We've pulled together a few can't miss ideas to help you out. Got fifty people and a budget of about $5/each? Don't think frugal equals throw-away. It just takes a little thought and a plan.
Think flashlights. They're practical and useful, two things your team will appreciate. After the office party, hand them out with a note tied around each that says, "thanks for helping us find our way" or "your bright ideas never stop amazing me."
Think drinkware. Warm wishes come easy with a sturdy mug. Add a packet of tea or cocoa. Hand them out at a skating party and you've created a memory marker.
Think totes. Your department is full of soccer moms and dads. Bet there's camping enthusiasts, bicyclists, movie buffs...Start with a basic bag (complete with your logo). A few creative additions inside turns the reusable bag into thoughtful gift wrapping. And tells them you value their 5-to-9 time, too.
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