Corporate September 24 2020

Employee Gifts For International and Remote Staff

Employee Gifts For International and Remote Staff

Sourcing gifts for your global workforce is no easy feat. International corporations that have staff based in cities all over the world need to think about the options available to them in each location. Even the most generic gift, a prepaid visa card, is a bit more complicated than one would assume. This, along with different currency requirements and invoicing methods, is why finding gifts for your international team so tough. 

If you’re the one that’s tasked with the challenge of buying gifts for your staff, whether it be for Christmas, EOFY, or just to say ‘thank you’, you’ve landed in the right place. In this article we’ll tell you everything you need to know to make the gifting process simple and easy for you, and exciting and memorable for your employees. 

Sending Gifts Overseas

If you are used to packing and sending gifts from HQ to offices around the world, we’ve got a few more things to worry about thanks to our friend coronavirus.

1. Shipping times

With postage services at capacity months before Christmas, we recommend packing and shipping your gifts as soon as possible. Regular international post is taking months to arrive, so it may be worth investing a little more in a courier to make sure your gifts arrive on time. 

2. Handling hygiene and contactless delivery

Another concern to address before posting your physical gifts overseas is the risk of COVID-19 transmission to your staff and offices. Although small, the risk is there and we recommend looking at other options when considering gift delivery.

A great option to avoid these shipping and delivery concerns is to send a digital gift voucher. Gifting Owl offers contactless digital delivery of all gift vouchers at the time and date requested by you.

What to buy, that everyone will love?

Trying to satisfy everyone in the organisation is, let's face it, near impossible. To help you in your decision making process, we’ve included some trends and tips below. 

1. People are craving experiences, now more than ever

After sometimes multiple bouts of lockdown, unable to explore more than their own living room, people can’t wait to get out and try new things. 

2. Experiences make people happier

The research is clear, experiences make you happier. Being an organisation that has the physical and mental health of it’s staff front of mind, experience gifts are a great option.

3. Flexibility is key

You can still purchase an exciting experience gift that places the final choice in the hands of your staff. All Gifting Owl experience gifts can be used to book ANY experience in any location on the site. This means that whether they are a remote worker in a small community, or staff based in the city HQ, they’ll find an experience suited to them. Finally, Gifting Owl gift vouchers are fully exchangeable to allow for extra flexibility during this uncertain time. 

4. Think sustainably

If your company prides itself its triple bottom line, then thinking about giving an environmentally friendly gift is a must. Avoid giving gifts full of excess packaging and waste, or physical knick knacks and trinkets that will likely be thrown away. While giving something physical can often seem more personal, opting for a digital experience gift voucher is a great sustainable option. 

Experience gift ideas for staff

Gifting Owl has an experience suited to everyone on your team. From Iceland ATV tours to San Diego fighter jet flights, we’ve got it all.

Foodies will love an authentic culinary experience, where they are invited into a local home and enjoy a private cooking class and meal. 

• Wine connoisseurs will love a vineyard tour or food and wine pairing experience. 

Adrenaline seekers will be spoilt for choice, with a plethora of skydiving, bungee jumping and jet boating experiences available. 

Adventurers will love to get outdoors for a scenic kayaking experience, abseiling or rock climbing session or introductory scuba dive.

• Those that love a bit of luxury will enjoy being pampered at a spa.

• Car enthusiasts will head straight toward the v8 racing experiences, or anything on four-wheels!

For more experience gift inspiration to satisfy everyone in the office, check out our secret santa infographic below!

How to organise gifts for your global workforce?

We’re here to help organise and deliver gifts to your global workforce. 

At Gifting Owl we offer our corporate customers:

- One order for all office locations

- Digital email delivery to your team at the date and time requested

Or assistance with sending gift vouchers internally from management

- A memorable alternative to the major retailer gift cards

- Customisable gift vouchers and co-branding

- Fully exchangeable experiences in over 110 countries

- 3 year validity

We know that gift cards are an easy way to give gifts to your team, which is why it’s no different on Gifting Owl. Simply choose the dollar amount you’d like to spend and your employees can use their gift card to book a fun experience anywhere in the world! Of course if you’d like to pick an experience for each member of the team, you’re welcome to do that too, with the peace of mind that they can exchange it for something else. 

Whichever gifting option you choose, we will help you every step of the way. Simply enquire with us about your gift and one of our corporate team will be in touch to discuss your options. 

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