Bonus or no bonus, a thoughtful gift for an employee can mean a lot. There are now a lot of online sites gifts that will ship gifts directly to the recipient that are a lot of fun.
Try the World: https://goo.gl/edmGWU is great gift for a foodie who would enjoy trying ingredients from other countries.
Plated: https://goo.gl/tpkE6D is a great gift for a working person. They can come home and have all the perfectly prepared ingredients for making a gourmet meal.
And we all know dog owners love to have their pet acknowledged, so Bark Box would be a great gift for them: https://goo.gl/GsJHd3
As a child, I always looked forward to fruitcake from Collin Street Bakery: https://www.collinstreet.com. / Just seeing the festive tin felt like Christmas. I would keep them and fill them with Christmas cookies the following year. I also loved the crate of Florida grapefruits my father received (I’m a grapefruit fan!): http://www.dundeegroves.com/grapefruit
If you are in NYC, anything from Laduree, especially their macaroons, make a great gift. The packaging is beautiful. Their teas are great.
For the younger assistant, a Spotify gift card will be a hit: https://www.spotify.com/us/gift-card/
For the employee who never leaves their desk, the Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer is a good idea: https://goo.gl/SISyhG
There are also those perennial Harry and David gift baskets: https://goo.gl/SISyhG
- also available on Amazon.
Another great one is a gift certificate to a restaurant, ensuring . Ensures a fun night out for the employee. Or, theater tickets to a Broadway show.
A unique idea is an extra paid vacation day around the holidays so the employee can spend more time with their family.
Giving gifts is a lot of fun and so gratifying to the giver, so enjoy and Happy Holidays!