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Dawn Rosenberg McKay

Guidelines For Giving Gifts at Work

By December 13, 2013

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Buying holiday gifts for your boss and coworkers 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.

Also Read: Rules for Dealing With the Holiday Season at Work

January 2, 2014 at 10:08 am
(1) Katherine says:

Having a secret santa works quite well in most workplaces, and by putting a spending limit on it it makes it an even playing field.

As for buying overly personal gifts, I think this would depend on the relationship you have with the person you’re thinking of giving it to. If you know them well enough to buy them tickets to a play you know they’ll like, go ahead.

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