Office Holiday Etiquette: The do's and don'ts around gift giving
Office gifts can get complicated around the holidays. Questions like what should you buy, how much should you spend, and what is an appropriate gift come to mind. There is an etiquette that goes hand in hand with office gift-giving. These tips will help you stay in the good books with your boss and coworkers this year.
Company policies: Some organizations have HR policies around gift-giving and receiving. If you are new to a workplace it's best to connect with your HR department or ask several colleagues that have been employed for a few years to see what typically occurs in the office around the holidays.
Personal gifts: Avoid gifts that are overly intimate, the list includes items that can enhance appearances, undergarments, flowers, and perfume to name a few. These types of gifts can be misunderstood by your colleague and place you in a bad position. If you are not sure if a gift is acceptable, it most likely isn't.
Spending: When buying a gift it is important to not overspend. Not everyone can afford to purchase lavish gifts, and you do not want to make a colleague feel obligated to reciprocate. Determine a budget and stick to it, remember there are great gifts out there for $20 or less.
Gift suggestions: Holiday themed gift baskets are nice and they don't have to be excessive. Retailers like Staples carry varieties of Tassimo and Keurig products, along with mugs filled with sweets, coffee or tea, turning your office supply shop into a one-stop gifting destination. Other office gifting suggestions include Moleskin notebooks, gift cards, business card cases, or a nice pen.
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