5 Wellbeing Gifts to Give Employees this Christmas

Here are some gift ideas for employers who are looking to show their team appreciation and promote their employees' wellbeing at a time where health is at the forefront of all of our minds.

Yugi the Giraffe - 7 December 2020

Prioritise your employees’ wellbeing this Christmas

It goes without saying that 2020 has been the year that has really brought health and wellbeing to the forefront of people’s minds. With two-thirds of employees seeking workplace benefits that will promote a healthy lifestyle, Christmas gifts are an ideal opportunity to demonstrate care for employees and contribute to their wellbeing.

Without the annual party and an office-based workforce, Christmas is looking a bit different for a lot of businesses this year, but you can still give your team a meaningful gift that prioritises their wellbeing and encourages healthy living. Here are some great ideas that can boost your employees’ physical and mental health and get them in the festive spirit.

A slice of nature at home with Bloom & Wild

Two lockdowns and a whole host of restrictions have meant isolation and a lot of time within the same four walls -  with a lot of added strain that this brings, finding an outlet for stress and managing mental health is important.

Dr. Rangan Chatterjee, YuLife’s Chief Wellbeing Officer, recommends getting out in nature for at least 10 minutes a day as a way of boosting your mental wellbeing. However, if going out isn’t an option, bringing nature inside is also proven to help with mental health - having a plant or two (at least!) can cause a drop in cortosol levels and promote feelings of relaxation.

Luckily, Bloom & Wild are on hand to help bring nature inside. Their Christmas offering ranges from miniature decorated trees and bouquets to cocktails and mince pies, so that employees can even replicate the traditional office Christmas party in their own home. And, just to sweeten the deal, YuLifers get a 15% discount across Bloom & Wild’s range via the app!

A subscription to Buzzbike

Cycling is a hobby many have discovered during lockdown as a great way of keeping fit and getting around safely. A government study even found that uptake had increased by a whopping 200% during the first UK lockdown. However, the idea of buying a bike for all of your employees might be an alarmingly expensive one.

So, why not get each employee a subscription to Buzzbike? Buzzbike is a cheaper subscription-based cycling service that offers a comprehensive package to get your employees on their bikes in no time. It includes a full-time allocated bike, a lock, theft coverage and maintenance. Extra kit is also available to ensure that everyone is riding safely.  

Some extra time to relax and unwind

Although 28% of workers have cancelled holidays during 2020, it’s still crucial that employees are taking time off to relax: those who don’t take annual leave from work are likely to have trouble sleeping, higher stress levels, and exercise less.

Giving employees a mental health day or comany-wide holiday over the festive period that doesn’t affect their carry-over to next year is a great way to show them that you care about their wellbeing. Giving the whole company a day to rest also takes away pressure of presenteeism or handovers.

A Virgin Experience Day voucher

Everyone was affected in some way or another by the pandemic; among other anxieties and extra stress came the disappointment of having cancelled plans. Everyone is hoping for a better 2021 where they can get out and experience more, but needs the flexibility to change bookings when needed.

Virgin Experience Days cater to a wide range of interests and gives employees the opportunity to book well into the future. With YuLife, you can save 20% on thousands of experiences from cooking masterclasses, to spa days and flying lessons.

Rewards-based life insurance with YuLife

While the workplace involves working from home or a hybrid form of working for the foreseeable future, employees are looking beyond pizza fridays and ping pong tables for employer support.

YuLife’s rewards-based life insurance package also includes our exclusive app, which enables your employees to earn discounts and vouchers from leading brands in return for completing daily wellness challenges, including walking, cycling, meditation and mindfulness. But that’s not all - with our included EAP and Smart Health, you can help support employees’ financial security while also encouraging mental and physical health and offering vital services like 24/7 GP access and on-demand counselling.

Give the gift of self-care this holiday season

Create an engaging employee experience this holiday season and beyond with a membership to YuLife for your entire team. Thank your employees with a Christmas gift that inspires life and we’ll thank you with a 12-month subscription to Calm.

Yugi the Giraffe

Yugi is our YuLife mascot. Like all giraffes they've got a big heart – in fact the biggest heart of all land animals.