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Warm Welcome: A Failproof Guide to Employee Welcome Kits

A perfectly crafted welcome kit is the best thing to transform the first day of a new hire. Research shows that a smooth onboarding is critical to optimizing your organization's effectiveness. A few startling statistics about onboarding:

  • A great employee onboarding plan can improve retention by 82%.

  • Organizations with a structured onboarding process experience 50% greater new hire retention.

  • Employees who complete an onboarding program were 58% more likely to still be with the organization after three years.

Employee onboarding & welcome kits should be something that represents the mission, vision and values of your company. We've created a failproof guide to curating the perfect branded employee welcome kit. Check out our list of essential product categories to include in your brand's employee welcome kit:

1. Drinkware

W&P Porter Insulated Ceramic Bottle

Whether you’re enjoying your freshly made matcha latte on the subway or iced tea at the beach, the ceramic-coated Porter Insulated Bottle is your go-to companion for the purest sip, every time. This leakproof, ceramic-coated bottle ensures a pure, clean taste with every sip and keeps your coffee piping hot.


Perka® Kerstin Double Wall Stainless Steel Mug

The Perka® Mug is great for morning coffee whether at home or the office. It has a molded cork base to protect desktops from scratches and provides an earthy look. A portion of all proceeds is donated to Shelter to Soldier™, a non-profit organization that rescues dogs to train as service animals for veterans in need.


Patriot 20 Oz Canteen

Don't simply keep your drink cool, keep it cold. Constructed from the highest quality materials, Patriot Canteens preserve ice for up to 24 hours or keep beverages hot for up to 6 hours. The cupholder-friendly design and wide mouth make the Patriot Canteen ready for any adventure. Patriot Coolers proudly supports our Veterans. With every purchase a donation is made to Homes For Our Troops.


Welly® Traveler Copper Vacuum Tumbler

The Welly® Traveler Copper Vacuum Tumbler 12oz features durable, double-wall stainless steel vacuum construction with copper insulation. Comes complete with on-trend, durable powder coating and the natural bamboo wrap. Welly contributes 1% of sales toward construction of wells in areas without clean water. Learn more at Perfect for ice cubes and fits most standard car cup holders.


MiiR Vacuum Insulated Wide Mouth Bottle

The perfect everyday water bottle built for people on-the-go. MiiR gives at least 1% of revenue to nonprofit organizations whose work empowers communities while benefiting the health of their natural environments.


2. Wearable Item

Comfort Colors® Heavyweight Ring Spun Tee

It's hard to get more versatile than a classic branded tee! The Comfort Colors Heavyweight Tee boasts one of the broadest selections of colors, ensuring you'll find the right one to fit your brand needs. These tees feature soft-washed, pre-shrunk, garment-dyed fabric. The garment-dying process infuses each garment with unique character, allowing for slight color variation in production and washing, giving each tee a unique, lived-in look.


Tentree® Organic Cotton Zip Hoodie

Tentree® is one of the hottest, most sustainable apparel brands to hit the market recently. Made with 100% Fairtrade organic cotton French terry fleece, this hoodie is the perfect blend of unbelievable comfort and casual style that looks great anywhere. On top of all that style and comfort, it’s Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Gold, which means it leaves behind no waste and can go safely back into the earth once you’re finished loving it. Best of all: Every purchase plants 10 trees, and with a trackable tree code on each hangtag, you can see the good you’re doing in real time! And through a partnership with 1% For The Planet, one percent of sales are donated to environmental nonprofits.


Port Authority Thermal Knit Cuffed Beanie

A cozy beanie is a perfect sizeless wearable option to include in your brand's employee welcome kit. This new thermal knit cuffed beanie is stylish enough to be worn year-round, yet functional enough to keep you warm on the chilliest of winter days.


Made in the USA Custom Cotton Crew Socks

Custom branded socks can be a fun and inclusive wearable item to add to your new hire kit. What makes these custom crew socks different from others is that every pair of socks is fully knitted. Unlike printed socks where the colors fade quickly and dreaded white lines appear when they’re put on, these custom knit socks maintain color and design integrity making them the perfect logo socks.


3. Notebook

Numo Notebooks

Numo takes customization to the max with their line of notebooks. They have 4 different sizes available to perfectly fit your brand kit and notebooks can be bound with your choice of coil or tape. The 136 pages (68 sheets) of interior "guts" are set up in four blocks. You can choose any one of their pre-made designs for each block. Four different blocks, or all four the same, or two-and-two, it's your choice! Optional elastic closure is available in 43 colors to match or complement your art.


Bamboo x Coffee Recycled Journal/Pen Combo

Mix and match between the different colors of this eco-friendly combo to dial in any brands signature look. The journal covers are made from 15% bamboo fibers for the black and natural colored journals and 15% coffee grounds for the brown colored journals. The A5 size journal has 120 white lined pages with a date feature that are made from 100% recycled paper. Included, is a detachable ruler made from 15% bamboo fibers that conveniently doubles as a pen holder for the EC117 Trigo ballpoint pen or can be used as a bookmark.


Moleskine Pocket Notebook and Kaweco Pen Gift Set

A great luxury option perfect for an executive team new hire! The Classic Notebook & Kaweco Pen Set makes the perfect memorable welcoming gift to include in any employee onboarding kit. Kaweco is an historic German company that has been producing quality pens since 1883 with a distinctive design.


4. Tech & Gadgets

Anker® PowerWave Pad 10W Wireless Charger

Enjoyed by over 50 million users worldwide, Anker's leading technology will change the way you charge. Instantly charge your phone or earbuds simply by placing them in the center of PowerWave Pad. Never fuss around with plugging and unplugging cables again, just set down and power up. PowerWave charges directly through protective cases up to 5 mm thick (not including cases with magnetic or metal attachments).


mophie® 3000 mAh Power Bank

Keep employees charged in the office or on-the-go. The mophie® 3000 mAh Power Bank features a 3,000 mAh/11.1Wh Grade A Lithium Polymer battery and is compact enough to fit in your pocket or hand.


Boxanne Wireless Speaker

With incredible sound thanks to its built-in subwoofer, this pocket-sized speaker carries an enormous punch. Use the included lo

oping strap to attach the speaker to any bike, backpack, or bag and play the soundtrack to your next adventure. Dual-sided, full-color printing gives any brand double the exposure while its built-in microphone makes sure your calls are just a button away.


JBL Tune 215TWS True Wireless Earbuds

Versatile for office, outdoor, or at-home settings, a set of wireless earbuds is the perfect item to include for any new employee. Feel at one with your music and your world, with no wires holding you back. Your favorite music sounds better with JBL Pure Bass. Easily manage calls and Voice Assistant from either earbud or both with Dual Connect. And save battery life, so that you can listen longer or quickly recharge with USB type-C.


5. Wildcard Item

Desktop Greenery: Modern Sprout® Tiny Terracotta Grow Kit - Good Luck Clover

Wish your new employees the best of luck with some added desktop greenery. This petite terracotta kit delivers everything your new employees need to nurture and grow a houseplant from the convenience of their office or at-home desk. This petite terracotta kit has a glazed interior and is outfitted with a passive hydroponic system known as “wicking,” which brings water and nutrients up to the plant's roots.


Edibles: Batch & Bodega Dark Chocolate Espresso Beans

Snacks and edible items are a great addition to add dimension to your employee welcome kit. Welcome new employees with a jolt of energy with chocolate covered espresso beans or an array of customized treats from Batch & Bodega. The jar label can be fully customized with your company's branding or a special message for new employees.


Bag It Up: Split Recycled 5oz Cotton Twill Tote

A branded tote or backpack can play double duty as your welcome kit packaging plus welcome kit item. The Split Recycled 5oz Cotton Twill Convention Tote is manufactured from cotton and recycled pre-consumer recycled cotton generated by factories during the fabric cutting process. It is approximately 70%-80% recycled cotton and 20-30% RPET. Through a partnership with 1% For The Planet one percent of sales of this and all EcoSmart products will be donated to nonprofits dedicated to protecting the planet.


Aromatherapy: Good & Well Supply Co. Rainier National Park 14 oz. Candle

A scented candle or oil diffuser is a great addition to a remote employee welcome kit. All natural soy and hand crafted, this candle is ethically sourced and produced. It is 100% eco friendly, 100% recyclable and made in Seattle, WA, USA. Inspired by Rainier National Park the scent is composed of balsam fir needle, balsamic woody crushed pine needles and citrus. In order to preserve the national parks these candles are inspired by Well & Good Supply Co. makes annual donations to the National Park Foundation.

BONUS: Don't forget your low-cost, high brand value printable additions:

  • Postcard Inserts

  • Branded Sticker Packs

  • Custom Packaging

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