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Gift Ideas for 2024 Employee Appreciation Days, Weeks, Months for Your Industry

updated: April 26, 2024
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2024 provides the perfect opportunity to spread positivity by recognizing and showing appreciation to your employees and clients for their dedication and contributions. More than ever, professional recognition and employee appreciation are essential for morale, engagement, and retention. While every day is worth celebrating and any time is the right time to express appreciation, there are special days and weeks on our appreciation calendar dedicated to providing recognition that give employers and national professional associations a chance to say thank you. Custom corporate gifts and employee gift boxes are a great way to show your appreciation, and our Employee Appreciation Gift Guide features top picks to help you select the perfect gifts for employees.

Employee Appreciation Gift Ideas

Appreciation Holidays for Any Type of Business

Appreciation days calendar for all business types
National Mentoring Month (January 1-31)International Thank You Day (January 11)Employee Appreciation Week (February 26 - March 1)
Employee Appreciation Day (March 1)International Women’s Day (March 8)HR Professional Appreciation Day (September 26)
National Custodian Day (October 2)National Customer Service Week (October 7-11)Bosses Day (October 16)
Thanksgiving (November 28)Christmas (December 25)

Get clever with appreciation messaging by adding fun sayings to gifts, such as “You’ve got the write stuff” on a notebook. For more ideas, check out 10 Motivational Quotes & Sayings for Employee Appreciation Gifts.

 

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Office Workers Appreciation Holidays

Appreciation holidays calendar for office workers
Administrative Assistants/Professionals Day (April 24)Receptionist Day (May 8)National Accounts Receivable Appreciation Day/Week (May 19)
Intern Day (July 25)System Administrator Appreciation Day (July 26)Programmers Day (September 12)
IT Professionals Day (September 17)National Custodial Worker’s Recognition Day (October 2)Accounting Day (November 10)

You don't need to wait for a special day to reward and refresh your office teams. A company logo gift set left on desks after hours will guarantee smiles in the morning. Printed office supplies and tech accessories are perfect for welcoming employees back after remote work. Cozy corporate apparel like sweatshirts and fleece jackets just in time for cold weather will warm up relations in no time flat.

 

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Education Appreciation Events - National School Appreciation Days

Education appreciation days calendar
School Resource Officers Day (February 15)School Counseling Week (February 5-9)National School Breakfast Week (March 4-8)
National School Librarians/Library Week (April 7-13)School Librarian Appreciation Day (April 4)National School Volunteer Week (April 22-26)
Physical Education and Sports Week (May 1-7)Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6-10)School Nurses Day (May 8)
School Lunch Hero Day (May 3)National Principals’ Month (October)School Custodian & Grounds Appreciation Day (October 2)
Coach Appreciation Day (October 6)National School Bus Safety Week/School Bus Drivers Appreciation (October 21-25)American Education Week (November 18-22)
National Education Support Professionals (November 20)Substitute Educator Appreciation Day (November 15)

Wondering what items make the perfect appreciation gifts for teachers? We gathered feedback from teachers themselves on some of the favorite recognition gifts they’ve received. Perennial favorites include sturdy and roomy custom bags with logo, as well as apparel for dressing in layers, like quarter zips and half zips. Read more about Awesome Gift Ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week According to Teachers. Add some creativity to your messaging and logo by checking out 10 Teacher Appreciation Sayings and Quotes for some inspiration.

 

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Healthcare Appreciation Events

Healthcare appreciation holidays calendar
National Pharmacist Day (January 12)CRNA Week (January 23-29)IV Nurse Day (January 25)
Women Physicians Day (February 3)National Caregivers Day (February 16) Dentist Day (March 6)
Dental Assistants Recognition Week (March 3-9)National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day (March 13)Healthcare HR Week (March 11-15)
Certified Nurses Day (March 19)Doctor's Day (March 30)Occupational Therapy Month (April)
Critical Care Recognition Month (May)Oncology Nurse Month (May)Student Nurse Day (May 8)
Nurses Day (May 6)Nurses Week (May 6-12)Hospital Week (May 12-18)
Speech-Language Pathologists (May 18)Nursing Assistants Week/CNA Week (June 13-19)Physical Therapy Day (September 8)
Surgical Technologist Week (September 15-21)Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month (October)Midwifery Week (October 6-12)
Pediatric Nurses Week (October 7-11)National Physician’s Assistant Week (October 6-12)Case Management Week (October 14-19)
Healthcare Foodservice Workers Week (October 6-12)Emergency Nurses Week (October 8-12)National Medical Assistant Day (October 23)
Medical Assistants Recognition Week (October 21-25)Home Care & Hospice Month (November)Nurse Practitioner Week (November 10-17)
Operating Room Nurse Day (November 14)

Take your custom gifts for nurses to the next level with 10 Inspirational Nursing Quotes & Sayings.

 

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Human Services Appreciation Events

Human services appreciation days calendar
Social Work Month (March)School Social Work Week (March 3-9)World Social Work Day (March 19)
National Addiction Professionals (September 20)Case Management Week (October 15-19)

 

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Military, Police, Fire, First Responders Appreciation Events

Military appreciation holidays calendar
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (January 9)
Public Safety Telecommunications Week (April 14-20)Correctional Officer Appreciation Week (May 5-11)
Military Appreciation Month (May)Firefighters Day (May 4)Military Spouse Appreciation Day (May 10)
Armed Forces Day (June 29)Police Week (May 12-18)EMS Week (May 19-25)
Coast Guard Day (August 4)Firefighter Appreciation Month (September)Thank a Police Officer Day (September 21)
National First Responders Day (October 28)Veterans Day (November 11)

 

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Earth Appreciation & Environmental Awareness Days

Earth appreciation days'
Earth Hour (March 23 - 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM Eastern Time)Earth Day (April 22)National Environmental Education Week (April 15-19)
National Arbor Day (April 26)Bike to Work Day (May 17)World Environment Day (June 5)
International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer (September 16)World Cleanup Day (September 20)National Public Lands Day (September 28)
America Recycles Day (November 15)

 

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Appreciation Days & Weeks for Everyone Else

Employee appreciation holidays calendar for other industries
National Pride in Foodservice Week (February 5-9)Thank a Mail Carrier Day (February 4)Engineers Week (February 18-24)
Public Service Recognition Week (May 5-11)Waitstaff Day (May 21)Personal Chef’s Day (July 16)
Aviation Week (August 19-25)Housekeeping & Environmental Services Appreciation Week (September 9-13)Construction Appreciation Week (September 16-21)
National Food Service Employees Day (September 25)Customer Service Week (October 7-11)

Now that you’ve planned out which appreciation days you’ll be celebrating, be sure to check out our Employee Appreciation Gift Guide featuring the best gifts for all occasions. Even if your employees or clients are working remotely or have locations across the US, it’s still easy to get personalized employee appreciation gifts in their hands. Gift giving can be made simple with our drop shipping and in-house kitting services, or with the ease of a custom online company store.

 

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Plus, you can give your employees and clients a reason to celebrate every day with customized 2024 National Days Calendar imprinted with your company logo or message.


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