Fun fact: Did you know that employee recognition plays an important part in creating a healthy work environment? We don’t talk about this often, but it’s great to recognise your colleagues’ hard work and accomplishments once in a while, if not all the time! It’s a really effective way to get everyone’s spirits pumped up in the workplace.
There’s a simple way to show your appreciation, or gratitude to your coworkers, and it’s by giving them a thoughtful gift! We’re quite lucky to be so culturally blessed in Malaysia, so there are plenty of opportunities to take advantage of.
So many gifts, and you’re not sure where to start? We’ve got a handful of corporate gift ideas that could help get the gears going! Here are a few festivals in Malaysia that you should be celebrating with your employees - and a few unique gift ideas to capture the essence of the celebration!
Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is often associated with the colours red and gold. It is a major celebration within the Chinese community, and the celebration is one of luck, prosperity and fortune. Gifting your colleague during this season would be a great way to bridge cultural gaps, or to simply bond with them. Here are some corporate gift ideas for Chinese New Year:
A basketful of fruits is a simple but thoughtful gift that you can present to your Chinese colleagues. Additionally, according to Chinese culture, gifting a box of oranges or apples is considered a meaningful gesture because they traditionally symbolise fortune and peace respectively. Fruit baskets are also available in most places during this season, so it’s a hassle-free gift to consider for your colleagues!
Tea has been of significant importance in Chinese culture, dating back to centuries ago. First starting out as only for medicinal purposes, it ended up being the drink that we know of today. Tea is a symbol of respect, harmony, and hospitality - as it is often used to welcome guests. By gifting a tea set, you are acknowledging its cultural significance and the weight behind this practical gift for your colleague.
Ah, Hari Raya - the time for joy, gratitude and forgiveness. It’s a celebration widely participated by Muslims in Malaysia, and it marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting. By learning about their culture, you get to know a bit of who they are. Here are a few corporate gift ideas for Hari Raya that can help you bond with your Muslim colleagues!
Hampers are great during the festive seasons because it’s the perfect gift for them to bring home to their families! Gather a bunch of snacks, chocolates, dates and other different mouth-watering delicacies, then wrap them in a beautiful hamper with a personalised message for them. It’s a great way for them to feel appreciated, especially after the month-long Ramadan.
Food is a big part of Malaysian culture as a whole. With that, can we all, as a nation, agree that kuih is one of our biggest wonders? There’s a beauty in the simplicity of bonding over traditional kuih, which have been a huge part of Southeast Asian heritage, and an integral part of Hari Raya. With a wide selection of kuih to pick from, you’ll definitely be able to find something for your co-workers to enjoy while they share balik kampung stories.
Celebrated by Hindu communities, Diwali - or the Festival of Lights - is one of the most vibrant and colourful festivals in Malaysia. This is the season where it is widely believed that good eclipses evil and the lights spiritually protect us from harm. Celebrating Deepavali with your colleagues is an exciting way to learn about your colleague’s culture and foster a sense of unity, so here are some of the best gift ideas for your coworker!
To celebrate the triumph of light over darkness, why not do it with a set of candles? Not only are they culturally important, but candle sets are also a thoughtful gift that can aid in meditation. Candles are a great way to ease the mind and support you through a relaxed state, especially when it’s an aroma that hits you right in the senses! A candle set is a meaningful Deepavali gift for your coworkers who are celebrating, and they’ll appreciate the genuine thoughtfulness behind it.
Traditionally, food plays an important role in Hindu festivities - as these communities worship, pray, dance and celebrate over a big table of food! Go traditional and give your colleagues a set of mouth-watering Diwali sweets! There’s nothing like celebrating the sweet victory of good over evil with none other than Diwali treats. Consider spicing up your Diwali treat set with a mix of nuts and dried fruits too!
‘Tis the season to be jolly - and competing for the Best Gift Giver Award! Christmas is widely celebrated by Christians and Catholics in Malaysia, but also by many people outside the faith who also participate in its gift-giving tradition! The secret behind Christmas gifts is to simply be genuine and thoughtful - much like the founder of the tradition, Saint Nicholas. You can start off with these simple gift ideas for your coworkers.
There’s nothing like a gift that will have your coworkers either giggling, or staring at it in disbelief - but, hey! Either way, it’ll keep them warm, right? Coming from a bunch of different designs, Ugly Christmas sweaters have been an ongoing joke throughout the years but they’ve evolved into a gift that stems from a genuine warmth for the recipient. Ugly sweaters don’t have a fixed design, and they don’t necessarily have to be ugly - just absurd!
Nothing sums Christmas up like a box of cinnamon or gingerbread cookies (bonus if they’re both). It’s the perfect gift to share with their family over a heartwarming conversation that reflects on the challenges overcome within the year. Give your colleagues the opportunity to make new memories with a box of delightful cookies that will accompany the good times, and make the most of the present times.
Ready to create a sense of camaraderie among your staff? Showing your employees you appreciate them can lead to better collaboration, communication, and teamwork. There’s no need to wait for a special occasion to celebrate someone, you can even have appreciation gifts for your top staff, or even welcome gifts. Take a look at some of our appreciation gift ideas for your employees!
Nothing screams, “I appreciate you!” like a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers. A floral arrangement is an open display of appreciation for someone who truly worked hard for it. Pair the bouquet with a personalised message from you that will keep your employee inspired. As long as you celebrate their growth and their contributions to the company, they’ll constantly feel like their efforts are worth it.
What’s better than one or two gifts? A whole collection of them! A hamper is a great way to celebrate a milestone with the people who helped make it happen. Now you can tell them to take it easy with a basket of self-care essentials. Here are some ideas you can add into your gift hamper for your employees:
Ultimately, simply the act of giving a gift is meaningful enough for your fellow workers to feel more motivated. It encourages teamwork and boosts trust and loyalty towards each other in the workplace - which is important, considering everyone is working towards the same goal. So, show them that their hard work and contributions are valued by surprising them with a meaningful gift.