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You don't want to be Scrooge this holiday season, but it might be a bit too late to order a Christmas turkey for everyone in the office. Do you default to a Starbucks gift card or an envelope of cash? No way!
There's still plenty of time to get an affordable, last-minute holiday gift for your staff. Here are our top seven recommendations.
1. You Can Never Go Wrong With Chocolates
Don't fight the holiday weight gain, encourage it with some tasty gifts. And chocolates are the perfect indulgent gift. Cookies are boring and cakes don't last, but chocolates are simple, sweet, and readily available. You can buy several boxes to hand out to staff and coworkers, or get fancy put together individualized collections of artisanal bars and cacao nibs.
2. Give Them a Break: Spa Days
If you have staff that you've worked particularly hard throughout the year, give them a break by booking them a spa day. Nothing says you recognize someone's contributions like a nice massage.
3. Give Them a Break for Less: Fancy Candles
Of course, spa days aren't cheap. If you need to penny pinch a bit, or are buying gifts for a lot of people, a nice candle is a great way to say "relax and indulge," without pulling out a Benjamin. Most good department stores will have a quality selection.
4. Tickets to the Show or Game
Go the event route and give tickets to the theater or a sports game. This can be especially easy and cost effective if you're buying for a large group, letting your holiday gift turn into a firm night at the ball game, for example.
5. A Keyboard for their Tablets
You probably can't get everyone a Microsoft Surface for the holidays, but you can improve the functionality of their existing tablets and pads with a simple keyboard. For about $50, you can grab a tablet keyboard that will snap in to mobile devices, making word processing on the go a million times easier. Sure, it's not a sexy gift, but it is incredibly practical.
6. A Nice Wine
Classy and classic, a nice wine is a great holiday gift. Simply pick up a quality wine, grab a gift bag, a card, and you're Santa.
7. Gift Baskets
Wait, we said no gift cards, but we're recommending gift baskets? Yep. For one simple reason: gift baskets are great for groups, like the office across the hall or the staff at the local courts.
If these seven suggestions aren't what you're looking for, remember: there's always fruit cake.