How to Welcome a New Employee to Your Team

by Dec 6, 2021

If you need ideas for how to welcome a new employee to your team, any of these 17 branded items make a great first impression. Regardless of your industry or team size, employees won’t stuff these distinctive and practical gifts in a drawer or toss them in the trash. 

Your new team members will take them on the go, showing off your company’s brand while getting actual use out of the product. 

All of the items are unisex, affordable, and customizable. Add your company logo or order branded items in your brand colors for a personalized touch that shows you care about your newest employee to make them feel welcome. 

You can combine items from this list to create a wow-worthy experience! For example, bundle a candle and stainless steel tumbler inside a tote bag or package a pop socket, Bluetooth earbuds, and padfolio for a high-end welcoming experience.

Branded Swag to Welcome New Hires

  1. Pop Socket
  2. Stainless Steel Tumbler
  3. Phone Wallet
  4. Power Bank
  5. Candle
  6. Tech Organizer
  7. Travel Blanket
  8. Tote Bag
  9. Bluetooth Earbuds
  10. Journal
  11. Backpack
  12. Zen Stacking Stones
  13. Fidget Spinner
  14. Duffel Bag
  15. Padfolio
  16. Coffee Mug
  17. Cooler

Pop Socket

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Any new employee will be thrilled to receive a personalized Pop Socket for their phone, perfect for using as a phone stand or an extra grip handle. Then, add the company name, logo, or both for a thoughtful touch and a bit of branding on the go!

Stainless Steel Tumbler

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Help new employees show off their personality with a stainless steel tumbler to keep their beverage of choice hot or cold for hours. The non-slip base and clear lid mean no worries about spilling on the desk! Order a variety of colors and let employees choose their favorite on their first day.

Phone Wallet

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Everyone will love this silicone phone wallet that attaches to a phone or phone case and eliminates the need for a bulky wallet or bag. Team members can keep extra cards and cash close while running errands, and with a personalized look featuring the company’s logo, new employees will show off their company pride, too!

Power Bank

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Customized power banks make an ideal welcome gift for new employees. Whether traveling for work and managing phone battery life in between meetings or enjoying relaxation on the weekends, a personalized power bank means they’ll never have to worry about a dead phone battery.


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Adding an 8-oz customized tumbler candle within a personalized gift box will make an unforgettable first impression on new employees. After a long first week on the job, employees will be able to relax and unwind with a candle in a floral, spicy, or savory scent.

Tech Organizer

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No matter which industry you’re in, employees are sure to find a zippered tech organizer a welcome addition to their work bag or tote! This tech organizer holds multiple cords and devices, and you can customize organizers in your company’s brand color, add your logo, or do both!

Travel Blanket

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Remind new employees that rest is essential to work-life balance with this travel blanket and sleep mask combo. The personalized carrying pouch makes travel convenient and allows you to showcase a company message, too. This Business First Travel Blanket demonstrates your commitment to taking care of new team members.

Tote Bag

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Equip your new team members with a versatile tote bag to bring their lunch, snacks, or work papers to and from the office in style. They are waterproof with fully lined interiors and feature an interior zipper pocket, top closure for secure storage, and cotton webbing handles for easy carrying. Just add your logo or company name, and new employees will be all set.

Bluetooth Earbuds

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Appeal to tech-savvy employees with these stylish Pulse True Wireless Stereo Earbuds. These earbuds have four hours of playtime on a single charge, so they’ll last all afternoon. Your customized case is wrapped in a black gift box and makes a great first impression.


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Every new employee needs a journal to write down all the important notes and tasks accompanying a new job. This high-quality Hemingway journal includes a matching ribbon bookmark, and you can personalize the cover with debossed or printed branding.


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Show your new employees how important they are with this Denver 2.0 laptop backpack featuring a USB access port for charging devices on the move. This backpack is perfect for carrying the company laptop or files. It features comfortable straps and cooling vents, making this new employee welcome gift top-notch.

Zen Stacking Stones

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Welcome a new employee with a gift known worldwide as an activity that boosts creativity, builds focus, and reduces stress – wooden zen stacking stones. Companies can personalize the container and one stone to reflect the business’ brand, and employees will leave this thoughtful gift on their desk for endless hours of use.

Fidget Spinner

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Adults like fidget spinners, too! New employees will appreciate the gesture and keep this gift in their product or work bag every day. Add your business logo and personalize it with your brand colors to get a little exposure, too!

Duffel Bag

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Help new employees travel in style with a duffel bag designed for easy carrying. This overnight bag is durable and fully lined, and you can personalize it to give team members a sense of company pride wherever they go. 


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Go beyond the generic legal pads and welcome new employees with a leatherette portfolio that includes a phone or tablet stand, memo pad, business card holder, and room for more! Add your full-color logo on the front, and this will be a thoughtful gift employees will keep for a long time.

Coffee Mug

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A bistro-style ceramic coffee mug with your business logo or company colors makes a great welcome gift for new employees. Fill it with hard candy or include a box of tea or coffee grounds for an added touch!


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This 12-can cooler comes in three different colors, and when customized with your company logo or branding, new employees will love it. The high-quality materials and features make it worthwhile for various activities, from a weekend trip to the ballpark to a round of golf. Fill it with some company swag and a personal note to make someone’s first day perfect.

Final Thoughts

The right employee welcome gift can significantly influence employee retention, morale, and company culture. While there’s no wrong choice for the products you select, spend some time thinking about your company’s energy and surveying current employees about what might be meaningful to someone new. 

When presented thoughtfully and combined with a warm personal welcome, any of these branded welcome gifts will be perfect.

For more information, contact us and we will guide you and work with you to create the swag that you want!

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