Last Minute Gifts For Your Employees [Starbucks Gift Card NOT Included]

Can you believe Christmas is next week? It always seems to sneak up on me. Luckily, I finished my shopping early this year, so I thought I’d try to help anyone who may be scrambling to find something to show his or her employees some appreciation. Small, thoughtful gifts go much further than larger, less personal gifts. Although we all love Starbucks, you and I both know you can do better than that. The larger the team, the harder it is to give personal gifts, but here are some ideas to get you on the right track.


Even with today’s technology, a good book is always a good gift. The book you give could be business or industry related, or it could be a feel-good novel or even self-help book. If your team is small enough, consider getting different books for different employees based on their interests.

Gift Cards

Okay you caught me, but I did specify ‘Starbucks’ gift card. Gift cards aren’t always a bad gift—especially if it shows someone you remembered their favorite restaurant. Also consider giving a gift card to the movies, iTunes or Google Play.

Extra Day of PTO

Giving an employee an extra paid day off is a great gift if you can do it. You can’t use this one every year or it will just become part of your vacation policy, but it’s a great last minute gift that everyone will LOVE.

Chocolate or Wine

While they may say they shouldn’t or need to cut back, most professionals won’t complain about gourmet chocolate or fine wine. In fact, they’ll be happy you gave them a reason to indulge.

Body Care Products

Bath & Body Works is as played out as the Starbucks gift card, but that doesn’t mean soaps, lotions and candles are out of the question. Consider a brand of body care products your employees may not have heard of, maybe even something natural and locally made.

A great gift comes from the heart and is usually something recipients can’t or wouldn’t get for themselves. Your company may be too large to get very personal, but you can do better than a standard gift card. Give it some thought and surprise your employees.


Denis Coleman

Denis Coleman is the founder and CEO of Work Compass, a cloud staff performance collaboration software platform that helps teams align their efforts with strategic goals and continuously improve performance. Frustrated with the disconnect between strategy setting and day to day execution and the lack of tools available to managers to help them be great at their most important function …. Aligning their teams activities with strategic goals and actively managing for high performance Denis spent over 5 years researching strategy execution and performance management practices before founding Work Compass to create a software solution. Denis has held senior roles in Ireland, Czech Republic and North America with high performing electronics manufacturing and professional services organisations for more than 12 years. Denis has worked as Finance Director responsible for €800 million in annual revenues for Flextronics International, Key Account Manager responsible for annual revenues of more than €600 million for Dovatron International and Management Consultant for BDO one of Europe’s most successful professional services providers.

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