Probably the most traditional way employers show their appreciation this time of year is by rewarding employees with bonuses for a year of work well done. While bonus levels and prevalence have diminished since the recession began, this year shows an uptick. According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 40% of employers plan to give their employees holiday bonuses this year, up from 33% in 2010. Among this group, 73% are expecting to give the same amount as last year. Fourteen percent intend to provide a greater bonus than last year, while 13% plan to provide a smaller bonus. Some employers are getting creative with these financial rewards and have opted for passing out gift cards or lottery tickets instead of holiday bonuses.