes include coffee, tea, candy, chocolate, gardening, or around-the-home.

Tickets to Sporting Events

If you know your employees are sports fans, treat them to a game on you. Just make sure to pick a game time when they’re not working.

Lottery Tickets

A lot of people don’t spend money on lottery tickets for themselves because they know the chances of winning are low, so they’re a fun gift to tuck inside a card – because you never know!

Coloring Books

Coloring books are a hot fad right now. Give an adult coloring book packaged with some markers or colored pencils. They also come in tons of great themes like stress relief and good vibes.

Whatever your employees’ tastes, you’re sure to find something they will love this holiday season – and if you decide to run an employee contest with IncentivizeMe, Marketing Vitals can help you get set up. We offer data analytics software solutions for improving employee performance, marketing and brand analytics, and predictive analysis to understand how changes to your restaurant business can impact your bottom line. Contact us today to learn more.


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