There's only a week left to buy Christmas gifts for your boss and co-workers (Hanukkah ended this weekend, but if you forgot to get a present for someone who celebrated it, I'm sure he or she will understand if you're a bit late). Gifting colleagues can be quite tricky. These guidelines can make it easier:
- First of all, know what your company's culture is. Is gift-giving something everyone there does? Being on the receiving end of a present when you don't have one to give is awkward. And if you give a gift to someone who doesn't have something for you, it might make that person feel weird.
- Don't spend too much on gifts for your colleagues. Even if you can afford it, an expensive gift isn't appropriate.
- Gifts should be work-oriented. Something for the desk is nice or if your co-worker or boss travels a lot, perhaps get something he or she can use on the road.
- Stay away from overly personal gifts, for example jewelry or perfume. Definitely don't give lingerie or anything else that could be embarrassing.
- Be mindful of your co-worker's or boss's tastes and traditions. A gift card to a steakhouse for your vegan office mate is a bad choice, for example, as is a Christmas tree ornament for colleague who doesn't celebrate the holiday.