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  1. Blog
  2. Career Development
  3. June 8, 2023

45 Congratulations Gifts for Someone with a New Job

Celebrate a friend or a loved one

new job congratulations gift
Photo courtesy of Kateryna Hliznitsova

Embarking on a new professional journey is an exhilarating experience, marked by hard work, determination, and countless hours of preparation. When someone you know, whether it's a friend, family member, or colleague, lands a new job, it's a cause for celebration and an opportunity to show them how proud you are of their achievement. 

One way to convey your heartfelt congratulations and support is by presenting them with a carefully chosen gift that reflects their accomplishments and offers encouragement for the road ahead. Whether you're seeking a unique keepsake, a practical item to enhance their new workspace, or an experience that allows them to unwind and recharge, we've got you covered. 

From personalized mementos that celebrate their individuality to professional tools that empower them in their new role, we'll explore a range of ideas that are sure to inspire you. So, let's dive into the world of congratulations gifts and discover the perfect way to honor their achievement, boost their confidence, and set them on a path to continued success in their new endeavor. 

Read more: 16 Tips for Starting a New Job Successfully

45 new job congratulations gifts

1. Personalized pen

You can have a pen engraved with their name or initials, or you can choose a pen that has a special meaning related to their job. For example, if they work at a coffee shop, you could get them a set of coffee-colored pens with the coffee shop's logo on them.

2. Briefcase or work tote bag

A new briefcase or bag is a great way to help them stay organized and stylish—especially if their new job requires them to travel. 

3. Gift certificate to their favorite store

A gift certificate is a great way to let them choose their own gift. You can choose a store that they frequent, or you can choose a store that sells items that they've been wanting.

4. Bouquet of flowers

Flowers are a classic way to show your congratulations. Choose a bouquet in their favorite color or arrangement.

5. Plant or desktop garden

Studies show that just looking at greenery and nature helps people feel more relaxed and calm. Bring life to their workspace with a low-maintenance office plant or a small desktop garden kit. 

6. Online meditation or wellness subscription

Help them prioritize self-care and stress management with an online meditation or wellness subscription. This gift provides access to guided meditation sessions, yoga classes, and mindfulness exercises, promoting relaxation and mental well-being during their transition into the new job.

7. Wellness gift basket

Put together a thoughtful gift basket filled with relaxation and wellness items such as scented candles, bath salts, herbal teas, and a cozy blanket. This gift allows them to unwind and de-stress after long workdays, promoting a healthy work-life balance.

8. Restaurant gift card

This is a thoughtful gift that they can enjoy right away. A gift card to their favorite coffee shop or restaurant will give them a chance to relax and refuel after a long day of work.

9. Spa day appointment

A spa day is a great way to help them relax and unwind after a long day of work. Get them ready for their new job with a facial, mud bath, or steam treatment. 

10. Coffee mug or water bottle 

You can have the mug or water bottle personalized with their name, initials, or favorite quote. For example, if they love to travel, you could get them a custom-made water bottle with a map of the world on it.

11. Work journal

Help them stay on top of their work at the new job and make a good impression on their new boss with a nice notebook or journal. Keeping a journal or notebook at work can prove extremely beneficial to productivity, goal-setting, memory, and mental health.

12. Gift card for professional attire

Help them dress for success by giving a gift card to a reputable clothing store specializing in professional attire. This allows them to choose outfits that align with their style and the dress code of their new workplace, ensuring they feel confident and polished as they embark on their new job. 

13. Massage therapist appointment

Allow them to unwind and recharge after a long day of work with a massage. Massage therapy is proven to reduce stress and anxiety and can even increase serotonin levels over time

14. Book about their new field of work

Choose a highly recommended book related to their industry or personal development. It's a gift that can inspire and provide valuable insights to help them excel in their new role. 

Read more: 14 Best Leadership Books for Making an Impact & Inspiring Your Teams

15. Magazine subscription

Gift them a subscription to a magazine that they'll enjoy—it’ll give them something to read and relax with during their downtime.

16. Piece of art 

Commission a piece of customized office artwork, such as a painting, print, or framed inspirational quote, that reflects their industry or personal interests. It adds a personal and aesthetic touch to their workspace, making it a pleasant and motivating environment.

17. Donation to their favorite charity

This is a generous gift that will show you care about their values. A donation to their favorite charity in their name is a great way to show your support for their causes. For example, if they're passionate about animal welfare, you could donate to their favorite animal shelter in their name.

18. Professional development course or program

Covering a professional development course can be a generous gift that can help them advance their career. For example, if they're interested in learning a new skill, you could get them a subscription to a course on Udemy or Coursera.

19. Travel agency certificate

After job searching, they might be ready for a much-needed vacation. Studies show there’s a spike in happiness during the planning stage of a vacation. So, if they've always wanted to go to Paris, for example, you could get them a gift certificate to a travel agency that specializes in trips to France.

20. Tickets to a concert, show, or sporting event

This is a fun and exciting gift that they'll never forget. Get them tickets to see their favorite band or tickets to a new comedy show in their city.

21. Gift certificate to a home improvement store 

This is a practical gift that will help them make their new office or home more comfortable and stylish. For example, if they're redoing their home office setup, you could get them a gift certificate to a home improvement store so they can buy new furniture.

22. Tools or office supplies

Help them start off their new job on the right foot by gifting them a tool set, pens, printer ink, or highlighters.

23. Framed photo 

A framed photo of the two of you will be a personal and sentimental gift that they'll cherish for years to come. If you have a favorite photo of the two of you, get it framed and give it to them as a gift.

24. Handwritten note 

Never underestimate the power of a simple handwritten congratulatory note. Tell them how proud you are and how excited you are for them in this new endeavor. 

25. Framed quote or saying

Help them stay motivated in their new role with a framed quote or saying by their favorite author or celebrity. Start with this list of motivational quotes from female leaders

26. Personalized desk nameplate

A personalized desk nameplate engraved with their name and new job title adds a touch of professionalism and personalization to their workspace. It's a practical and decorative gift that helps them establish a sense of ownership and pride in their new position.

27. Office chair 

This is a helpful gift that will help them stay comfortable and productive at work. Sarah Brown, a professional interior designer and the cofounder of Spruce Up, says to look for height adjustability, lumbar support, and an adjustable backrest in a chair. 

28. Coffee or tea gift set

A high-quality coffee or tea gift set (such as a selection of gourmet coffee beans or a variety of exotic teas) is a delightful and indulgent way to celebrate their achievement. It offers them a comforting break during their busy workdays and shows that you care about their well-being and enjoyment.

29. Online language course

If their new job involves international communication or they have expressed an interest in learning a new language, gift them an online language course. It allows them to develop language skills that can enhance their professional opportunities and cross-cultural interactions.

30. Cleaning service

According to The New York Times, simply seeing clutter has been found to cause spikes in cortisol, the stress hormone, and many studies show that work environments affect productivity, work satisfaction, and overall mental health. Boost their mood by gifting them a cleaning service before they start their new job.

31. Fitness tracker or smartwatch

Help them stay active and organized with a fitness tracker or smartwatch. These devices can monitor their daily activity, provide notifications, and assist in time management, ensuring they maintain a healthy work-life balance in their new job.

32. New board game 

Congratulate them with a fun and social gift that will help them connect with friends, colleagues, and family. If they love to play games, you could get them a new board game like Monopoly or Scrabble.

33. Streaming service subscription

A subscription to a service like Netflix, Hulu, or Max could be the perfect gift to congratulate them for getting a new job. 

34. Travel memorabilia

Remind your friend or loved one of their favorite travels. You can find travel memorabilia at souvenir shops, online retailers, or even at the airport.

35. Cooking class

Congratulate your friend or loved one with a cooking class so they can learn new recipes, cooking techniques, and skills. 

36. Personalized stationery

Congratulate them with stationery personalized with their name, address, company name, or a special message.

37. Bluetooth wireless earbuds

Gift them a pair of high-quality Bluetooth wireless earbuds for a seamless and convenient audio experience. It allows them to take calls, listen to music, and participate in virtual meetings with clarity and freedom of movement.

38. Subscription to a meal delivery service

Help them save time and enjoy delicious meals with an online meal delivery subscription. This gift ensures they have nutritious and tasty meals at their convenience, allowing them to focus on their new job without worrying about cooking or meal planning.

39. Alarm clock

Help them get up for their new job easier with an alarm clock. You can get one that'll gently wake them up by mimicking sunshine, one that replicates birds chirping, or one that plays their favorite song.

40. Wireless charging station

Wireless charging stations are becoming increasingly popular, and many people now prefer them to traditional wired chargers. They are convenient and easy to use, and they can charge a variety of devices, including smartphones, tablets, and smartwatches.

41. Customized business card holder

A personalized business card holder engraved with their name or initials is a practical and stylish gift for networking and making a lasting impression in their new job. It's a professional accessory to add a touch of sophistication to their interactions and help them stay organized.

42. Personalized leather portfolio 

A personalized leather portfolio is a sophisticated and practical gift that showcases professionalism and helps them stay organized in their new role. It's a thoughtful and timeless gift that they can use to make a great impression during meetings and presentations.

43. Networking event ticket

Purchase a ticket to a relevant industry conference, seminar, or networking event where they can connect with professionals, gain insights, and expand their professional network. This gift will provide an opportunity for them to make valuable connections in their field.

44. Time management planner

Gift them a high-quality time management planner or organizer that can assist them in planning their schedules, setting goals, and staying on top of their tasks and deadlines. It's a practical gift that promotes productivity and efficiency in their new job.

45. Professional headshot session

Treat them to a professional headshot session with a photographer. A high-quality headshot is essential for their professional profile, social media accounts, and company website. 

These are just a few ideas to get you started. When choosing a gift, it's important to consider the person's interests and personality. With a little thought, you can find the perfect gift to help them celebrate their new job.

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