The Best Employee Gifts

As the holiday season nears, we thought we’d tell you why experiential gifts will always be the best employee gifts. Keep reading to see how you should say thanks to your employees this year!

 

By year-end, regardless of company size, thank you gifts can be a daunting task. What makes a company great is the variety of people that comprise it. From accounting wizards, to sales champs, to scurrying interns, none of your dedicated employees are the same. And while the diversity of employees is what makes a company great, it can make a one-gift-for-all approach impersonal. Wishlist helps you provide customizable, budgeted, and personal gifts to each of your employees with ease.

 

Why to Give a Wishlist

 

We know that for gifts bosses often simply reach for the checkbook, or pepper their employee’s desks with marble placards, and company wine cozies, but it turns out employees don’t want that. In truth money really can’t buy happiness, and employees have found that out. Articles like those written in Forbes or The Atlantic, show how our culture has transformed from one interested in material goods, into one more interested in experiences.

 

Our spending habits have shifted from fancy shoes, to hummer tours of Durango, or ceramic classes and four-course farm dinners. Experiences, in short, provide longer-lasting happiness than money. When giving an employee an experience as a gift you give them something “exciting to anticipate, and something sweet to remember.” It’s a gift that can never be returned, forgotten, or tainted. A doctoral candidate for The Atlantic, Amit Kumar, says experiences are unique in that even poor experiences like a vacation to Hawaii in which it rains every day, are almost always transformed in recollection into something good. It is a remarkable feature of the human mind to call upon past moments and experiences with an infallible sense of positivity. This year, truly offer your employees a happy holiday with the chance to create lasting positive memories.

 

How to Give a Wishlist

 

There are several ways you can give Wishlists to your employees this year. We’ve worked tirelessly since our formation to bring the very best experiences from across the state, ensuring that there is something for everyone and every budget. With fishing trips, spa days, beer tastings, dance classes, every employee will be able to choose their ideal activity making for the perfect employee gifts. Simply choose your price range for each employee, ranging from $99 – $999, and they get to pick any of the many activities in that price point. If you want to be able to give your employees a physical gift, just let us know and we’ll ship you gift cards to hand out.

 

Wishlist also provides perfect experiential gifts for saying thank you to your best clients or even gifts that can up-the-ante for a company raffle. We offer nearly 500 experiences for recipients to choose from, meaning that anyone who receives a Wishlist will feel the personal touch. Whether you want to encourage employee bonding this holiday, with group classes or experiences, or want to truly show your appreciation with mountain getaways, Wishlist will help ensure a happy corporate holiday with the employee gifts they really want.

 

For any questions on how your company can use Wishlist to brighten up the holidays feel free to email us at support@enjoywishlist.com. As always, stay up to date with all Wishlist news by following us here or on any of the social media networks.

 

 

Buying Happiness

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Image courtesy of jasonshen.com

In the wake of the two most consumer-driven days of the year, here at Wishlist we thought we’d take some time out to help you consider the true value of your purchases, and whether or not buying things, is the same thing as buying happiness. So here’s the truth about buying happiness.

We sell experiential gift packages, products that hold no intrinsic value other than the number we collectively agree on as appropriate for sorted experiences. After all, the price of a weekend away with a loved one, or an unlikely adventure, or even a wine tasting with a friend, could never account for the conversations you have, the people you meet, the moments you enjoy and most of all the memories you create. According to research, though, one of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to the age-old adage, “can money buy happiness,” is the actual correlation between the price you spend for an object and the amount of happiness you receive. Of course, this is difficult to measure, but studies have suggested that the correlation between actually purchasing a physical object and your happiness is nearly zero, for experiential gifts, however, it’s a different story.

Shocking as it may be, buying things buys us very little in the realm of happiness; it can in fact cause more strife than pleasure. For big purchases, scientists have actually shown that the anticipation of buying the product is more rewarding than actually purchasing and possessing it. Not to mention, that most purchases come with some extra baggage of their own: buyers’ remorse. Meaning, when you spend money on products you will most likely be temporarily tormented by whether or not it was actually a ‘good’ purchase, or even something you needed. So overall science seems to suggest that at its core consumerism does very little for the customers’ happiness, but there is an upside.

According to articles like those posted in The Atlantic and here and here, it is true that purchasing things cannot increase happiness at the core. However, when used correctly, money can. According to The Atlantic, which quoted renowned psychologist Daniel Gilbert, “ [while] we think that experiences can be fun [we also think they…] leave us with nothing to show for them, but that turns out to be a good thing.” Happiness, it seems, comes in part from our relationships and friendships; “and experiences are usually shared—first when they happen and then again and again when we tell our friends.” So not only do we increase our happiness every time we recount our experiences but there is also an inability to compare what we have to others’. As Theodore Roosevelt said, “comparison is the thief of joy.” Another upside to purchasing experiences is that waiting for them to arrive causes a gleeful anticipation rather than the nervous anticipation that incurs waiting for a product. Think about it: how do you feel waiting for a package to arrive? Restless? Nervous? Excited? What if that package was half your rent money? Very Nervous? On the opposite side of the spectrum imagine how you feel waiting for a vacation, or a delicious meal at a nice restaurant. It’s a different sensation entirely.

Now, considering many of us took part in either Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday, or Cyber Monday, here is a small encouraging fact about buying things. According to the Wall Street Journal, “those who spent money on other people were happier than those who treated themselves.” That also means purchases that help other people, maybe through supporting local businesses or fundraising efforts, can actually make you feel happier. Yesterday, was Giving Back Tuesday. While it is now Wednesday, don’t let that discourage you from giving back. Any day of the year, is the perfect time to offer a helping hand.

For holiday gifts this year, consider buying experiential gifts for your friends and family, or even yourself, and enjoy a happier year. Be sure to look at our gift guide so you can find the perfect, meaningful gifts for your friends and family who mean the world to you. As always stay up to date with all the Wishlist news by following us on all the social media platforms.