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Recognized on the first Friday of March, Employee Appreciation Day is a great opportunity for you to thank your team, recognize a job well done, and motivate them to keep momentum going at work. It’s also the perfect time to start an employee recognition program, if you don’t already have one in place.

There are lots of benefits of having an employee recognition program. According to a study by Quantum Workplace, employee recognition programs are shown to lead to:

  • Increased productivity and engagement
  • Decreased employee turnover
  • Greater employee satisfaction and enjoyment of work
  • Improved team culture
  • Higher loyalty and satisfaction scores from customers
  • Increased retention of quality employees
  • Decreased stress and absenteeism

Not sure of the best way to recognize employees on Employee Appreciation Day? Our business gifting specialists can help you pick the perfect corporate food gifts to fit your budget and team. In the meantime, here are some ideas to get you inspired!


Host a Virtual or In-Person Happy Hour

Since Employee Appreciation Day always falls on a Friday, hosting a happy hour is a great way to celebrate! If your team is back working together in person, you can gather around a delicious meat and cheese board, complete with wine and sweets. All you need is our Thank You Deluxe Sip & Snack Gift Basket (pictured) or California Cabernet Wine Gift Set if you’re hosting a smaller group.

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Still working remotely, or is your team located in different parts of the country? A virtual happy hour can be just as fun! Send each team member everything they need to put together a delicious meat and cheese spread with wine, hop on Zoom, and you’re all set! Our Cabernet & Savory Snack Collection is the perfect size to create an individual charcuterie spread they can enjoy during the virtual meetup.

Send Treats to Their Desk (Or Home!)

Surprising employees with a delicious gift is a great way to let them know you appreciate them. Try leaving a little treat on their desks for them to enjoy during the workday, like a cupcake jar from our decadent Variety Cupcake 4-Pack (pictured). Or, set them up with a savory snack by gifting them a Hearty Bites Gift Box so they can create a meat and cheese board.

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For a sweet surprise, you can send a box of chocolates right to their home! Our Signature Chocolate Collection is always a good pick, with four gourmet flavors to sample.

Give a Gift at a Teambuilding Event

Planning a teambuilding even is a great way to bond with your team and boost morale. If you have an event on the calendar, this is a good chance to hand out a gift to your employees to show how much you appreciate them. The Classic Beef Gift Box (pictured), Sweet & Smoky Turkey Sampler, or a cupcake jar from our Best Sellers Cupcake 12-Pack are little gifts that pack big, delicious flavors, making them perfect picks to hand out at your teambuilding event.

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Kick off Your Employee Recognition Program

Employee Appreciation Day is a great chance to kick off a year-round employee recognition program to keep the benefits of gifting going all year. Thank employees for all their efforts with a gourmet thank you gift, like our Thank You Treats Gift Box (pictured), then throughout the year you can switch up your gift options (Signature Flavors Gift Basket would be an excellent pick for any occasion, and Golden Gourmet Gift Basket would be perfect for an impressive accomplishment or milestone, for example.)

To get started on your recognition program, give us a call! Our business gifting specialists are ready to help you find exactly what you’re looking for and plan a program to focus on celebrating everything your employees achieve.

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Start a Birthday Gifting Program

Similar to an employee recognition program, adopting a birthday gifting program at your business is a great way to make each employee feel special and acknowledged. With a specially-designed birthday lid, a gift like our Birthday Cheese Favorites & Sausage Gift Box (pictured) will help them celebrate their day deliciously. Or for employees that have a serious sweet tooth, they’ll love digging into our Birthday Cupcake 2-Pack (sharing not required!)

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Hickory Farms has tons of delicious birthday gifts to suit every budget and setting up a birthday gifting program couldn’t be easier. Simply give a list of birthdays and addresses to our gifting specialists, and we’ll take care of the rest!


We know that gifts are an important reflection of your business and help connect you to your colleagues and employees. Our gifts of good taste have been loved since 1951, so you’ll always find impressive, delicious gourmet gifts to fit every business occasion. From charcuterie and wine gifts, to sweets and chocolates, we have gifts at every price point. Plus, you can add personalization to really make your business stand out. Our team of dedicated business gifting specialists can help achieve all your gifting goals and are committed to customer service, so you can give Hickory Farms gifts with confidence.

Visit hickoryfarms.com/business-gifts to learn more about all of our business gifting services! Our gifting specialists are ready to help—get in touch by calling 800-715-1474.


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