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First impressions matter so shouldn’t the swag you create to show off your brand be focused on quality, style, and sustainability? Check out all the ways we can put together new hire kits that your employees will be proud to wear and share!  

A new hire welcome kit is just what it sounds like. It's a collection of thoughtful, useful, inspiring, and fun items employers give out to new employees as part of the onboarding experience. Think of it as a way to make the new hire feel at home.  

Sustainable employee welcome kits take this idea to a new level. The idea is to curate swag that delivers on quality and style, and packaging that is 100% recyclable and compostable.  

Rockwell Automation partners with Swagger to deliver a wow experience to their new employees with sustainable new hire kits.
Rockwell Automation partners with Swagger to deliver a wow experience to their new employees with sustainable new hire kits.

Top Tips for New Hire Welcome Kits 

So, what are the best items to include in a welcome kit?  

We've assembled a list of essential items, perfect for every welcome kit no matter what the budget. The list focuses on items that will help those new hires feel right at home on day one, as well as those that will prove quite useful on the job.  

And don’t forget, every item on our list is sustainable and responsibly sourced. 

Handwritten Welcome Notes 

This one's easy.  

A brief, handwritten note from the boss or another coworker is a great way to welcome a new hire. Remember, the note should be handwritten and personalized; a typed, generic letter comes off as just that, generic (at best) and insincere (at worst). The extra time it takes to put pen to paper will make your new hire feel that much more valued; it’s time well spent. 

Reusable Drinkware 

A water bottle should be a required item in all sustainable employee welcome kits.  

Everyone enjoys their coffee, tea, and/or water, so you can't go wrong by including reusable drinkware in a new hire package from brands like MiiR, Soma, S’well, Ocean Bottle, Elemental and more.  

It may seem like a generic and overused swag gift, but people really love them and use them regularly. What’s more, there are so many sustainable options to choose from, including brands that give back with every purchase.  

Notebook & Pen Sets  

Here’s another high-usage, practical item that can be customized to feel elevated and personalized. Notebook and pen sets come in a wide range of sustainable options from coveted brands like Moleskine, Karst and Appeel. 

Hats and Beanies 

So many options to choose from! Depending on the company vibe,some brands go for the traditional cap while others opt for the beanie (Atlantis is our go-to for the best beanies).  The great part is how many cool & distinct ways there are to add branding: woven tags, leather labels, patches, embroidery. The fun goes on and on... 

Sustainable Tech  

A charger is something employees really value and love to receive.  Even better, our favorite charger, by Nimble, is made of recyclable materials, so it does its job while doing good for the planet too. Win-win! 

And if you haven’t heard of Rocketbook, you’re going to want to consider this. This next-gen notebook comes in a range of sizes and has erasable pages. You can take photos of your notes and upload them to the cloud in seconds. What’s not to love? 


Headphones are a versatile addition to new hire kits. Employees appreciate them because they help them stay focused on the job and, at the same time, can be integrated into their life outside work, like listening to music at home or working out. 

Tote Bags 

Tote bags remain one of the best items to include in welcome kits–and for good reason! They're handy for a ton of different uses, they’re reusable, they’re made of eco-friendly materials.  Oh, and best of all, they reduce the need for plastic bags. 

Swagger can customize your tote bag swag with a company logo or personalized message. We think a tote should always be: useful, customized, and sustainable.  


Always a classic: the branded T-shirt.  

T-shirts make go-to apparel gifts for employees. For one thing, a good T-shirt will always be in style. On top of that, T-shirts make great gifts for both men and women and come in a wide range of sizes & colors. But not just any T-shirt will do. It’s important to choose quality T-shirts that will last and a design that employees will want to wear. 

At Swagger, we source brands, like Allmade and Marine Layer, because they offer well-designed, sustainable t-shirts woven from organic cotton and recycled materials.  

Customization is Crucial!  
The most impactful new hire kits are those that are fully integrated with your brand, from core values to specific look & feel. Never underestimate the fact that these first impressions truly become lasting, meaningful brand moments and associations that employees carry with them.   

Ready to create welcome kits for your brand? Swagger will thoughtfully curate your customized, branded, sustainable swag, then manage the end-to-end process of kitting, warehousing, and shipping all over the globe.  
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