The importance of acknowledging a job well done cannot be overemphasized. Here are a few relatively inexpensive ideas from OnShift.com about how you can say “keep up the great work” in a memorable way:
Donate to a Charity of Their Choice: In the employee’s name, of course.
Volunteer with Pay Day: How about a paid day off to spend time volunteering with the charitable organization of their choice?
Party Time: Throw a pizza party for employees who consistently go above and beyond.
Lottery Tickets: Pass out lottery tickets at your next team meeting.
Gift Cards: For movies, restaurants, etc.
Treat Them to a Meal: Take them to breakfast or lunch to congratulate them on their success!
Coffee on You for a Week: Find out the type of coffee (or other beverage) they like and bring it to them at the start of their shift for a week.
A Long Lunch: Let your employee take an extra hour or two for lunch.
Queen/King for the Day: Have Uber, Lyft, or a taxi take them to work and home at day’s end. When they arrive, give this person a paper crown to wear and deliver breakfast and/or lunch to their desk.
Car Wash: Give out vouchers for a local car wash.