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Cheap Christmas Gifts for Co-Workers: Simple Last Minute Present Ideas

Updated on May 28, 2013

What Should I Get??

Have you ever been on your way to the work Christmas party and you realize that you need to get Cheap Christmas Gifts for Co-Workers and that you desperately need some Simple Last Minute Present Ideas? Well of course you have - we all have.

You don’t need to make a lst-minute trip to the busy, hectic mall... When you need some last-minute ideas just look at your local drugstore, convenience store, or grocery store. There are plenty of often-overlooked Christmas gift ideas there.


Forget the gift baskets, but consider getting some gourmet foods at your local store. Most grocery stores - especially national chains like Hannaford, Market Basket, or Whole Foods - have great specialty items that your co-workers would like but rarely buy for themselves. These could be organic chocolate bars, gourmet teas and coffees, jams, jellies, and preserves, and even a range of special cheese selections. Other great small gifts from the supermarket include containers of raw honey, real Vermont maple syrup, salsa, pasta sauces, or salsa. Consider the international foods aisle to give them interesting new choices like curry powders, hommous mix, or any other ideas you have. Even a jar of wonderful roasted red peppers can make a great gift with an idea to make them inside grill cheese on the Foreman grill.

Bonus: My local grocery store also has a display of gift cards you can purchase for everything from the Apple iTunes store,, and Banana Republic, and more. This helped me out of a bind more than once!


On every corner you might easily find a local pharmacy like a CVS, Walgreen’s, or Rite Aid. These places have great last-minute Christmas gift items like boxes of chocolate, soaps and other bath supplies, books and magazines, and more. These stores also have small electronic and household items that might make a nice simple gift. (I bought a nice, handy travel flashlight at a store near me. As a gift, it was a HIT!)

You might also consider a gift certificate to the pharmacy that the recipient can use for their next shopping trip. Let them use to buy soap or toilet paper or whatever, without the need to choose something. The best thing is that these stores always have a greeting cards section so put your gift card in there and you’re finished.


More than just milk and bread -- the local convenience store can be a treasure-trove of last-minute cheap gift ideas. Maybe you can find some nice chocolate bars, mixed nuts, or cool magazines (think Money Magazine, GQ, Oprah, Kiplinger’s, Better Homes...). If they don’t have that kind of stuff my old standby gift is lottery tickets. These are perfect! Why? Well, most people won’t buy them on their own, but still dream of the magic of a windfall changing their lives. You can buy them in most states in denominations from $1 to $20 and your friends and co-workers could win anything from a free ticket, a few hundred dollars, to thousands, or even a million ($$$). Plus if you buy several small denomination scratch tickets, it could seem like a larger gift -- and give them more chances to win. In my state you can also buy three, six, or twelve-month season tickets to drawing games (with a quick pick, computer selected number). The season ticket comes with a registration slip for the recipient so they can register the ticket in their name.

Bonus: You’re friend and co-worker could win, and win big -- and shower you with gratitude, all because you stopped at a 7-Eleven on your way to the Office Christmas Party.


So as an amateur Christmas elf, I try to stay jolly from Black Friday, Cyber Monday, all the way through Christmas and well into Groundhog Day (when the treee MUST COME DOWN!) I encourage you to be more creative this year, and even an emergency like finding Cheap Christmas Gifts for Co-Workers will be easily solved with these Simple Last Minute Present Ideas. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays... see you at the supermarket! (I'll take the chocolate!)


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    • frogyfish profile image

      frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

      Useful and available tips here...I never thought about the several lottery tickets...but I'd want to share in the winnings IF...Aww. Thanks for a great read and tips!

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      CapstoneTrends 6 years ago from Outside Boston, Massachusetts, USA

      Thanks John, Kale, and imkd! Merry Christmas!

    • Kaie Arwen profile image

      Kaie Arwen 6 years ago

      Thank you for the ideas............. co-workers are always difficult to buy for! Kaie

    • imkd profile image

      imkd 6 years ago

      really impressive ideas..

    • John Sarkis profile image

      John Sarkis 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Great hub!

      Yes, I think if someone doesn't give another person a gift is because they don't want to. Because, as you state, gifts are readily available to buy everywhere around us. I live in Los Angeles, and we even have people selling things in street corners, etc. I've bought gifts for my co-workers in places like Rite Aid, Walmart, etc.

      Take care