You’ve made your list and checked it twice — and realized that you didn’t remember to get gifts for your team members. Now you’re scrambling, trying to figure out what to get on short notice.

The good news is that are ways to save face and show your team appreciation. Here are a few last-minute holiday gift ideas for your team:

1. Cash

Nothing beats cash. Let’s be honest. No one is going to be upset to open a holiday card and find cash inside. Write a brief note inside each card, expressing your appreciation, and then pass them out to your team members. You’ll be everyone’s favorite boss without too much trouble.

2. Gift Card

Almost as good as cash is the gift card. Perhaps you can get gift cards to a local restaurant, or gift cards to a popular local boutique. It’s one way to get a little more creative with your last-minute holiday gift ideas without the need to spend a lot of time trying to find the perfect present for each team member.

3. Chocolate-Covered Fruit

Chocolate-covered strawberries. Orange slices dipped in dark chocolate. Order small gift boxes of chocolate-covered fruit for delivery to your office. It’s a unique treat that your team members will enjoy.

4. Booze

Depending on your office vibe, this can make one of the best last-minute gift ideas. A bottle of wine can be a great way to show your appreciation to your team members. It can be especially meaningful if it comes from a local winery.

You can also get small gift-sized packs that include whiskey, vodka, and other liquors.

5. Amazon Echo Dot

Got tech lovers? The Amazon Echo Dot is small, and it can be a fun way for your team members to play music, start movies, and even order items quickly. If you have a Prime membership, you can order them and have them delivered in plenty of time for the holiday party.

6. Succulents

These small plants are easy to care for, often come in decorative pots, and make great gifts. Consider passing them out to your team members to add a little bit of unique flair. They can take them home, or even leave them in their workspaces.

7. Mug Filled with Candy

Take mugs and fill them with candy. This is one of the most basic of the last-minute holiday gift ideas. Use truffles or other candies that add a touch of elegance to the gift. You can also consider include gourmet hot chocolate mix or coffee with the mug.

8. Subscription Service

Consider getting your team members a subscription service. There are tea of the month clubs, Sephora has a makeup subscription, it’s possible to subscribe to flower delivery, and so much more. Get everyone a year’s worth, and it’s the gift that keeps giving every month.

9. Hand Lotion

One of the best last-minute gift ideas is hand lotion. A variety of scents, including those aimed at women and men, are available. Give everyone two or three different types, and you should be golden.

10. Planners

Give the whole team planners. Not the old-school basic planners. Today’s planners include inspirational quotes, places to make daily to-do lists, and help planning out the week or the month. Gratitude journals, productivity planners, and other similar books can make great last-minute gift ideas.


I'm Miranda and I'm a freelance financial journalist and money expert. My specialties are investing, small business/entrepreneurship and personal finance. The journey to business success and financial freedom is best undertaken with fellow travelers.

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