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 Hearty Bites & Wine Gift Basket (pictured) or Deluxe Sip & Snack Wine Gift Basket if you’re hosting a smaller group.

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 Premium Charcuterie & Chocolate Gift Box with Wine is the perfect size to create an individual charcuterie spread they can enjoy during the virtual meetup.

Give the Gift of Choice

Surprising employees with a delicious gift is a great way to let them know you appreciate them. If you’re not sure what they’d like the best, a GiftSnap e-gift is a great way to make sure they’re getting a gift they’ll love. You can choose from a variety of gift price points, enter your recipients’ email address (up to 25 at time!), and they’ll get an email prompting them to pick their gift. They can choose from a ton of great gifts, like our Favorite Flavors Gift Box, and more.

It couldn’t be easier; it’s an instant, stress-free way to show employees you appreciate them.

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 Thank You Treats Gift Box (pictured), Classic Beef & Turkey Sampler, or a cupcake jar from our Best Sellers Cupcake 12-Pack make good gifts for Employee Appreciation Day because they pack big, delicious flavors that anyone would love digging into.

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 Charcuterie & Sweets Gift Box (pictured), then throughout the year you can switch up your gift options. Our Thank You Signature Flavors Gift Basket or Thank You Wine & Savory Snack Collection would both make great picks to let employees know how much you appreciate all their hard work.

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.

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. Employees who have a serious sweet tooth will love digging into our Birthday Cupcake 2-Pack(pictured). Or, with specially-designed birthday lids, a gift like our Birthday Party Gift Box or Birthday Hearty Party Gift Box will help them celebrate their day deliciously.

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 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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