6 Fun and Creative Company Retreat Gift Ideas

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Building a sense of belonging and community among workers is vital, especially if they work remotely. However, it’s not enough to simply collect all the employees and have them perform trust-building activities. You’ll need some company retreat gifts, too! Showing appreciation for their hard work is an everyday activity, so the retreat gifts you choose should be unique and memorable. 

Whatever your budget, one of these company retreat gift ideas will get the wheels turning and spark joy for you and your staff.

1. Custom Gift Bags

Gift bags are one of the top tried-and-true company retreat gifts. They’re an opportunity to include cool stuff you think your employees will use and brand items with your corporate logo. Some neat retreat swag bag ideas include:

  • Pens/Pencils
  • Notebooks
  • Water Bottles/Thermoses
  • Calculators
  • Playing Cards
  • Snacks
  • Bottle Openers/Keychains
  • T-Shirts
  • Hats
  • Coasters

Of course, if your budget can handle it, there are plenty more additions you can make, such as noise-canceling headphones and tablets, among other pricier corporate retreat gift bag ideas.

2. Custom Challenge Coins

Military and law enforcement members will be familiar with the concept of the challenge coin. They’re a traditional gift that demonstrates gratitude for excellent service and sacrifice and an honor to receive. Custom challenge coins can feature insignias, logos, and any chosen message. The earliest challenge can be traced back to Roman soldiers, who received an extra coin for valiant service on the battlefield. Modern versions originated with the armed forces, most likely during World War I.

If you want your employees to understand how much you respect them, go with challenge coins. There are plenty of branded retreat gift ideas out there, but perhaps none are more impactful than custom, personalized challenge coins.

3. Custom Wellness Gifts

Don’t just tell your employees you care — show them! One of the more popular corporate retreat gift ideas in recent years is a wellness bag full of health-enhancing goodies. These items are generally geared toward holistic wellness, not just physical health. So, in addition to fitness gear, these gift bags will often contain mindfulness and meditation aids, sleep masks, beauty products, and even subscriptions to life coaching and audio guide services.

4. Custom Outerwear

There’s no question that one of the most common retreat gifts or ideas for employee swag is branded outerwear, and for good reason. Items like hoodies, shirts, jackets, and hats with company logos promote unity and loyalty, especially if they are high quality and comfortable. Get creative with messaging complete with memes and jokes to make them enjoyable as daily wear. Alternatively, you can keep the logos subtle for a more upscale look!

5. Custom Tumblers

Whether you want to go with traditional glass tumblers or more rugged steel or aluminum is up to you. Tumblers top the list of most popular retreat gift bag ideas because they feature plenty of room for corporate logos and messages yet don’t feel like typical marketing swag. You can even find custom tumblers with metal straws included.

6. Custom Laptop Case

Quality laptop bags are a great gift even if your employees don’t have company-issued laptops. Nearly everyone has a laptop; if they don’t, they probably have a netbook or tablet. There’s plenty of room for a corporate logo, too. This is one of those retreat gift ideas that pay dividends for the company, especially if you spring for high-end examples. The more you protect your employee’s laptops, the less you’ll have to worry about them breaking!

Choose an Unforgettable Gift for Your Team With Lone Star Challenge Coins

Every staff member in a company yearns for appreciation. By fostering a sense of belonging and instilling a drive for success, you enhance employee loyalty, inspiring them to exceed expectations and contribute passionately to the team’s achievements. That’s why challenge coins are among the most unique and memorable company retreat gift ideas! 

Elevate team spirit and enhance company morale with uniquely custom-designed challenge coins. These tokens of appreciation and unity are not just gifts; they’re tangible symbols of your company’s values and your team’s hard work. 

Bring your retreat gift vision to life and create a lasting memento that your employees will cherish with Lone Star Challenge Coins. Start crafting these personalized and meaningful keepsakes by ordering your custom challenge coins today!

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J and jarren
J and jarren
10 November 2023
My class spent well over $9,000 on our class coins. First issue, they didn't get them to us in a timely manner. We received them barely in time for graduation. Second, they sent us coins with a misspelled word (brave) as seen in the picture. Third issue, a lot of the spinners came broken, also as seen in the picture. When I reached out to the company, they claim sending replacement coins out at a later date is rectifying of this situation. Very empathetic to the situation at hand overall. Not very professional at all, terrible business practices and they definitely will not receive future business from me nor any recommendations either. Zero stars
M. Wong
M. Wong
27 October 2023
I found this company last year after a recommendation from a friend and I've ordered several times now. What keeps me coming back is the high level of customer service and responsiveness in the projects that have been created. The work product is also great and the quality of the coins, detail and just overall, I am very pleased with. This is my GO TO shop now for coins. Please check them out, you will not be disappointed! PS. Big shout to Corbin for his amazing guest service!
Stephen Ryan
Stephen Ryan
25 October 2023
This company is fantastic! I reached out to them to create a custom shaped coin with custom artwork that they had put together for me. The coins are a Veteran's Day thank you token for those who served at our company. We will definitely be returning for future orders. From start to finish, they were very open with communication, extremely fast to respond to concerns and questions, and lastly delivered something that blew us out of the water. Thank you so much!
Alejandra O'Connor
Alejandra O'Connor
25 October 2023
I ordered challenge coins on behalf of my government agency. Lone Star was easy to work with and did amazing things with the graphics I sent. They turned the artwork around quickly and each time it was better than what we had hoped for. We did have several back and forth messages to get the coin exactly as we wanted it. Our representative was so patient with us and had excellent customer service. We also got the coins in the mail quickly. Working with Lone Star was a wonderful experience end-to-end.
Italy Mair
Italy Mair
18 October 2023
Great service, great communication, and great products! Would definitely recommend them.
Rafael Moronta
Rafael Moronta
13 October 2023
Amazing artwork.. aside from the product what I loved most of our experience was the flexibility to create a coin that’s exceeds your own expectations. Thank you guys so much for making the process seamless and affordable!
5 October 2023
Absolutely fantastic company to work with. Communication was always quick, and the final product looked even better than the proof did. 10/10 would recommend!
26 September 2023
I engaged with Lone star challenge coins to make coins for my fiancé's celebration of life. I was pretty clueless about design, and they provided the perfect design. The coins arrived in time, and we were more than satisfied with the outcome. Their customer service was excellent as well. They guided me (held my hand) throughout the process, and were quick to respond. I cannot say enough about their product and company.
Debbie Avinger
Debbie Avinger
26 September 2023
We are so grateful for the work Lone Star Challenge Coins did for our nonprofit fundraising event! They worked with our budget and gave us medals with ribbons and challenge coins that were better than we expected.
Dan Kiser
Dan Kiser
22 September 2023
Corbin was very combative when I explained that the design provided was not at all reflective of the requests that I provided on the Inquiry form. Based on the customer service alone during that 1 phone call, I am not inclined to pursue any business with this company. EDIT: I spoke to the owner, Mike, and he helped rectify the situation and framed it as a learning opportunity for his team. This is a good reminder that people make mistakes but first impressions matter.
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