12 Most Useful Gifts for Student Employees

By Danni White on December 22, 2016

Student employees make up a valuable part of the workforce on any college campus. Each student employee gains useful experience, obtains something to put on their resume, makes new friends, learns how to be a professional, and perhaps, receives a good recommendation letter from a supervisor or director at the end of the term.

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Sometimes students can feel like their work is not important if simple recognition lags. Acknowledging the contribution your student employees make encourages them and motivates them to keep doing their best. They make the university look good and there is always a sense of positive pride in one’s ability to achieve and work on a team towards a greater goal.

There are a variety of ways in which a supervisor or department head may recognize student employees and show them appreciation for their efforts. Here are some useful gifts that can help you make each of your student employees feel special.

Snack box from Harry & David
College students love to eat, or in this case, snack. Satisfy those sweet or salty taste buds with these mouthwatering treats. Included in this snack box is: gourmet popcorn, mixed nuts, crackers, hot honey mustard, sharp white cheddar cheese and smoked summer sausage.

Funny coffee mugs
Dazzle offers made-to-order coffee mugs that allow you to add words, pictures, quotes, or designs that will make your student employee smile. With over 10 million designs, you are certain to find something special for each student. There’s one for the lawyers and the pet lovers, the hard workers and the happy souls.

Personalized wooden traveler bag tag
If your department is usually on the go, traveling to far away lands on charity trips, field trips, or mission trips, give your student employee something that will help him stay organized and be able to identify his luggage. Laser engrave any monogram or work of art on two sides.

Random Acts Of Kindness kits
Student employees often have a desire to serve the world or make a difference in some way. In four easy steps and with 26 cards in hand, student employees will find themselves paying it forward, giving kind words and smiles, or being an inspiration to someone with their talent all in the name of kindness.

The Compendious Coffee Chart
This is the perfect gift for the coffee lover in your office without actually handing them a cup of coffee. It’s a beautiful piece of wall art that showcases the many ways the morning’s gift to the world can be brewed and the many different coffee drinks that can be made.

Yard dominoes
Made from solid wood and made in the U.S.A., this is perfect for student employees who love the outdoors or who actually work outdoors on campus. Its drawstring jute bag makes it easy for transporting to dorm rooms, fun nights, and back to work on slow days. You can play this game anywhere you find a spot.

Personalized sports wall prints
For the one staff member that just can’t get enough of their favorite sports teams and figures, help them fuel their fan spirit with personalized wall prints. Create your own art features for NBA, NFL, MLB or college teams that your student employee will love. Art is personalized and pricing runs upwards of $80 per art piece.

Percy the Pencil Porcupine
An adorably cool desk organizer for the most creative student employee on your team. Made from wood with a glossy white finish, it holds approximately 15 writing and art utensils and adds a nice touch to a desk or bookshelf.

Employee recognition personalized award stones
Nothing says thank you more than meaningful words on paper, portraits, rocks and stones. This handcrafted gift will allow your student employee to feel awesome.

Visual Miscellaneum: The Bestselling Classic, Revised and Updated: A Colorful Guide to the World’s Most Consequential Trivia
This bestselling book is a great gift for the brainy student on your team. It is a colorful guide to the most consequential trivia in the world. An incomparable reference book, Visual Miscellaneum helps to put lots of data, statistics, and creative visuals into perspective. The brain agent will love it.

The All-Bundled-Up Mint Starter Set
This starter set features everything a new student employee needs to be successful at work. This ’60s inspired mint colored set includes a stapler that staples up to 20 sheets of paper, a pen cup, 12 signature pens, and a tape dispenser.

K&Company Smash Time Capsule Kit
It will be fun for student employees to have something that will remind them of their time working on campus. With several features including a 30-page past, present, and future pad as well as two storage tubes, this 23-piece kit is a brilliant gift for any student employee to have.

Showing your student employees how grateful you are for their efforts and how much they mean to your team will make a world of difference in their level of satisfaction and motivation.

By Danni White

Uloop Writer
Liberty University
Danni White is a developmental psychology graduate student at Liberty University. She works in the digital publishing, media, and technology industries. After this degree, she will go on to work on a PhD in social psychology in which she hopes to do research on perception and social cognition’s impact on human behavior. She hopes to apply this research in corporate HR departments and community-based organizations. In her otherwise limited spare time, she blogs, writes and reads. She loves coffee, sports, music, cooking, meeting new people, and binge watching Netflix.

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