5 Tips for Office Gift Giving

Sure, getting gifts for your friends and family may seem difficult enough, but exchanging gifts with co-workers in the office can be a whole different level of stress. Don't fret, here are five tips that can help you determine the best practices for holiday gift giving in the workplace this holiday season.

Have any tips of your own? Let us know in the comments section below.


Be Thoughtful

You don't have to get too personal, but it's always nice to show you know a little something about the person receiving the gift, even if it's something specifically related to what they do on the job. Gift cards to an eatery or store they talk about are perfect examples.

Give gifts in a private setting

If you're only giving gifts to a select person or group in the office, it's best not to do it in front of others. Some in the office may not be receiving gifts at all, or may be jealous of the gifts given to co-workers around them. When possible, try to give gifts equal in value when giving to a group.

Think of your assistants

It's a great way to show your gratitude for all of the work they do in putting up with you! All jokes aside, even a small token of appreciation goes a long way in saying "thank you" for their efforts during the year.

Go in with a group

When considering a gift for your boss or supervisor, let the team be represented as whole. It won't come off as self-serving as an individual gift could and can help get your boss a really great gift while keeping everyone within a budget.

Pass on gag gifts

It's generally a bad idea to gift something that could be seen by anyone in the workplace as offensive. While these types of gifts can be funny when exchanging with friends and family, they should stay out of the office.

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Anna Norrell December 17, 2014 at 4:43 pm

Our department has always drawn names. You needed to give 3 thing you would like for under $20.00. It was fun.


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