12 Virtual Gift Ideas for Remote Teams

Want to give your remote team a morale boost with gifts they actually want?

*Spoiler Alert*

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Another

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Mug…

Working remotely tends to make employees feel disconnected and have some unpleasant side effects that increase the risk of burnout.

Sending virtual gifts is a good way to appreciably reconnect with your remote teams. 

According to the psychology of gifting, there are two goals to consider when giving someone a gift. 

  1. The first is to make the recipients happy. 
  2. The second is to strengthen the relationship between the giver and recipient. 

Usually, coworkers in offices swap gifts around holidays or for special celebrations. Sending or exchanging virtual gifts can recreate this bonding experience. Virtual gifts show your remote teams that you care about them and strengthen the sense of community throughout a distanced workforce.

Here come the virtual gifts for your remote team or coworkers that would bring you closer as a team 🙌

Virtual Team Building Experiences

Virtual Team Building Experience is one of the most meaningful gifts for remote workers that promotes engagement and allows teammates to connect.

These activities can be tailor-made to a team’s needs:

Creating spectacular drinks at home with Live Cocktail Masterclass

Cocktail Master Class allows connecting in a relaxed environment + learning the unique skills to create spectacular holiday drinks. A professional mixologist will lead this virtual experience. Practicing how to use all senses when creating and tasting drinks to balance flavors like the pros.

Fun Virtual Experiences like Office Olympics championships

Fun Virtual Experiences is a curation of online games designed to allow your team to reconnect and play with coworkers. These fully hosted virtual experiences are live and interactive. The goal is to encourage team building, and it offers an excellent opportunity for your team to collaborate and use their problem-solving skills.

Travel virtually to Your Team’s Favorite Destinations

(who doesn’t need a virtual vacation right now).

Live virtual travel is a fully hosted and interactive experience with a professional guide designed to encourage team building and lets your team travel virtually from the comfort of their couch. Whether it be a winter adventure in London, a winter adventure in Moscow, or an exploration of the Game of Thrones Kingdom in Croatia, your team will have a great time.

Employee Wellness Experience

Employee Wellness Experience is a selection of virtual events that promote physical and mental health benefits for your remote teams. These fully hosted experiences are live and interactive sessions with personal and professional coaches. From high-intensity exercise to breathwork sessions, we’ve got you covered.

Need a Hand Building a Virtual Team Experience? Chat with us!

Get Competitve with Team Trivia

Make a team trivia your weekly situation with Water Cooler Trivia.

Conveniently, each trivia challenge can integrate with email, Slack, or Teams. A fun weekly virtual ritual that enables your team to enjoy a shared activity to suit their own schedule.

Employee Care Package

A well-planned gift box has the power to show your appreciation to your team members and make them feel special. The package is usually a curation of feel-good products that make working from home more efficient, more enjoyable, or more luxurious.

It comes with vast different options that are customizable to fit your team’s interests and needs. There are care packages for:

Stress Reduction Kit

Stress reduction kits are part of care packages but focus broadly on employee wellness. It includes items that help remote employees unwind and cope with tension. Things like:

  • Self-help books
  • Healthy snacks
  • Massagers
  • Essential oils diffusers
  • Bath items for self-care
  • Calm subscription 

You can cap off your present with virtual experiences such as Breathwork and Meditation for Productivity or Team Calorie Blast At Home.

Work From Home Tech Accessories

Every employee could use a technology upgrade from time to time. Think about tech accessories that could boost productivity and comfort when we work from home. It could be something like:

  • Noise blocker headphones
  • Laptop stand
  • Cord organizers
  • Device cleaning kits
  • Induction mug warmer

Coworking Membership

Coworking Membership is a gift that can take home-based workers to a fresh remote working experience. The membership is especially perfect if you have employees who can’t work from home–some do not have the privilege to work properly and peacefully at home because of the many factors affecting the way they work.

Coworking space has the benefits to boost inspiration and improve productivity.

A co-working membership can be a fun and flexible gift

Unique Personalized Group Card

No more hassles in organizing group gift cards to celebrate someone in your team. Thankbox makes the process of collecting messages and funds from family, friends, or colleagues simple and enjoyable. 

Consider it as a virtual way for lots of lovely people to celebrate one lucky person. Each personalized message can include photos, videos, GIFs, and even cash. Perfect for any occasion, a memorable gift, wherever they are.

House Plants

Research shows that a workspace with plants makes staff happier and more productive. With this in mind, a house plant would be a lovely gift for your remote employee or coworker’s desk. You can choose low maintenance or pet-friendly houseplants from horti or the sill.

An instant mood-booster

Exercise-related Gift Ideas

Sending your virtual team exercise equipment shows that you encourage them to prioritise self-care and adopt healthier habits. Your team would love to receive these exercise-related gifts:

  • Classpass virtual membership
  • Headspace calming meditation subscription
  • Yoga mats and accessories
  • Fitness trackers
  • Sports apparel
  • Steel water bottle

Fun Office Accessories

One easy way to liven up a workspace at home is to invest in fun office accessories. For this reason, office accessories can be great virtual gifts for remote teams. Consider these following fun office accessories:

  • Personalized office supplies
  • Mini USB vacuum
  • Cute computer sitter
  • Portable speaker
  • Roller notes
  • Desktop diffuser

Most importantly, these daily-use objects will remind your employee of your thoughtfulness.

Personalized Videos from Their Favorite Celebrity

Have a coworker who raves over a certain celebrity? Try Cameo as the ultimate virtual gift. It connects fans directly with their pop culture stars via personalized video, messages, live calls, and direct calls. Stars ranging from Game of Thrones’s actors to the stars of Netflix’s Money Heist.

Meal Kits From Their Favorite Restaurants

Food brings people together. The good news is restaurants from all over US, UK and Singapore offer meal kits that you can order online — thanks to platforms like Goldbelly, Dispatch, and Cookin1. The best food in the country can be shipped to your clients, coworkers, or employees homes to delight their bellies.

Family-Friendly Virtual Gifts

Family Board Games

Family Board Games make quality time with dear ones more joyful. Gift your employees some board games like monopoly, chess, crossword puzzle, chinese checkers, etc.

Burrito Holder

Burrito Holder allows you to carry. Keep warm and savour every bite of your favourite burrito with just one hand and be less messy.

Digital Photo Frame

Digital Photo Frame lets you invite unlimited friends and family to share pictures of your frame or send photos to their frames, all via WiFi. It’s easier to use for the elderly who are not good at using smartphones to stay connected with the younger generation.

Soma Water Filter Pitcher

Soma Water Filter Pitcher is made from shatterproof, BPA-free plastic moulded into a wide cylinder that can hold 10 cups of water and fitted with a black bamboo handle. The included filter slots in with a click and uses natural, sustainably-harvested coconut shell charcoal to sift out stray tastes and odours, along with contaminants like zinc, copper, cadmium, and mercury.

Holiday Candles

Holiday Candles add the smell of festivity to your home decorations. A perfect compliment for your Christmas tree too.

Glow-in-the-Dark Dinosaur Fossil Puzzle

Glow-in-the-Dark Dinosaur Fossil Puzzle is a fun activity to do with the family. Frame the puzzle, hang it on your wall, turn off the light, and see the fossilized version glowing in the dark.

Blue Bottle Coffee Hario Cold Brew

The Hario cold brew bottle joins form and functions to make luscious cold brew with no single-use waste from Japan. All you need is ground coffee, clean water, and 8 to 12 hours in the refrigerator. Blue Bottle Coffee Hario Cold Brew is perfect for a non-morning person.

Waffle Maker

Waffle Maker saves you from the hustle-bustle of morning routines and improves the quality of handmade breakfast.

Yoga Subscription Class

Yoga Subscription Class is the gift of wellness featuring the best trainers. No equipment is required and can be streamed anywhere.

Craft Beer Subscription

If you have someone on your team who lives for unique beer, why not sign them up for Craft Beer Club subscription? Each box from the Craft Beer Club showcases two different breweries from two different regions in the US and includes four different beer styles.

These include the brewery’s award-winning, flagship, or most popular beers for you to discover and enjoy. Your teammates can learn about where and how the beer is made, the different notes and each, and fun facts about the breweries.

So many pretty designs…

Final Thoughts

Virtual gifts build camaraderie and boost morale.

They grow gratitude throughout your remote team and make employees feel valued. 

When it comes to employee gifting, the corporate is looking beyond the usual gift to add a personal touch to their presents. The gifting experience is becoming more popular than ever because of the benefits it offers. Experience gifting creates a memorable time for employees that they will cherish and associate the memory with their experience in the company.

Essentially, experiences serve as great encouragement and develop new skills as well as insights for employees.

If you are looking for a gifting experience to foster your remote team’s spirits and values, you’re more than welcome to schedule a call with us or explore more Zoom Team Building Ideas from us 😊.

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