Fake enthusiasm: great for the Instafamous, terrible when someone’s opening your gift. Sure, branded paper clip holders are functional, but instead of saying “I value you,” they say, “keep your papers organized, Todd.” And that’s not what you’re about. After all, you’re reading this guide on workplace gift-giving. You’re after what the so-called best practices label “employee appreciation”—but what we call “giving knockout presents.”

Drinks work for almost any occasion and they’re something your team will actually use. Here’s how to give great beverages on any budget. 

What your team REALLY wants

Whether your employees love binging Netflix or competitive dog grooming, knowing their interests is key to giving gifts they’ll love. Just remember: thoughtfulness above all—no matter how much you spend. The most popular gifts are wine and spirits, which made up 55 percent and 32 percent of order share, respectively. Whatever your employees’ preferences, our diverse collection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages makes it easy to suit specific tastes. The best part: our Corporate Concierge team can provide expert recommendations for every price range.

Okay, you’ve got your timeline. You’ve got your budget. Here are some recommendations for gifts they’ll love. 

Small but mighty ($10–25)

The cost of two burritos (plus guac, obviously), is totally enough for a quality gift. Plus, you can get considerate gifts for your wine connoisseur assistant and light-beer-loving accountant, without spending way more on one than the other. 

Drizly for Business Top 5 Most Popular Gifts $10–25

  • La Marca Prosecco
  • Tito’s Handmade Vodka
  • Stella Artois
  • Meiomi Pinot Noir Red Wine
  • Chandon Brut Sparkling

Ballin’ on a budget ($25–50)

Celebrations deserve bubbly, and nothing is more celebratory than Champagne—by far the most common sparkling wine gift purchased in the past year. If you’ve got a promotion, project, or adult dodgeball league MVP award to toast, you can do it without spending hundreds. Maybe that’s why this is the most common price range for workplace gift-givers, according to Drizly for Business survey respondents.

Drizly for Business Top 5 Most Popular Gifts $25–50

  • Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve Exclusive
  • G.H. Mumm Grand Cordon Champagne
  • Piper-Heidsieck Brut Champagne
  • Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Basil Hayden Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Right down the middle ($50-75) 

You’re in the Goldilocks zone—if Goldilocks was buying drinks instead of breaking and entering. In fact, the average spend for gifts among Drizly for Business users is $77. This price range is perfect for gifting bottles that feel special, but don’t require a special expense report.  

Drizly for Business Top 5 Most Popular Gifts $50–75

  • Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label Champagne
  • Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut Champagne
  • Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Gift Box Champagne
  • Casamigos Blanco
  • Faust Cabernet Sauvignon

Holiday high-roller ($75-100)

Our data shows workplace gift-givers reach for Napa Cabernet more than any other red wine, and you’re in the sweet spot for Napa classics. If you’ve got some wiggle room in the budget, you can show a teammate you appreciate them with a showpiece bottle to their collection.

Drizly for Business Top 5 Most Popular Gifts $50–75

  • Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • The Macallan Double Cask 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Veuve Clicquot Rose Champagne
  • Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Champagne

Budget? What budget? ($100+)

Pro tip: You can’t go over budget if you don’t make one. If you’re ready to go all out, $100+ will get your team impress-your-guests spirits or special-occasion wines—gifts they’ll be talking about for a long time.  

Drizly for Business Top 5 Most Popular Gifts $100+

  • Dom Pérignon Vintage Champagne
  • Clase Azul Reposado Tequila
  • Johnnie Walker Blue Label Blended Scotch Whiskey
  • Don Julio 1942
  • Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon