Every smart manager or boss knows good company morale
is priceless. They know rewarding clients, customers
or employees for their continued patronage or hard work
makes good business sense.
The holiday season is the perfect occasion where goodwill
can help build company spirit and continued patronage.
You should spare no expense in presenting a nice token
of your appreciation for all the hard work and loyalty
displayed throughout the year.
However, playing Santa in the corporate world does come
with a few problems. Especially if you’re a boss or employer
who procrastinates or puts everything off until the last
minute. You may find yourself scrambling at short notice
to come up with some appropriate gifts for the people in
The holidays are especially hectic for those businesses in
the retail trade, getting around to buying gifts for
your employees or boss can sometimes be overlooked in
all the hustle and bustle of Christmas.
Unless you want to look like Scrooge to all your employees,
clients, or colleagues; here’s a quick list of some last
minute corporate gift ideas that will quickly put you back
into everyone’s good light.
Gift Certificates & Gift Cards
Still the old standard, gift certificates will always do
in a pinch. Find a favorite merchant or store of your
employees or clients and give them some gift certificates.
Don’t forget about ONLINE gift certificates, everything
is moving online these days, so finding good quality stores
or merchants who offer gift certificates or gift cards is
an easy task. For example, Amazon now has Gift Certificates,
ranging from .
Tickets are another last minute item or gift that can be
ordered at the last minute with one phone call or a click
of the mouse. Creating a company outing to a favorite
sporting event or theatre show will always be appreciated
by the receivers.
Likewise, a night out to a favorite restaurant or
nightclub could be a quick last minute gift for your
important clients or workers, easy to arrange at the
For more upscale gifts you can consider trips or cruises
as corporate gifts to reward your hard working employees.
Weekend cruises are not that expensive if you’re close
to the departure point. Cruises have grown in popularity
and are an excellent surprise gift.
Gourmet Gift Baskets
Perhaps, the grand-daddy of the last minute gift is
the traditional gift basket. Still one of the most
appropriate and easy gifts to buy, everyone will enjoy
a gourmet gift basket filled with their favorite
Along the save line, wine gift baskets have become
increasingly popular as the interest in fine vintage
wines have risen in recent years. A wine gift basket
will always be enjoyed and well received.
Although time is short, if you can, try to personalize
your corporate gifts in some way. Always send a personal
card and message. Some stores even offer last minute
engraving so check it out. A personalized gift will
always be more appreciated and remembered.
Needless to say, be fair and even in your corporate
gift-giving. Don’t favor one employee or one group of
employees over another unless you have your corporate
gifts tied in with an incentive program and everyone
knows the rules.