It’s that time of year when (good) employers are looking to treat their staff. Peter Crush looks at the various choices available to them, from the small to the large.

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Reward Type: HAMPERS

Who: Christmashamper.com (Highland Fare)

What: Hampers were invented for Christmas, and through Hyland Fare, which sources handmade and luxury foodstuffs from all around the world, employers can create company or personalised hampers from £15 per head to nearly £500.

What’s the deal? The hamper range starts with its Christmas Treats basket (wicker basket with teas, coffees, fruit cake, preserves, cheese twists and relishes), but Highland Fare can design bespoke hampers, with items sourced to order. In the past it has created hampers with foods matching the clients’ corporate colours to packaging them in named (engraved) hampers.

What they say: David England, MD Highland Fare, says: “Gift cards and vouchers are convenient, but they’re not personal. Hampers are the opposite of this. The most popular pure ‘thank-you’ hampers range in price from £15-£75. Some employers go for the ‘looking full’ look; others choose smaller amounts of premium products, and we can produce anything in between. We have no minimum orders, and we can personalise the labels on products, like wine bottles. Hampers are all about perceived value.”

Reward Type: EXPERIENCES

Who: Various

What: In the quest to offer employees something a bit more unusual, memorable, and which has added personalisation, events companies are really upping the ante and coming up with Christmas perks packages that mirror what’s on the television, popular culture of anything that has some sort of kitsch value.

What’s the deal? Employee motivation and events company, Team Tactics, runs a number of Christmas events, from themed treasure hunts, cooking events, and even a ‘Build a Bike for Charity’ event, where staff can put together a bicycle and then have it donated and delivered to a charity of their choice. Meanwhile, staff engagement company White Rhino offers a range of festive events, from the ‘Great Christmas Bake Off’ (mince pie making), to the ‘Gingerbread House Challenge’ (making the most creative winter wonderland for a shop display), to Christmas Carol Chaos (staff singing carols with professional voice coaches).

If all else fails, what about....?

• Noted in Style specialises in customising premium stationery, including notebooks, pens, leather goods (such as iPad cases). It offers customisation and branding of Moleskine, Leuchtturm and Castelli products, alongside other quality brands. Clients have included Saatchi & Saatchi, Team P&G, the RAF, Pink, Facebook and Channel 4.

• Retro Sweets, purveyors of memories of yesteryear (including old favourites such as Double Dips, Liquorice Sherbert Dips and Flying Saucers), offer corporate gifting, from giant sweet jars to hampers and sweet boxes, all fully capable of being branded up.

• Kidd Promo provides everything from key rings to mugs and pencils, but also makes executive tablet (iPad) bags, carry cases as well as other luggage.

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