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The Complete List of Welcome Back Gifts for Employees and Coworkers (4 Ideas for 2021)

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Your employees or coworkers are returning to work from:

  • Holidays
  • Sabbatical leave
  • Maternity leave
  • Parental leave
  • Sick leave

  • You want to show them appreciation and support by surprising them with welcome back gifts, but there are one or two problems to overcome first.

    What gift ideas are appropriate gifts for coworkers and employees?

    How much should you spend on a welcome back gift for an employee or coworker?

    When not done right, gift-giving at the office can be a ticking time bomb.

    Unlike gifting your loved ones, gifts for coworkers and employees shouldn’t:

  • Be overly intimate.
  • Make the recipient uncomfortable.
  • Compromise on professionalism.

  • Moreover, extra care is needed to ensure the welcome back gifts you choose don’t:

  • Appear like a bribe.
  • Display favoritism towards the recipients.
  • Put pressure on the recipient to reciprocate

  • And that’s not all.

    It’s important to personalize the welcome back gifts, too, to make your employees or coworkers feel special when they receive them.

    Therefore, to help you put together appropriate welcome back gifts for coworkers and employees when they get back to work, we’ve curated a comprehensive list of great gift ideas to guide you in the right direction.

    Idea 1: Personalized Luxury Pens

    When it comes to corporate gifting, executive pens rank as the best welcome gifts for coworkers and employees.

    For starters, they’re easier to personalize.

    Since pens don’t have excessive space to engrave, you only need a brief and precise personalization text. It can be as simple as the coworker’s or employee’s name.

    You don’t have to rack your brains looking for a message that adds a personal touch to the gift without showing too much familiarity with the recipient.

    To understand more about etiquette in corporate gift-giving, read our Ultimate Guide to Business Gifting Etiquette in 2021.

    Executive pens make the perfect welcome back gifts because they’re also functional in the workplace.

    Employees and coworkers will use the gift pens to carry out their work such as signing documents and writing down their to-do lists.

    Top Luxury Pen Under $30: Monroe 18-Karat Gold Plated Pen

    You don’t have to break the bank to get your employee or coworker a welcome back gift.

    The Monroe 18-Karat Gold Plated Pen is a click-point ballpoint pen with an elegant gold finish.

    Monroe 18 karat Gold Plated Pen and Pencil Set
    Monroe 18 karat Gold Plated Pen and Pencil Set

    It has a medium barrel and an ergonomic rubber grip that takes care of the recipient’s fingers while writing by preventing cramping. This is especially important if the employee’s or co-worker’s job involves taking down notes often.

    It’s best suited for secretaries or personal assistants and has ample space for you to have custom text engraved.

    It’s shipped with the Daysprings Pens gift box.

    Top Luxury Pen Under $100: Cross Classic Century Medalist Ballpoint Pen

    If you’re looking to spend a little extra, the Cross Classic Century Medalist Ballpoint Pen is worth every penny.

    It’s a sleek and elegant pen with a slim chrome barrel making it ideal for employees or coworkers who love small pens.

    It’s lightweight at 0.5 ounces, making it friendly for coworkers and employees who write for long periods at a time.

    Product specifications:

  • 23-karat gold appointments
  • Black ink
  • Twist-action ballpoint 
  • Lifetime mechanical warranty from Cross
  • 0.8cm barrel width
  • Shipped in a premium Cross gift box

  • Top Luxury Pen Under $200: Waterman Expert Black Gold Trim Fountain Pen

    The Waterman Expert Black Gold Trim Fountain Pen is a pen with not only a distinctive character but also first-class beauty.

    It’s the gift pen you want to give executives and managers when they get back to work from their leave.

    Product specifications:

  • High-quality stainless steel nib plated in fine gold.
  • Contemporary black lacquer finish
  • 23-karat gold trim
  • Cigar-shaped silhouette
  • Free characteristic custom engraving in gold
  • Three-warranty from Waterman
  • 1.3cm barrel width
  • 0.8 ounces pen weight
  • Shipped in a Waterman gift box

  • Top Luxury Pen Over $300: Cross Peerless 125 Rollerball Pen - 23 KT Gold Plate

    The Cross Peerless 125 23-Karat Gold Rollerball Pen is more than a gift pen.

    It’s a statement of taste, purpose, and class.

    Cross Peerless 125 Rollerball Pen - 23 KT Gold Plate
    Cross Peerless 125 Rollerball Pen - 23 KT Gold Plate

    It’s inspired by the 1889 Peerless pen design and built upon the iconic Cross Century model.

    Product specifications:

  • 23-karat gold-plated finish and appointments
  • Rich black lacquer inlay
  • Swarovski crystal cap
  • Black ink
  • Lifetime mechanical warranty from AT Cross
  • Permanent custom engraving
  • 1.3cm barrel width
  • 1.8 ounces pen weight 

  • It’s the best pen to celebrate the return of the CEO, co-founders, and senior employees at the company.

    Idea 2: Personalized Journal Sets

    A journal is an excellent welcome gift for a coworker or an employee for three reasons:

  • Personal value
  • Versatility
  • Easy personalization

  • Personal Value

    The value of a journal is decided by the employee or co-worker who receives it.

    While you’ll give them a blank journal, it’s up to the recipient to know what they’ll write on it.

    Whatever they write }becomes an extension of themselves, which gives it high personal value to them.

    The employee or coworker might turn it into a diary or a private space for brainstorming new ideas or to-do lists.


    A journal is a versatile gift.

    Unlike a company’s water bottle that’s only used to carry one liquid at a time, the journal can hold different types of content simultaneously such as:

  • Meeting notes
  • To-do lists
  • New ideas
  • Doodles
  • Quotes

  • Employees and coworkers can carry their journals everywhere they go.

    Easy Personalization

    A personalized journal holds a deeper meaning for the employee or coworker as it shows thoughtfulness and personal interest.

    You can easily have their names and the company’s logo embossed on the journal’s leather cover to add some personal touch to it.

    At Dayspring Pens, journals come in these colors:

  • Black
  • White
  • Red
  • Blue

  • They also have a pen holder at the seam.

    Idea 3: Custom Desk Name Plates

    Who wouldn’t love a custom name plate on their desk?

    If you’re worried about professional gifts for your employees or coworkers as they’re returning to work, our custom desk name plates have your back.

    Personalized/Engraved Woodmark Rosewood Desk Name Plate with Business Card Holder - Engraving Included

    With our free custom engraving, you can personalize the name plate for the employee or coworker by adding:

  • Their name
  • Their job title
  • Company’s logo
  • A personal message

  • Idea 4: Custom Desk Clocks

    A custom desk clock is another perfect welcome gift for an employee or coworker.

    It’s ideal for any gender and corporate levels.

    They’re functional to the workplace while adding to the decor of the office with their elegant wood finish.

    To add a special touch, you can engrave the details of the employees or coworkers, including their names and job titles.

    For example, some of the clocks have a photo frame for the employees or coworkers to put a picture of their loved ones.

    Ready to Buy Welcome Back Gifts for Coworkers and Employees?

    At Dayspring Pens, we’ve got over 25 years experience of corporate gift-giving, shipping hundreds of thousands of pens, nameplates, clocks, and journals, to employees and coworkers returning to work.

    We offer free standard engraving of up to 25 characters for any gift purchase you make.

    Engraving takes four to five business days, which means you’ll receive your order in ten days or less.

    However, if the employees or coworkers are coming back soon and there’s no time to wait, upgrade your order to rush production. This ensures your order is processed and shipped out in one day.

    In addition, we ship all orders for free anywhere in the United States of America.

    To learn more about the culture of corporate gift-giving, check out the Ultimate Guide to Developing a Healthy Workplace Culture of Gift-Giving in the Office (2021).


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