If your boss doesn’t want to buy gift cards or pay to send workers out, then how about improvements in the office?
Perhaps it’s a new coffeemaker or cappuccino machine. Or maybe a Foosball table or new TV in the break room. If we’re talking about an athletic work crew, they might appreciate putting a basketball hoop up in the parking lot for lunchtime pick-up games. Whatever internal improvements can be made to the workplace, it won’t go unappreciated by the people who will benefit from it on a daily basis.