BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Many employees have come to expect some type of bonus around the holidays, according to smallbiztrends.com, and this gift doesn’t have to be extravagant.

The article says most workers prefer a simple cash bonus, but small tokens like restaurant gift cards are also good options to show your appreciation for the work employees put into your business throughout the year.

It is also a good idea to show service providers how much value what they provide your business, especially if they are invaluable to you operations. These may include accountants, postal workers, etc., said the article. Cash and gift cards are preferable gifts for this group.

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Clients are another group you can show appreciation to. Carwashes with many customers can provide small, general items to thank them for their business, said the article.

“Just avoid cheap promotional items like pens or notepads with your business logo. Even a handwritten card seems more genuine than these purely promotional items,” explained the article.

Also important is to make sure to remember everyone so no one feels forgotten or under-appreciated, noted the article.

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