Gift tips for a workplace 'secret Santa'
(NC) Along with icy sidewalks and stale fruitcake, buying a gift for the person you had to secretly pick at the office is just one more hazard of the holiday season. So if you've got a Secret Santa emergency on your hands, here are some creative gift ideas from the Canadian bargain hunting website RedFlagDeals.com:
Office Temp: This is often code for “overworked” or “underpaid”. Skip the gag gifts and get something fun and enjoyable like movie passes or a mall gift card.
New Person: It's hard to buy for someone if you barely know their name, so start by getting to know them. If they're always drinking coffee, put together a nice mug and a coffee shop gift certificate for the ultimate gift.
Receptionist: Skip the office supplies. Instead, treat them to a deluxe gift basket, a small spa package or a good book.
IT/Help Desk: Treat the people who fix your computer well. Something like a gift certificate to their favourite restaurant will work. If you want to be a bit more creative, observe what they decorate their desk with and get them something that fits in.
Executive: Giving a present to your boss or their boss can be awkward. Choose a meaningful gift instead of something fancy or expensive. Fun gifts like a framed photo from a work event or something to share, like gourmet cookies, are a safe bet.
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