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26 Best New Employee Welcome Kits, Boxes, & Packages For Onboarding In 2021

By July 14, 2021 July 23rd, 2021 No Comments

Best New Employee Welcome Kits, Boxes, & Packages For OnboardingYou’ve probably heard the old adage that you only get one chance to make a first impression. Maybe your mom served it to you before your very first day of school or your grandfather spouted it before your first day of work.

Even if you’ve heard this nugget of wisdom one too many times, you’ve gotta admit it rings true and applies to practically any situation, including employee onboarding.

According to one Human Resources expert quoted by Thinkwise,

“Years of research shows us that effective onboarding can make or break a new hire – meaning it can help a new hire get acclimated into an organization and break motivation in the initial 90 days.”

Just how effectively can onboarding make or break a new employee’s experience, retention potential, and happiness? We’ll let the statistics answer that question.

  • Onboarding programs might boost performance ratings by as much as 11%
  • Solid onboarding might produce a 20% increase in an employee’s discretionary effort
  • Well-done onboarding could spur an 82% increase in retention
  • Properly onboarded employees have a 58% higher likelihood of staying in their jobs for 3+ years

Providing new employee welcome kits, chock full of glorious company swag, on your employees’ first day will help you capture some of these onboarding benefits.

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The benefits of employee welcome kits include:

  • Setting the tone on day one for a positive workplace experience
  • Reinforcing (and integrating new employees into) your company culture
  • Inspiring employees to honor company values, like advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather’s famous induction box, which pulls inspiration from their founder, David Ogilvy’s, work, The Eternal Pursuit of Unhappiness.
  • Bolstering employees’ feelings of excitement and engagement
  • Showing appreciation for the amazing people who’ve chosen to be part of the team

Sounds pretty good right? Infuse your onboarding process with these positive vibes by treating your people to the employee welcome packages below.

If you are looking for a fully-unique and bespoke gifting solution, we recommend a concierge experience that will help you create custom welcome kits for your new employees. You dream it, they’ll deliver it. Learn more here

 

New Hire Welcome Kit, Box, & Package Ideas

26) Icebreaker Box

“Team building fun and happy hour in one.”

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Why your new employee will love this welcome kit: Give your new employees an epic welcome. The Icebreaker Box has all the treats, icebreaker questions, and accessories employees need to prime themselves for an hour (or two or three) of fun and bonding. They’ll also love the ability to have happy hour wherever they want to and not just at the local bar.

Price: $26.95 +

Branded: Yes

Where to start crafting your kit: Icebreaker Box

 

25) “Swagged Out” Sample Pack

“Swagtastic styling for your newest team members.”

swagup-sample-packWhy your new employee will love this welcome kit: As they pull on their branded t-shirt and decorate their new favorite water bottle with custom stickers, they’ll feel a sense of belonging. They’ll feel like part of your team, and that’s definitely a sentiment to love.

This kit can make anyone, including newly onboarded remote employees, feel united by your company logos and colors.

Price: $75.45

Branded: Yes

Where to start crafting your kit: “Swagged Out” Sample Pack

 

24) “I Work At A Tech Company” Kit

“Tech that sets new hires up for success.”

tech-company-skit-swagAssemble this Swag.com build-a-box creation with the following items:

Why your new employee will love this welcome kit: This kit has a little bit of everything, including those little things people don’t even think about picking up, such as a microfiber cloth to keep all the screens fingerprint-free.

Your recipients will love the way the power bank looks, they’ll love focusing with the help of their earbuds, and they’ll also love transporting their tech to and from work using their fancy new bag.

Price: $91.47+

Branded: Yes

Where to start crafting your kit: “I Work At A Tech Company” Kit

 

23) Work-From-Anywhere Welcome Kit 

“Making magic happen from the conference room to the beach villa.”

Why your new employee will love this welcome kit: They’ll love the ability to lock in and focus on their next project regardless of their location with this loaded welcome pack of high-quality swag. Whether they’re warming up in the cotton blend branded crew neck or snacking from their new bamboo fiber lunch box, your new hire will become the productivity guru they were brought on board to be.

Price: $104.81

Branded: Yes

Where to start crafting your kit: Work-From-Anywhere Welcome Kit

 

22) Ice Cream Float Kit

“To make their first day even sweeter.”

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Why your new employee will love this welcome kit: You don’t need a clunky machine to make ice cream, just this great ice cream float kit and a team to enjoy it together! Kits include everything they need to make ice cream in a bag – yes, in a bag – plus sodas, glassware and flavorings to turn their creations into proper ice cream floats. Kits include a guided virtual event to let your new employee bond with their team over a sweet treat!

Price: Talk to Unboxed Experiences for custom pricing

Branded: Yes

Where to start crafting your kit: Ice Cream Float Kit

 

21) Team Welcome Box

“A reminder and resources to nurture yourself and others.”

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Why your new employee will love this welcome kit: They’ll love the experience of opening this box and mindfully unpacking each thoughtful item. Even better, they’ll love using the items put together by a company that employs individuals with special needs.

Notecards, journals, and other goodies give anyone a reason to smile. Pair this box with a thoughtful new employee announcement and you’ll have a team full of beaming new hires.

Price: $45+

Branded: No

Where to start crafting your kit: Team Welcome Box

 

20) Work from Home Survival Pack

“Home-office paradise in a box.”

survival_pack_at_homeWhy your new employee will love this welcome kit: They will love improving their home offices with the items in this box, including a succulent, matcha latte mix, and invigorating chocolate. They will feel instantly uplifted each time they water their adorable new desk plant, take a bite of the comforting pecan butter, or just admire their cool customized cards.

Price: $68.70

Branded: Yes

Where to start crafting your kit: Work from Home Survival Pack

Pro-Tip: Optimize your new hire experience with the perfect welcome kit and also expert guidance from one of our favorite HR outsourcing services, Bambee. One of Bambee’s HR experts can help you refine your orientation and streamline any other process you’ve been yearning to overhaul or refine.

 

19) Unplugged Box

“Unbox a seamless transition from work to play.”

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Why your new employee will love this welcome kit: Who doesn’t love getting a little me-time? Well, this box helps employees get and maximize their me-time. Each hand-selected item helps employees unwind at the end of a long day. They can pop open a nourishing snack, fill their coffee mug with a comforting concoction, light the candle, and then sit back and relax.

Tip: Round out this kit by including a thoughtful welcome letter (bonus points for a handwritten letter) and your employee handbook.

Price: $26.95+

Branded: Yes

Where to start crafting your kit: Unplugged Box

 

18) Gratitude Galore Welcome Kit

“Pleasing to those with a sweet tooth and a warm heart.”

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Why your new employee will love this welcome kit: The finely crafted goodies in this pack will make new employees feel like royalty. They’ll love indulging in a triple-chocolate brownie, savoring a goat-milk caramel, and nibbling on a richer-than-rich dark chocolate bar.

And as if that isn’t sweet enough, they’ll also love learning this welcome gift supports women fighting poverty and also solar-powered farms.

Price: $47.00

Branded: No

Where to start crafting your kit: Gratitude Galore Welcome Kit

 

17) “All in a Backpack” Kit

“Show new employees you have their backs.”

swag-backpack-kitAssemble this Swag.com build-a-box creation with the following items:

Why your new employee will love this welcome kit: This incredibly stylish and incredibly functional collection of swag will help your new coworker get that extra swing in their step as they fill up their backpack and strut out the door.

The portfolio makes note-taking stylish, the sleeve will make any laptop look classic, and the work backpack will tie everything together by looking good and holding everything at once.

Price: $111.88+

Branded: Yes

Where to start crafting your kit: “All in a Backpack” Kit

 

16) Fresh Start Box

“Give employees the perfect start at your company.”

caroo-fresh-start-box

Why your new employee will love this welcome kit: This box will heighten any employee’s feelings of starting an exciting, positive, and rewarding adventure. Nourishing snacks will energize their first meetings and the fresh vibes will help make their new workspace a place of inspiration.

Price: $26.95 +

Branded: Yes

Where to start crafting your kit: Fresh Start Box

 

15) Beer & Cheese Tasting Box

“They’ll be so hoppy with it!”

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This Beer & Cheese Pairing kit comes loaded with items for an unforgettable first week on the job. Part swag pack, part tasting experience, your team can toast to their new coworker’s first week with a fun and lively happy hour on Friday.

Each box includes a guided, virtual pairing experience where guests will learn about matching beer styles with different cheeses, chocolates and other goodies. The best thing about these kits? You can customize them with extra snacks, personal notes, branded swag and more!

Price: Talk to Unboxed Experiences for custom pricing

Branded: Yes

Where to start crafting your kit: Beer & Cheese Tasting Box

 

14) WFH Employee Pack

“Swag out new employees in your signature company style.”

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Why your new employee will love this welcome kit: They’ll love draping on that super-soft hoodie, popping on the dad hat, and wearing the snuggly soft t-shirt pretty much every day. Decked out in your company style, new employees will feel the sense of belonging and confidence they need to shine in their first days.

Price: $109.27

Branded: Yes

Where to start crafting your kit: WFH Employee Pack

 

13) Mental Wealth Box

“Unbox a healthy dose of resilience and mental clarity.”

cratejoy-mental-health-box

Why your new employee will love this welcome kit: For one, employees will love receiving the items themselves, which include things like books, engaging activities, and soothingly fragranced shower steamers. For another, they’ll love actually using the items to feel better, sharper, stronger, and of course, supported and appreciated by you.

Price: $44.95+

Branded: No

Where to start crafting your kit: Mental Wealth Box

 

12) The Tech Pack

“Power up good with this pack of tech goodies.”

swagup-tech-pack

Why your new employee will love this welcome kit: This new hire welcome kit includes plenty of new tech anyone would love having on hand as they start a new job. They can use the power-buds as your HR representative from Bambee answers all their burning questions.

They’ll use the power bank to keep all their new company-issued devices juiced. And when the time comes to bust out the Bluetooth tracker to find one of their very important items, they’ll be relieved and thrilled you gave them the handy device.

Price: $85.09

Branded: Yes

Where to start crafting your kit: The Tech Pack

 

11) Sips + Snacks Box

“The best way to say cheers to you.”

Why your new employee will love this welcome kit: As employees slowly savor the items in this onboarding kit, they’ll immerse themselves in exciting flavor experiences as they nibble on good-for-you snacks and sip on scrumptious wines.

Taken together, the items in this box give employees an unforgettably warm welcome message they’ll be keen to enjoy as they virtually socialize with new coworkers, relax, or maybe even participate in the new hire orientation activities the pros at Bambee have helped you design.

Price: $26.95 +

Branded: Yes

Where to start crafting your kit: Sips + Snacks Box

 

10) Rep The Brand Apparel Kit

“Help new employees show their freshman pride.”

swag-rep-your-brandAssemble this Swag.com build-a-box creation with the following items:

Why your new employee will love this welcome kit: New team members will love decorating their nameplate with those custom stickers, draping their hoodie on their chair, and receiving their first customized mouse. This employee gift will even help your new co-workers take pride in them when they leave the office.

Price: $59.50+

Branded: Yes

Where to start crafting your kit: Rep The Brand Apparel Kit

 

9) Starter Pack

“Give employees a swag-powered start at your company.”

StarterPack

Why your new employee will love this welcome kit: This pack offers more than just all the swag any new employees could ever want; it offers that just-right personal touch new employees crave when they’re just starting out at your company.

They’ll love carrying all their office supplies in their new customized tote bag, cozying up in the super-soft t-shirt, and staying hydrated with their stylish new water bottle.

Price: $27.58

Branded: Yes

Where to start crafting your kit: Starter Pack

 

8) Notable Essentials Kit

“The perfect welcome box for note-takers, planners, and dreamers.”

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Why your new employee will love this welcome kit: New employees will be thrilled to start brewing coffee or tea right in their new favorite all-purpose travel mug with a built-in diffuser.

They’ll yearn to be sighted at coffee shops and cafes, filling the pages of their recycled paper notebook with notes, dreams, plans, thoughts, lyrics—anything. (They might even love taking some social media pics of themselves looking particularly reflective using their new items.)

Price: $63.00

Branded: No

Where to start crafting your kit: Notable Essentials Kit

 

7) Super Snacks Box

“The snacking spread of anyone’s dreams.”

caroo-super-snacks-box

Why your new employee will love this welcome kit: Filled with some of the most delicious, invigorating, and interesting snacks you’ll ever try, this pack sets new employees up with snacks to fuel their first few weeks of work. They’ll forever associate their first days working for you with some of the most drool-worthy snacks they’ve ever tried.

Price: $26.95 +

Branded: Yes

Where to start crafting your kit: Super Snacks Box

 

6) Workday Wellness Kit

“Nothing shows caring like the gift of wellness.”

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Why your new employee will love this welcome kit: Self-care and wellness will likely remain top priorities long after the COVID-19 pandemic fades into memory. When employees receive this pack of feel-good items as part of their employee onboarding kit, they’ll feel your warm sense of caring—something absolutely anyone will appreciate.

With hope, their new wellness essentials—including a neck wrap and a fitness band—will help them feel well, get well, or stay well.

Price: $70.29

Branded: Yes

Where to start crafting your kit: Workday Wellness Kit

 

5) Sustainability on the Go Welcome Kit

“Treat employees to an earth-friendly welcome.”

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Why your new employee will love this welcome kit: They’ll probably use these eco-friendly and incredibly useful items every day. The bamboo travel mug will help them tote their favorite hot and cold beverages wherever the wind blows them.

The flexible silicone straws will help them firmly reject plastic counterparts. The bamboo utensils will enable them to have an impromptu picnic whenever the feeling strikes.

Price: $62.00

Branded: No

Where to start crafting your kit: Sustainability on the Go Welcome Kit

 

4) Eco-Friendly Company Kit

“Exactly what every eco-conscious employee needs.”

 

Why your new employee will love this welcome kit: They can put their bottle and reusable utensils in their professional backpack along with their favorite healthy foods to make every day a day for earth-friendly eating.

Price: $167.82

Branded: Yes

Where to start crafting your kit: Eco-Friendly Company Kit

 

3) “Healthy Employee, Healthy Company” Kit

“A breath of fresh air everyone needs.”

Healthy Employee, Healthy Company Employee Welcome KitAssemble this Swag.com build-a-box creation with the following items:

Why your new employee will love this welcome kit: Clean air and a perfectly hydrated body—it doesn’t get much more fresh and healthy feeling than that. These items will make your new hire’s first day, and every day after it, fresh and full of well-being and positivity.

Price: $181.64+

Branded: Yes

Where to start crafting your kit: “Healthy Employee, Healthy Company” Kit

 

2) New Hire Pack

“Welcome aboard, we’re on a rocket ship going one way — up.”

New-Hire-Pack

Why your new employee will love this welcome kit: They’ll love taking each one of these onboarding essentials out of their welcome package and feel part of the team whether they are in the office or working remotely. The company hoodie and Tuscany Soft Touch Journal will probably be used by day one as they get ramped up for their new role within your team.

Price: $90.01

Branded: Yes

Where to start crafting your kit: New Hire Pack

 

1) Mindfulness Box

“A new employee welcome kit that’s also a mental pick-me-up.”

mindfulness_box

Why your new employee will love this welcome kit: Round out your employee onboarding experience with a little bit of mindfulness—just what new hires need as they relax after their early days of work and reflect on everything they’ve learned, everyone they’ve met, and everything they hope to accomplish.

Employees will love using the journal to jot down thoughts of gratitude or record some of the ideas swimming around in their heads. They’ll love closing their eyes and tasting every bite of their wholesome snacks. They’ll love grabbing their favorite tumbler every day and remembering, even for just a second, how awesome you made their first day of work.

Price: $26.95 +

Branded: Yes

Where to start crafting your kit: Mindfulness Box

 


People Also Ask These Questions About New Employee Welcome Kits

Q: What is a welcome kit?

  • A: A welcome kit is an assortment of gifts, often branded with company logos and colors, that make new employees feel like valued members of their new teams.

Q: How do you welcome a new employee on the first day?

  • A: You can welcome a new employee on the first day of work by treating them to a welcome kit with carefully curated and customized items such as t-shirts, water bottles, and delicious goodies.

Q: What is the best new hire welcome kit?

  • A: The best new hire welcome kits we’ve come across include a package with snacks and mindful essentials from Caroo and a box filled with customized socks, stickers, and patches from Swag.com. Find tons of other cool welcome kit ideas in this guide.

Q: How much should I expect to spend on a new employee welcome kit?

  • A: You can expect to spend anywhere from $20 to $100+ on a new employee welcome kit.

Q: Can a new employee welcome kit be branded with your company name and logo?

  • A: Yes, a new employee welcome kit can be branded with your company name and logo. You can find a complete list of vendors with this capability in this welcome kit roundup, including Swag.com, Caroo, and SwagUp.

Q: What should be in a new hire welcome kit?

  • A: You should put a selection of feel-good, wellness-boosting, inspirational, and preferably branded items in a new hire welcome kit.

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