30+ of the Best Employee Birthday Gifts

Showing appreciation to your employees is essential in the workplace. A great way to express gratitude is to celebrate their birthday. A present will let your employee know that you put thought and time into acknowledging them.

According to a recent study, "Over 80% said gifts have improved relationships with employees and/or clients, with 48% saying gifting delivered a substantial benefit." By purchasing a birthday gift, you will improve employee morale and help the recipient feel valued. 

Even with a $50 or less budget, you can choose from an extensive array of gifts. You can even make sure that you get a personalized gift that they will appreciate. Below are some great ideas that will fit within your budget. 

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14 Iron Gifts for Your Sixth Wedding Anniversary

Five years was kind of a big deal. Maybe you pulled out all the stops and now… you just feel a little confused about marking your sixth wedding anniversary. Should you match your 6 year gift to the celebration you had last year? Is this year as important as something like a 10 year anniversary? Do I seriously have to keep getting them anniversary gifts, like, every year? Forever??? 

The good news is that the sixth wedding anniversary has our longest list yet for awesome anniversary gift ideas! With 61.44 million couples reporting to be married in 2022, we need a long list of ideas to help you out on this anniversary year. Turns out iron, while not as fancy as flowers or fancy metals, or as delicious as chocolate candy, is incredibly versatile and useful. We’ll make this easy on you. Because, yes, you do have to mark this 6 year anniversary of being married for 2,190 days (or 3,153,600 minutes!). Unless you want to sleep on the couch, I guess. 

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50th Birthday Gift Ideas

When I was growing up, it was a ~thing for adults to hate their birthdays. They’d make a big deal about NOT wanting to celebrate their birthdays (honestly, a bigger deal than just celebrating would be). Women, in particular, would play this game of pretending they were turning 30 over and over again. 

In the fateful words of renowned artist, SmashMouth, “The years start comin’ and they don’t stop comin’.” I understand that birthdays can feel like a thing that happens to you, and the culture of beauty and health standards isn’t always kind to the aging process. But it always made me mad. 

Birthdays are so much fun! We are living longer (and better) than our ancestors, and each year provides triumphant growth. Why can’t we honor and celebrate birthdays the way they were intended? ESPECIALLY when it’s a milestone birthday like 50. That’s one we can’t just forget (looking at you, mom). 

We are here to help you celebrate a 50th birthday with meaningful birthday gift ideas for the special people in your life. No matter how much they want to ignore it, we are gonna celebrate and love them whether they like it or not!

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20 Tin or Aluminum Anniversary Gifts for Your Tenth Wedding Anniversary

Wow, ok give us a minute to just applaud you. Ten years?!!! Ten years. This is huge. Wow. 

Congrats. This wedding anniversary is an important one, and we want to help you celebrate it in style. We’ll share some excellent aluminum (or tin) 10 year anniversary gifts for your significant other, gifts to give to a couple celebrating their tenth anniversary, or ways to celebrate beyond your wedding anniversary gift ideas (did someone say anniversary party?). 

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Donations or Flowers? Funeral Donation Etiquette

When a loved one dies or suffers a loss, it’s customary to send flowers as condolence. Flowers can be a beautiful reminder of the love and support behind them in this time of need. Flower arrangements are usually displayed at wakes, viewings, funeral ceremonies, and burial ceremonies. 

Today, it’s more common for obituaries to request that donations be submitted toward a burial fund or charity organization “in lieu of flowers.” “In lieu” is simply an elegant way of saying “instead,” so these requests are indicating that the money you’ll spend on funeral flowers would be preferably spent on a financial donation of some kind. 

So, should you donate money? Or should you send flowers? Or both? Older generations might balk at the idea of sending a check instead of flowers, and workplaces often have a policy of sending flowers when there is a funeral. But what if they say you should donate to your favorite charity? How do we choose—and do we tell them? 

We’re breaking down the common funeral question: Should I send flowers or make a memorial donation?

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15 Get Well Soon Memes

2020 dawned as the era of two things: Coronavirus and Memes. Yes, both of these elements technically existed before 2020. But 2020 really allowed them to evolve into their final boss levels. 

We were stuck at home. We were scared. And there was no more of the “taking over a quart of homemade chicken noodle soup” default response. Instead of passing around a sad-looking “get well soon” card around the breakroom, we had to just send our condolences virtually. 

It wasn’t all bad, though. Now we have a deep repository of dank get-well-soon memes from which to draw when it’s time to send condolences to your coworker stuck in a COVID quarantine, or a guaranteed smile to your best friend battling strep throat. 

When you’re in need of the perfect get well soon meme, start here. Drop it in a text thread, throw it onto a virtual get-well-soon card, email it with a short message, or use it to create a get-well card for Facebook and we promise it will make them feel *just* a little bit better until they are in recovery.

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How to Create an Employee Shout Out Board

Recognizing an employee for the incredible work that they are doing is so important. Giving a shout out to your coworker, employee, boss, or team member is a great way to showcase them and thank them for all of their work. A small gesture can raise office morale and just make people feel awesome. Change your entire office dynamic & culture by creating a shout out board! 

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What to Say on the Anniversary of a Death

A death anniversary can be a sensitive and misunderstood event, but also an important part of the grieving process. Today we’re helping you understand what a death anniversary is, why it matters to the grieving, and what you should say on the anniversary of death to help those mourning. 

What is a Death Anniversary? 

A death anniversary marks the day a loved one passed away. Much like a birthday, it’s used to recognize someone special but often focuses on their entire life and the legacy they left behind. A death anniversary is a way for surviving family and friends to remember their lost loved ones. 

A death anniversary is also called a death day or a Remembrance Day. 

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How to Celebrate a 50th Birthday Without a Party

A 50th birthday is a significant milestone in any person’s life. If you are looking to celebrate your friend, a loved one, or even your own birthday but cannot have a party, there are some great alternative ways to celebrate the occasion. You can definitely make it a memorable  50th birthday without a traditional party. Some great ideas to celebrate are: 

  • Get an amazing gift
  • Make a video
  • Create a Kudoboard
  • Virtual celebration 
  • Send a card
  • Go out to dinner
  • Decorate 

No matter what you decide to do, you can make a 50th birthday special without throwing a party. But don’t let the day go without celebrating this milestone birthday.  

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A Bittersweet Farewell to a Coworker

Saying goodbye to a favorite coworker can be bittersweet. When Trish moved on to her next adventure, her coworkers were happy for her—but sad to see her go. They created a Kudoboard to send her off with best wishes, and we were so touched by the messages. 

I am so sorry to hear that you are leaving us Trish! It has been an absolute pleasure working with you and although I am sad to see you leave, I wish you all the best with your new role!


You have been just absolutely amazing.  A joy to work with and your positivity and kindness has had a massive impact on those around you.  I will miss working with you and I know you will be amazing in your new role. 


Trish was definitely feeling the love from her coworkers and enjoyed her farewell Kudoboard.

"I love that this has been available for people to use during the pandemic. It's a brilliant way to send special messages, an AWESOME concept...Sheer genius and as good as getting a card. I've found that people write more of a message than they would on a classic card."

Good luck with your next role, Trish, and thank you for letting us share! 

How To Make A Virtual Farewell Card?

If you are looking for a fresh way to say farwell to a coworker, a virtual card is a fun and easy option. There are many websites to make virtual cards, Kudoboard being one of them. To start a card with Kudoboard, simply go to their website and click “create a kudoboard.” From there, you will be prompted to fill out a few questions about the occasion of the card (click farwell), and who the card is for. Before you can start creating your card, you will choose which type of board fits your needs. If you have less than 10 people contributing to the card, a mini board is a perfect (free) option! Once you choose the type of board needed, you can start creating your board. With kudoboard, you can change the background, add all kinds of media, and add contributors. 

How To Add Contributors To A Farewell eCard?

To add contributors, simply click "add contributors" at the top of the board. You can share the kudoboard in 4 different ways (QR code, social media, direct link, or email). Contributors do not have to sign up for Kudoboard to add to the board.

What To Write in A Farewell eCard To A Coworker?

There are many ideas of what to write in a virtual coworker farewell card. Here are a few:

  • "I'll miss seeing you around the office! Thanks for all the laughs!"
  • "Good luck at your new job! They are lucky to have such a hard worker!"
  • "You were such an important part of our team, we will miss you!"
  • "Can't wait to see where your next chapter leads you! Thanks for being a great coworker and friend.''

For more ideas of what to say, check out this article from BetterUp.

Why Is It Important To Say Goodbye?

Saying goodbye to a co-worker who is leaving is a classy and kind gesture. This also helps provide closure for employees who have been at the company for a long time. Saying goodbye also expresses appreciation for the years of dedication and hard work at the company.

For more information about group leaving cards, check out this article.