Christmas can be an especially stressful time. Trying to figure out what gifts to get your family can be challenging, but for the office? That can be downright daunting. Here are some tips for the office on gift giving and some suggestions.
Most offices have Secret Santa gift exchanges. This is usually the most cost effective solution. Some things to think about are;
- As the manager you need to consider each employees financial burden, while planning the office Christmas Party. Not everyone can afford to spend large sums of money on co-workers.
- Always stay within the spending limit. As an employee it is also important to remember that the limit is there for that same reason. Going over that amount will make other people feel as though they should have spent more as well.
- If your office does not do the Secret Santa, then it is important to remember that if you gift for one person, you should gift for all.
- If you are only intending to gift a few select people than that gift should be given to them outside of the office.
- Find out what the company policies are with regard to gifting and follow it.
Below are some suggestions on practical gifts and what you should avoid at all costs. As with every gift please think about the person that you are buying for. What would they like and use.
- Services are usually a safe bet. Dog walking service can be great for a person with a busy life, something as simple as a manicure or pedicure are usually a big hit as well. Think about things that the person would enjoy, but not necessarily spend their own money on. Be generic when you do this. If the company providing the services has an extensive selection, let the person pick themselves.
- Music, Movies and Books are also a fairly safe choice. If you know what the person’s tastes are in any of those areas.
- Plants or items for their office.
- Food is usually a good choice, be careful to ensure that there are no allergies when choosing this option.
- If you are thinking about gifting your boss, I would suggest that you do that as a group. Perception is everything and others may see that gesture as trying to influence your boss.
Things to avoid
- Fragrances or perfumes – these are a very personal choice, only consider this route if you know what their favourite fragrance is.
- Alcohol – for most people if they want this item, they will buy it themselves.
- Lingerie or anything too intimate. Most companies will have a sexual harassment policy in place. These gifts will usually violate that policy.
- Cultural gifts. Generally we know who our co-workers are, but do you know everything about them? Religious or cultural gifts can be very sensitive. My suggestion – stay away.
While Christmas in the office can be fun, these things are important to remember. It is not a good idea to make people uncomfortable. It is a time of year to enjoy the company of your co-workers and hopefully celebrate the company and employee’s successes.